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Best Time of Year: March - September
The High Choquequirao Trek
This is an extremely special itinerary which gives you an alternative view of the world the Incas quickly built…
Adventure Café will take you along the lesser trodden path to the amazing ruins of Choquequirao, spectacular ruins which can only be accessed by foot. From here we walk through both the Cloud and Andean Highland Forests stopping for river bath at River Victoria. With river crossings and campsites with some of the best valley and ’snow capped mountain’ views your likely to find. This trek is built for the adventurous traveller and ticks all the boxes, with the highest path at 4500masl and a few long tough days… At the end of the trek there are extra days to chill out at Machu Picchu Town, also known as Aguas Calientes for its natural hot baths, before taking an awesome train journey to busy town of Ollantaytambo and a days Sacred Valley Tour. You will be remembering your time in Peru for years to come!!!
Day 1 - Morning Fligh to Lima Cusco—remainder of the day to be spent relaxing and gently acclimatising to the altitude. Take it easy and drink plenty (of Water!) Cusco Altitude = 3360m
Day 2 - Acclimatisation day, free day to explore Cusco, optional guided tour
Day 3 - Begin 8 Day Trek…
Day 3/4 - Trek Cachora to Choquequirao (arriving day 4)
Day 5 - Explore Choquequirao and begin trek to Machu Picchu Town
Day 6 - 9 - Trek to Aguas Calientes
Day 10 - Final day trekking on a newly opened trail, arriving and taking the first views of Machu Picchu. Arrive at Machu Picchu Town for a decent night's accommodation by the afternoon.
Day 11 - Machu Picchu
Day 11 - Early morning bus from Mach Picchu Town to Machu Picchu and 2/3 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. Free day to explore the ruins, evening spent at Machu Picchu Town.
Day 12 - Last day at Machu Picchu Town taking the afternoon train to Ollantayambo, evening spent in Ollantayambo.
Day 13 - Sacred valley tour
Day 14 - Morning transfer to Cusco Airport for our flight to Lima, tour ends.
You will stay in tourist category accommodation whilst in towns. On trek we will be using tents.
In all accommodation you will be sharing with someone of the same gender to yourself (unless you have booked as a couple).
Your accommodation is always selected in order to be clean and comfortable. Usually you will have en-suite facilities—if they are available where you are stopping for the night.
You may have single accommodation where available at a supplement. Please request at time of booking.
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.
Included In Trip
Your trip (Land Only Price) includes Internal flights to and from Cuzco, return transfers to between Cusco airport and Cusco town, all accommodation, all park entrance fees, guides, porters, 1 day sacred valley tour, passes for sacred valley tour, all meals on trek and breakfasts whilst in hotels.
Excluded From Trip
International flights, Lunches and dinners in towns, airport tax’s (approx $40), tips, bar bills, extra snacks on trek and soft drinks.
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.
Normal weather for Cusco, and the surrounding area depends heavily upon the altitude. Typical temperature range for Cusco fluctuates at night from +2 or 3 degrees, up to 18 or 20 during the daytime. While on trek we may experience a few chilly days and cold nights, perhaps even covering some parts through snow...
There is also a moderate wet season inland from December until April.
The Best time of year to visit is from June to October, when you can enjoy brilliant sunshine from very early in the day in Cusco.
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