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Choquequirao trek imperial 5days/4nights

Choquequirao Trek 5 Days is a package designed for tourists that wish to have more time to visit the beautiful Inca city of Choquequirao and discover at a more relaxed pace one of the last residences of the Inca. This marvel of history is not only famous for its Inca constructions but is also complemented by natural beauty in perfect harmony.

The walk from Cachora to Choquequirao has a distance of 60 km/40  miles  approximately, During these 5 days of walking, we will enjoy impressive landscapes. Our groups are small, for this reason our service is personalized.

Just like Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca and other Andean communities, Choquequirao is organized into two halves, or neighborhoods: the upper, or Hanan and the lower, or Hurin.

The upper unites various buildings related to religion, temples and fountains grouped around a plaza, great terraces irrigated by a series of channels, and deposits (or collcas) to store the products used to supply the local population. Half of the lower area accommodates great buildings, very well preserved, built around a wide open space.

 

DAY 1:CUSCO | CAPULIYOC – PLAYA

Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum altitude: 1550 MASL – 4650 FASL
Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL
Distance: 14 km – 9 miles
Time: 5 hours (approximately)
Difficulty: Easy

At 5:30 AM, we pick you up from your hotel and then drive 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (3100 MASL – 10170 FASL). Along the way, there are spectacular views of villages, valleys, and snow-capped mountains. Once we arrive, we will meet our horsemen who will pack all of our equipment onto the cargo horses. From here, we can enjoy the spectacular view of the Choquequirao Incan ruins, the Apurimac canyon, and the stunning, snow-capped mountains like Padreyoc (5571 MASL – 18387 FASL). We will then hike downhill for 3 hours to Chikisca for lunch. After lunch, we continue on for 2 more hours downhill to our first camp at La Playa Rosalinas.

DAY 2:PLAYA | MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afteroon Tea Time – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum altitude: 1550 MASL – 4650 FASL
Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL
Distance: 16 km – 10 miles
Time: 5 hours (approximately)
Difficulty: Easy

After an early breakfast, we cross the bridge and hike for the next 4 hours all the way up to Marampata where we will have lunch while enjoying the view of the Choquequirao ruins once again. After lunch, we walk to our second evening’s campsite, just 20 minutes from the ruins. Being so close to the ruins, we can enjoy our view of the ruins into the late evening and watch for condors flying above.

Day 3: Choquequirao Full Day

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum altitude:1550 MASL – 4650 FASL
Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL

After a hearty breakfast we have a full day to look around Choquequirao and experience its marvels, with a guided tour of the main attractions. During the morning we will visit the restored section of Choquequirao and explore some of the ruins that are still covered by lush cloud forest vegetation. Much work has been done in recent years to excavate, clear and restore the site. After lunch, those who choose to can visit the Cascade House(restored buildings and terraces some 300 meters (1000 feet) below the main structures of Choquequirao, there are fine views of the Apurimac canyonfar below, and if we are fortunate we may even see a great Andean condor soar above us.

  • You will then have time to explore on your own.
  • After our tour we return to our camp where we spend the night.

DAY 4:CHOQUEQUIRAO | SAN IGNACIO – VILLA DE LOROS

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum altitude: 1450 MASL – 4350 FASL
Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL
Distance: 16 km – 10 miles
Time: 6 hours (approximately)
Difficulty: Moderate

Today is one of the easier days of our trek. We will walk downhill for 2 hours to the magnificent Apurimac River (1450 MASL – 4787 FASL). We then cross a bridge and walk uphill for 1 hour to San Ignacio for lunch where we can enjoy the beautiful scenery and a great waterfall! After lunch, we take a moderate uphill trek through a beautiful valley toward Villa de Loros (Town of Parrots) (2600 MASL – 8580 FASL) where we set up camp for the last evening.

DAY 5:VILLA DE LOROS | SAYWITE – CONOC – CUSCO

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Today is a relaxing and cultural day on our trek. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we take private transport to the archeological site of Saywite where we will explore an Incan monolith, several water fountains, and ritual platforms. After spending time enjoying the site, we drive to the hot spring of Conoc to relax after several days of walking. After lunch, we head back to Cusco, dropping you at your hotel.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Collection from your hotel in the morning
  • Transportation by bus to the start of the trail (Cachora)
  • English speaking professional guide
  • The north face or Eureka tents – 2 persons
  • Double thickness foam mattress
  • Kitchen tent, Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Choquequirao Inca Site entrance fee
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
  • Cook and Cooking equipment
  • Excellent Meals (03B,04L,03D + 04 morning snacks)
  • food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
  • We supply boiled water to fill in your water bottle all the time,(while hiking) if you may need more, please request it with enough time ahead to your crew
  • Teatime the first three days (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • Horses days 1-4 (for equipment and personal items, actually your main heavy stuff, will be carried by the horses, it means you only will carry a small day bag, day by day, we included
  • Private Bus returning from Cachora Town to Cusco City
  • Transfer to your hotel

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Tips: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

Private Group Service:

Price in US Dollars per Reservation:

  • one Person: USD 950.00
  • 2-3 People: USD 500.00 per person.
  • 4-5 People: USD 460.00 per person
  • 6 -+ People: USD 400.00 per person

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: US$20 Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: US$20 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: US$25  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

EXTRAS 

  • Sleeping Bag – US$20 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent – US $30 – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
  • Single supplement US$30 per night (for solo travellers with single room)

The Choquequirao treks 5 days is available on any date that is best suited to you  as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR THID TREK?

Please read carefully the following information

IS IT FOR ME?

The choquequirao treks is a great alternative trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous inca site at 3,150m/10,397ft is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek and you have to be very fit.

THE BRIEFING

This meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 6 PM or at 7 PM in your hotel.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL

DUFFEL BAG FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO imperial TREK 5 DAYS

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg/15.4 lbs. Our horseman will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group. During the travel, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of charge.

HOW TO BOOK THE CHOQUEQUIRAO imperial TREK 5 DAYS

FIRST To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking forms. You can also download a generic form from:
Download (blank booking form)
All clients will need to fill out a Passenger Details form.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase any Choquequirao Imperial Trek 4 Days permits or entrance tickets without the following information:
Personal information (Full name, exactlyas on your passport):
Gender
Passport number
Date of birth (dd / mm / yyyy)
Nationality

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping back.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho cold and sun hat.
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Extra money in soles (s/ 400.00 soles) emergency case and tips.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and mostly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some
  • clothes to change.

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