This trek is designed for people who love mountains, are interested in archaeological sites and enjoy a physically demanding experience. Breathtaking archeological sites and incredible mountain scenery combine in this unique trekking experience that includes Guided visits to Choquekirau and Machu Picchu.
GRADING C SEASONApril to November PROGRAM 7 days / 6 nights
DAY 1: CUSCO/CACHORA/CHIQUISCA | INC: L/D
We pick you up early from your Hotel in Cusco and travel by private vehicle on the paved road to Lima for about 3 1/2 hours to the town of Cachora where we meet our crew and pack animals. While we enjoy a snack, the mules are packed and we hike for about 5 hours descending into the Apurimac Canyon to camp at Chiquisca at a pleasant 1,800 meters above sea level with a mild climate.
DAY 2: CHIQUISCA/MARANPATA | INC: B/L/D
After a nutritious breakfast we descend to the Apurimac River and cross it by way of hanging bridge to begin a steep uphill hike for the rest of the day, we arrive at our campsite at Maranpata at midafternoon for a welldeserved rest.
DAY 3: MARANPATA/ CHOQUEKIRAU | INC: B/L/D
We have breakfast and hike for about an hour and a half to Choquekirau (The last city of the Incas), where we set camp. We will have the rest of the day for an in depth visit to Choquekirau (Golden Cradle) that can be considered the Sister City of Machu Picchu, because of the many similarities they share. They each hang above the two most important Sacred Rivers: The Apurimac and the Vilcanota. They are both at the same latitude and they are both large complexes with highly difficult access that protected them. We’ll have a picnic lunch at the ruins and dinner at our campsite.
DAY 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO/ MAIZAL | INC: B/L/D
Early morning departure, walking through Choquekirau, we find our way behind the upper plaza, to continue up through high cloud forest to the Choquekirau Pass. Afterwards the trail descends through some large agricultural terraces (Andenes) called Pinchoy Unyoc which means water jumping forward. These terraces were used in the Inca times to cultivate food for the inhabitants of the Choquekirau Inca City nearby. We will continue hiking until we reach Rio Blanco where we have our picnic lunch. In the afternoon we hike further to enter another Inter Andean valley known as “Maizal”, where we will find our camp set up for the night.
DAY 5: MAIZAL/YANAMA | INC: B/L/D
Early morning breakfast and hike in the area bellow the Corihuayrachina glacier that holds some important archeological remains including some high quality Inca water channels. We continue to hike to Minas Victoria, a well know silver mine that thrived during the Spanish conquest and colonial times. We continue to trek to one of the most beautiful valleys where we find the town of Yanama, in view of the spectacular Pumasillo Glacier. Here we find a warm cup of tea waiting for us at our camp already set up for the night.
DAY 6: YANAMA /PALTALLACTA/AGUAS CALIENTES | INC: B/L
We wake up early to take local transportation* on our own on a newly built unpaved road to nearby Totora and then follows the Totora river and soon arrives at Colcapampa: A small village on top of the junction of three small rivers that together form the Santa Teresa River. From here we follow the Santa Teresa River downstream until we reach the lower part of the wide Inca Trail; we leave the vehicle at this point and begin to hike uphill to Paltallacta pass in the midst of sub-tropical forest. Not long after we enjoy the orchids, giant ferns and exotic plants at the pass we reach a view point from where we first see Machu Picchu perched on the ridge of the mountain in front of us. A little farther along we come to nice clearing from where you can enjoy the view and have rest. We continue, this time descending on a steep trail with plenty of orchids and ferns that will take us down to the Valley across a small hanging bridge over the Acobamba River to the train station at Km 122 next to the Urubamba River. Here we board the afternoon train that will take us to Aguas Calientes. Here we spend the night at a small hotel with the option to enjoy the nearby hot springs. B, L, Dinner on your own. *Please note: This is not tourist transportation. We do not provide this service. This local transportation is used because of the convenience to transfer in the area. It is clearly understood you will pay for your own fare (the equivalent to US$10 each in local currency) and take this transportation at your own risk.
DAY 7: MACHU PICCHU/ CUSCO | INC:
We rise early to spend a full day on a guided tour of Machu Picchu. After a two hour guided tour you will have time to enjoy walking around Machu Picchu. We catch the afternoon train to Cusco. Arrive in Cusco and transfer to your hotel.
End of our services.
- All meals marked in the itinerary.
- Service of local official guides.
- Service of camp staff: Cook, assistants, mule skinners.
- All group camping and cooking equipment: Passenger tents based in double occupancy. Dinning tent with tables, silverware and chairs. Toilet tent with toilet seat.
- Return Expedition train from Machu Picchu to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.
Price Does Not Include:
- Meals not specified after each itinerary day
- Local transportation from Yanama to Playa on Day 6.
- Expenses such as medical immunizations.
- Travel insurance
- Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)
- Train tickets
- Sleeping bag
- Walking stick
*If your clients prefer not to bring their sleeping bag or walking stick we can rent them at an additional cost. Please let us know in advance so we can book these items.
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