Choquequirao Trek Apurimac Canyon 5 days - 4 nights

Choquequirao Trek Apurimac Canyon
5 days / 4 nights

LANGUAGES

English, Spanish

DURATION

5 days / 4 nights

PHYSICAL CONDITION

Moderate

MEETING POINT

Calle Santa Teresa

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Choquequirao Trek Apurimac Canyon 5 days / 4 nights


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This Trek to choquequirao is perfect for those people who are looking to get away from the crowds, This trek takes you to the other Amazing inca city of  Choquequirao (The Cradle of Gold) which it is located  high above the Apurimac Valley over 3055 meters above sea level.

Choquequirao Trek is the adventure of a lifetime, with unique inca buildins, on the way we will enjoy a great variety of flora and fauna of the region. Choquequirao is as important inca city  as Machupicchu.
Archeologists presume that it is one of the several lost citadels in Vilcabamba, where the Incas took refuge in 1536. Choquequirao is an extraordinary religious complex composed of nine sections, including the religious-political center. It has hundreds of terraces, rooms and irrigation systems with aqueducts. The trek to Choquequirao is certainly unforgettable. We will leave Cusco through the Abancay Road up to Cachora Village where the trek begins. The trail starts at Cachora town over 2900 meters above sea level. Choquequirao was first visited and described to the western world by a French explorer during the 18th century, and then Hiram Bingham visited the site in 1910 before his discovery of Machupicchu in 1911.
Choquequirao is perfec trek to replace the traditional trek of inka trail to Machupicchu.

DAY 1: CUSCO - LIMATAMBO – KACHORA – PLAYA ROSALINA

We will leave Cusco at 4 am. arriving at Cachora town around 8 am where we will have our breakfast. Here we meet the horsemen and we arrange our equipment on mules and horses. From this village (Cachora) in just 2 hours hike we get to Capuliyoc (2915 m) from where we have the first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow capped mountains of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. From this point we will go downhill to Coca Masana (2330 m.), where the climate becomes warmer and the vegetation begins to change. Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina beach) at 1550 m beside the Apurimac River where we will set up our camp and spend the night.
The approximate hike time is 10 hours.

DAY 2 : PLAYA ROSALINA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

The second day is considered the hardest day of the five days. We will have an early breakfast to start our trekking and in about 5 hours we reach to Raqaypata. This is near the Chunchullmayo river where we will have our lunch and siesta. Along this trail we are going to see beautiful orchids and wild flowers as well as Andean birds. From this point it is just two more hours hike to Choquequirao (3035 m). With good luck we will enjoy the sunset and maybe the opportunity to spot the world´s largest bird, the Andean Condor. We spend the night just outside of the ruins.

DAY 3 : CHOQUEQUIRAO – RAQAYPATA.

After an early breakfast we start exploring the majestic inca ruins of Choquequirao. Our guide will explain the history and importance of the site. We will observe the three levels of the excavated ruins, where we can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this Inca-town. Choquequirao is called (The last refuge of the Incas) in the oldest known report assigned to Juan Arias Diaz, one of the first people to explore the zone in 1710.
Late in the afternoon we will start the return trek and spend the night at Raqaypata.

DAY 4 : RAQAYPATA – COCA MASANA.

Right after breakfast, we continue our return trek with a steep descent towards the Apurimac River. Here we will have our lunch. On the way we are going to see again the beautiful snowcapped mountains and beautifull landscape.
In the afternoon we have a 4 hour up hill to our last campsite at Coca Masana (2330 masl). overnight.

DAY 5 : COCA MASANA – CACHORA – CUSCO

After breakfast we have the last 3 hours uphill to Capulilloq (2915 m). From here the trail is fairly flat up to the village of Cachora.
We will say goodbye to our horsemen and take the bus back to Cusco.
On the way we stop at the archaeological site of Tarawasi and the white stone of Saywite, where we will have our last lunch. then 4-hour bus ride brings us back to Cusco, and the end of this trip.

Included

  • Hotel collection
  • Round trip private bus to Cachora.
  • Entrance fees to Choquekirao.
  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • Excellent cook
  • High quality camping equipment (4 people igloo shape tents used for 2 people, roll mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and cooking equipment chairs and tables).
  • Plentiful meals (morning tea, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day).
  • 5 B / 5L / 4 D
  • Great cook
  • Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, vegetarian options, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. vegetarians options
  • Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottle
  • hot water every morning and afternoon for washing
  • horsemen
  • pack animals (horses and mules to carry your personal items and camping equipment)
  • saddled horses
  • first aid kit and oxygen bottle.

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent this in our office US$ 30 for the whole trek).
  • walking stick  (you can rent in our office US$ 20 for the whole trek)
  • inflatable Air mattress ( you can rent it in our office for US$ 20 for the whole trek)
  • Flight tickets
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips to tour guides and staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses.
PRIVATE SERVICE

A private service is organized just for you with private transport and your own professional tour guide. We do not add other people to your group, in order to provide you the best possible service with personal attention and added comfort.

GROUP SIZE: Private Group.

DEPARTURES: From march until january.

PRICE PER PERSON 2024:

2 persons $ 850 per persons
3 persons $ 810
4 persons $ 760
5 persons $ 700
6 persons $ 650
7 persons $ 600
8 persons $ 650

BOOKING INFORMATION

Choose in the Calendar the date of when you would like to start this Tour -select the month, year and the day, (Starting Date). Fill in your details as requested, and details of the people traveling with you, once you have finished and sent us your reservation, you are registered to pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 5% pp. Once we receive your payment, we will confirm your tour in your email and send you more details.

BOOKING DEPOSIT REQUIRED.- Online payments.

1.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 5% card fee per person.
2.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 6% per person through Paypal.
3.- For group bookings, transfer to our bank in Peru, US$ 300 per person, or pay with the methods mentioned above.
FINAL PAYMENT: We require the remaining balance payment of your tour 1 month before of your tour start, paying online with your reservation code in our website in How to pay OR pay in US$ cash or with a card in our office in Cusco at your arrival.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1.- You must inform us of any medical problems or allergies. You need to be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70, then you will need to present us with a current medical certificate as Choquequirao trek goes to 3100 masl. (It is highly recommended that you have to be in Cusco 2 or 3 days in advance to acclimatize or to use to the altitude).
2.- You must inform to your tour guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks. If you are having any problems with the service you have to inform to the tour guide in that moment so he can solve any problems as soon as possible.
3.- We include in this trek 8 kilos from each passenger for the horses, we will provide you a duffle bag to put your sleeping bag and personal clothes and mattress.
4.- However if you are unable to participate on this trek, we can organize an alternative tours in Cusco city.
5.- If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter and mule will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are paid at the expense of the passenger.  There will be no refund from the original payment, however we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be used to present to your travel insurance company.
6.- Our company will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness, loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. we cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was unforeseeable or unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
7.- Our travel agency does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the clients responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.

CANCELATION MADE BY CLIENT

A.- Cancelation of the tour once you have paid a deposit and received a confirmation incurs in the loss of the booking deposit. (US$ 300.00) per person. Non-refundable booking deposit.
B.- Cancelation of tour within 45 days to 31 days before departure incurs a loss of 70% of total tour cost…
C.- Cancelation of tour within 30 days to 8 days before departure incurs a loss of 80% of total tour cost…
D.- Cancelation of tour within 7 days – 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total tour cost…
E.- Cancelation of tour within 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost…

YOU SHOULD BRING

Backpack, sleeping bag (you can rent it in our office), warm clothes, fleece, sweater, rain jacket and rain poncho, change of clothes, hiking boots and sandals, trousers and shorts, wool socks, wool hat, gloves, baseball cap, Flashlight and extra batteries, sun glasses, water bottle and purification tablets, sun block, insect repellent, toiletries, bathing suit and towel.

TREK OPTIONS

(1) Horse for personal use or saddle horse.- US$60 for the whole trip.
(2) Vegetarian meals.- We can provide vegetarian meals or special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(3) Sleeping bag rental.- We have sleeping bags in our office to rent. US $ 20 for the whole trip.

HOW DIFFICULT IS THIS TREKKING

This 5 days of Choquekirao trek is considered as moderate.
The main challenge on this trek is actually the second and the 4th day because we have to walk uphill and downhill. You must be well-acclimatized prior this tour.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO DO THIS TREKKING

The best time of year to plan your Choquekirao trek is the dry season from April to october, this time is considered as Winter in the andes, during the day is really sunny and hot and the night time is tempered.
October to March is the wet season in Peru but we still have many tourist trekking because the weather is unpredictable.

WHAT ARE THE AVERAGE HOURS OF TREKKING PER DAY

The average walking time per day on this trekking is 6 to 8 hours

WHAT KIND OF MEALS AND ACCOMMODATIONS WE EXPECT ON THIS TREK

Our camping equipment is top quality (4 season tents that our staff will sets up for you at each campside and you will be gratefull for this quality tents, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and cooking equipment). Excellent cooking staff, plentiful meals (morning tea room service, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day), vegetarian option. Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, hot drinks (including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude). Food is rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottles.
we have a lot of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free travellers and our cooks know how to cater to their needs. With adequate preparation and clear communication, we can accommodate all other types of dietary requests.

WHAT DO I NEED TO CARRY DURING THE TREK

What you need to carry with you each day on the tour is a light day pack. In your day pack, you should carry water bottle; some extra warm layers, scarf; a camera; a sun hat; and sunscreen.
Water is extremely important while hiking. You should start each day with 2L, knowing you fill up your water bottles at meal times.
The rest of your belongings – up to 8kg  – are carried in a duffel bag that we provide, by mules. All of the camping equipment needed on the trek is also carried by mules.

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