From: 750.00 USD$

Locations Visited : Choquequirao & Machu picchu Citadel
Trip Style : Trekking Tours
Length : 5 Days / 4 Nights
Frequency : Every Day
Group : Min 8, Max 16
Physical Grading : 1,2,3,4,5

Some of the impressive features of Choquequirao, the other Machu Picchu, are the amazing stone walls protecting it, the greenness of their fabulous land shelves , and all that atmosphere charged with energy probably coming from old ceremonies where they adored the Sun.

Spectacular and distant, lonely and forgotten, Choquequirao ( 3,085 m.a.s.l.) is built at the top of a mountain almost untouched in the province of La Convención, department of Cusco. This fact explains why it became, along 40 years, the last resistance point of the Sun’s children who were looking for shelter under its stone walls when Manco Inca, the rebel Inca, was defeated

.Its palaces and temples in two levels, systems of fountains, canals and aqueducts and its fantastic land shelves covered by thick vegetation were presumably built during the Inca Pachacutec government ( XV century) and it is only compared to Machu Picchu, the most visited archaeological site in Peru.

Choquequirao is divided into two zones and its stone buildings are forming small villages. The governors’ houses and the main temple are located around its main square. Researchers state that the complex have been an important religious, politic and economic centre as well as a commercial and cultural link among the Coast, the Highlands and the Jungle.

However, the real magnificence of Choquequirao ( in quechua chuqui k ‘ iraw: golden cradle) is still unveiled. Only thirty percent of the 1,810 hectares of the complex has been “rescued” by the thick vegetation which during years, maybe centuries, covered this real Inca jewel.

Being “rediscovered” and then forgotten is the especial story of Choquequirao, the last Inca shelter. In 1768, Cosme Bueno, an historian, was the first person to announce its existence. The French Eugen de Santiges and Leónce Angrad did the same in XIX century. In 1911, Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu the same year, acknowledged the importance of its buildings.

Besides the archaeological and historical value of Choquequirao, the Inca “golden cradle”, we can also find a beautiful environment of geographic features and biodiversity adding a new attraction for the visitors who are able to watch the ostentatious condor flight as well as the heavy walk of the spectacle beard.

Arriving at Choquequirao is a demanding adventure which stars in a road trip from Cusco to the town of Cachora (Apurimac) beginning in a zigzag 30 kilometres trail to arrive at the historical building. The adventure to Choquequirao, from Cachora is about 60 kilometres round trip, it lasts four endless walking days in which we can also ride a horse.

During the long hours riding a horse or walking, we can discover huge mountains, frightening cliffs, perfect snow mounts and the strong cannon of the Apurimac river One of the world deepest. Although we have even more, the flora and the ecological wealth of this place will always delight the visitor. It is worthy to make the effort. We forget being tired as we become witnesses of this spectacular site calledChoquequirao.

DAY 01: CUSCO  – LIMA TAMBO RUINS – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA

we will come to pick you up at 5:00 am and we will head for the village san pedro cachora (2850m/9350f) ,  where will have plenty of time for breakfast  and  meet our horsemen and mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition, then we will continue our trek towards the pass of capuliyoc, ( 2850m/9186f). this trek offers a beautiful view and  diverse landscapes that belong to different climates such as Pedroyoc snow-capped, diversity of flora and fauna that embellish our trekking .A deep canyon and of the river Apurímac, meaning “speaking river”. Thereupon, we will descend towards the canyon’s interior named Chiquisca (1930m/6332f), where we will spend the night.

  • Meals:  L, D
  • Accommodation: Camping 4 people tents  for  2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude:3000 masl Capulichayoc
  • Minimum Altitude:1750 masl chiquisca
  • Distance Travelled:16 Km
  • Approximate Walking Time:6 – 7 Hours

DAY 02: CHIQUISCA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEKIRAO RUINS.

after a good breakfast we will descend to la playa rosalina (1550m/5085f) to cross the apurimac river the lowest point of the trekking , after   we will continue heading for Marampata (2850m/9350f), where we will have a beautiful view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f) then completely guided tour of Chokequirao = “Golden Cradle” is considered the Sister City of Machu Picchu. Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the settlement.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Accommodation:Camping 2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude:2800 masl Marampata
  • Minimum Altitude:1750 masl chiquisca
  • Distance Travelled:15 km
  • Approximate Walking Time:7- 8 Hours

DAY 3: CHOQUEKIRAO RUINS – MARANPATA – CHIQUISCA

we will wake up very early in the morning where  we can see the sun sunrise over the ruins and after a good breakfast start to walk back down for the same way we came in, until we reach our camp at Chiquica

  • Meals:B L D
  • Accommodation:Camping 2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude:3200 masl Choquequirao
  • Minimum Altitude:1500 masl chiquisca
  • Distance Travelled:17 km
  • Approximate Walking Time :8 -9 Hours

DAY 4: CCHIQUISCA – CACHORA – CUSCO

We will  wake up with  birds’ songs and beautiful scenery. We will walk back to Cachora. The trek time to Cachora will take 5 to 7 hours depending of your physical condition. In Cachora we will met our private van to take us to Train station (ollantaytambo)  to take the train to Aguas calientes(Machupicchu) overnight at the aguas calientes town.

  • Meals: B, L ,D
  • Accommodation:Camping 2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude:3000 masl Capulichayoc
  • Distance Travelled:15 km
  • Approximate Walking Time:7 – 8 Hour

DAY 05 : AGUAS  CALIENTES PUEBLO – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Early after a good breakfast re-live the history and the mysterious world of the Incas, we take the first bus up at approx 05.30am and arrive at the ruins at 06.15am. This time is still not so crowded so we take advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site ; Guided Tour of Machupicchu. This enigmatic city is explored for Approx 2 hrs and their mysteries and archaeological information will be explained by your expert guide, ( you generally have approx 6 hrs extra free time but depends on train timetables in high season.) Option to climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain ( Please check previously with your guide. Sometimes guided tour is after Huaynapicchu.)

Machu Picchu is a magical, mysterious place that for nearly a century has intrigued archaeologists and visitors alike. Perched atop a steep, emerald green peak 8,000 feet high in the Andes in southern Peru, it is reachable only by a long road that zigzags up the slope from the roaring Urubamba river, or by hiking four days along the challenging Inca Trail. One can imagine the excitement when intrepid Yale professor-explorer Hiram Bingham, led there by local peasants in 1911, first glimpsed the jungle-invaded citadel abandoned by the Incas four centuries earlier.Bingham eagerly surveyed the site over the next five years, clearing away brush and identifying palaces, temples, and a celestial observatory from what is believed to have been a summer palace or ceremonial center for the first Incan emperor, Pachakuteq. Most of its gold and other treasures had been looted around the time of the Spanish conquest, but he unearthed thousands of artifacts and carted them off to New Haven to study. The Incas built their mysterious city here to be closer to the gods. It was placed so high in the clouds, that the conquering Spaniards never found or destroyed it. Visitors to Machu Picchu see well-preserved ruins hidden among the majestic Andes: palaces, baths, temples, tombs, sundials and farming terraces, along with llamas that roam among hundreds of gray granite houses.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Not Included,
  • Maximum Altitude:2,700 m / 8,856 ft
  • Minimum Altitude:2,400 m / 7,872 ft ( Machupicchu )
  • Distance Travelled:8 Km approx plus exploration of Machu Picchu
  • Approximate Walking Time:6-7 hours / Descent : 300 m

What  is Included :

  • Choquequirao Trek and Machu picchu tour Briefing at Hotel or Office  please let us know where you will be staying in cusco
  • Professional Bilingual Tour Guide.
  • Collection from hotel ( we will come to pick you up between 4:00 am to 5:00am )
  • Bus from Cusco to Cachora (Traihead ) – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao and Machu picchu Citadel  (one time)International Student Identity card (ISIC) if applicable. green card.
  • cook horseman mules (carry up to 5 kg per person  mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment )
  • 4 breakfast, 4 Lunches,4 Dinners
  • Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast
  • doble occupancy tents
  • 3 nights Camping and 1  Hostel Accommodation (Aguas Calientes)
  • Dining tent , Kitchen tent
  • foam sleeping mattresses note (if you want hire a comfortable air mattresses it also can be hired from us)
  • First aid kit
  • Vegetarian Option or  special diet-Free available.

What is not Included:

  • First Breakfast , last lunch and dinner .
  • Entry to hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
  • Mineral water (boiled water provided with food but you can buy it along the way )
  • Bus tickes Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu US$ 12 each way .
  • Huayna picchu mountain US$ 20  AND Machu picchu mountain US$ 20
  • sleeping  bag ( you can hire from us US$15 )
  • Walking poles (you can hire from us US$15 )
  • Travel and health insurance.( bring copies with you please) :PERU TRAVEL COMPANY  highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation / interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.

What you need to Take:

  • Original passport and copies (and Student card (ISIC) student card if applicable) green card if you are student )
  • Note ( you have to bring your student card to machu picchu because you are going to be required to show at the Machupicchu control point
  • Travel Insurance card is essential
  • Hiking water proof boots ( with ankle protectors )
  • Trekking poles metal tips are not allowed on the trail
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Sun hat and gloves
  • T-shirts / shirts
  • Comfortable hiking zip off trousers
  • Rain pants
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
  • Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least
  • Water bottle
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights
  • Emergency money at least 200- 300 ) extra soles.(USD$ 120)
  • Short pants , Plaster and bandages
  • Walking poles (with rubber tips) they can also be hired from us (they can be used on the Inca Trail if they have rubber tips)
  • NOTE:  walking poles are not allowed into machu picchu cittadel .