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Trekking - Inca Trail to Machupicchu 10D/9N
Trekking - Cordillera Blanca: Santa Cruz - Llanganuco 15D/14N
Trekking - Choquequirao 12D/11N
Jungle Adventure - Manu National Park 12d/11n
Cuzco Multiactivity - Bike - Hike - Raft 12D/11N
Peru Multiactivity – Bike – Kayak – Ride – Raft – Hike 17d/16n

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San Francisco Church - Promperu / Magalí del Solar

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Woman weaving - Chinchero / Sacred Valley - Cusco - Leslie Searles

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Views from Cachora - Leslie Searles

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Choquequirao - Leslie Searles

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Machupicchu - Enigma / Silvia Rico

Trekking - Choquequirao 12 days / 11 nights (ACMIT12)
Lima - Cusco - Choquequirao - Machupicchu - Lima

Choquequirao, an ancient Inca citadel sister to Machupicchu that was supposed to be the last refuge of the Incas, was about the same size and supposedly served the same religious, political and agricultural functions. Located in the cliffs overlooking the mighty Apurimac River in the area surrounding the Salkantay sacred mountain (6.271m/20569ft), Choquequirao (3.103m/10178ft) comprises a huge archaeological complex still under cleaning and restoration process, as still only 30 percent is uncovered. The site is reached after a hard trek along a trail that is still sufficiently free of tourist affluence and that offers amazing mountain scenery.

This 12-day program includes a 5-day and 60-Km trek to Choquequirao and also covers Lima and Cusco, including complete visits to the most important monumental remains of the Inca Empire and the Spanish colony.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Lima

You are met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Lima

Today we embark upon a full day guided tour of Lima, visiting the historical center, the Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco Monastery. Lunch at one of the most renowned restaurants in Lima to taste the gourmet seafood specialties offered by the rich Peruvian cuisine. In the afternoon, we visit the fascinating Larco Herrera Museum, which houses the most extensive collection of Pre-Columbian art in the country, including fine examples of textiles, pottery and gold and silver pieces set with semiprecious stones.
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Day 3 Lima - Cusco

Morning flight to Cusco. In the afternoon, we visit the legendary Koricancha, the most important temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity and whose walls were once plated with sheets of gold. We continue to the Plaza de Armas or main square to visit the Cathedral, and end our tour in San Blas, the bohemian quarter of the city, home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned artisans in Cuzco, including Mendivil and Merida.
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Day 4 Cusco - Sacred Valley - Cusco

Today we leave Cuzco and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping to visit the remains of the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán on the way. We continue on to Pisaq, where we visit its archaeological site and its colorful market. Lunch at Casa Hacienda Orihuela, a private residence with an impressive collection of Inca and colonial art and artifacts, where the Lambarri-Orihuela family will be our hosts. In the afternoon, we visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes us feel as if we have stepped back into the 15th century. We return to Cusco in the evening in time for a pre-departure briefing for our trek to Choquequirao, starting the day after.
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Day 5 Cusco - Chiquisca

We leave Cusco at 4.00 am in our private transport and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5h from Cusco at 2800m/9184ft, the starting point of the trek where we meet our horsemen and horses. 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.
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Day 6 Chiquisca - 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.
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Day 7 Choquequirao

Today we enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex: 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. We will have the full day to explore the site and relax, enjoying the spectacular views that surround the area.
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Day 8 Choquequirao - Rosalina Beach

This morning 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.
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Day 9 Rosalina Beach - Cachora - Cusco

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. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.
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Day 10 Cusco - Machu Picchu

This morning we board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas”. We spend the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners. We enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, in its unequaled location at the entrance of the Inca Citadel ruins. In the afternoon, bus downhill to Aguas Calientes for overnight.
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Day 11 Machu Picchu - Cusco

Morning at leisure. You have a second opportunity to visit Machu Picchu and climb Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) by your own where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it. (Entrance fee and guide not included this day) (Note that the entrance fees are subject to availability, limited spaces). Alternatively, we also suggest to stay in Aguas Calientes and visit the local handicraft market before we return to Cusco in the evening on the Vistadome train.
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Day 12 Cusco - Lima

Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Lima. Continuation of your journey home or connection with another extension.
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Highlights

 
  • A 5-day trek to Choquequirao, an impressive archaeological site about the same size of Machupicchu, following a trail with still low tourist affluence and spectacular mountain scenery
  • Monumental remains of the Inca empire and the Spanish colony in Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • Lunch at a private Hacienda in the Sacred Valley, housing an impressive collection of arts and artifacts
  • Gourmet food in Lima
 

Recommended for

 
  • Active travellers: this program contains some days with relatively strong physical activity and a minimum level of fitness is required
  • ENIGMA does not recommend this program for children under the age of 10 or elderly people with physical limitations. Any other person with physical or health problems, especially those related to exercising or altitude sickness is also discouraged to book this program. Please inform ENIGMA of any restrictions or health risks that you may have (ie. allergies), as well as of any specific medication that you are taking.
 

Difficulty degree of this program

 

Challenging
The trekking route to Choquequirao 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.

 

Rates 2020

 

This customized tour is available from (*):

  • US$ 2860.00 per person - Private Service
  • Single Supplement: US$ 570.00
     
  • Estimated cost of air fare: US$ 460.00 per person (***) Fare subject to change unless ticketed

(*) Price based on a party of four, double accommodation, 3* hotels

(***) This price is subject to change without prior notice by airline companies. We strongly suggest that you make your booking in advance so that the quoted price can be guaranteed

 

Please check Our Hotel Selection in the Travel Services section of this website for a detailed description of our recommended hotels.

However, since the price per person depends on various factors (date of your visit to Peru, number of people in your party, hotel category requested, type of service preferred, among others), please contact us or go to the Booking Online section of this website for a detailed program design and pricing of your tour. A travel consultant will contact you within a maximum of two working days.

 

Departure Dates

 

All our programs are customized; departure dates are fully adapted to your request.

 

What Is Included

 
  • All transfers
  • Entrance fees to all sites visited
  • Vistadome train tickets Cusco / Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes – Cusco / Sacred Valley (*)
  • English / Spanish speaking guide. All our guides are officially licensed tourist guides trained in first aid
  • All guided excursions described in the itinerary
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath in the selected hotel category. Please contact us for further details or check our Hotel Selection in our Travel Services section of this website.
  • All specified meals. Vegetarian option is available with no extra charge.
  • Flight reconfirmation

(*) Should there be no train tickets available in the direct route Aguas Calientes – Cusco, a train ticket Aguas Calientes – Sacred Valley with an additional private transportation from the Sacred Valley to your hotel in Cusco will be provided and viceversa

Choquequirao Trek

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Cachora, starting point of the trek
  • Choquequirao entrance fee for visitors and agency staff
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Eureka Timberline 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested and Eureka Timberline 2XT for single travelers
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person
  • One sleeping bag per person: our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips
  • One pillow per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 9kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag)
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons
  • Wranglers
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Meals including a daily morning snack and tea service except last day. Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environmentFiltered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwardsBio-degradable personal hand soapsBio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Private transport from Cachora to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
 

What Is Not Included

 
  • Domestic and international air tickets
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks other than specified
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages
  • Other items of personal nature
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond ENIGMA’s control
 

What we recommend that you bring

 
  • Clothing: long trousers, shorts (Machupicchu visit), long and short-sleeved T-shirts or shirts, cotton socks, warm clothes for Cusco, especially at night.
  • Rain gear or poncho (available in Cusco), especially if visiting in the months November to April
  • Comfortable footwear, trekking boots recommended
  • Camera, films (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, cold and rain
  • Sun block (high factor)
  • Sunglasses
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - no malaria risk has been reported
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) or water bottle to carry water on outings
  • Cash in soles and/or US$ for extras (souvenirs, beverages, etc)
  • Original passport and passport photocopies

Choquequirao Trek

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera, films (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended) and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - no malaria risk has been reported
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please beware that we do provide a daily morning snack during the Inca Trail and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommendedOptionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
    • Small towel
    • Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the river)
    • Cash in soles and/or US$
    • Original passport and passport photocopies
    • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
    • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)
 

Optional Services

 
  • International flights from/to your country and domestic flights. Please contact us to check our fares.
  • Tour escort: a highly qualified official tourist guide can accompany you from your arrival in Lima until your departure at the end of the program. Please contact us for further details and prices.
  • Travel insurance covering your stay in Peru from US$15.00 per person. Please contact us for further information.
 

Tips

 
  • This program can be shortened in one day by cutting the day 2 of the program (full day visit of Lima). If your outbound flight leaves late at night on the last day, you may have the time to make a quick visit to Lima at the end of your trip.
 

Program Alternative

 
  1. To introduce a day of strong physical activity and challenge in your itinerary, we may suggest you substitute the day in which you travel by train to Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu, for a 13-km (8 mile) walk along the stunning Inca Trail, visiting the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna, arriving in Machupicchu through the impressive Sun Gate and then visiting the Inca citadel on the next day of your trip. Please click here for further information.
  2. A luxury train service to Machupicchu is available, operated by Peru Rail, a company member of Orient Express. Please click here for further information.
 

Booking Online

 

If you would like to make a reservation for this program, please go directly to the Booking Online section of this website.

 

Other Useful Information

 

Appropriate clothing along this hike

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, eventually complemented by sweaters, fleeces and jackets in the evening. We recommend convertible hiking pants and / or shorts as some parts of the route run at low altitude and warm weather. It is also very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required along the route. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

For more information on the Choquequirao itinerary and details please visit the ENIGMA Adventure Tour Operator website at www.enigmaperu.com.

Climate

Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January - March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.

Along the route to Choquequirao, temperatures range from 15-25ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 10-20ºC during the day if not sunny. Temperatures drop in the evening and especially at night, especially in Choquequirao, at higher elevation, reaching 5ºC although rarely below. Warm clothes are hence however necessary for this hike.

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