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    Choquequirao – Huancacalle – Machu Picchu, 8d

    Choquequirao – Huancacalle – Machu Picchu, 8d

    Choquequirao – Huancacalle – Machu Picchu, 8 days in private group

    Choquequirao – Huancacalle – Machu Picchu, 8 days in private group

    1350 USD

    This is our own favorite trek. 6 days of trekking in an extremely impressive area. You’ll visit the remote inca city of Choquequirao and cross the Vilcabamba area.

    On the trail between Choquequirao and Huancacalle.

    Special Attrations on this Trekking Tour


    Before you embark on your great adventure, we prepare you with a meeting before the trip, where it’s possible to answer all your remaining questions.


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      • Pre trek briefing
      • Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
      • Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car
      • Entry fee to Machu Picchu & Choquequirao
      • English / Quechua / Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people).
      • Tents - 2 people which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
      • inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest) .
      • Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
      • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
      • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg / 15 lbs per person).
      • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
      • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
      • Train or equivalent luggage from Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
      • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
      • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
      • Celebratory dinner in Aguas Calientes
      • Lunch on the last day is included in this itinerary.
      • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a hostel. This will be a nice, clean and safe hostel with breakfast included and private bathroom.

      • Breakfast on the first morning.
      • Dinner on the last night.
      • Entry to Huayna Picchu
      • Sleeping bags - If you haven't got a sleeping bag or you don't want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
      • Tips for the guide, cook and wanglers.
      • Additional horses for passengers luggage.
      • Extra activities (ie Cola de Mono zipline)

      • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
      • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about 1 USD in Cusco .
      • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
      • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
      • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
      • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
      • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
      • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
      • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
      • Sun block
      • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
      • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
      • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
      • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
      • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
      • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
      • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
      • Small towel or sarong
      • Bathers / swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
      • Cash. Sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
      • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
      • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips can

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      Overview of your days on the trekking tour

      Here you can get an overview of each day on your tour. With each day follows a facts and info area that give some information of heights, difficulty and further information on each of the single days.

      Day  1:    Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chiquisca

      We will pick you up early from your hotel and drive for four hours and half  in a private transport to Cachora where we are going to meet with ours wanglers and horses (2.915 m). Along the way there are spectacular views of Apurimac canyon, valleys and snow-capped mountains (Padreoc). Once at Capuliyoc, where we will have lunch and then keep walking to our camping site  for three to four hours donw hill  to our first campsite at Chiquisca (1.900 m / 6.270 ft), where we will spend the night.

      Trekkers having just started the trek to Choquequirao.

      Meals Included:       middag, aften, snack

      Highest Elevation: 2.915 m / 9.564 ft

      Lowest Elevation: 1.900 m / 6.270 ft

      Campsite Elevation: Camping at Chiquisca

      Distance to walk: 19 km

      Approximate walking time: 6 - 7 hs

      Level of Difficulty: ▮▮▮▮▯ Demanding

      Special Attractions in the Area:

      Apurimac canyon, Padreyoc mountain

      Day  2:    Chiquisca – Maranpata – Choquequirao

      After an early breakfast we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1.550 m / 5.117 ft) for 1 hour, and then  we will cross the bridge above the Apurimac river and then walk uphill for 5 hours to the  village of Maranpata (2.850 m / 9.350 ft) where we have lunch and enjoying the spectacular sceneries of the área  (3.150 m / 10.397 ft).

      After lunch we walk for 2 hours , with gentle up and down segments to Choquequirao where we are going to get a guiding tour and take some nice pictures , After walking around the archaeological site for 2 hours we are going to descend to our camping site which is 30 minutes from Choquequirao, It is a magnificent camp. We will arrive at the camp around 4 PM.where we are going to  relax, have our te time and then dinner.

      The forest around Choquequirao still holds terrases to be cleared.

      Meals Included:       middag, aften, snack

      Highest Elevation: 3.150 m/ 10.397 ft

      Lowest Elevation: 1.550 m/ 5.117 ft

      Campsite Elevation: Camping at Choquequirao

      Distance to walk: 14 km / 9 miles

      Approximate walking time: 8 – 9 hs

      Level of Difficulty: ▮▮▮▯▯ Medium

      Special Attractions in the Area:

      Choquequirao, Apurimac river, Ampay Mountain

      Day  3:    Choquequirao – Maizal

      Setting off for a beautiful hike this day, we climb over a ridge for around 2 hours to Abra Choquequirao (3.318 m / 10,883 ft). From this spot we will see the Vilcabamba mountain range and the breath taking snow capped Choquetacarpo glacier.

      This is followed by a 2 hours descent to the ruins at Pinchinuyoc, We will take a short break at these ruins to admire the majestic views. From there, we will descend to the Rio Blanco (1.650 m), a further 2 hours steep descent. Here you can wash your feets in the river and take a bath if you would like and then have lunch.

      After a good lunch we will start a difficult climb to a small cleared agricultural area on the mountain, Maizal. For many people, this is the most difficult section of the whole Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek. The climb is a difficult 3 to 4 hours zig zag uphill. Maizal is located at 3.000 m / 9.842 ft.  Maizal is our camp for the night.

      Having left Choquequirao.

      Meals Included:       middag, aften, snack

      Highest Elevation: 4.000 m / 13.123 ft

      Lowest Elevation: 1.990 m / 6.527 ft

      Campsite Elevation: Camping at Maizal

      Distance to walk: 18 km

      Approximate walking time: 8 – 9 hs

      Level of Difficulty: ▮▮▮▮▯ Demanding

      Day  4:    Maizal – Abra San Juan – Yanama

      After breakfast in Maizal we climb 4 to 5 hours uphill through cloud forest to the Victoria Mines. This ascent takes you from an altitude of 3.000 m to 4.000 m!   We’ll take a short rest here and admire the shine of the outcropped rocks illustrating the high concentration of minerals and metals, and the reason for the ancient mines. We will then continue our climb to the pass of Abra San Juan (4.130 m / 13.546 ft). This is our lunch spot. This is also the best place to see Andean condors. We can also see the Vilcabamba Valley, which is the lowest city of the Incas, as well as the Pumasillo glacier.

      After lunch as we descend to the charming village of Yanama (4.100 m / 13.541 ft), a 2 to 3 hour walk. This is our campsite for the night.

      On the trail to Yanama.

      Meals Included:       middag, aften, snack

      Highest Elevation: 4.130 m / 13.546 ft

      Campsite Elevation: Camping at Yanama

      Distance to walk: 12 km

      Approximate walking time: 8 – 9 hs

      Level of Difficulty: ▮▮▮▮▯ Demanding

      Day  5:    Yanama – Quelcamachay - Lazuna pampa

      In Yanama we will experience the Andean life, its traditions and costumes. Our trek continues up and down through tropical forests such as Urpipata, Yutupata, where we have really nice sceneries around the área well After this spot our hike is on a relative flat sección until  to reach  the cave of Quellccamachay. Our camping site is called Lazuna pampa (3.800 m / 12.467 ft).

      Before reaching the camp.

      Meals Included:       middag, aften, snack

      Highest Elevation: 3.800 m / 12.467 ft

      Campsite Elevation: Camping at Lazuna pampa

      Distance to walk: 15 km

      Approximate walking time: 8 – 9 hs

      Level of Difficulty: ▮▮▮▯▯ Medium

      Day  6:    Lazuna pampa – Choquetacarpu pass – Huancacalle

      After breakfast, we will walk up for a while until we get to the Choquetacarpu pass (4.600 m / 15.092 ft). Here we will have a short break and explore the area of the Andean hills. If we are lucky we will also see a Condor flying if we are lucky . After our break, we will descend to Huancacalle. The last 3 hours we are walking on a car road  (3.200 m / 10.499ft). We are going to spend the night in a basic hostel in Huancacalle.

      If you still have some power in your legs, you can visit the inca city of Vitcos on a hill above Huancacalle.

      Meals Included:       middag, aften, snack

      Highest Elevation: 4.600 m / 15.092 ft

      Campsite Elevation: Basic Hostel

      Distance to walk: 19 km

      Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hs

      Level of Difficulty: ▮▮▮▮▯ Demanding

      Day  7:    Huancacalle to Santa Theresa by car and train to Aguas Calientes

      A well deserved rest this morning then have breakfast we are goint to drive to Santa Maria where we are going to change the car because we have only local transportation(taxis, vans). People enjoy the remote village of Huancacalle, where pigs still wander with the piglets in the street and there is the air of a forgotten village in the mountains. From here we will take private transport to Santa Theresa (1.550 m / 5.085 ft) having a box lunch in route.   These remote mountain roads are winding, narrow and require the experienced drivers.  The 5 hour journey is also extremely enjoyable as you are able to enjoy views of a rapidly changing landscape as you descend down into the jungle- a drop of around 1.500m during the duration of the journey.  You will pass through high villages, and then lower banana, tea and coffee crops. The final leg of the journey into Santa Theresa is along the edge of the rushing canyon of the Vilcanota River, and once again you are fully aware of the amazing forces of nature present in the high Andes.

      We will take the Hydroelectric train to Aguas Calientes, which departs around 3pm.   This is a fun change of pace from the car, and also hiking.  Peek up as the train winds along the canyon and you might get a tantalising glimpse of the lower reaches of Machu Picchu!

      The train station at Hydro Electrica.

      Meals Included:       middag

      Distance to walk: 5 hours by car to Hydroelectrica

      Level of Difficulty: ▮▯▯▯▯ Easy

      Day  8:    Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

      Today we will have a guided visit of the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. This is a lifelong dream for many, and also a pinnacle of the Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek!

      Early in the morning (before dawn) we will take a bus up to the archaeological site  of Machu Picchu (bus included in price), so that you can appreciate this famous city in the dawn light and before the crowds arrive. You will then have a 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu with your guide. After your tour you can further explore the ruins by yourself . We return to Cusco in the afternoon by tourist class train until Ollantaytambo where are you going to meet with our driver in Ollantaytambo who will transfer you directly back to your hotel. You will arrive in Cusco approximately 4 – 5 hours after your train’s departure from Aguas Calientes. 

      Machu Picchu.

      Meals Included:       

      Level of Difficulty: ▮▮▯▯▯ Normal


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