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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 4 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS

Choquequirao means “cradle of gold” in Quechua although this is probably not its original Inca name. It is another “lost city of the Incas” located high on a ridge spur almost 1750m above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks. Choquequirao (3,085 m) is situated amongst the spurs of the Salkantay Mountain Range in the Province La Convención in the Region Cusco above the Valley of the river Río Apurímac. The entire complex encompasses 1,800 hectares of which 30-40% is uncovered.

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Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chikiska
Day 2: Chikiska – Marampata – Choquequiraw
Day 3: Choquequiraw – Inca Site – Marampata – Chiquiska
Day 4: Chiquiska – Cachora– Cusco

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chikiska.

We’ll pick you up at 5:00 a.m. from your accommodation then we’ll take a bus to go to Cachora (small village-starting point) where we’ll arrive after 3 hours, after the breakfast we’ll start to walk, this first day we’ll walk approximately 6 or 7 hours in the route we’ll find some typical plants and a beautiful view of Padrayoc and WaynaCachora snow-covered peaks, we’ll arrive to Capuliyoc a nice view point where you can appreciate the Apurimac Canyon and sometimes you can see flying some condors, from this place  we’ll descend by a nice road and in the afternoon we’ll arrive to Chikiska our first camping site, where we’ll rest this first night in our tents. the way we will observe, this day is very nice because you see the full change of the landscape from precipices to snowy mountains.

On this day we will pass the small settlements of La Colmena (2870m.a.s.l.), La Aguada (2915m.a.s.l.), Capuliyoc (2915 m.a.s.l.) impressive look out point where we can see all Apurimac Valley, Huayhuacalle (2970m.a.s.l.), Tinajayoc (2630 m.a.s.l.), Mirador (2370 m.a.s.l.), Cocamasana (2330m.a.s.l.), Torowisqana (2285 m.a.s.l.), Chiquiska (1950 m.a.s.l.).

Day 2: Chikiska – Marampata – Choquequiraw.

After a healthy breakfast we’ll start to descend 40 minutes to the river bank where in the route we’ll see the difficult day is waiting because we’ll be able to see the zigzagging route we have to walk up, after crossing the footbridge we’ll start to walk up like 3 or 4 hours to arrive to Marampata, in this place you’ll see the nice scenary of the other side of the mountain, and you’ll see a piece of Choquequiraw, this is a nice place to take a rest as well and have lunch, after we have to walk other 1 or 2 hours more to arrive to Choquequirao camping site, there we’ll rest the second night, in the afternoon we can visit some places of the big Inka citadel. Choquequirao is considered as “The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire”. The oldest reports assign to Juan Arias Diaz as one of the first persons that explored the zone in 1710. Our bilingual guide will explain the history and importance of the site after the Spanish arrived to Peru. We will have our dinner in the camping site of Choquequiraw.

Day 3: Choquequiraw – Inca Site – Marampata – Chiquiska.

Early morning we’ll have breakfast to go terraces up to the main place of the Inka citadel, then you’ll have 2 hours guiding around the main sites, after you’ll have other one hour free to visit this place yourself, you can go to visit the highest part of this place, or the very popular Andean terraces with llamas shape on it, then we pack and start walking back to Chiquiska. On the way we can observe again Apurimac canyon, the exuberant vegetation and its variety of flowers and orchids. The time of the hike is about 6h. Altitude: 3033-1950 m.a.s.l. Passing the same small settlements as on the way up. We will stop in Playa Rosalina where we will have our lunch and after that we’ll continue to Chiquiska. Here we will spend the night on our campsite.

Day 4: Chiquiska – Cachora – Cusco.

Early morning after breakfast (5:00 am), we continue to arrive to Cachora town. On the hike we can appreciate again the majestic Padrayoc snow-covered peak that decorate to Apurimac canyon The time of hike to arrive to Cachora is about 4 or 5 hours then we’ll take our bus to return to Cusco 7 pm.

Included:

  • Breafing a day before.
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Bus Cusco – Cachora – Cachora – Cusco.
  • Tents, matras.
  • 03 breakfast, 03 lunch and 03 dinner.
  • Professional english speaker guide.
  • Cooker and horseman.
  • Horses (for camping equipment and food supplies + 05 kilos per paxs).
  • Entrance fee to choquequirao.

Not Included:

  • First breakfast and the last lunch.
  • Special snacks.
  • Sleeping bag (renting 3 dollar per day).
  • Purifying tablets.
     

What you need to take:

  • Standar backpack.
  • Confortable clothes.
  • Shorts, t-shirt, trekking shoes, sandals.
  • Hat or caps.
  • Sun screem.
  • Flaslight.
  • Water purification pills.
  • Camara or video camera.
  • Repelent for mosquitos.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Pre and post tour accommodations in Cusco, Lima or any other town. Ask fordetails.
  • Additional tours.
     

WHY BOOK WITH US?

    • We make a direct job for the passenger (Contract between the tour operator and travelers), no intermediaries, we don’t give commissions to travel agencies or any others third parties that inflate the costs.
    • All our staff are 100% local (people from Cusco), all professionals in tourism, who have constant training courses and good customer service (Customer = friend), with this we guarantee the service we provide.
    • We are really a Tour Operator with all the permits and certificates granted by the Provincial Municipality of Cusco and the Minister of Tourism (DIRCETUR y MINCETUR).
    • We have 11 years’ experience in this market, so, we know all the fails of other companies, this is why we have the knowledge to solve fast and efficiently any unexpected problems (those small details are our different).
    • Our Customers are our best guarantee, see what people say about INKA TIME.

 

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WHAT WE DO FOR YOU:

  • We give you the clearest information in this media and we offer you several ways to contact (E-mail, Whatsapp, Facebook, and web messenger) where we can answer your inquiries at any time (honest tour without surprises and NO HIDDEN PRICES TO PAY)
  • We book your train tickets, entrance ticket for the places in the tour Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and extra entrance for hiking any of the two mountains (Huayna Picchu or Cerro Machupicchu) if you require it, you don’t need to waste time making huge lines or queue or searching where you can get these tickets.
  • One day before your tour Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, you will have a briefing in our office or in your hotel. where we will give all the tickets you will need in the tour, maps and more information about this your trip.
  • We will make you understand every place you will visit and why you arrive in Machu Picchu; our tour guide will give you two hours guided tour, the most accurate and updated information about this marvelous place to become your trip in a spectacular experience.
  • We provide you a safe trip; all our services are organized with well-conditioned vehicles, all of them with all the permissions required to work in tourism, also all our staff are very well trained to give you the best experience on your trip.
  • We give you facilities to pay, you can make the payment in two parts, ONE when you book the tour and the balance once you arrive in Cusco, we accept safe payment methods as PAYPAL or Credit or Debit card VISA and MASTER CARD, also you can wire money via Western Union, Money Gram.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION ¿?

1.- I am just one person, can I join some group tour?

Yes, you can, we have departure every day, feel free to decide when to go.

2.- We don’t like to go in a big group, can we arrange a private tour?

Yes you can, our group tours go with 15 or 19 people, but if you want, you can also arrange a private tour, we have different rates for it depending on how many people you are.

3.- I will travel with my family, we have two 65 YO people, do you think, can they make it?

We had people on this tour from 70 and 75 YO, the tour is not hard, but you have some small hikes into the Inca Sites where there are many steps to go up and down if you think they are not to fit to do it, we recommend to take a Private tour, that will be a perfect plan to do the tour quite easily and smoothly.

4.- We want to take the tour included Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, do we have enough time to do it in the same day tour of Machu Picchu?

Yes, On this tour you will sleep in Aguas Calientes (Town of Machu Picchu) so you can take some of the first busses, the park opens at 6:00 am. suppose that you will get in at 7:00 am. First, you can climb the Mountain (2 or 3 and 1/2 hours hike) until 10:30 am. Then, you can go out to use the toilet or eat something and rest, then you can start the guided tour around the citadel (Around 2 hours) until 14:00 hrs. Then you will have free time to continue exploring on your own, the park is open until 5 pm. You will have like 10 hours to be there, the train departure to return is at 19:00 hrs.

5.- How about my luggage, can I take all my staff?, or where can I store it?

As this tour is only for 2 days we recommend to take only small backpacks because there are restrictions to take on the train, and also all the streets in Aguas Calientes have only pedestrian access. The rest of your stuff you can be stored at your accommodation in Cusco, All the Hotels have storage if you book the night for your way back, you can leave your stuff there, another option is that you can leave your stuff in our office, in the two options you don’t need to pay anything extra.

6.- How about the altitude, Are going to pass by other places higher than Cusco?

Cusco city is located in 3350 masl. (10990 Ft.) the only place higher than Cusco is Chinchero area 3750 masl. then you will descend to Aguas Calientes 2050 masl. Machu Picchu is located in 2450 masl (8038 Ft.); we always recommend to have at least one day in Cusco to acclimatize; altitude sickness is very different for everyone, sometimes you don’t have any problem.

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