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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking
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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: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: Challenging
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126752
Starts: Cusco, Peru Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will visit
  • Cusco
  • Cusco

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cusco

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))

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Day 3: Ollantaytambo/Chiquisca (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Choquequirao Trek

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 160km)

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Day 4: Chiquisca/Choquequirao (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Choquequirao Trek Day 2

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Day 5: Choquequirao/Pinchiunuyocc (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Choquequirao Guided Tour
Choquequirao Trek Day 3

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Day 6: Pinchiunuyocc/Maizal campsite (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

During the approach to Machu Picchu from the backside the vegetation slowly changes from high altitude brush to more tropical green.

Included Activities:
Choquequirao Trek Day 4

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Day 7: Maizal campsite/Yanama (1B, 1L, 1D)




Included Activities:
Choquequirao Trek Day 5

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Day 8: Yanama/Totora (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Choquequirao Trek Day 6

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Day 9: Totora/Ichupata (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trekking into the valley the temperature will be noticeably warmer and enjoy the variety of flora and fauna. Pass by lush groves of tropical fruit, cocoa, and coffee. After 6-7 hours arrive in a small village to relax for the evening.

Included Activities:
Choquequirao Trek Day 7

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Day 10: Ichupata/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)

Arrive at Santa Teresa. Transfer by train to Aguas Calientes for the night.

Included Activities:
Choquequirao Trek Day 8

Transport:
Local train (11km)

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Day 11: Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)

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Day 12: Cusco (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village (full-day)
    • 8-day trek to Choquequirao and Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu with local guide, cooks, and porters
    • Guided tour of Choquequirao archaeological site
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (4 nts), camping (7 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, hiking, train
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Trek the Andes
  • Explore Choquequirao away from the crowds
  • Discover the spectacular Inca fortress of Machu Picchu
  • Witness the mountain beauty of the Andes.