Adventure, Archeological and Cultural
Cachora, Capuliyoc, Chiquisca, Playa Rosalina, Santa Rosa, Marampata, Choquequirao, Pinchiunuyuc, Rio Blanco, Maizal, Yanama, Totora, La Playa, Hidroelectrica, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu.
Meaning “Cradle of Gold”. This magical place is for all true adventurers and trekkers, offering a rich Incan history as well as varying climates, a diverse flora and fauna, and different animals to be seen (condors, birds, spectacled bear, cows, etc.). This area is part of the Vilcabamba chain, sporting the highest snow-capped mountain of Salkantay at 6271 meters above sea level. En-route you can also see the profound Apurimac Canyon (1550 m), and you will end this great adventure in the wondrous citadel of Machu Picchu.
In the morning we pick you up from your hotel, starting our trip to the area of San Pedro de Cachora. Along the way we can see the Salkantay Mountain (6271 m), descend into Limatambo Valley, and continue on to Cunyac Bridge which is located between the Cusco and Apurimac departments. Later we pass through the district of Curawasi, and finally arrive to Cachora (2880 m) where we will start our hike on an easy going route for about 3 hours before arriving to Capuliyoc (2800 m). Here we can appreciate the Apurimac Canyon and in a short distance the Choquequirao archeological site. With a little luck, we also might catch a glimpse of a condor. We will have lunch in this area and then continue to our first campsite in the area called Chiquisqa (1850 m). This passage is beautiful and has a warm climate.
After breakfast we continue downhill in the direction of La Playa Rosalinas (1500 m) and cross the Apurimac River by bridge and then ascend on a sure trail in the direction of Santa Rosa. The Cobarrubias family were the first explorers of Choquequirao, and their descendents just might meet us with a typical drink of the area- an exquisite Cambray or Chicha made with sugar cane from the area. You can also observe how they produce liquor from the sugar cane here. Along the way we will see various fruit trees and plants including Cactus before ascending to Maranpata where we will have lunch with an impressive view of the mountains all around (2850 m). After lunch, we continue on our hike on an easy stretch before arriving to an important site of Choquequirao where we will stay close-by in camp.
We get started in the early morning with a visit of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (Cradle of Gold), the last refuge of the last Incas. We can get a close-up view of the constructions, the three levels of excavation for living areas, agricultural terraces at a 60º to 70 º incline, water fountains, and ceremonial sites, some of the sites of which are still under restoration. We will have a great opportunity for photos at sunrise in the ceremonial site of Usno, with possible opportunity to see a Condor flying over the area. We then continue in ascent (for about 3 hours) on Choquequirao Mountain, later descending to Pinchiunuyoc Archeological Site which was only recently found. We continue in descent to the Rio Blanco (White River) where we can enjoy the crystalline natural water in a very warm area. We then will continue going uphill for about 3 hours to Maizal, where we will have dinner and spend the night (3000 m).
After another really early breakfast, we will head towards the glacier of Quorihuarachina where we will have a beautiful geography scene, and be able to see the Incan Canals and then cross a treed area that is often cloudy. It is also an area where the Victoria mines and mining camps are located. We will arrive to San Juan Pass (4200 m) where we can see the Choquetacarpo and Pumasilloq Mountaintops. We will have a small break after having lunch here, and continue to the village of Yanama (3500 m).
This day we start out in ascent on a high ecological floor until Yanama Pass (4700 m), crossing steep mountainsides with beautiful views of Sacsarayoc Mountain and then descend into small forest areas until the country-community of Totora. Later, we will set up camp in Collpapampa where other trekkers also will be installing their campsites after arriving from the Salkantay Trek.
After breakfast we start hiking along the edge of the jungle where we can see many waterfalls, fruit trees, and different types of orchids along the way, as well as butterflies, before arriving to La Playa Sawayaco where we will have lunch. After a rest, we will continue our tour in transport for about 1 hour until Santa Teresa, located at 1900 m.a.s.l. where we will stay for the last night in camp. There is option to visit the Cocalmayo Hot Springs here.
After having known a bit about Santa Teresa town, we will transfer to Hidroelectrica in bus, where we will have lunch and a deserved rest before continuing on our last part of the trek to Aguas Calientes town. Again, the area is full of flora and fauna as well as Inca terraces and constructions some of which are very important in conserving Machu Picchu having been built at the folds of the citadel. We will check-in to respective hostels upon arrival to Aguas Calientes. There is option to visit the hot springs on the edge of town.
After breakfast provided in-hotel, we will walk to the bus station to take the approximate 30 minute trip up the mountain to Machu Picchu’s Citadel entrance (2400 m), with opportunity to see the sunrise with few other tourists around at this time. We will have a guided tour of the citadel visiting the principal plaza, living quarters, Circular Tower, Solar Sun Dial, Temple of the Three Windows, and cemeteries of Machu Picchu. Later there is free time to explore and take more photos before catching a return bus downhill and later a return train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco city.
Note: There is option to climb Waynapicchu Mountain if reserved in advance due to limited spaces.
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