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Choquequirao Vilcabamba trek to Machu Picchu (10 Days)

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Choquequirao Vilcabamba trek to Machu Picchu

An enthralling 10 Days experience awaits you on Choquequirao Vilcabamba trek to Machu Picchu. This is one of our signature treks. We have curated this itinerary to offer you the best of Choquequirao and Vilcabamba culminated with a visit to the renowned lost city of Incas, Machu Picchu. All these three sites have been of a great significance to Incas.

Choquequirao:

Choquequirao means the cradle of Gold in Quechua. It nestles at 3033 metres above the sea level. The archaeological complex was built in the same era as its sister city, Machu Picchu by Pachacutec. Apart from the impressive stone work, the highlight here are the images of Llamas. These images are engraved on walls using lighter shaded stones. This is a testament to the impressive stonework of Incas. 

Vilcabamba:

Vilcabamba in Quechua means “the sacred plain”. It was the last refuge of Incas. After winning the battle of Ollantaytambo with the Spanish troops in 1537, Manco Inca was certain about a following major attack. He took refuge in Victos Rosaspata. Then he moved to Vilcabamba. He declared Vilcabamba as the capital of Neo Inca State 1539.

Machu Picchu:

Machu Picchu, the lost city of Incas, tops the bucket list of most travellers. It was built as a royal estate. The citadel was home to over 750 people. Most of them worked for the royal family. Machu Picchu boasts an impressive stone work. It is a marvel to Inca engineering. They built agriculture terraces on the slope of a hill. This was to prevent erosions or landslide. 

Reasons to do the Vilcabamba Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu with Treks In Cusco:

To most, visiting Machu Picchu is a trip of a lifetime. We at Treks in Cusco, look for the best ways to make this a pleasant experience. We have dedicated English speaking local guides on this tour. They have a wealth of knowledge in history and culture.

Join us in retracing the steps of ancient Inca on this 10 Days Choquequirao Vilcabamba trek to Machu Picchu.

We highly recommend that you spend at-least three days acclimatising in Cusco before the trek. While doing so, you may choose to take a day trip to Waqrapukara or Sacred Valley of Incas to get an introduction to Inca history.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0400 AM

Price Includes

  • Pre trek briefing
  • Hotel transfer to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private transport
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people)
  • Entrance ticket to the archaeological complexes at Choquequirao, Vilcabamba, and Machu Picchu.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg/15 lbs per person)
  • Basic foam mattress
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Toilet tent.
  • Toilet paper, pack-in & pack out
  • 1-night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Bus to and from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Meals (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes).

Price Excludes

  • Dinner on the last night
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US $16 per personal applies Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Entrance to hot springs
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs.
  • Cash in soles and/or USD.
  • Original passport.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco).
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries.
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended.
  • 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.
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount.
Itinerary

Day 1CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISKA

 

Choquequirao to Vilcabmaba Trek starts with a pickup from you hotel in Cusco. We will then embark on a four hours drive to Cachora. It is a village at (2,700 meters / 8855 feet). Here we will meet our wranglers and chefs. Then the adventure begins, we will start our trek. It will be a two and a half hours trek through the canyons of Apurimac. Along the way we will stop for lunch at Capuliyoc (2915 meters / 9560 feet). You will get an enchanting view of the Apurimac Canyon from here. We will then start our three hours descend to Chiquiska. It is located deep in the canyon. Here we will be camping for the night after an exquisite Peruvian dinner.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 3,100 m
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 1,850 m
  • Distance you will be hiking: 19 km
  • Duration of trek: 6 to 7 hours

Day 2CHIQUISCA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

We will wake you up to a hot cup of coca tea. This will be followed by breakfast. We will then start an hour’s hike down the hill to Rosalina Bridge. The bridge stands above the Apurímac River (1550 meters / 5085 feet). From here, we will start our four hours climb to Maranpata (2925 meters / 9595 feet).  Here we will stop for lunch. You will also get the first glimpse of Choquequirao ruins from here. The region is home to deers, spectacled bear, condors and butterflies. It is a two hours hike to the archaeological complex from here. We will have a short introductory tour. Our campsite here is closer to the ruins. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 3,110 m
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 2,095 m
  • Distance you will be hiking: 16 km
  • Duration of trek: 10 hours

Day 3CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHAYUNUYOC – RIO BLANCO

Early in the morning, we will visit the ruins again. Then we will start trekking to the Llama sector. This is one of the prime highlights of the complex. It is about a 20 minutes of hike away from the archeological complex. We will then continue with a 40 minutes climb up he hill. You will have a pristine view of the agriculture terraces of Pinchayunuyoc from here. Once you have had your fill of this enchanting view, we will start descending to Rio Blanco (White River). It is at (1990 meters / 6525 feet). We will be camping here for the night. 

Tip: You can make the most of your evening by swimming in the clear waters of this river. Also, make sure to have your insect repellent here. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 3,300 m
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 1,800 m
  • Distance you will be hiking: 14 km
  • Duration of trek: 9 hours

Day 4RIO BLANCO – MAIZAL

After relishing on a nutritious breakfast, we will start one of the challenging days of the Choquequirao to Vilcabamba trek. This will be a four hours climb to a secluded yet an enchanting place, Maizal. The view form here is simply stunning. As this section of the trek is considered to be the most challenging one, we will be camping here for the night. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 3,000 m
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 1,800 m
  • Distance you will be hiking: 15 km
  • Duration of trek: 7 hours

Day 5MAIZAL – YANAMA

At 0615 AM, after breakfast, we will start the trek to Yanama. On our way, we will be passing through regions which are home to lush vegetation. You will also be seeing some native flowers, this includes different types of orchids. The along a section of Inca highway, we will be crossing the abandoned Victoria Mines. Then we will start our climb to Victoria Mountain Pass (4150 meters / 13,610 feet). This is one of the ideal places to spot some Andean condors. This is the heart of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range. We will then hike down the hill for three hours to Yanama. It is a village at (3650 meters / 11,970 feet). We will be camping for the night here. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 4,150 m
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 3,000 m
  • Distance you will be hiking: 10 km
  • Duration of trek: 7 hours

Day 6 YANAMA – CHOQUETACARPO – KELKAMACHAY

At 0630 AM, after breakfast, we will be leaving Yanama village. We will then descend and then ascend to Choquetacarpo Pass (4593 meters / 15,065 feet). This is one of the mot imposing routs of the Choquequirao to Vilcabamba Trek. The trail is surrounded by typical flora. We will then be passing along the clear water of small streams. Then we will reach our campsite at Kelkamachay. It is a picturesque site.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 4,593 m
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 3,650 m
  • Distance you will be hiking: 8 km
  • Duration of trek: 6 hours

Day 7KELKAMACHAY – VILCABAMBA

After relishing on a fresh breakfast, we will start our day with uphill hike. This will be towards the final pass of the trek. We will be passing though scenic valleys towards Vilcabamba. This was the last strong hold of Incas. We will be camping near the archaeological complex of Vilcabamba (Espiritu Pampa) for the night. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 4,593 m
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 1,458 m
  • Distance you will be hiking: 10 km
  • Duration of trek: 8 hours

Day 8VILCABAMBA – SANTA TERESA

 

After breakfast, we will start our day at 0730 AM. We will be visiting the impressive yet seldom visited sites of Victos Rosaspata and Ñustajispana (White Rock). We will then stop for lunch. After lunch, we will take our private transport to Santa Teresa. It is a village at (1800 meters / 5900 feet). The village is home to natural hot springs of Cocamayo. Something that would refresh you after 8 days of trek. To offer you the most of this place, we will be camping here. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 1,458 m
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 1,008 m
  • Distance you will be hiking: 4 km
  • Duration of trek: 2 hours

Day 9SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU

At around 0730 AM we will hike along the Urubamba river. You will notice a change in climate here. It is a tropical zone. We will be walking along different native plantations towards Hidro Electric plant station. Here we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will be walking along the railway lines to Aguas Calientes town. This is the same route that the American explorer Hiram Bingham took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu. 

At Aguas Calientes, you will be accommodated in an ensuite hotel room. Later that night, we will meet at a local restaurant for dinner to celebrate the successful completion of Choquequirao Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Basic ensuite hotel room
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 2,040 m
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 1,008 m
  • Distance you will be hiking: 12 km
  • Duration of trek: 6 hours

Day 10AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Early in the morning we will take the first bus to Machu Picchu. As you will enter the citadel you will see the sun rising over the mortar walls of this serene citadel. We will give you a guided tour of the citadel. After the tour, you will have some time for yourself. If you have booked your hike to Huyana Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, do let us know.

Alternatively, you can walk to the Sun Gate. It offers an exclusive view of Machu Picchu for those on Inca Trail. It is a two and a half hours walk. 

At around 0100 PM, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Later, you will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will meet you at the train station and will transfer you back to Cusco. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,370 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,170 m
  • Distance travelled: 6 km approx.
  • Approximate walking Time: 5-6 hours
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