Hike from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu with the express Inca trail of 07 days. We visit and explore two beautiful architectural wonders of Peru in the open air with unique and spectacular walks.
Explore the two megalithic constructions in a single expedition through the Andes. The trek from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu with the Short Inca Trail is impressive and unique for lovers of outdoor excursions.
Each camp, each hiking route has its beauty of scenic landscape between the high Andean peaks, the Nevados, the Apurimac Canyon, valleys, and ravines until reaching the Historic Sanctuary of Machu-Picchu. Enjoy your next vacation in remote places where fresh air emanates with landscapes that sweeten each walker. 07 Days 6 Nights Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu IS FOR Hikers WITH EXPERIENCE!
Day 01: Cusco – Sayhuite – Capulilloc – Chikisca
Day 02: Chikisca – Choquequirao – INC
Day 03: Choquequirao – Rio Blanco – Maizal
Day 04: Maizal – Yanama | Yanama to Lucmabamba by local car.
Day 05: Lucmabamba – Hydro – Aguas Calientes
Day 06: Premium Inca Trail – Inti Punku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Day 07: Machu-Picchu guided tour and return to Cusco City
Treks Choquequirao Inca Trail Machu Picchu Highlights:
We start the trip from the city of Cusco, leaving at 05:00 am to have enough time to complete the walk this day. We travel through the plains of Anta; we will descend through the Limatambo valley and cross the Apurímac region by the Cunyac bridge. We continue the trip passing through the town of Curahuasi at the height of the Sayhuite stone branch; we take the road to Cachora and Capulilloc. In Capulilloc, our horses and muleteers await us to start the adventure of hiking.
We prepare to start walking on the bridle path; the canyon views are unique for taking photos and videos. It does recommend to bring professional poles to walk this walk; This helps support our knees on descents and ascents. The route is remote hiking, and you must get a pair of poles!
We will pass through the properties of Capulilloc and Cocamasana until we reach our camp in CHIQUISCA. “Santa Rosa is located in the middle of the mountain in front of our expedition.”
Informative note: Maybe we camped in the Chiquisca area; Our adventure guide will make these decisions according to the evolution and experience of the group of walkers.
Descent into the Apurimac canyon, we stopped by the small settlement of Chiquisca and set up camp for the night.
When starting the walk early, We will have a fantastic walk covered by the nature of the jungle. Some streams on the route with a mini waterfall provide natural water to walkers “if they will collect natural water, it is important to filter or purify it.”
Well, dear adventurers, we started going up the bridle path that zigzagged until we reached the small community of Marampata “in Marampata; there are several local stores to supply us with drinks or snacks for the following days.”
From Marampata, we will have incredible views of the Apurimac canyon and the current Andes. We continue the walk until we reach the foothills of the archaeological group of Choquequirao to have our camp.
During the afternoon, we will have a guided visit to Choquequirao; We will explore the area of the Inca platforms, the main square below and above, the Inca agricultural platforms, the temple of the condor, the twin funeral system, ceremonial altars, etc.
On one of the fascinating days, we ventured to the valley and ravine of the white river; From Río Blanco, we hiked ascending in zigzag until we get the base camp of Maizal.
The walking activities start at 06:00 hours towards the Choquequirao pass (approximately 02 hours of walking). We continue descending for an average of 01 hour until we reach the Pinchaunuyuc ruins.
RUINS OF PINCHAUNUYUC
Pinchaunuyu – the Incas ruins are behind the archaeological group of Choquequirao. There are platforms in perfect condition used to plant agricultural products in the time of the Incas. Pinchaunuyoc did build in a remote and precise elevation area for visual and auditory communication with Maizal, Choquequirao, and other still unknown archaeological groups. The archaeological complex of Pinchaunuyoc has an Inca source of spring water. Those who camp in this area can stock up on fresh water, and hikers can fill their canteen with water to hydrate themselves since it is the only area with water until they reach the white river (RIO BLANCO).
After visiting the Pinchaunuyoc ruins, we continue our descent down the mountain until we reach the fresh waters of the Blanco River. Hikers can take a refreshing cold swim as the entire trek is hot and splashing around in the river is satisfying. The last section of the walk is from the Río Blanco to Maizal, “03 hours of ascent through the mountain until reaching the base camp”.
Summary of hiking behind the ruins of Choquequirao
HIKING BETWEEN MAIZAL TO YANAMA, AND FROM YANAMA, WE GO BY LOCAL TRANSPORTATION TO LUCMABAMBA
We start the walk along the Inca Trail of Maizal that takes us to the Yanama pass or Victoria mines “05 hours of ascent into the jungle and the frozen zone of the Andes where the condor flies in its natural habitat between the valley and the Apurimac canyon.”
From San Juan Pass, we descend to the Yanama Andean community. At Yanama, we use a local transportation ride to Lucmabamba-Santa-Tereza. We will enjoy the gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains and the high Andes jungle along the way.
Hike at the other end of the Inca trail from Lucmabamba going to Llactapata and Hidroeléctrica. From the Llactapata ruins, we will have a first impressive view of Machu Picchu and its surrounding mountains. It is essential to detail that you will have the other photo of Machupicchu from the other end of the mountain the next day.
TRAIL INFORMATION: Hiking through the greenish zone of the buffer zone of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
We start the walk from the town of Aguas Calientes following the train track “be careful with the trains.” Upon reaching kilometer 104 of the railroad, “two hours of walking,” we will officially enter the network of the Inca Trail through the Sacred Trail; We ascend until we reach the archaeological group of Wiñaywayna and Intipunku. We will observe the last Inca citadel preserved during the previous centuries in the afternoon. Having several alternatives for the panoramic views of Machu Picchu is one of the best adventure options starting in Choquequirao. This site is considered the sister citadel of this majestic Inca citadel.
For centuries, the Incas trekked the Andes to reach remote parts of South America. Today we have the most significant exploration of the entire trip and vacation. We start the bus trip to the spectacular Machu Picchu, seen from the Inca viewpoint house in all its splendor. The guided tour will lead us to understand the motives and reasons why the Incas chose to live in this rugged area of the jungle. The majestic Inca citadel was built entirely with granite stone.
After the guided tour with our adventure guide, we began to return by bus to Aguas Calientes to start the return trip by train to the city of Cusco.
Tourist activities on the primary day of the entire expedition
The lost citadel of Choquequirao does locate at 3,035 meters above sea level, and at the lowest point of the trek, you will be at 1,461 meters above sea level. The climate is similar to Cusco’s, so it is advisable to acclimatize to the altitude before the hike. Who should note that the road to Choquequirao is warm due to the Apurimac Canyon?
Of course, you can. That is why we offer you an exclusive tour package to visit the ruins of Choquequirao and the citadel of Machu Picchu.
We assure you that this trek will last 08 days of pure connection with all that the Andean landscape offers you from the heights, the ultimate adventure for those addicted to altitude with love for history. Join us for this excursion to the mountaintop of Choquequirao, free of tourist crowds, before continuing to Santa Teresa, the back door to Machu Picchu. With guided tours, you will appreciate the Inca Empire and feel like traveling back in time.
What did not complete the project was to build a cable car connecting Cachora to Marampata due to the frequent presence of landslides, and this plan was lost little by little.
Having the cable car would benefit the tourist activity. Still, we would also lose the hike, which is very significant because the route is enjoyable and full of landscapes, flora, and fauna to discover.
There is 43.8 km separating the archaeological site “Choquequirao” from the citadel of Machu Picchu.
We also offer you an exclusive package for this trek: the “Choquequirao Trek 7 days”.
This adventure is definitely for those who are addicted to heights. The route is one of the most complex in Peru; it is full of winding paths, unique panoramic views, deep valleys, a great variety of plants (orchids, small forests), animals in their habitat, etc.
The Choquequirao to Machupicchu trek is unforgettable – INTUPA CUSCO is an agency specializing in this adventure.
Choquequirao is located in the Andes Mountains of Cusco, Peru, and belongs to the province of La Convención, in the district of Santa Teresa.
Choquequirao is an Inca archaeological site with similar characteristics to Machu Picchu. Its name means ‘Cradle of Gold.’ Because it resembles the ‘Inca City,’ it is known as the ‘Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu.’
Choquequirao is in the Andes Mountains of Cusco, Peru. It belongs to the province of La Convención, in the district of Santa Teresa.
Reach Choquequirao via Cusco or Abancay. From Cachora Marampata, you ascend on foot to Choquequirao. The hike is for 02 days. The return is the same way.
Choquequirao is 3,033 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.).
Choquequirao houses Inca constructions as impressive as Machu Picchu, such as the Main Plaza, the Colcas, the Inca Cemetery, the Kallankas, the Ushnu, the Andenes, etc.
Choquequirao is still in the process of excavation. It estimates that only 30% of the original Inca precinct has lived denoted restored to date.
According to research done at Choquequirao, it does estimate that what built the Inca site around 1536.
Due to its similarity to Machu Picchu, it does believe that the Inca Pachacutec founded the site. His son Tupac Inca Yupanqui would be the one who ordered the construction of Choquequirao.
The Choquequirao archaeological site has a temperate climate. The hike to this place has hot weather due to the proximity of the so-called ‘Apurimac Canyon.’
Who can do the hike to Choquequirao with an organized tour or on your own? You need to hike from Cachora to the archaeological site in both cases.
Choquequirao tours are purchased online or at the Historic Center of Cusco. If you travel yourself, you must buy the entrance tickets when you arrive at the archaeological site.
The prices of the tours to Choquequirao vary according to the tour agency and the number of people.
Prices vary from US$500 to US$350 per person.
The Choquequirao tour includes the following:
PRICES PER PERSON 2022. Private hiking tours are only open to your party.
* Kondor Path Tours operates the Choquequirao vs Machu Picchu.
** Student discounts $ 35 off per person.
Choquequirao with Short Inca Trail plus Machu Picchu 07 Days
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