This is the best program which will let you visit in few days the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the amazing trek linking the 2 best Incan sites Choquequirao and Machupicchu, 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.
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.
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 TO MACHUPICCHU: You MUST be in VERY good shape The described camps and hiking times are approximate; they may vary according to your physic conditions and guides recommendations
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).
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.
You will have an early breakfast with your team, and prepare for today’s expedition, starting around 6:30 a.m. It will be about 40 minutes, uphill, to reach the first pass of Choquequirao at 3,500 m. This is a great place to look through the dense vegetation for the famous orchids and flowers, which bloom here most of the time. Then, it will be about 30 minutes of flat, elevated walking, before starting to descend along the zigzag path for an hour and a half, where you will arrive at the Inca site of Pinchauniyoc. Pinchauniyoc was used as an agricultural site by the Incas, as well as a rest stop when they traveled on their expeditions to Machupicchu. After a brief explanation by the guide, you will keep walking downhill for another hour and a half until you get to the Rio Blanco river, at 1,750 mts, where we will have lunch. Make sure to bring a good mosquito repellent, especially for this segment. After lunch, we’ll take a four hour, uphill hike until the campsite at Maizal. Here, we’ll see amazing views of the Andean mountains.
After a nice breakfast and a magical sunrise over the mountains; we will start the day with a four hour, uphill hike along a rocky path. In some sections there will be great views of the surrounding mountains, lush, green valleys and also some arid mountain peaks. Once you reach the top of the pass (at 4,200 m), you will enjoy a packed lunch, provided by our chef. The views will include snow-capped peaks, valleys, and perhaps some condors. After taking fantastic pictures, you will start a three and a half, downhill hike to our campsite at Yanama. This is a small, indigenous village where if there will be time we will visit some local homes to learn about the ancient traditions they still keep after hundreds of years.
After an early breakfast at about 6 a.m. you will start your expedition, we will hike uphill to the famous Vilcabamba mountain range, the last refugee of the Incas. It will be five hours until we reach the pass, with amazing views on the way. Once we reach the pass at 4,500 mts, we will enjoy a picnic lunch provided by our chef. This day you will enjoy the last good views of Salkantay and Humantay mountains. The trail can sometimes be slippery in the rainy season, or dusty and rocky in the dry season. On the way, you may see some spectacle bears and andean birds, such as, falcons, eagles, hawks, condors, and geese. Finally, we will arrive at the campsite and enjoy hot drinks and a delicious dinner.
After breakfast, we will start the day with a three hour downhill hike to Ccolpapampa, where you may meet up with the Salkantay trekkers. At Ccolpapampa, we’ll enjoy lunch and say goodbye to our horsemen, as it is time for them to go back home. From here, your porters will continue by car and you will continue your adventure by foot. It will take about 4 more hours until we arrive at the campsite at La Playa. On the way you will see waterfalls and tropical fruit plantations. Today, we may also visit some coffee plantations.
After another early breakfast at camp, you will begin the last 45 minutes of gradual, downhill hiking until we reach a portion of the Inca trail, built in 1,300 a.c. This road was built to connect Vilcabamba with Machu Picchu. It’s always special to trek on this historic road. It will be about thee more hours of uphill hiking along the stone, paved, rocky trail until you arrive at the Llactapata Inca site, right in front of Machu Picchu. You will get to enjoy more plantations of coffee and yucca, along the way. Once you arrive at Llactapata, your tour guide will describe the geography of the mountains and continue the history of the Incas. Once you begin hiking again, it will be two and a half hours downhill, until you arrive at the famous hydro-electric station for your last lunch with your chef and porters. They will take the train back that evening to Cusco. After lunch, you will have a small ceremony to say goodbye. At 4 p.m., you will get your duffel bag back from your porters and take the train for 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes with your tour guide. He will help you going to your hotel for a well-deserved time to relax. If you wish to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, he can show you the way (Not included cost: 10 soles). That evening, you will enjoy the last supper with your tour guide at a local restaurant. You will also receive your last briefing for the following day. Be sure to get some snacks and water for your Machu Picchu day.
Early visit of Machupicchu; to spot the amazing sun rise and guided visit (2 1/2 hours) of the wonderful temples and palaces, later on your own you can take the optional hike to Huaynapicchu Peak (2 hours) & the temple of the Moon. If you want to hike to the sun gate (2 hours), Montana Machupicchu (3 - 4 hours) or the Inca Bridge (1.5 hours); you will do it on your own before the guided tour of Machupicchu. Afternoon return to Ollantaytambo by train (1 1/2 hours) and transfer to the hotel (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.
Transfer to the airport for departure flight.
Just remember that you can go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, set the pace and enjoy. Choquequirao Trek is considered a moderate hike; It is not a technical walk, but height can affect some people.
We recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are several times during the hike that trekking poles are useful, whether climbing a mountain or walking on difficult trails.
It is impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Its ability to adapt to a high altitude is determined by its genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2-day trip in Cusco (3,399 masl) is very easy for some people, but it is quite easy to drink some water, but if you can make arrangements to have a minimum of 2-3 days in case of travel interruptions Then this is what we recommend since there is also a lot to do here! The highest point you will reach while walking the Inca Trail reaches 4,280 meters on the second day.
Whenever you book and pay in advance for certain dates in high season, it may be necessary to pay 3-4 months in advance, last-minute reservations of this hike may possibly lose permits in high season so that we can include the Machu Permit Picchu Mountain instead, the road to Wayna Picchu is safe, very steep with the use of chains and is not recommended for those with vertigo. It is about an hour and a half round trip. And there are only 2 times during the day that you can climb with a registration and exit security system.
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