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Choquequirao Trek – 5 Days

  • Service type: Private
  • Physical rating: Strenuous
  • Group size: Max: 16
  • Min age: 10+
  • Departure: Contact us
  • Duration: 5 Days
Overview:

Perched high above the Apurimac Cannyon on a ridge-top, the location of Choquequirao is truly spectacular.  Described by many as the new Machu Picchu, the trek to this Inca site is a must for more adventurous travellers who want to escape the crowds. We have built in a whole day at the site of Choquequirao to give you time to truly explore this fabulous Inca site!!!

Private Services:

These services are arranged just for you and your party, and offer the possibility to choose the departure date, the group size and the duration of the trek. This not only has the advantage of adapting the pace to your physical condition, but also usually means enjoying quieter campsites and meeting less travelers along the route. All private groups include additional services, such as extra porters/wranglers to carry your personal gear, among other benefits.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca

After you have a good rest and breakfast at your selected hotel in Cusco, our private transportation will pick you up and drive for around 4 hours drive to Cachora town then we continue to trailhead Capuliyoc pass at 2750m/9020ft. Once at Capuliyoc, we meet our horsemen and pack all of our equipment on our horses. You will only carry a daypack with the essentials you will need on the trail. We have small lunch and then We descend into the Apurimac canyon for three hours to Chiquisca, where we camp for the night.

  • Total distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 4 hours
  • Campsite altitude point: (1,828masl/6000 ft)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 02:Chiquisca - Marampata

We make an early start to make the most of the cool morning and descend for one hour to Playa Rosalina, where we cross the Apurimac River. We then begin to climb steeply. After two hours we will arrive at the community of Santa Rosa where we will stop for a rest in the shade. We then continue to climb for another two and half hours until we reach Marampata our campsite at  (3103m/10,178ft)

  • Total distance: 16 km / 9.94 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
  • Campsite altitude: 3,103m/10,178ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Marampata – Choquequirao (Full Day Excursion) - Marampata

A gentle 1.5 hours takes us to Choquequirao where We will spend the whole day exploring the various archaeological sites located at different points on the hillside overlooking the Apurimac River. The restored buildings were areas used for storage, living quarters, a garrison, and the ceremonial sites are impressive. First reports of a visit to this complex are from 1768 with many more later-explorers, scientists and treasure hunters all the way through 1909 when Hiram Bingham also visited the area reportedly his first contact with a lost citadel of the Incas. We will have time to wander through this extended settlement spending most of the day looking at the different buildings, some were living quarters, ceremonial centers, garrisons or warehouses. 1.5 hours walk to return to our campsite at the end of the excursion.

  • Estimated walking time: 8 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 3,200 m
  • Campsite altitude: 3,103m/10,178ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Marampata – Cocamasana Camp.

We have an early start in order to make the cool morning and descend for 3.5 hours to Playa Rosalina, where we cross the Apurimac River. We then begin to climb steeply with 1 hour uphill to Chikiscca for lunch.  After lunch and siesta, its uphill for 1.5 hour more to the campsite Coca Mazana, where you will finally get time for a well deserved rest   

  • Walking distance: 18 km / 11.18 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
  • Campsite: Coca Masana 2330 m / 7644 ft

Day 05: Cocamasana Camp – Capuliyoq – Hotsprings - Cusco.

After an early breakfast we are ready to hike for 2 hours to get to the trailhead at Capuliyoc 2915 m / 9563 ft. This is the last time to enjoy the beautiful views the Apurimac canyon and river where our private transport will be waiting for us, after coming out from Cachora 2 hrs there is a chance to stop and enjoy a hot spring pools in Conoq. it’s time to enjoy a much deserved beer and a  lunch. A further 3 hours by a private transportation bring us back to Cusco to your selected hotel.

  • Walking distance: 6 km / 3.72 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 2915 m / 9563 ft

 Please Note.- The campsites are subject to change slightly due physical conditions of each participant and due to circumstances beyond our control including, landslides on the trail, bad weather conditions, etc anyhow we and the crew will do our best to offer you a great hike.

Optional.- Instead returning to Cusco continue to Ollantaytambo town for the night and next day after midday you can take a train to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu. Check out with our staff for this great option.

What is Included:
  • Pre- trek briefing with guide on eve of departure
  • Private Transportation Capuliyoq (starting of our trek.)
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress.
  • English-speaking experienced professional mountain guide. (2 guides for large groups)
  • 7 kilos porterage service for your personal items ie extra clothes, sleeping bag to be carried by mules, (so you just need to carry your small day pack with bottle of water and everything you will need during the day).
  • Full board meals 4 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners.
  • Dining tent and cooking tents with tables and chairs. Experienced Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Mules to carry tents, mattresses, food, cooking equipment Hot water for washing purposes.
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles at campsites.
  • Admission Ticket to Choquequirao Archaeological Complex.
  • Private guided tour in Choquequirao full day excursion.
  • Private transport back to Cusco.
What is not Included:
  • Hotel accommodation in Cusco
  • Meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Breakfast and Water to drink on Day 1,
  • Air mattress $20 - Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC)
  • Tickets for the hot springs at Qonoq
  • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
  • Tips for your guide, driver, cook and staff.
Options:  
  • Special dietary requirements: We are happy to cater for any special dietary
    needs. Please let us know at time of booking.
  • Sleeping bag hire: If required these can be hired for U$25 per person. Please let us know at time of booking.
  • Sleeping mattress hire: we include a basic foam mattress but many find an inflatable mattress more comfortable. These can be at hired for U$20. Please let us know at time
    of booking
What you need to bring:
  • Original passport
  • Daypack  20 litres
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired at time of reservation for US$25)
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
  • Strong, comfortable footwear
  • complete change of clothing ,
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Sun hat  – Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
  • Camera, and spare batteries
  • Swimsuit (it may be possible to visit the hot springs at Qonoq )

Recommendations:

  1. We suggest you arrive in Cusco at least two days before your trek to allow yourself time to acclimatize. The more acclimatized you are the more you will enjoy the trek.
  2. Please let us know the name and telephone number of your hotel in Cusco so we can locate you if needed.
Adventure Travel FAQs:

Do I need to be in good physical condition to hike in the Andes?

Our treks; Inca Trail, Salkantay trek, Ausangate, Lares trek, Choquequirao trek, etc. are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you want to immerse and hike the Andes to be in relatively good physical condition and acclimatization.
We suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. Also, we suggest you arrive in Cusco at least two/ three days before your trek to allow yourself time to acclimatize. The more acclimatized you are the more you will enjoy the trek.

What is altitude sickness “Soroche”?

Altitude sickness is caused by ascending too rapidly, which doesn’t allow the body enough time to adjust to reduced oxygen and changes in air pressure. Symptoms include headache, vomiting, insomnia and reduced performance and coordination.

How can I reduce the risk of altitude sickness?

Arrive in Cusco at least 3 days prior your trek to have time to acclimatize, avoid rapid ascents specially on your first day and get enough sleep/rest. Drink plenty of fluids / water and stay hydrated is vital (coca tea, a local remedy). Eating light/ small meals will help your body digest food more efficiently at high altitudes. If you feel symptoms of altitude sickness, descend to a lower altitude immediately and rest until you feel better. Please consult your doctor if you have concerns about being at altitude. There are many medications that they can be provided.

Weather in Cusco and treks to Machupicchu

Cusco’s climate is divided into two seasons: the rainy season, from November to March (the heaviest rains generally occur between January and March); and the dry season, from May to September.
Along the Inca Trail (May to September, high tourist season), temperatures range from 15° – 20ºC (59°F-68°F) during the day if it is sunny, and from 05-10ºC (41°F-50°F) during the day if it is not sunny and from 0-05ºC(32°F-41°F) during the night in between the first and second campsites. In Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu, which is a subtropical zone, at a lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer, although warm clothing is still recommended at night.

What is the weather like in Machu Picchu year-round?

Temperature: Machu Picchu is located in a tropical cloud forest and rain is present throughout the year, even in the dry season months. The average temperature ranges between 54ºF and 75ºF (12ºC and 24ºC). On the hottest days, it is possible to reach 79ºF (26°C).

Inca Trail Important Notice

According to the Resolution #002-2004-UGM-CD, published on Nov 12, 2004, the Inca Trail Regulation that refers to Inca Trail space bookings, bookings will only be guaranteed by the governmental institutions when providing full names, nationalities and passport numbers of passengers, and when having paid the full amount for passengers and staff (cook and team of porters) entrance fees.

Inca trail availability

Due to the popularity of the Inca Trail, we highly recommend that you book as far in advance as possible in order to secure a place. There are only a limited number of permits issued per day. We do of course have many other exciting treks to should you be too late to secure a permit.

Ticket for huaynapicchu or machupicchu mountain. –

For hikers who want to add a climb to Huaynapicchu mountain once you finished the tour at Machu Picchu tour, please let us know far in advance to secure spots. There is a limit number of permits issued per day!

Is the water safe and included in my tours?

We water at our private transportation for all of our tours and boiled water along our treks. We insist on a “Leave no trace” tourism by implementing plastic-free tours. Everyone should carry their canteens to reduce the use disposable bottles. (Eco friendly Attitude, we provide the water and you bring the bottle!)

What equipment will be provided by Andes Immersion on the treks?

We always make sure to have the best equipment on our treks. On the basic trek, you will always find sleeping tents (double occupancy), dining tents (with tables, stools, and dining tools) and cooking tents (where our staff will prepare delicious meals).

Appropriate clothing along the treks

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light rain gear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in the first two campsites, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the Pack List.

Extra Gear and Clothing

We genuinely believe that when our staff is treated well and everyone is equipped with quality hiking equipment, clothing, and anything else they may need to do their job the very best they can, everyone wins. If you have equipment or clothing you may not use again, you can donate it to a porter! Headlamps, sleeping bags, trekking poles, clothing are all greatly appreciated.

Where can I store my baggage that I don't need for the trail?

Certainly, any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). However, In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

Environmental responsibility “Leave no trace tourism”.

Nowadays, we are all concerned about the environment and care of Mother Nature (Pachamama), we understand the potential harm that can come from taking groups through many of the delicate environments, we are licensed operators and we do insist in a policy of …” “Leave no trace tourism”. our tours are plastic-free; everyone should carry their canteens to stop using disposable bottles.

Insurance

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cope with any medical emergencies, any costs incurred due to delayed or cancelled flights and for loss or delay of baggage.
People visiting Peru can buy travel health plans to protect themselves and their traveling companions from large out-of-pocket expenses due to unforeseen injury or illness. Although health concerns are the primary reason people purchase trip insurance for Peru. we recommend World Nomads™ – Travel Insurance Peru