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I would like to express my deepest and most sincere gratitude to Sap Adventures for an amazing and unforgettable trek along the Inca Trail. From the first email before our trip until our departure from Cusco, everyone at SAP took excellent care of my mom, my aunt, and me, but I especially want to thank our guides: Braulio and Franklin. We literally would not have made it to Machu Picchu without them.
We knew going into the trek that we would be the slowest of the group, but we were unprepared for the altitude sickness and exhaustion. After the first half hour of hiking, we only saw the rest of the group and Braulio at a few rest stops, meals, and in the evenings. When we did see Braulio, he was a wonderful guide; very knowledgeable, outgoing, friendly, and concerned for our well being. At Machu Picchu especially, he demonstrated an extensive archaeological understanding, and my only regret is that we were not fast enough to spend more time with him and the rest of the group. Franclin stuck with us at the back for the entire trek, and I sincerely believe that it was only his patience, encouragement, and care that got us to Machu Picchu.
Beginning on the first day, my aunt unfortunately had a hard time and struggled with altitude sickness and exhaustion. As would become our trend, darkness fell before we reached camp, and we needed to stop every few feet to take a break. But Franclin, who had been with us all day, kept up his enthusiasm and encouragement. Braulio and several porters, despite having already reached camp and seen to the needs of the rest of the group, returned to us for the last part of the trek to light our path and help us for the rest of the way to camp. Once there, they administered oxygen to my aunt and made sure we were as comfortable as possible.
At the beginning of the second day we were amused to see that we had been assigned our own personal porter, Mario, who quietly shadowed us like a guardian angel for all of the second and third days just in case we needed more help. Despite having to take care of three rather slow hikers, Felipe and Mario never complained. I cannot possibly express my appreciation enough. Felipe treated my mom and aunt as if they were his own much-loved and respected mother and aunt, and helped keep my worry for them at bay by pointing out orchids, describing the Inca ruins, and trying to teach me Quechua.
In addition to Felipe, Braulio, and Mario, the other Sap Adventures porters, cooks, and coordinator all helped make the trip amazing.
Linton Smith Lintonsmith32@gmail.com
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Choquequirao Trek (5 days/4 nights)

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  • Day 1: Cusco - Cachora – playa Rosalina
  • Day 2: playa Rosalina - Choquequirao
  • Day 3: Choquequirao - Raqaypata
  • Day 4: Raqaypata – coca Masana
  • Day 5: Coca Masana - Cachora – Cusco
  • Difficulty of trek: Moderate to difficult 
  • Length of trek: 5 Days / 4 Nights 
  • Start point: Cusco
  • End point: Cusco
  • Type of trek: Archaeological, Cultural, Camping, Ecological, Hiking

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Coca Masana - Playa Rosalina
We leave Cusco by bus at 6am for a 4 hour drive to Cachora. On the way we will make a stop to enjoy our breakfast admiring the amazing Limatambo Canyon and in the distance the great Salkantay and Humantay Mountains. We continue on to the little village of Cachora, where after meeting our expedition support we arrange our equipment on mules / horses and then we will be ready to start a soft hike through these mysterious and historically rich lands.
It´s a 3 hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below, and of the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora marking the horizon. We then descend toward Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes notably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change – it´s essential to bring a high deet mosquito repellent for this stage. Finally, we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) – beside the roaring Apurimac River (“Speaker of God”), famous for its class 5 rafting rapids. Here we will set up camp and spend the night. Your guide will introduce you to this amazing Inca land and answer any questions you may have.
Walking poles or wood sticks are very recommended for this day.

Day 2: Rosalina Beach - Choquequirao
This is considered the hardest of the 5 days of trek but it pays off with fantastic sceneries, combining high cloud forests with the Ceja de selva region of Cusco.
After an early breakfast we climb a steep trail for around 5 hours to reach Raqaypata, beside the Chunchullumayo River, where we will have a late lunch and a much deserved rest. Along the way we will observe many orchids and wild flowers as well as rare bird species. From Raqaypata it´s a further 2hrs hike to our destination of Choquequirao (3035m). We will arrive at the archaeological site in time to enjoy the sunset, and if we are lucky we may see a condor or two flying nearby. Our campsite will be just outside the ruins. 

Day 3: Choquequirao - Raqaypata
Today is dedicated to exploring the ruins of this incredible sacred town.Choquequirao is a peaceful and serene site, which is why it was used as a place of retreat for the Noble class and Inca priests from the capital city of Cusco; they would come here to be in closer contact with nature and perform rituals to worship their many nature deities.
Here you will see elaborate and intricate examples of Incan architecture. You will see countless sturdy farming platforms built into the hillsides which were used for planting crops or for decorating with exotic plants and wild orchids. The guard-houses from where these platforms were guarded are still there for you to admire, as well as the impressive aqueduct system that was used to irrigate them.
Our guide will explain the history and importance of the site, and later you will have free time to explore the many sectors of the complex and take many post-cards pictures. Late in the afternoon we will start the return trek and spend the night at Raqaypata. Again, with luck we should be able to witness the magical flight of some passing condors (they are often spotted in this valley). 

Day 4: Raqaypata - Coca Masana
After breakfast we continue our return trek with a steep descent along the valley, visiting little villages on the way – where we can interact with the friendly local mestizos who dedicate most of their time farming and hearding cows and sheep.
We will stop for lunch at a nice viewpoint looking over the Apurimac River. In the afternoon we will climb for approximately 4 hours to our final campsite at Coca Masana.
Again, a lot of mosquitos in this area; insect repellent, as well as walking poles or wood sticks are recommended.

Day 5: Coca Masana - Cachora - Cusco
After a 3 hour climb we reach Capuliyoc. From then on it´s a fairly flat trail back to the village of Cachora. Here we will say goodbye to our friendly Arrieros (support staff) and take the bus back to Cusco (approx. 4 hour journey).

Itinerary Notes

  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has their own preferred route and it might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • If required, riding horses or horses to carry luggage can be arranged at a reasonable daily rate.
  • Average group size 4 people, maximum group 10 people. Will depart any day with two people.

what's included at the salkantay?

  • 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
  • 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 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 4 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

please bring:

  • 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$ 10.00 (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

 


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