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Choquequirao trek

TreXperience - 4 days

  • Choquequirao trek
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's included
Accommodation
Packing List
FAQ
Machu Picchu
Trexperience
How To Book

Overview

> Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides
> Spiritual ceremonies performed by our Andean healers
> Hike through sugar cane farms

Choquequirao Trekking to the “Cradle of Gold” is one of the few places that there are almost no people. This Incredible Citadel was built by the Incas in an impossible mountain top, overlooking the beautiful landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. This trek navigates the region’s lush cloud forests and snowcapped mountains. During the 4-day trek, you may see less than a dozen trekkers every day making this place a unique, quiet retreat and very soon will become Peru’s hottest destination.

Route

What’s the plan?

DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – SANTA ROSA

Departure will be from Cusco between 4:30am-5:00am. We’ll drive across the Andes towards Capuliyoc, arriving at approximately 8:30am. In this place we will enjoy the first breakfast and start our Trexperience to one of the legendary lost city of the Incas: Choquequirao. It’s a 4-hour trek downhill from Capuliyoc (9550 ft. 2911 m) to our lunch place at Chiquiska (1893m – 6210 ft.). Along the way we will get the first views of the Apurimac canyon, one of the deepest ones in Peru. It offers us spectacular panoramas with different landscapes from the highlands of Peru to the dense vegetation of the clouds forest. After lunch we continue our journey for 2 more hours down to Santa Rosa (1478mts – 4849ft.) Here we will camp for the night.

DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

After breakfast we will get ready for one of the most challenging but rewarding days on this Trexperience! First we will cross a suspension bridge and take a 4-hour trek uphill to Marampata (9550 ft. 2911 m). Passing through sugar cane farms, we’ll see where the locals produce “Cañazo”, a local alcoholic drink that has been produced for centuries. We will stop for lunch at a beautiful spot with amazing views of the mountains and the river. After lunch we start ascending another 2-hour uphill to Choquequirao (3030mts – 9940ft.). A spectacular place perched in the Peruvian Andes, this was one of the last Incan cities built. It might have been one of the entrance check point to Vilcabamba, the last capital of the Incas. Our campsite today is right next to this archaeological place, allowing us to walk to this mysterious places back and forth anytime we want to relax…

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – CHIQUISCA

We will wake up watching the sunrise at this magical place. After breakfast, it will be a 3-hour downhill to Santa Rosa (2230mts – 7300ft), our lunch spot. Then later, we continue down for 2 more hours downhill and 2 hours uphill until we arrive to our campsite at Chiquiska (1800m / 5905ft). This is a perfect day to enjoy the surrounding landscape from hundreds of different flowers, birds, and waterfalls in the distance.

DAY 4: CHIQUISCA – SAYWITE – CUSCO

On our final day we will get up, have breakfast, and prepare for our last 4-hour trek uphill to Capuliyoc where we will have lunch and say good bye to all our team that accompanied us to this expeditions. Afterwards we will take our private transportation to the archaeological site of Saywite: a great mysterious rock. You’ll have plenty of time to explore it before drop off at your hotel around 5pm.

What's included

Included:

√ Pre-departure briefing
We will welcome you to our Cusco offices on the evening prior to your trek for a pre-departure briefing for your Choquequirao Trek. The briefings take place at approximately 6:00pm. TreXperience understand that many hikers may be nervous or inexperienced and so the briefing is an opportunity to meet your guide(s) who will talk you through what to expect over the coming days. Our guides are very approachable and experienced so feel free to use this opportunity to ask them any questions you may have.

√ Permits
All admission permits are included. In order to obtain all relevant permits for your hike we will require a photocopy of your passport. We kindly request you share this with the team as soon as you book your trek.

√ Transportation
Trexperience offer a door to door service in the Lares Trek; we will pick up from your hotel on the morning of the trek and drop off back at your hotel on the last day. All required transportation throughout the trek is included, as well as the train back from Aguas Calientes. The train is Expedition class but can be upgraded to the Vistadome train for $55 per person. In addition Trexperience offer a complementary transfer service to and from the airport and your hotel.

√ Experienced tour guides
Our team are fluent English speakers and are extremely experienced professional tour guides from the local area. We provide a single guide for groups smaller than 8 people and a second guide for groups with 8 people or more. We very much enjoy sharing our extensive knowledge of local history and culture with you along the trek. All guides are proficiently trained in high mountain rescue, as well as yoga and meditation. We are committed to ensuring all clients have the best possible experience on the Lares Trek,

√ Camping equipment
We provide the best possible equipment to all clients, as well as staff, to maximize your experience. These include; Eureka tents (4 man tents are provided for every 2 people), and more.

√ Porters
Our porters carry all belongings that you don’t need in your day-pack up to a maximum weight of 7 kg. Additionally our porters carry all food and equipment. You will find your tents and the campsite prepared for you on arrival so all you need to do is worry about enjoying the hike!

√ Food
You will have proud of their highly talented chefs who never fail to cook up a delightful feast despite being in the middle of the Andean Mountains! We guarantee the biggest foodies among you wont fail to be impressed. All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided each day (except lunch on the final day) and the food is both delicious and plentiful during the Lares Trek. We cater for all dietary requirements so please let us know of your needs. We will keep those energy levels high with snacks each day and we make sure you have a tea / coffee every morning to wake up and every afternoon to unwind.

√ Water
All drinkable water – from your first lunch to your last breakfast – will be provided (you need to supply your own water bottles / camel back and we recommend carrying at least 2 L). The water is boiled, filtered and cooled before it is distributed in the Lares Trek.

√ Medical kit
All tour guides have received training in first aid and high mountain rescue. In the event a guest requires medical attention while on the trek our staff will be able to assist you. A medical kit is kept with the team at all times. In extremely rare case of a serious medical emergency you will be evacuated to the nearest medical centre.

√ Extras
We are committed to ensuring your trip is as comfortable as possible. We therefore provide hand towels, pillows, hand sanitizer, hot water for washing, drinkable water, snacks, day-pack covers and rain ponchos. All these additional comforts are included in the price of your trek.

√ Satellite phones
To ensure your safety and in case of an emergency we are the first trekking company to introducing satellite phone technology. This is because during the Inca Trail we will be hiking in the mountain with no cellphone service.

√ Taxes and fees
All taxes and permit fees associated with the Inca Trail are included in the listed price.

Excluded:

× Accommodation in Cusco including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Sleeping bag
You can rent a quality sleeping bag for $20 dollars.

× Inflattable air mattress
You can rent an inflatable air mattress for $15 dollars.

× Trekking poles
You can rent trekking poles for $15 dollars per pair.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Peru.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.

×Lunch on last day
Lunch on the last day is excluded.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Campsites
During you trek, you will stay in Eureka tents (4 man tents are provided for every 2 people), at campsites along the route. You have to take your own sleeping bag or you can rent one for $20 from your trekking company. At the campsites, you can always find the latest and finest Porta-potty toilets and hot showers on all our tours.

Packing List

Packing List

Essentials

– Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)
– Immigration Card (given to you on the plane as you enter Peru)
– Trekking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
– A good quality daypack (light, small and comfortable)
– Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)

For your daypacks

Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your personal backpack. Remember you will be carrying this with you everyday of the trek so we recommend you bring a good quality daypack which is both light and comfortable. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger backpacks can not be taken into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.

– Hat and sunglasses
– Rain gear
– Warm layers (fleece / long sleeved tops)
– Sun cream, bug spray
– Hand sanitiser
– Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Band aids, moleskin
– Camera, extra batteries
– Head torch
– Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
– Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips (small change is useful for paying to use the -villagers’ toilets on the first day)

Additional items for you duffel bags:

Trexperience will provide you with a duffel bag in which you can pack any items that you won’t need to keep with you during the day. Our porters will carry this bag for you throughout the trek. Please note this bag should weigh a maximum of 7 kg including the weight of your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring / rent one). When rented from us these two items weigh approximately 3.5 kg. During the Inca Trek you will travel through different temperatures as you climb / descend, it can also be cold at night when at the campsite. Therefore layers work best!

– Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
– Air mattress (can be rented from us)
– Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp
– Warm jacket, hat and gloves for Inca trail
– 2-3 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts are best)
– 1-2 hiking pants / trousers
– 4 sets of undergarments
– 4 sets of hiking socks
– 1 Fleece
– 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights
– Quick dry towel
– Soap
– Toothbrush and paste
– Face moisturizer
– Power pack / battery charger
– Plastic bags to keep wet or muddy clothes separate

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season

The best time to hike the Peruvian Andes is from April to October when the weather is relatively warm. In the months of June, July and August the nights are cold and a four season sleeping bag is recommended. The rainy season lasts from November to March, with February as the highlight. In this month the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance. Rainy season or not, prepare for sun and rain. The mountains make the weather pattern unpredictable.

Dry season (April – October)
Day: 20’C – 25’C / 68’F – 77’F
Night: -1 – 7’C / 30’F – 45’F

Rainy season (November – March)
Day: 17’C – 22’C / 62’F – 71.6’F
Night: 4’C – 7’C / 39’F – 45’F

Tipping

On the Inca Trail and other Peruvian trials, it is normal to tip guides. Opinions on how much are divided. We advise you to bring along an amount of 60 to 120 Nuevo Sol for tips. That is equivalent to USD 25 to 50. This is often given by the group in a pot, towards the end of the trek.

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

One sure way to get fit for trekking and hiking in Peru is to, you could have guessed it: hike more. Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude before and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Peruvian Andes.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s hike twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Peru.

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

Altitude Mountain Sickness

If you’re keen on Machu Picchu, you’re obviously headed to Cusco. Once you’re in the city, particularly if you’ve flown in, you’re likely to find yourself huffing and puffing just scaling the stairs to your accommodation. For this reason, it’s recommended you give yourself time to acclimatize to the thin air before setting off up the mountain. If you want to know everything about AMS while trekking in Peru, please read our extensive blog post. For now, keep the basics in mind. Make sure you are hydrated properly, avoid alcohol before your trek, and if you are a smoker, you better at least quit for a few days, or else you are going to have a lot of trouble making it through.

Trekking in the rainy season

The wet (rainy) season lasts from November to April. The mountainous terrain around Cusco means the area is prone to flooding and landslides after torrential rain. It’s always better to go in the dry season. You can’t? At least you won’t be fighting the crowds. Please be prepared and read everything about this season in our blog post.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Tickets
To conserve the Machu Picchu site, the Peruvian government has limited the access and gives out a limited amount of tickets. There are different sorts of tickets and availability.

Machu Picchu Only
This type of ticket allows you to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu which has as main attractions: Intiwatana Temple of the Three Windows, Sun Temple, Temple of the Condor, Main Plaza, Agricultural Zone. The maximum capacity to enter to Machu Picchu is 2500 people per day.

Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu is part of a set of related with the Salkantay, mountains known as the Central Cordillera of the Andes. Huayna Picchu, “Young Mountain“, is located opposite the mountain of Machu Picchu “Old Mountain” and has a height of 2,693 meters. It can be accessed by following a steep and narrow path with steps carved into rock; It covers an elevation of approximately 360 meters. The tour on this mountain has an approximate duration of 3 hours, in what it concerns to rise and to go down, it is an extraordinary adventure. The maximum capacity to go up to Huayna Picchu group is 200 people per day.

Machu Picchu + Old Mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain is located 3,082 meters. In it, is seated the Inca city of Machu Picchu, and every day more people decide to venture to it, possibly by the energy emanating earth, considered sacred to the Inca civilization. Its summit was used by Inca priests to perform rituals on special dates and it was the place of worship of the Apu Salkantay.

The ascent depends on the physical condition of the individual and can take anything between 2 and 3 hours. The maximum capacity to enter Machu Picchu Mountain is 800 people per day,

Your trekking company provides the bus tickets and the Machu Pichu only entrance tickets. If you wish to do climb the Huayna Picchu or the Old Mountain it will cost you $75 dollars extra. This needs to be reserved in time.

Trexperience

Trexperience

We are a team of dedicated professionals who love Peru and are passionate about sharing our country’s nature, history and culture. Our experts bring a wealth of experience from their many years of working in the Peruvian tourism industry. It is this experience that enables us to create itineraries that are both authentic and unique. We listen carefully to the feedback and desires of each and every visitor and are committed to continuously improving our service. Our personal approach and pioneering ideas has resulted in some of the most innovating tours in Peru.

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Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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