Choquequirao Trek Birding 5 Days
Choquequirao Trek 5 Days
Choquequirao Trek 5 Days–A real adventure to the lost city of the Incas awaits here! Choquequirao, perched on a knife-edged promontory at 10,000 feet and ringed by the snow-capped Vilcabamba Mountains and protected by the roaring Apurimac river, a true “lost city of the Incas.” For its absolutely stunning location, Choquequirao (The Cradle of Gold) is often compared to Machu Picchu, yet this hidden Inca site has no road access, few visitors, and a haunting ambience unmatched at other Inca ruins. Choquequirao still makes you feel as though you’re practically the first to arrive. First discovered in the 1700s, Choquequirao was not excavated until more than 200 years later. Less than 30% of the ruins have been uncovered, with many of the site’s secrets still undiscovered. This spectacular and challenging trek brings us from the depths of the canyon carved by the roaring Rio Apurimac to breathtaking Choquequirao, with its stunning plazas and mysterious shrines, and a place which is still home for Condors. Choquequirao trek 5 days offers a variety on flora and fauna, thus along the pathway we’ll experience different microclimates and ecosystems rich in birdlife and orchids.
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Physical Rating: 5 – Demanding. Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers. Full-day hikes (6-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 12,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 17,000 feet
Service Level: Upgraded, Comfort
Group Size: Small Private Group. Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 8, Avg 04.
Overnight In Machu Picchu Town? NO.
Limited Trekking Permits: NO. Choquequirao trek 5 days is not regulated yet by the peruvian goverment; however, the entrance fee for the Choquequirao inca city is charged right before getting in the park (the entrance fee is included), thus you can book your trek one month in advance to organize the tour.
Please Note. Passport information must be submitted to Crocotrail Travel at the moment you book prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue some tourist tickets if you are making some other extension trips with us.
Day 01. Cusco – Capuliyoq – Playa Rosalina
We meet you at hotel in this morning and begin our drive to Capuliyoq, the starting point for our picturesque hike to Choquequirao. En route we’ll drive though highland villages and stop to shoot some awesome photos. One of them is the village of San Pedro de Cachora (9,500 feet), four hours later we’ll get the lookout and starting point Capuliyoq (9,532 feet), where we enjoy our first views down into the deep, forested canyon of the Apurimac River, and make our rucksacks ready for the adventure. We then start descending into the canyon on the switchback section of trail to camp site Playa Rosalina (5,069 feet). All meals included.
Hiking Time: 6 hours
Hiking Distance: 4.9 miles.
Day 02. Playa Rosalina – Maranpata – Choquequirao
This day we start the day waking up very early to hike up in the shadow and freshness of the morning. We cross the river on a footbridge and hike onto the switchback section through the cloud forest that leads us to Choquequirao at 10,000 feet. Nearby to Choquequirao, Maranpata town is located, where we’ll have our lunch, then in the mid-afternoon we’ll set out to camp site in Choquequirao. All meals included.
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Hiking Distance: 8.7 miles.
Day 03. Exploration of Choquequirao Inca Lost City Full Day
A nutritious breakfast prepares us for today’s exploration, we’ll explore fully this lost city, led and explained by our Leader. The site is gradually being restored by a team of Peruvian archaeologists, and we’ll explore this extraordinary complex, with its ceremonial buildings, grand staircase, terraces with llamas, agricultural terraces, granary buildings, usnu (ceremonial platform, a perfect place to spot condors around). Today is a perfect day to shoot national geographic type photos while exploring the site, at the same time we’ll keep our eyes ready to spot birds of this regional reserve. All meals Included.
Day 04. Choquequirao – Cocamasana
In the morning after having breakfast, we’ll get ready to come back on the same pathway that we had walked the privious days to get Choquequirao; from this fourth day we will walk back to Capuliyoc the beginning of the trail. We’ll leave the place to walk downhill until reaching La Playa Rosalina (5,069 feet) the lowest point on whole trail, where we will take a little break, then to walk uphill to get Chiquiska, where we’ll stop for lunch, in the afternoon we’ll keep hiking up for about 2 hours to get the Cocamasana (7,358 feet) the fourth camp site. All meals included.
Hiking Time: 9 hours
Hiking Distance: 10.5 miles.
Day 05. Cocamasana – Capuliyoq – Sayhuite – Cusco
Our last day hiking, after being waken up with a nice coca tea, or coffee and having breakfast, we’ll hike up on the switchback section of trail to lookout point of Capuliyoq, from where, we’ll have the last views of the snow-capped Vilcabamba mountains in which the lost city of the Incas “Choquequirao” is located. From this lookout point we’ll take our private transport back to Cusco, on the we’ll stop at place called Sayhuite, where an unique carved rock by the Incan cultures rests (it’s said, the carved rock is a map that represents the Inca empire), and at this place we’ll have our last picnic lunch. We then drive back to hotel in Cusco. The day concludes with our Leader joining us for a final celebration dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Only breakfast and lunch included, dinner doesn’t include.
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Hiking Distance: 3.1 miles.
– Transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
– Entrance fee to Choquequirao.
– Entrance fee to Sayhuite.
– Camping Equipment Black Diamond 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people).
– Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
– Private transport from the end of trek to hotel in Cusco.
– Tour Leader.
– First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.
– Meals: Breakfast (5), lunch (5), dinner (4), and snacks, with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free.
– A professional Quechua chef who grew up in the countryside.
– Horses and muleteers to carry your personal gears. Where you’ll pack as max amount 18 pounds.
– Sleeping pad (Therma-Rest mattresses) and pillow.
– Duffle bag.
– Outdoor toilet tents with chemical toilets at our campsites.
– Emergency horse, that will be staying with us during the hike to upload our personal day gears or ride.
What’s Not Included
– Sleeping bags, you might get them rented from us US$ 5 per day.
– Hiking poles,you might get them rented from us US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand.
– Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Pacchanta town
– Travel Insurance.
– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Lodging & Camping Amenities
Choquequirao Trek Camps.
We make hiking and camping in the Andes as comfortable as it can get! On the trail, you are accompanied by our experienced team of trek Leaders, and all your gear is carried for you, leaving you free to hike with just a light daypack to hold your camera, water bottle, jacket, etc. Our camp amenities include a dining tent with a dining table, chairs with backs, camp meals prepared by our highly trained staff, toilet tents with chemical toilets. Our camp crew takes care of all camp chores, including bringing tea or coffee to your tent each morning and providing beautiful picnic lunches each day at a scenic spot along the trail. Accommodations are in sturdy mountain-four season tents, mountain-four season sleeping pads, pillows. Our camps are operated to the highest environmental standards. Most trip members bring their own sleeping bag, but we can arrange for you to rent them in Cusco at our office if you prefer.
Tents: Black Diamond tents. Our tents are 4 season and roomy, high-quality 4-person mountain tents (used for only two people) and 2-person tents (used for singles).
Sleeping Pads. Therma-rest 4 season. Our Sleeping pads are confortable and high-quality mountain type.
From USD 800.00 Per Person.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.
All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the “forced single supplement” is listed if applicable.
Trip Payment Schedule.
– At the time of reservation: 30% of total balance.
– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 50% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.
– Minimum fee (Choquequirao Trek permit fee): $120 per person
– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.
Preparing For Your Trek
Whichever trail people choose, it’s important that they make the right preparations. The hike into the Andes is difficult for most, if for no other reason than the high altitude. No matter what, hikers should give themselves at least two days to adjust to the high altitudes in Cusco before beginning their journey. Once setting out, it’s important to be prepared with all of the essentials. Vendors will sell bottled water and snacks on the way, so it’s a good idea for travelers to carry currency just in case. Also, the trail gets cold at night, so it’s important to have proper sleeping bags and warm clothes even when hiking in Peru’s summer months.
The Choquequirao Trek 5 days is mostly off the beaten path and it goes up and down across low alpine mountains while crossing several high-altitude passes. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed because we always have a staff member hiking in the lead as well as one behind with the slowest hiker in our group if ther are 7 particpants in the group. Any fit, experienced hiker will enjoy this hike, but we recommend you make an extra effort to prepare by engaging in regular exercise well beyond your normal routine. To accelerate your conditioning, try walking faster than 1.5 miles per hour, walking on steeper inclines, using your gym’s stair-climbing machines, or going on long hikes (also a good way to break in your boots). Please be aware that there are a few sections of long, steep stone staircases, so we do suggest hiking poles to protect your knees. The trek takes place at altitudes between 9,810 feet and 17,004 feet.
What To Pack. Your 18 pounds will be carried by horses to the camp sites. Thus, you do need to pack light for the trek, but you will find it is not that challenging since all you really need are the following: comfortable hiking clothes, with additional warm layers, good hiking boots, and personal toiletries (we provide a detailed clothing list). You can bring your own, or rent a Crocotrail Travel sleeping bag, and hiking sticks. Your non-hiking luggage will be safely stored for you at your Cusco hotel. One of our Area Managers will be your point person from your first inquiry throughout your preparation for the trip, and they will be happy to answer any questions you have about preparing and packing for this incredible journey.
A professional Crocotrail Travel Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.
Make the most of Peru’s natural beauty with outdoor picnics on each adventure tour, and discover the delights of Peruvian cuisine in each tour destinations and outdoor tours. So food is awesome!
Our chefs are to Food what Leonardo da Vinci is to Art, so we rely on really experienced Quechua chefs who were trained and chosen to make this food in the mountains, and they are our stars.
You’ll be surprised and delighted at the variety and quality of our on-the-trail cuisine, a blend of freshly made Peruvian & Fusion dishes with vegetarian options. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in our enclosed dining tent, complete with table and chairs. Each morning, you’ll wake up to hot coffee, cocoa, and a choice of teas, brought right to your tent. This is followed by a freshly prepared breakfast of eggs, pancakes, fruit salad, quinua porridge, fresh juice, French toast, or oatmeal. As you start the day’s hike, we provide tasty trail snacks including fresh fruit and chocolate.
Lunches consist of a wide variety of dishes, depending on the day, including delicious roast guinea pig (a local delicacy dish), beef, chicken, fish, pasta salads, soup, casseroles, and other offerings, or surprises with appetizers and delicious desserts. They are served at a comfortable and scenic spot along the trail where our staff has set up tables and chairs, and quite often an open tent for shade. At each lunch stop, we set up our own private toilet tent and chemical toilet for minimal impact on the environment.
This trip is Level 5, Demanding to Strenuous. Most hiking is between 8,000 and 12,000 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 10,219 feet, and the highest place we camp is 10,000 feet. The total mileage hiked is about 27.2. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will spread out along the trail during about six to eight hours of hiking each day (shorter on some days). On the trail, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the trail, such as a water bottle and a jacket. Our horses and muleteers carry all your other gear from camp to camp.
A Typical Trekking Day. Hiking distances on trek are normally measured in hours, not miles, since maps aren’t really accurate enough to assess how far we walk up and down on winding mountain trails. With rest stops and photo stops, few people walk faster than one mile an hour in a mountainous region. Some hiking days are shorter than others, and some days are more difficult than others due to altitude gain and loss.
– Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
– Backpack to carry your things.
– Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.
– Torch or headlamps.
– Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
– Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
– Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
– Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
– Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
– Sunblock and sunglasses.
– Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
– Hiking trousers.
– Ear Plugs.
– Thermal underwear.
– Hiking socks.
– Water bottle or canteen.
– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
– Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
– Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
– Crédit or debit card.
– Luggage Tags and Locks.
– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
– For more info you can visit Gear Lexicon https://www.alpineascents.com/pdf/gear-lexicon.pdf ..
When to Go
The Choquequirao Trek can be hiked all year around except in late December and February, the rainiest months, when the trail is blocked and damaged sometimes by the rainfall, and dangerous by the rockfalls. The trail reopens in March and April, when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December is considered shoulder season, when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.
Route & Acclimatization
Whichever trail people choose, it’s important that they make the right preparations. The hike into the Andes is difficult for most, if for no other reason than the high altitude. No matter what, hikers should give themselves at least two days to adjust to the high altitudes in Cusco before beginning their journey. Once setting out, it’s important to be prepared with all of the essentials.
The trail gets cold at night, so it’s important to have sleeping bags and warm clothes even when hiking in Peru’s summer months.
Our trek has five hiking days (most companies push it with just four days on the trail—and some even three). The Crocotrail Travel way allows you to acclimatize gradually to the altitude, have reasonable wake-up times (no hiking in the dark, as with other companies), and enjoy well-paced hiking days that give you time to explore the extraordinary archaeological sites, and the birds along the route. We want you to experience the wonder of the Trail, not race through it.
With us you can have the Choquequirao Trek 5 days largely to yourself!. We have perfected the timing of our daily hiking schedule so that the majority of other hikers will be either far ahead or far behind you each day. This delivers a much better experience of this Heritage Site, and our travelers often comment on the magic of having the Choquequirao Trek to themselves!.