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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Guided Walking Holiday
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Tour Summary


A fantastic trekking holiday on the alternative Inca Trail

· Trek between the premier Inca sites of Peru
· Visit the lost Inca fortress of Choquequirao
· Hike through the amazing Apurimac Canyon
· Including Machu Picchu, this is the ultimate Peru holiday

4 nights hotels and lodges, 8 nights camping, 9 days trekking,
Max altitude – 4500 metres,

Join in Cusco, MEAL PLAN: All breakfasts 9 lunches and 8 dinners included

Tour Introduction


Sitting astride a high ridge amongst the snow-capped peaks of Peru, the Inca outpost of Choquequirao is one of the most important discoveries of Inca antiquity.

Already a rival to Machu Picchu in terms of its size and splendour, more buildings and llama-decorated terraces are being exposed in Choquequirao each year.

Choquequirao is more difficult to access and much less visited than Machu Picchu.

Our fully supported trek to this so-called ‘Cradle of Gold’ in Peru is by way of the awe-inspiring canyon of the Apurimac River, involving a descent and ascent of almost 2000 metres to reach our camp beside the citadel of Choquequirao.

We have a full day to explore the Choquequirao site before setting off on a 5-day trek through the rugged and beautiful Cordillera Vilcabamba, a region dominated by impressive 6000 metre peaks including Pumasillo and Salcantay.

Following a rarely-used Inca trail which once connected Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, we cross the Totora Pass (4500m) then turn north to descend the Rio Colpa, passing untouched Andean villages whose Quechua inhabitants still wear traditional dress.

Arriving at the cloud forest cloaked valley of the Rio Urubamba, this great trip concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a welcome free day in Cusco.

This is a superb holioday in Peru for everyone who loves to follow in the footsteps of the early explorers and for those who want the genuine Inca trail experience but without the crowds.

This is a simply superb trekking holiday – probably the best in Peru.

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arriving in Cusco

Arriving in Cusco, Package services begin with a group transfer to our centrally located hotel. The afternoon is free to relax or explore this fascinating ancient city. Overnight in the group hotel in Cusco.

Day 2: Day in Cusco

A further acclimatisation day in Cusco. We will visit the historic centre of the city and the main archaeological sites including the monolithic fortress of Sacsayhuaman which overlooks the city. Overnight in our hotel.

Day 3: Sayhuite

Today we drive to the start of our trek, stopping off at the incredible Inca carved boulder at Sayhuite. We set up camp for the night at Cachora, where we will meet our local crew.

Day 4: Santa Rosa

An early start to avoid the heat of the day in the lower part of the Canyon. Accompanied by our mule support, we trek 1500m down into the Apurimac Canyon and then up to our spectacular campsite at Santa Rosa.

Day 5: Choquequirao

An early start again to hike up out of the canyon, to our camp just below the site of Choquequirao. We will be able to make our first visit to the site in the afternoon.

Day 6: Ruins of Choquequirao

A full day to explore the amazing ruins of Choquequirao, which are more extensive than Machu Picchu and occupy a much more dramatic location. Overnight at our campsite below Choquequirao.

Day 7: Maizal

Beginning our trek out, we have a long and tough day, crossing a pass, descending into the Rio Blanco Valley and climbing to camp at Maizal.

Day 8: Village of Yanama

Today we cross the Abra San Juan passing the silver mines of Mina Victoria. Our overnight camp will be at the village of Yanama.

Day 9: Totora Pass

Hiking up the Yanama Valley we climb towards our final challenge – the Totora Pass – highest point of the trip at 4500m with spectacular views of snow-capped Sacsayroc. We camp below the pass.

Day 10: Village of Lucmabamba

A day of descent to our camp at the village of Lucmabamba. We follow the Rio Santa Teresa and enjoy views of waterfalls, birdlife and exotic vegetation.

Day 11: Agua Calientes

Our final day of hiking through pristine cloudforest continues on an ancient Inca Trail to Llactapata, a newly excavated Inca site. From Urubamba, we take the train to our hotel in Agua Calientes.

Day 12: Machu Picchu

A full day at Machu Picchu, with a guided tour of the site. We take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo from where we drive back to Cusco and check into our central hotel.

Day 13: Departure

Package services end after breakfast. A single-timed transfer to the airport in Cusco is provided. Most groups will take the early morning flight from Cusco to Lima connecting from there to international flights.

Is this holiday for you?

This walking holiday to Choquequirao in Peru is a classic trek and we will cover a variety of terrain. Most of the walking is on fairly well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone in places.

There are occasional river crossings and some steep sections of trail. It is possible that the highest passes might have a light covering of snow.

The descent and ascent into the Apurimac Canyon is steep downhill and uphill, and it can be very hot in the lower parts of the canyon. There are several consecutive long trekking days, some high pass crossings and we will accumulate more than 5000 metres of ascent and descent during the course of the trek; a good level of fitness is essential.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

Sitting astride a high ridge amongst the snow-capped peaks of Peru, the Inca outpost of Choquequirao is one of the most important discoveries of Inca antiquity.

Already a rival to Machu Picchu in terms of its size and splendour, more buildings and llama-decorated terraces are being exposed in Choquequirao each year.

Choquequirao is more difficult to access and much less visited than Machu Picchu.

Our fully supported trek to this so-called ‘Cradle of Gold’ in Peru is by way of the awe-inspiring canyon of the Apurimac River, involving a descent and ascent of almost 2000 metres to reach our camp beside the citadel of Choquequirao.

We have a full day to explore the Choquequirao site before setting off on a 5-day trek through the rugged and beautiful Cordillera Vilcabamba, a region dominated by impressive 6000 metre peaks including Pumasillo and Salcantay.

Following a rarely-used Inca trail which once connected Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, we cross the Totora Pass (4500m) then turn north to descend the Rio Colpa, passing untouched Andean villages whose Quechua inhabitants still wear traditional dress.

Arriving at the cloud forest cloaked valley of the Rio Urubamba, this great trip concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a welcome free day in Cusco.

This is a superb holioday in Peru for everyone who loves to follow in the footsteps of the early explorers and for those who want the genuine Inca trail experience but without the crowds.

This is a simply superb trekking holiday – probably the best in Peru.

Where does the holiday start?


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Holiday Information


What’s Included?

• An experienced English speaking local leader
• Cusco Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 13 only
• All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
• Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
• When camping a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
• Camping mattresses are provided as a part of the camping equipment
• All land transport involved in the itinerary
• A guided walking tour of Cusco
• Machu Picchu entrance fee

What’s Not Included

• Travel insurance
• Cusco Airport transfers other than on Days 1 and 13
• Tips for porters and other trek staff
• Some meals as described in the Meal Plan
• Cusco airport departure taxes (if applicable)
• Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc

Meal Plan

Where there is a wide range of dining options and budgets, it is sensible to leave this choice to you and we have therefore not included in the trip price, meals (other than breakfasts) while staying in Cusco and in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes).

All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners are included in the trip price.

For full details of which meals are included, please refer to the itinerary in the trip dossier.

Clients will be expected to pay for a total of 3 lunches and 3 dinners and we recommend you budget $10 – $25 dollars per meal.

Accommodation

During the holiday there are a total of 3 nights in a comfortable centrally located hotel in Cusco and 1 night in a basic hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes).

Whilst trekking there will be a total of 8 nights camping.

All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost.

This must be arranged ahead of departure and is subject to availability (please note that single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels).

Depending on availability, it may also be possible to pre-book single hotel rooms.

For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

Is this holiday for you?

This walking holiday to Choquequirao in Peru is a classic trek and we will cover a variety of terrain.

Most of the walking is on fairly well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone in places.

There are occasional river crossings and some steep sections of trail.

It is possible that the highest passes might have a light covering of snow.

The descent and ascent into the Apurimac Canyon is steep downhill and uphill, and it can be very hot in the lower parts of the canyon.

There are several consecutive long trekking days, some high pass crossings and we will accumulate more than 5000 metres of ascent and descent during the course of the trek; a good level of fitness is essential.

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Your Prices

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, Peru 13 days, 12 nights

3 nights in a comfortable centrally located hotel in Cusco and 1 night in a basic hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo. On trek there will be 5 nights camping and 1 night in a simple lodge

Please call us on 0161 703 5819 for latest prices and availability.

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Holiday Price: £Call
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