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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 8 Days and 7 Night

Day 1 :-CUSCO – CACHORA – PLAYA ROSALINA

4:00 am pick up from your hotel and travel to Cachora (4 hours by bus): While the group is having breakfast the crew will arrange the horses for the trek. On this day we will walk 22 km, first flat to Chiquisca and then uphill, passing through Abra Capuliyoc, from where we have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon. Finally we descend to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Campsite at 1550 masl.

Day 2 :- PLAYA ROSALINA TO CHOQUEQUIRAO RUINS :

After an early breakfast we start walking uphill – through Opuntia-plantations and later cloudforest – towards Choquequirao, arriving around 3 pm. We explore the ruins after arriving. The view of the canyon is spectacular, it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains..Campsite at Choquequirao, 3033 masl.

Day 3 :- CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MAIZAL :

On this day we walk uphill for a while up to 3299masl and then descend to Rio Blanco, 1909 masl. On the way we pass by Pinchiunuyoj ruins with inka terraces. The changes of habitats is very spectacular for seeing birds, different varieties of orquids, and coca plants at 2750 masl. From Rio Blanco we climb up to Maizal for about 3 hrs. Camp at 3000 masl.

Day 4 :- MAIZAL TO YANAMA :

After breakfast we continue our return trek with a steep descent towards the Apurimac River where we will stop and have lunch. In the afternoon we will climb for approximately 4 hours to our final campsite at Coca Masana.

Day 5 :- YANAMA TO TOTORA

After breakfast we start climbing slowly to our higher pass 4668 masl, again the view is amazing, we are sorrounded by snowcapped mountains: the Mt. Sacsarayoj and Mt. Padreyoj . Campsite at 3632masl.

Day 6 :- TOTORA TO PLAYA :

On this day we descend to the Totora river. As we go down the birdlife is very interesting specially with hummingbirds, woodpeckers and many species of orchids and begonias. Campsite at 2125masl.

Day 7 : PLAYA TO AGUAS CALIENTES :

On this day we walk our last uphill 2810masl which takes around 3 hours; from here the view of Machu Picchu is fabulous. After a good rest we go down to the Hydroelectric plant on the Urubamba River and from here we can walk to Aguas Calientes or take the train at 4 pm. Night in a Hotel.

Day 8 :- MACHU PICCHU FULL DAY – CUSCO :

After an early breakfast we go by bus to Machu Picchu and here we will have 2 hours guided tour and then you have free time to explore by your own, maybe climb Wayna Picchu. Return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco at 4 p.m.

What is included:

• Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private bus to Cachora, the starting poing of the trek.
• English speaking professional guide
• Meals 4 Breakfasts / 4 Lunches / 4 Dinners
• Cook and cooking equipment
• Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
• 1 emergency horse
• 1 horse extra that was taking 8 kilos for pax
• Hostel in Aguas Calientes
• Entrance fee to Choquekirao
• Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
• Train ticket (Backpacker service) from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
• Igloo tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tents, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
• Mattress per person
• Dinner tent
• Kitchen tent
• First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
• Sleeping Bag
• Bus ticket from Machupicchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes

What is not included:

• Breakfast on the first day
• Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated around 9.00pm, dinner being at your own expense too.
• Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the 4-day trek while you are awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, entrance fee is US$ 1,50. Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes.

What you need to bring and carry:

• A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
• Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
• Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
• Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters
• Flashlight and batteries
• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
• Sun block
• Insect repellent
• Toilet paper
• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
• Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (ie. Micropur)
• Small tonel
• Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs)
• Cash in soles and US$ (no ATM machines in Aguas Calientes)
• Original passport
• Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required)

Optional services to be hired:

• An extra hotel night in Aguas Calientes can be booked for you at an additional cost depending on the hotel you choose.
• If you wish to visit Machupicchu again the following day, the additional cost of the entrance fee will be charged ent
• Vistadome Service train (First Class) instead of the Backpacker one (Tourist train), at an additional cost
• Extra horse for riding: 100 US$