Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
In Quechua language, Choquequirao or Choquekiraw means “Cradle of Gold”. It is another “Lost City of the Inkas”. Choquequirao is dedicated to the adoration of the “Pachamama” the Andean mother Earth, “the Apus” Mountain gods and divinities like the water and the elements of Nature.”
Now our focus in this area is to hike on well preserved Inka trails and see the last stronghold of the Inca after the Spanish took over Cusco. Many Andean people, who are living in these amazing mountains have ancestral traditions from the Incas. We will cross the Vilcabamba mountains from the Apurimac to Urubamba river, visiting the most important cities of the Incas: Machu Picchu, Choquequirao and Vilcabamba.
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Cusco - Cachora - Rosalina
At 6:00 am we pick you up from your hotel, then we travel in our private transport to Cachora for 4 hours approximately, with spectacular views in the way to Cachora (Apurimac Region) This is where we will meet our muleteer and horses, where we will pack all our equipment on mules. We will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon and the first view of Choquequirao. Then we will descend to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, and camp at 1,550 msnm.
Rosalina - Choquequirao
Early in the morning from the Apurimac river, we will hike to Marampata, a long and narrow trail, the view of the canyon is spectacular, it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains above. After, we will arrive to the camp site of Choquequirao (3050 msnm. 11,055 ft.)
Choquequirao Archeological site
We will enjoy all the day into the Choquequirao Archeological site. This is important, because Choquequirao is 30 % bigger than Machupicchu, also in this area it is perfect for Birdwatching.
Choquequirao - Maizal
From the archeological site of Choquequirao we start up to the high pass of Choquequirao (3500 m) from then we descend to the Rio Blanco creek where the deep valley creates a warm microclimate. From the river we start to hike again to the camp site of Maizal, (Sacca family) where there is an amazing view from this Andean house.
Maizal - Yanama
Walking on the Inka Trail, we cross the second highest pass, around 4670 m.s.n.m to entrance to the Andean Town of Yanama, we will observe different species of birds in all the way, also the impresive mountain range of Vilcabamba. We will camp with the Family of Mister Alejandro (horseman) our partner in the Adventure.
Yanama - Quelcamachay
We start by descending to the Yanama river, later we go up to a little high pass (3500 m ) over a ridgecrest and drop into the Qelqamachay valley. This is the part where we find an original Inka trail, following this amazing trail we go past Inkamachay ( Inka´s cave) and rest in the impressive Mountains and rock towers of Qelqamachay in the afternoon.
Quelcamachay - Huancacalle - Santa Teresa
Our last day walking in the
Vilcabamba, we follow a very well preserved Inka trail to our last high pass the Corihuayrachina pass (4,780m). After a descent of a few hours we
come to a sacred Inca site called the Ñusta Hispana and Rosaspata. After a short visit, we will take our car down to Santa Maria and on to Santa Teresa.
Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we go in a car to “Hydroelectric” were we start our last trail, we go walking on the railroad around 3 hours (10 Km) for arrive to Aguas Calientes. Accommodation in our Hotel and Rest.
Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco
You have the option of visiting Machu Picchu with the normal entrance, or you can get an add on to the ticket to hike up one of the two mountains around the site Mount Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu.
In the afternoon we return to Ollantaytambo on the train and by car to Cusco.
- All group camping equipment
- Official Tourism Guide
- Cargo Horses & Arrieros (will carry all expedition and personal gear to the Ahobamba house)
- Food from Lunch Day 1 until Lunch Day 8. (Dinner Day 8 and Lunch +Dinner Day 9 Not Included)
- Roundtrip Bus Tickets Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Citadel
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets
Trekking Boots (Waterproof) - Clothing for hiking (light, breathable, quick drying) - Clothing for cold and rain (down jacket and rain jacket/pants) - Gloves (light or fingerless) - Brimmed hat and winter beanie - Sunglasses and sunscreen - Sleeping Bag (0F / -18C) or (20F / -7C) - Air or foam mattress - Water bottle (Nalgene or similar) - Backpack - Duffel Bag
It is very important to acclimatize properly. If you are just arriving to Cusco, I recommend at least 3 full nights in Cusco (3,300mts/10,824ft) before sleeping higher than 4,000mts (13,120ft). It is recommendable to climb a peak of 5,500 meters, before a 6,000 meter peak if you have the time. If you are already well acclimated, it is possible to go directly to climb an easier 6,000mts peak like Ausangate, Chumpe or Yayamari. These guidelines should be regarded as the minimums. Often people have a tight schedule and want to do as much as possible with their time, but acclimatization is important for you to be able to accomplish your goals.