Independent Trek Choquequirao to Machu Picchu
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 9, 2013 9:41 AM Last Post By: seacliffs2004
Nov 15, 2012 10:15 AM
Independent Trek Choquequirao to Machu PicchuHi there,
We are looking for a mapped route from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu as we are going to do a self guided trek (no b.s. about tour companies/guides, we are not interested in any of that). We have searched the internet for maps and information but there really isn't much at all, it all seems to be about hiring a tour guide. If anyone knows of a website that has a map for this route that they can recommend we'd greatly appreciate that as we are having no luck at all with finding anything.. Or if anyone has done this trek before independently and you'd care to pass along any info. we'd be very happy to hear:) Thanks and have a beautiful day.
-M & D
Nov 15, 2012 11:27 AM
1Hi Mike, you'll find your maps there c http://mayake.wordpress.com/tag/choquekirao/ . If you have any question, don't hesitate.
Edited by: mayake
Nov 15, 2012 6:22 PM
2Did this trek five years or so ago. If I remember, it took about 9 days (it can be done in less, but we did take a couple of detours).
Sure you can do it by yourself, but I am not sure you'll enjoy it more (or maybe we were just lucky with our crew). Unless things have changed dramatically in the last five years, you'll have solitude.
I did it with my wife, hiring a guide, porters and seven! horses. The woman who owned the horses, the cook and the helpers were all from a local village.
The guide was a great guy from the lowlands, very nice and polite, knowledgable about plants. Most of the day we walked by ourselves, he would generally wait whenever the path forked (which was pretty infrequent) and then leave us alone again.
It takes a day and a half or so to get to Choquequirao. Once there, we were the only people in the ruins, later three Italians came and set up camp on the other end. The next day they turned back, while we continued and basically saw about a dozen locals at most during the rest of the trek.
There are a few reasons I'd suggest to get a guide:
I don't know about you, but I enjoy walking more without a pack holding 8 days worth of food on my back.
It's also good to have someone to ask questions about what you see (there are some random ruins, abandoned mines, etc., along the way). What our guide didn't know, he would find out by asking the next time we ran into a local. Plus by hiring local people and horses, you do contribute a little to the local economy, which is a good thing.
There are not a lot of people along much of the way, other than a few traders transporting goods on horses and a few scattered "farms." That's good for decompressing, but not so good if you drink bad water or sprain an ankle. Things do happen. Our cook, who was a twenty-something guy, raised at 3500m, as fit as they come, swelled up and started bleeding profusely from his nose in the middle of the night while we were camping at 4600m, and had to be accompanied by one of the horse handlers (and a horse) to the nearest place with medical supplies (a village school, basically), which was at a day's hike, and from there he was driven to a proper hospital (he was fine at the end). But as I said, things do happen, and there aren't many people around there.
Anyway, whichever way you do it, chances are you'll have a great time.
Nov 17, 2012 4:26 PM
You can no longer sleep on the ruins of Choque. There is a designated camp site about 30 minutes down the mountain from the site of the main ruins, however it is in the park.
Also, there used to be a bridge halfway along the trek to choque which has been destroyed by a landslide. You cross the bridge using a rudimentary cable car. Mules do not cross the river so make sure your mule man communicates with someone on the otherside to bring down a different mule man and mule to continue on the trek.
Nov 17, 2012 7:08 PM
4This trek is entirely described in the Trailblazers 'Inca Trail, MP and Cusco' guidebook, with maps.
Nov 18, 2012 9:40 PM
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Nov 24, 2012 4:58 PM
Here's a link to my blog. We did Choqueruirao independantly last year about this time. I must caution you it is the rainy season and there was a landslide that killed a guide only 4 days before we did this trek.The trail however was cleaned up enough to hike. People in town are friendly. You do not need a guide.
I strongly encourage you to do this hike by yourselves. It is an amazing experience, you can by soda/cookies/few tomatos and veggies at houses along the way. If you have time do the loop, which ends in Huanipaca (plan on spending a night there). You can camp in this paradise called San Ignascio.
Enjoy the blog. if you have extra space for a good book bring "Turn Right at Machu Picchu" by Mark Adams.
Nov 25, 2012 5:04 PM
8Just finished this trail 2 weeks ago and uploaded today a video of the trek:
We did it in 7 days (6 days hike, 7th day at MP). We used a travel company, but I think doing it independently will be better experience as you will be in full control of your schedule. Anyway, hire a cook and muleteers, this will relieve you from need to carry tents, food, etc. You will need to arrange mules and a muleteers from Cachora, that will take you to the Apurimac river, others will have to come from Yanama to meet you at Apurimac.
Dec 2, 2012 6:25 PM
9Great video :) Loved this part of Peru. I do not remember seeing quite as many "farms" when I did it, but it was shortly after the Shining Path had been decimated and I was told that a number of the locals had left the area while the guerrillas were roaming about.
Very much enjoyed some of your other videos as well. Thanks!
Feb 9, 2013 9:41 AM
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