AAPT09     Trekking Choquequirao & Machu Picchu    11D/10N (from Cusco)


Day 1: Cusco – Cachora.

The day starts from Cusco with a car ride (4h) towards the town of Cachora. On the way, we visit the archaeological sites of Saywite and Tarawasi. Overnight at San Pedro de Cachora village where we get our first glimpse of the breathtaking Vilcabamba range. Camp at 2900m (9515ft). LB, D

Day 2: Cachora – Santa Rosa (6h).

After breakfast, we start our today's hike to our next camp at Santa Rosa. During our trek, we enjoy the impressive landscapes of the dramatic Apurimac Canyon. Continuing downhill along the trail to the Apurimac River, we cross a bridge and begin to ascend following the trail on the opposite side. Camp at Santa Rosa (2190m/7185ft). B, LB, D

Day 3: Santa Rosa – Choquequirao (7h).

Today we make a steep hike up the rugged trail to the remarkable archaeological complex of Choquequirao at 3085m/10120ft, perched 1500m above the Apurimac River. During the ascent, we enjoy spectacular views of the natural landscape that surrounds this amazing Inca city. We set up camp near the ruins at about 2900m (9515ft). B, LB, D.

Day 4: Choquequirao – Pinchaunuyoc (3 h walking times)

In the morning, we will have plenty of time to explore the extensive agricultural terraces, the ceremonial dwellings and the sacred temples of the Choquequirao archaeological complex. Then we start hiking following an Inca water canal out of the citadel and through the cloud forest and highland prairie with enjoyable views of the Vilcabamba Range and the sub-tropical valley below. In the afternoon, we arrive at the recently discovered stone remains (covered in moss) at the place known as Pinchaunuyoc Camp (2000m/6560m). Here we rest in the afternoon discovering the ruins and the beautiful surroundings. B, LB, D.

Day 5: Pinchaunuyoc – Maizal (4h)

In the morning and after a hearty breakfast, the trail will take us through dry Andean highland forest and then descends into the Rio Blanco valley. From the river, we make another steep climb to Maizal, a nice view point where we will be rewarded by amazing views of three converging valleys and the great snowy peaks of Mount Padreyoc (5771m), Mount Corihuayrachina (5400m) and far away we can see the steep west side of the impressive Mount Salcantay. This is one of the most beautiful camps (3000m/9840ft) during our trek. B, L, D

Day 6: Maizal – Yanama (6h)

The day begins with a long climb through cloud forest and over dry puna covered by ichu grass. This will take us to the pass of San Juan (4050m) where we can spot remnants of the Victoria mines and a network of well-preserved Inca trails. Then we descend to a valley from where we will climb up towards our second pass at Choquetacarpo (4070m/13350ft) and do a final descend to the small village of Yanama (4010m/13155ft), located at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. B, L, D

Day 7: Yanama – Totora (6h)

After a relaxing morning, today we start our hike with an ascent to the Yanama pass at 4850m/15910ft and following the snowline into a grassy valley. With some luck, perhaps we will have the opportunity to spot Andean Condors circling above us, or along the rim of the nearby high Andean snowcapped peaks. The landscape is fantastic. Later on, we make a long descent to the small community of Totora where we will set up our camp (3900m/12800ft). B, L, D

Day 8: Totora – Wiñaypoko (6h)

Today's trek will take us down first to the small village of Collpapampa where we find a nice hot water springs spot. After lunch and soaking in the medicinal water, we will continue our descent through beautiful cloud forest area until we will reach our camp at the place known as Wiñaypoko (2250m/7380ft). Late in the afternoon, there will be time to go to the river for a well-deserved refreshing bath. B, L, D.

Day 9: Wiñaypoko - La Playa (Miscabamba) Village – Lucmabamba (5h)

In this trekking day, we will hike for 3 hours down to the place known as La Playa (1800m/5904ft). This trek takes us along the north side of Santa Teresa River. On the way down, we will observe plantations of banana, coffee, granadillas (a typical fruit from the area), avocado trees, etc. The sound of flocks of parrots will accompany us during the hike and above the river perhaps we can observe the fast fly of king fisher birds. Arriving at La Playa, we cross the river to reach Cochapampa village from where a 1-hour hike will take us to Lucmabamba settlement where we will camp (1700m/5576ft). (B, LB, D).

Day 10: Lucmabamba – Llactapacta – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes.

Following an Inca road, our last day trek (3 hours) will take us towards the Inca Ruins of Llactapacta (2800m/ 9184ft) where we spend about 1 hour visiting this interesting archaeological site with terraces, agriculture & storage areas, etc. From here and weather permitting, we can observe the northwest side of the Machu Picchu citadel and the summit of Huayna Picchu hill. After lunch and following a steep mountainside, we will then continue our trekking (2 hours) down to the place known as La Hidroelectrica (operation area of the hydroelectric power plant). Here we will have time to rest and later on board the local train to the town of Aguas Calientes (2012m/6600ft) where we will arrive after a 1-hour ride. Hotel. (B, LB)

Day 11: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

In our last day, a public tourist bus transport will take you up to the main entrance of the Machu Picchu City (2400m/7872ft). Our guided tour will show you this beautiful Inca City, one of the most famous in the world. You will visit the Intihuatana, the temple of the 3 windows, temple of the moon, the terraces, the ceremonial fountains, the sun gate and other sectors of the impressive citadel. In the afternoon, we take the public bus down to Aguas Calientes and by train you will return back to the city of Cusco. Transfer to your hotel. (B).

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Included: All transfers to/from trekking start point, professional English speaking guide, noted meals, food services as noted in the program, first aid kit, horses, horse keepers, complete camping equipment.

Not included: International and domestic flights, airport taxes, extras, personal trekking equipment, tips, train Aguas Calientes - Cusco (Vista Dome: us$ 116. - pp; Expedition Class: us$102.-), Choquequirao and Machu Picchu Trail entrance fee (us$110. - pp – this can be modified).

Grading: Easy – moderate - hard 

Personal weight allowance per passenger: 10 kgs (this to be carried by horses)





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