Choquequirao to Vilcabamba 8d/7n

DURATION DISTANCE ALTITUDE LEVEL START FINISH
8 Days/7 Nights 110 km 2800 msnm -1550 msnm – 4600 msnm difficult – moderate Cusco – Cachora Huancacalle – Cusco

Trek through Choquequirao to the last capital and refuge of the Incas – Vilcabamba has it all – ruins, adventure and spectacular scenery of snow capped mountains. This is a true adventure that takes place in a wonderful untouristed landscape. After two days we arrive at the Choquequirao ruins – perched high on a spur above the Apurimac canyon. From here we venture into what is little visited territory, descending to the Rio Blanco and then on up to the Inca ruins at the Victoria mines. We continue to the isolated village of Yanama, from where the climb to the highest point of the trip – Choquecatarpo Pass – starts. This is a spectacular 4600 metre pass, which is surrounded by snow capped peaks has the added bonus of some special Inca paving en route. From Choquecatarpo we descend to Huancacalle, a charming village in the region of Vilcabamba.

Day 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA
We depart Cusco at 7am in a private car. If there is time, we will visit the archaelogical site of Saywite before descending to the mountain village of Cachora, After lunch, it is a 2 hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. Our total hiking time today is about five hours. Camping at Chiquisca .

Meals: lunch, dinner.

Day 2: CHIQUISCA – CHOQUEQUIRAO.
Departing early, we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1550m) before beginning our climb to Santa Rosa and then onto Maranpata where we will have lunch. The climb from the river takes about 4 hours and is tough. From our lunch spot we can see the ruins of Choquequirao, from here we have two hours more hike to the ruins. We will spend the late evening in the ruins, where we will watch the sunset and have the chance to see condors.  Camping at Choquequirao campsite

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHIHUNUYOC.
We have a chance to more fully explore the ruins and have a little rest in the morning. In the afternoon we will climbing over a ridge hike to the ruins Pinchinuyoc, where we will camp the night. This is definately the easiest day of the trip! Camping at Pinchinuyoc

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4: PINCHIHUNUYOC – MAIZAL.
After 2 hours of walking, we will arrive at the canyon of the Rio Blanco (1990m) where will have a rest. In this place we will have opportunity to swim in the river and wash our socks. After a break we start a difficult climb to our campsite of Maizal. The climb is 3- 4 hours. Camping at Maizal

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 5: MAIZAL – PASO VICTORIA – YANAMA.

We depart at 7am, and walk uphill for about 4 hours through semi-jungle, to the Victoria Mines. We visit the ancient mines and some Inca Ruins before climbing an hour more to the pass of Abra Victoria. (4100m). There are spectacular views from the pass as we descend to the charming village of Yanama. (about 2 hours walk). Camping at Yanama

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 6: YANAMA  – QUELLCA MACHAY.
We depart at 7am and will walk on the pretty paths along the edge of mountainsides to our lunch spot, which is surrounded by craggy mountains. After lunch we will walk 2 hours more to our campsite of Quellca Machay. Surrounded by snowcapped peaks, this is a spectacular, yet cold, place to spend the night! In this place we have an opportunity to light a campfire and fish in the river. Camping at Quellca Machay

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 7: QUELLCA MACHAY – CHOQUECATARPO PASS – HUANCACALLE.
We depart Quellca Machay at 6am, and after about 4 hours climb will arrive at the Choquecatarpo Pass (4600m), the highest and most spectacular of the passes during the trip. We will have lunch at the Lagunas during the descent and will arrive in the town of Huancacalle (2900m) about 5.30pm. The total walking time for this day is between 8 to 9 hours. Accommodation: Hostal Huancacalle or camping near Nustahispaña ruins

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 8: HUANCACALLE – QUILLABAMBA – CUSCO.
Departing at around 8am we will visit the interesting ruins of Vitcos-Rosaspata and Nustahispaña, returning to Huncacalle around 11am. From here will travel to Quillabamba (4 hours) and then return to Cusco by night bus. There is an option to return by day bus to enjoy the views on the way.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.
  • Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
  • This trek is an adventurous trek, crossing several high passes and the Rio Blanco which does not have a substantial bridge and can be dangerous to cross in periods of heavy rain. We do not recommend this trek during December, January, February, and March but this recommendation depends on the current weather conditions.
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required for this hike.
  • This region is not frequently visited by tourists, therefore tourist infrastructure is limited. This tour incorporates public transport, and use of local facilities. Visitors should be aware that things change, or may not go to plan. This is all part of the adventure!
  • If you would like an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know at the time of your reservation so that we can make appropriate arrangements with the return train tickets.
  • VILCABAMBA. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

INCLUDED:

  • An explanation two days before departing
  • Transport in private bus to the start of the trek
  • Transport from Huancacalle to Cusco
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian option available)
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles
  • Snacks far walking
  • Camping tents for 2 and 3 persons depending on the requirements
  • Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
  • Cook and assistant cook
  • Kitchen/eating utensils
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment
  • Emergency horse
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao
  • Entrance tickets to Vilcabamba
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • Entrances to hot springs
  • If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day

  • 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • 1 large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas.
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Binoculars for birdwatching
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).

 

OPTIONAL:

  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

Choquequirao to Vilcabamba 8d/7n – 2015/2016

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE GROUP 2 3 4 5 5+
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 1,345 $ 980 $ 815 $ 700 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions

DISCOUNTS:

  • Students: $20 U.S. + 15 Soles (only for students who have a current international student card – ISIC card) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices
  • Children: $20 U.S. + 15 Soles (minors of 16 years with proof of passport) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices.
  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)