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Choquequirao Trek Machu Picchu

Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold” and is located above the bustling Apurimac River which is fueled from the glaciers. It is surrounded by towering snowcapped peaks and sits on a high ridge. Choquequirao is a secluded and seldomly visited ¨lost city of the Incas¨.  The Inca archaeological site is considered, the sister of Machu Picchu, it is not well known and 3 times larger than Machu Picchu. It was one of the last safe havens for those Incas who continued to resist the Spanish after the conquest. The site was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense vegetation. On this unique trek, we will walk on Inca highways, hike through high Andean landscapes with breathtaking glaciers, descend into deep canyons where the condors fly and pass through diverse cloud forest ecosystems. You will also catch glimpses of native wildlife such as Andean Condors, various birds, native flora and fauna, orchids and much more. We are specialists in this incredible area and offer the most frequent departures with experienced guides. We are the only company who takes you to the hot springs of CONOC after the Choquequirao Trek, and explores the unique Inca ruins of Saywite.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC  – PLAYA ROSALINAS –SANTA ROSA

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4am and drive in a private van for a 4-hours to Capuliyoc, situated on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks.  Then, we walk downhill for 3 hours until we arrive at Playa Rosalinas ,where we have a delicious lunch. Afterwards, we continue our hike for another 2 hours uphill to Santa Rosa (1,800mt), where we will rest and spend the night.

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 18km/11.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

We get an early start after Breakfast, of course, and ascend for 2 hours to Maranpata where we will have the first view of Choquequirao.  Then, we have another 2 hours to reach the Choquequirao Archeological site (3,110 meters/10,120 feet), where we have lunch prepared by our chef. Then, we will visit the Inca site and explore the most important parts, such as the religious area, the observatory area, and llama terraced sections. We will enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the valley and mountains. Finally, we return to our campsite for dinner and sleep.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHIUNUYOC – RIO BLANCO – MAYZAL

We will have breakfast together very early to fuel up for today’s adventure, starting around 6:30 a.m. with a 40-minute uphill to reach the first pass of Choquekiraw at 3,500m/11,400ft. This is an excellent spot to see a wide variety of orchids and flowers, which have become famous as they almost always bloom here. Then, we have a pleasant 30 minutes of flat, elevated walking, before we head downhill on a zigzag path for about an hour and a half to arrive at the Inca site of Pinchauniyoc, which was an Inca agricultural site by the as well as a place to rest when they traveled to Machu Picchu. After a short explanation by the guide, we will continue walking downhill for another hour and a half until we reach the River, Calle Rio Blanco (1,750m/5,741ft) where we have a yummy lunch. Bring mosquito repellent for this segment. After lunch, we’ll take a 4-hour uphill hike until we reach the campsite at Maizal. From here, we will see incredible views of the Andean mountains.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Boiled water for drinking, Snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 15kms/9.3 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 4: MAISAL – VICTORIA PASS – YANAMA

We start our hike at 7.00am and walk uphill for 3 hours through sub-tropical vegetation on parts of the original Inca Trail, visiting ancient silver mines before reaching Victoria’s pass (4,170m/13,700ft). From here, we appreciate the great canyons, the spectacular snowcapped mountains of Sacsara, Qoriwanachina, and Pumasillo. Finally, we descend to Yanama (3,650m/12,037ft), where we rest and sleep for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea –  Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16kms/10 miles
  • Time: 8hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Challenging

DAY 5: YANAMA – TOTORA – COLPAPAMPA

Today we will rise early as we have 9 hours of walking and will see many snowcapped mountains. We hike uphill to the highest point of our trek: Yanama pass (4,670m/15,407ft). The view from here is breathtaking with snowcapped mountains and impressive valleys surrounding us. Then, we descend to Totora for a delicious lunch. Next, we walk for 2 hours to to ou campsite at Colpapampa (2,870m/9,470ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 22kms/14 miles
  • Time: 9hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Challenge

Day 6: Colpapampa – Lucmabamaba – Hot springs

We have now begun our home stretch with a  3-hour hike through the lush tropical rainforest with tropical fruit bearing trees, coffee and cacao trees, and fruit plantations with blooming orchids and plenty of different birds to observe. We arrive at fabulous Lucmabamaba for lunch with free time to rest.

Next, we will have the opportunity to tour a coffee plantation next to the campsite. We will begin by learning about the different types of coffee beans and picking our own. There are also fields of tomatoes and avocados hidden amongst various ecosystems where we pick our own fresh produce, which will be used by our chef to prepare dinner this evening.

At 3:00pm, we will take the local transport for 30mins to the natural hot springs at Cocalmayo, where we bathe and soak our tired muscles in the natural hot springs. When we return to camp, our chef will have cooked his specialty with our fresh produce from the day.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 14kms/8.7 miles
  • Time: 5 to 6 hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 7: Lucmabamba – LLAQTAPATA – Hydroelectric –Aguas Calientes.

After a lovely breakfast and a hot drink, we will continue uphill for 3 hoursalong the ancient Inca Trail for 3 hours uphill to the Puncuyoc Pass (2,700m/8,858ft). Along the way, we will have amazing views of unique valleys and fruit plantations. We arrive to Llactapata Inca Ruins, located right in front of Machu Picchu, with views of Huyana Picchu, Machu Picchu and the Aobamba Canyon.

We descend for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant, the main electricity source for Cusco, where we will have lunch. Then, it is the final jaunt of our adventure walking to Aguas Calientes through Machu Picchu National Park. Feel the energy of Machu Picchu as we get closer. Then, we sleep in a comfortable bed in a comfortable hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
  • Distance: 15kms / 9 miles
  • Time: 9hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Wake up early to catch the snurise over the majestic Machu Picchu. We will have a 2.5 hour private guided tour and then free time to explore, take photos, climb Huayna picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain or visit the Sun Gate. Afterwards, we go back to Aguas Calientes for a nice lunch in a restaurant before catching the 4:22 pm expedition train to Ollantaytambo train station and then back to your hotel in Cusco by private van, arriving at about 8:00pm.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Pre-trek briefing with your guide at the office
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Capuliyoc
  • Entry fees to Machu Picchu and Choquequirao
  • English-speaking, professional guide
  • Guided tours of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu
  • Comfortable waterproof tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen and toilet tent
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the train station back to your hotel
  • Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes on the 7th Day (tourist restaurant)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
  • Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen – 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
  • Rain poncho (Supplied complimentary by Orange Nation Peru)

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED   

  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 15°C
  • Air Mattresses
  • Trekking Poles
  • First breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Entry fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Additional horse for extra personal luggage in addition of the one for the personal item allowance
  • Optional upgrades (train and hotel)
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide

Price

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
2 to 8 people$ 977 USD per person

Personal porter included!

***This price includes the extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs, we will provide you a duffel bag you can put your things in.

***We provide large Eureka 4 man tents for each 2 trekkers.

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old:$30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old:$30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old:$40 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more:$30 USD. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag –$25 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$25 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$20 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent:$30 USD – (Tent for single trekkers only)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  –$57 USD per person (For the return to Poroy at 4:43pm)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  –$35 USD per person (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain –$30 USD per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Single Supplement –$30 USD 2* for single travelers

ADDED VALUES  FOR FREE

  • TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
  • DUFFEL BAG AND TRASH BAGS – included in the trekking price
  • EXTRA PORTER is included in the price, the porter will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs /14p like sleeping bag, mattress, clothes etc
  • BOILED WATER is included along the Inca Trail
  • OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek
  • EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price which can be riden if you get tired or sick
  • SMALL PILLOW

Important Info

Please read the following information carefully; it will help with your questions about our services and the Choquequirao trek Machu Picchu 7 days

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

We will greet you at Cusco airport and take you to your hotel, please let us know your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look out for our representative holding an orange board reading ORANGE NATION Peru outside the arrival terminal.

THE BRIEFING

The briefing is the night before the trek in our office at 6pm which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383 ; 101 (first floor) we are next to SUBWAY restaurant and across the street from Sunat.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE

Absolutely! During the Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.

HOW TO BOOK THE  CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK  MACHU PICCHU 7 DAYS

FIRST, to book your Choquequirao Trek Machu Picchu 7 days, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here – BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, train tickets without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $286.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS orPAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of samtravelperu@gmail.com. 

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

  • According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
  • All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.
  • For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40.
  • Children under the age of 2 are free.
  • All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. With alternative treks we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased.  Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.  If you cancel your Choquequirao Trek Machu Picchu 7 days, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK MACHU PICCHU 7 DAYS

DEFINITELY! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu, other entrances and reservations. They will check your passport when you enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and to board the train.

In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us a COPY of your old passport to secure your permit, and we can change it when we have a COPY of your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person.  We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you.  You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or the train.  If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter, Machu Picchu or get on the train.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK MACHU PICCHU 8 DAYS

The weather on the Choquequirao trek exhibits the largest diversity among the trek. Temperature is proportional to altitude, really hot temperatures in the low-lying valleys varying from 25°C to 40°C, depending on the seasons and in the high elevations could temperatures varying from 0 °C up to 19°C.

In Cusco area the rainy season starts in September but increase between January and March, while the May–August part of the year is characterized by strong insolation, dry weather conditions cold nights and mornings, which is almost the exact reverse, in terms of insolation, to the coast climate.

This Trek goes through the Andes and the weather conditions in the Andes is very changeable, because of that we highly recommend be prepared for hot temperatures and could temperatures.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS ON CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK MACHU PICCHU 7 DAYS

For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, quechua for high-altitude sickness.

Don’t do anything other than rest

If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. Walking one block could feel like walking ten blocks carrying a backpack full of rocks. It is advisable to take it really easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.

Stay hydrated

How do people feel after a night of drinking? Thirsty. That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.

Discovering coca

No one knew better the effects of high altitude than indigenous peoples. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2 and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. If you do not feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter, apart from numbing your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons.  Our groups are between 2-6 persons. Sam Travel Peru specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.

HIKING  CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK MACHU PICCHU 7 DAY

We will give you a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next 8 days at your. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14p. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bag, food and camping gear. PLEASE NOTE: You will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the Choquequirao trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, rain jacket, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc.  A 30 to 50L backpack is sufficient.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The trail is not easy but you do not need to be an athlete to do it. It helps to be relatively fit for the trek, and obviously the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the trek. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do extra walking, hiking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip. This trek is from moderate to difficult level.

WHAT ABOUT TOILETS ON THE TREKS?

Orange Nation Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent with a toilet and seat.  Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite.  At night if you need to use the toilet it is accessible and clean.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK MACHU PICCHU 7 DAYS

This has never happened but if you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Orange Nation Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required).

ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK MACHU PICCHU 7 DAYS

OF COURSE! We will drop you at your hotel! If you booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you there as well. If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there!

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the staff (and their families) who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires them to give better service and is a major part of the tourism industry. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

Packing list

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK MACHU PICCHU

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid University  card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack
  • Water storage:  2-3L  (Camelbaks are encouraged)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from Orange Nation)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet Paper

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFEL BAG FOR THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK MACHU PICCHU 7 DAYS

As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14lbs including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcious.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK MACHU PICCHU 7 DAYS 

We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Coca leaves
  • Rain poncho (provided by Orange Nation)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
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