The Choquequirao trek To Machu Picchu is an adventure in the truest sense of the word. The Choquequirao archeological site sits quite high on Quriwayrachina with steep valleys on all sides. Start into the valley on this Inca Trail alternative
|Duration||7 days and 6 night|
|Season||From January to December except February for maintenance|
|Return||Back Packer Train|
At 5 am we will pick up our customers from their hotels, and then we will transfer by our private van to Cachora (4 hours), once we will meet the rest of team (Arrieros and horses).we will begin trek go uphill, passing through the high pass of Capuliyoc, where we might see condors and the great view of the Apurimac Canyon. Finally, we descend through Cactus forest to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Camping at Playa Rosalina (1550m).
After early breakfast strenuous 5 hours of uphill trek through a long and narrow trail, surrounded by beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Halfway up stop for lunch at Maranpata, then continue hiking to more hours to Choquequirao (Golden Cradle), is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu, because of several similarities, Choquequirao hang above the Apurimac Canyon, and Machu Picchu hangs above the Urubamba canyon. The view of the canyon is spectacular; it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Camp site near of Choquequirao (3050m).
Breakfast will at 7 am and then start our trek passing the Choquequirao ruins, up the hill through the cloud forest, Mountains, and valleys to reach the Choquequirao pass. After 5 hours trekking the trail continue through agricultural terraces called Pinchinoyoc which means (water jumping forward - 2750m). There will observe different species of birds, different varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations. We will have our lunch near the Rio Blanco; we stop here for a refreshing swim in the clean and cold waters of the river. We will cross the river as there are no bridges. After our rest, we restarted the long walk uphill to Maizal, high on the river near the sacred Apus of the Incas. From Rio Blanco, we will go up to Maizal for about 3 hours. Camp at 3000m.
Early in the morning we trek around the Corihuarachina glacier,it is important due to some archaeological remains such as Inca channels. From here we start walking uphill passing by the impressive Inca mines called Minas Victoria and towards the Victoria Pass. Again a long climb, but we walk in amazingly beautiful area - first with cloud forest and then over Andean Puna with the well known Ichu grass. Then we pass through Minas Victoria, a place that during the colony, silver was extracted from a mine. Almost on the top, we can appreciate original Inca trails. We take our box lunch at the pass in 4200m with view of the mountain Choquetakarpo, while we had lunch we will be able to appreciate the flight of the condors depending on the climate, and finally we descend to our campsite at Yamana, a small isolated settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains (3800m).
After early breakfast trekking uphill to the highest pas in this trek, named Yamana. Again the view will be amazing from here we will be surrounded by mountain range of Saqsarayoc and Pedreyoc. Once again we have the chance to see condors, and this mornings smooth climb bring us through new landscapes - especially the wet grass fields under the snowline that distinguish from everything else seen on the tour. In the pass we might walk in snow, and the descent is a long foggy hike through grassy fields- and bush areas and crossing small poor wood bridges on the way towards the community of Totora, where we spend the in tents in a indescribable beauty, surrounded by pure nature.
Today the trekking will be 7 hours, descending 2000m into Totora River. We will observe the natural wildlife, such as hummingbirds, woodpeckers, many species of orchids and begonias. Then we descend the trail on the left side of the Santa Teresa River where we will see small plantations of bananas, passion fruit, and coffee. On the way we will stop at small waterfalls and get a refreshing natural bath. The area also has a big variation of bird the climate and vegetations have changed totally. 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. Alter a good breakfast will take transport that takes us to the town of Santa Teresa, we cross a river of the Vilcanota. Where we will take transport to Planta de Hidroeléctrica, place where we will have an excellent view of a different angle of Machu Picchu and the Aobamba canyon, where another Inca trail can be seen, also here we will have our last lunch. After good rest we walk 3 hours to reach Aguas Calientes. We will spend the night in Hostel.
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