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Choquequirao Trek

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

We will pick you up from your hotel  at 5am and drive for 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (3,100m/10,170ft). Along the way there are fabulous views of villages, valleys, and snowcapped mountains. Upon our arrival to the starting point, we meet our horsemen and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. From here, we can enjoy the amazing views of Choquequirao Inca ruins, the Apurimac canyon and the stunning snowcapped mountains such as Padreyoc (5,571m/18,387ft). Then, we hike down for 3 hours to Chikisca for lunch prepared by our chef. After lunch we continue on for another 2 hours downhill to our first camp at la Playa Rosalinas.

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude: 1,550m/4,650ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3,100m/9,300ft
  • Distance: 14kms/9 miles
  • Time: 5hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Modarate

DAY 2: PLAYA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

After a nice breakfast, we hike for the next 4 hours all the way up to Marampata, where we will have a delicious lunch while enjoying the view of Choquequirao Inca ruins. Next, we walk to our campsite, just 20 minutes from the ruins. Being so close to the ruins, we can enjoy our view into the evening and watch for condors flying above.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afteroon Tea Time –  Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude:1,550m/4,650ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3,100m/9,300ft
  • Distance: 16kms/10 miles
  • Time: 5hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO

After a lovely breakfast, we will visit the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao for the whole day. Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all of the beautiful sections of the templesterracespalacesthe llama areas, and much more. We will return to our same campsite for tea and to spend the night.

Choquekirao is another Lost City of the Incas discovered late in the 20th century. It is located high on a ridge approximately 1,750 meters above the Apurimac River and is surrounded by the tall Salkantay and Humantay snowcapped peaks. Excavations and restoration of the 1,810 hectares site began in the 1990s and it is estimated that only 30% of the site has been restored to date. Every day archeologists are finding new things.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude: 1,550m/4,650ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3,100m/9,300ft

DAY 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO – SAN IGNACIO – VILLA DE LOROS

Today, is quite an easy Trekking day as we walk downhill for two hours to the fabulous Apurimac River (1,450m/4,787ft). We then cross a bridge to walk uphill for one hour to San Ignacio for a yummy lunch where we can appreciate the beautiful scenery and a magical waterfall!  After lunch, we walk a light uphill trek through a beautiful valley towards Villa de Loros (2,600m/8,580ft), where we set up camp for the last evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude: 1,450m/4,350ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3,100m/9,300ft
  • Distance: 16kms/10 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 5: VILLA DE LOROS – SAYWITE – CONOC – CUSCO

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we take our private transport to the archeological site of Saywite, where we can explore and see an Inca monolith, several water fountains, and ritual platforms. After spending time enjoying the site, we drive to the hot spring of Conoc to relax after several days of walking. After lunch, we head back to Cusco dropping you at your hotel doorstep.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 DAYS

  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora (starting point of the trek) and from Villa de Loros to Cusco
  • Entry fee to Choquequirao and other Inca sites
  • English-speaking, experienced guide
  • Private Guided tour in each archaeological complex
  • Comfortable tents for two people in a four-person tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • Emergency horse which can be ridden if you’re feeling exhausted or are ill
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen
  • 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes and sleeping bag will be carried by our mules
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
  • Entry fee to the hot springs

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 DAYS

  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 15°c
  • Air Mattresses
  • Walking Poles
  • Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of ORANGE NATION

Price

The 5 Day Choquequirao Trek is available on any date that is best for you as long  as we have a minimum of 2 hikers.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
2 to 8 people$ 557 USD per person

DISCOUNTS

  • Group of 5 or more:$30 USD – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag :$20 USD– Good, clean and warm -10°
  • Air Mattress:$20 USD
  • Trekking Poles: $15 USD  
  • Single tent:$30 USD (for single trekkers only)

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
  • SMALL PILLOW

Important Info

Please read the following information carefully; it will help with your questions about our services and the Choquequirao trek 5 days

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

We will greet you at Cusco airport and take you to your hotel, please inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange board reading ORANGE Nation Peru outside the arrival terminal.

THE BRIEFING

Your briefing will be the night before the trek at 6pm in our office which is located on 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 5-Day Choquequirao Trek, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.

HOW TO BOOK THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 DAYS

FIRST, to book your Choquequirao Trek 5 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 $211.00 per person, in order to purchase a permit for the Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL 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 PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPALyou need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address orangenationperu@gmail.com. 

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 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, other entrances and reservations. They will check your passport when you enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and the train before allowing you to enter or board.

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 receive a COPY of your new passport 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.

Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into PeruPeruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

Whatever month you decide to book your Choquequirao trek tour, keep in mind that the weather is always unpredictable.  We can plan, and think the weather will be a certain way, but only Mother Nature truly knows what it has in store for us on a day to day basis.  Come with an open mind, and the willingness to go with the flow as it will make your experience on your Choquequirao trek tour that much more enjoyable.  We recommend being prepared for anything, cold weather, warm weather, wet and dry weather, no matter what nature has planned for your trek, we know it will be a great journey and a memorable adventure.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS ON CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

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. Orange Nation specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.

HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?

You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, they will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.

HIKING  CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

We will give you a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days at your . Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14lbs. 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 CHOQUEQUIRAO 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 TREK?

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

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

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 appreciated. 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 and responsible tour operator that incorporates 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 of our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the indigenous people.

Packing list

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • Original Passport – VERY IMPORTANT – (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (30 – 50 L)
  • Personal Water:  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

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 14 lbs 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
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry 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

We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag waiting 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 plastic 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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