Choquequirao - Machu Picchu 6 days | 5 nights
DAY ONE: Cusco – Cachora – Capulliyoc – Playa Rosalina:
To begin our trip to Machu Picchu we will leave Cusco by private transfer at approximately 1:30 AM. After a four hour drive, we arrive in Cachora (2,900 MASL), a typical Andean town. We will then drive on to Capulliyoc (2,915 MASL) to meet with the rest of our trekking team. On the way, you will enjoy splendid early morning views of the Apurimac Valley stretching out below us, and of the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora (5,482 MASL). Afterwards, we will trek through the eastern slopes of the Andes until we reach Coca Masana (2,330 MASL). The temperature will rise and the flora and fauna begin to change. Towards the end of the day, we will arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1,550 MASL to set up camp beside the raging Apurimac River.
DAY TWO: Playa Rosalina – Maranpata or Choquequirao:
After breakfast, we will head out to reach Maranpata or Choquequirao at approximately midday. We will explore the archaeological site and acquire a deeper knowledge of the area's history. We will admire the beauty and observe the dauntless flight of the condors that appear in the skies around Choquequirao. Towards the end of the day, we will head to Raqaypata to have dinner and camp for the night.
DAY THREE: Choquequirao all day:
This day is dedicated to enjoying the splendor and learning the history of Choquequirao. Through a guided visit we will learn about each sector of the site and observe the three excavated levels of this late Inca town, including excavations in progress and finally unexplored areas that can also inform us about this last refuge of the oppressed Inca empire. Time will be spent to enjoy the majestic flight of condors and if we are lucky they will come very close to us. In the afternoon, we will return to our campsite to have lunch and rest in the stillness of Choquequirao.
DAY FOUR: Choquequirao -Santa Rosa – Chiquiska:
Breakfast will be served, then the group will head towards Santa Rosa, where the vegetation will become abundant and the weather will get warmer. Camping will be in the sector of Chiquiska.
DAY FIVE: Chiquiska–Capulliyoc-Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town):
Be prepared for a four hour climb to Mirador Capuliyoq beginning shortly after breakfast. Lunch will be served before the drive to Ollantaytambo, where we will have dinner and afterwards take the train to Aguas Calientes to lodge in a hostel.
DAY SIX: Machu Picchu
After Machu Picchu, we return by train to Ollantaytambo, then take the bus to Cusco.
- Professional bilingual (Spanish / English) guide.
- Mules for transportation of equipment, food, and personal luggage (7 kg/15 lbs per person). Wranglers will be responsible for the animals.
- A cook to prepare all meals.
- Cooking equipment, tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, etc.
- Four seasons tent (a 3 person tent for every 2 individuals).
- Thermarest sleeping pad.
- Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners; all food will be suitable for trekking and rich in carbohydrates.
- Boiled water provided at meal times to refill your water bottle.
- Entrance fee for Choquequirao.
- Private transportation, Cusco-Capulliyoc-Cusco.
Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day.
What you need to bring:
Original passport and International Student Identification Card (ISIC) if applicable. An insurance card is also essential.
- Waterproof hiking boots (with ankle protectors)
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Rain pants
- Sunscreen (SPF 35 recommended minimum)
- Insect repellent with at least 40% DEET (for mosquitoes)
- Water bottle
- Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries (flashlight)
- Cash for tipping porters, cook and guide, and for any emergencies (around 400 soles)
- Walking poles (Black Diamond or Leki brand recommended)