The view is simply majestic! Imposing snowy peaks and hills covered with abundant vegetation dominate the valley at an altitude of over 2,800 meters, under an intensely blue sky strewn with clouds. It is the kingdom of the condor. In this Andean region the legendary citadel of Choquequirao is elaborated. Its name translates all the promises: the "Cradle of Gold"! Bingham visited him from 1909, shortly before the discovery of Machu Picchu. By an imperturbable beauty, it resisted the passage of the centuries, in the middle of the rocks and a wild vegetation, that always covers near 80% of its surface. Don´t miss the opportunity and discover the first two jewels of the Incas. Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu, will give you the opportunity to enjoy an incredible trip.
Day 01: Cusco - Cachora - Playa Rosalina
Day 02: Playa Rosalina - Marampata - Choquequirao
Day 03: Choquequirao - Maizal
Day 04: Maizal - Minas Victoria - Yanama
Day 05: Yanama - Totora
Day 06: Totora - Collpapampa - Wiñaypoco
Day 07: Wiñaypoco - La Playa - Lucmabamba
Day 08: Lucmabamba - Hidrolectrica - Puente Ruinas
Day 09: Puente Ruinas - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
To start our excursion of Choquequirao Trek, we will wake up very early in the morning and then we will pick you up at your hotel in our private transport to transfer you to the town of San Pedro de Cachora for a lapse of 4 hours. On the way we will make a stop to enjoy our breakfast and admire the wonderful and admirable Limatambo canyon and the amazing Apu Salkantay snowfall, then we will continue with our trip to Cachora where our travel team, horses, muleteers and crew will wait for us. porters who will take care of bringing all our camping equipment and the necessary food for the entire trip. Once ready we start our excursion, we will walk around 3 hours to Capuliyoc (2,915 m / 9,564 ft), where we will have the first beautiful views of the Apurímac valley where we will be able to see the snow covered mountains of Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora in the distance. Later we descend towards Cocamasana located at 2,330 m / 7,664 ft. where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change, it is necessary to carry with a mosquito repellent. Finally we will arrive at Rosalina Beach at 1,550 m / 5,085 ft which is located next to the Apurímac river in this place will be our camp where we will spend the first night.
This second day is considered one of the most demanding but at the same time the most exciting. Early after a strengthening breakfast we will begin to climb a steep zigzagging road with an approximate duration of 5 hours until Raqaypata continues to the Chunchullumayo river where we will have a well-deserved lunch, at 2 hours from the camp we will find the archaeological park of Choquequirao where we will have a guided tour of 2 hours in it you can observe the sunset and hopefully you can see condors flying near us. After the visit we will return to our camp, for a well-deserved rest.
On this day, we will start walking uphill until we reach 3,300 m / 10,827 ft. And then we will descend to the Blanco River (1,900 m / 6,234 ft). On the way we will go through a forest of clouds until we reach the archaeological site of Pinchaunuyoc, this is a very special archaeological group since it appears suddenly during the journey as well as looking like a forest cloudy covered with a thick layer of moss and vegetation. During the tour we will observe a variety of bird species, orchids and plantations of the sacred leaf - the Coca leaf at (2,750 m / 9,022 ft), after exploring this beautiful place we will cross the Blanco River and go up to the Maizal sector (3,000 m / 9,842 ft) for an approximate of 3 hours, this is where we will spend the night. Maybe this is one of the best camps during our trip since from here we can see the 3 valleys and a spectacular snow, besides being a good place to relax.
We will leave our camp in Maizal and we will go to San Juan Pass. Once again, a great walk awaits us. This time, in a beautiful and impressive area, first over the cloud forest, and then over the Andean Puna, where we will find the very good known grass "ichu". We will rest near the Victoria mines, where the flashes in the stones will reveal the high degree of concentration of minerals and metals in the area. In our walk through the Puna we will walk on the very well preserved and original Inca Trail, with its classic zigzag shape. Before starting the descent to Yanama - a small settlement in a valley surrounded by mountains -, we will have lunch at 4,000 m / 13,123 ft with a beautiful view of the Choquetakarpo mountain. We will camp and have dinner at Yanama.
On this day, we will continue from Yanama, through the valley, to the highest point of our tour, the Yanama Pass at 4,800 m / 15,748 ft. On the way we will enjoy a spectacular view of the snowy Sacsarayoc and we will have the opportunity to see the condors fly. In the pass, we may have to walk on the snow and the descent will be a long walk over grass fields we will go through areas of trees and cross small wooden bridges until we reach the town of Totora located at 3,700 m / 12,139 ft. what will happen tonight.
We will ascend to the highest part of the entire route and then descend 200 meters through the changing vegetation towards a warmer camp in the town of La Playa (2,320 m / 7,611 ft). This tour will take us approximately 7 hours walking. During the road we will see small waterfalls where we can take a refreshing bath. As the climate and vegetation change, we will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of birds, orchids, coffee plantations and plantains. Wiñaypoco is the largest town on the road where we will spend the night.
Today is an easy and botanical day. We enter a lush vegetation typical of the jungle brow where we passed several streams and a beautiful waterfall. We can admire a wide variety of orchids, butterflies and insects. In the lower part we also see several crops of citrus, cocoa and coffee before arriving at La Playa (2060msnm) for lunch. We continue the hike for an ascent of about 3 hours through the misty forest to the Puncuyoc pass and then we arrive at the archaeological site of Llactapata (2700msnm). Here we enjoy a spectacular view over the Machu Picchu mountain, the Huayna Picchu, the citadela and the Aobamba canyon. We camped in front of the citadel and enjoyed a lunch before dinner and sunset.
After breakfast we visit the interesting vestiges of Llactapata. It was rediscovered by the professor and archaeologist Hiram Bingham, the same who rediscovered Machu Picchu. Only the Ministry of Culture began its restoration. Then we went down for about 2 hours to the Hydroelectric Plant where we had lunch. Then we resume the walk along the railway line, crossing the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, to reach the town of Aguas Calientes. If we have time, we can visit the hot springs that are very good for muscle aches. In the evening we enjoyed our celebration dinner and we stayed in a hotel with a hot shower!
Early in the morning (before sunrise) we take a bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu (the bus is included in the price) so you can appreciate this famous city with the sunrise and before the crowd arrives. Then you will have a 2.5 hours tour to Machu Picchu with your guide and after your tour you can explore the ruins on your own, walk to the Sun Gate or climb the Huayna Picchu. In the afternoon, you will have to return to Aguas Calientes to take the Expedition train to Ollantyatambo and the agency's private vehicle to your hotel in Cusco.