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12 Day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu (Land)

  Peru, Lima, Cusco, Choquequirao, Machu Picchu...

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Choquequirao (Cradle of Gold) is a partly excavated ruined Inca city which bears a striking similarity in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu.
The ultimate adventure for altitude junkies with a love of history, this challenging journey snakes its way between the most incredible Inca sites in Peru.

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Accommodation:

Hotel: 6 nights

Campsite: 3 nights

Requirement: 2 participants as minimum

Transportation:

Bus: Yes

Train: Yes

Countries:

Peru

Highlights

Price Includes:

  1. All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and viceversa
  2. All hotel accommodations (3* casa Andina Cusco classic OR similar standard)
  3. All breakfast included in the accommodations.

Choquequirao trek includes the following:

  1. Entrance fee to Choquequirao
  2. Entrance fee to Machupicchu
  3. Professional bilingual tour guide
  4. Assistant guide (for groups of 9 people or more)
  5. Transportation – Cachora
  6. Round trip Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu
  7. Collection from Ollantaytambo train station when we return form Machupicchu
  8. Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold  boiled water)
  9. 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 afternoon snacks, 8 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day.
  10. Dining tent with tables and chairs
  11. Professional chef
  12. 4 man tent size for 2 people only
  13. Foam mattress pad
  14. Emergency Horse
  15. Horse to carry camping equipment
  16. Horse to carry your personal belongings up to 6 kgs
  17. Oxygen bottle
  18. First aid kit

Itinerary

  • After your arrival to Cusco, we will take you to the hotel and then join your guide for a briefing about the wonderful tour that awaits you. That day begins with a tour of Cusco to enjoy the sights, the capital of the Incas. You can enjoy the indigenous and colonial heritage then spend the remainder of the day at leisure “by exploring Cusco’s nightlife or sampling some of its many typical restaurants.
    Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Cusco OR Similar


    OPTION 1: HALF-DAY CITY TOUR (Additional Price: USD 30 per person).
    We will pick you up at 1:00pm from your hotel to start the tour and visit the following places.

    • The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.
    • The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art.
    • Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.
    • Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.
    • Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.
    • Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

     Included:

    • Transportation
    • Professional English speaking guide.

    Not included:

    • Tourist ticket for entrance to attractions (extra PEN 105)
    • Dinner
    • Gratuity

     

  • OPTION 3: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR (Additional Price: USD 45 per person).
    After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco, and at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft.). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we will have a lunch break to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch (not included) then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm.
    Included:

    • Transportation
    • Professional English speaking guide.

    Not included:

    • Tourist ticket (extra PEN 70)
    • Meals
    • Gratuity

    P.S: Tonight we will have the trail briefing at 7:00pm at the hotel lobby.
    Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Cusco OR Similar

     

  • Our private bus will pick you up from your hotel for the 4 hour drive to the trailhead at Cachora 2800m/9184ft. We load our equipment onto horses and climb for two and a half hours to the Capuliyoc pass at 2750m/9020ft.  We then descend into the Apurimac canyon for two and a half hours to Chiquisca, where we camp for the night.

    Total distance: 19 km 
    Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours 
    Maximum altitude point: 3,100 mts 
    Campsite altitude: 1,800 mts
    Overnight at: The Campsite

  • We make an early start to make the most of the cool morning and descend for one hour to Playa Rosalina, where we cross the Apurimac River. We then begin to climb steeply. After two hours we will arrive at the community of Santa Rosa where we will stop for a rest in the shade. We then continue to climb for another two and half hours until we reach Marampata our lunch-spot. A final gentle two hours takes us to our campsite at Choquequirao (3103m/10178ft).

    Total distance: 16 km 
    Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours 
    Maximum altitude point: 3,100 
    Campsite altitude: 3,100 m
    Overnight at: The Campsite.

     

  • We will spend the whole day exploring the various archaeological sites located at different points on the hillside overlooking the Apurimac River. The restored buildings were areas used for storage, living quarters, a garrison, and the ceremonial sites are impressive.  First reports of a visit to this complex are from 1768 with many more later-explorers, scientists and treasure hunters all the way through 1909 when Hiram Bingham also visited the area reportedly his first contact with a lost citadel of the Incas.  We will have time to wander through this extended settlement spending most of the day looking at the different buildings, some were living quarters, ceremonial centers, garrisons or warehouses. Return to our campsite at the end of the excursion.

    Total distance:  day to explore
    Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours 
    Maximum altitude point: 3,200 m  
    Campsite altitude: 3,100 m
    Overnight at: The Campsite.

     

  • We start our ascent from our campsite to the Pass of Choquequirao (3.250 m / 10,660ft), entering cloud forest where we find polylepis trees, epiphytes and bromelids. On the other side as we descend the Yuracmayo river we pass some terracing that supplied Choquequirao and  finally arrive at the river bed, which we cross. We continue our ascent until reaching Maizal, a balcony with an impressive view of the Yurahmayo and Yanama gorges, as they join and rush towards the Apurimac Canyon.  It’s a natural viewpoint, looking out to the west with beautiful sunsets where we camp.

    Total distance: 18 km 
    Estimated walking time: 8-9 hours 
    Maximum altitude point: 3,500
    Campsite altitude: 3,300 m
    Overnight at: The Campsite.

     

  • The trail starts climbing steeply towards Mina Victoria, an Inca and later colonial mine.  We hike along a hill called Qoriwayrachina, where recent archaeological explorations have taken place. Once over the pass at (3,900m / 12, 792 ft), we have lunch and begin our descent to the village of Yanama with views of the mountain country and Mt. Pumasillo towering above us and our campsite below. 

    Total distance: 16 km  
    Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours 
    Maximum altitude point: 4,400 mts 
    Campsite altitude: 3,600 mts
    Overnight at: The Campsite.

     

  • Heading up the Yanama valley, past fields of farmers we reach the trailhead below the Quiswar pass at , Cross over the pass, beautiful views of Mt. Salkantay and Humantay on a clear day. Descend on the winding trail to the valley of Totora below, camping in the vicinity of the Village.

    Total distance: 19 km 
    Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours 
    Maximum altitude point: 4,700 mts 
    Campsite altitude: 3,300 mts
    Overnight at: The Campsite.

     

  • Today we continue our hike with an easy walk along the Salkamayo River, enjoying the increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. In the afternoon we arrive at our camp at the village of La Playa (2155m/7068ft), where we can refresh in the river before dinner.

    Total distance: 15 km 
    Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours 
    Maximum altitude point: 3,200 mts 
    Campsite altitude: 2,100 mts
    Overnight at: The Campsite.

  • After breakfast, we cross the river and start climbing through  coffee  and fruit plantations to reach El Mirador (2860m/9381ft) from where we have an exceptional view of  Machu Picchu. We enjoy a last lunch at the recently restored Inca site of Llaqtapata (2650m/8692ft) with views of both Machu Picchu and Salkantay before a 2-hour descent brings us to the small train station of Hydro- Electrica. A short train ride will take us to Aguas Calientes and our hostel for the night.

    Total distance: 12 km (7.5 miles) 
    Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours 
    Maximum altitude point: 2,700 mts 
    Accommodation: ,Hotel in aguas calientes(included) 2,000 mts
    Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Cusco OR Similar.

     

  • After an early breakfast, we take the bus up to Machu Picchu, arriving well before the majority of tourists. You will have a guided tour of the site for two hours before having a bit of free time and making your way back on the bus to Aguas Calientes in time for some lunch before boarding the afternoon train back to Cusco.

    Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Cusco OR Similar

  • After breakfast, we will take you to the airport according your flight schedule.

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Trip Preparation & F.A.Qs:

Tips to know before you go to the trek

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind.
Please review the following information before your departure to the Inca Trail to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

  • Know Before You Go

    Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

    Getting Ready to Go

    Passports and Visas

    It is each traveller's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry to Peru and a visa if required.

    Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.

    Passport information must be submitted to Valencia Travel Cusco at least 30 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.

     

    Trip Preparation

    A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas and driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal IDs and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while travelling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

    Cell Phones and Calling Cards

    You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. U.S. service is dominated by the CDMA technology standard, while most of the world uses the incompatible GSM standard. Some U.S. providers do offer GSM, but you may incur high international roaming fees. With GSM, however, you can often choose to have your phone unlocked and then add a local SIM card for lower fees. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally.

    When calling the U.S. from a Peru, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.

    Wireless Internet Access

    Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the Internet via wireless networks. Passengers requiring Internet access can often locate free WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops.

    Staying Healthy While Traveling

    All travellers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

    There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
    Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.

    Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
    If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician's note detailing required treatment should you become ill.

    Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.

    Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).

    You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with band aids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications to last for the entire trip.

    Climate & Clothing

    In Peru, the sun is strong, particularly in higher altitudes. Please, bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Bring comfortable, cushioned walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip, you will be travelling between regions and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Winter months (May through October) are cold. During those periods, you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and a scarf.

    The highland regions of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba and Machu Picchu) have a dry temperate climate that also experience two distinct seasons. The dry season (May through October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day.


    IMPORTANT
    Peru Average Temperatures


    City

     

    Jan

    Feb

    Mar

    Apr

    May

    Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

    Oct

    Nov

    Dec

    Lima

    Low

    68

    70

    70

    67

    63

    61

    61

    61

    59

    61

    63

    67

    High

    79

    81

    81

    76

    72

    70

    67

    67

    67

    70

    72

    76

    Urubamba

    Low

    46

    46

    46

    43

    39

    36

    34

    37

    41

    45

    45

    46

    High

    68

    68

    68

    70

    70

    68

    68

    70

    70

    72

    72

    70

    Cuzco

    Low

    43

    43

    43

    41

    36

    32

    32

    36

    40

    41

    43

    43

    High

    65

    65

    67

    67

    67

    67

    67

    67

    68

    70

    70

    70

    Puno

    Low

    39

    38

    38

    34

    29

    25

    21

    25

    30

    34

    37

    38

    High

    61

    61

    61

    63

    61

    61

    61

    61

    63

    65

    63

    63

    Aguas Calientes

    Low

    45

    45

    42

    41

    37

    34

    32

    36

    39

    43

    43

    45

    High

    66

    66

    66

    68

    68

    66

    66

    68

    68

    70

    70

    70

    Book & Film Recommendations

    Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination, either in advance of their trip or while travelling, as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guidebook, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our tour managers and staff to recommend books and films that past guests may have enjoyed. The following list does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or movies; it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.

    Books

    Machu Picchu:
    Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948)
    Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007)
    Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011)
    Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008)
    Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003)
    The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006)

    General Peruvian Life / Exploration:
    The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005)
    The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003)
    Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003)
    Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975)
    Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
    The White Rock - An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001)

    Incas:
    The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
    Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s)
    The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
    Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)

    Other Archaeology/sites:
    Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
    Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)

    Movies:
    The Secret of the Incas (1957)
    The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
    The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
    Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

     

  • About Your Flights

    Airline Seat Assignments

    As a courtesy service, airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of passenger number. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows "N/A". Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on this display. At the time that Valencia Travel Cusco documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please email us at the following: info@valenciatravelcusco.com.

    Luggage

    Although luggage sizes are now fairly standard, each airline does have specific requirements based upon the route and aircraft size.
    Valencia Travel Cusco land tour packages allow for one piece of luggage per person plus a carry-on bag. Valencia Travel Cusco is not responsible for loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings. Therefore, you must report any loss or damage items immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider.

    Code-share Flights

    If your flight itinerary displays a flight as "Operated By" another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the "Operated By" airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings.

    Airline Flights

    Please check in at least three to four hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time.

    Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage "interlining," and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. If you are connecting from a domestic flight that is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares that carry restrictions and penalties if changed, you must hold the airlines responsible for making alternate arrangements on your behalf, as Valencia Travel Cusco has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

    The Transportation and Safety Administration

    The (TSA) has increased security measures drastically since September 11, 2001. Plan to arrive no fewer than two hours prior to a domestic flight and three to four hours prior to an international flight. Check the TSA website www.tsa.gov for the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing.

    About Business Class Airfares
    Business Class service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When Business Class service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive in Business Class.

    Peru Domestic Flights
    The airline tickets enclosed are for your international flights to/from Lima (provided that you purchased them from Valencia Travel Cusco). If tickets for your flights within Peru are not enclosed, you will receive your tickets (for example, Lima to Cuzco and vice versa) once you arrive in Peru. Please note that you may only bring a total of up to 50lbs of luggage per person on flights within Peru. This weight restriction may differ from your international carrier's and is subject to change.
    A passport or picture ID is required to board all flights in Peru.

    Frequent Flier Programs

    Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules, which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual.

     

  • Oficial papers:

    • Valid and Original passport
    • Travel insurance - You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

    Sleeping Gear:

    • Sleeping bag (can be hire from Valencia Travel Cusco)
    • Thermal rest mattress ( To be upgrade)

    Clothing:

    • Mid weight fleece or wool sweater
    • Fleece pants or tights.
    • Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool.
    • Hiking pants.
    • Hiking shorts.
    • Long-sleeve shirts.
    • T-shirts.
    • Underwear and casual socks.
    • Hiking socks.
    • Liner socks, synthetic.
    • Swimminsuit.

    Clothing accessories:

    • Cap.
    • Fleece hat.
    • Bandana.
    • Fleece gloves.
    • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho

    Footwear:

    • Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread.
    • Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals or other comfortable footwear to use in our campsites.

    Travel Accessories:

    • Bottle of water or Camelback.
    • Flash light.
    • Watch with alarm or travel clock.
    • 2 roll of toilet paper.
    • Sunglasses and retainer strap.
    • Sun block and lip balm.
    • Toiletry kit.
    • Small Washcloth.
    • Personal first-aid kit.
    • Hand sanitizer gel.
    • Insect repellent and appropriate clothing for mosquitos.
    • Several Ziploc plastic bags.

    Extra money for:

    • Drinks.
    • Tip or gratitude to Guide, Cook, and porters.
    • Souvenirs.

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