Description

Choquequirao is the second most important archeological site in Cusco. It has a connection with the last Inca cities of Vilcabamba and with Machu Picchu and is in the middle of different Inca roads that traverse all of the Inca empire. We can see on our journey, various villagers who live in all of the area of Yanama, as well as glaciers, valleys and mines of silver and lead from the past that were being exploiting until just a few years ago. You must join us on this unforgettable adventure.

PROGRAM CHOQUEQUIRAO – CLASSIC
LENGTH 5 Days /4 Nights
AVAILABILITY March to December
ACTIVITY TYPE CULTURAL/ECOLOGICAL/ADVENTURE
DIFFICULTY DIFICULT – MODERATE.

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choquequirao

The Choquequirao Trek is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds or who are looking for something other than Machu Picchu during their trip. The trek takes you to the sister city of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao (The Cradle of Gold) which sits high above the Apurimac Valley.
With a wide variety of flora and fauna, beautiful scenery and a visit to a major Inca site, the Choquequirao Trek is the adventure of a lifetime.
By booking your Choquequirao Trek with Haku Travel you are choosing the best. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews on Tripadvisor!


Useful Information

-Starting Altitude – 2900m / 9515ft.
-Highest Altitude – 3050m / 10,005ft
-Walking Distance – 64 km / 40 miles
-Longest Day – Day 1, approximately 25 km/15.5 miles
-Overall Difficulty –Difficult

DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA:
We leave Cusco at 6:00 in the morning, in the direction of the village of Cachora, (2850msnm) from where we begin our trek. We trek for around 3 hours until the place called Capuliyoc, where we can see in the distance the archeological site of Choquequirao, in the canyon of Apurimac. We have a snack there while enjoying landscape and possibly condors. Afterwards we continue our descent for about 3 more hours to our campsite at Chiquisca (1950msnm).


DAY 2: CHIQUISCA – CHOQUEQUIRAO:
After breakfast, very early, we return to the trek, descending until the Puente Rosalinas (1550msnm) where we cross the Apurímac river to begin the ascent to our first rest stop, Santa Rosa. Here we can enjoy chicha de caña (cambray) and after continue climbing until the small village of Maranpata where we will have lunch with a beautiful view of the mountain edges and Choquequirao. Afterwards, we continue to our campsite close to Choquequirao (2850msnm). If the tourists have extra energy, they can visit the archeological site in the afternoon to enjoy the sunset and gliding condors, later descending to the campsite.


DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO:
Today we have the whole day to explore all the corners of the Choquequirao citadel. We will have guided tour of this amazing place once inhabited by Incas including recently rediscovered Llama Sector. You will be taken to the ceremonial water fountains – the best place in Choquequirao to see condors and snow covered peaks around. After enjoying lunch in this beautiful scenery you will have time to explore the place by yourself.


DAY 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO — COCAMASANA:
On the 4th day, after we are satisfied with our visit of Choquequirao, we begin our return trip by the same route towards Maranpata. We descend until the Apurimac river from where we make our ascent to Chiquisca. There we can take a nice shower under banana trees to relax from the heat. We have our lunch and continue our climb until we reach our campsite, Cocamasana.


DAY 5: COCAMASANA – CACHORA – CUSCO:
On this day, we continue climbing for some 3 hours until the view point of Capuliyoc where we can see for the last time the Inca construction of Choquequirao. Later we continue our trek in the direction of Cachora where we will have our last lunch and say goodbye to the staff that helped us, and take the bus to return to Cusco. We leave you at your hotel.
On the last day tourist have an option to visit hot springs in Conoc located along the road back from Cachora to Cusco.


IMPORTANT NOTES:
The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.
Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
CHOQUEQUIRAO. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.
Tips for Horseman, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Cachora, starting point of the trek
  • Choquequirao entrance fee for visitors and agency staff
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Eureka Timberline 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested and Eureka Timberline 2XT for single travelers
  • One inflatable 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)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 9kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag)
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons
  • Wranglers
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Meals (04B, 05L, 04D + 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 our kitchen 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
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day
  • Tickets to hot springs in Conoc

WHAT YOU SHOULD 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
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw 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)
PRICE PER PERSON :

This will depend on the amount of people coming to the trek and to the kind of accommodation.

DISCOUNTS:
  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$20

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
  • Sleeping Bag US$30
  • Walking Pole US$15
  • Single Tent Supplement US$35

OUR BOOKING POLICIES
Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposits for TREKS and Short Tours
There is a $200 per person deposit needed to your trek/tour with Haku Travel. The deposit can be made through PayPal, which will incur a 5.5% PayPal merchant fee paid by the traveler or by a wire directly to our bank (Bank of America or Citibank) for free if you are a fellow account holder. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under Cancellation Policy. It is not possible to transfer your deposit to another person’s trek if cancelling, they will need to send in their own deposit.
Itineraries
If you are booking a full itinerary, including hotels, with Haku Travel, we will require 50% of the total value as a deposit. If you must CANCEL, refunds other than the non-refundable $200 deposit required for all tours, will be returned if your start date is more than 60 days away. Once you are within 60 days of your tour beginning, money will no longer be refundable.
Final Payment Terms
For all treks and small tours, final payment is due at least three days before your tour begins with Hatu Travel. This is normally paid directly in our office, but can be paid in advance by PayPal with a 5.5% fee or wire to Citibank. In the office we accept both US and Peruvian currency, any denomination but NO torn bills.
Cancellation Policy for Treks and Small Tours
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to info@hakutravel.com. If you are within 8 weeks of your tour start date, further payment is needed as follows:
  • If you cancel 8 weeks or more days before departure: Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit.
  • 8 weeks to 4 weeks before departure: 60% of the total tour price is due.
  • 4 weeks to 5 days before departure: 80% of the total tour price is due.
  • 5 days to 36 hours: 90% of the total tour price is due.
  • 36 hours or less before departure: 100% of the total price is due.
We charge these fees because there are many expenses that Hahu Travel pays to set up these tours. There are no exceptions unfortunately, but if you need a letter for your insurance company to help recover some of the cost, we would be happy to supply one.
Inca Trail Permits
Inca Trail permits are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable. Permits are issued in the name and with the passport number of the trekker and cannot be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances.

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