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Choquequirao Trek  

Choquequirao Trek

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Activities :
CODE: CHSC
Duration: 4 days
Country: Peru
Region: Cusco
Physical rating:
Min persons: 4 persons
Next departure: Every day
Price: USD 350.00
Alternative tour: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu Expedition 12 days
Adventure
These trips involve physical intermediate; the trips can last from 8 hours per day of physical activity or other activities requiring a moderate level. We recommend to be healthy.

  
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  Choquequirao Trek

The Choquequirao trek involves 4 days and 3 nights of trekking and camping. For those that want to follow the Incas footsteps but on a less treaded path. In the Andean region lies the legendary citadel of Choquequirao, resisting the passage of centuries in the midst of the mountains' sharp boulders and wild vegetation, which still covers almost 80 percent of its surface. Its panoramic view is simply majestic. Imposing snow-peaked mountains and hills covered with the lushest vegetation are located at over 9000 feet, under an intensely blue sky eternally dotted with white clouds, in the realm of the condor. Larger than Machu Picchu, the citadel of Choquequirao represents the latest archeological destination in southeastern Peru. Located 140 km from the Inca capital of Cusco, Choquequirao is a jewel lost in the midst of time, surrounded by deep valleys. This is a more difficult hike, the pay off is the wonderful views the whole way. The ruins of choquequirao sits atop a ledge high above the apurimac, they are not as huge as machu picchu but perhaps more interesting and much more out-of-the-way.


This 4 day journey has been designed for adventure lovers who want to hike an ancient Inca trail away from the crowds. Without a doubt, an Andean experience that you will never forget. There is also an opportunity for horse supported trekking where two legs can be swapped for four. According to Peruvian archeologists, this lost city was one of the two places where the last Incas who escaped from Cusco, took refuge and resisted 40 years of Spanish invasion. After Manco Inca's defeat in Cusco, the survivors of the once powerful Inca Empire fled to Choquequirao. It was an important political and religious center, where the last descendants of the empire continued to perform great rituals.

Quick Itinerary of Choquequirao Trek

Day 01: Cusco – Chiquisca

Day 02: Chiquisca – Choququirao

Day 03: Choquequirao – Chiquisca

Day 04: Chiquisca – Cusco

What is included in this trip?

  • Early morning transfer by private tourism bus to Cachora (headtrail).
  • Accommodation: Camping (03 nights).
  • Local guide throughout to Choquequirao Trek.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao.
  • Meals: 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches, 03 dinners and 03 afternoon hot drinks.
  • Horses for carry back packers and all heavy gear and muleteer.
  • One cook.
  • Camping equipment: Double tent, sleeping roll mat
  • Communal dinner tent, cooking tent and toilet tent.
  • All eating and cooking stuff, stools and tables.
  • Tourist transport round trip. (CUSCO - CACHORA - CUSCO)

Not included in this trip:

  • First breakfast and last lunch.
  • International and Domcestic flights.
  • Departure tax.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Sleeping bag

Meals budget: Allow USD 15-20 for meals not included

 
 

Day 01: Cusco - Cachora - Capuliyoc - Chiquisca (B, L, D)

Early pickup from your hotel in Cusco and transfer by private transportation to the headtrail at Cachora. It is possible to visit the hot baths at Coñoc on the road. The first couple of hours of hiking along this fascinating Inca trail will be good acclimatisation. The trail follows a gradual descent of 1500 meters toward the dramatic canyon of the Apurimac-river, one of the largest tributaries of the Amazon. After lunch in Capuliyoc, we start descending for 3hours to Chiquisca where we set up our camp site


Day 02: Chiquisca - Marampata - Choquequirao (B, L, D)

From Chiquisca , we make an early morning start down to the Apurimac river, we cross the bridge and start heading up to Marampata for 4hours, where you can enjoy the many different types of orchids, bromeliads and begonias. This is a challenging day, as we ascend to the pass the walking gets harder but the views are spectacular. We see the natural wonder of the Apurimac river deepest canyon and may have the chance of spotting a condor. We have lunch in Maranpata and in the afternoon descend to the enigmatic lost Inca site of Choquequirao at 3000 meters above sea level to set up our camp site.


Day 3: Choquequirao - Maranpata - Chiquisca

After an early breakfast we spend half day exploring the mystical Inca site of Choquequirao surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery in the midst of the cloud forest. We return to our camp near the archeological site for lunch, and we then retrace our steps through the cloud forest and down to the amazing canyon of the Apurimac-river, and back up to Chiquisca to set up our camp site.


Day 4: Chiquisca - Capuliyoc - Cachora - Cusco

We finish our trek with an ascent to the trailhead at Cachora, We will stop for lunch on the road and finish our trek in the afternoon. Then it's back to Cusco for a well earned rest.


 
  Make your reservation; we have got daily departures for this trip, further details please contact us at the following email address: info@incatrailmachu.com


 
 
Choquequirao Trek information

1) Shorter/longer stays, hotel upgrades and extra trips all possible.

Please contact our sales department for more information or check out our Taylor Made section. sales@tierrasvivas.com

2) Visas: You may be required to obtain a travel visa, also all countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

Accommodation:

3 Night Camping

Camping Equipment (Included in this trip):

  • Double tents, sleeping bag, sleeping roll mat.
  • Communal dinner tent, cooking tent, toilet tent.
  • Stools and tables

Arrival Complications:

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you can not commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your trip leader/local operator or to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier. If you are unable to get in touch with your leader/local operator, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our local operatos/representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point Hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Local Emergency Contact

If you need emergency assistance, you can contact us locally at the following phone numbers:

Cell: 00 51 984 004472

Phone:00 51 84 226547 Local Office

Choquequirao Trek Backpack

We recommend that you bring a backpack with extra spaces and pockets. This should not weigh more than 45 litres (5 kilos).

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu private group

You will be provided with a duffel bag that will be carried by our horses. Horses are regulated to 5 kg per hiker and will not be permitted carry more. If you belongings are heavier than 5 kg you must pay USD 130 extra for the extra horses.

Duffle bags - Upon your return to Cusco, please leave the duffle bag at reception

Choquequirao Trek suitable clothes

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, layered by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in the first two campsites, warm coats can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Choquequirao, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Choquequirao has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. Check our “What we recommend that you bring” list for further information

Checklist of what to take:

  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Extra Money (emergency)
  • Camera and film
  • Binoculars
  • Cover for backpacks
  • Fair sized daypack
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Shorts
  • Long trousers
  • Hiking pants/track pants
  • Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
  • Sport sandals
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses (Optional)
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Water bottle
  • Pocket knife
  • Torch/flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • personal medication

Single Travel fo the Choquequirao Trek:

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING ALONE AND WOULD PREFER TO SHARE A TENT, WE WILL PAIR YOU WITH ANOTHER TREKKER ONF THE SAME GENDER. IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOU OWN TENT THEN THERE WILL BE A SURCHERGE USD 30

Choquequirao Trek weather:

The highland region of Cusco has well defined winter and summer seasons. Winter day (June-August) are very sunny and warm, but the temperature drops to near freezing at night. Rainy season is from January to Mach. It is advised that even in the dry season all belongings should be packed in plastic bags.

All people who undertake the trail must be in a fit physical condition, althought the distances are not great the altitude and the cold nights make this a hard trek.Therefore if you are ill or have been ill in the past few days you SHOULD NOT undertake the trail

Meal Budget on the Choquequirao Trek:

Daily allowance USD25 for meals not included. For additional expenses, please contact our sales department for more information sales@tierrasvivas.com

Emergency Fund:

Please, make sure you have access to at least an additional USD200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster) need a change to our planned tour. This is a rare occurrence! But you never know…

Optional activities:

Cusco

City Tour in Cusco USD10

Sacred Valley of the Incas

South Valley USD75

Horse back riding USD25

Maras & Moray tour USD75

Rafting in Urubamba River USD40

All prices are in USD.

A Couple of Rules:

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts you at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Tierras Vivas travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The explotation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader/local operators has the right to expel any member of the group/tour if drugs are found in their possession or they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a trip with us, you will not be permitted to join the tour until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader or local operator, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Tierras Vivas is a Travel Assurance provider, and in case you are interested in get our proposal, please contact us to the following email: sales@tierrasvivas.com

Responsible Travel:

Tierras Vivas has been responsible to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveller and host alike. We work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts.Keeping in Touch: If you need to be contacted while travelling we recommend that you set up an email address that can be accessed on the road, rather than relying on postal mail. Ciber cafes are becoming increasingly commonplace and cheap throughout the regions we visit, and have quickly become the preferred way for our leaders and travellers to stay in touch. If someone wishes to contact you in an emergency while you are on one of our trips we recommend that they contact your local booking agent, or refer to our Emergency Contact.

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK AVAILABILITY

Departures guarente all year round. Please contact us for more information:info@tierrasvivas.com

Choquequirao Trek Cost

Cost per pax USD 320+ Local Payment no requirement
*Rates can be modified without notice and upon availability at the moment of the booking*

 

  
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