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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake in 9 Days and 8 Nights

The Choquequirao complex trek is very fascinating and one of the most popular trips in the Cusco area. And it’s no surprise as it´s surrounded by fantastic natural landscapes with valleys, snow-capped mountains and an amazing variety of plants, birds and animals.

Choquequirao trek 7 days

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Arrival Cusco – Transfer to Hotel

When you arrive in Cusco today, we’ll be waiting for you at the airport or bus terminal to pick you up and bring you to your hotel. If you have time, you may want to walk around Cusco and go souvenir shopping. Make sure to take it easy today so you can acclimatize to the altitude. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2 : Cusco – Saywite – Villa Los Loros lodge

Passengers are picked up at their hotel and head to Cusco at 7:00 am in a private bus, with the first destination Saywite Archaeological Park. There he observed the mysterious monolith and the nearby archaeological remains, the staggered pacchas ushnu and must be remembered in order to contrast their correspondence with the ceremonial architecture of Choquequirao. After a good box-lunch, we continue down through the remote valley of Huanipaca, one of those spots in the Peruvian highlands reserved for travelers. At the bottom of the deep valley awaits Villa Los Loros Lodge. The rooms ready and after a necessary relaxation, a small meeting at which dispel the anxiety a trip like this has on every traveler. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 : Villa Los Loros Lodge – Playa San Ignacio – Choquequirao

After breakfast we depart at 5:30 am, down a footpath entering the Hacienda San Ignacio Antigua then slopes downhill towards the raging Apurimac River (Playa San Ignacio). We cross the suspension bridge … here begins the serious, the rise from the level of the water (at 1,450 m) to Camp Choquequirao (2,870 masl) is nothing short of overwhelming. On one hand, the beauty of the landscape, rivers, waterfalls, flowers lilac, all is movement … On the other, the rugged surroundings, the steep slope and your heartbeat combine in a very personal connection with their surroundings traveler and himself . Back in the camp and after lunch, we expect Phaqchayoq (the system of terraces or “pantry” where you can see the cultivation of corn) and The House of the Waterfall (according to scholars, the home of Inca of Choquequirao). Returning to camp, tired, have dinner and spend the night. (Bathrooms and cold showers available).

Day 4 : All Day Choquequirao

This is the most beautiful day. We are struck by how the vast majority of visitors take 4 days’ journey (two in back and two in back) and only a few hours or maybe minutes (!) To enjoy exploring the different sectors of Choquequirao. Understanding that the complex is an organized scattered on both sides of Apu spur spending the time Corihuayrachina know you deserve and need to understand the integrity of its context. We will have all day to visit the best parts of the Archaeological Park, the flames, the upper and lower parts, the Great Trail, the Wall Triumphal Sartiges. Our travelers enjoy lunch near the collection, not to disrupt the visit and see, with a little luck, the majestic flight of the condor over the deep canyon of the Apurimac River. We returned to camp, where we have dinner and spend the night. (Bathrooms and cold showers available).

Day 5 : Choquequirao – Hacienda San Ignacio – Villa Los Loros lodge

After breakfast and already knowing the route, the return is made easier. We surprised the novelty of the landscape, we now have a different view because the spirits (and muscles recovered) are maximum. The voice of the river always there, the imposing Apurimac Canyon seems to swallow the traveler. Finally, the Playa San Ignacio. “Black Whip”, “Machuco”, “Cayguash” or some other lie ahead. The return on its back gives us the opportunity to look at one last great landscape which we are part. Riding allows a great way to photograph the friends that came and new friends that the trip gives us, the carriers are a kind of supermen and their way of life will sink deep into the memories of the traveler. Beside the ruined walls of the Hacienda San Ignacio, we rest and after lunch the horseback ride takes us to Villa Los Loros Lodge. When looking back we know how far we have come. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6 : Villa Los Loros lodge – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu village

After breakfast, we boarded the bus to take us to Ollantaytambo, an estimated travel time of 5 hours. They consume lunch, then take the train to Machu Picchu town. After settling into the hotel, you may want to enjoy a swim in the famous Aguas Calientes. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7 : Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

We left early to catch the first bus that will leave us in the same Inca Sanctuary, located on the Urubamba River canyon in the heart of the jungle mountain range of Salkantay, wonder of the world that visit, taking the opportunity to make visits optional to the imposing mountain of Wayna Picchu or the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Returning to Machu Picchu town, consume a buffet lunch at a tourist restaurant and then we will take the train back to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 8 : Bus Cusco to Puno Guided Tour

Today will be the last day in Cusco. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and we’ll take a touristic bus to Puno. Along the way we’ll make stops along a few archaeological sites like Pukara, Andahuaylillas and Raqchi, enjoying the beautiful landscapes as well. For lunch we’ll have a buffet and we’ll have drinks along the way. When we arrive in Puno we’ll go directly to your hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9 : Titicaca Lake Full Day Tour

On the 8th day of our tour, we’ll start early for our Lake Titicaca Tour by picking you up from your hotel and bringing you to the harbor. From here we’ll take a boat to the Floating Islands of Uros. The Uros people, who live on these floating islands, started building them centuries ago to isolate and protect themselves from other tribes. They gather reeds from the shallow parts of Lake Titicaca bundle them together tightly and construct the floating platforms where they then build their houses and live. While we visit their community we will learn about their customs and their lifestyle.

After we visit the floating islands, we’ll take a boat ride for about 2 hours to Taquile Island where the local community speaks Quechua. They are known for their textiles, their "Chullos", knitted hats with earflaps and "The Calendar Waistband", which shows the annual cycles connected to rituals and agricultural activities. From the island you’ll have a great view of Titicaca Lake and the houses on the island which are inhabited by direct descendants to the Incas. When we reach the top of the island and have walked around for a while, we’ll have lunch together before walking back down to the harbor. Here we’ll take our boat back to Puno. When you reach the harbor, we’ll take you back to your hotel. Overnight in hotel.

This will be the end of our services.

INCLUDES

  • Briefing for trek one or two days beforehand
  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation from Cusco to Cachora where we start walking
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners during the trek
  • Professional cook. All dietary requirements from vegans, lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip.
  • Drinking water only during meals
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First aid kit
  • 1 oxygen tank
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Duffle bag (in which you can put up to 5 kilos of your personal belongings - your sleeping bag included)
  • Quadruple and waterproof camping tent (cap. 4 fitting 2)
  • 1 sleeping mattress per person
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (see note about train availability, changes in times, etc.)
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

NOT INCLUDES

  • Breakfast on 1st day, lunch and dinner on last day
  • Air transportation. For a round trip domestic tickets (for example LIM/CUS/LIM) the cost is USD$ 320. For a one way domestic ticket (for example JUL/LIM) the cost is USD$ 160.00. Rates are subject to change without previous advise. Airport departure taxes: USD 6.82 in Lima for domestic flight and USD 4.28 for Cusco, Arequipa, Juliaca, Puerto Maldonado approx. USD 31 for international departure tax in Lima.
  • Water for your water bottles. You can buy water along the way or bring water purification tablets
  • Activities and items not included in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Entrance fees for Thermal Baths in Aguas Calientes ($4)
  • Tips are not included but are optional

EXTRAS

  • Walking sticks/trekking poles (rental: $30)
  • Extra horse ($160)
  • Sleeping bag ($40)
  • Personal tent (rental $50 for trek)
  • Extra money to buy snacks, water, tips, etc.
  • Upgrade in class from Expedition Train service to Vistadome (panoramic) Train service (upgrade $50)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance ticket ($15 per person). Make sure to book early since there are limited spaces available and they can sell out quickly!
  • Entrance fee for hot springs in Aguas Calientes ($4)
  • We can also provide great prices on hotels for all of Peru (Standard to Luxury)!

NOTES

  • Itinerary and campsites may change according to the climate and health status of the trekkers.
  • Train times for the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo may change according to the train company’s availability and will be confirmed close to the time of the trek. If someone books later than most of the group, we may not be able to provide the same train as the rest of the group.
  • Change to earlier/later train time at time of booking (price depending on train availability).
  • Tips/gratuities not included but are optional according to the services rendered.
  • Don’t forget to bring your passport and ISIC (if applicable).

DISCOUNTS

  • To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card. Scan the card and email us the copy at the time of your booking for a $20 discount per student!
  • For children younger than 17, we offer a $20 discount. Just scan and email a copy of the passports at the time of your booking.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

  • Original passport (and International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us in our office)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain jacket
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block (factor 50 is recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic/metal water container or camel bags
  • Water for the first day, but on the other days it is possible to buy bottles of water from local families
  • Insect Repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)

AVAILABILITY FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

The Choquequirao Trek departs daily with our agency, although the dry season (April through October) is definitely a better time of the year to travel.

RESERVATIONS

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