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$1925 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

Pre-departure briefing: Make your own way to Milhouse Hostel in the city center to attend your mandatory pre-departure briefing at 6:30pm one day prior to your trek.Day 1: Depart Cuzco - Hike from Cachora village to Chiquisca (L-D)Get picked up at your hostel early in the morning and drive to Cachora village. Upon arrival, we will be met by our mule drivers and start hiking along the edge of the Apurímac Canyon. Lunch will be served at Capuliyoc followed by a 2-hour winding descent to Chiquisca ending at our campsite near the Apurimac River.Day 2: Hike from Chiquisca to Choquequirao archaeological site (B-L-D)Have an early breakfast and then start a 1.5-hour downhill hike to Playa Rosalinda followed by an uphill hike leading to Santa Rosa to have lunch. The hike will continue ascending to Marampata village. After a challenging 3-hour trek you'll reach your campsite overlooking the Choquequirao ruins.Day 3: Hike from Choquequirao to Maizal camp (B-L-D)See Choquequirao in the early morning and explore this 'lost Inca city'. Afterwards, you'll hike to Pinchaunuyoc archaeological site. From Pinchiyoc Unu, reach the campsite, Maizal. Day 4: Hike from Maizal camp to Yanama camp (B-L-D)After an early breakfast, you'll ascend toward Paso Victoria. The pass is a good place for a break. After crossing the pass, you'll descend to the village of Yanama for lunch and free time to relax in the afternoon. Day 5: Hike to the Totora community via High Pass (B-L-D)Start hiking to a high pass at and then cross over Yanama pass at with beautiful views of snow-capped Andean peaks. You'll descend to the Totora community to camp.Day 6: Hike to Sayahuaco & Transfer to Santa Teresa town (B-L-D)Continue the descent to the Totora River and stop at Sayahuaco for lunch. After lunch, take a transfer to Santa Teresa town (for the night. Here you can relax in the hot springs before dinner if time allows (own expense).Day 7: Hike from Santa Teresa town to Aguas Calientes (B-L-D)Today, take an easy hike over rolling hills along the Vilcanota River towards the Hydroelectric station for lunch. Another 3-hour hike will bring us to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy dinner.Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu - Return to Cuzco (B)Catch one of the first buses (at 05:30 am) to Machu Picchu. A walking tour of approx. 2-hours is given by your guide and after this you can explore the site by yourself. You'll your guide in Aguas Calientes, which can be reached by bus or on foot, to receive your train tickets for the return trip. Have lunch, take the train to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco arriving back around 10:30pm. Drop-off at the Plaza San Francisco.

$1250 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Choquequirao and Machu Picchu Trek from Cusco, Peru

Starting point: Cusco. Arrival point: Cusco. Activities: Archeological, Cultural, Ecological, Hike. Feel free to ask about other services like hotel, accommodation and other tours. Day 1: Cusco - Chiquisca We will pick you up at 8:00 am in your hostel in the city of Cusco (3350m) then we will take a 3-hour by bus to capuliyoc (2800m) where we will take lunch. Then we will hike 3 hours to chiquisca (1930m) appreciating the beauty of the Apurimac canyon and the snowy Padreyoc  Hiking time 3 hours in warm weather . Day 2: Chiquisca - Choquequirao After breakfast, 2 hours walking down and 5 hours walking up through the apurimac canyon where we gonna see condors flying over us, at the end we gonna camp beside the archaeological city of choquequirao. Day 3: Choquequirao -  Río Blanco We will observe the sunrise over the archaeological complex of Choquequirao or Cradle of Gold in english; then to the ruins of Pinchaunuyoc and from there descend to the deepest part of this mini canyon known as the white River (1900m), place where we will camp. Walking time 6 hours. Day 4: White River-Yanama Early in the morning, we went up to the village of Maizal (3000m), which is the most difficult section, 9 hours walking and one part is inca trail, From there we descend to the community of Yanama (3530m), to locate a nice camp. Day 5: Yanama-Totora pampa 7 hours walking through a wonderful view of the highest mountains, here we can see the salkantay mountain (6260), and many condors flying over us Day 6: Totora - llactapata ruins Enjoy the original inca trail 3 hours walking up to the top of the hill where is the military ruin llactapata and you can see for first time machu picchu Day 7: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes 5 hours walking flat through the coffee plantations, finally enjoy the hot springs and 6 km of zipline in 6 cables with an altitude of 250m and maximum speed of 80 km/h Day 8: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Early in the morning, we will walk 1 hour stairs up to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex (2400m) where we will have the guided tour. The tour is enough pleasant time in an incomparable setting. Get enjoy by the type of architecture and the meaning of Machu Picchu that reaches all the enigma that leaves the sky. Once the visit is over, the client has all the time to reach the top of Huyna Picchu or the Temple of the Moon. And then we met again with the whole group in the town of Aguas Calientes, before taking the train back to the city of Cusco. The weather in Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is warm and humid with mosquitoes.

$450 Day Trips & Excursions

CORDILLERA BLANCA CIRCUIT the virgin non Touristic route

THE CORDILLERA BLANCA CIRCUIT - Virgin Nature Route for Nature and adventurours lovers. ******** LLANGANUCO LAKES - CHAVIN PREINCA RUINS - PASTORURI GLACIER **********1 Huaraz – Callejon de Huaylas – Llanganuco – Yanama Pick up from Hotel at 8am and drive to north side Huaraz by several towns of the valley Callejon de Huaylas, until Caraz 2200masl aprox, continue to LLANGANUCO LAKES VISIT, Box Lunch on board, Portachuelo Pass 4850masl and down to Yanama for overnight Hotel at 3375masl.2 Yanama – San Luis – Huari – ChavinBreakfast at the hotel in Yanama and drive by Andean typical non touristic villages of San Luis and Huari stop for lunch in Huari in a basic restaurant typical and traditional, drive for aprox one hour to Chavin arriving to Hotel check in and visit the ruins all about afternoon, dinner and overnight at Hotel in Chavin 3090masl.3 Chavin – Querococha – Pastoruri – HuarazBreakfast at hotel in Chavin and depart at 8am to cross the Cordillera Blanca at 4500masl Cahuish, visit the nicest lake of Querococha, continue to Catac village and visit Pastoruri Glacier including the Gasified water of Pumapampa – Color Lakes and Big Bromeliads big flowers of Puya Raymondy, and finally Pastoruri Glacier Box Lunch on Board, from Pastoruri direct drive back to Huaraz arriving around 7pm, transfer to your Hotel

$1333 Kid Friendly

Choquequiraw To Machu Picchu (8 days 7 nights)

ItineraryDay 1: DAY 1: CUSCO – CCACHORA – CAPULIYOC – CHIKISKA – PLAYA ROSALINA – SANTA ROSAStop At: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionThe pick up is at 4:00 am from your hotel and no worries you can sleep on the 4 hour drive to the starting point of the trail, where breakfast is going to be ready for you. There you also meet the trek team, horsemen and horses, they will carry your duffel bags. After breakfast, the expedition to Machu Picchu will start. The first 4 hours are downhill, stopping at the small village Chikiska-Chikiska to have lunch there. During the hike you will have a great view of the Apurimac River and the valley as well as the snow-capped peaks. After lunch the weather will get much warmer since we are descending, 2 hours later the Apurimac River will welcome us to the bottom of the valley. When you see a bridge that's our sign, that it is just 2 more hours of hiking uphill to the campsite in Santa Rosa.Walking Distance: 18 km Campsite Elevation: 1,800 mWeather: Hot and dryDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CampingDay 2: DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQIRAWStop At: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionAfter an early breakfast and will continue the expedition with an 2 hour uphill hike to Marampata, this section has many zigzag paths, is at an altitude of 3.100m and offers a great view of the canyon as well as the surrounding snow-capped peaks.From this point the hike is down for 2 hours to the famous Choquekiraw Inca site, it is the perfect location for lunch and to visit the Inca site. In this tour the visit is to the most important places: the religious area, the observatory, and llama terraced sections and then enjoy the sunset over the valley and mountains before returning to the campsite for the night.Walking distance: 10 kmCamp site elevation: 3,300 mWeather: Hot and humidDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CampingDay 3: DAY 3: CHOQUEQIRAW – CHOQUEQIRAW PASS – PINCHAWNIYOC – RIO BLANCO – MAIZALStop At: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionAfter an early breakfast, the hike will start at 6:30 a.m. To reach the first pass of Choquekiraw at 3,500m for 40 minutes uphill. Then starts the easy part of the trek, it is about 30 minutes of flat, elevated walking, before starting to descend along the zigzag path for an hour and a half, which will take to Pinchauniyoc. It is an agricultural Inca site and was a resting point for the Incas when they traveled for one of their expeditions to Machu Picchu.The walking downhill is for another hour and a half until reach the river Calle Rio Blanco at 1,750 m of altitude for lunch time.IMPORTANT: Always bring mosquito repellent, especially for this segment. After lunch, we’ll take a 4 hour uphill hike to Maizal, a campsite surround by Andean mountains.Walking Distance: 14 kmCampsite Elevation: 2900 mWeather: HumidDuration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CampingDay 4: DAY 4: MAIZAL – MINAS VICTORIA – CONDOR PASS – YANAMAStop At: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionWe´ll wake up early to a hot drink followed by breakfast. We’ll start this day by taking a rocky path for a 4 hour uphill hike, surrounded by green valleys and also some arid mountain peaks.Once we reach the top of the pass (at 4,200 m), we’ll get a lunch box. The view will include snow-capped peaks, valleys, and perhaps some condors (the largest bird of the Andes). After some resting time we have a three and a half hour downhill hike ahead of us before we get to our campsite at Yanama. This is a small, indigenous village and if we have time, you can visit some local homes to see how people live and to learn about the ancient traditions that they have kept alive for 100 years.Walking Distance: 15 kmCampsite Elevation: 3,800 mWeather: Humid, dry and coldDuration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CampingDay 5: DAY 5: YANAMA – MARIANO LLAMOCCA PASS – TOTORAStop At: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionAt around 6 am is the start of the expedition. On this day the hike is up the famous Vilcabamba mountain range, the last city of the Incas. It will take about 5 hours until reach the pass, with some stops along the way to rest and listen to unforgettable information given from the guide.Once reach the pass at 4,500 m a lunch box will be provided. This is the last stretch of the journey to Machu Picchu and the special part of this section is the view of Salkantay and Humantay. The grandfather glacier peaks. The paths can sometimes be slippery in the rainy season, but dusty and rocky in the dry season. Along the way, you may see some black bears and Andean birds such as falcons, eagles, hawks, condors and geese. Once you get to the campsite, there are some hot drinks and a delicious dinner.Walking Distance: 16 kmCampsite Elevation: 3500 mWeather: Cold, dry and humidDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CampingDay 6: DAY 6: TOTORA – CCOLPAPAMPA – LA PLAYAStop At: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionAfter breakfast the hike will start with 3 hours downhill hike to Ccolpapampa, where is going to be the lunch and say thanks and goodbye to our horsemen, it is time for them to go back home.From there the porters will continue by car and continue the adventure by foot, it will take about 5 hours to get to the campsite at La Playa. Along the way you will see waterfalls and fruit plantations and may also visit some coffee plantations.Walking Distance: 16 kmCampsite Elevation: 2,400 mWeather: Hot and dryDuration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CampingDay 7: DAY 7: LA PLAYA – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTESStop At: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionOur last hiking day will end around lunch time. The walk is for about 6 hours, 3 of them uphill, along the hillside with a great view of the Santa Teresa Valley. Once you get to the top of this mountain, will be at the famous Inca site Llactapata, it is an observation point built by the Incas to see the sunrise during the winter solstice. Also to see Machu Picchu for the very first time, including the valleys and mountains of Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains). Afterwards the walk is for 3 hours, descending to the hydroelectric station. There is going to be the last lunch on the trail and say goodbyes to the trekking chef and porters.The the train is around 3:30 p.m. After a one hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, you will be taken to your hotel for a hot shower. If you like, you can visit the famous hot springs at Aguas Calientes (the entrance fee is $3 per person) and enjoy dinner at a restaurant.Walking Distance: 12 kmAguas Calientes Elevation: 2,000 mWeather: Hot and humidDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 8: DAY 8: MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCOStop At: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionOnce again is an early day in order to get to Machu Picchu for the sunrise. The start off with a breakfast at the hotel and then either get one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu or you can walk up to the citadel with your tour guide (you must coordinate this with your trekking guide the night before).At Machu Picchu, will head to the most famous places, so you can get beautiful pictures, also enjoy the sunrise (weather permitting). After this is a walking tour and visit the most important places in the Machu Picchu complex, such as the Temple of the Sun.The walking tour lasts between 2 or 3 hours, if you have gotten extra permits, you may climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain after our tour. (which will be during the second slot, at 10 a.m. and it finishes around noon). Afterwards you’ll still have time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. Around 3pm you should take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to grab lunch at one of the many restaurants.After lunch it is time to pick up your bags from the hotel and walk to the train station. The 2 hour train ride departs at 4:20 p.m. (tourist/Expedition class) and will take you to the town Ollantayatmbo, we’ll be waiting for you to take you back to Cusco. You will arrive at your hotel around 8:30 p.m.Note: Lunch is not included on day 8.On this trip we use horses to carry the camping equipment and your duffel bags, so be sure you bring a small day pack to carry your personal items needed during the day time. One thing we want to highlight is ,that the weather is extremely variable and changes often from hot to cold and humid. Also, be sure to bring mosquito repellent.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.