Choquequirao Trek & Machupicchu

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK (4 DAYS ), MACHUPICCHU, THE BEST OF CUSCO & THE SACRED VALLEY: 9 DAYS & 8 NIGHTS

TRIP AT A GLANCE

Travel from only: US$156 per day - 9 days starting only at US$1410 per person

This is the best program which will let you visit in few days the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machupicchu and Choquequirao, it is also one of the best combinations to see and be in contact with the wonderful landscapes of the Andes, the Cloud Forest, its flora and fauna. Choquequirao is seldom visited by tourists, this inca "lost city " fascinated 19th century explorers; it was considered for a century and a half to be "the lost city of the incas" a term applied now to Machupicchu. In fact the likenesses to Machupicchu are many; that is why is called the sister city of Machupicchu, both abandoned for centuries, overlooked by the Spanish chroniclers of the 16th and 17th century. Each of them are located at opposite sides of the Salcantay snow capped peak (6271 mts. / 20694 ft.) one of the holiest in the region, Machupicchu was probably a sacred place and a summer palace of Inca Pachacutec, and Choquequiraw was certainly a place of worship and/or a summer palace of Tupac Inca Yupanqui (son of Pachacutec), almost inaccessible it was also used as one of the last refuges of the Incas after the Spanish invasion.

ITINERARY:
Meals Included: B= Breakfast L=Lunch BxL=Box Lunch (picnic) D=Dinner
DAY 1: ARRIVING TO CUSCO. CITY TOUR: Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, kenko, Puca Pucara & Tambomachay. (B)
DAY 2: AWANACANCHA, PISAC MARKET & RUINS, OLLANTAYTAMBO and CHINCHERO (B,L)
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK
DAY 3: CUSCO - CACHORA - SANTA ROSA (B,L,D)
DAY 4: SANTA ROSA – CHOQUEQUIRAO (B,L,D)
DAY 5: CHOQUEQUIRAO – CHIQUISCA (B,L,D)
DAY 6: CHIQUISCA – CUSCO (B,L,D)
DAY 7: CUSCO – MACHUPICCHU (B)
DAY 8: MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO. If available also hike to Huaynapicchu or Montana Machupicchu. (B)
DAY 9: CUSCO – LIMA (B)

Optional private City tour of Lima if your international flight leaves at night

DETAILED ITINERARY
Meals Included: B= Breakfast L=Lunch BxL=Box Lunch (picnic) D=Dinner

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO CUSCO
Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to the selected hotel; where you should take a short rest to adjust better to the altitude (11,000 ft a.s.l.)
Afternoon Combined tour; visit the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. (B)
Note: You are in charge of arriving to Cusco in the morning, by plane, train or Bus. Our Services start and finish in Cusco.
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY: AWANACANCHA, PISAC RUINS, MARKET, OLLANTAYTAMBO & CHINCHERO
Visit a farm where you will see and take nice pictures of alpacas, llamas, vicunas & guanacos, also we will see and learn (step by step) how Andean people still make very beautiful textiles using very old traditional techniques.
Continue to PISAC located right at the entrance to the Sacred Valley, the amazing Inca city that constitutes one of the most important Archaeological Parks in the region. Visit the fine temples, palaces and the well preserved and vast farming terraces; built even as far as the edge of precipices that still keep their straight sometimes vertical aqueducts; an imposing and unforgettable sight that also offers very beautiful landscapes.
Pisac Ruins
Visit PISAC the Colonial Village, where you will see the famous "Indian Market" and the handicrafts or "souvenirs" market, this is your chance to enjoy a blend of color, traditions and people, and bargain for exotic craftworks.
After Lunch at Urubamba Village, tour to the oldest continuously inhabited dwellings in South America, where people are still living in the same houses and palaces as 500 years ago; the ancient Incan town of OLLANTAYTAMBO, with its very impressive constructions built with huge boulders and its ancient heritage that will leave us astonished. On the way back to Cusco visit Chinchero with its impressive colonial church, Incan remains and amazing landscapes around. (B,L)
Note: The Pisac Market is everyday, on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays is bigger but more crowded; not so good for visiting the ruins in Pisac and Ollantaytambo and for photos

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK: You MUST be in good shape
The described camps and hiking times are approximate; they may vary according to your physic conditions and guides recommendations
DAY 3: CUSCO - CACHORA - SANTA ROSA
The night before your trek, you will get a trekking briefing with your tour guide. Early morning departure from Cusco. our private transportation will take us Driving - through the farmland of the Anta Plateau from where we will see the high Andean peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba (where we will be hiking the next 4 days) – in about 4 hours we arrive to the end of the road Capuliyoc; where we will meet the mule wranglers, pack the mules and horses, and start the hike, we can enjoy the first breathtaking view of the deep Apurimac Canyon, the majestic surrounding snow capped peaks (Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora), and a glimpse of Choquequirao far way on the mountain on the other side of the canyon. We hike downhill for about 4 hours until Playa Rosalina; after a short break we continue uphill for about 2 more hours until the first camp Santa Rosa at (2190 mts/7227 ft). (B,L,D)
Mountains and the Apurimac Canyon
DAY 4: SANTA ROSA - MARAMPATA - CHOQUEQUIRAO
Early wake up, breakfast, and start of the hike. We continue ascending on a zigzag trail for about 2 hours until Marampata, we will pass by some sugar cane farms. Once we arrive at Marampata, you will be done with the difficult uphill portion, after a short break with amazing views of the mountains and the Apurimac Canyon we will continue on an almost flat trail for about 2 more hours until Choquequirao on the way will also be able to see some amazing steep parts of  Choquequirao,  orchids, among other flowers and probably some condors. Upon your arrival to the campsite, our porters will set you up in your tents. After lunch you will be able to explore the area and will see the sunset from the Incan site. The ancient city reveals itself as we spend 1/2 day exploring these stunning ruins. Choquequirao means "Cradle of Gold," and the site is thought to have been built by the son of Machupicchu’s creator, to rival the more famous and accessible citadel. Here, terraces sweep out from the main plaza towards incredible vistas of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Built as an elite city for ceremonial purposes, the residences, royal baths, halls, gardens and stairways pay tribute to the engineering genius and careful planning that typifies Incan architecture. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: CHOQUEQUIRAO - CHIQUISCA
After a delicious breakfast and a final visit of more temples of Choquequirao we hike back to Maranpata. from where we will start the four hour steep, downhill hike to La Playa. Half way down we will have a break to enjoy some fruit farmed in the area. Finally we will reach La Playa for lunch. After Lunch we will hike for 2 more hours uphill until the ast camp; Chiquisca. (B,L,D)
Choquequirao
DAY 6: CHIQUISCA - CAPULIYOC - CUSCO
We begin our final part of the hike, ascending again out of the canyon and away from the Apurimac River and re-enter the mountain grasslands and the stunning Andean scenery. When we reach the viewpoint of Capuliyoc again where we’ll say goodbye to our trail crew and make the return drive to Cusco. (B,L)

DAY 7: CUSCO - MACHUPICCHU
Transfer to the Train Station to catch the train until, Aguas Calientes town, bus ride to Machupicchu (1/2 hour) and private guided visit (2 1/2 hours) of the "Holy City of the Incas", the highlight of any trip to South America. Free afternoon to explore on your own with less people. Overnight Aguas Calientes. (B)

NOTE: Whenever it will be possible; to avoid the crowds and in the high season we will program this tour in the afternoon.
DAY 8: MACHUPICCHU – HUAYNAPICCHU - CUSCO
On your own, early visit of Machupicchu; to spot the amazing sun rise and take the optional short hikes to the Sun gate, Montana Machupichu, Huaynapicchu Peak (if available), the temple of the Moon, and the Inca Bridge. Afternoon return to Ollantaytambo by train (1 1/2 hours) and transfer by bus to the hotel (1 1/2 hours). (B)

NOTE: If you are interested in climbing to Huaynapicchu or Montana Machupicchu the entrance fees are Included but you have to let us know in advance, we must buy tickets ASAP, there is a short limit per day.
Machupicchu
DAY 9: CUSCO – LIMA
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B)

END OF OUR SERVICES

Note: If your international flight from Lima is leaving at night you have the option of taking an early flight from Cusco and could have a city tour in Lima, ask for more details if you are interested
DATES
- This trip is available ALL YEAR
- We just need a minimum of 2 guests.
PRICES & INCLUSIONS
. PRICES PER PERSON in US$$, MINIMUM 2 GUESTS on DOUBLE occupancy.
. If you want to use a SINGLE room & Tent you must pay the EXTRA FOR A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (SS)
2-3 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$160 TOTAL
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1410 per person
- SS: US$165
- US$1590 per person
- SS: US$525
- US$2075 per person
- SS: US$1320
4-5 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$120 TOTAL 
- US$1190 per person
- SS: US$165
- US$1310 per person
- SS: US$525
- US$1785 per person
- SS: US$1320
6-7 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$80 TOTAL
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1095 per person
- SS: US$165
- US$1225 per person
- SS: US$525
- US$1720 per person
- SS: US$1320
8-+ PEOPLE
PRIVATE TOURS WITHOUT ANY EXTRA COSTS
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1050 per person
- SS: US$165
- US$10180 per person
- SS: US$525
- US$1670 per person
- SS: US$1320
Extra Payment for Private tours: Paying this TOTAL EXTRA COST per PARTY; for ALL the TOURS in CUSCO we will provide: a PRIVATE transportation + an English Speaking guide just for your party.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICES ACCORDING TO THE ITINERARY:
- Double or Twin rooms at Described Hotel+ breakfasts for 8 nights, Cusco: 4 nights, Aguas Calientes: 1 night, Choquequirao Trek: 3 nights in tents.

- GROUP Tours: For the all the tours you will have an English speaking guide, all the entrance fees to visit all the attractions described on the itinerary, all the roundtrip transfers and bus transportation.

TOURS: City Tour & 4 ruins, Sacred Valley, 2 days Machupicchu: Roundtrip EXPEDITION or INCA RAIL train tickets, Private Machupicchu English speaking guide (2 1/2 hours), For 2 days: Roundtrip Bus tickets, Machupicchu & Huaynapicchu entrance fees and PRIVATE (just for your party) 4 days Choquequirao trek

PRIVATE (just for your party) 4 days Choquequirao trek: Pre-trek briefing, entrance fees. Private bus to the start of the trail, English speaking professional guide, client’s tents (2 persons in each), Well insulated Mattresses Pads, Toilet Tents: Dining tent with camp tables & stools, Chef, Cooking tent & equipment, Meals – vegetarian option without extra cost (03B,04L,03D): pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea, coffee break every day, Horsemen & Horses to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, and luggage (no more than 7 Kgs/10 pounds per person), Fair salary & accommodations for our staff, First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

For the GROUP Tours: We use the best available transportation and guides. On average we have:
- Cusco City and Sacred Valley tours: 12-16 people
- For Machupicchu you will have a PRIVATE guide (only for your party)

- All the transportation: Airport/Bus & Train Station - Hotel - Airport/Bus & Train Station described in the Itinerary
- Described meals
- Professional & Personal Assistance during your visit.

Does not include: International & national airfares (Lima - Cusco - Lima), extra horse to carry more luggage or ride**, sleeping bags (Save room and Rent from us for just US$25 / 4 days trek), tips: guide, cooks, porters, etc, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, non described meals & snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages & items of personal nature.

**Note: If you want to bring more luggage or ride a horse, you can hire an extra horse for US$100, for all the trek and the horse will carry a maximum of 20 kg – 40 pounds; including your sleeping bag. (Usually 1 horse between 2 persons is enough). However even with a personal horse, you will still need to bring and carry a day pack with essential items.

BOOKING & DEPOSIT FOR THE TRIP:
- To reconfirm, book and to buy all the necessary tickets, we will need you to send a deposit of 70% of the trip's price ASAP.
- You can make the deposit in a saving account (with 3% bank’s fees)
- If you want to use a credit card there will be 8% fees over the deposit (bank commissions & fees, not ours)
- The remaining balance has to be paid 45 days before your trip or in US$$, cash in Cusco.
- US$300 per person for buying the Trek & Machupicchu tickets is non refundable

The deposit will be used to buy your tickets. Once we bought your permits & tickets; they are NOT transferable to any other person OR to any different date due to the Inca Trail/Government regulations.
HOTELS
Please note that for any package we can upgrade and use any other you wish: 4 star, 5 stars, the most recommended, expensive room, etc, etc. As a LOCAL travel agent we have good prices with ALL the hotels in Peru so please just let us know about your preferences and we will send you our best price.
3 STAR/GOOD VALUE:
CUSCO: La Posada de Atahualpa, Amaru or similar
AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: Pequena Casita, Presidente or similar
4 STAR/GOOD VALUE:
CUSCO: Tierra Viva, Rumi Punku, San Agustin Dorado, Eco Inn or Jose Antonio
AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: El Mapi, Casa Andina, Tierra Viva or similar
5 STAR/BEST AVAILABLE:
CUSCO: Casa Cartagena, Marriot, Aranwa, Palacio del Inka
AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: Sumaq or Inkaterra Pueblo
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