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Inca Choquequirao Trek

from $ 2299

Discover ancient Inca ruins on a trek to Machu Picchu

Trip Dates

  • 26.Aug. - 07.Sep.2017
  • 23.Sep. - 05.Oct.2017
  • 21.Oct. - 02.Nov.2017
  • 05.May. - 17.May.2018
  • 09.Jun. - 21.Jun.2018
  • 25.Aug. - 06.Sep.2018
  • 22.Sep. - 04.Oct.2018
  • 20.Oct. - 01.Nov.2018

Trip Dates

26.Aug. - 07.Sep.2017 available Book now
23.Sep. - 05.Oct.2017 available Book now
21.Oct. - 02.Nov.2017 available Book now
05.May. - 17.May.2018 available Book now
09.Jun. - 21.Jun.2018 available Book now
25.Aug. - 06.Sep.2018 available Book now
22.Sep. - 04.Oct.2018 available Book now
20.Oct. - 01.Nov.2018 available Book now

Trip Highlights

  • Spend seven days hiking through the Peruvian Andes
  • Visit the celebrated Machu Picchu
  • Discover the ancient Inca sites of Choquequirao and Pumamarca
  • Take the opportunity to ascend Huayna Picchu for a different vantage point
  • Get a glimpse of Peruvian heritage at the Amaru community
  • Explore Cusco's remarkable culture and nightlife, live music, roof top bars and authentic restaurants

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Cusco

Day 2 - Cusco

Day 3 - Sacred Valley and Amaru community

Day 4 - Pumamarca and Ollantaytambo

Day 5 - Begin Choquequirao trek

Day 6 - Trek to Marampata

Day 7 - Trek to Choquequirao

Day 8 - Trek to Maizal

Day 9 - Trek to Yanama

Day 10 - Trek to Lucmabamba

Day 11 - Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 12 - Machu Picchu

Day 13 - Trip ends Cusco

The Sweat Level

MODERATE TO HARDCORE

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. The trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of ‘Moderate to Hardcore’. Trips with this grading include activities such as trekking with a full pack, cycling extended distances over multiple days or trekking at altitudes between 4000 and 5000m for up to seven hours a day. When a full pack is involved, it will weigh approximately 15 to 20kg. These trips require a strong level of fitness and health. In preparation of the trip, we recommend you engage in an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times a week, as well as extended walks with a pack on the weekends, for three months prior to departure. Training in variable weather is recommended.

When To Go

The main trekking season in Peru lasts from the end of April through to mid October. This is the dry but 'cold' period, with the best mountain views and all passes open. In the highlands of Peru, where some of this trip takes place, daytime temperature will be in the range of 10°C to 25°C, falling as low as -10°C at night. November to March is the 'wet' but warmer period in the mountains and jungle. The heavy rain periods do not usually arrive until late January.

From April to October, temperatures in Lima range from 15°C to 25°C during the day and are cool at night. From October to March, daytime temperatures fall between 20°C and 28°C. Daytime temperatures in Cusco often range from 10°C to 25°C.

Trip Inclusions

  • 6 nights camping, 6 nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis
  • 11 x breakfast, 10 x lunch, 6 x dinner
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Transportation throughout as noted in itinerary including trains to and from Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fees for Machu Picchu
  • Kitchen, dining, and sleeping tents and mattresses while camping
  • Trekking support crew
  • Drinking water during trek

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cusco

The adventure begins in Cusco, the gateway to the Sacred Valley known for its Spanish colonial architecture and ancient Inca history. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city before an evening trip briefing where you'll meet your group of Yomads travellers and learn more about the upcoming days.

Meals: Nil

Day 2: Cusco

The morning is reserved for a city tour of Cusco and its surrounds, where every alleyway and corner turned brings another surprise in the form of superbly constructed Inca walls or architecturally extravagant colonial structures. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure, taking in the sights or enjoying a drink overlooking the plaza.

Meals: B

Day 3: Sacred Valley and Amaru community

Today is spent in the Sacred Valley experiencing the Amaru community. Welcoming us to their daily life, the locals will explain their heritage and the work that the association does on behalf of the traditional culture. Here, we will take part in a weaving workshop, beginning with a hike through a native forest to visit the nursery where we will choose the plants to dye the fibers. We'll discover the medicinal and culinary properties of the plants before learning the entire weaving process from shearing and hand spinning to dyeing and design.

Meals: B, L

Day 4: Pumamarca and Ollantaytambo

Drive towards Ollantaytambo via the Patacancha Valley, stopping along the way in the community of Pallata (3180m). Here, you can observe the native Quechua way of life where crops are sown and textiles woven with simple hand tools that have been in use for centuries. A steep ascent will take us to the archaeological complex at Pumamarca (3390m), a small Inca settlement that managed the irrigation system of the Inca terracing below. We'll then begin hiking through the terraced complex of Choquecancha amid impressive views of the surrounding landscape. A three hour descent through these farmed terraced areas will bring us to Ollantaytambo in time for lunch and a visit of the Ollantaytambo ruins, one of the few Inca towns that has passed the test of time to maintain its original Incan design from several hundred years ago. Here, we'll explore the Inca canchas, ingenious stonework, cobbled streets, and an extensive water system that still functions today.

Meals: B, L

Day 5: Begin Choquequirao trek, walk approx. 6 hours

Heading north towards Lima, we leave the city behind and cross into Antapampa as Mt Salcantay and Humantay followed by Pitusiray, Chico, and Veronica come into view. After visiting Tarawasi and Sayhuite, a stone said to be a carved map of the Inca Empire, we'll pass through Cachora and arrive at Capuliyoc (2850m) and the start of our hike. Setting out with our daypacks we walk along the edge of the mountain, getting our first view of the Apurimac Canyon and the trail that lies ahead. We begin our first descent and camp by the river at a small campsite at Chiquisca.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Trek to Marampata, walk. approx 7 hours

Early in the morning, a river crossing marks the start of the day. From here, we will ascend the steep trail and begin to appreciate the environment and vegetation on both sides of the Apurimac Canyon. After breaking for lunch in a meadow, the most challenging part of the day is behind us with the trail beginning to flatten as we approach the hanging valley that contains the site of Choquequirao. Tonight, we'll camp in a flat section of Marampata.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Trek to Choquequirao, walk approx. 2 hours

Today is reserved for exploring the extended settlement of Choquequirao and its various archaeological sites throughout the hillside that overlooks the Apurimac River. We'll pass the stream of Chunchumayo where the views to the other side of the canyon are spectacular. The restored buildings throughout the area that were once used for storage, living quarters, a garrison, and ceremonial sites are impressive, with first reports of visiting the complex dating back to 1768. In the evening, we'll set up camp at Choquequirao Terrace (3000m).

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Trek to Maizal, walk approx. 7 hours

Ascending from our campsite to the Choquequirao Pass (3250m), we enter cloud forest to find polylepis trees, epiphytes, and bromeliads. Heading towards the Yuracmayo River, we will descend from the pass alongisde terracing that once supplied Choquequirao. The trail then changes again as we ascend to Maizal, a balcony with a stunning view of the Yurahmayo and Yanama gorges as they join and rush towards the Apurimac Canyon. We'll enjoy the evening from our campsite looking west as we watch the sunset from Maizal.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Trek to Yanama, walk approx. 7 hours

Climbing steeply towards Mina Victoria, first an Inca and then later colonial mine, we'll hike along the hill Qoriwayrachina where recent archaeological explorations have taken place. Once over the pass at 3900m, we'll break for lunch and begin our descent to the village of Yanama, taking in the views of the mountain country and Mt Pumasillo towering above us and our campsite in Yanama below.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Trek to Lucmabamba, walk approx. 7 hours

Once again we'll begin the day heading up, following a trail through the Yanama Valley past farms to the trailhead below the Quiswar Pass (4180m). Crossing the pass is a spectacular sight, especially on a clear day when trekkers are rewarded with views to Mt. Salcantay and Humantay. Descending on the winding trail to the valley of Totora below, we'll pass Hornopampa to Totora town (3375m) and meet the vehicle that will take us to our next campsite. Passing settlements of farms growing coffee and tropical fruits, we'll drive to Lucmabamba (2134m) and set up camp for the night.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Trek to Aguas Calientes, walk approx. 8 hours

Traversing dense cloud forest amid the sounds of bird calls, we pass the pre-Inca site of Llactapata. From here, we're provided with a magnificent view of Machu Picchu from its northern face. Descending into the Urbamba Valley, we have the chance to take a refreshing dip in the Aobamba stream as we follow the path to the hydroelectric plant (1900m). In the afternoon, take the train to Aguas Calientes, a village near Machu Picchu, where we'll spend the night.

Meals: B, L

Day 12: Machu Picchu

This morning, we'll visit the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu (2430m). Occupied for about a century, the site was abandoned at the time of the Spanish Conquest and largely unknown to the outside world until it's discovery in 1911. There's plenty of time to explore the sites and learn about its history during our guided tour. For those that want to see the site from another angle, there is an option to ascend Huayna Picchu (2720m), a prominent peak rising over Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes.

Meals: B, L

Day 13: Trip ends Cusco

In the afternoon, take the train to Cusco where the trip ends, leaving you free to continue the adventure on your own.

Meals: Nil

Accommodation

Cusco 2N Hotel
Urubamba 1N Hotel
Ollantaytambo 1N Hotel
Chiquisca 1N Camp
Marampata 1N Camp
Choquequirao 1N Camp
Maizal 1N Camp
Yanama 1N Camp
Lucmabamba 1N Camp
Aguas Calientes 2N Hotel

Disclaimer

The itinerary should be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control. Prices valid up to 31/12/2017. For trips departing after this date, the price will likely increase subject to local inflationary pressures on operational costs.

The Sweat Level

  • Moderate to Hardcore
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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