Inca Ancient Cities|
Located at 3000 meter high in the remote Andean Mountains surrounding Cusco, the Choquequirao archeological complex is Cusco's newest hiking/camping adventure destination.
Pricing 1220 USD per person
based on double occupancy
Moderate-Rugged Challenge. 12-days.
International and domestic airfare not included.
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The Inca Trails are rated among the best trekking trips in the world because of the exquisite beauty of its natural surroundings. These include different ecological areas from high deserts to Andean tropical rainforest. Following on the ancient Inca trail to Choquequirao we will be walking through mysterious archeological sites, half covered by jungle overgrowth, that looks like you are discovering them for the first time. Your trip then continues to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.
The Incan citadel of Choquequirao lies hidden deep in the Andes, ringed by mountain peaks and thickly forested slopes, a sort of hidden sister city to famous Machu Picchu. Its name means "Cradle of Gold," and the city is dedicated to the worship of the mountain and river gods of the Inca. Trek into the heart of ancient Inca country, surrounded by history, myth and incredible scenery. A spectacular 60 km trek.
Urubamba River White-water rafting:
Class III-IV or Class IV-V
DAY01: LIMA – CUSCO
Morning flight from Lima to Cusco.
Afternoon to adjustto the altitude (11000 feet), sightsee the Plaza de Armas shops/markets.
Overnight hotel in Cusco.
DAY02: CUSCO - White Water Rafting
Class III-IV or Class IV-V
A trip on the waters of the Wilcamayu is a cleansing experience and during it you will also enjoy the peace and freedom of the countryside. This white-water river rafting tour not only offers you the opportunity to take pleasure in the majesty of the rapids but also of the beautiful Andes.
Overnight hotel in Ollantaytambo
DAY03: INCA TRAIL to CHOQUEQUIRAU
We pick you up from your hotel travel by bus to the small village of Cachora where we will meet our horseman and mules. We will begin our trek, hiking or by horseback, along the edge of the Apurimac canyon and follow the trail, enjoying the dramatic landscapes and a variety of plant and animal life until we reach our campsite, ‘Santa Rosa’ (1650m/5413ft). This day will be the hardest of our trek (8 hours more or less).
DAY04: INCA TRAIL to CHOQUEQUIRAU
We will get up early, have breakfast and begin our walk by crossing the Apurimac River and then descending to the lowest point on the trail. Following this, we have a steep ascent through a thick cloud forest towards the Inca site of Choquekirao. We will have lunch and then time to relax and enjoy the archeological zone, plants, animals (hopefully condors), and views of nearby canyons and snow-capped mountains (Soray – 5428m/17808ft andTuncarway 5910m/19389ft). We will camp in Choquekirau Inca site (3033m/9950ft) (5 hours walking more or less)
DAY05: INCA TRAIL to CHOQUEQUIRAU
Today, we will have breakfast followed by a 3-hour guided tour around Choquekirao itself. After this, we descend to our last campsite, ‘Chiquista' (6 hours more or less).
DAY06: CHOQUEQUIRAU - OLLANTAYTAMBO
We will wake to birds’ songs and beautiful scenery. We will walk to Cachora (6 hours more or less) and from there take a bus to Ollantaytambo
Overnight hotel in Ollantaytambo
DAY07: INCA TRAIL to MACHU PICCHU
Today we pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometre 82) where the trail starts.
On arrival at kilometre 82, it is necessary to show entrance tickets and passports. To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. This first day will be relatively easy (Inca flat!!). We will go to the Inca Fortress of ('Huillca Raccay') from where we will have great views of the area where we are going to camp. Then we will walk down to the vast Inca site - 'Llactapata' (sometimes called 'Patallacta') where we will spend the night (2620m/8595ft).
DAY08: INCA TRAIL to MACHU PICCHU
Today we will wake up at 7am and after breakfast we will start walking towards the village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft).
Here we will take a fork-off the 'beaten track' in order to see the beautiful and least-visited sight on the trail, the Inca fort of 'Paucarcancha'. After seeing this we will walk back down to Wayllabamba village for lunch. We will finally take a 3-4 hour walk uphill (800m/2624ft) to reach our second campsite (3800m/12467ft) - 2 hours from Abra de Huarmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass'.
DAY09: INCA TRAIL to MACHU PICCHU
This day will be our longest day as we will walk 16 kilometres and go over the 2 highest passes on the trail. After breakfast we will continue our walk uphill from the previous day to reach Abra de Huarmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass' (4200m/13779ft), the highest point on the trail. After this, we will walk down to the valley where we will have lunch. This is followed by an ascent to the circular Inca fortress of 'Runkurakay' and then to the second pass of the same name (4000m/13123ft).
We will then begin our walk down to the campsite, visiting the lovely Inca site of 'Sayacmarca' ( 'High Rising Town') on the way. Our campsite (3680m/12073ft) is located an hour and a half walk from this site, on the third pass, Phuyupatamarka.
DAY10: INCA TRAIL to MACHU PICCHU
Today will be the most extraordinary day of the trek. We will visit lots of Inca sites along the way; 'Phuyupatamarka', 'Intipata' ('Sun Site') and the most beautiful on the trail 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). Finally we will see Machu Picchu!
We will pass through the ancient Inca site before down in the valley of Machu Picchu to the town of Aguas Calientes.
You can also go the thermal springs in this town - a real treat after finishing the trail!
Overnight hotel in Aguas Calientes.
DAY11: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Sunrise at Machu Picchu!
We will have breakfast at 5.45am then catch the first bus to Machu Picchu (15-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent sunrise over the city.
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) will be given by your guide and after this you can explore the remarkable city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.
You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. The train usually leaves at 3.55pm and we will arrive back in Cusco at about 8.45pm.
You can continue your activities in Cusco or take one of our extension trips to the Amazon.