Peru Adventure Choquequirao Vilcabamba & Machu Picchu – Considered one of the last refuges of the resistance of the last Incas in the mountainous region of Vilcabamba.
Choquequirao, is located to the Northwest between the provinces of Apurimac & Cusco; rises to more than 3,000 masl. The citadel presents a natural protection and difficult access due to the Apurimac Canyon and river of the same name that makes it one of the most difficult treks in the Cusco region.
This is a paradise for lovers of extreme adventures, such as climbing a mountain of 5100m; and seeing Machu Picchu from its summit and other snow-capped mountains.
In addition, you’ll enjoy privileged views of Machu Picchu and other snow-capped mountains such as: Salkantay (6272 m), La Verónica (5919 m), from 2 archaeological sites, one of them being the site of Llactapata.
Following on; we have also added to the expedition other archaeological sites. Two are located at the foot of the mountain range of Vilcabamba; called Vitcos and Yuraqrumi or the temple of the sun (one of the last refuges of the Incas). Its varied flora (orchids, flowers, bushes, etc.) and fauna (the spectacled bear, deer, foxes, hummingbirds, condors, eagles, etc.) make Choquequirao unique. Added to the scarce presence of tourists; it is in comparison to its sister of Machupicchu, bigger and more extensive since only 40% of its total extension can be appreciated. So then; it has incredible views of mountains and waterfalls; silver mines that are no longer active; and presence of llamas, potato plantations, corn, tarwi, etc.
Its roads and constructions of the pre-Inca and Inca times; make it one of the most beautiful expeditions to the mountains, canyons and the jungle brow, including the visit to Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu will captivate you, and will allow you to enjoy a unique peace and tranquility here in the Sacred Valley.
Experience the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, “Sister City” of Machu Picchu
Pass through the recently-uncovered ruins of Picha Unuyoc
Descend down to the Rio Blanco for a refreshing dip in the river
Climb the Abra San Juan pass (4150m) with views of Cordillera Vilcabamba
Scale a Nevado at 5,100m
Finish the trek at Machu Picchu, and explore the ruins at sunrise
|Trek min. duration||12 days|
|Max. elevation||4,650m (15,260 ft)|
|Best season||Late Spring/Early Fall|
Breakfast x 10
Lunch x 11
Dinner x 10
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Entrance to Machu Picchu & return trip bus tickets to Aguas Calientes
Accommodation in Aguas Calientes x 1 night
Train tickets to Cusco
Domestic flights from Lima to Cusco (Return trip)
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Machu Picchu||An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.|
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
|Covid-19 (Useful Links)||World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics|
|Available Discounts||Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+|
|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|