“Difficult roads often lead to BEAUTIFUL destinations.””Somewhere on your journey don’t forget to turn around and enjoy the view.””This is your campsite. You really should come see it sometime.”
CHOQUEQUIRAO- MACHU PICCHU –
CUSCO – CACHORA – SANTA ROSA
- Our first day starts by picking you up from your hotel at 5:00am and driving for four hours to the village of Cachora, situated on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks.
- We will stop in Cachora for breakfast and to purchase any last-minute supplies before continuing by car to Capuliyoc (2915m/9561ft) where we will have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley and Choquequirao.
- From here, we will descend steeply into the Apurimac Canyon, taking in the spectacular views as we descend for 4 hours to Chiquisqa (1836m / 6023ft) where we will stop for the first lunch of Andean cuisine.
- After lunch we begin a tough, two-hour climb to the Santa Rosa Campsite where we will have dinner and rest for the night. Walking Distance: 14km/8.7 miles Elevation: 2915m/9561ft to 1836m/6023ft to 2200m/7215ft Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging Weather: Hot and humid
SANTA ROSA- CHOQUEQUIRAO
- We will start early with a delicious breakfast before starting our three-hour hike along a narrow trail up the mountain to Marampata. We will spend 1 hours at this place-Marampata taking in spectacular views and enjoying our lunch.
- After lunch, we continue to Choquequirao where we will spend the afternoon exploring the ruins until it is time for dinner. We will watch the sunset there and cross our fingers for a chance to see condors.
Walking Distance: 14km/8.7 miles
Elevation: 2200m/7215ft to 3100m/10170ft
Weather: Hot and humid; cold in the evening
CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHAYNIYOQ
- Today, we have a chance to explore Choquequirao a little more. After waking up early for breakfast, we will head off on a guided tour of the site during which you will be shown the most important and interesting sections of the city.
- After the tour, we will follow an Inca water canal out of the citadel through the cloud forest and highland prairie with views of the Vilcabamba Range and the sub-tropical valley below. In the afternoon, we will arrive to the recently discovered stone remains covered in moss at Pinchayniyoq, where we will camp for the night.
Walking Distance: 14 km/8.7 miles
Elevation: 2900 m 9514ft
Weather: Hot and humid – many mosquitoes
- On this day, we will have breakfast at sunrise. Today the trail takes us through dry Andean highland forest then descends into the Rio Blanco valley.
- From the river, we make another steep climb to Maizal, where we will enjoy amazing views of three converging valleys and the great snowy peaks of Salkantay, Padrilloc, and perhaps some condors (Andean king of the birds).
- One of the most beautifulplaces on our trip, we will camp here for the night.
Walking Distance: 13 km/8miles
Elevation: 3,800 m/12467ft)
Difficulty: Hard – many ups and downs
Weather: warm and cold – many mosquitoes
MAIZAL- YANAMA- LUCMABAMBA
- After a good breakfast, we begin with a long climb through the cloud forest to the San Juan pass (4050m/ 13123ft). From here, we can spot remnants of the Victoria mines and a network of well-preserved Inca trails.
- Next we will ascend to the second pass at Choqueqatarpo (4000/13120ft) before descending to the charming Andean village of Yanama. Here we say goodbye to our horsemen and take a van over the Totora pass and down to the small hamlet of Lucmabamba.
Walking Distance: 14km/8.7 miles
Elevation: 4050m/ 13123ft
Weather: Cold (morning). Hot and humid
Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
- Our final day of hiking takes us ON an ancient Inca Trail to Llactapata, an Inca site that has only recently been excavated. We will also have a truly amazing view of Machu Picchu from the back that few tourists get to see.
- We descend sharply on a zigzagged rail to the Urubamba valley and the hydroelectric center train station. We will have lunch here and then say goodbye to our trekking chef and porters.
- You will have the option to take the train (50 minute ride) or finish your trip on foot (3 hours and 20 minutes of easy walking) to the bustling tourist town of Aguas Calientes. Here we will check into a hotel and meet for our last dinner together.
Walking Distance: 9km/5.6 miles
Weather: Cold (morning). Hot and humid
MACHU PICCHU- CUSCO
- We recommend waking up early to catch the first bus around 5:30am. After entering Machu Picchu, you will have a two-hour guided tour of the most important sites in the city.
- Following the tour, there will be free time to explore the site at your own pace or do any of the short alternative treks to the Inca Bridge or the Sungate. If you purchased a ticket in advance to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will complete those hikes at this time (tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain are NOT included and must be purchased separately and early).
- At the designated time, your guide will meet you down in the village of Aguas Calientes to pick up your duffel bags from the hotel and take you to the train station for your ride back to Ollantaytambo. A private van will take you back to your hotel in Cuscso from the train station.
Walking distance: varied! You can spend as much time as you like exploring Machu Picchu city or taking an additional hike.
Difficulty: Moderate. Machu Picchu city is large and requires many trips up and down stairs to see it all.
Weather: Hot and humid (bring a lot of water and rain gear)
- Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
- Private transportation
- Private, English speaking guide
- All entrance fees
- Drop off at your hotel in Cusco
- All meals as specified in the itinerary (dietary preferences honored with proper notice)
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Double occupancy. Single occupancy available for additional charge)
- Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Tent (Double occupancy. Single occupancy available for additional charge)
- Sleeping mat
- Duffel bags to be carried by porters (up to 15pounds/7kilos per person)
- Clean water at every meal stop
- Basic First Aid equipment
- Lunch and Dinner – Day 7
- Walking sticks (available for rent)
- Sleeping Bag (available for rent for $30)
- Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb (available for additional $30 fee)
- Alcoholic beverages of any kind
- Travel insurance
- Tips for porters, horsemen, chef, and guide (to see our guide for tipping, please go here)
- Total Walking Distance: 78km/48.4 miles Elevation: Minimum: 1800m/5905ft Maximum: 3100m/10170ft Difficulty: Challenging/Difficult Weather: Mostly Hot and humid – many mosquitoes. A few cold nights as well
2-3 people: $1450/person 4-7 people: $1150/person 8+: $950/person
Walking sticks: $12
Sleeping bag: $30
Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Climb: $30 (MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE)
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