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Best Time of Year: March - September
Choqoquirao Machu Picchu
This trip takes you to the heart of the ancient Inca Empire—to Cuzco, the regional Adventure Capital, and then on to the lost city of Choquoquirao, and culminates in the incredible Macchu Picchu at the top if the Inca Trail.
This is certainly a trip of a lifetime, and not to be missed. Take the Adventure Café itinerary, and experience the best that the Peruvian Andes has to offer, including the often overlooked and quieter trek into Choquoquirao. But don’t miss the chance to experience the world’s most famous ruins at Macchu Picchu.
In ancient history, Peru was the seat of the powerful Inca civilisation, who ran successfully all the way through to 1533, at which point the Spanish Conquistadores seized control. Under the control of the Spanish until 1824, the Peruvian culture was constrained, and today the visitor will experience a cultural fusion between the Inca, and the Spanish Colonial. Languages spoken are Spanish and the traditional Quechua. Population = 28 million (approx 2005) (UK = 60 million approx) GDP / Capita = $5600 (2004 Approx) (UK = $29,600 ) Land Area = 1.28 million sq km ( UK = 241,590 sq km) Highest Point = Nevado Huascaran 6,768 m
Day 1—Trip starts in Lima, evening stay Lima (Stopover)
Day 2—Morning Flight Lima Cusco—remainder of the day to be spent relaxing and gently acclimatising to the altitude. Take it easy and drink plenty (of Water!) Cuzco Altitude = 3360m—Afternoon spent relaxing, and coming to terms with Andean Altitude!
Day 3—Begin Trek to Choquoquirao. Transfer to Cachora (Approx 4.5 hrs + breaks)
Day 4—7 Continue Trek to Choquoquirao, and then back again returning to Cachora and then Cuzco.
Day 8—9 A 2 Day Trek to Macchu Picchu, experiencing the incredible sungate, and the amazing journey into the inaccessible
Day 10 Rest Day—Cuzco—time to reflect on some incredible sights and sounds in the Inca World of the Andes.
Day 11—Depart Cuzco for Lima—then onwards to London
Day 12—Arrive London Note your flight will take you from London to Lima (Return), and will need to be organised separately from the main part of your itinerary. Flight London Lima—Approx Flight Time = 16 hrs (inc change) Flight Lima—Cuzco—Approx 1.5 hrs
On trek you will be staying in tents, whilst in towns you will use simple guesthouses.
What is a Level 3.0 Trekking Challenge Like?
These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 9 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect a lower daily duration, but of course the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however you will need to be more resilient, due to simple living conditions. UK single day or weekend level 3 treks are suited to walkers and trekkers with some previous history of upland walking or alternatively a good amount of lowland training behind them.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside; 7 hours plus . You should be doing regular exercise, possibly with some running. Your running speed will be fairly steady; nothing too fast, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs). These other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level. e.g. spinning, circuits, swimming, or other sports.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit, Plasters, Vaseline
Rehydration Salts, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Immodium
Anti-Malarial Medication, Hand Disinfectant Lotion (optional)
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)
Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 4 season rated to -15°C comfort rating
Sleeping Mat (thick Karrimat/Thermarest style)
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Big Rucksack (to carry all your overnight gear)
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods for time in trek - esp. items that you may crave on the trail
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Heavyweight Fleece
Duvet Jacket, Lightweight Gloves, Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece Hat, Balaclava
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, Thermal Underwear
1 Change of Casual Evening Wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues
Diary, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, Visa's (if applicable - in most of our long haul countries you may pay for your visa on arrival)
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Wallet, Money Belt, Credit Cards, Cash (local currency - please note on long haul treks it may not be possible to get currency before you travel)
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
Specialist Items for Long Haul Trips
Mosquito Nets, Water Purification Kit, Sewing Kit
Non-Caffeinated Drinks - i.e fruit powdered drink / green tea / herbal tea
US Dollars are the most convenient and convertible form of currency in many distant corners of the world - recommended!
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Notes on Trekking Events
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