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CHOQUEQUIRAO -VILCABAMBA TREK

THIN AIR OUTFITTERS Designed This expeditions TREK to offer you that during the expedition visits three of the major archaeological sites in Vilcabamba region of Cusco city CHOQUEQUIRAO, VITCOS and ĐUSTA HISPANA, The Archeological site of Choquequirao is located on the right hand side of the Apurimac River, District of Santa Teresa, La Convencion Province, Department of Cusco, here in the foothills of the Salcantay mountain chain, from where we can see the mountains or well know by the Andean people APUS Yanama, Amapay, Panta, Wiracochan, Pumasillo, Choquetacarpu, etc. CHOQUEQUIRAO is part of a complex system of cities in Vilcabamba area, among these are several archeological groups like Yurac Rumi, or Đusta Hispana, Vitcos, Espiritu Pampa etc. all of them well connected by a network of roads that communicate with Machu Picchu Sanctuary. CHOQUEQUIRAO received occasional visitor such as : Explorers, treasure hunters, like the Peruvian chronicler Cosme Bueno mentioned in 1768, then the French Comte de Sartiges rediscovered in 1834, The French Consul in Peru Leonce Angrand Visited in 1847, Hiram Bingham visited in 1909 It was his first taste of a lost city, No many people get there because the only way to cross the Apurimac River was by Oroya (a steel cable and sling ), then was easier since COPESCO constructed a footbridge over that River which one is bellow the Choquequirao Inca site. In 1990s Roberto Samanez COPESCO Architect mapped the most important sectors on the site, The U.S. explorer Gary Ziegler who has studied Choquequirao extensively, This trek is another option for the people whose love adventure trips and you will enjoy fantastic and amazing Vilcabamba range scenery and a lots of variety of Andean Flora and Fauna.

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LOCATION:
  South America, Cusco-Peru,Vilcabamba Mountain Range
DURATION:
  7 Days and 6 Nights
PRICE:
  USD: 850 per person.
SEASON:
  April to November
ACTIVITIES:
  Archeological, nature, cultural & adventure.
DIFFICULTY:
  Minimum 4, maximum 16
GROUP SIZE:
  CHALLENGING

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO - CACHORA - SANTA ROSA.

Leaving the Cusco city by bus early in the morning. Along the way we will have several stops enjoying the view and explores the Inca remains, our first cultural stop will Tarawasi in Limatambo town, after that continuing the trip is coming our first contact with the Apurimac river, next cultural stop is Saywiti a big rock with several carving on it. then Arrive to Cachora town , here we meet out mountain crew, horse driver, mules and horses the equipments carried on mules and horses. Already from the village of Cachora we can observe the majestic Padreyoc glacier peaks 5,482 m.a.s.l./ 17,980 ft. During The hike on the way we will observe Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora glacier peaks. We can appreciate the beautiful change of the landscape from precipices to snowy mountains. The walk starts quite flat with views to snow and glacier covered peaks and small farms on the step mountainsides. From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc, we can see right in a opposite side part of choquequirao Inca remains also might see condors, the trail descent towards the ApurÝmac Canyon. As the vegetation is changing from Agave and Tunacactus forest, we have lunch brake at Apurimac (canyon, river, and valley) 1950 m.a.s.l. / 6,396 ft. From here we continue the ascent toward the Santa Rosa with very few farmers with sugar cane plantation, camp.

DAY 2: SANTA ROSA - CHOQUEQUIRAO - PINCHIUNOYOC.

Early morning after breakfast, we continue our hike going up to Choquequirao. then the trail change between flat and climb the rest of the way surrounded by beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids. We will arrive to the archaeological site CHOQUEQUIRAO. After a good lunch and a little break we will walk to the main square of Choquequirao, to enjoy this majestic place, We can appreciate houses, terraces, altars, water canal and fountains, can be lucky to appreciate "the flight of the Condors". After to visit and explore we follow the old water canal for a while then the trail is down hill until to get the camp site of Pinchiunoyoc ruins found around 1998. we make up the tents basically on the old Inca Terraces.

DAY 3: PINCHIUNOYOC - RIO BLANCO - MAIZAL.

After the breakfast we start walk down through the tick vegetation know as Dry Andean Highland Forest. Trees and plants here look different to what we have seen before. We arrive to rio blanco. We cross walking through the river, no bridges. we start the long and steep climb to our camp Maizal, high over the river close to the sacred Apus of the Incas. the way up will under the shade of small trees. Maizal little village is the most beautiful location us camp. From here we see 3 valleys and a great peaks.

DAY 4: MAIZAL - MINAS VICTORIA - YANAMA.

We leave the camp and walk up towards the minas Victoria pass. Again a long climb, but we walk by the beautiful area with cloud forest and then Andean Puna where we find the ichu grass. We break for a wile the Victoria mines, where we can see shining stones showing the high concentration of minerals and metals. On our way through the Puna we walk on very well preserved Inca trails, among other characteristics with the classic zigzag. We stop for lunch at the pass in 4000 m.a.s.l. with view of the mountain Choquetakarpo, then we start to descent towards Yanama, a small village located a long the valley surrounded by mountains.

DIA 5: YANAMA - QELCA MACHAY.

From Yanama village we start our trek downstream along the river with same name as the village through the jungle vegetation with a lot of kink of plants including some orchids, then we left de valley to trek on the hillside then gradual up hill through the rives of llutupata name of the small farm along the valley along the trek possible to see mountain Victoria, minas Victoria pass, and choquequirao mountain all those views behind our trek, today our camp will be close to the choquekarpo pass, place know us Qelca machay 3,852 m.a.s.l. - 12,635 ft.

DAY 6: QELCA MACHAY - COLPUCHINA.

The next day, we will following a wide Inca trail, one of the best preserved in Peru, we climb over the narrow rocky pass of Choquetakarpo 4643m.a.s.l. / 15.230 ft. after the pass we still following this Inca trail with hundreds of steps. Crossing to the river valley, then into the farming fields through the farmers houses, along the valley several farmers living on it, our camp will be near to the local people farming and houses, Colpuchina 3852m.a.s.l. /, 12,634 ft.

DAY 7: COLPUCHINA - HUANCALLE.

The next morning we follow a road down the valley through the native trees forest with waterfalls rushing down the canyon walls. the valley full of local farms and pastures. by the afternoon on the way we will visit the archaeological sites of Vitcos and Nusta Hispa˝a. The finally get the end of our trek the Huancalle village. 3,010m.a.s.l. / 9,870 ft. here we say our mountain staff bye, and transfer to Cusco City.

WHAT TO BRING

  • ORIGINAL PASSPORT.
  • A sleeping bag.
  • A backpack (20 or 25 liters).
  • Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
  • Long pants and shorts.
  • Long sleeved shirts and T-shirts.
  • Warm clothes sweaters, jacket and fleece.
  • Rain Gear.
  • Camera, films, batteries.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Insect repellent and sun block.
  • Personal toilet items and first aid kit.
  • A pocketknife.
  • A water bottle and purified pills.
  • A change of underwear.
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun, rain or cold.
  • A pack towel.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, biscuits, dry fruits etc.
  • Cash USD and local currency (no option for ATM machines)
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • Walking sticks with rubber covers (optional).

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INCLUDED DURING THE TREK

  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from hotels all the members, and then transfer by bus or Van to Cachora Village (trailhead)
  • Entrance Fee, Choquequirao, Đusta Hispana, Vitcos.
  • A large igloo tents, for each 2 persons.
  • Mattress, one per person.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Dining tent.
  • Enough tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent (in case campsite don't have toilets).
  • English speaking professional tour guide.
  • Expert cooks.
  • Wranglers and horses
  • Full meals during the trek.
  • Daily snack bag.
  • Daily afternoon tea service.
  • Daily wake up call tea, and hot water for washing.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Transfer by Bus Huancalle to Cusco.

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NOT INCLUDED

  • Day 1 Breakfast (you can order an early breakfast at your hotel)
  • Day 7 Dinner (on your own)
  • Tips to the crew (guides, cooks, wranglers)

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES:

  • Sleeping Bag, Rent should be requested in advance, charge is USD:40
  • Single Tent, if you prefer to have guaranteed single tent the charge is USD:40

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Participants in this trek should plan on at least two or three days of acclimation at around 3,400m 11,100 ft. Cusco's altitude.
  • To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure.
  • We can arrange for accommodations and Pre or Post tours.

 

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