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4 days / 3 nights
Pool (shared/group) Service
A spectacular 60 km trek that will lead you to the enigmatic last refuge of the Incas. Choquequirao (3,103m/10,178ft) is a huge archaeological complex still under cleaning and restoration process located in the surroundings of the Salkantay sacred mountain (6,271m/20,569ft) and the Apurimac River canyon. You will enjoy amazing mountain scenery as well as lots of Andean flora and fauna.
Day 1: Cusco to Chiquisca
We leave Cusco at 6.00 am in our private transport and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5h from Cusco at 2800m/9184ft, the starting point of the trek where we meet our horsemen and horses. We start our hike climbing for two and a half hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m/9020ft, where may we enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. We then continue descending for two more hours towards Chiquisca, where we set our camp and spend the night.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Chiquisca to Choquequirao
We leave Chiquisca as early as 6.00am to go down to Rosalina Beach, which will take about one hour. We then cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take an approximated 2h, and it is important that we leave early so that the heat does not make it more difficult than it has to be. In Santa Rosa, we make a half an hour break, where those who wish may try Cambray, a local sugar cane extract. Afterwards, we continue our hike slowly climbing for two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata. From here we walk another two hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103m/10178ft, where we will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings. When the sun starts to set, you might want to sit and contemplate the canyon, where condors are sometimes spotted.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Choquequirao to Rosalina Beach
This morning we enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex: we will visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and ready to be restored into the way it was when the Incas owned it. After the tour, we start our walk back towards Santa Rosa, where we have lunch. We then continue descending for another 2 hours until we reach Rosalina Beach at 1450m/4756ft, where we might have time to take a refreshing dip in the waters of the Apurimac River. We camp and dine here.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Rosalina Beach to Cachora
We leave camp after breakfast to start the two to three hour climb to Chiquisca, to then make our way back to the Abra Capuliyoc, close to which we have our lunch. In the afternoon, we continue on our two-hour return route to Cachora, where a private transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time around 9.00pm.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
* Departure and arrival times are approximated.
** Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the group progress.
Difficulty degree of this hike
Challenging: The route has steep ups and downs, with changes of altitude in one day of over 1600m/5200ft and usually warm weather during the day due to the lower altitude vs Cusco. We recommend allowing one-day acclimatization in Cusco prior to the trek departure.
Prices per person - Standard shared/group Service per Adult: USD 495.00
NOTE: Prices are subject to changes according to the increase/decrease of suppliers costs
Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):
• Students: USD 6.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid).
• Teenagers: USD 6.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
• Children: USD 12.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
Available discounts (that may be added to the above-mentioned):
• SAE: 5% on full program price (valid South American Explorers Club membership card required). This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered.
Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Cachora, starting point of the trek
Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field
One foamy sleeping pad per person
Dining tent with tables and chairs / Kitchen tent / Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
Meals (03 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 03 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
Bio-degradable personal hand soaps / Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by kitchen staff
Chef and cooking equipment
1 emergency horse every 6 persons
Accommodation for all our staff
Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Private transport from Cachora to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco
Does NOT include:
- Breakfast on the first day / Dinner on the third day
- Sleeping bag at an additional cost
What we recommend that you bring
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
Sleeping bag (please inform our Reservations Department if you wish to book this extra service at the moment of your booking)
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. Optionally: water -sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far.
Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the river)
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)
Optional services to be hired
- An extra horse to carry your personal items at an additional cost. A horse can carry up to 20 kg.
- Sleeping bag rent at an additional cost. Our sleeping bags are –18ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips
- Therm-a-rest inflatable sleeping pad rent at an additional cost
- Massage sessions at an additional cost per 1-hour session. Our massage therapists have the highest recognition in Cusco and offer the following treatments: relaxing massage, stress-relieving massage, spinal column massage, energizing massage, Inca massage, altitude problems, aroma therapy, therapy with honey, therapy with glass, therapy with stones, foot reflexology, shiatzu, reiki and puddle of flowering. We recommend massage sessions before and after your trekking program. Services are at the hotel and are only available in Cusco.
Appropriate clothing along the Inca Trail
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, eventually complemented by sweaters, fleeces and jackets in the evening. We recommend convertible hiking pants and / or shorts as some parts of the route run at low altitude and warm weather. It is also very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required along the route. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.
Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
Along the route to Choquequirao, temperatures range from 15-25ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 10-20ºC during the day if not sunny. Temperatures drop in the evening and at night, especially in Choquequirao, at a higher elevation, reaching 5ºC although rarely below. Warm clothes are hence however necessary for this hike.
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