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9 Days Choquequirao + Machu Picchu Trek
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9 Days Choquequirao + Machu Picchu Trek

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9 Days Choquequirao + Machu Picchu Trek


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9Days Choquequirao to Machu Picchu: The Best Walk, no Doubt

This lost city, whose name means “cradle of gold” in Quechua was one of the last refuges of the Incas in times of the conquest and fascinated 19th century explorers like Hiram Bingham who visited it two years before he discovered Machu Picchu. Long ago abandoned and taken over by the lush vegetation of the cloudforest it has only been cleared and restored partially over the last couple of years and there is still a lot to discover about this enigmatic site. In this adventurous expedition over long ago abandoned Incan Roads off the beaten paths, climbing high passes and exploring the mysteries of the rich cloudforest, we combine the 2 mayor archaeological groups in the area: Remote Choquequirao that is seldom visited with the famous and legendary Machupicchu. A unique adventure that brings you back to the fascinating past of this area and makes you want to explore more.

all trek cusco, explendido

⇒ DAY 01- Cachora (2850m/9350 ft)  to Apurimac River (1550 m / 5085 ft)
Total distance: 10km (6,47 miles)
Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (10,840 ft)

⇒ DAY 02.- Apurimac River (1550 m / 5085 ft) to Choquequirao (3000 m / 9850 ft)
Total distance: 9 km (5.84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3650m (11,776 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

⇒ DAY 03.-Choquequirao (3000 m/9850 ft)to Rio Blanco (1800 m/5900 ft) to Farm (3000 m/9850 ft)
Total distance: 10 km (6,47 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,870 m (12,792 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,650 m (8,692 ft)

⇒ DAY 04.-Farm (3000 m/9850 ft) to Victoria Pass (4200 m/13800 ft) to Yanama (3500 m/11500 ft)
Total distance: 10 km (6.47 miles)
Estimated walking time: 4,5hours
Maximum altitude point: 3.200 m (8,829 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,100 m (7,872 ft)

⇒ DAY 05.-Yanama (3500 m / 11500 ft) to near Totora (3700 m / 12150 ft)
Total distance: 11 km (6,84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

⇒ DAY 06.- Totora (3500 m / 11500 ft) to Collpapampa (Winaypoco) (2800 m / 9200 ft)
Total distance: 16 km (9,94 miles)
Estimated walking time: 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)

⇒ DAY 07.- Collpampa (Winaypoco) (2800 m / 9200 ft) to Lucmabamba (2000 m / 6600 ft)

⇒ DAY 08.- Lucmabamba (2000 m / 6600 ft) to Hydroelectrica (1850 m/6100 ft) to Aguas Calientes.

⇒ DAY 09.- Machu Picchu / Cusco

Total distance: 4 km (2,49 miles)
Estimated walking time: 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft))


   (1) About of the aditional Horse:
–   Aditional Horses  can be hired to help carry your personal items such as clothes, sleeping bag etc. They can be hired for $2400 for all 9 days and will carry up to a maximum of 25kg (usually 1 horse between 2 persons is more than sufficient). You can hire the services of a half a horse to carry up to 12kg for US$120. However, even with a personal horse, you will still need to bring a day small pack for essential items.

   (2) About Vistadome train upgrade:
–   The most comfortable option of return, also has the most flexible schedules and have food service on board.

Huayna Picchu Top mountain

(3) Do you want to get at the Huayna Picchu mountain?  (300 Mts):
–   According to the MACHU PICCHU permit, If you are interested to climb Wayna Picchu (the mountain at the back),  along your visit to Machu picchu, take into account that the regulations have changed  from August  the past year (2016) and so, all permission ought to be bouht in advance.  The Price to be paid for this trek is :  ($50 USD  approximately).

The permissions are limeted to 400 to get at the Huayna picchu mountain.  There are two shifts for entrance:
First shift:         7 a.m    (200 persons)
Second shift:   10 a.m  (200 persons)

Important notice: The this year 2016 we have get 95% of spaces for to climb for the Wayna Picchu mountain for our trekkers.  All trekker must adjoin his name and passport number in the reservation request. ¡¡Good Luck!!

   (5) About Sleeping Bag:
–  Sleeping bag hire . 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 in our office for rent. The price is US$5 per person per day.

    (7) About Extra night in Aguas calientes:
–  An extra night in Aguas Calientes. can easily be arranged for you if required. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. It is best to make your hotel reservation directly.

  (9) About Vegetarian Meals:
–  Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.

⇒  Other Information:
(*) Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our office.

(*) Time of arrival in Cusco after returning from the trek. Unless you plan to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes, you will return to your hotel in Cusco for approximately 6:30pm on the 5th day of the trek.

(*) Group Size:
Standar group size 6, Maximum 12 persons: Adventure to the maximum because the groups are divided if exceed 09 people, we divided them in two groups, each one with a guide.

Small Group size 2 maximun 4 persons: (we are small group specialist) The best manner for you doing the Inca Trail Salcantay is to be included in a little group, since when you are part of a big group, you are in various stretches along the route, pressed to keep the walking rythm from many people. This is the reason because the small groups are more expensive. We do not handle big groups, and so we can guarantee.

⇒  Rates 2016 (March to december)

 Want you make the Choquequirao + Machu Picchu  09 days?

It’s never too early to book your trek – permits go fast and sell out months in advance.
Plus, by booking now you secure our 2017 rate for your trek next year.
(1) First Option:
⇔  Inside of the  Standard Group Service:-  Standard service is characterized by the service most used by travelers. You will be included in a group of passengers (10 and 16 people) depending on the day. Among the benefits is that the payments are lower and you can meet many people from different countries.
*Prices per person in this options service:
      With Return Train Service
 Inca Trail+Salcantay .(Dollar)    Optional Huayna Picchu..
     With Expedition Train Return-         USA: 850.oo       -Additional Pay with:  USA:75
      With Vistadome Train Return-         USA: 890.oo         -Additional Pay with:  USA:75
 Note: (The difference in the Price is only for the train service used)
(2) Second Option:
⇔  Inside in  a Small Group Tour Service:-  You will be included in a small group that does not exceed 4 people. The private transportation service and personal guide. . This allows us to offer the best service with personalized attention and convenience. This trek to Machu Picchu is highly recommended for people who like small and leisurely walks. recommended for families, groups of friends, couples and honeymooners (and others who love the adventure without pressure). Everything is done so that the trip does not have setbacks and a unique experience.*Prices per person in this options service:
      With Return Train Service
     Inca Trail Price ..(Dollar)    Optional Huayna Picchu..
     With Expedition Train Return-         USA: 899.oo       -Additional Pay with:  USA:75
      With Vistadome Train Return-         USA: 920.oo       -Additional Pay with:  USA:75
Note: (The difference in the Price is only for the train service used)
⇒  Machu Picchu Permits:
The increasing popularity of the Machu Picchu has resulted in restrictions being placed on the number of trekkers. Each day the Peruvian Government allows 2000 people visiting the Inca citadel. These numbers include all guides and the local people so equates to probably around 1500 tourists  Although this seems like a large number the popularity of the city means that permits are sold out very quickly. Permits cannot be reserved in advance. They are issued on a strictly first come first allocated basis.
Each permit must be issued to a designated named traveller for a given start date. We can only obtain a permit for a confirmed booking. Therefore, bookings will need to be made early to ensure a spot on this program.
9 Days
9+ Age


At 5:00 am. We will pick up our customers from their hotels, then we will travel to Cachora (4 hours aprox., by our private van), once there (in Cachora), we will meet our muleteer and horses, there we will pack all our equipment in the horses, then we will begin to walk, the trail is flat until Chiquisca and then we will go uphill, passing through the high pass of Capuliyoc, from there, we will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon. Finally we descend to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Campsite at 1,550 masl. Or 5,115 Ft.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



After breakfast we continue our descent to the valley floor where we cross the thundering Apurimac river over a modern suspension bridge (1495 m). From here we climb a long, steep and hot path (appr. 5 hours) to our destination: The enigmatic and impressive archaeological complex of Choquequirao. We arrive just in time to enjoy a fantastic sunset over the deep canyon and the surrounding mountains (3000 m).

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



During the morning we visit the restored section of Choquequirao and explore the parts that are still covered by the lush cloud forest vegetation. With luck we may get the latest news regarding discoveries, excavations, cleaning and restoration process from the archaeologists of COPESCO working on site. After lunch those who choose to can visit the Cascade House (restored constructions and terraces some 300 m below the main constructions of Choquequirao) and we can help with the preparation of a typical Pachamanca (traditional earth oven dish). From the highest point, El Usno, we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the magical Apurimac canyon and with luck a majestic condor may pass by.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



After a fortifying breakfast we start hiking early as we have a long distance ahead of us. A short but steep climb brings us up to the ridge from where we have a last panoramic view of Choquequirao and the Apurimac canyon below. A 1 hour descent leads us to the archaeological site of Pinchaunuyoc, still covered by vegetation. After visiting the constructions we continue our dusty descent to Rio Blanco, where we can refresh ourselves during our lunch break. A steep, dusty and hot climb brings us to our camp at Maizal in the afternoon.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Once again we take advantage of the cool morning air to start hiking. During our climb over rural and Inca paths we gain altitude quickly and the vegetation changes from cloud forest to high Andean grassland. From the San Juan Pass we can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding snow peaks, including Pumasillo (Puma's Claw). After a delicious lunch we continue our hike with a 2 hour descent, passing some abandoned silver mines (narrow paths with sheer drops) until we reach the community of Yanama. From here it's a gentle climb to our campsite.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Today we hike amid snowy peaks, climbing up to La Rinconada Pass where we have lunch. In the afternoon we start our long descent towards high cloud forest, arriving in the late afternoon at our beautiful campsite at Batía Paquiska.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



An easy walk along the Salkamayo River, through increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. In the afternoon we arrive at our camp at the village of la Playa (2155 m), where we can refresh ourselves in the river before dinner.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



After breakfast we cross the river and start climbing - passing through coffee plantations- up to el Mirador (2860 m) from where we have an exceptional view of the Lost City of the Incas: legendary Machupicchu, from an unusual angle. We enjoy our last lunch from the vantage point of Llaqtapata (2650 m) from where we can view both Machupicchu and Salkantay and take a good rest. A 2 hour descent brings us to the hydro-electric plant of Machupicchu from where we reach the village of Aguas Calientes in the late afternoon. Here we can choose to relax in the natural hot springs before dinner and a well-earned rest in our hotel.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



After an early breakfast we take the first bus up to Machupicchu to enjoy sunrise in this magical place before the first tourists arrive from Cusco. We enjoy this enigma in the company of an expert guide and have enough free time to explore the site by ourselves or do some hikes before we descend to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon. Train ride back to Cusco, transfer to the hotel and overnight.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

-Lunch can be taked at Aguas Calientes town before to take the tourist train back to Cusco -Optional stay 01 extra night in Aguas Calientes. Cost of Hotel : USD$30 - 80. per person.

Note: If you have experience in long walks you can walk the whole stretch in 7 or 8 days.

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Tour Inclusions:

  Pre-departure Choquequirao+Machu Picchu Trek  (briefing,by your tour guides at our downtown.
  Collection from your hotel in the morning
  Transport to the start trek (Cachora) –
  Salcantay & Machu Picchu entrence fee (US$105)
  English speaking professional guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  Igloo tents - 2 persons in each 4-person capacity tent with plenty of space for your backpacks
   Double thickness foam mattress
  Cook and Cooking equipment

  Meals (08B,08L,08D) -
  Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  Horses and porters equipment (to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment)
  Bus from Machu Picchu Citadel down to the village of Aguas Calientes (USD:12)
  Train ticket (Turism service) from *A.C/ village to Cusco. (The price depends on train service)
  Choquequiraol+ Machu Picchu Trek Survivor Certificate

*(A.C) - Aguas Calientes: is the nearest town to Machu Picchu, where trains arrive.
25 minutes by bus, 1: 30 minutes walk.

Not Included

  Breakfast on the first morning.
  Meal in restaurant in Aguas Calientes on day 9 of the trek.
  Sleeping bags can be hired in our office for US$45 for the 9 day trek.

We Recommend you Bring

  Additional Horse service : USD 2400.00 (per load)
  Vistadome train upgrade : USD 30.00
  Huayna Picchu entrance ticket : USD 50.00 + view details
  Single tent supplement : USD 30.00
  Sleeping bag : USD 45.00 (per unit / 7 nights)
  Walking pole : USD 30.00 (per unit / 7 days)
  Aguas Calientes overnight
  Entrance to the thermal springs  US$5
  Vegetarian Meals  (Optional Free)

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