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Fantastic Walking Holiday from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

Starts: Cusco, Peru
Finishes: Cusco, Peru

Visit: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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Sitting astride a high ridge amongst the snow-capped peaks of Peru, the Inca outpost of Choquequirao is one of the most important discoveries of Inca antiquity. Already a rival to Machu Picchu in terms of its size and splendour, more buildings and llama-decorated terraces are being exposed in Choquequirao each year. Choquequirao is more difficult to access and much less visited than Machu Picchu. Our fully supported trek to this so-called 'Cradle of Gold' in Peru is by way of the awe-inspiring canyon of the Apurimac River, involving a descent and ascent of almost 2000 metres to reach our camp beside the citadel of Choquequirao. We have a full day to explore the Choquequirao site before setting off on a 5-day trek through the rugged and beautiful Cordillera Vilcabamba, a region dominated by impressive 6000 metre peaks including Pumasillo and Salcantay. Following a former Inca trail which once connected Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, we cross the Totora Pass (4500m) then turn north to descend the Rio Colpa, passing untouched Andean villages whose Quechua inhabitants still wear traditional dress. Arriving at the cloud forest cloaked valley of the Rio Urubamba, this great trip concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a welcome free day in Cusco. This is a fantastic holiday in Peru for everyone who loves to follow in the footsteps of the early explorers and for those who want the genuine Inca trail experience but without the crowds. This is a simply superb trekking holiday - probably the best in Peru.

Is this holiday for you?

This walking holiday to Choquequirao in Peru is a classic trek and we will cover a variety of terrain. Most of the walking is on fairly well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone in places. There are occasional river crossings and some steep sections of trail. It is possible that the highest passes might have a light covering of snow. The descents and ascents out of the Apurimac and Rio Blanco Canyons are steep downhill and uphill, and it can be very hot. There are several consecutive long trekking days, some high pass crossings and we will accumulate more than 5000 metres of ascent and descent during the course of the trek; a good level of fitness is essential to enjoy this trek.

Highlights

    • Trek between the premier Inca sites of Peru
    • Visit the lost Inca fortress of Choquequirao
    • Hike through the dramatic Apurimac Canyon
    • Including Machu Picchu, this is the ultimate Peru holiday

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62523
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: english

Starts: Cusco, Peru
Finishes: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 13 days
Physical rating: Demanding

Includes

  • An experienced English speaking local leader
  • Cusco Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 13 only
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan (12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners)
  • When camping a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Camping mattresses are provided as a part of the camping equipment
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • A guided walking tour of Cusco
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee

Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Cusco Airport transfers other than on Days 1 and 13
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Some meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • Cusco airport departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Single Supplement US$470 - Includes all group hotel and lodge nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent US$130

Price

Price person (sharing double) $2,170 ($167/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Peru Cusco, Cachora, Departamento De Apurímac, Choquequirao, Maizal, Yanama, Laguna Totora Cocha, Río Santa Teresa, Urubamba, Machu Picchu, Apurimac Canyon, Lost Inca Fortress, Apurimac River, Cordillera Vilcabamba, Pumasillo, Salcantay
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Stuart A  

The food was varied and excellent, well prepared and no shortage. Our leader had an excellent knowledge of area, history etc and was always willing to answer any questions. He managed to look after both the very fit walkers as well as those not quite as fit or young! He also showed the group several old Inca ruins that I'm sure other leaders didn't know existed. The scenery was excellent and the trek route was not on overused trails - we rarely encountered other trekkers. The camp sites were also situated in good positions.

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Celeste F  

I had no expectations since I had never hiked anything like this before, never used the company before and I was going alone. I would definitely pay again for the quality and organization received. It was a very good trip. I has a great experience, met wonderful people, had some physical challenges and enjoyed being outdoor and in the mountains exploring the past (Inca history) with a very well prepared company and guide.

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Andrew B  

This was a wonderful adventure; I did not want it to end! I particularly enjoyed the opportunity of seeing parts of Peru that were off the beaten track (in terms of tourism) and seeing the great Inca sites. The guides were exceptionally well informed and able to answer all questions regarding history, geography and cultural aspects. The trek experience was superb, from the hot water wash in the morning to the excellent dinners in the evening.

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Deborah S  

The staff were excellent from the muleteers to the guides. Loved every minute, services were excellent and well tended to. Very enjoyable experience. Thank you

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Yvonne M  

The whole trek was brilliant, as was the weather which added to the enjoyment. The whole team camaraderie from our group right down to the muleteers was very inspiring. Our extension to lake Titicaca, and the train ride was also very special and a lovely way to finish our holiday.

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Linda G  

I had an excellent trip with you before and was confident that everything would be organised well. We had very good service. The leaders of the trek were clearly passionate about Peru and keen that we enjoyed all it had to offer. They had a good rapport with the support crew which encouraged a feeling of real team work. I really enjoyed the opportunity to go to places that tourists who visit Machu Picchu don't normally go to. We visited lots of Inca sites and were the only group there - which made it even more special.

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Annie & Paul M  

We have used your services in the past and been very happy with the service we have received. Both the trek leader and fellow guide were fantastic, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their country and it's history. We found it to be an extremely enjoyable trip and it was well planned to allow for acclimatisation. Also, recommendations for restaurants etc were good and combined with high standards of food and hygiene on trek allowed us to remain well.

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Vince H  

Everything was superbly organised, including the rainforest extension. You need something above 'excellent' to describe the local leader's trek management. His passion for all aspects of the trip made it unforgettable. They were very ably assisted by Gabriel, whose pacing over the high passes was outstanding. Thanks for a great experience !!

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Wendy O  

Best two leaders ever - fantastic! I LOVED IT. Excellent health and fitness. Just think grading of trek should be one or two notches harder. Everything was first class and 5 star - the leaders, the crew, all the camping equipment and the food. The remoteness of the trek... I did not want to do the Inca Trail with thousands of people. It was excellent not to see other trekkers for days on end. Got a real feel for the individual communities in Peru. Locations of all the campsites were absolutely stunning! This Surpassed expectations as the standards were first class - 5 star all the way. The trek was harder than anticipated, from what I understood of your grading system. Based on previous treks I have done with same grading, this was much harder.

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Jane & David B  

The guide was totally brilliant throughout and engendered a great atmosphere amongst trekkers and crew alike. He was knowledgeable, committed, dedicated and well respected by all the crew. The guides showed a good level of competence when dealing with those affected by the altitude. Particularly impressed by standard of care shown by the guides to their crew and by the muleteers to their animals. Most enjoyed - Trekking through isolated areas and seeing the "real" Peru.

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Justin W  

I can't stress enough how absolutely magnificent this holiday was. I credit that in significant part to the local team. I don't underestimate how important the role of every member of the team was; they were all excellent adherents to hygiene, discipline, timing, animal and environmental care etc and the overall experience was absolutely outstanding. I was just bowled over by the quality of the whole thing. This was the trip of a lifetime and it did not disappoint, I just loved it.

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Tony K  

The trip met our specific needs of visiting Machu Picchu; but also seeing real Peru through a longer trek off the beaten track - with the bonus of Choquequirao thrown in.

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Megan B  

The leader is the best cook- if that's what he can do in a tent up a mountain who knows what he would do in a proper kitchen!! He is awesome. The best holiday we have ever had!

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Tony K  

The trip met our specific needs of visiting Machu Picchu; but also seeing real Peru through a longer trek off the beaten track - with the bonus of Choquequirao thrown in.

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