7 DAYS & 6 NIGHTS
The archaeological site of CHOQUEQUIRAW is part of the complex system of Andean towns in Vilcabamba Valley. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails.
CHOQUEQUIRAW is situated in the spurs of the mountain range of Salcantay, at 3035 m.a.s.l, surrounded by the snowcapped Apus of Yanama, Ampay, Choquecarpu, Pumasillo and Panta on the right side of Apurimac river in the Santa Teresa district, The Convention province of the departament of Cusco.
Choquequiraw is an Inca town formed by small sites spread out in rubblework that in its adjoining constructs a complex metropolis similar to those of the other regions placed on the crest of the hill by the same name Choquequiraw.
EXPEDITION PROGRAM FOR THE TOUR CHOQUEQUIRAW YANAMA TO MACHUPICCHU
CUSCO – CAPULLIYOC – PLAYA ROSALINA
Arriving at Cachora town at 7.00 in the morning where we will have our breakfast while we arrange the equipment on mules and horses. Already from the village of Cachora we can observe the majestic Padrayoc snow covered peaks, the highest is 5482 m.a.s.l.
The hike on this first day is 21.70 km or 10 hours. On the way we will observe Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora snow covered peaks. We can appreciate the beautiful change of the landscape from precipices to snowy mountains.
The walk starts quite flat with views to snow covered peaks and small farms on the step mountainsides. From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc, where we might see condors, the descent towards the Apurímac Canyon starts.
As the vegetation is changing from Agave and Tunacactus forest to dwarftree forest we have lunch brake at Chiquisqa (1950 m.a.s.l.). From here we continue the descent to the abundant Apurímac River in 1550 m.a.s.l. where we spend the night.
PLAYA ROSALINA – CHOQUEQUIRAO
Early morning after breakfast, we continue to Santa Rosa ( 2115 m.as.l.), then we will continue on the rise to going up to Choquekiraw. The first 5-6 hours are going up steep, but then it will change between flat and climb the rest of the way surrounded by beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids.
We will arrive to the archaeological place CHOQUEKIRAW after 6 hours. After a good lunch and a little break we will walk to the main square of Choquekiraw, to enjoy this majestic place, where we will observe the three levels of the excavated ruin.
Approximately at 3 o’clock in the afternoon (depends of the weather) we can be lucky to appreciate “the flight of the Condors”. The guide will decide where to set our camp in Raqaypata (2910 m.a.s.l.).
CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHINUYUC
After breakfast we have good time to enjoy the majestic archaeological place. We can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this late Inca-town. Besides we see the ruin in progress of excavation and finally areas unexplored – that can ell us about this last refuge of the oppressed Inca empire.
After the lunch we walk through Choquekiraw, with all equipment going to our next camp. We follow the old water canal for a while before we start the 3 hours walk to the Pinchinuyoc ruins found in 1998.
First we walk through cloud forest, but then all becomes steep open prairie with open views of the Mountains and valleys. Pinchinoyoc – these ruins are something very special. All of a sudden they appear in the cloud forest, almost invisible because of the thick layer of mosses and other vegetation that covers it. Here we spend the night basically on the old Inca Terraces.
PINCHINUYUC – MAIZAL
This morning we walk down through an interesting vegetation know as Dry Andean Highland Forest. Trees and plants here look different to what we have seen before. We arrive to the river Victoria after a few hours and use the brake here to get a refreshing bath in the cold and clear river water.
We cross walking through the river, since there are no bridges. After our brake we start the long and steep climb to our camp in Maizal, high over the river close to the sacred Apus of the Incas. On the way up we catch our breath in the shade of small trees and other vegetations on the way up.
In Maizal we have our lunch and enjoy, that we can relax this afternoon – with only optional physical activity. Maizal is properly the camp in the most beautiful location of them all. From here we see 3 valleys and a great snow peak right across from us. A good place to lean back and think.
MAIZAL – YANAMA – PLAYA SAHUYACO
We leave our camp in Maizal and walk towards the San Juan pass. Again a long climb, but we walk in a amazingly beautiful area – first with cloud forest and then over Andean Puna with the well known ichu grass. We rest at some of the Victoria mines, where metal shining stones tell about a high concentration of minerals and metals.
On our way through the Puna we walk on very well preserved Inca trails, among other characteristics with the classic zigzag. We take lunch at the pass in 4000 m.a.s.l. with view of the mountain Choquetakarpo, before we start the descent towards Yanama, a small isolated settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains, we arrive to Yanama, then we will board the local bus Approx. 4 hours to playa Sahuyaco, the Playa is the biggest village on the way, where we can find some small shops to buy snack etc. In this area we can see small plantations of coffee and bananas, camp.
PLAYA SAHUYACO – LLACTAPATA – HIDROLECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES
From the Playa to the Hydroelectric at the Urubamba River. This morning we will work up one newly opened Inca trail. This trail originally was used to transport agricultural products to the population on Machu Picchu and it takes us through an area with coffee plantations and subtropical fruits and crops.
As we come up higher the trail the vegetations changes between dry and grassy with flowers and moist cloud forest. In the pass we are suddenly in a cool dense wood full of trees covered with thick mosses. Shortly hereafter we see for the first time the impressing Machu Picchu on a mountain saddle further into the valley.
10 minutes more and we arrive to our snack spot called Llactapata. He we have our snack while enjoying the views of Machu Picchu and the beautiful mountains. Then we walk the last part downhill and along the river to the Hydroelectric.
Here we can visit on fine Intihuatana while waiting for the train or continue walking to Aguas Calientes where we arrive in the afternoon. We spend the night in a nice hotel.
AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
We take the first bus (6:00am) from Aguas Calientes to the Machupicchu ruins. Our guide will thoroughly guide you through the ruins, and In the afternoon we will take the train to Cusco.
A representative of our agency will meet you at the train station and take you to your hotel.
THE SERVICE CHOQUEQUIRAW YANAMA TO MACHUPICCHU INCLUDES
- An Expert Guide with expert knowledge of the area and its customs.
- Assistant guide depending on the numbers of passengers greater than 8 passengers
- Warm meals during the trip. Meal schedule is as follows:
- Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea, dinner
- Personal tents. (with double floor)
- Bath tent
- Kitchen tent
- Water boiled after the second day
- Dining tent
- Cooks and kitchen personnel
- Packhorses (to carry the tents, food and cooking equipment)
- Ticket to Machupicchu
- Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
- Ticket to Llactapata
- Private bus to Cachora
- Transfer train to hotel upon arrival (Transport tourist class)
- Packhorses for your personal equipment personal
- Riding horses
- First-aid kit
- Bus Machupicchu- Aguas Calientes (02)
- Mattress air thermarest
- Duffel bag
- Radio communications
- Satellite Phone
- Train back to Cusco class : Backpacker
- Train back to Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes : expedition
THE SERVICE CHOQUEQUIRAW YANAMA TO MACHUPICCHU DOESN`T INCLUDES
- Sleeping bag
- Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Dinner 6th day
- Lunch on the 7th day
- Any day of the week
PRIVATE SERVICE US $ FOR THE CHOQUEQUIRAW YANAMA TO MACHUPICCHU
- Students receive a US $ 20.00 only with a valid Isic Card Less than 10 years
WE CAN RENT
- Hire walking sticks for US $2.50 per day.
- Goose down sleeping bag (good up to 18 degrees below zero) for US $5 per day.
- To Juan Angel Escriba Casavilca
- D.N.I. 09414084
- Place – Cusco – Peru.
- It is the best option for both sides
PERU CREDIT BANK
- Account Number: 285-2072340-1-23
- To: CAMPING TOURS E.I.R.L.
- Cusco Agency.
- 8% more
- The account is in the name of the company:
- 7% more if you pay with paypal
WE RECOMMEND TO TAKE – FOR THE SERVICE CHOQUEQUIRAW YANAMA TO MACHUPICCHU
- Sleeping bag
- Rain Coat (plastic)
- Thick Jumper
- Coat (parka)
- Cream protector against the sun
- Cap or hat
- Glasses for the sun
- You bounce or slipper for walk
- T Shirts
- Wool stockings or sport
- Canteen or bottle of water
- Photographic camera
- Personal medications suggested by their doctor.
- Moderate – Difficult.
HIKING SEASON FOR CHOQUEQUIRAW YANAMA TO MACHUPICCHU
- From March to November
- The months of December, January, February are not recommended because it is the wet season.