The Combo Expedition: Choquequirao & Machu Picchu

Give yourself a splurge of Andean and natural history and visit the best two archeological Inca sites near Cusco!!!
The Combo Expedition will take you to the Citadel of Choquequirao, the latest archeological destination in
southeastern Peru, and to the world famous Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

We propose you an 8-day expedition in the midst of time, vegetation, imposing snow-peaks and deep valleys. Also, you will have the opportunity to experience remote native communities before reaching the Sanctuary of Machu
Picchu. Bring your photographic equipment along, as this journey is the most picturesque trip offered in the Cusco area.
The trip is supported with horses for your convenience and we provide you with top quality camping equipment and a very balanced and energetic diet. Hungry for an unforgettable adventure the Combo Expedition will go beyond your dreams!!!!! 


Itinerary


Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca

Day 1:  Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca

Descent to Apurimac River. Early departure from Cusco and transfer by private transportation to the starting point of our journey located at Cachora.
From there, we will initiate a gradual descent to Chiquisca where we will set up our first campsite.

Day 2: Chiquisca - Marampata - Choquequirao

Day 2: Chiquisca - Marampata - Choquequirao

After a consistent breakfast, we descend to La Playa Rosalinas, and start a gradual ascend to Marampata, a picturesque Andean settlement,vthe trail gets harder but the views are spectacular. We see the natural wonders of the Apurimac river deepest canyon and of the most tributaries
of the Amazon river and may have the chance of spotting a condor. We have lunch at Marampata. Early afternoon we arrive at the Enigmatic and Mystical lost inca site of Choquequirao (3000 metres), time to visit and explore
Choquequirao considered bigger in extension than the sanctuary of Machupicchu  surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery in the midst of the cloud forest.

Day 3: Choquequirao - Maizal

Day 3: Choquequirao - Maizal

After breakfast  we will hike up a short ascent to  Choquequirao pass(3300mt) then before descending to our lunch place in Rio Blanco(1909mt), we stop in
Pinchiunuyoc  where  we can appreciate the Inca farming terraces, part of them still covered by the cloud forest vegetation, water fountains, on the way down to the lunch place the landscape changes gradually into a dry Andean forest then after lunch we hike up for three hours to Maizal(3000mt) where  we  set up  our campsite

Day 4: Maizal - Minas Victoria - Yanama

From  Maizal camp site,  we make an early morning start up to Victoria pass(4200mt), from where we can have a  breathtaking view of the snow peaked mountains of  Pumasillo (6,070mt), Choquetacarpo (4,467mt) , considered by the local natives to be the "Guardian spirit of the jungle".
Half way going to the top, we start stepping over the original inca trail still such incredible well preserved. Continuing our hike along the way we appreciate several abandoned quarries of silver and lead mines in ancient times. And finally we descend to our campsite at Yanama (3800mt).

Day 5: Yanama - Totora

Day 5: Yanama - Totora

We will hike right up to the  last highest passes of the journey Yanama Pass or Mariano llamoja (4668mt), this is a challenging day, as we ascend to the pass the walking gets harder but the views get spectacular, from where we can have a stunning view of the snow-peaked mountains of  Sacrachayoc, and Padreyoc surrounding us and we might be able to  view the majestic  condors flying above the cliffs and passing by waterfalls on both sides of  the valley and lush greenery where you can refresh yourself. When getting to the pass we will observe a pile of stones which are added to thank the apus (mountain spirits) for a safe trip and good luck. Campsite at Totora

Day 6: Totora - La Playa

Day 6: Totora - La Playa

After a healthy breakfast, the trail continues down the valley into the forest, from increasingly tall trees, and groves of bamboos, providing some bird watching opportunities. You will be going across some amazing untouched path where strawberries grow at your feet and passion fruit are above your head in décor of begonias and purple orchids! After 4 hours we will arrive to a tiny settlement named Wayracpunco, where we will enjoy a break and lunch.
This is an easy afternoon hike, where we enjoy the lush vegetation of the cloud forest and its many species of Orchids. Also we will get familiar with the various crops produced in the area such as: coffee, coca leaves, exotic fruits, etc. camp at la Playa

Day 7: La Playa - Llactapata - Hidroelectric - Aguas Calientes

Early morning wake up,  we start a  3 hour gradual ascend on a proper Inca trail with amazing views on the valley to llactapata Inca remains, and enjoy a break overlooking one of the main highlights in South America “Machupicchu”.
It is a magical view given to us that most of tourists never see!  A 2 and half hours going down the path easily lead the hikers to a forest of increasingly thick vegetation. Some excellent birdwatching opportunities! Reaching e hydroelectric town for lunch, we follow the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes where we sleep overnight in a hostel.

Day 8: Machupicchu - Cusco

Day 8: Machupicchu - Cusco

After an early morning breakfast we will take a bus right up to Machu-Picchu sanctuary and enter early for the best photos opportunities and then spend the rest of the morning visiting and exploring the remains.
We finally get back down to Aguas-Calientes to aboard the train to Ollantaytambo, and change for a bus back to Cusco.

Included

1.-Predeparture briefing
2. - Early morning transfer by private transport to head trail at Cachora
3. – English and Spanish speaking professional tour guide. (For groups larger than 9 persons, two tour guides)
4.-Meals: 7 breakfasts / 7 lunches / 7 dinners /7 afternoon hot drinks
5.-Drinking water since Day 2  
6.-Two-man Tents: (for a personal tent request, there is a surcharge of $65)
7. - Foamy sleeping mat
8.-Dining tent, cooking tent, cutlery, folding tables, and stools 
9. - Chef and assistant
10.-Mules, carrying heavy gear such as: food, tents, gas bottle, and cooking stuff, and 7kilograms/15 pounds of your belongings
11.-Emergency riding horse
12. - Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
13. - Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
14. - Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and tourist bus from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco.

Excluded

1.-Last day lunch (recommended in Aguas Calientes)
2.-First day breakfast
3. - HUAYNAPICHCU TICKET
HUAYNA PICCHU is a mountain around which the Urubamba River bends. It rises over Machu Picchu, the so-called "lost city of the Incas" and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the HUAYNA PICCHU and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 metres (8,920 ft) above sea level, or about 360 metres (1,180 ft) higher than Machu Picchu.   
4. - Sleeping bag
5. - Optional late train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
6. - Bus up to Machu Picchu and back down to Aguas Calientes
7. - Tipping your trekking stuff is customary.

Duration 8 days
Difficulty 1
Code UM013


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