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A 8 days trek, combining treks to Choquequirao plus Salkantay and a Full day tour at Machu Picchu Inca Site.
Give yourself a splurge of Andean and natural history and visit the best two archeological Inca sites near Cusco !!! The Combo Expedition will take you to the Citadel of Choquequirao, the latest archeological destination in southeastern Peru, and to the world famous Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We propose you a 8-days expedition in the midst of time, vegetation, imposing snow-peaks and deep valleys. Also, you will have the opportunity to experience remote native communities before reaching the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Bring your photographic equipment along, as this journey is the most picturesque trip offered in the Cusco area. The trip is supported with horses for your convenience and we provide you with top quality camping equipment and a very balanced and energetic diet. Hungry for an unforgettable adventure the Combo Expedition will go beyond your dreams!!!!!
Great scenery, pretty hard but worth it. Highest point: 4668 masl
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 1000 people visit Machu Picchu (The end of the 35 mile long Inca Trail) daily. United Nations evaluators just recommended that Machu Picchu be placed on a list of endangered world sites. It is now impossible to go to Cuzco (the city in Peru that is the starting point for either of Inca Trail or the hike to Choquequirao) and go on the Inca Trail. Now, reservations must be made months (if not weeks) in advance, and you must be accompanied by a tour guide. The hike to Choquequirao is now offered by Andean Life, Tour Operator as Fourth best option Alternate to the Classic 4 days Inca Trail to MAPI.
THIS IS FOR YOU: We do have this great 8 days hike Option, ending at Machu Picchu, having on the last day a full day time between 7a.m. till 2 p.m. to enjoy well the great Inca City, that’s means you will get Machu Picchu before the crowded trains arrive, good for empty Pictures and enough time for those looking to climb the holy mountain of Huayna Picchu (1:40 min.round trip aprox.), or a quiet hike to the temple of the Moon which is located behind the holy mountain of Huayna Picchu (1:50 min.round trip aprox).
Please Note: We
do offer only one option of Service:
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
horse for riding while on the trek with and extra cost of US$85, 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.(much better TO LET US KNOW at the time of your booking)
(3) Sleeping bag hire. If you haven't got a sleeping bag or you don't want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you then we have sleeping bags in our office for rent. The price is US$28 per person for the 8 day trek.
Reservation details: All trek reservations must be made at least 6 days in advance (however 25 days in advance is recommended especially during the months of May, June, July, August and September 2009)
Payment details: We will require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$200 per person payable within 6 days of Andean Life confirming your trek booking. The deposit is to be paid by VISA Payment On-Line, Western Union money transfer and by Mail Order System, these are the fastest and most secure forms of payments in Peru. Further details of how to send the deposit are included with our trek booking confirmation email. The remaining balance is to be paid in our office at least two days prior to your trek departure date. Payment can be made in cash US$, 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.
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 8th day of the trek.
(3) Trek Itinerary: For a detailed description of our 8 day trekking itinerary see below.
Trek Itineray 2010
Day 01: CUSCO - CACHORA - PLAYA ROSALINA
At 4:00 am. We will pick up our customers from their hotels, then we will travel to Cachora (4 hours aprox., by our private van), once there(in Cachora), we will meet our muleteer and horses, there we will pack all our equipment in the horses, then we will begin to walk, the trail is flat until Chiquisca and then we will go uphill, passing through the high pass of Capuliyoc, from there, we will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon. Finally we descend to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Campsite at 1,550 masl. Or 5,115 Ft.
Day 02: PLAYA ROSALINA - CHOQUEQUIRAO
Early in the morning, we will have breakfast, then, we will start walking uphill through a long and narrow trail, arriving Choquequirao around 4pm, then, We will visit the Archaeological site with our guide. The view of the canyon is spectacular, it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Campsite(3050 masl. Or 11,055 ft.)
Day 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO - MAIZAL
This day we will begin walking uphill for a while until be at 3,300 masl. Or 10,890 Ft, then we will descend until White River(1900 masl. Or 6,270 Ft.) On the way we will pass by Pinchiunuyoj archaeological site. There, we will observe different species of birds, different varieties of orquids, and local coca plantations (2,750 masl. Or 9075 Ft.), >From Rio Blanco(White river), we will climb up to Maizal(3,000 masl. Or 9,900 Ft.) for about 3 hrs. Campsite.
Day 04: MAIZAL - YANAMA
This morning, we will start walking uphill passing by the impressive Inca mines called Minas Victoria. Almost on the top, we can appreciate original paved Inca trails. We will pass over (4,150 masl. Or 13,695 Ft.) and finally descend to our campsite(3,800 masl. Or 12,540 Ft.).
Day 05: YANAMA - TOTORA
After an early breakfast, we will start climbing slowly to our higher pass in all the trail (4,670 masl. Or 15,410 Ft.), again the view will be amazing from here, we will be surrounded by snowcapped mountains: The Sacsarayoj mountain and the Padreyoj mountain. Campsite at 3,630 masl. Or 11,979 Ft
Day 06: TOTORA - PLAYA
On this day we will descend to the Totora river. As we go down the Natural life will be more interesting, with lots of hummingbirds, woodpeckers and many species of orchids and begonias. Campsite at 2,125masl. Or 7,012 Ft.
Day 07: PLAYA - AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN
This day, we will walk to our last uphill, until 2,810 masl. Or 9,273 Ft., to arrive there, we will take around 3 hours; from here we will have an excellent view of the lost Inca’s city of Machu Picchu. After a good rest, we will go down to the Hydroelectric plant on the Urubamba River, from here, depending on the time, we will walk and/or take the train to Aguas Calientes, Night in a Hotel.
Day 08: MACHU PICCHU FULL DAY – CUSCO
After breakfast we will take the bus to Machu Picchu, there, we will have a guided tour for all the Archaeological Site, then we will have free time to be by our own in Machupicchu, maybe to climb the Wayna Picchu. In the afternoon (At 4:00 pm.), we will take the train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco arriving at 8 pm. Aprox.
Departure and arrival times are approximated.
** Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the group progress.