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Choquequirao Trek & Qonoq (Medicinal Thermal Baths )5D

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Trip Overview

Choquequirao Trek  & Qonoq (Medicinal Thermal Baths )5D

Choquequirao Trek 5 days  is an increasingly popular alternative to the Inca Trail,  Choquequirao is an impressive Inca citadel placed on the side of a mountain, It is made all the more special by its location –overlooking one of the deepest canyons in the world – the Apurimac. Its Quechua name means  “Cradle of Gold”. Choquequirao Trek is one of the most important tourist attraction in Cusco but still little known by tourists, The different parts seem to have diverse functions such as utilitarian, agriculture and religion communicated with the main square, We will see a variety of plants and animals along the way, Let’s go! By  the stronger  trek of Peru, safely and responsibly, with Machupicchu Exploring Peru  & Trek operator.

Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE:WE ARE TAKING THE PATH OF CAPULIYUC  TO GET BETTER VIEWS AND WE ARE SKIPPING THE DUSTY ROAD OF CACHORA  WHERE THE  CARS PASS .

Day 0 : Evening Briefing In Cusco

Meet & greet with other guests where you receive important information for a great trekking experience.

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyuc – Chiquisca  or Playa Rosalina

Early in the morning we will have breakfast in the Hotel around 5:30am then the bus will pick us up from the hotel around 6 a.m. then we will start with our journey to the village of Cachora from Cusco 5 hours drive to the trail head of Cachora. During our journey we will stop a moment to observe the archaeological remains of Tarawasi from the bus, continuing thereafter towards the Cunyac Bridge between the departments of Cusco and Apurimac. Next we will travel through the district of Curahuasi and Saywite Andean Comunity, arriving at Cachora 2800 masl. at 10 a.m. approximately. Here we will meet our donkey drivers and We will begin our trek from this area, along sloping path leading to the pass of Capuliyoc 2915 meter sea level for about 2 hours, here we will have lunch and from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora, from Capuliyoc we will have the first view to Choquequirao far from us,. then We will descend toward Coca Masana 2330m where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally we arrive at Chiquiskä at 1900m closer to the Apurimac River where we will set up camp and spend the night in tents. Here in this camping area we will find humble huts where people from Cachora live offering soda drinks to the trekkers.

Day 2: Chiquisca or Playa Rosalina  – Santa Rosa – Maranpata

Early in the morning after the breakfast around 6:00 am, we will continue our trek, we will walk for about 1 hour down to cross the Apurimac River over the hanging bridge, then we will start climbing up the hill towards Santa Rosa (2115 m.a.s.l) where we will stop for lunch. This course is the hardest and we will take three hours after which we will climb up to the Maranpata (2850 m.a.s.l) that is an easier climb. During our journey we will observe the vegetation existing in the area. Then we will arrive to Maranpata beside the Chunchumayo River where we will have a short rest. Along the way we will observe many orchids and wild flowers as well as many birds, well after the hardly climbing we will arrive to Maranpata around 2pm. Here we will find humble huts and next them we will make our camp area. Camping in our tents.

Day 3: Maranpata – Coquequirao – Maranpata

Our Andean breakfast will be very early around 7:00 am and after it we will walk from Maranpata to Choquequirao (3035m) is a 2 hour hike. We will arrive at the archaeological site in time to enjoy the the impressionist views of the deep canyons and maybe the opportunity to see a Condor flying nearby, we will walk towards of the Choquequirao archaeological complex, which is a one-hour walk to see the Choquequirao and where our guide will explain you for three hours with all the details about this important Inca ruins. At the scheduled time around 3pm, to Maranpata, dinner and beautiful sunset, overnight in Maranpata camping.

Day 4: Maranpata – Santa Rosa – Playa Rolinda – Chiquisca

After the Choquequirao Breakfast around 7am, we will start descending to Santa Rosa 2115 masl., where we stop for lunch. Thereafter we will continue descending to Playa Rosalina 1550 masl. Upon our arrival at Rosalina Bach, we will continue our trek to the village of Chiquiskä 1950 masl., two hours away from Rosalina beach, where we will spend the night in the tents at Chiquisqa 1950 masl, here we will find soda drinks, beers in the humble hut offered by a Young boy Uriel.

Day 5: Chiquisca – Capuliyuc – Medicinal Thermal Baths of Qonoq

After our last Andean breakfast in Chiquisqa around 06:00 am, we will return along the same route to Capuliyuc  2800 masl., the slope we descended on the first day and which is a soft climb of two hours until the pass of Capuliyoc 2915 masl. , arriving at 10:00 am approximately. During our journey we will observe the exotic flora and fauna as well as sights of majestic snow-capped peaks and the impressive canyon of the Apurimac. After to get Capuliyoc .we will travel to the medicinal thermal baths of Qonoq where we will stay for one hour  and continue with our trip to Cusco. Arriving around 8 p.m., passengers will be transferred to the hotel. End of the services.

IMPORTANT NOTE :

  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions .

Inclusions

Choquequirao Trek Includes :

  • Collection from your hotel in the morning
  • Transportation by bus to the start of the trail (Capuliyuc )
  • English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 7 people)
  • Kailas 4 season tents  – 2 persons in each 4-person capacity tent with plenty of space for your backpacks and better comfort. 3 season Ones.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person thermarest  mattress
  • Kitchen tent, Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
  • Accommodations: 4 nights camping
  • Accommodation for our crew
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Choquequirao Inca Site entrance fee
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
  • Cook and Cooking equipment
  • Excellent Meals (04B,04L,04D + 05 morning snacks)
  • food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
  • We supply boiled water to fill in your water bottle all the time,(while hiking) if you may need more, please request it with enough time ahead to your crew
  • Teatime the first three days (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • Horses days 1-4 (for equipment and personal items, actually your main heavy stuff, will be carried by the horses, it means you only will carry a small day bag, day by day, we included 01 emergency horse to ride on, every 06 persons
  • including horsemen
  • Private Bus returning from Capuliyuc Town to Cusco City
  • Transfer to your hotel

Choquequirao Trek Includes :

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day
  • Entrance to qonoq (MEDICINAL THERMAL BATHS)
  • And if you need something to hire from us, we will for you, without any deposit (because most of the rent camping Shops use to ask like 50 or 60 dolars for anything you want to take ).
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.

Upgrade & Additional Things to Hire :

  • Extra Horse to Carry extra things/10kg-
  • Extra Horse To Ride /90kg-Weight Limit  Day 1 & 2 and Includes an Horseman to control the horse.
  • Walking sticks(Black Diamond) : it can be rented from us. (02 poles – for the entire trip)
  • Sleeping bags: it can be rented from us.( for the entire trip)
  • Airport pickup in Cusco USD

What You Need To Take :

  • Walking boots (with ankle protectors )
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent minimum 30% deet
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Shorts
  • Walking poles (with rubber tip) they can also be hired from us
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs) in conoc , ( optional )

Appropriate clothing along this hike
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is 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, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the fourth day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

Price & Availability

Choquequirao & Qonoq (Medicinal Thermal Baths ) Trek 5D 2016 – 2017

  • GROUP SERVICE : US$ per person & Students US$ per person (04-08 ppl Average – 12ppl Maximum over 10 ppl 02 Guides) /02 person to open a new group & any day you suit. (Based on availablity) If you are a Group over 06 people Write us to give you a discount.
  • PRIVATE SERVICE : From 02ppl US$0 per person .From 03ppl US$0 per person.From 04ppl US$0 per person.From 05-06ppl US$0 per person. From 07-10ppl US$0. you can leave any day you suit. The Sleeping bag and walking poles included in the price . (Based on availablity)If you are a Group over 06 people Write us to give you a discount.

To Book: we need you to send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of US$150 per person by Paypal or Western Union .(CLICK HERE TO SEE METHOD OF PAYMENTS )

DISCOUNTS:

  • Students: Discount of USD 20.00 dolars.To the students with valid card International Student Identity Card (ISIC) In case to be a student, the card must be properly scanned and send digitally to our e- mail before you pay the initial deposit for the reservation, in order to qualify for the discount .
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 8 or more: Completely free !! Sleeping bags and trekking poles for groups of 8 or more. Groups must book together at the same time.

INCA TRAIL PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE. YOU CAN BOOK YOUR TRIP FOR THIS DATE, 2017.

ALL DEPARTURES 100% GUARANTEED AND WE LEAVE WITH 02 PEOPLE MINIMUM.
ENERO 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
FEBRUARY 2017: ONLY PRIVATE TOURS
MARCH 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
APRIL 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
MAY 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
JUNE 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
JULY 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
AUGUST 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
SEPTEMBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
OCTOBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
NOVEMBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
DECEMBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
JANUARY 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.

FAQs

What will the weather be like on a Choquequirao trek?
The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, Choquequirao lies in the forested fringes of the Amazon basin, where showers can occur at any time of year. Therefore, even in the “dry” season, your daypack should always include full rain gear (both jacket AND trousers).
Daytime temperatures can vary greatly, with daytime highs ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to 32ºC/90ºF and nightime lows ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to a cold 4ºC/40ºF, though seldom much lower. The floor of the Apurimac Canyon gets very hot during the day. Bring your swimsuit for a delicious dip in the river.

Who should NOT hike Choquequirao?
This is a good hike for almost anyone with overnight hiking experience. The well-tramped trail is steep — but relatively easy if you hire pack animals. Those with chronic knee, ankle or back injuries should choose another hike. There may be rough & muddy sections. Evacuation is difficult.
What’s the most difficult section?
We expected the 1800+m (ft) climb from the Apurimac River up to Choquequirao to be excruciating.Yet for us it did not seem difficult. (Perhaps it was the excitement of finally arriving at the ruins.)If you hike one of the longer routes, the day following your visit to Choquequirao may well be the most difficult.
Should I bring a GPS?
It is a great idea if you are doing one of the longer routes. Keep a record of your route. We could post it on this website.
Do hikers ever get lost?
Yes, it is possible to get lost between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. This is good reason to hire an arriero or guide.If you are only hiking Cachora to the ruins, return — no problem. There is more signage here than on any trek in the world! Two competing series of coloured distance markers, both inaccurate, may confuse you.
What special gear should I bring?
Don’t forget:
Sunglasses
Toilet paper
Waterproof jacket
Sufficiently warm clothing
Lip protection from sun and wind
Cash
Disinfectant alcohol gel
We recommend disinfectant gel (sometimes called instant hand sanitizer) which you use to clean your hands before snack breaks & after toilet stops in the woods. Alcohol gel is essential hiking gear.
Stove fuel for almost any stove system can be purchased in Cuzco. Do not fly with it, obviously.
What footwear is best for Choquequirao?
You want to wear what fits you best & what works for you. No blisters! Most experts recommend hiking boots. Modern boots are remarkably light & comfortable. A pair of good boots & gaiters make you feel invincible in the mud. Some arrieros, by the way, hike in recycled-tire sandals! hiking boot abandoned on the Trail.
Do I need a water filter?
You definitely must treat water. Much of the trek is in grazing land.
Some make a distinction between these two:
Water filter removes protozoa & most bacteria
Water purifier removes protozoa & bacteria and deactivates viruses
Viruses are too small to be filtered so purifiers add something to disinfect them.
Make sure your purifier is well maintained & frequently cleaned.
You must either filter, boil, use iodine or water purification tablets.

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