Journey of the Incas 9 days

Choquekirao - Machu Picchu

Tour's Information

From: US$ 684.00 S/. 2052.00

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• 5 % off on travel down under before 31st November 2105. This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered
Single dollar value in Peruvian currency at US$­ 3.00. Effective until November 31st of 2016. This promotion is valid for tours only booked until August 31 of 2016. This offer is no reimbursable, no transferable and no changes are allowed. Spaces are subject to availability and prices are per person in double accommodation.
Contact us at info@andeanskyline.com or call us to 984 126618 or 8098398519.
• Teenagers: US$ 15.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
• Students: US$ 15.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
• Children: US$ 30.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
• Transport and transfers
• Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
• Meals mentioned in the itinerary: (B=breakfast, L.=Lunch, D=Dinner, FB.=Full board)
• Camping equipment
• Chef and cooking equipment
• First aid kit and emergency oxygen supply
• Choquequirao and Machu Picchu entrance fee
• 1 hotel night at Aguas calientes – Machu Picchu double room bases
• R/T Bus ticket (from the village of Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu ruins and from Machu Picchu to the village)
• Train ticket to Machu Picchu and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo at Backpacker service

This trek is a 9 days trip starting from Tambobamba and ending in Machu Picchu. The route takes you through Choqekirao and several remote villages. Choqekirao is as impressively located as its more famous sister city Machu Picchu, but this route through the remote Vilcabamba triangle is only traveled by local highlanders and groups led by us, guaranteeing our traveler a sense of discovery, after a journey through spectacular scenery and a vivid regional history.

This lost city fascinated 19th century explorers and Hiram Bingham visited it two years before he discovered Machu Picchu. Difficult to reach, the ruins are rarely visited by travellers.

Day 1 Cusco - Tambobamba

From Cusco we journey by road to the small village of Tambobamba. The journey is 140 kilometres along a paved road, followed by 30 km of dirt road and a 10 kilometre track. On the way we will have the opportunity to visit the Saywite stone; Saywite is a limestone outcrop about four metres in diameter on which the Incas carved a model of their empire, Tahuantinsuyo. The stone, upon which images of the flora, fauna, topography and customs of the empire were carved, was used in ceremonies dedicated to the worship of water. Several other similar rock outcrops lie scattered across the surrounding area, along the vestiges of an Inca highway. We will reach the village at around midday then we will walk down for two to three hours to the San Ignacio bridge (1509 metres / 5244 feet) over the Apurimac river where our first camp site is located. After getting situated in our tents, we serve dinner and head to tent early to get ready for the following day's activities.

Meals: L.D.

Day 2 San Ignacio - Choqekirao

We leave after breakfast our ascent to the ruins. This is a 15000 metre climb along a trail too narrow for pack animals, surrounded by dense cloud forest foliage. Our gear will be carried by local men hired as porters from the village of Tambobamba. This is a strenuous day’s hiking, but we will be rewarded by fine scenery, abundant bird life and a real sense of discovery when we camp at the ruins of Choqekirao that night at 2858 or 9374 feet above sea level.

Meals: FB.

Day 3 Choqekirao – Río Blanco - Farm Maizal

After explore Choqekirao, both in the company of our guide an alone, as well as visiting other sites such as Pikiwasi and we will have time to study the recent excavations around the site, in your way down to Río Blanco (1800 m / 5900 ft), you will saw a lot of flowers and you will briefly explored some as yet uncovered Inca buildings. Then we will hike up the mountain until the farm called Maizal (3000 m / 9850 ft). Lots of elevation change and the steep trail going up at every minute. The scenery from this point is breathtaking.

Meals: FB.

Day 4 Farm Maizal – Victoria pass – Yanama

Compared to the previous day, the way is gentle up. We will cross Victoria pass ( 4200 m / 13 800 ft) just after lunch, at this point if you look around you, you will yourself tiny because you are surrounded by giant snow capped mountains. On the way up and down from the pass, we will pass several abandoned mines (Minas Victoria) then we will go down to the Yanama village (3500 m / 11 500 ft), Yanama is a picturesque village perched at the edge of a canyon with some spectacular views.

Meals: FB.

Day 5 Yanama – Totora

 We will follow the Yanama river through the Yanama valley right up to Yanama pass. The first part of the trail through the valley is spectacular. There are large waterfalls on both sides of the valley and the lush greenery made this trail spectacular. You will see also a permanent glacier on the top of Qorihuayrachina while we crossed the pass. Yanama pass ( 4550 m / 15 000 ft)is the highest point in the trek and the camp site will be at Totora (3700 m / 12 150 ft)

Meals: FB.

Day 6 Totora – Wiñaypoqo

You will have an easy hike from Totora village, we will be introduced to a high jungle niche called "Ceja de Selva", we will see different kind of plants, fruits, flowers, birds etc., here coca and banana crops can be observed, time to shower in a waterfall, take amazing pictures, with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian national bird "Gallito de las Rocas", stop at Colpapampa for lunch and free time to rest or take a bath at hot spring pools nearby, then we will continue to our camp site Wiñaypoq’o (2740 m / 9200 ft).

Meals: FB.

Day 7 Wiñaypoqo – Lucmebamba

After a nourishing breakfast, we will star to hike for the remote region of the Vilcabamba range that the Incas used as a refuge from the conquistadors. Along the day we will see passion fruit fields, and then we’ll continue to the village Lucmebamba (2000 m / 6600 ft), our next camp site.

Meals: FB.

Day 8 Lucmebamba – Aguas Calientes

We will get up early and we will star hiking by 6:00 a.m. after breakfast, we will first ascend to Aoabamba pass where you can see a closed Inca trail that lead to Machu Picchu, then we will descend down to the Urubamba river where you will see the hydroelectric station. We will atop at llactapata on the way down from the pass in the hope of getting a nice view o Machu Picchu, after that we will catch the train until Aguas Calientes. Overnight at tourist class hotel and soak in the hot springs to relax.

Meals: B.L.

Day 9 Machu Picchu

Early in the morning we will take a further 25 minutes bus to reach the most famous Inca citadel in South America.

Machu Picchu was discovered by the international archaeological community in 1911. It is located at the summit of a steep mountain from where there are fine views of the Urubamba River far below. The site was covered by thick vegetation for centuries until Hiram Bingham began to clear the ruins. Today the citadel has been fully restored, and although it may have lost some of its mystery, its magic remains undiminished by the passage of time. Our tour includes a visit to the temples, plazas, palaces, water channels and residential areas of the ancient city and you will also have time to explore the ruins independently. We will return to Cusco by train in the afternoon, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meals: B.

Included:

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Transport to the start of the trail and return transport by train from Machu Picchu to Cusco
  • Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish), 2 guides for groups of over 8 people.
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary: (B=breakfast, L.=Lunch, D=Dinner, FB.=Full board), daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day, vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • Services during the trek: wranglers, horses and mules for carrying equipment and personal gear, saddle horse for emergencies and auxiliary staff
  • Camping equipment: Personal tents (2 people in each 4-people capacity tent, they are 3 season and highly maintained), mattresses, kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, toilet tent, household items.
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Hot water every morning to clean up and boiled water to fill in your canteen every morning or night.
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen supply
  • Bag for the gear you will need during the trek
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • R/T Bus ticket (from the village of Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu ruins and from Machu Picchu to the village)
  • Train ticket to Machu Picchu and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Backpacker, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service, upon request) (*)
  • Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco
  • All the garbage produced during the trek will be returned to the city of Cusco

(*) A train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) with an additional transfer to your selected hotel will be provided.

Not included:

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bag (we have sleeping bags for hire at an extra cost)
  • Personal expenses
  • Any kind of personal insurance
  • Tips
  • Extras

We recommend that you take:

  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • A good sleeping bag (down bag for temperatures as low -15°C)
  • Backpack for carrying items for daily use such as cameras, water bottles, etc.
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Shorts
  • Walking boots , waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sports shoes or sandals for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat, cap and accessories
  • Rehydration cream
  • Underwear
  • Towel, toilet paper
  • Camera, video camera, binoculars, etc.
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Non-disposible canteen and water for the first morning. 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 health problem so far
  • Original valid passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Walking poles (you will need rubber tips to cover the metal tips and protect the trail)
  • Travel insurance

Before you travel we recommend that you check that you have adequate health insurance, travel insurance and personal insurance to cover the needs of your family in case of loss of baggage, accident, theft or death.

Important:

  • Departure and arrival times are approximated.
  • Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the use of the Inca Trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria and the group progress
  • Challenging and levels of difficulty: (range between 1 to 10): 9, an acclimatization period of at least 2 days in Cusco or at elevations above 3000m/9840ft is recommended.

Prices per person 2105

Price per person in pool service:

US$ 1125.00 S/. 3375.00

Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):

  • Students: US$ 15.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 15.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 30.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

Social & Environmental responsibility

Andean Skyline is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. With your participation we can help conserve the area we visit and bring positive benefits to our host communities.

What you need to know on how to be a responsible traveller:

  • The natural environment is also very important. If in the bush we need to make our human waste, be sure is buried away from waterways. Burying or carrying out used toilet paper is a must. Tampons and sanitary pads must also be taken out of the area and disposed of appropriately. Minimize use of soap or shampoos in rivers and lakes - your local guide will let you know when using soap is unsuitable.
  • When trekking, many travellers take an extra plastic bag to pick up any rubbish that they see to improve the area and for their own rubbish. Rubbish may have to be carried until a suitable disposal opportunity in the next town.
  • Please try and minimize the waste of plastic water bottles. Consider packing a water filter, water purification tablets or iodine to purify drinking water. At some of our hotels there are large water 'bubbler' dispensers where you can refill your bottle with purified water for free or for a small fee.

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