Choquequirao Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days
Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu, Grandiose and mysterious, this abandoned city has lots of parallels with Machu Picchu and there are a variety of theories about its function and purpose. It´s only relatively recently, however, that COPESCO (the official body responsible for tourism in Peru) has partially uncovered the site and there still remains a lot more to be discovered.
Lying in a cloud forest, a dramatic 1150 meters above the Apurimac River and surrounded by the fascinating landscape of the Vilcabamba mountain range, Choquequirao has everything to offer an adventure trekker. Due to its remote location few tourists have visited this site so far. Fortunately, COPESCO have now also constructed a footbridge over the Apurimac River, below the site – making it more accessible.
It is a challenging but truly rewarding hike down to the depths of the Apurimac Canyon and then up to the site – in the clouds!
Day by Day : Summary
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora- Santa Rosa
Day 2: Santa Rosa – Choquequirao
Day 3: Choquequirao – Chikisca
Day 4: Chikisca – Cachora – Cusco
Full Itinerary : Choquequirao Trek
Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Santa Rosa
Day 2: Santa Rosa - Choquequirao
More or less 5 hours walking this day.
Day 3: Choquequirao - Chikisca
Day 4: Chikisca - Cachora - Cusco
The sequence of times indicated is Choquequirao Trek is subject to modification depending on weather conditions or unforeseen events
|INCLUDED||Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car (Cachora)
Entrance fee to Choquequirao
Professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people).
Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can hire you an inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest) for $5 per day.
Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
Meals as indicated 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 4 dinners (breakfast on day 1 and dinner and lunch in Aguas Calientes on the last day are not included) (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
Hot coca tea every morning in your tent for a gentle and fortifying wake up!
Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes, and boiled purified water to fill in your water bottle every morning.
Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 5 kg per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire an extra mule at a cost of $10 per day.
1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
Tents for our staff to sleep in, sleeping bags & mattresses plus a budget for their meals.
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle – but not blister treatments as known in western countries.
|NOT INCLUDED||Extras drinks and beverages.
Any personal equipment, clothing, backpack, etc.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
- Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk.Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
- Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
- Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
- Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
- We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
- Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
- Small towel or sarong
- Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
- Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
- Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)