On this 9-day Choquequirao Tour we can walk to what many consider the Inca sister cities of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu! Both ruins were once lost cities of the Incas that are believed to have never been discovered by the Spaniards and are still very well preserved.
Day 1: Cusco - Capuliyoc - Chiquisca - Playa Rosalinas
Day 2: Playa Rosalinas - Maranpata - Choquequirao
Day 3: Choquequirao - Choquequirao Pass - Rio Blanco
Day 4: Rio Blanco - Maisal
Day 5: Maisal - Victoria Pass - Yanama
Day 6: Yanama –Totora - Colpapampa
Day 7: Colpapampa - Lucmabamaba - Thermal Waters
Day 8: Lucmabamba - Llaqtapata - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes.
Day 9: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
The Choquequirao Tour start at 5:00 a.m., we pick you up from your hotel and drive for 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (2,850 m / 9,407 ft). Along the way, there are spectacular views of villages, valleys and snowy mountains. Once in Cachora, we met our riders and packed all our equipment in the horses. Here, we will enjoy the spectacular view of the Inca remains of Choquequirao, the Apurimac Canyon and the impressive snow-capped mountains such as Padreyoc (5,571 m / 18,387 feet). We walked for the next 3 hours to Chikiscapara lunch. In the afternoon, we continue for 2 more hours until our first camp at Rosalinas Beach.
After an early breakfast, we cross the bridge and walk for the next 4 hours to Marampata, where we will have lunch, while enjoying the view of the Inca ruins of Choquequirao. After lunch, we walk to our second night's camp, which is only 20 minutes from the ruins. There are many possibilities to see condors and enjoy the ruins of Choquequirao until late at night.
After breakfast, we fully explore the ruins of Choquequirao (Cradle of Gold). We visit temples, palaces, ritual water fountains, the llamas section and the incredible Ushnu (ceremonial platform). In the afternoon, we climb the ridge to the impressive Choquequirao Pass (3,277 m / 10,814 ft). Then we descend for 2 hours to Río Blanco (1,990 m / 6,567 feet) and to the third night camp, enjoying all the great canyons and the Inca ruins of Pinchiunuyoc on the way.
After a late breakfast, we go up to Maisal (3,277 m / 10,814 feet), enjoying the variety of microclimates and spectacular views of canyons, rivers and dazzling landscapes. Upon arriving at our fourth camp.
Starting at 7.00 a.m., we walk uphill for 3 hours through the semi-jungle vegetation through parts of the original Inca Highway, visiting old silver mines, including the Victories along the way, to reach the Victoria Pass (4,170 m / 13,700 f ). From here, you can appreciate the great canyons, the spectacular snowy mountains of Sacsara, Qoriwanachina and Pumasillo. Then, we descend to Yanama (3,650 m / 12,037 feet), which is our fifth camp.
This day is our mountain peaks day. We walk for 9 hours, preferably we get up early to appreciate the chain of snow peaks that can be seen from the first section of today's hike. We ascend to the highest point of our hike: the Yanama Pass (4,670 m / 15,407 feet). The view from this point is amazing. Snow-capped mountains and impressive valleys surround us. Then, we descend to Totora for lunch and after that, we walk for 2 hours to Colpapampa (2,870 m / 9,470 feet) to our sixth camp.
Today, we have passed our midpoint. Within 3 hours of walking, we are enjoying the beginning of the lush rainforest, the abundant fruit trees, coffee and cocoa trees, and the undulating fruit plantations with their blooming orchids and always many birds to see. We arrive at the wonderful Lucmabamaba for lunch with free time to rest.
After lunch, we will have an incredible experience of pure nature, touring a coffee plantation adjacent to the camp. We will start exploring the fields, learning about the different types of beans and selecting our own beans. This does not end there. Wrapped in the fields of tomatoes and avocados there are multiple ecosystems from beginning to end. We choose our fresh products, which our trekking chef will use for our dinner.
Then, at 3 p.m., we will take the local transport for 30 minutes to the natural hot springs of Cocalmayo, where we will bathe in the natural resources that Mother Earth offers us. Upon our return, our trekking chef will create his specialty with our fresh products of the day.
After a last delicious breakfast of our chef and a hot drink, we will continue along the ancient and remote Inca Trail for 3 hours uphill to the Puncuyoc Pass (2700 m / 8,858 feet). Along the way, you will have to pinch yourself with the fantastic views and authenticity of these unique valleys and fruit plantations. Location! Location! We arrive at the Inca ruins of Llactapata, located just in front of Machu Picchu, where we enjoy the strategic location of the Great Machu Picchu Citadel from far away and its surrounding mountains of Huyana Picchu, Machu Picchu and the Aobamba Canyon.
Still overwhelmed, we descend for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant, the main source of energy for Cusco, where we will have lunch. Then, it is the last stage of the trip walking to Aguas Calientes through the Machu Picchu National Park. Feel how your adrenaline begins to spin in your veins as you approach the iconic Machu Picchu and the ancient wall surrounding the Inca Citadel.
Get up early for a new day of adventure and attention by sharing the day with our majestic Machu Picchu. Following the ancient and remote steps of the 'Lost City of the Incas, listen carefully to the etheric cultural exchange of history without the crowds arriving at noon. You will have free time to explore, take pictures, climb the Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain or visit the Puerta del Sol. Then, we return to Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon at 4:22 pm, we return by expedition train to the station Ollantaytambo train and then we return to your hotel in Cusco by van, arriving at approximately 8:30 pm. This is the end of the Choquequirao Tour 9 Days.
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