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Introduction:

Machu Picchu’s “sister” site, Choquequirao is the crown jewel of Peru’s underrated archaeological sites. Quechua for “Cradle of Gold,” the ancient Incan city of Choquequirao sits in the rugged Vilcabamba Range above the Apurimac River Canyon. Once covered in thick vegetation, this Incan site was rediscovered in the 1900’s shortly after Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is thought to have been the home to the last of the rebel Incas of Vilcabamba, and like Machu Picchu, never discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors. While this is a challenging trek with lots of mountain switch-backs, this five-day expedition offers the opportunity to traverse through many different ecosystems, receive amazing views, and have an exclusive experience, exploring an archaeological site larger than Machu Picchu.

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Embarking on this once in a lifetime trek you’ll enjoy the sunset in Machu Picchu during the first day with few visitors, and arrive early on the second day to witness the amazing sunrise, surrounded by majestic Andean peaks through the mountains and the jungle one of the best ways to reach Machu Picchu

Authentic

We are 100% locally owned and operated with many years of dedication to providing the adventure of a lifetime at the best possible price. We operated 100% of your trek ourselves eliminating the need for “middle” men who drive up the cost, and offering an exclusive, one-of-a-kind–time.

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Day 01: Cusco - Cachora - Chikiska

We will pick you up early from your Cusco accommodation and drive 2.5 hours to the famous starting point of the Inca Trail, Km 82. Here you will meet your team: the wonderful porters and chefs that will accompany you on this four-day journey. Before proceeding, we will be required to show our identification and permits to the Park Ranger, but don’t worry, your guide will be responsible for this! We will pass the turbulent Vilcanota river and start our trek on Inca Flats, a series of gentle small ups and downs against the background of the majestic Veronica Mountain at 5682m/ 18,641ft. We’ll visit the archeological sites of Patallacta and Q’ente, and pass a magical, native Q’ueuña forest before arriving at the stunning Inca ruins of Llactapata by afternoon. We will have plenty of time to set up camp, explore, and take stunning photos of the ruins and river valley below before a warm group dinner and an early night to bed.

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Day 02: CHIKISCA - MARAMPATA

Today will be a more demanding day, as we will be gaining a lot of altitude. Over the course of the day, we will hike halfway up to the highest pass on the trek. Leaving Llactapata, we will continue onwards 1.5 hours to Wallabamba where we will begin our steady ascent, continuing upwards 2 hours to Llulluchapampa campsite at 3800m/ 12,470ft. Along the way, we will take in outstanding views of the Huayanay peaks to the east, and the rugged Vilcabamba mountain range to the west. We’ll also visit one of the most exclusive sites on the Inca Trail– the Inca fort of Paucarcancha, with pristine ruins and a sacred temple. We’ll arrive We’ll arrive at our campsite in Llulluchapampa by nightfall for dinner and rest.

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Day 03: MARAMPATA - CHOQUEQUIRAO

Today will be our most challenging day as we will be climbing two high passes, to begin with, the highest point of the Inca Trail, the Abra de Huarmihuañusca, or “Dead Woman Pass,” at 4200m/ 13,779ft. We will face a steep ascent for two hours until we arrive at the top, above the clouds. We’ll do a mini victory dance before descending to the valley of Pacaymayo. Once on the valley floor, we’ll make a second ascent for a smaller pass, traveling through the Runquraqay archaeological site along the way. After the second pass, we’ll explore another site, Sayaqmarka, before heading down to the magnificent, “Cloud Level Town” of Phuyupatamarca. Here we will make camp on the Inca terraces, eat a warm dinner, and sleep under the bright stars.

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Day 04: CHOQUEQUIRAO - CHIKISKA

Today we will visit three major Inca sites, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñaywayna, and Intipata before arriving at Machu Picchu by late afternoon. We’ll discover the cloud level town of Phuyupatamarca before descending into the cloud forest to see the steep, hillside ruins of Wiñaywayna where we will eat lunch. After lunch, we’ll continue our descent for a short 20 minutes to arrive at the terraces of Intipalta. From there, we’ll be close to the original entry point of Machu Picchu, Inti Punku, or Sun Gate. Instead of entering the ruins, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for a restaurant meal, a warm bed, and a night of full of anticipation for our next big day at Machu Picchu. Dinner is not included this day.  

 

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Day 05: CHIKISKA - CUSCO

Day five will be the highlight of our trek. We will board an early bus to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will receive a 2-hour guided tour of all of the most significant sites while learning about Incan history and culture. Afterward, you will have some free time to explore a part of Machu Picchu on your own before returning to Aguas Calientes as a group by bus. In Aguas Calientes, you will have a large selection of restaurants to choose from for lunch. 

We’ll then board an afternoon train to return to Cusco. Our drivers will meet us at the train station with Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans to chauffeur you back to your Cusco accommodation. 

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Our tours are designed to reveal a “slice of life” the places you will Explore with us. We have included as much as possible in the price, allowing you to discover and enjoy your holiday.s

Tour Guides

All of our guides have studied both English and Tourism. They are native to the region and have a true passion for teaching others about their culture and heritage. All our guides are experienced with the Inca Trail and other high altitude treks. They will support you and ensure you are safe and happy throughout your trip.

TICKETS -PERMITS

We are one of the few tour operators authorized to both book your permits and operate on the Inca Trail. Permits are registered in your name with a specific date and cannot be modified after confirmation. Your tickets will be purchased by us and looked after by your guide until the time they are needed. These include:

Meals

We provide you with a boxed lunch for our day hike. That evening, we will dine at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes. The second morning we will eat breakfast at our hotel accommodation. We will enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes on the second day before returning to Cusco. All four meals are included in your expedition cost.

hOTEL

Accommodation is included in this expedition. Depending on availability, we typically lodge you in a three-star hotel. If you would like an upgrade, let us know and we can ensure you stay in your desired hotel. The hotel we reserve for you will be listed on your invoice.

BRIEFING

The night before your Machu Picchu hike, we will visit to your hotel (lobby) also flexible in our office for your briefing. During the briefing, you will meet your fellow travelers for the next couple of days, your guides who explain the itinerary in detail and will give you duffel bags where you should pack your stuff and which will be carried by porters later

fisrt aid

Every guide Outdoor first aid trained and carries a first-aid kit and oxygen for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.). In case of emergencies, every guide is equipped with a satellite phone which will allow for a quick exit off the trail to get you directly to a clinic for treatment.

WATER

We will always make sure you have clean drinking water at all mealtimes, and enough for you to refill your bottle when needed. We use fresh spring water running down from the mountains. We require that you bring a water bottle/s or Camelbak. To care for our spectacular environment, we humbly request that you use a reusable non-single-use plastic bottle.

Transportation

Your transportation from and to this trek is included. You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Cusco and taken to start of your trek in Ollantaytambo.  After your return riverside journey on the train, you will reach the train station where you will be picked up by van to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Bus to Machu Picchu

Every guide Outdoor first aid trained and carries a first-aid kit and oxygen for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.). In case of emergencies, every guide is equipped with a satellite phone which will allow for a quick exit off the trail to get you directly to a clinic for treatment.

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Find here, more information and all details and  all you need to know about the  Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Adventure: FAQ, Map, Distance, Altitude, Packing list, etc.

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To hike the Inca Trail, you must have a permit, which we will obtain for you. The first step to booking your trek is to make sure government permits are still available for your desired start date 

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