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Trekking Choquequirao 2022

This Arqueological site is very interesting and one of the most popular treks in Cusco area. This trail is situated in the spur of the mountain range of Salkantay, over 3030m surrounded by the mountains of Yamana, Ampay, Chokecarpu, Pumasiyo and Panta, on the left bank of Apurimac River. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails.
The fantastic nature with valleys, snow-capped mountains and great variety of plants, birds and animals. Choquequiraw is considered as “The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire”. Visitors can view a complex hydraulic system, most likely for domestic, ceremonial and agricultural use. Its geographic location in reference to other complexes of the same period would tend to indicate that its function was that of an Inca enclave toward the valleys of the Apurímac River.
Grade: Moderate to hard. Up to 5-7 hours physical activity each day. Some exposure to heights
Start: 4:00am Cusco
Finish: 21:00 aprox. in Cusco
Departs: All year (but highly recommendable between may to september)

Join a scheduled departure or book a private and custom trip with dates to suit you.

DIFFICULTY

Easy to moderate, the highest point in this circuit is Abra Capuliyoc (2790m/9025ft)

SAFETY COVID-19

You are in a place with all cleaning and biosecurity protocols.

MOUNTAINS & NATURE

It means that social distancing on the tour is a natural thing.

BILINGUAL GUIDED

All guided tours in Spanish and English. Groups could be mixed.

SPECIAL OFFER

From $ 520

Program details: Trekking Choquequirao

Duration: 4-5 hours (by car) 7 hours (hiking)
We leave Cusco at 4.00 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.

Duration: 7 - 9 hours
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 3100m/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.

Duration: 7-8 hours
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.

Duration: 7-8 hours hiking
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.

What's included?

Services included in the prices:

  • Pre-departure briefing: The day before your trek you will have a pre-departure briefing with your tour guide or one of our collaborators, who will explain in detail about the program and itinerary of the following days.
  • Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning (between 4:00 to 4:30am) and will travel by private transportation to Cachora village, the starting point of the trek.
  • Experienced Guide: Spanish/English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners. ” Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost!
  • Cook. (Professional)
  • Drinking water along the Choquequirao trail, only on meal times.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 1st Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen bottle
  • Horses and horse men (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • Triple & waterproof camping tent “02 people only”
  • 01 Sleeping Mattress per person.
  • Transport from Cachora village to Cusco), transfer to Hotel.

Not included:

  • Flight from Lima to Cusco and viceverse.
  • Aclimmatization trips before trek (please ask us for our alternatives)
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time in Lima and Cusco.
  • Sleeping Bags: Considered a personal equipment, but you can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -10ºC. They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use.
  • Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
  • Day 1 breakfast and last day dinner in Huaraz city.
  • Travel, Personal, and/or medical insurance
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
  • Additional expenses as a result of leaving the tour early or additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.

Prices according to number of people Please contact us for more information.

GROUP DEPARTURE PRICE:

5 to 8

participants

(Price x person)

From:

US$ 520

  • If you book in advance we find the other participants for the date you choice. (Group Service considerate from 5 to 8 participants) We open a new group minimum base on 2.

PRIVATE SERVICE (Exclusivo):

Price x person

01 person US $ 1650
02 people US $ 1185
04 people US $ 645
06 people US $ 560
  • If you want to take this PRIVATE SERVICE, you can book up to a week before the date (subject to availability).
  • If you are a group of friends or family of 4 people or more, we recommend that you try to organize your experience in PRIVATE SERVICE, because you only know the health situation of your circle of friends and/or family.

Group departures programed:

We can start a new departure date based with minimum 2 people.

FAQs?

How many days do I need to aclimate in Cusco BEFORE THE TREK?
It is very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek.
We do recommend that you arrive to Huaraz at least 2 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.
We can organize day hikes & other tours around Huaraz for your acclimatization:

  • Cusco city tour - Half Day Tour
  • Sacred valley - Full Day Tour
  • Vinicunca rainbow mountain - Full Day Tour

If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Cusco, we still recommend you have a complete day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Hotels, bus before/after trek?
We can also organize transfers, hotels in Cusco or other cities, packages in the rest of the country etc. If you would prefer more services, from the airport in Lima for example or a complete Peru travel package, please let us know.

Can you accommodate food sensitivities?
Our cooks are used to dealing with vegetarians. However, other clients and staff may have a conventional diet. Meals are prepared in the same tent and scents of meals can not be avoided. if you do not want to eat your meal in the same tent with clients having a conventional diet, please inquire about a private tour.

How to book theTrek?
FIRST: To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking form.
All customers or leader of grup will need to fill out a Passenger details form. Please be ready with the following information:

  • Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender and passport number
  • Nationality and date of birth
  • Dietary requirements and medical conditions (alergies)

SECOND: We require a deposit of 50% per person in order to purchase a permit for the Huascaran National Park 4 days. You can make your deposit by Paypal, VISA/Mastercard/Dinners or another cards (payment link) or Wester Union (request our data). All subject to transfer fee.

 

What to bring?:

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper and tissues
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, dried fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container 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
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the river)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)
Important for group departures!
  • If you book in advance we find the other participants for the date you choice. (Group Service considerate from 5 to 8 participants) We open a new group minimum base on 2.
  • For booking validation you should deposit a 50% of total price, and rest 50% you pay when you arrive to Peru or Huaraz.
  • Dear visitors you should know that our company is available to provide wherever information regarding our trip, for detailed information you should request us and we will reply as soon as possible, because we have an expert guide available.
  • Our trek rates can change according the book time or number of participants, contact with us for more information please.

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