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, and to the world famous Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We are giving you the opportunity to enjoy a 9-day expedition in the midst of time, vegetation, imposing snow-peaks and deep valleys.
You will also 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. Don't miss out on this unforgettable adventure -the Combo Expedition will go beyond your dreams!!!!
| SAP Adventures Quick View
- Day 1: Cusco / Cachora / Capulliyoc / Chikisca
- Day 2: Chikisca / Choquequirao
- Day 3: Choquequirao / Maizal
- Day 4: Maizal / Minas Victoria / Yanama
- Day 5: Yanama / Totora
- Day 6: Totora / Wiñaypoco
- Day 7: Wiñaypoco / Lucmabamba
- Day 8: Lucmabamba/Hydroelectric-Puente Ruinas (Aguascalientes)
- Day 9: Puente Ruinas / Machu Picchu / Cusco
- Difficulty of trek: Moderate to difficult
- Length of trek: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Start point: Cusco
- End point: Cusco
- Type of trek: Archaeological, Cultural, Camping, Ecological, Hiking
Day 1- Cusco / Cachora / Capulliyoc / Chiquisca
4.00am we depart Cusco to arrive at Cachora town around 9am. Today we have a 7 hour hike ahead of us, stopping for lunch in a place called Capulioc. During today's walk we will observe Apurimac canyon with its impressive depth, amazing views of mountains, peaks and a semi-tropical valley. We will set up campsite today in Chikiska.
Day 2- Chikiska / Choquequirao
5.00am wake-up then the trek will lead us to the great ruins of Choquequirao (3,577m) where the view itself justifies the great effort of today. Here you will see 3 levels of excavated ruins, where we will have some time to explore parts of this late magical Inca town, sacred fountains, and 'torreones'. If we are lucky, we might even spot "the flight of the condors".
Day 3- Choquequirao / Maizal.
After breakfast we have a short ascent to the Choquequirao pass (3300m) then descending to our lunch place in Rio Blanco (1909 mt). After lunch we hike up for three hours to Maizal (3000mt) where we camp.
Day 4- Maizal / Minas Victoria / Yanama
From Maizal campsite we make an early morning start to Victoria pass (4200m), from where we can have a breathtaking view of the snow peaked mountains of Humantay (5700m) and Salkantay (6271m). Half way going to the top we start stepping over the original Inca trail, and finally we descend to our campsite at Yanama (3800m).
Day 5- Yanama / Totora
Hiking the last highest pass of the journey Yanama Pass (4668m), this is a challenging day, as we ascend to the pass the walking gets harder but the views get spectacular. Campsite is at Totora
Day 6- Totora / Wiñaypoco
After a gradual descent into the rain forest the vegetation changes very quickly. Arriving at Collpapampa our body will appreciate the beneficial natural hot springs then afterwards we continue to our campsite at Wiñaypoco.
Day 7- Wiñaypoco / Lucmabamba
Early breakfast then the trail continues down the valley into the forest. After 2.5 hours we will arrive to a tiny place called La Playa where we will enjoy a small break and fresh picked fruits. Tonight we will set up our campsite on a school field in Lucmabamba.
Day 8- Lucmabamba/Hydroelectric-Puente Ruinas (Aguascalientes)
Early wake up as usual and we walk uphill to Llactapata for lunch where you can observe the ancient ruins of Machu Pichhu. We have a 3 hour decent until reaching the Hydroelectric town, then following the train tracks up the Urubamba Valley to our last camp site – PuentesRuinas (Aguascalientes).
Day 9-Puente Ruinas / Machu Picchu / Cusco
5am breakfast then at 5.30am we get the bus to Machu Picchu. We need to depart early so those who wish to climb Huayna Picchu will need to sign up before the 2 hour guided tour. During your visit to these ancient ruins you will see clouds fly past and Machu Picchu will disappear with in them, so make sure you take pictures whilst the ruins are visible. After the tour you will have free time to explore the mountain of Huayna Picchu overlooking all of Machu Picchu - by far the best view! Huayna Picchu will take approximately 2 hours return trip. It is now your choice to enjoy lunch just outside the ruins or take the bus back to Aguascalientes to explore this small and quaint village. The train back to Cusco departs late afternoon so your estimated time of arrival is approximately 9pm
| What's Included At The Choquequirao Trail?
- Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
- Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek. Private transport to (cachora)
- Entry fee to Choquequirao & Machupicchu.
- English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people).
- Tents - 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
- Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can hire you an inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest) for $5 per day.
- Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
- Toilet tent
- Meals as indicated 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 8 dinners (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
- Hot coca tea every morning in your tent for a gentle and fortifying wake up!
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes, and boiled purified water to fill in your water bottle every morning.
- Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 5 kg per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire an extra mule at a cost of $20 per day.
- 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
- Tents for our staff to sleep in, sleeping bags & mattresses plus a budget for their meals.
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo.
- Bus down to Machu Picchu
- Box lunch final day in Machu Picchu
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
- Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them. there are basic cold showers at most campsites on the Choquequirao route and therefore plastic shoes are useful for showering too.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk.Thermal clothing is also Recommended, especially for sleeping.
- Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
- Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
- Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
- Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
- Small towel or sarong
- Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
- Original passport & ISIC (international student identity card - if you have one).
- Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Choquequirao and should be left at the campsite Binoculars (if you have them)
Optional Extras We Can Hire The Following To You.
- Sleeping Bag suitable for -5deg. ($4.00 per day)
- Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -10deg. ($6.00 per day)
- Walking stick lightweight aluminum ($1.00 per day)
- Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest) ($5.00 per day)
- Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
- Porter - $25.00 per day Most people carry their own day pack with up to 5-10kg of their things - a change of clothes and wet weather gear etc. However, if you think that you will have much luggage and you want a very light day pack (eg. just camera and water) then its advisable that you hire an extra porter. ($100 for the whole trek, including the porter wages, food, and Inca Trail entry permit).
Available Discounts (These Discounts Are Not Cumulative)
- 5% discount for members of South American Explorers Club (SAE)
- Students: US$ 25.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card and must be below 26 years of age. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
- Teenagers: US$ 10.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Children: US$ 10.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
To Make A Booking
- You need to email us to check availability, receive booking forms and then make your deposit.
- For our payment conditions and booking please refer to our page payment & booking