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The Choquequirao Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights


Wonderful best option Alternate to the the Classic 4 days inca trail

Introduction

A spectacular 60 km trek that will lead you to the enigmatic last refuge of the Incas. Choquequirao (3.103m/10178ft) is a huge archaeological complex still under cleaning and restoration process located in the surroundings of the Salkantay sacred mountain (6.271m/20569ft) and the Apurimac River canyon. You will enjoy amazing mountain scenery as well as lots of Andean flora and fauna.

Introduction: Many of you have heard of the Inca Trail , a very popular hike in the mountains of Peru. There is a relatively new trail through this region, and it is the hike to the lost city of Choquequirao. This trail is 20 miles in one direction, or 40 miles round trip, and takes a total of 4 days. This comes out to an average of 10 miles per day. This is rather difficult to maintain, and the trail covers a total of 5 vertical miles (for every 8 miles you cover, you ascend or descend 1 mile (5,280 feet).

You can also continue on to Machu Picchu, that trip takes a total of 8 days and is even more difficult but a really and unforgettable trip, highly recommended.(well know as the combo, choquequirao to Machupicchu)
Visit this link please:
http://andeanlife.com/choquequirao_8_day_trek.htm

Background : Choquequirao was the last stand of the Incas. They fled to this city after their stronghold of Machu Picchu was discovered, and the Spanish followed them here and destroyed them.

An alternate to the Inca Trail: The Inca Trail is trekked on by 500 people daily (the maximum allowed by a law passed in 2000), and more than 1000 people visit Machu Picchu daily (The end of the 35 mile long Inca Trail) . United Nations evaluators just recommended that Machu Picchu be placed on a list of endangered world sites. It is now pretty impossible to go on the Inca Trail as reservations must be made months (at least 3 months in advance) and you must be accompanied by a tour guide. The hike to Choquequirao is now offered by Andean Life, Tour Operator as best option Alternate to the Classic 4 days Inca Trail  to MAPI.  
Fixed Departures
2010: We can depart on any day of the week, it means according to your own schedule!!!   

Please Note: We do offer two options of Services:


1.-Private One
2.-Shared Service
Please find the differences below, thanks.

1.-The Choquequirao Trek Private Service, 4 Days/ 3 Nights Program (CHTP4)


Prices per person 2010: 2 persons: US$520, 3 persons: US$490, 4 persons: US$440, 5 persons: US$420, 6 or more persons: US$390.
We can offer a US$40 discount to children under the age of 12 years old.
Tenneger discount:

Departures: To suit group requirements February - November
Departures are available throughout the year, including Sundays. However, due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is between February - November.

Minimum 02 passengers at the time of departure (actually we are o.k. if you are 02 people, we can leave any day which is fine for your plans)

Group Size: Please note that this is a private group trek. This means that if there are just two of you interested in doing this trek, the trek will be organized just for you i.e. US$500 per person. Obviously with more people in your group the cost per person becomes more economical. We do not add other people to you trek and unfortunately it is not possible to join another group.
 

2.-The Choquequirao Trek Shared Service, 4 Days/ 3 Nights Program (CHTSH4)


 

NEW PRICES:

Prices per person 2010: US$420.00
Minimum 02 passenger at the time of departure

We can offer a US$ 40 discount to children under the age of 12 years old.

Group Size: Please note that this is a shared service group trek and offers visitors the most economical method to trek the Choquequirao Trek.
A Shared service is basically a group that you can just join. You'll be trekking with like-minded hikers from all over the world, a great chance to meet new friends and travel companions

Fixed Departures 2010 : On every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of every week.

If you party is 02 people, We can depart on any day of the week, it means according your own schedule!!!

FIXED DEPARTURES: EVERY DAY

Octr - '10

 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. 

Nov - '10

 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. 

Dec - '10

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
 


What is Included: (in both options,1,2)

What is Not Included: (in both options,1,2)

What you need to bring/carry:


Options:

(1) Personal horse for riding while on the trek with and extra cost of US$65, you can have a personal horse to ride any time you may need.
(2) Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(5) Sleeping bag hire. If you haven't got a sleeping bag or you don't want the hassle of bringing one all the the to Peru with you then we have sleeping bags in our office for rent. The price is US$15 per person for the 4 day trek.

Reservation details: All trek reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance (however 15 days in advance is recommended especially during the months of June, July and August)

Payment details: We will require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$150 per person payable within 3 days of Andean Life confirming your trek booking. The deposit is to be paid by Our VISA Payment On-Line, Western Union money transfer and Mail Order System, these are our  fastest & most secure form of payment in Peru. Further details of how to send the deposit are included with our trek booking confirmation email. The remaining balance is to be paid in our office at least two days prior to your trek departure date. Payment can be made in cash US$, local currency (Peruvian Soles), or American Express Travel Cheques (3%)or by VISA (7.5% surcharge - VISA's cost not ours).
For a trek deposit Payment  by Amex and Master Credit Cards, please let Us know by email and we will send ASAP further details about how to proceed with it, thanks.

Other information:


(1) Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our office.
(2) Time of arrival in Cusco. you will return to your hotel in Cusco for approximately 8:30pm on the 4th day of the trek.
(3) Trek Itinerary: For a detailed description of our 5 day trekking itinerary see below.


Trek Itineray 2010

Day 1: Cusco to Chiquisca


We leave Cusco at around 7.00 am in our private transport and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5h from Cusco. After driving for two and a half hours, we stop in Tarawasi, where we visit the archaeological remains of an Inca Usno, a place were ceremonies and celebrations to mother earth were conducted. We leave Tarawasi and continue along the road, across the Apurimac River and up again through Curawasi and to Saywite, our second stop an hour and a half later. Here we visit the famous Inca rock that was believed to be the construction plan for the Tahuantinsuyo Empire, with carvings of animals representing the main deities. From Saywite, we continue on to Cachora only 30 minutes away and at 2800m/9184ft, where we will enjoy our box lunch. In the afternoon we start our hike climbing for two and a half hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m/9020ft, where may we enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. We then continue descending for two more hours towards Chiquisca, where we set our camp and spend the night. Meals: L, D

Day 2: Chiquisca to Choquequirao


We leave Chiquisca as early as 6.00am to go down to Rosalina Beach, which will take about one hour. We then cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take an approximated 2h, and it is important that we leave early so that the heat does not make it more difficult than it has to be. In Santa Rosa, we make a half an hour break, where those who wish may try Cambray, a local sugar cane extract. Afterwards, we continue our hike slowly climbing for two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata. From here we walk another two hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103m/10178ft, where we will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings. When the sun starts to set, you might want to sit and contemplate the canyon, where condors are sometimes spotted. Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Choquequirao to Rosalina Beach

Today, we enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex during the morning: we will visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and ready to be restored into the way it was when the Incas owned it. After the tour, we start our walk back towards Santa Rosa, where we have lunch. We then continue descending for another 2 hours until we reach Rosalina Beach at 1450m/4756ft, where we might have time to take a refreshing dip in the waters of the Apurimac River. We camp and dine here. Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Rosalina Beach to Cachora

We leave camp after breakfast to start the two to three hour climb to Chiquisca, to then make our way back to the Abra Capuliyoc, close to which we have our lunch. In the afternoon, we continue on our two-hour return route to Cachora, where a private transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time around 9.00pm. Meals: B, L

* Departure and arrival times are approximated.
** Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the group progress.

Difficulty degree of this Hike:
Challenging: The route has steep ups and downs, with changes of altitude in one day of over 1600m/5200ft and usually warm weather during the day due to the lower altitude vs Cusco. We recommend allowing one-day acclimatization in Cusco prior to the trek departure.


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Home | About Us | Responsible Tourism | Useful Travel Information | Photo Gallery | Testimonials | Links | Contact Us
INCA TRAIL TREKS: Inca Trail (4D) | Inca Trail Private (4D) | Inca Trail (5D) | Short Inca Trail (2D) | Salkantay (6D) | Inca Trail (3D)
ALTERNATIVE TREKS: Lares Valley (4D) | Salkantay (5D) | Mandor Pampa (2D) | Ausangate (6D) | Choquequirao (4D) | Choquequirao (5D) | Choquequirao (8D)
OTHER SERVICES:  Jungle trips to Manu | Jungle trips Tambopata | Biking Tours | Cusco city tour | Sacred valley tour | White water rafting
TRAVEL INFORMATION: Booking Flights | Weather | Health | Machu Picchu | Choquequirao | Hotels | About Cusco | About Peru | Calendar Events of Cusco | Community
INCA TRAIL INFORMATIONS: Inca Trail Introductions / Inca Trail Day 1 / Inca Trail Day 2 / Inca Trail Day 3 / Inca Trail Day 4 / Weather & Trek Preparations / Services & Prices

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