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Inca Land Adventures, as a specialist in “trekking OFF the beaten track”, has the best designed itinerary in which you will visit the 2 most important Inca cities of the Cusco region: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. We include the hike up to Llactapata Inca vestiges they are located right in front of Machu Picchu. From this viewpoint, enjoy the greatest perspective of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains like Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mounts as well as Salkantay Mountain. You will also hike through the original Inka Trail on the way to the citadel from Llactapata.

We recommend this trek for experienced trekkers or persons in good physical shape used to hiking or running frequently.

 

DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – CHIKISKA – PLAYA ROSALINAS

At 5.30am you will be picked up from your hotel and by local bus you will be brought to the village of Cachora. This trip of 4 hours will be the start of the big adventure. We will arrive at Cachora at approximately 11am. and there we will prepare ourselves for the walking tour by putting our backpacks and all equipment on the pack mules.

After that, we are going to walk for approximately 6 hours. During the route we will enjoy a very nice lunch at a place called Capulioc. Then we will hike to the bridge Rosalinas over the Apurimac River, which is situated 1500 meters above sea level. This is also the place where we will camp this first night.  (L / D).

 

Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner

Accommodation: Camping facilities and 4 season roomy tents

Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: PLAYA ROSALINAS – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

We will leave the bridge Rosalinas and go in the direction of the next camping site named Sunchupata. During the trail we can observe a change of vegetation and climate. We will walk up to 2900 meters above sea level. In Maranpata we will have lunch and we will continue the hike till we reach Sunchupata, our camp for the night.  (B / L / D).

 

Meals: Breakfast, boiled water for drinking,  snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner

Accommodation: Camping facilities and 4 season roomy tents

Distance: 13kms/8 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHIUNUYOC

After breakfast, it is possible to explore more of the archeological site of Choquequirao and have a little rest before lunch. In the afternoon, we will climb over a ridge and hike to the remains of Pinchiunuyoc,where we will camp for the night (2 hours of hiking down). This is definitely the easiest day of the trip

 

Meals: Breakfast, Boiled water for drinking,  Snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner

Accommodation: Camping facilities and 4 season roomy tents

Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 4: PINCHIUNUYOC – RIO BLANCO – MAIZAL

After a delicious breakfast, we hike downhill for 2 hours and arrive at the canyon of the Rio Blanco (1,990 m/6,527 ft), where we have a rest before starting a difficult climb to our campsite of Maizal. The climb is 3- 4 hours long.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Boiled water for drinking,  Snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner

Accommodation: Camping facilities  and 4 season roomy tents

Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

DAY 5: MAIZAL – YANAMA – TOTORA – LUCMABAMBA

We leave at 7am, and walk uphill for about 3 hours through a semi-jungle towards the Victoria Mines. We visit them as well as some Inca Ruins before climbing 1 hour more to the pass of Victoria (4,130m/13,546 ft).  There are spectacular views from the pass as we descend to the charming village of Yanama (about 2 hours walk) following a section with some well-constructed Inca steps.

Once we get to Yanama, we take the local transport all the way to Lucmabamba. Along the way, we get to enjoy the gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains and waterfalls.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Boiled water for drinking,  Snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner

Accommodation: Camping facilities and 4 season roomy tents

Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

DAY 6: LUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES

On this day, we walk for 3 hours by the original Inca Trail and through the cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass then onto Llactapata Inca remains, an Inca site (2,700m/8,907ft), which is located straight in front of the Citadel of Machu Picchu.

 

Once there, we enjoy the unique perspective of Machu Picchu from far away. Then, we hike downhill for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we have lunch. We continue to walk to Aguas Calientes through the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, enjoying the surroundings of the iconic Machu Picchu and the wall, which surrounds the Inca Citadel.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Boiled water for drinking,  Snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner

Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel

Distance: 18kms/11.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

DAY 7:  AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

We will have breakfast and take the first bus to Machu Picchu. It will take half an hour to reach the Machu Picchu archeological site, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience you will never forget. Your guide will expertly direct you through the astounding vestiges and its main streets. After the guided tour, you will have some free time to wander around the town squares as well as to do some of the following activities on your own:

 

Climb up Huayna Picchu and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there

Climb Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there

Walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku

Visit the new local museum or the hot springs in Aguas Calientes later in the day.

Then, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and at 4:22pm, you will board the Expedition train for the return trip to Cusco, stopping at the Ollantaytambo station and taking our private van back to Cusco and your hotel, arriving at about 8pm.

 

Meal: Breakfast

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Pre-trekking briefing with your guide at the office

Pick-up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure

Private transportation from Cusco to Capuliyoc

Entry fees to Machu Picchu and Choquequirao

English speaking, experienced professional guide

Guided tours of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu

Comfortable and 4 season roomy tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent)

Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)

All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen and toilet tent

2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes

First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

Transfer from the train station back to your hotel

Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes (tourist restaurant)

Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom

Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen – 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules

Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants

Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes

Rain poncho

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c

Air Mattresses

Trekking Poles

First breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on the last day

Entry fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain

Entry fee to Machu Picchu Mountain

Additional horse for extra personal luggage in addition of the one for the personal item allowance

Optional upgrades (train and hotel)

Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide