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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 the mountain chain of the area, the Apurimac Canyon, and the Apurimac River. We also will be able to spot in the distance Choquequiraw. After lunch, we will continue with the trek, descending to our campsite Chiquishca (1,930 m.a.s.l.), where wil will have lunch, dinner, and camp.
CHIQUISHCA / SANTA ROSA / CHOQUEQUIRAW
After breakfast we will continue with our trek towards Rosalinas beach (1,550 m.a.s.l.). Then we will descend through the Apurimac Canyon and Apurimac River. Here we can take a 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 start. We will ascend using a winding trail which will take us away from the Canyon in the direction of Santa Rosa area (2,290 m.a.s.l.). Later we will continue ascending towards Marampata (2,850 m.a.s.l.). During our trek we will observe the vast vegetation of the area in which the orchids and violets take the first and most important place. There is also a chance to see deer and anteaters in the distance and different varieties of birds. Once we reach Marapampa, we will have lunch. Then we will begin our trek to the Inca’s last refuge place: Choquequiraw or “Gold Crib” (3,033 m.a.s.l.) 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 presumed 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 they have.
By the afternoon after this exciting visit and exploration of Choquequiraw, we can see the flight of the condors, the Andean bird par excellence and finally spend the night around this enigmatic place.
CHOQUEQUIRAW / RIO BLANCO / MAIZAL
After breakfast we will have plenty of time to enjoy the majestic archaeological site before continuing our trek uphill. Along the way our guide will show us the wonders of this archaeological site. After this tour we will continue our way to Paso Choquequiraw (3,500 m), surrounded by native trees, flowers, and orchids. Once on top we will see the different mountains and the deep canyon Rio Blanco. We descend, towards the archaeological ruins of Pinchayunuyoc (2,850 m), which have recently been restored and are surrounded by a cloud forest. Then we will continue on our way to Rio Blanco (1,000 m). Once we arrive we will settle, have lunch, take a rest, and continue the walk. We will walk through an interesting area of vegetation known as the Dry Forest. The vegetation of this area consists mainly of trees that come to mediate between 4-10 meters high, and with little foliage. After passing through this forest, we will arrive at Victoria River. There we will refresh ourselves in the cold and crystalline waters of the river. Later we will cross the river and start the long, steep, and demanding climb to our camp in Maizal (3,000 m). Once we arrive to Maizal, we will have lunch and a rest. Maizal provides the most beautiful campsite for the entire walk. From here, we will be able to see three valleys on the right and snow capped mountains all of the way.
MAIZAL / SAN JUAN / YANAMA
We will leave our campsite at Maizal (3,000 m.a.s.l.) and walk to San Juan Pass (4,200 m.a.s.l.). Here we will have a long climb and cold weather, but this area is one of the most beautiful of the trek. Initially we will walk through a cloud forest and then enter the highlands of the Andes. We will rest in one of the mines of Victoria and learn about several minerals and metals of the area. While we are ascending, we will walk on the well preserved Inca’s path. We will have lunch at the highest point in the San Juan pass. From here you can see a large chain of mountains called the Mountain range of Vilcabamba. After lunch we will continue our way to our camp at Yanama (3,500 m.a.s.l.), a small village at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains.
YANAMA / PASO YANAMA / TOTORA VALLEY
After breakfast we will start walking towards the highest point of the whole trip: Yanama’s Pass (4,680 m.a.s.l.). Along the way we will have a good view of the snow-capped mountain Sacsarayoc (5,994 m). We will observe impressive landscapes, birds, and native vegetation from this altitude; after that we will have lunch. Upon reaching the Yanama Pass, we will observe the snowy Salkantay (6,400 m.a.s.l.) and Pintuyo (5,460 m.a.s.l.); also we have the opportunity to see the flight of the condors. We can walk through the snow along this road before we descend down to the Valley of Totora (3,250 m.a.s.l.), our camp. Once we arrrive at Totora, we take a well deserved break, have dinner, and spend the night.
TOTORA VALLEY / WIÑAYPOCCO
This day after breakfast, we will descend through a wide variety of vegetation and warmer climate, towards the village of Winaypocco (2,650 m.a.s.l.). Along the way the temperature will increase with the passage of the hours. This valley is inhabited by bromeliads, orchids, fruit trees, waterfalls, insects, birds, many butterflies, and other species. We will harness the hot weather and the presence of beautiful waterfalls for a refreshing natural bath.
In Winaypocco, we will have lunch, dinner, and stay overnight. There, we will find that the people of the area are specialists in harvesting granadillas. We may also observe other crops such as coffee or avocado.
WIÑAYPOCCO / LLACTAPATA / HIDROELELECTRIC / AGUAS CALIENTES
After a good breakfast, we restart the walk. We will continue the descent heading towards the village of La Playa (2,010 m.a.s.l.) and subsequently to Lucmabamba Valley (1,850 m.a.s.l.). Along the way we will pass by plantations of bananas, passion fruit, cocoa, and coffee. Then we will leave the valley to go climbing in the direction toward the original Inca Trail. During the tour, we will ascend gradually towards the top of the mountain, where the archaeological center of Llactapata (2,740 m.a.s.l.) is located. From there we will appreciate the citadel of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, part of the traditional Inca Trail, and the Urubamba River winding along the valley. After a break we will descend through a narrow and slippery zigzag path through the bushes into the valley (Hydroelectric). From there we take the train to Aguas Calientes (2,040 m.a.s.l.) and spend the night in a hotel. Optionally, at night we will have the opportunity to go to the hot springs.
AGUAS CALIENTES/ MACHUPICCHU/ AGUAS CALIENTES / CUSCO
After a warm breakfast we will wake up early to take the bus to Machu Picchu (2,430 m.a.s.l.) where we will be among the first visitors of the day to enjoy the magic and mystery of one of the wonders of the world. We will have a tour of the citadel for approximately 2-3 hours. After the visit we will hike the Mountain Huaynapicchu. From there we will enjoy the splendor of Machupicchu and the surrounding landscape, the exotic tranquility of the lost city of the Incas. By the afternoon we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes. Once in town you will have free time to grab lunch and later on in the day we will take the train to return, Perú Rail - Expedition*.
Upon arrival to Cusco, our transfer will be waiting in our private van to take you back to your hotel. End of services.
(*) The return from Aguas Calientes will be done together with your tour guide. Time of service to be confirmed.
One day before the trek. Once there, you will receive all pertinent information for your trek and our staff will answer all your doubts.
(*)The return from Aguas Calientes will be together with your guide. Time to be confirmed.
During the whole trek the passengers 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 is 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$$ 120.00 or personal horse carrying 15 kilos (33 pounds) per U$$ 240.00. Similarly, if you need to use a horse to ride (chair), you can also contract this for $ 240.00. This service would be exclusively for you.
With all of the treks operated by Wayki Trek, we offer to passengers shared tents (Double accomodation).
However, for the better convenience for our customers, Wayki Trek offers the rental of a single tent. This service has an additional cost as USD 100.00 American dollars, and you can request this when you make the booking.
WAYKI TREK offers 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 US$ 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 $ 90.00 USD for the whole trek and can be used by you and your friends.
The ticket is included on your trek, however if you wish to have an extra ticket for another day, it’s necessary to book this trek in advance, as it has a limited capacity of 400 people per day divided into 2 times. The first group starts the trek at 7am and the second one at 10am; 200 people in each group.
Going up Huayna Picchu will take between 45 min to 1 hour. The trail is narrow but safe. The view is amazing. You will see a panoramic view of Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate, Urubamba Valley, and the Urubamba river. This service is included in the Price of the Trek, only if the climb is done on the 4th day of the trek. If the passenger decides to take this optional service on a different day, the cost of the service would be: USD69.00 and Machu Picchu ticket costs an additional US$ 75.00 US dollars.
*Keep in mind that the trek up to the mountain is not suggested for people with problems with vertigo or who are afraid of heights.
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes
If you want to return the day after your service, just let us know in advance to change the date of return by train, without penalty (35 days before). If you let us know of this change after 35 days, we will have to check the availability of the train and pay a fine.
Also, if you need assistance in booking a hotel in Aguas Calientes, we can do so as an optional service free of charge. Please note that in Aguas Calientes there are a variety of options for accommodation, from bed and breakfasts to 5 star hotels. In addition you have the option of enjoy and visit the Hot Springs of the town.
Train departure from Machu Picchu Station
To return by train from Machu Picchu Station, you must take into account the following:
Information on the departure time by train from Aguas Calientes, will be communicated during the Post-Sale.
If the you customer, whether Private service or Group service, want to make an upgrade or change the departure time of your train service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, you must report this change at least 35 days before your trip. In this way, would avoid paying the penalty. You only have to pay the difference in the train ticket
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
*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 no tickets have 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 trek 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 trekking.
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 this problems in the communities. The construction of a Medical Clinic and a rural Library are examples of that effort.
The 8D Choquequiraw trek doesn’t have the same regulations about the spaces as the Inca Trail has. However, the permits to Huaynapicchu is included on this trek and they have a limited capacity per day of 400 people divided in two shifts. In order to assure your entrance to Huaynapicchu, we suggest that you book with 3 or 4 months of anticipation, especially for the months of the high season (from May to September). This trek can be booked from the months of April to November because from December to March it is closed due to the rainy season and maintenance of the area.
For our PRIVATE departures the size of the group is determined by request of our passengers.
To book your Choquequiraw 8D, 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: email@example.com
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.
If you have reserved the service with your old Passport and then you have renewed it and obtained another You will most likely have a different passport number. Please let us know so we can update this information. This modification has to be made prior your trip to Peru (at least 10 days before your trip). As soon as you have your new passport, please inform Wayki Trek of this change. Otherwise, this update or modification will have an additional fee of USD 12.00 and it will create a big inconvenience to update it at the last minute.
Student with ISIC card
For the Choquequirao 8D trek, student’s 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 8D.
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 especially 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 8D
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Enjoy five days of the history of the ancient Inca Trail.
Experience a variety of climates, landscapes and various altitudes in one walk; and have as a witness: the Apu Salkantay.
Enjoy this spiritual path. Feel the magic and religiosity of Apu Ausangate, the great protector of the Andes.
Know the Inca calendar and discover the quarries used to build the Inca archaeological sites.