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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days & 7 Nights

Day 01: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca.

Our bus will pick you up from your hotel at 06:00 a.m. Then, we will begin our journey to the village of Cachora. Our trip will last approximately 5 hours from Cusco to Cachora. (2,800 masl / 9,186 ft). We’ll arrive approximately at 10:00 a.m. And then, we’ll begin our trek along this path and we will see the most beautiful scenery in the area and get to “Abra del Capuliyoc” (2,915 m. / 9,563 ft) .In the place, we will have lunch with a panoramic view of Apurimac Valley and the snowy mountain of Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora, from Capuliyoc our first glimpses of Choquequirao, after we’ll descend to Coca Masana (2,330 masl / 7,644 ft). Where the climate here is hot, flora and fauna start to change. Finally, we’ll reach Chiquiscá (1,900 masl / 6,233 ft.) near Apurimac River where will be our 1st camp.

Day 02: Chiquisca – “Rosalina Beach” – Maranpata – Choquequirao.

Very early in the morning, we will have our breakfast at 06:00 a.m and then continue our walk, around 1 hour and 30 min. Down to reach “Rosalina beach” and cross a suspension bridge over Apurimac River. Then, we’ll begin to ascend the mountain to Santa Rosa (2,115 masl / 6,938 ft.), where we will have lunch. During our tour, we will see the vegetation in the area. Then, we’ll reach Maranpata off Chunchumayo river where we will have a short break. This stretch is very hard because after our break, we’ll have 3 hours for climbing up our 2nd camp, Choquequirao (2,850 masl / 9,350 ft.).

Day 03: Choquequirao – Maizal.

Very early, we will visit Choquequirao before continuing1 hour climbing to the passage of Choquequirao to descend to the “Rio Blanco/White River”, on the way, we will find terraces of Inca period (Pinchiunuyoc), and then we’ll climb to the 3rd camp “Maizal”.

Day 4: Maizal – Yanama.

We’ll continue the climb up to Victoria pass (3,900 masl / 12,795 ft.), in this course, we might see Pumacillo mountain range if you’re lucky, it will be displayed at the world’s largest bird Condor then, we’ll descend to the community of Yanama, here will be our 4th camp.

Day 5: Yanama – Totora.

After our breakfast in Yanama, we’ll start walking up by grasslands to the passage of Yanama where we will have the view of Salkantay Mountain in its entire splendor, Huayanay, then, we’ll descend and cross small communities and reach the 5th reeds, here will be our camp.

Day 6: Totora – Santa Teresa.

Very early, we’ll enjoy our Andean breakfast to continue the walk through the Valley of Totora pass through villages and their crops of fruit as (coffee, cocoa, banana, avocado, etc.) and reach Sahuayaco beach. Where we’ll have public transport to reach the village of Santa Teresa, where there are the hot springs of Santa Teresa. Where we could immerse ourselves in its medicinal waters, here we’ll have our last camp.

Day 7: Santa Teresa – “Hot Waters/Aguas Calientes”.

Early in the morning after breakfast, we’ll begin the trek to reach “Hidroeléctrica” from Machu Picchu. Here, we’ll have a checkpoint of our IDs continuing with 2 hours of hike to reach Machu Picchu where we’re gonna stay in a hotel.

Day 8: “Aguas Calientes/Hot Waters” – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

After having our breakfast at our hotel, we’ll take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. In the control point, we’ll present our original document and our entrance tickets to Machu Picchu. Usually, the tour is approximately 2 hours. Then, you’ll have free time to visit and enjoy Machu Picchu. To get down, we will use the bus to “Aguas Calientes” to catch our train back to Ollantaytambo and after mobility to Cusco.

It Includes:

  • Transport to Cachora (place where the walk begins).
  • Train Ticket from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollanta and Cusco bus.
  • Camping equipment and kitchen equipment includes mats, double tents dining chairs, tables kitchen store.
  • Extra money.
  • First aid kit and oxygen.
  • Professional guide.
  • Chef.
  • Cargo horses, muleteer.
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu.
  • Hotel in “Aguas Calientes” (without the Hotel, just ask the Agency).
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu.
  • Food will be as indicated in the itinerary (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners).
  • Entrance to Choquequirao.

Does Not Include:

  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Lunch on the last day.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Extra horse or carrier (ask before leaving).

List of Recommendations:

  • Original identification documents (passport, ID).
  • Rain jacket & rain poncho.
  • Some good walking shoes – also (sandals).
  • Sleeping bag (plume).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Flashlight – batteries.
  • Binoculars (optional).
  • Repellent.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Walking stick & protector (optional).
  • Extra money.
  • Small backpack & rain cover.
  • Personal kit (if you have some illness).

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