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Get ready for a difficult but life changing experience on the Choquequiraw trek. Also known as "Machu Picchu's Sister City" sharing similar structures and arquitecture, Choquequiraw is an excellent choice for someone who wants a challenge and to complete a trek that has far less tourists and a more intimate experience. Choquequiraw is a sprawling complex for those that wish to have a more personal experience while exploring the ruins which are only 30% to 40% excavated. In the peak season while Machu Picchu has 500 visitors daily, Choquequiraw is much more exclusive having maybe 30 visitors daily with only 5,000 visitors for all of 2013. The time to accomplish this trek is now because part of the untouched natural beauty and exclusivity of this trek is due to the isolation and difficulty in accessing the site due to the need to trek in on foot which takes approximately two days. This will change soon though with the announcement of the construction of a cable car which will reduce the two day hike to a 15 minute cable car ride. When this is completed, the President of the National Chamber of Tourism has estimated that they will receive approximately 200,000 tourists within the first year. The time to act is now.
Our Itinerary is as follows:
Briefing in Wayki Trek’s Cusco office. Time to be determined by the company.
*Your briefing is usually programmed one day before your program and usually in the morning. However, If your program starts on a Monday, your briefing will be programmed for the Saturday prior to your program and during the morning only. Therefore, please consider this when booking your flights to Cusco.
CUSCO / CACHORA / CHIQUISHCA
We will pick you up from the hotel at 5:00 am to start our trip to the town of Cachora (2, 800 m.a.s.l.). On route, we will go through different typical towns and also the anta’s pampa (3, 391 m.a.s.l.). This area is known for its agricultural and livestock production, as well as its' wide pampas, prairies, fertile valleys, and long rivers. All of this makes the area an extraordinary landscape. Upon arrival to Cachora, we will meet with our trekking team, muleteers, mules/horses, and our staff that will carry all of the camping equipment and your personal duffel bags (up to 8 Kg.). After a brief rest and a light breakfast, we will start our trek. The first hours of the trek will be on mostly flat terrain until we reach the lookout point and pass of Capuliyoc (2, 800 m.a.s.l.). Here we will see exquisite views of the mountain chain of the area, the Apurimac Canyon, and the Apurimac River which is twice as deep as the famous "Grand Canyon" of the United States. This river is long and abundant and is the source of the world's largest river system, the Amazon. It goes through all of the Andean mountains until it arrives to the Atlantic Ocean. We also will be able to spot Choquequiraw in the distance. After lunch we will continue with the trek, descending to our campsite Chiquishca (1,930 m.a.s.l.). We will spend the night here, in the longest canyon of the Andes.
CHIQUISHCA / MARAMPATA
After breakfast we will continue with our trek towards Rosalinas beach (1,550 m.a.s.l.). Afterwards, we will descend through the Apurimac Canyon until we reach the river. Here, we can take dip in the water to freshen up. Afterwards, we will cross over to the other side of the river using the hanging bridge. Right after that, the hardest part of the route will begin. We will ascend using a winding trail which will take us away from the Canyon in direction to the area of Santa Rosa (2,290 m.a.s.l.). This is approximately a 3 hour walk with a brief rest stop. Later we will continue ascending towards Marampata (2,850 m.a.s.l.). During our trek we will view the vast and enchanting vegetation of the area in which the orchids take the first and most important place. You will also see violets. There is a chance to see deer and anteaters in the distance and different varieties of birds. At this place we will spend the night.
MARAMPATA / CHOQUEQUIRAW / MARAMPATA / CHIQUISHCA
After breakfast in Marampampa (2,850 m.a.s.l.), we will begin our trek to the Inca’s last refuge place: Choquequiraw or “Gold Crib” (3,033 m.a.s.l.) which was abandoned in 1572. This route will be approximately 1 ½ hours of walking.
Choquequiraw was designed with 9 areas. These areas were built as small towns surrounding a square to which all the streets from each town will end up. The following areas have been identified: The upper areas (Hanan), the storage areas (Qolqa), main square (Huaqaypata), the lower square (hurin), the andenes system where crops used to grow (Shaqra Anden), the ceremonial platform (Ushno), and the priest houses on the lower part of the hill. Because of all of these findings it is presumable that Choquequiraw was a great political and economic center that was used as a hub for commerce and culture exchange between the coast, mountain, and the jungle. We need to emphasize that Choquequiraw is also known as “Machu Picchu's Sacred Sister” due to the similarities in architectural design and structure.
After this exciting visit and exploration of Choquequiraw, we will return to Marampata (2,850 ma.s.l.) where we will have lunch. After we will descend to the Apurimac Canyon crossing over the river through the Rosalina beach area (1,550 m.a.s.l.) later we will continue to Chiquishca (1,930 m.a.s.l.). Here we will have dinner and spend the night.
CHIQUISHCA / CACHORA / CUSCO
Early in the morning, after breakfast in Chiquishca (1,939 m.a.s.l.) approximately 8:00 am, we will being ascending towards Capuliyoc (2,800 m.a.s.l.) which will take approximately 3 hours. We will continue with our trek to Cachora (2,800 m.a.s.l.) for approximately another 2 hours more. Once in Cachora, our private van will be waiting for us for our trip to Cusco (3,400 m.a.s.l.). The trip will be approximately between 4-5 hours until we reach your hotel. We hope you enjoy this adventure of a lifetime. End of services.
One day before the trek. Once there, you will receive all pertinent information for your trek and our staff will answer all your doubts.
During the whole trek the passenger will have access to a great variety of food. Dishes rich in calories, vitamins, and proteins that will provide all the energy that you need for the trek.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served daily and you will also receive snacks and hot drinks like infusions in the afternoon. Along with your breakfast, you will receive a cup of coca tea, which will help you to adjust to the cold air in the mountain.
We can also accommodate special requests such as: vegetarian meals, diabetic diets, allergies, e.g. these special requests must be done during the booking process. We would like to emphasize that our menu has been elaborated by our professional chefs. Water will be provided every day during the whole trek.
CHOQUEQUIRAW 8D: Lunch and dinner on the last day are not included.
Extra horse and saddle-horse
Depending on your physical condition, the walk can be exhausting. If you would like to have assistance to carry your belongings, more than the included quantity (more than 8 kilos), you can hire a personal horse to carry 8 kilos (18 pounds) per U$$ 60.00 or personal horse carrying 15 kilos (33 pounds) per U$$ 120.00. Similarly, if you need to use a horse to ride (chair), you can also contract for $ 120.00. This service would be exclusively for you.
All the treks operated by Wayki Trek, offer to passengers shared tents (Doble accomodation).
However, for a better convenience of our customers, Wayki Trek offers the rental of a single tent. This service has an additional cost as USD 50.00 american dollars, you can request this when you make the booking
WAYKI TREK offer the service of portable toilets during your trek. However, on the route there are public restrooms, in some campsites and lunch places. For using the bathroom there is a price of U$$ 0.50.
Also, if you want to have this service exclusively for you, you may hire an extra bathroom tent; the cost of it is $ 45.00 USD for the whole trek and can be used by you and your friends.
In order to offer a greater enjoyment of the hike and greater interaction among participants, Wayki Trek manages small groups so we have a highly personalized service. It is also good to emphasize that at Wayki Trek we have a high level of environmental responsibility with each of our processes.
(Group participants Min 1 person; Max upon request)*
For information regarding our prices in private service, please contact our sales executives: email@example.com
*Price per person, applies for departures from 1st April 2016 until 31st March 2017.
If after having deposited the initial amount to run the backup (US $ 200.00) and you decide to cancel the booking, we may refund your deposit as long as any tickets have not been purchased or any administrative expenses have been made; however, if cancellation is after acquiring the requirements above, your deposit will not be refunded.
In the event that you decide to withdraw from the trekking once it has started, you will be responsible for all additional charges such as food and transportation that might occur due to the modification of your itinerary.
In the event that you decide to cancel the trip due to a health issue or personal problem; the above cancellation policies will be applied as the company had already incurred in administrative and logistic expenses for your trek.
It is important for Wayki Trek to provide excellent service to our passengers, to fulfill your expectations, and to participate in the conservation of our environment. It is because of these three reasons and to guarantee the continuous application of this philosophy that we have obtained two of the most important certifications in our field: ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. With them we guarantee the service that our passengers expect from us and the conservation of the environment with each step of our processes.
In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers, we at WAYKI TREK have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
Wayki Trek believes it is a priority to help and assist in the development of local Andean communities. That is why we are actively collaborating to eradicate problems like the loss of self-identity, lack of basic services, low education levels, little economic development, and migration to big cities due to extreme poverty. In an effort to reverse this, Wayki Trek has implemented projects that help to minimize the impact of these problems in the communities. The construction of a Medical Clinic and a rural Library are examples of that effort.
Choquequiraw 4D does not have the same regulations as the Inca trail in regards to the number of people and permits allowed. Therefore it can be booked with less time and in advance. However, do not reserve at the last minute as there might not be any more spaces left at the time of your request.
Choquequiraw 4D can be booked for the months of April to November only. As from December to March the trail is closed due to rainy season and maintenance work done in the area.
For our PRIVATE departures the size of the group is determined by request of our passengers.
To book your Choquequiraw 4D, we need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT):
1) Name of the tour:
2) Trekking starting Date:
3) Name (Include middle name):
4) Last Name:
6) Birthday (DD/MM/YYYY):
7)Number of passport:
8)Passport Expiration Date:
10)If you are student (Do you have ISIC card) YES or NO
14) Food Preference:
You can use the PayPal option from our website and follow the steps. Please note that PayPal charges 6% tax for this transaction that is include automatically in this option. Once the payment is done, please forward us the email confirmation in order to proceed with your booking.
In case you decide to make the deposit directly from your account, don’t forget to add the 6% tax. You can send the deposit to this account: firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you decide to use Western Union (http://www.westernunion.com), you will need the following information:
Paternal name: QUISPE
Maternal name: GUTIERREZ
Address: 239 Quera St., Cusco - Perú
Please don’t forget to send us the tracking code (MTCN) in order to pick up the deposit and confirm your booking.
On this trek, the permits are not as restricted as the Inca Trail, however we suggest that you bring your passport during the trek. Because this is the identity card outside your country. You should also keep in mind that your passport must be valid for at least six months before entering the country.
Student with ISIC card
For Choquequirao 4D trek, student discounts with ISIC Card are not contemplated since this is a private walk. For the issue of controls, you must have your passport or ISIC card, but consider that there is no special discount for being a student in Choquequiraw 4D.
If you have medical restrictions for some or all the activities detailed in your booking, please contact your doctor and inquire about the risks of doing said activities.
Altitude Sickness (Soroche) and Stomach Pain
For those trekkers that come to Cusco directly from places at sea level; we recommend to arrive 2-3 days before your trek. Two of the most common health issues among tourists in Cusco are: The Altitude Sickness (Soroche) and stomach pain provoked by slow digestion.
Altitude Sickness; some of the symptoms are: headache and nausea. There are some over the counter medications (pills) that help to minimize the symptoms of this problem such as Glucosa Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Soroichi Pill, and Acetazolamida, among others. If the symptoms persist the use of oxygen is the next step. Under these circumstances we have the equipment and staff ready to assist our trekkers.
Stomach Pain; It is recommended to drink between 3-4 liters of water per day. Your body will need this to stay hydrated. It is specially recommended to drink hot drinks like coca leaf tea. Also recommended are soups, vegetables, and carbohydrates (not fried or heavy). Candy, chocolates, cookies and fruits are also a good option. In general, all food that is easy to digest. Do not drink alcohol or smoke.
Try to sleep at least 8 hours and do not exercise too much. Keep your body in good temperature wearing warm clothes to protect yourself from the cold. During the adjustment to the altitude there is a general rule to follow: eat what is necessary and drink plenty of liquids.
It is very important that our passengers inform us before their trip of any medical restriction, food restriction, allergies, special diets, current medication, health issues, or anything that we need to consider to make your trip enjoyable and without concerns.
Take only whatever it is necessary for the trek and leave the rest at the hotel.
For more information about the recommendations for this Trek, download our PDF: IMPORTANT INFORMATION CHOQUEQUIRAW 4D
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