Choquequirao & Machu Picchu
This amazing 8 days trek goes to two of the most important archeological findings in Peru; Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. You will take an alternative route to Machu Picchu so you do not need any Inca Trail permits. The trek is rather new and it is a great adventure that is different from what most people experience in Peru.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Extreme
- Group Size Small Group
Destinations: Machu Picchu, Choquequirao, Aguas Calientes
Time: 8 days / 7 nights
Price per person, based on two persons
Note 1: Because of the nature of hotels and the travel industry, it is not always possible to secure the hotels and lodges listed in the itinerary. Tailor Made Peru will endeavour to secure the hotels listed in your itinerary. However, Tailor Made Peru reserves the right to secure the next best available option or an upgrade in the event that the original hotels are not available or overbooked.
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- Transfer Cusco – Cachora
- Professional English speaking guide
- Entrance Machu Picchu
- Bus to and from Machu Picchu
- Train (Expedition class)
- Camping equipment, tent, etc.
- Emergency horse
- Inflatable mattress Thermarest
- Sleeping bag
- First Aid-kit
- Electricity (8 d/7A/7 c)
- Cook and porters
- Horses to carry equipment for food, tents and things for common use + customers luggage up to 7 kg
- Stay over at hostel with private bathroom in Aguas Calientes
- Day 1 Cusco – Cachora – Chikiska
We pick you up at your hotel in Cusco around 5:30 am and take you to San Pedro de Cachora where you will meet all the people that will accompany us on the trek (chef, guide, and porters). Then we start the trek and when we reach Capuliyoq we have lunch. In the afternoon we arrive to Chikiska where we set up the camp and have dinner.
- Day 2 Chikiska – Choquequirao
After a good breakfast we start the trek towards the archeological center of Choquequirao. It is mostly uphill. We have lunch close to the community of Marampata and we arrive to the campsite at 17:00 where we will sleep on one of the Inca terraces from where we will take part of a beautiful sunset.
- Day 3 Choquequirao – Maizal
In the morning we visit the whole archeological complex and we will enjoy a guided visit for around 2 hours. We continue our trek, today will be the toughest day because we ascend passing the Rio Blanco where we will have lunch. Then we continue for three hours until we reach the campsite in Maizal.
- Day 4 Maizal – Yanama
Today we will start with a three hour ascend until we reach Yanama where the descend starts. We continue to the mines of Victoria, as an extra activity you can extract silver blocks from the abandoned mine. We have lunch here and then we descend to our campsite in Yanama where we have dinner.
- Day 5 Yanama – Collpa
We start the trek and have lunch in Totora. We then continue for three more hours until we reach our campsite in Collpa. Here it will be possible to buy soft drinks, batteries, and other products.
- Day 6 Collpa – Playa
Today’s trek will be very short but very nice because we will have the opportunity to take a refreshing bath in one of the waterfalls and we will also be able to enjoy exotic fruits such as the granadilla. We will pass some cocoa- and banana plantations and we arrive to our campsite around midday. We have lunch at the campsite and can enjoy a free afternoon.
- Day 7 Playa – Aguas Calientes
We start the trek by ascending a small hill which will lead us to one of the small archeological complexes in the zone, the Llaqtapata complex. Here we will see a stone that might have been used for astronomical purposes. The lunch will take place in the Hydro electrical area where we will board the train that takes us to the town Aguas Calientes. Overnight in a hotel.
- Day 8 Machu Picchu – Cusco
After an early breakfast we take the bus up to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise. You will get a guided tour of the ruins for about two hours and then you will have some free time to explore the ruins on your own and take more photos. A popular alternative is to climb the mountain next to Machu Picchu; Huayna Picchu (2 hours). It is quite tough but if you reach the top you will have a spectacular view over Machu Picchu and the surroundings. In the afternoon you take the train back to Cusco. You are picked up and transferred to your hotel.