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This trek includes visits to two very important archaeological Inca sites and is also one of the last unexplored routes. Although nowadays there are more people exploring it more often for the landscapes, hot springs and the close contact with the Andean settlers.

Day 1: Cusco – Playa Rosalina

We leave Cusco around 5:00 AM and drive for four hours towards the Andean community of Cachora. In Cachora we will meet our muleteer and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. We then begin a fairly flat walk to La Colmena. After La Colmena we hike uphill through the high pass of Capuliyoc, and at the pass we will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon. We descend to Playa Rosalina (1.550m/5.115ft) to end the day on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River.

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao

Early in the morning we will have breakfast and start walking uphill through a long and narrow trail. We will stop for lunch and later arrive at Choquequirao (3.103 m/10.178 ft) around 4:00 PM. Here we will enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings. When the sun starts to set, you can sit and enjoy the canyon. Condors are often spotted here.

Day 3: Choquequirao – Maizal

We start the day ascending until we reach 3.300m/10.890ft. After we begin descending, we will pass through the archaelogical site of Pinchi Unuyoj (2.750m/9.075ft). At this site we will observe birds, orchids, and coca plantations. Afterwards, we descend to the Rio Blanco (1.900m/6.270ft), and then ascend to Maizal (3.000m/9.900ft) where we spend the night.

Day 4: Maizal – Yanama

We hike mostly uphill and observe along the way impressive Inca trails and Inca mines, also known as Minas Victoria. After we peak for the day at 4.150m/13.695ft, we will descend to our campsite (3.800 m/12.540ft).

Day 5: Yanama – Colpa Pampa

After an early breakfast, we will ascend to the highest pass in the trail at 4.670m/15.410ft. The view from here will be amazing, and we will be surrounded by snowcapped mountains such as Sacsarayoj Padreyoj. After peaking, we will descend to our campsite at Colpa Pampa (3.630m/11.979ft).

Day 6: Colpa Pampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa

After breakfast at 6:00 AM we begin our day hiking until we reach our lunch site at La Playa. After lunch we will have a fairly easy descent where you will be able to experience Ceja de Sela, the jungle highland. Here, you will see coca, coffee, fruit plantations, birds, orchids, and begonias. We will then have a bus drive us for two hours down to the village of Santa Teresa where, we have dinner and spend the night in tents.

Day 7: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes

You can choose from one of the two following options. Depending on your interest and level of fitness, you should discuss each option with your guide.

Option 1

We have breakfast and after an hour-long bus ride, we walk for two hours to get to the Urubamba River and the hydroelectric station for lunch.  We then continue on our three-hour walk towards the town of Aguas Calientes. There, we will check into our hostel, dine, and rest up before the next day in Machu Picchu!

NOTE: If you don't want to walk after lunch, you can take a train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes, but it leaves only in the late afternoons and can be a long wait.

Option 2

We will make our a three hour ascent to 2.810 m/9.273 ft. After our ascent we will have an excellent view of the lost Inca’s city of Machu Picchu. Then we will walk along the Urubamba River to the hydroelectric station. From here we will walk or take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hostel.

Day 8: Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast we will take the bus to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2.720m/8.923ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu. In the afternoon, we will take the train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco and arrive at 9:00 PM.

Included:

  • Professional, bilingual tour guide.
  • Round trip Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Transfer from Cusco Hotel, to Cachora
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Train Station in Ollantaytambo to Cusco Hotel
  • 6 nights in spacious personal tents and inflatable mattress.
  • 1 night in hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bath, hot water and breakfast included..
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes while hiking.
  • Excellent Meals (7 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 7 Dinner).
  • Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking.
  • Horsemen with packhorse or mules(for carring camping equipment and up to 8kg of your personal belongings).
  • Dinning tent.
  • sanitary services.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao Inca site.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Included:

  • Train Ticket from Hidroelectric to Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Mountain (consult: Optionals).
  • Entrance to Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes (consulta: Optionals).

We recommend you bring:

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
  • Day pack in addition to your backpack
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for tips