It is located to the northeast of Cusco city, among Apurimac river and the mountainous rade of Vilcabamba, where the Snows of the Salkantay stands out with a height of 6 271 meters above level sea (20575 ft.). This walk offers us is the posibility of seeing some species that are in danger extinction it is the case of the Andean condor, the puma and the bear of glasses. This area served as refuge and natural strength for the sixteenth movement of Inca resistance of the XVI century, around that area it is conserved the oral tradition that “El Dorado” (The Gilding) is located there, even hidden by the archaeology.
This trek connected Choquequirao with Machupicchu.
8 Days / 7 Nights
Easy – moderate
We will pick you up from the hotel at 6:00 in the morning to begin the trip until the town of Cachora we will pass by the towns of Izcuchaca to arrive to the Archaeological Complex of Tarawasi, we continue our trip until the bridge Cunyac. We will go through the district of Curawasi and Saywite. Finally we will arrive to Cachora (10:00 a.m.). There we will prepare the load animals and the muleteers and we begin our walk with a soft slope until arriving to the step of Capuliyoc (2800 meters above level sea) where we will eat lunch after two hours of walk then will go towards Chiquisca town (1930 meters above level sea ). During this itinerary we will have the opportunity to observe you magnify views, beautiful landscapes, warm weather, glacial of the mountain range Vilcabamba and the impressive Apurimac abyss, in this place will have our first camp.
After a good breakfast, We´ll start to walk uphill towards the Archaeological Complex of Choquequirao. We´ll stop to have lunch near the rural community of Marampata and will arrive at our camp around 5:00 p.m. Tonight, we´ll sleep on an Incan benched terrace, from which we´ll have a chance to contemplate a beautiful sunset.
In the morning, we´ll enjoy a 2 hour guided visit of the whole archaeological complex and around 10:00 a.m., we´ll proceed on our walk, as today we´ll face the heaviest part of the trek, because we´ll spend the whole day walking uphill, going through the sector of Rio Blanco, where we´ll have lunch. Our camp is located in the area of Maizal at a 3 hour walk from Río Blanco.
During today´s journey, we´ll walk uphill for 3 hours and then, downhill as we´ll go over the “Abra of Yanama” mountain pass. Afterwards, we´ll stop for lunch at the abandoned Victoria´s mines and as an extra activity, you´ll be able to extract some silver blocks (very abundant mineral in that area) from the ground. In the afternoon, we´ll walk downhill to our camp in Yanama.
Today, we´ll go on a moderate trek, due to the area´s geography, as we´ll walk downhill on some slopes where we´ll be able to observe an interesting biodiversity. Then, we´ll have lunch near Totora, which is located at a 3 hour walk from the final camp in Collpa, where we´ll meet some local people who sell soft drinks, batteries and other useful items.
Today´s trek will be very short but very attractive, as we´ll have the opportunity to take a refreshing bath in one of the waterfalls which run down from the mountain and will also enjoy refreshing fruit like granadillas (passion fruit). On our way, we´ll walk by some coffee and banana plantations and will arrive at our camp around midday, to have lunch there and a free afternoon to relax.
In the morning, we´ll start to walk going up a small hill, to get to a small archaeological site called Llaqtapata, where we´ll see a carved rock that was used for astronomical purposes. Then, we´ll have lunch near Machu Picchu´s Hydroelectric Plant. Later on, we´ll catch the train bound to Aguas Calientes, where we´ll spend the night at a hotel.
Very early we start the hike or we take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to admire the sunrise in this magical place, just before the other tourist of Cusco can arrive at the citadel. Enjoy the tranquility of the Lost City of the Incas during a guided tour (approx. 2 ½ h). Afterwards you will have free time to walk around the citadel or to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu, from where you can glory in a spectacular view over the whole complex of Machu Picchu, as well as over the valleys and the surrounding mountains. You can also visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon we descend by bus to Machu Picchu Town (formerly Aguas Calientes), from where we return by train to Ollantaytambo, and then we keep on going by private bus to the city of Cusco.