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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

The ultimate adventure for altitude junkies with a love of history, this challenging 12-day journey snakes its way between the most incredible Inca sites in Peru. Conquer a mind-blowing trek to the mountaintop fortress of Choquequirao free of tourist throngs before continuing onto Santa Teresa, the backdoor to Machu Picchu. With guided tours of the Sacred Valley, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, you'll gain a greater appreciation of the Inca Empire. And because we operate our own treks in this region, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment.

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  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Challenging
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SPCM.A/201896
  • Starts: Cusco, Peru
  • Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Cusco
  • Chiquisca
  • Choquequirao
  • Pinchiunuyocc
  • Maizal campsite
  • Yanama
  • Totora
  • La Playa
  • Aguas Calientes

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cusco

Arrive at any time.
Arrive early and spend some time exploring the city. Meet the group at the welcome meeting, check for the start time on the welcome note at the hotel.

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Day 2: Cusco

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Finish the day exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide before heading back to Cusco for the night.
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about the traditional weaving and dyeing practiced here. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs right from the source.

Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only) and a small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Here, have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch, the proceeds from which go directly back to the remote community.

Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Go on a guided tour of the large ruin site just adjacent to the town. Ollayntaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu. Head back to Cusco to spend the night.

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Day 3: Cusco/Chiquisca

Transfer to Cachora and embark on the hike to the lost Incan city of Choquequirao. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Apurimac River and sweeping mountain scenery at every turn.
Even though the lost city of Choquequirao was discovered hundreds of years ago, it still feels as though you may be the first to discover it. The trek to this remote Incan city although challenging, is well worth the effort. Winding trails take you through the Apurimac River canyon with views of the snow-capped Salkantay mountains making a breathtaking backdrop.

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Day 4: Chiquisca/Choquequirao

Continue trekking through the Apurimac River canyon on the way to Marampata. Keep your eyes open for condors as you make your way up into the cloud forest to Choquequirao, where you'll camp for the night.

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Day 5: Choquequirao/Pinchiunuyocc

Explore the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, comparable only to Machu Picchu in its beauty, grandeur and architectural accomplishment.

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Day 6: Pinchiunuyocc/Maizal campsite

Continue trekking past Choquequirao with the team of guides, herdsman, and cooks through the Andes following Inca pathways.
Pass through local communities and stunning Andean vistas. Enjoy delicious meals prepared by the cooks along the way and after settling into camp, stretch out under the stars.


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Day 7: Maizal campsite/Yanama

Continue upwards through the jungle towards the ancient Victoria Mines and visit the Coryhuayrachina ruins along the way.

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Day 8: Yanama/Totora

Before descending to Totora, enjoy the snow-capped mountains that surround the area.

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Day 9: Totora/La Playa

Follow the trail down the slope of the Andes to the sub-tropical valley, camp for the night at La Playa.
Trekking into the valley the temperature will be noticeably warmer, enjoy the variety of flora and fauna. Pass by lush groves of tropical fruit, cocoa, and coffee.

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Day 10: La Playa /Aguas Calientes

Head out on the last portion of the hike to Hidroelectrica train station and transfer by train to Aguas Calientes for the night.

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Day 11: Aguas Calientes/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco.
Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Join the local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday.

Later in the afternoon return by train to Ollantaytambo and transfer by van to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

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Day 12: Cusco

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
    • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour
    • Trek to Choquequirao ruins with local guide, cooks, and porters (8 days)
    • Guided tour of Choquequirao archaeological site
    • Aguas Calientes stay
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (4 nts), camping (7 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, hiking, train
    Group Leader
    • G Representative in Cusco, specialist Choquequirao guide on hike
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Tour Highlights:
  • Trek the strikingly beautiful Andes
  • Explore Choquequirao away from the crowds
  • Discover the spectacular Inca fortress of Machu Picchu