Choquequirao Trek 5 Days

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5 DAYS - 4 NIGHTS
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Choquequirao trek 5 days.  This hike is one of the most beautiful that exists in South America – located in Cusco Peru.

The “Archeological site of Choquequirao trek 5 days”, is now becoming a more recognized trekking route compared to the “Machu Picchu Trek”, because it hasn’t been excessively marketed, yet it’s larger and some even say that it’s superior to the Archeological site of Machu Picchu.

This incredible trek to choquequirao trek 5 days is indeed for the more fit and experienced hikers since it’s harder to reach compared to Machu Picchu.  However, it’s worth every penny because you’ll experience a whole package of microclimates and extraordinary sceneries Peru has to offer.

CAUTION:     Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Ausangate.

Overall Hike Degree of Difficulty: Challenging

Total distance trekked: 44 km (27 ½ miles)
Altitude range: 1,550 – 3,150 m (5,117 – 10,397 ft)

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your hotel in Cusco
DEPARTURE TIME Early in the morning.

Choquequirau still preserves many traditions of the Inca time. Taking an amazing 5 days and 4 nights that will surprise you.

INCLUDES:

(walking sticks, sleeping bag, blankets, pillows, sleeping mat)

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your gear
  • Duffle bag for your gear
  • Four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

Doesn’t include:

  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
  • Water on Day 1
  • First breakfast

What to Bring:

  • A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
  • 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
  • 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This does its job!
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
  • Water (Only for the first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
  • Camera
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
  • Toiletries
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money for drinks, tips in Soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
  • Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)

Packing list:

As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress, and extra clothing.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcius.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  •  Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek

 

Prices:

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2020 through January 2021. All prices quoted are $USD

  • 2-3 Trekkers:  $480 per person
  • 4-5 Trekkers: $400 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).

Discounts:

  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.

 

 

Day 1: CUSCO– CAPULIYOQ – LA PLAYA

Choquequirao 5 days trek, Our transportation will pick you up at your hotel (4:00 a.m.- approx.).  Then drive northbound through different herding and farming villages (3 hrs.) to reach the trailhead of our trekking adventure “Capuliyoc” (3,200 m).  Here, you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Afterward, well do a brief presentation of our staff and you’ll have an opportunity to take a group photo of your newly acquired Peruvian Family.

We’ll begin our trek descending to the “Condor Lookout” point and if we’re lucky will be able to see Condors soaring.  Also, at this same Lookout, we’ll see, from afar, the archeological site of Choquequirau.

After trekking for 3 hours, we’ll reach our lunch spot, where our experienced chef will have prepared a delicious meal.  After resting for a bit, we’ll continue our hike to reach a small hunting community called “Chikiska”.  You can buy drinks and snacks here.  You’ll also have time to take in the different flora and fauna.

Finally, after trekking for about an hour and a half, we’ll arrive at our first campsite called “La Playa” (Alt 1,800 m).  You’ll have time to organize your sleeping area, while our staff prepares hot drinks and snacks.  At dawn, we’ll have dinner and tuck-in for the night.

DETAILS:

  • Accommodations:       Campsite “La Playa”
  • Level of Difficulty:      Arduous
  • Trail conditions:          Rocky, dusty, and some slippery spots. Trekking shoes are definitely required.

 

Day 2: LA PLAYA – MARAMPATA– CHOQUEQUIRAO

We recommend an early start (wake-up call 4:45 a.m.) and breakfast at 5:15.  We’re only 30 minutes away from the Archeological Site of Choquequirau.  Our trek leader will provide you the ancestral Incan history of the entire citadel.

We’ll also visit “Usno”, where you can enjoy the sunset over the mountains. We will then return to their camp, where we’ll have hot fusion drinks and a delicious meal for dinner.

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodations:        Choquequirao campsite
  • Approx. Hike Time:      50 minutes
  • Level of Difficulty:        Easy to Moderate

 

Day 3: EXPLORING CHOQUEQUIRAO

In order to witness and marvel at the extraordinary feats of the architecture of “Choquequirau”, we’ve set aside an entire day tour.  Our staff will provide a wake-up call by serving you hot coca tea at your tents (of course we’ll knock first!)

At approximately 6:30, we will have breakfast and start towards the Incan site (50 min.).  You’ll be surprised to know that only 30% has been excavated.  Archeological Scholars have estimated that “Choquequirau is 5 times bigger than Machupicchu.

Our guided tour includes visiting; temples, homes, warehouses, and many water channels.  At 2:00 p.m., we’ll break for a ‘picnic’ (lunch) at the same Archeological Site.

After lunch, we will descend to the lower section of Choquequirau to take in the beautiful waterfall and the incredible handmade experimental agricultural terraces.  At 3:30 p.m., we return to the camp for dinner and hot fusion drinks.

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodations:        Choquequirao campsite
  • Hiking Distance:            7 km/4 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      3 to 4 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          3.525 m/11.562 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           2,792 m/9,158 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty:           easy

 

Day 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO – MARAMPATA – LA PLAYA – CHIKISKA

Early breakfast and off to our hike to return to Cusco.  First, trekking for about two hours to Marampata. You will appreciate breathtaking views of the Apurimac Canyon along the way.

Your trek leader will highlight the beautiful flora and fauna while you’re descending. You will appreciate breathtaking waterfalls in the distance as well as clouds lifting from the bottom of the canyon.

In addition, depending on the weather conditions we can enjoy the incredible passages of the Andes. From Marampata, we will start our 4-hour hike downhill to the “La Playa” and depending on the weather we’ll view the incredible passages of the Andes. This section requires trekking poles. Half way, we will have time for a break to enjoy some fruits grown in the vicinity.  Cactus fruits are the main attraction.

Finally, we will arrive at “La Playa” for lunch. Then we will have another two hours, uphill to “Chikiska Camp”, which is in the courtyard of a family house.

DETAILS:

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Snacks)

 

Day 5: CHIKISKA – CAPULIYOQ– CUSCO

Once again, we’ll start off with an early breakfast and prepare our gear to return to Cusco. We will have a walk of 4 hours, uphill to reach the end of our hike.

This will be the last day to say your farewells to our staff, who have accompanied you throughout this hiking experience.

You’ll have a 3+ hour drive passing “Curawasi”, where the famous Anise (local tea) is grown. We will arrive in Cusco around 6:00 p.m.

DETAILS:

Approx. Hike Time:      4 hours

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