Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking
Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking is a great idea to explore two Incan sites; beginning from Capulilloc via Andes. The Choquequirao translated is the “Cradle of Gold” and is one of the largest, and well-preserved Inca cities; much bigger, and more isolated than Machu Picchu, Choquequirao is equally beautiful and truly awe-inspiring, so much so that it is called Machu Picchu’s “couple city.” Today world explorers can embark on this challenging, but incredibly rewarding Machu Picchu hike traversing very tough, but very scenic Andean terrain.
Choquequirao Trail IS FOR EXPERIENCED TREKKERS! grade III
- Day 1: Cuzco – Saywite stone – Santa Rosa I
- Day 2: Santa Rosa I – Choquequirao
- Day 3: Choquequirao – Maizal
- Day 4: Maizal to Yanama – Collpapampa
- Day 5: Collpapampa to la Playa
- Day 6: La Playa – Aguas Calientes
- Day 7: Machu Picchu guided tour
Day 1: Cuzco – Saywite stone – Santa Rosa I
We drive very early from Cusco to the beautiful Saywite stone “we explore the Inca place”, and then we continue driving to Capuliyoc, located high above the River Apurimac canyon, we meet our Kondor trekking team “horsemen and donkeys”, have a box lunch to carry, and start our 1600 m /5,249 ft. Descent into the Apurimac canyon. A short climb follows an extended descent with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains in the distance and the mighty River Apurimac deep in the canyon below, and cross the Roaring River and climb steeply up. We stop by the small settlement of Santa Rosa 1 and set up camp for the night.
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Day 2: Santa Rosa I – Choquequirao.
Climb up towards Marampata, then onward, and upwards to Choquequirao. This is a long tough day requiring an early start but the scenery more than makes up for the hardships endured. We arrive during the afternoon at the amazing ruins of Choquequirao with time to explore and marvel location “the vast size of these extensive ruins in area far bigger than Machu Picchu Inca citadel”.
There is an enormous curving bank of fine terracing, a chain of ritual baths, the Llama sector, the Upper and the Lower Inca Plazas, and a central plaza surrounded by fine ceremonial and high status residential architecture. Large areas still remain covered in the thick cloud forest giving an insight into how the first explorer’s felt arriving at this deserted city. Choquequirao would have been used a main highway look-out by the last Incas during their thirty year exiled rule in Vilcabamba: this Inca road would have connected Vilcabamba to the Central Highlands whilst by-passing the Spanish in Cusco. We set up Kondor base camp just short of the Choquequirao.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3: Choquequirao – Maizal
Steep climb to Maizal
Choquequirao To Machu Picchu Peru Trek: We bid farewell to Choquequirao, visiting en route another interesting ruin called Pincha Unuyoc (the water Inca shrine).
A short, sharp climb is followed by a descent of 1400 m / 4,593 ft. Into the Rio Blanco canyon “white River”. Then another tough climb of 1200 m / 3,937ft. Up to the small campsite of Maizal 3,000 m/9,842 ft. This is probably the toughest day of the trip and manageable by fit trekkers. Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 4: Maizal to Yanama – Collpapampa
Starting early again we climb to the San Juan pass at 4,200 m/12,779 ft. with spectacular views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range, passing on route traces of Inca Trail, and the interesting old silver mines of Mina Victoria thought to have been worked for over a thousand years. From San Juan Pass we descend to Yanama Andean community. At Yanama we use a local transportation ride to Collpapampa settlement. Along the way, we will enjoy the gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains, and the high Andes jungle.
We camp at Collpapampa.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5: Collpapampa to la Playa
Today is an easy walk day along the glacial river, and across lush vegetation through sub-tropical jungle. This is a day for exploring green nature, finding the wild strawberry, passion fruit, coffee plantations, and avocados trees. At midday we arrive at La Playa camp where we welcome some ice cream and cold beer.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6: La Playa – Aguas Calientes
Our final day of hiking takes us through lush vegetation of coffee and tropical fruit plantations, into pristine Amazon rain forest. Hikers today we follow an ancient Inca Trail to Llactapata Pass, and then we explore Llactapata Inca site with amazing view of Machu Picchu that only few travelers get to see from the back. We descend sharply to the Aobamba valley, and the Hydro plant train station. From here we have a spectacular train journey to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 7: Machu Picchu guided tour
Choquequirao To Machu Picchu Peru Trek: We awake this morning to catch the bus to the gates of this Wonder of the World “MACHU PICCHU”. You’ll have a 2 hour private tour with your Kondor guide, then a free time for you. At the indicated time by your guide, you have to return to Aguas Calientes, and board the afternoon train back towards Ollantaytambo, and then via Kondor Transport ride to Cusco.
New Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking Includes
- Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking 7 Days
- Trek briefing with your guide
- Professional guide (on hike)
- All entrance tickets to the attractions (Saywite, Choquequirao, and Machu Picchu)
- Private transport and professional driver (round trip transfer from hotel to the starting point of trek)
- 1 train ticket service from Hydro to Machu Picchu Pueblo
- 1 train ticket service from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo Village (Expedition Tourist Train)
- 2 bus tickets from Aguas Calientes Village to Machu Picchu.
- Choquequirao Tour
- Machu Picchu Tour
- Spacious tent/Sleeping mat.
- Horses or mules and indigenous horsemen to carry camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetable
- One emergency donkey “if we’re having trouble walking” (2 – 4 hikers two horse for riding, 4 – 6 three horse for riding, etc.)
- Personal items to carry: 10 kg/22 lb. (So you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day.)
- We provide a duffle for personal items.
- 5 Night camping
- 1 night in a Hostel in Aguas Calientes. Sierra Andina group (Andina, Presidente, Continental, or Machu Picchu) based on sharing a room; either double, matrimonial or triple depending on availability. SIA brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi.
- One cook, and assistants
- Excellent meals: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
- Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, foods which are rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
- Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn)
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking)
- Wake up to coca tea in your tent
- Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
- Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
- Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
- All local taxes
Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking Not Include
- Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
- Water on Day 1
- Energy snacks will be very useful such as chocolate bars, dried fruits
- Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 6, Lunch on Day 7
- Waynapicchu Mountain $25 (walk to top without a guide, the trail is well marked)
- Sleeping bag rental $40
- Trekking poles $ 40
- Single Tent $70
Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking Bring
- A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
- Original passport with the migration Peru card (for Trains, Machu Picchu Park, and Hotels)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required.
- Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support) “Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking”
- 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip. “Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking”
- Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
- 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
- 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
- 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
- 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts. “Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking”
- 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This definitely does its job!
- Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
- Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness, several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
- Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful at Choquequirao Trail Machu Picchu Trekking.
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
- Water (Only for first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
- Camera and film.
- A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
- Bandages or moleskin
- Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
- Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (great for potential blisters on the feet), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses and supplies, hand sanitizer etc. Pack what you need, but pack light.
- Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
- Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
- Something to read in the evenings.
- Extra money for drinks, tips in soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$150-200)
- Emergency money at least 350-600 extra soles (USD$ 320)
Trek Choquequirao Trail to Machu Picchu 7 Day
GROUP SERVICE: US$ 950. p/person.
* To open a new date of hike we need at least two hikers!
** Personal Porter Included In the Price! to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. for personal items (You just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day.)
*** Kondor Path Tours operates the Choquequirao Trail route; our groups are not shared with third parties.
**** Student discounts applies to students holding a valid Green ISIC card. “$ 35 off per person”
PRIVATE SERVICE: US$ 999. p/person.
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Trek Choquequirao Trail to Machu Picchu 7 Day
|Duration:||7 Day and 6 Night|
|Sites to visit:||Choquequirao Inca site, ancient and lost Inca Trail, The Victoria Inca mine, Llactapata and Machu Picchu site.|
|Tour Style:||Adventure (hiking and trekking), Archeological, Camping, Cultural and Ecological|
|Recommended group size:||Minimum 02 Passenger, Maximum 12 Passengers|
|Highlight:||Visiting the Inca citadel of “Choquequirao and Machu Picchu”, passing through amazing and remote Andes landscapes, plunging river canyons, stunning mountain views from the Capulilloc to San Jan Pass, and on the sixth day of hiking you have the first glimpse of Machu Picchu from Hydro.|
|Location:||Choquequirao site is situated at an elevation of 3,000 m / 9842.52 feet on a southwest-facing spur of a glaciated peak above the Apurimac River. The region is characterized by mountain topography and covered with Amazonian flora and fauna. It is 98 km west of Cusco city, in the Vilcabamba range.|
|Physical Level:||7 Day and 6 Night|
|Total Travel Distance:||70 km / 43.4 mile|
|Departures:||Any day with two people min.|
|Recommended age for the tour:||You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a Kondor Path Tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 14.|