Choquequirao Hidden Inca City – 15 days

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Choquequirao “the Last Refuge of the Incas” sister of Machu Picchu: Perched on a precipitous ridge 5000 feet above the roaring Rio Apurimac and ringed by the snow-capped Vilcabamba Mountains, the Choquequirao citadel is a true “lost city of the Incas.” With its absolutely dazzling location, Choquequirao is often compared to Machu Picchu, yet this hidden ancient city has no road access, few visitors, and a haunting ambiance unmatched at other Inca sites. Our spectacular and challenging trek brings us to the breathtaking ruins of Choquequirao, with its mysterious plazas and shrines, and onward across the entire Vilcabamba range through deep-cut canyons and over high passes.

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Day by Day Itinerary

Type Service: Privately Guided
Itinerary: Fixed
Destinations: Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu
Activities: Trekking and Walking,Cultural and History

Day 1 – International Arrival in Lima

Assistance at your arrival to Lima International airport and transfer to your hotel, there you will receive a briefing on your tour and vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip
Meals Included: None

Day 2 – Lima Sightseeing Tour

Morning free to relax; we recommend you to take a long rest and be prepared to begin with this unforgettable journey through our wonderful country. Lunch on your own
Pick up from the Hotel at 1:30pm, guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the “City of Kings”. This excursion offers the best combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary. In Lima, there were several different pre-Columbian cultures which are dated thousands of years back. Lima was part of the Inca Empire until was founded by the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro on the 18th of January, 1535. Overnight at Lima Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 3 – Flight to Cusco / Cusco Sightseeing Tour

Breakfast at the hotel; transfer to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco, upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to the hotel, free morning to get acclimatized
At 1:30pm pick up from the Hotel; guided sightseeing tour in Cusco like Koricancha temple of Sun the most important shrines during the Incas time. Visit the Cathedral the most imposing church at the main square. The tour keeps going to Sacsayhuaman, this site is a megalithic work made by the Incas; it stands on a hill looming over the city to the north-yet even these enormous stones are filled with that extraordinary Inca perfection. The next sightseeing is named Qenqo, it shows a singular limestone outcrop, which was used to religious cult. The tour finishes visiting Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. Overnight at Cusco Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 4 – Moray & Maras Terraces of Salt Hike

Breakfast at the hotel; pick you up from the Hotel at 9:00am and transfer direction to the Sacred Valley; we start across the fertile plain of Chinchero rich with grain, potatoes & beans. Start walking in the little town of Maras; we arrive at the circular Inca ruins of Moray. In nearby Moray you find “the Inca laboratory” then we drop down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the salt pans of Salineras. Here more than 5000 terraces are still in production and many families of Maras bring their salt to the market of Urubamba on mules. These salt-pans were mentioned in conquering Spanish’s chronicles. We finally meet our vehicle again beside the Urubamba River for the drive back to Cusco. Overnight at Cusco Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 5 – Cusco, Cachora / Chiquisca

Pick up from the Hotel at 5:00am and transfer in our private transportation to Cachora (2850m/9348ft) the journey will take around 4hrs. While the group is having breakfast the crew will arrange the horses for the trek. We start to walk from Cachora observing the majestic Padrayoc snow covered peak, the highest (5482m/17980ft). The hike on this first day is 16 km around 6hrs walking starts by flat part. From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc where it might see condors, the descent towards the Apurímac Canyon, and the vegetation changes from Agave and Tunacactus to dwarf tree forest, having lunch at Cocamasana, then we continue to Chiquisqa (1950m/6398ft), campsite in Chiquisca
Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 16 km (9, 93 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5- 6 hours
Maximum altitude point: (2850m/9348ft)


Day 6 – Chiquisca / Choquequirao Archeological Site

Breakfast; early in the morning we start to walk from here and continue the descent to the abundant Apurímac River (1550m/5028ft) in the impressing deep canyon of the same name. After a short rest continue the hike going up to Choquequirao Archeological Site. The first 2-3 hours are going up steep until Santa Rosa, then it will change between flat and climb the rest of the way surrounded by beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Lunch at Maranpata (2850m/9348ft) then continue to Choquequirao (3033m/9948ft) after 2hrs walking arrival to our camping place from where we have a spectacular view of the canyon, it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Campsite near Choquequirao
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 14 km (8, 70 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: (3033m/9948ft)


Day 7 – Explore Choquequirao

Breakfast; this day enjoying a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex means “Cradle of Gold” visiting the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and ready to be restored into the way it was when the Incas owned it. The steep mountainside below the main plaza features several clusters of newly-discovered buildings, including the so-called Ridge Group, and the Waterfall Temple, an intriguing ceremonial complex facing the cascades of a steep ravine.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8 – Choquequirao / Maizal

Breakfast; on this day trekkers walk uphill for a while up to 3400m/11152ft the first Choquequirao pass and then descending to Rio Blanco (1909m/6262ft), first walking through cloud forest, arriving to Pinchayunuyoc Arquelogical site. Resting and observing basically on the old Inca Terraces the flora and fauna; arrival to the Rio Blanco or white river to have a break some rest, swim and lunch. After the lunch starting the hike up the steep climbing up to Maizal village high over the river close to the sacred Apus of the Incas for about 3 hrs, camping in Maizal (3400m/11152ft)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 16 Km (9, 93 miles)
Estimated walking time: 7 hours
Maximum altitude point: (3400m/11152ft)


Day 9 – Maizal / Yanama

Breakfast; from here start walking uphill passing by the impressive Inca mines called Minas Victoria and towards the Victoria Pass (4200m/13776ft). A long climb the trail, walking in an amazingly beautiful area first with cloud forest and then over Andean Puna with the well known Ichu grass, trekkers can appreciate original paved Inca trails until Victoria Pass. Taking the box lunch at the pass in 4200m/13776ft with view of the mountain Choquetakarpo, trekkers can appreciate the flight of the condors depending on the climate, and finally descending to Yanama community (3500m/11480ft) where we spend the night.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 15 km (9, 32 miles)
Estimated walking time: 7 hours
Maximum altitude point: (4200m/13776ft)


Day 10 – Yanama / Colpapampa

Breakfast; climbing slowly to the higher pass called Yanama (4550m/14924ft), again the view is amazing, trekkers are surrounded by snowcapped mountains the Mt. Sacsarayoj and Mt. Padreyoc. Continuing from Yanama up through the valley towards the highest point of the tour, once more having the chance to see condors and this morning smooth climb bring through new landscapes –crossing small wood/dirt bridges on the way towards the community of Totora where we have the lunch, then continue to Colpapampa (2890m/9479ft), our camping site, a beautiful spot with some natural hot springs to relax in
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 15 Km (9, 32 miles)
Estimated walking time: 7 hours
Maximum altitude point: (4550m/14924ft)


Day 11 – Colpapampa / Lucmabamba

Breakfast; today we continue our hike with an easy walk along the Santa Teresa River, enjoying the increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. We pass the waterfalls at Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko, and then we continue to La Playa (2155m/7068ft) where we have our lunch, after lunch we continue until Lucmabamba
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 12 Km (7, 45 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6 hours


Day 12 – Lucmabamba / LLaqtapata / Aguas Calientes

Breakfast; start climbing for around 3hrs up to El Mirador or Abra Q’elloqasa (2860m/9381ft) from where we have an exceptional view of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, from a different angle. Then we continue to Llaqtapata archeological site (2650m/8692ft) from where we can view both Machu Picchu and the Salkantay Mountain and take a good rest, enjoying the added value of the Llactapata, which have recently been restored. A 2hrs descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations brings us to the hydroelectric plant of Machu Picchu from where we board a train that takes us to Aguas Calientes (short, scenic 40-minutes train ride), overnight at Aguas Calientes Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 10 Km (6, 21 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5 hours
Maximum altitude point: (2860m/9381ft)


Day 13 – Machu Picchu / Back to Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel; full day Excursion to Machu Picchu, early transfer to the Bus Stop for the short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.
Opportunity to walk (approx 1 hour) up to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) or climb to the top of Wayna Picchu, with a magnificent view of the whole Sanctuary, return in the afternoon by train to Poroy Train Station and transfer to your Cusco hotel. Overnight at Cusco Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 14 – Free day in Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel; free time in Cusco by yourself
Overnight at Cusco Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 15 – Depart Cusco / Lima International departure

Breakfast at the hotel; transfer to the airport for departure flight to Lima and then take your connecting flight at home
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

  

Includes

  • All mentioned transport
  • Double or single room in the selected hotel with breakfast
  • Entrance to parks and cultural sights
  • Guided visits and mentioned excursions
  • English/Spanish speaking guide to accompany visits and excursions
  • All transfers
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Train tickets Expedition Class
  • All camping equipment

Not included

  • International airfares
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport departure (US$ 30 per person for international flights and US$ 6.5 for national flights) taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Radio calls or messages
  • Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature
  • Personal equipment
  • Obligatory personal insurance and meals which are not mentioned
  • Sleeping bag.

 

 

 

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