Amazon Trails Peru - Choquekirao - Machu Picchu Trek - 8 days
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Choquekirao - Machu Picchu Trek - 8 days
This trek takes you to one of the last retreats of the Incas: Choquekirao (3.033 m) and then onwards through Andean scenery, over high passes and through scenic valleys all the way to Aguas Calientes. A little frequented trek with great views but also with strenuous climbs. On day 8 we visit Machu Picchu. Highest point 4668 m.
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This trek takes you to one of the last retreats of the Incas: Choquekirao (3.033 m) and then onwards through Andean scenery, over high passes and through scenic valleys all the way to Aguas Calientes. A little frequented trek with great views but also with strenuous climbs. On day 8 we visit Machu Picchu. Highest point 4668 m.

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Playa Rosalina
4:00 am pick up from your hotel and travel to Cachora (4 hours by private bus). While we are having breakfast the crew will arrange the horses for the trek. On this day we walk 22 km, first flat to Chiquisca and then a little uphill, passing through Abra Capuliyoc. From where we have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon. Finally we descend to Playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Campsite at 1550 m (on some occasions we camp in Chiquisca, a little bit higher than Playa Rosalina).

Day 2: Playa Rosalina To Choquequirao Ruins
After an early breakfast we start walking uphill - through Opuntia-plantations and later through cloud forest - towards Choquequirao. The first part of the trail is very steep but with great views, we arrive to the camp around 3 pm. The ruins are just next to the camp so we start exploring them after arriving. The view of the canyon is spectacular; it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Campsite at Choquequirao, 3033 m.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | camping in double tents

camping in double tents

Day 3: Choquekirao To Maizal
On this day we walk uphill for a while up to 3299m and then descend to Rio Blanco, 1909 m. On the way we pass by Pinchiunuyoj ruins with Inca terraces. The changes of habitats are very spectacular and it is a good area for seeing birds, different varieties of orchids and coca plants at around 2750 m. From Rio Blanco we climb up to Maizal for about 3 hrs. Our camp is at 3000 m.

Day 4: Maizal To Yanama
From here we start walking uphill passing by impressive Inca mining sites called Minas Victoria which were exploited until the 20th century. Almost on the top of our trail we can appreciate original paved Inca trails. We pass over 4154 m and then descend to our campsite at 3800 m.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | camping in double tents

camping in double tents

Day 5: Yanama To Totora
After breakfast we start climbing slowly to our highest pass 4668 m; again the view is amazing as we are surrounded by snow capped mountains: the Mt. Sacsarayoj and Mt. Padreyoj. Our campsite is at 3632

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | camping in double tents

camping in double tents

Day 6: Totora To Playa
On this day we descend to the Totora River. As we go down we reach cloud forest vegetation and the birdlife is very interesting, especially with hummingbirds and woodpeckers as well as many species of orchids and begonias. Campsite at 2125 m in Playa, which is located in the valley, so it is warm.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | camping in double tents

camping in double tents

Day 7: Playa To Aguas Calientes
On this day we walk our last uphill to 2810 m which takes around 3 hours to Llactapata; from here the view of Machu Picchu on the opposite mountain is fabulous. After a good rest we hike down to the Hydroelectric plant on the Urubamba River and from here we walk through the valley to Aguas Calientes or you may take the train at 4 pm (not included). Night in a hostal (dwb).

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | camping in double tents | double room with private bathroom

double room with private bathroom

Day 8: Machu Picchu Full Day - Cusco
After an early breakfast we walk up or take the bus to Machu Picchu and here we have a 2 1/2 hour guided tour; afterwards we have free time to explore by our own, maybe climbing up to Wayna Picchu (extra ticket required) or to walk to the Inka bridge. We return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco in the afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | - (not included)

- (not included)

included
  • english speaking professional guide
  • entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • train tickets Expedition (round trip)
  • optional
  • entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • 1 night double room in hostal in Aguas Calientes including breakfast
  • bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional, 13 US$ p.p.)
  • entrance to Choquekirao ruins
  • 1 night DWB in hostal, incl. breakfast