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An in depth information to the Choquequirao trek & path to Machu Picchu

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Choquequirao trek is a 58km return hike to Choquequirao Ruins within the Sacred Valley of the Incas close to Cusco, Peru. It may be executed as a separate trek or mixed with mountaineering to Machu Picchu and will be accomplished independently which is cheaper however more difficult or with a tour firm – costlier however simpler. The return hike to Choquequirao ruins and again will take between 4 and 5 days, a hike to Machu Picchu would require 8 to 9 days.

The Choquequirao ruins

Round Cusco there are dozens of Inca ruins, everybody is aware of about Machu Picchu, hundreds of individuals (to be extra exact 3000) go to MP every single day, however not many know concerning the “little sister” of MP ruins Choquequirao. Most likely the principle reason for it being unknown is its location and problem to get there. Initially, there isn’t a highway to the ruins, the closest level you may get by automotive is about 1,5-2 strolling days away.

The ruins itself are effectively maintained, solely about 40% has been excavated. Choquequirao advanced is kind of huge, you want at the least one full day to discover it. The construction is much like MP, buildings with steep roofs, terraces and big partitions. Choquequirao was constructed about 200 years earlier than the Spanish conquest, causes it was deserted are unknown. Its location just isn’t as spectacular as Machu Picchu, however the views of the valley and canyon from the ruins are beautiful, particularly on the sundown.

What we actually appreciated about Choquequirao is its quietness, all day we noticed 6 folks, you have got the ruins all to your self. Sadly, the Peruvian authorities is planning to construct a cable automotive all the way in which to the ruins, it’ll convey some huge cash for the area which is nice, however on the similar time it would destroy the distinctive ambiance. Go there now earlier than it’s too late! If you wish to know extra about trekking in Peru test our our put up Finest hikes in Peru.

Finest months for trekking

Summer season months; December to March – plenty of rain, the worst time for mountaineering within the mountains, not many vacationers resulting from unhealthy climate, off-season. The Sacred Valley and Cusco are situated excessive within the mountains consequently day temperatures have little season distinction, nights are hotter in summer time.

Winter months; June to August – nearly no rain, chilly nights, days are heat, many vacationers resulting from summer time holidays within the northern hemisphere and dry season. Count on costs to be greater, sights are crowded and accommodations are full.

In our experience the shoulder season; April, Could, and September, October is, on the whole, the very best – fewer folks, decrease costs, not a lot rain, nights are hotter. We’ve been to Cusco twice and each occasions in shoulder season.

Average high and low temperature over a year in Cusco, Peru
Common temperatures in Cusco all year long in Celsius
Average night and day temperatures in Cusco in Fahrenheit
Common minimal and most temperatures in Cusco in Fahrenheit
Average monthly precipitations in Cusco
Common rainfalls within the Cusco area all year long

Sensible details about the trek

Choquequirao trek just isn’t a excessive altitude hike, the very best you go is 3000m so in the event you keep in Cusco for a day or two earlier than the hike you’ll be sufficient acclimatized. Be aware! It’s totally different for the Machu Picchu route, for extra particulars test the Machu Picchu half under.

The path is effectively marked, there are usually not many locations to get misplaced.

Faucet water and water from streams and rivers is not drinkable, it’s extremely advisable to make use of water purification tablets or a LifeStraw bottle or purchase bottled water on the way in which.

There’s no lodging on the hike you want a tent.

There’s one very steep and lengthy downhill (1500m) with a subsequent uphill stroll (about 1500m) each methods make certain to have sufficient water.

Tickets to Choquequirao ruins you purchase on the entrance, no must ebook them beforehand.

How we rank Choquequirao trek

  • Problem stage – Four out of 5. It’s not a excessive altitude or lengthy distance hike, however there’s one lengthy steep uphill that you just stroll over two days. The climb is kind of robust, however any comparatively match individual ought to be capable to toughen it out even with a backpack.
  • Surroundings – Four out of 5. There are some beautiful views of the canyon and the ruins.
  • Touristy – 1 out of 5 off season (we had been 6 folks in complete); 2 out of 5 in season, nothing in comparison with Machu Picchu.  

Data on different hikes round Cusco you could find on our Ausangate trek information and Salkantay to Machu Picchu information. 

Journey insurance coverage for the trek

Like all outside actions trekking includes dangers of getting injured, dropping or breaking gear, cancellation of the journey resulting from unpredictable climate situations, and many others. Choquequirao is a average altitude trek via distant and troublesome to entry areas (most components of it may be accessed solely on foot or on a donkey) of Peruvian Andes it’s extremely advisable to have journey insurance coverage for the interval of the hike.

Selecting an insurance coverage firm that you could depend on in case of emergency is essential, we advocate World Nomads. The corporate focuses on protecting outside actions together with trekking. Peru is one in every of their prime mountaineering locations it means they’ve experience in working with native firms. A wonderful thing about World Nomads is that you could purchase insurance coverage on-line whereas touring, it takes solely a few minutes. Their insurance coverage coverage may be very versatile you should purchase one which covers the entire journey or solely the mountaineering a part of it, even when it’s one or two days. Get a quote proper now! 

Be aware! All the time learn rigorously phrases and situations.

Guided tour vs unbiased hike?

It’s a private determination some folks like being a part of a gaggle and discover it extra enjoyable to hike with others, some folks, like us, choose to plan every thing themselves and have extra management over the scenario.

Unbiased trek

Professionals

  • The apparent one – it’s cheaper.
  • Planning is enjoyable (perhaps not for everyone).
  • Strolling independently you have got extra contact with locals.
  • You perceive higher what’s happening round.

Cons

  • We get pleasure from planning, understanding the route and making a packing listing but it surely’s part of our regular life, if you’re on vacation you may not really feel like doing that.
  • Every little thing is as much as you in the event you neglect to pack or lose one thing there isn’t a backup.
  • It’s not all the time enjoyable to pitch a tent and prepare dinner a meal if you’re drained after a protracted day of strolling.

Guided hike

Professionals

  • It’s straightforward all that you must do is to discover a good firm, they are going to organize every thing for you from transport to meals and lodging.
  • It may be enjoyable to hitch a gaggle particularly in the event you journey alone.
  • There’s all the time some kind of a backup and nothing is your drawback.

Cons

  • It’s costlier.
  • In the event you’re unfortunate with a gaggle or a information it will probably spoil your hike.

There’s a nice guided tour possibility with G-Adventures – all inclusive 12-day mountaineering tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu via Choquequirao ruins.

In the event you’re enthusiastic about exploring extra of Peru there are a number of nice small group tour choices to hitch;

To take a mule or to hold your individual backpack?

It’s as much as you. Initially, don’t make your backpack too heavy it’ll be simpler to hold. We learn many individuals saying how blissful they had been about hiring a muleteer with a mule, we didn’t rent anyone and had been in a position to stroll with our backpacks up and down. In case you are not used to mountaineering with a heavy backpack relatively rent a muleteer in the event you’re an skilled hiker you’ll be high quality carrying your individual stuff.

Choquequirao packing listing

There are not any accommodations or lodges on the trek you need to be self-sufficient and convey all the mandatory gear with. For this sort of hikes via distant areas it’s necessary to have good dependable gear; a tent that received’t begin leaking if it rains, a sleeping bag that may hold you heat in low temperatures. Tenting mattress – we’ve got inflatable tenting mats; they’re gentle and small, straightforward slot in a backpack, snug and have good isolation. 

For extra particulars test our detailed put up Packing listing for trekking and tenting in Peru.

Obtain our full Choquequirao trek packing listing

Alya enjoying the view at Choquequirao ruins campsite
Alya ingesting tea on the campsite at Choquequirao ruins in Peru

Choquequirao trek price

And not using a information, solely Choquequirao ruins, per individual 

  • Transport – bus Cusco – Abancay – 40 Sol/US$12 (a method); minibus Abancay – Cachora – 5 Sol/US$1,5 (a method) or taxi 30 Sol/US$9 per automotive.
  • Purchasing (meals, cooking fuel) – 40 Sol/US$12 pp.
  • Entrance charge – 60 Sol/US$18
  • Trekking gear rental (elective) – it relies on what you lease and for a way lengthy, common price between 160 Sol/US$50 and 260 Sol/US$80 pp.
  • Hiring a muleteer with a mule (elective) – 40 Sol/US$12 per day.

Whole: 190 Soles/US$57 pp. + elective extras (gear rental, mule, and many others.)

And not using a information Choquequirao ruins + Machu Picchu, per individual

Transport – bus Cusco – Abancay – 40 Sol/US$12; minibus Abancay – Cachora – 5 Sol/US$1,5 or taxi 30 Sol/US$9 per automotive; bus Hidroelectrica – Cusco – 60 Sol/US$18; practice Aguas Calientes – Hidroelectrica (elective, you may stroll) –  60 Sol/US$19 (a method).

Purchasing (meals, cooking fuel) – 80 Sol/US$25 pp.

Entrance charges – Choquequirao – 60 Sol/US$18; Machu Picchu ruins 152 Sol/US$45, a mixed ticket to Machu Picchu ruins + Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain – 200 Sol/US$59.

Don’t neglect to ebook your entrance tickets beforehand, particularly in the event you journey in peak season and need to go up one of many mountains. It’s unattainable to pay the doorway on the ruins, you may ebook tickets via the official web site it takes time and includes a number of steps. Another choice is to do on the spot reserving via GetYourGuide (the simplest and quickest however costlier manner); Machu Picchu, MP + Machu Picchu Mountain, MP + Huayna Picchu Mountain. 

Lodging in Aguas Calientes – from 26 Sol/US$Eight pp. in a hostel.

Trekking gear rental (elective) – it relies on what you lease and for a way lengthy, common price between 260 Sol/US$80 and 360 Sol/US$109 pp.

Hiring a muleteer with a mule (elective) – 40 Sol/US$12 per day.

Whole: 425 Soles/US$128 (470 Soles/US$140 together with Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Mountains) + elective extras (gear rental, mule, practice tickets, and many others.)

Value of trekking with a tour firm

A 4-day tour from Cusco to Choquequirao ruins and again together with; transport, information, meals, water, mules, entrance charge, tents and mattresses, chef and prepare dinner will price you from 1600 Sol/US$500. Gear rental (sleeping bag, poles, sneakers, and many others.) just isn’t included.

A 7-Eight day tour Cusco – ChoquequiraoMachu Picchu together with; transport, meals, water, mules, information, chef, tent and mattress, entrance charges – from 2600 Sol/US$800 pp. Gear rental (sleeping bag, poles, sneakers, and many others.) just isn’t included.

Though doable to do by yourself you is likely to be extra snug to go away planning and logistics to an skilled firm that is aware of the realm. Runnatrip is a gaggle {of professional} trekkers that need everybody to have the ability to experience the great thing about this wonderful trek no matter prior trek experience. Test them out for an organized Choquequirao trek, all you need to do is reserve your spot!

Distances on the trek

The whole distance of the hike from Cachora to Choquequirao ruins and again – 60km.

  • Cusco – Cachora (bus) – 165km
  • Cachora – Capuliyoc – 10km, comparatively flat
  • Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina – 9km, steep downhill, -1500m
  • Playa Rosalina – Santa Rosa Alta – 3km, steep uphill, +400m
  • Santa Rosa – Marampata – 2,4km, steep uphill, +1100
  • Marampata – Choquequirao campsite – 3km, flat
  • Choquequirao campsite – Choquequirao Higher ruins – 1km, steep uphill

Stops on the route

Mainly at each campsite, besides the one on the ruins, you should buy meals (pasta, tuna, on the spot noodles, eggs, cool drinks, beer, snacks)  or get a home-cooked meal.

Cachora

A city with outlets, accommodations, and eating places although fairly small.

  • Campsite – sure, 5 soles
  • Resort – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Cooked meal – sure
  • Faucet with operating water – sure
  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure

Colmena

A small campsite/store on the way in which.

  • Campsite – sure, 5 soles/tent
  • Resort – no
  • Store – sure
  • Cooked meal – sure
  • Faucet with operating water – sure
  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure

Capuliyoc

The final place accessible by automotive on the way in which to the ruins.

  • Campsite – sure, 5 Soles, scorching bathe 1 Sol
  • Resort – no
  • Store – sure
  • Cooked meal – sure
  • Faucet with operating water – no
  • Rest room – no
  • Bathe – no

Chiquisca

The primary place the place tour teams cease on the primary day.

  • Campsite – sure, free
  • Resort – no
  • Store – sure
  • Cooked meal – sure
  • Faucet with operating water – sure
  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure

Playa Rosalina

A pleasant and large campsite on the river simply earlier than the bridge. We had been pondering of staying right here but it surely’s near the water there have been a whole lot of small flies able to chew.

  • Campsite – sure, free
  • Resort – no
  • Store – sure, primarily cool drinks and beer
  • Cooked meal – no.
  • Faucet with operating water – sure
  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure

Santa Rosa Baja

Not a pleasant place with very poor services.  

  • Campsite – sure, 5 soles/tent
  • Resort – no
  • Store – sure, primarily cool drinks and beer
  • Cooked meal – sure
  • Faucet with operating water – sure
  • Rest room – sure, only a gap behind the curtains.
  • Bathe – no

Santa Rosa Alta

Significantly better than the earlier place.   

  • Campsite – sure, 5 soles/tent
  • Resort – no
  • Store – sure
  • Cooked meal – sure
  • Faucet with operating water – sure
  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure

Marampata

A tiny village with a few homes promoting meals.

  • Campsite – sure, 5 soles/tent
  • Resort – no
  • Store – sure
  • Cooked meal – sure
  • Faucet with operating water – sure
  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure

Choquequirao ruins campsite

A pleasant spacious and grassy spots with no meals to purchase.  

  • Campsite – sure, free although you pay the doorway charge
  • Resort – no
  • Store – no
  • Cooked meal – no
  • Faucet with operating water – sure
  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure
24 llamas terrace at Choquequirao ruins
24 Llamas terrace at Higher Choquequirao ruins in Peru

Attending to Choquequirao from Cusco

Cachora, a small village 165km from Cusco, is the start line of the trek.

  • From Terminal terrestre in Cusco take a bus in direction of Abancay (40 Sol/US$12), ask to cease on the flip to Cachora (desvio a Cachora).
  • From there both stroll, a steep descend to Cachora (1,5-2 hours) or take a shared minibus. Be aware! Native drivers typically overcharge vacationers, shared minibus up or all the way down to Cachora prices 5 Sol/US$1,5.

Another choice of attending to Cachora; take a minibus from a small terminal at Arcopata avenue, Cusco (up the road from the Mercado San Pedro) to Ramala (30 Sol/US$9). Then take a shared taxi (10 Sol/US$3) to desvio a Cachora, then both stroll down or take a minibus/taxi. The primary possibility is quicker and simpler.

We bought to Cachora late afternoon and determined to remain there in a single day in one of many campsites. There are a number of lodging choices within the city, hostels, campsites, and many others. For our tenting we paid 5 Sol/US$1,5 per individual, tenting outdoors a hostel, chilly bathe and bathroom.

Lodging in Cusco

Choquequirao trek – a 5-day itinerary

Day 1. Cachora – Santa Rosa Alta, 23km

Cachora (2900m) – Capuliyoc (2900m) – Chiquisca (1800m)  – Playa Rosalina (1550m) – Santa Rosa Alta (1950m)

It took us between 6 to 7 hours to succeed in campsite Santa Rosa Alta. We began at 8am, left Cachora, after about 2 hours strolling we reached Capuliyoc, the final place on the route accessible by automotive. As for April 2019, we had been knowledgeable that the doorway charge to Choquequirao ruins in paid in Capuliyoc and it’s 60 Soles/US$18, there’s a low cost for college kids so convey your scholar card with).

After Capuliyoc there’s a lengthy steep descend all the way in which all the way down to the river, it took us about 2,5 hours to succeed in the underside. On the backside there’s a campsite Playa Rosalina, it’s free, with some primary services; operating water, locations to make fireplace. You’ll be able to keep right here and the following morning begin your ascend all the way in which to the ruins. We determined to maintain strolling to Santa Rosa Alta, it took us 2 extra hours, the climb is kind of steep, take sufficient water, it will probably get highly regarded. We’d advocate staying in Santa Rosa Alta, it’ll make your 2nd day simpler and also you’ll have extra time on the ruins.

Be aware! There are two Santa Rosa campsites; Santa Rosa Baja and Santa Rosa Alta. The primary one doesn’t have a bathe, a bathroom is only a gap behind the scenes. S.R. Alta is about 15 minutes additional up, it has a bathe and correct rest room, each 5 Sol/US$ per tent.

Highlights

  • Beautiful view over the canyon and Apurimac river.

Challenges

  • Lengthy steep descend to the Apurimac river, 1500m down.
  • Steep ascend from Playa Rosalina to Santa Rosa Alta, 400m up.
A stunning view of the mountain range on the trek
The surroundings on the way in which all the way down to the river on the primary day of the trek

Day 2. Santa Rosa Alta – Choquequirao ruins, 6km

Santa Rosa Alta (1950m) – Maranpata (3000m) – Choquequirao ruins (2900m)

We’d counsel beginning at the present time early so as to make all of it the way in which as much as Marampata earlier than it will get too scorching. At Marampata you have got two choices; camp within the village or go all the way in which to the ruins and camp there. Tenting on the ruins is free, it has bathrooms, showers with ice-cold water and basins, just one backdrop you may’t purchase meals there. We determined to camp on the ruins, since we had our new range, pots, and meals. From Marampata to the ruins it takes about 1,5hours.

We reached the campsite earlier than lunchtime, bought a bit moist on the way in which and needed to wait earlier than might pitch our tent. Apart from us, there was just one man on the camp. After lunch, we went to the Decrease Ruins (Ruinas Bajas) or terraces and had all of it to ourselves!

Highlights

  • Spectacular view over the Decrease Ruins from Marampata.
  • Choquequirao ruins
  • Dozens of hummingbirds flying across the campsite.

Challenges

  • A really steep and lengthy ascent from Santa Rosa Alta to Marampata, 1100m up.
Lower Choquequirao ruins from the trek
View of Decrease Choquequirao ruins (terraces) from the trek

Day 3. Choquequirao ruins

It was the one one wet and overcast time out of 6 and we spent it within the higher ruins, strolling within the mist, discovering new and new homes, partitions, terraces. In Four hours we noticed 6 folks!

Things to not miss on the ruins:

  • terraces 24 llamas, search for the check in the principle sq. on the ruins, terraces find decrease, great distance down;
  • view-point of the terraces and the valley, from the underside terrace, there’s a signal Mirador.
The main Choquequirao ruins from the view-point
View over Higher Choquequirao ruins from the lookout

Day 4. Choquequirao – Marampata –  Santa Rosa – Capuliyoc, 19km

Choquequirao ruins (2900m) – Maranpata (3000m) – Santa Rosa Alta (1950m) – Playa Rosalina (1550m) – Chiquisca (1800m) – Capuliyoc (2900m)

Early get up at 5am for the dawn on the ruins. That day we had been fortunate with the climate; no clouds, an ideal sunny day, we had an opportunity to take some good photographs. Be aware! Our readers knowledgeable us that as for April 2019 the gate is opened solely from 7 am until 5 pm which makes it unattainable to observe the dawn on the ruins.

After that we began strolling again, hoping to get all the way in which to Cachora. We began a continuous all the way down to the river, the place we had a lunch break and a few relaxation. After {that a} steep up all the way in which to the highest. By the point we reached Capuliyoc, the climate turned unhealthy with rain and really sturdy wind so we determined to remain there. To camp behind the home was free however in all probability as a result of we purchased our dinner and breakfast there. Which wasn’t costly in any respect, good and fairly huge. The house owners are very good and pleasant folks.

Highlights

  • Dawn at Choquequirao ruins.
  • Once more beautiful views of the canyon, we even had a rainbow over the canyon.

Challenges

  • Steep lengthy descend from Marampata to the river (Playa Rosalina) – 1500m down.
  • Steep and lengthy ascend to Capuliyoc from Playa Rosalina – 1500m up.
A beautiful scenery on the Choquequirao trek in Peru
The surroundings at Capuliyok, on the final day of the trek

Day 5. Capuliyoc – Cachora – bus to Cusco, 10km stroll/165km drive

Capuliyoc (2900m) – Cachora (2900m) – Cusco (3400m)

The subsequent morning after a giant and low-cost breakfast we walked for two hours again to Cachora, took a taxi uphill for five Sol, then bus to Cusco in Three hours we bought again.

We had been very glad we did Choquequirao trek, it was positively definitely worth the efforts. The trek is kind of difficult; steep ascends and descends each methods, it’s necessary to take your time, have breaks, and drink sufficient water.

Trekking via Choquequirao ruins to Machu Picchu

That is going to be a protracted robust hike, it’s in all probability the hardest path to Machu Picchu.

In the event you resolve to stroll with no information ensure you pack sufficient meals and have all the mandatory gear.

You need to be correctly acclimatized, there a few passes over 4000m on this route.

Get a correct map or use GPS navigation.

The space is kind of remoted although nearly every single day you stroll previous locals’ homes.

We’d advocate doing this half independently provided that you’re an skilled hiker in any other case take a tour.

Don’t neglect to purchase tickets for Machu Picchu prematurely you may’t do it on the ruins.

Your backpack goes to be heavy it’s not a foul thought to use a mule in the beginning of the trek, to go down and up the canyon.

We’d counsel staying for 2 nights at Choquequirao the day you arrive there you received’t have a lot time to stroll round and go to each Decrease and Higher Ruins.

You stroll previous a number of smallish Inca websites on the way in which between Choquequirao and Aguas Calientes.

The second a part of the trek from Colpapampa on (day 6)  was much less spectacular, extra touristy and developed. At Colpapampa the path joins with Salkantay trek and follows the identical manner until Aguas Calientes.

The Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu – an 8-day itinerary

Please, observe! As of March 2020 the route from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes (the final day of the trek) is closed resulting from large landslides that occurred within the space in February. The practice route between Cusco and Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) operates in line with its schedule.

Day 1. Cachora – Santa Rosa Alta, 23km

Cachora (2900m) – Capuliyoc (2900m) – Chiquisca (1800m)  – Playa Rosalina (1550m) – Santa Rosa Alta (1950m)

The primary three days are the identical as on the Choquequirao trek. As an possibility on the primary day, you may camp at Playa Rosalina to make at the present time shorter and simpler. Bear in mind the following day you’ll should stroll all the way in which up, 1700m in a single go it’s necessary to start out early within the morning so as to end the climb earlier than it will get scorching.

Day 2. Santa Rosa Alta – Choquequirao ruins, 6km

Santa Rosa Alta (1950m) – Marampata (3000m) – Choquequirao ruins (2900m)

The gap may be very quick however because of the uphill, it’ll take you fairly some time earlier than you get to the highest.

Day 3. Choquequirao ruins

It’s an elective day, we actually loved staying an additional day on the ruins however in the event you don’t have an additional day you may proceed to Maizal. In the event you begin the second day early you’ll have sufficient time to discover the ruins.

Dawn on the ruins is gorgeous in the event you’re fortunate with the climate to go as much as the Higher Ruins early. You’ve got the entire day to wander across the ruins and to relaxation earlier than the following stage of the trek.  

Day 4. Choquequirao ruins – Maizal, 18km

Choquequirao ruins (3000m) – Choquequirao Go (3300m) – Rio Blanco (1900m) – Maizal (3000m)

It’s going to be fairly a protracted day; first steep however quick up to start with from the campsite to the go, then a protracted and steep descent all the way down to the river Rio Blanco, about 1200m down.  As soon as there you may cease for lunch, relaxation and swim (water is kind of refreshing). There isn’t any bridge you cross the river strolling. From the river, you begin a steep uphill climb to Maizal, again to 3000m. This a part of descending and ascending is similar to the one on the primary day.

Highlights

  • Lovely cloud forest, orchids, hamming birds.
  • Terraces Pinchinuyok
  • Rio Blanco

Challenges

  • Steep ascend from Choquequirao to the Go – 300m
  • Steep descend from the go the Rio Blanco – 1400m
  • Steep ascend from Rio Blanco to Maizal – 1100m
Lower Choquequirao ruins, Peru
Spectacular terraces at Decrease Choquequirao ruins

Day 5. Maizal – Yanama, 17km

Maizal (3000m) – Victoria Go (4200m) – Yanama (3700m)

Another robust day of steep and lengthy uphill strolling, to stand up to Victoria Go takes lengthy – excessive altitude makes you very drained. On the way in which up you’ll see Minas Victorias.

Highlights

  • Icas mines – Minas Victorias
  • Paved Inca trails
  • The surroundings on the way in which to the Go
  • Condors gliding over the canyon

Challenges

  • Lengthy steep ascend from Maizal to Victoria Go – 1200m
  • Steep descend from the Go to Yanama – 500m

Day 6. Yanama – Colpapampa, 22km

Yanama (3700m) – Yanama Go (4660m), the very best level of the trek – Totora (4100m) – Colpapampa (2870m)

One of the difficult day on the trek. At Colpapampa the Choquequirao route joins the Salkantay route, anticipate to see extra folks, to any extent further there will likely be small outlets to purchase meals and snacks in addition to locations to get cooked meals.

Highlights

  • Beautiful views from Yanama Go; mountains, snow peaks, inexperienced valleys.

Challenges

  • One other lengthy and steep ascend to Yanama Go (4660m), the very best level of the hike
  • Lengthy and steep descend to Colpapampa, 1600m down

Day 7. Colpapampa – Lucmabamba, 14km

Colpapampa (2870m) – Lucmabamba (2100m)

A pleasant and straightforward strolling day with no ups and downs via stunning lush forest and occasional plantations.

Highlights

  • Lush inexperienced forest with hummingbirds, colourful butterflies, orchids and fruit timber.
  • Espresso plantations at Lucmabamba.
  • Sizzling Springs – about 30min. drive from the village, you may catch a minibus, it’s fairly touristy however we loved soaking within the scorching swimming pools after a number of days of strolling with no scorching bathe.

Day 8. Lucmabamba – Aguas Calientes, 19km

Lucmabamba (2100m) – Hydroelectric station (2000m) – Aguas Calientes (2040m)

The stroll from Lucmabamba to Hydroelectric is totally on the gravel highway with occasional truck driving by, there isn’t a steep ups and downs on the way in which.

Highlights

  • Good surroundings; lush inexperienced jungle, mountains, rivers, many hummingbirds and butterflies.

Challenges

  • Strolling alongside the railway from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes (about 10km), taking a practice just isn’t a foul thought.

Day 9. Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes, 15km

The final day to toughen up earlier than you may lastly calm down and relaxation from strolling and climbing. If you wish to meet the dawn at Machu Picchu and be there earlier than the crowds it’s necessary to start out very early principally at the hours of darkness. You’ll be able to select to stroll all the way in which up or to take a bus. The ascend is kind of lengthy and steep, 400m up, not so long as a few of the ups on the trek however nonetheless robust. It takes about 1,5 hours to get from the city to the ruins. Don’t fear you’ll simply discover the path there will likely be many individuals with headlamps strolling this route.

Taking a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is another choice, you should buy a ticket on-line (costlier) or within the city. The ticket workplace is opened from 5am to 9pm, one-way ticket – US$12 (adults), return US$24. The journey to the highest takes 40 minutes. Buses go away each 10 minutes; to MP from 5.30am to three.30pm; from MP from 6.00am to six.00pm. You’ll be able to stroll up and take a bus down (there’s a ticket workplace on the ruins) or different manner round.

Don’t neglect to purchase tickets for Machu Picchu beforehand you may’t purchase them on the entrance. There are solely 2500 tickets issued a day in excessive season it’s important to ebook prematurely particularly if you wish to go up one of many mountains Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu ruins with Huaynapicchu Mountain on the background
Spectacular Machu Picchu ruins a must-see sight in Peru

Lodging in Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes is a gateway to Machu Picchu the closest to the ruins city. There are lots of hostels, visitor homes and accommodations principally the entire city is simply accommodations, eating places and memento outlets, not probably the most genuine place however handy and has all good infrastructure; practice station, market, outlets, lodging, buses, ATMs and many others. 

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