4D/3N of Hike to Choquequirao Ruins

Discover the Recently Inca Gold Refuge – 4Day

Travel Program

Choquequirao Complex is very interesting and one of the most popular treks in Cusco area. Choquequiraw is situated in the spur of the mountain range of Salkantay, over 3030m surrounded by the Apus of Yamana, Ampay, Chokecarpu, Pumasiyo and Panta, on the left bank of Apurimac river. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails. The reasons are many: The fantastic nature with valleys, snow-capped mountains and great variety of plants, birds and animals. Choquequiraw is considered as "The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire". Visitors can view a complex hydraulic system, most likely for domestic, ceremonial and agricultural use. The geographic location of Choquequirao in referenceto other complexes of the same period would tend to indicate that its function was that of an Inca enclave toward the valleys
of the Apurímac River. There are many similarities between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The latter was a sanctuary dedicated to the worship of the Inca Pachacútec; Choquequirao was also a sacred site, but one dedicated to other functions that could have had to do with war or with the surrounding apus. Each is located beside Mt. Salcantay and both are situated above, far above, a great river: in the case of Machupicchu, the Urubamba and in that of Choquequirao, the Apurímac... The ecotourism, fulfilling all the norms of conservation and control, will lead a sustainable development of the zone. The Inca trail to Choquequirao is encounters with the nature area that is without disturbance or contaminating, with a specific abject of admire and enjoy the landscapes along with sylvester plants, wild animals and cultural manifestations.

Choquequirao Weather:

  • Dry season (April – November)
  • Day temperature 20ºC/35ºC
    Night temperature 5 ºC/10ºC
  • Wet season (December – March)
  • Day temperature 17ºC/22ºC
    Night temperature 0 ºC/7ºC

We take small groups, Why?-

The principal reason to take small groups in the trail , is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the trail, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a sizeable difference “often over onehour in a section of the trail” between the fastest andslowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guide’s explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Smallgroups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.

Extra horse to hire.- Horses can carry up to 120Kg = $160 USD for the full duration of the tour ($40 USD per day). Each horse comes equipped with saddle and assistant who will provide food and care the horse every day.... Riding a horse you will need to carry a daypack with your Camera, bottle of water, snacks, a fleece or something warm and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season but as a precaution). Your bag will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites

What are the benefits of doing a private tour? -One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have
departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available (This is in case of Inca Trail) you can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.

OVERVIEW OF TOUR

The choquequirao trek, takes to the inca archaeological site of choquequirao, the only way to reach this wonderful choquequirao tours is by 04 days trek, the choquequiraois part of the complex system of andean towns in the Vilcabamba region. In Inka's time; choquequirao trek also connects to Machu Picchu. Also known as the last incas refuge. It offers a pure nature in a challenge trekking program. our trek leads by the one of the most difficult treks in peru, by the spurs of the salkantay chain mountains range, situated at 3,100 m.a.s.l. a perfect trek for people who is looking for nature places, ideal for meditation, and get out from stress, choquequirao trek is all nature surrounded by the snow capped mountains of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, and Pumasillo, choquequirao trek, runs by the left site of Apurimac river, then crosses to the right, the inca site choquequirao, is located at the left site of this great river, the choquequirao tours, once crossing the birch, gets in to Mollepata District territori, which is in Anta Province of Cusco department, the trek shows you, a beautiful site considered as the second best inca sites.

HIGHLIGHTS PLACES

  • Fantastic trip by private transport until the starting point of the hike
  • Landscape in the mountain
  • Awesome views along the hike
  • Variety of wild animals even Condors
  • Comfortable transport fo the round trip
  • Ruins of Choquequirao

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY

  • Original passport to be showed in the park control
  • Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
  • Hiking boots (waterproof)in the dry season only sneakers
  • Sleeping bag -15ºC (can be hired from our office for $20 USD for whole trip)
  • Long pants or slacks / A Daypack for your personal stuff
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
  • T-shirts and thermal underwear can be worn
  • Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
  • One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire personal horses)
  • Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature
  • Sweaters and a jacket / Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - March
  • Camera with extra batteries and flash light  and extra batteries
  • Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
  • Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Trail
  • Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
  • Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
  • Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
  • Water purifying tablets optional
  • Extra money for drinks and tips
  • First Aid kit (Band-Aids,cotton,bandages,alcohol,aspirin,tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
  • Oxygen for the highest mountain
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
  • Walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order to walk inside Machu Picchu).

Itineray

The choquequirao trek, takes to the inca archaeological site of choquequirao, the only way to reach this wonderful choquequirao tours is by 04 days trek, the choquequiraois part of the complex system of andean towns in the Vilcabamba region. In Inka's time; choquequirao trek also connects to Machu Picchu. Also known as the last incas refuge. It offers a pure nature in a challenge trekking program. our trek leads by the one of the most difficult treks in peru, by the spurs of the salkantay chain mountains range, situated at 3,100 m.a.s.l. a perfect trek for people who is looking for nature places, ideal for meditation, and get out from stress, choquequirao trek is all nature surrounded by the snow capped mountains of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, and Pumasillo, choquequirao trek, runs by the left site of Apurimac river, then crosses to the right, the inca site choquequirao, is located at the left site of this great river, the choquequirao tours, once crossing the birch, gets in to Mollepata District territori, which is in Anta Province of Cusco department, the trek shows you, a beautiful site considered as the second best inca sites.

Day01: Cusco – Limatambo – Cachora - Chuquisca ( L&D) At 5am we pick up from your hotel and we leave from Cusco in our private van will take us to the town of San Pedro de Cachora(2800m)  where you have plenty of time for breakfast for additional cost. Here we met the rest of our team (cook, horses and horse handlers). Begin the long trek which will take us between 7 to 8 hours. Along the way we will also be able to observe diverse landscapes that belong to different climates such as Pedroyoc snow-capped, diversity of flora and fauna that embellish our walking. Today will trek 7 to 8 hours on the mountainous region. Finally arrive to el Capulichayoc Viewpoint, from where we will be able to observe the deepest canyon in the world which is known as the Apurimac and by where the majestic Apurimac flows. It is here where we will have our first lunch and from where is possible to see the first sights of Choquequirao. Will continue descending until CHIKISKA (1800m) where will set up the tents and spend night surrounded by majestic landscape.

Day02: Chiquisca – Marampata -Choquequirao Ruins (B-L&D) After a good breakfast we start our strenuous hike up hill for about 5 hours to our lunch stop at Marcapata and then completely guided tour of Chokequirao = "Golden Cradle" is considered the Sister City of Machu Picchu, as there are several similarities. It hangs 1500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon. Machu Picchu hangs above the Urubamba canyon. It is at the same latitude and it is a large citydel with more of 8 hectares, only one third has been uncovered and every day the archeologists find something else of interest. We will observe the three levels of the excavated ruin, where we can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this late Inca-town, like the ruin in progress of excavation. Camping next to Marcapata

Day03: Choquequirao Ruins - Sunchupata – Choquequirao – Chiquisca (B-L&D)Very early and after breakfast (5:00 am) we travel towards Choquequirao, which is a one-hour walk to see the sunrise at Choquequirao and where we will remain for three hours in the company of a guide who will provide you with all the details about this important Inca refuge. At the scheduled time, we will begin our return to Sunchupata, descending to Santa Rosa, where we stop for lunch. Thereafter we continue descending to Playa Rosalina that takes about an hour. Upon our arrival at Rosalina we will continue our journey to the village of Chiquisca, two hours away from Rosalina, where we will spend the night.

Day04:Chiquisqa – Capuliyoc – Cachora – Cusco (B) A hearty breakfast shall be served in Chiquisca (06:00 am) after which we will return along the same route to Cachora which is the slope we descended on the first day and which is a smoother climb of two hours until we reach the pass of Capuliyoc. From here, it takes another two hours to reach the village of Cachora along a smoother route, arriving at 12:00 am approximately. During our journey we will observe the exotic flora and fauna as well as sights of majestic snowcapped peaks and the impressive canyon of the Apurimac. In the afternoon we will travel to the medicinal thermal baths of Qonoq where we will remain for one hour and continue later on our journey to the city of Cusco. Upon our arrival in Cusco at 8 p.m., you will be transferred to the hotel. End of the services.

Overview of Tour

The choquequirao trek, takes to the inca archaeological site of choquequirao, the only way to reach this wonderful choquequirao tours is by 04 days trek, the choquequiraois part of the complex system of andean towns in the Vilcabamba region. In Inka's time; choquequirao trek also connects to Machu Picchu. Also known as the last incas refuge. It offers a pure nature in a challenge trekking program. our trek leads by the one of the most difficult treks in peru, by the spurs of the salkantay chain mountains range, situated at 3,100 m.a.s.l. a perfect trek for people who is looking for nature places, ideal for meditation, and get out from stress, choquequirao trek is all nature surrounded by the snow capped mountains of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, and Pumasillo, choquequirao trek, runs by the left site of Apurimac river, then crosses to the right, the inca site choquequirao, is located at the left site of this great river, the choquequirao tours, once crossing the birch, gets in to Mollepata District territori, which is in Anta Province of Cusco department, the trek shows you, a beautiful site considered as the second best inca sites.

HIGHLIGHTS PLACES

  • Fantastic trip by private transport until the starting point of the hike
  • Landscape in the mountain
  • Awesome views along the hike
  • Variety of wild animals even Condors
  • Comfortable transport fo the round trip
  • Ruins of Choquequirao

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY

  • Original passport to be showed in the park control
  • Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
  • Hiking boots (waterproof)in the dry season only sneakers
  • Sleeping bag -15ºC (can be hired from our office for $20 USD for whole trip)
  • Long pants or slacks / A Daypack for your personal stuff
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
  • T-shirts and thermal underwear can be worn
  • Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
  • One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire personal horses)
  • Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature
  • Sweaters and a jacket / Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - March
  • Camera with extra batteries and flash light  and extra batteries
  • Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
  • Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Trail
  • Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
  • Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
  • Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
  • Water purifying tablets optional
  • Extra money for drinks and tips
  • First Aid kit (Band-Aids,cotton,bandages,alcohol,aspirin,tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
  • Oxygen for the highest mountain
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
  • Walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order to walk inside Machu Picchu).

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY

  • Original passport to be showed in the park control
  • Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
  • Hiking boots (waterproof)in the dry season only sneakers
  • Sleeping bag -15ºC (can be hired from our office for $15 USD for whole trip)
  • Long pants or slacks / A Daypack for your personal
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
  • T-shirts and thermal underwear can be worn
  • Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
  • One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire personal horses)
  • Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature
  • Sweaters and a jacket / Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - March
  • Camera with extra batteries and flash light  and extra batteries
  • Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
  • Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Trail
  • Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
  • Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
  • Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
  • Water purifying tablets optional
  • Extra money for drinks and tips
  • First Aid kit (Band-Aids,cotton,bandages,alcohol,aspirin,tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
  • Oxygen for the highest mountain
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
  • Walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order to walk inside Machu Picchu).

Pricing

Prices Valid for Trips through December 31, 2013

N`People

2 to 3

4 to 5

6 to 7

8 to 10

11to 16

Prices US$

U$830

U$760

U$680

U$ 520

U$460

Our Price Included:
  • Pre-information night before of your Trek by your guide
  • Official English speaking guide(2 guides for groups over 8 people)
  • English speaking guide (2 guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • Private transport Cusco to Cachora and return to Cusco
  • Entrance to Choquequirao ruins (one time)
  • Horses to carry food and camping gear and backpacks
  • Experienced cook & Cooking equipment
  • Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
  • 4 capacity tent - 2 persons per tent with plenty space
  • Sleeping mattress
  • All meals on the trail ( Vegetarian optional )
  • Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast
  • Return by private van from Cachora to Cusco
  • Kitchen and dining tent with camp tables and chairs
  • Tents and food for our camp staff
  • Government sales tax ( 19% As known IGV )
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • South Adventure Peru Tours gift (Private VIP Service only)
Our Price does not include:
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Lunch and dinner on Day4
  • Breakfast on the first day ( will provide at Hotel )
  • Extra horse to carry your personal stuff
  • Extra horse cost (12 K $160 ) ( 9 K $ 80 )
  • Sleeping bags ( For rent $ 20 for whole trip )
  • Tips for the guides, cooks, porters. It`s a tradition
  • Energy snack will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits.
  • Personal expenses
  • Emergency horse to be ride in case you feel sick or tired.
  • Laundry service
  • Phone calls in case of emergency

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY

  • Original passport to be showed in the park control
  • Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
  • Hiking boots (waterproof)in the dry season only sneakers
  • Sleeping bag -15ºC (can be hired from our office for $15 USD for whole trip)
  • Long pants or slacks / A Daypack for your personal
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
  • T-shirts and thermal underwear can be worn
  • Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
  • One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire personal horses)
  • Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature
  • Sweaters and a jacket / Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - March
  • Camera with extra batteries and flash light  and extra batteries
  • Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
  • Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Trail
  • Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
  • Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
  • Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
  • Water purifying tablets optional
  • Extra money for drinks and tips
  • First Aid kit (Band-Aids,cotton,bandages,alcohol,aspirin,tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
  • Oxygen for the highest mountain
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
  • Walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order to walk inside Machu Picchu).

The Inca Trail FAQ

F.A.Q BY OUR CUSTOMERS

How do I book a trek? How do I book a trek? If you do wish to book an Inca Trail trip, we will need to confirm availability of the Inca Trail at the time of your enquiry. This will normally take no longer than 2 hours but please allow for 4 hours. If your enquiry is made after 5PM EST, we will only be able to confirm availability the next day. When availability has been confirmed, we can confirm the space for no longer than 24 hours after which time a new availability check will have to be made. If you wish to proceed and book your Inca trail trip, we strongly advise you do so within 4 hours of receiving availability confirmation but not after 24 hours. To book your trip, we shall require all your personal details such as : Name and last name / Passport number / Nationality and Age (otherwise no booking can be made) along with the completed booking form and the non refundable deposit payment. If these are not received within 24 hours of the availability check, the spaces will be automatically released and a new availability check will have to be made. We advise you book your Inca trail trek at least three months in advance. For treks between May and August, we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance. For certain treks such as the Salkantay, Lares, and other hikes, also is required booking in advance because we must buy the entrance to Machu Picchu—before—sold--out.


Is it true that they will close the Inca Trail?The Inca Trail will be closed during the month of February each year. The last group will depart on 31 January and the next group will start on 01 March. The closure is to allow conservation projects to take place, give an opportunity for camping facilities to be improved and to allow the vegetation to grow back. February is also the height of the wet season. The ruins of Machu Picchu will remain open as normal as will the train services between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. During February we can offer an alternative 4 day trek that starts from km82 and follows the Urubamba River until km104 where it climbs up to Wiñay Wayna and then on to Machu Picchu. This trek is picturesque but does not include visits to the Inca ruins at Runkurakay, Sayacmarka or Phuyupatamarca .

Can I trek the Inca Trail alone? No. Trekkers have to trek using the services of a licensed tour operator.

Should I make a reservation for the trek in advance or wait until arriving in Cuzco? Because of the numbers of persons permitted on the trek has been dramatically reduced it is advisable to make a reservation at least 3 months in advance for most months and at least 6 months in advance if wishing to trek between the months of May and August.

When is the best time to go? The dry season from April to October is probably the most comfortable period as far as the weather is concerned. Even during these months you can still get a little rain. Ideally the month of May is perfect since there is little rain but the vegetation is still rich and lush. June, July and August are the 3 busy months and the numbers of trekkers has been limited so book well in advance. Although the weather is sunny during these months the temperature at night can drop considerably, falling to below freezing so be prepared. The months of November and December can still be very enjoyable with fewer trekkers. Expect at least one day of rain during this period. January and March can be very wet at times. However most of the rain falls late in the afternoon and at night so ensuring you have a good waterproof tent is all important. These months also correspond to Summer in Peru so the sun can be very strong and the nights generally mild. The Inca Trail for the entire duration of February.


Weather on the Inca Trail

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Maximum Temperature °C

19

19

19

20

20

20

19

20

20

21

21

21

Minimum Temperature °C

7

7

6

5

3

0

0

2

4

6

6

6

Rainy Days

18

13

11

8

3

2

2

2

7

8

12

16

How safe is it on the Inca Trail? Theft is very uncommon on the trail provided that you take basic precautions. Do not take any valuables with you that you don't need for the trek. Leave jewelers, large sums of money in your hotel safe (However you need to take your passport on the trek with some money for tips). Take plenty of plastic bags to wrap socks, boots, underwear and wet clothes in. Do not leave them outside of your tent at night (no matter how much they may smell!) or they may not be there in the morning. Carry your valuables in a money belt or neck pouch and keep items such as cameras and passports with you at all times especially at meal times.

What kind of drinking water is available? You will come across a small stream or mountain spring every 90 minutes or so along the trail where you can fill up your water bottle. Take a bottle of at least 1.5 liter capacities per person. Although the water is clear always use sterilizing tablets and follow the instructions. The sterilizing tablets 'MicroPur' can be bought in most pharmacies in Cuzco. With these tablets you have to wait at least 60 minutes before drinking. Also, we will boil water for you in the morning and at meal times. Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cuzco or bought from local people at several places along the Inca Trail.

What are the toilets like along the trail? Toilets have improved considerably in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have flush toilets and running water. We also provide our own chemical toilets for private use for your group only. On our Superior, Premium and Luxury treks we also provide portable showers.
How fit do I need to be to do the Inca Trail? In brief, in good shape. It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail then it must be easy ... it isn't. The trail is 45km (26 miles) long and involves great physical exertion to complete. On the second day you climb nearly 1200m (about 4000 ft) in the morning. Combined with high altitude (lack of oxygen) and extreme weather (you can easily burn in the high altitude sun during the day and temperatures can drop to below freezing at night) the trek can be hard work. However all this suffering can make the final arrival at Machu Picchu all the more enjoyable In general if you take regular exercise and spend a few days acclimatizing to the altitude (which our programmers allow for) then you should be fine. If you are a regular walker and comfortable being on your feet for 7 hours per day, then you should complete the trek with nothing more than a few blisters and a great sense of achievement.

How much should I tip? Deciding how much to tip the porters, the cook and guide is always a difficult moment at the end of the trek. In general, however, we would recommend taking an extra US$25-30 per person to cover tips. Try to take this amount in low denomination Peruvian Soles bills so that it can easily be divided amongst the porters, cook and guides. Remember the above figures are just a guide line.

Inca Trail Preparations The maximum altitude reached is 4200m above sea level. On the second day of the trek you will climb nearly 1200m. Make no mistake, the Inca Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. Try walking 15km in a day or go to the gym in the months leading up to the trek. The good news is that virtually everyone who starts the trek finishes it!.

Altitude Effects At higher altitudes the air pressure becomes less and the air becomes thinner. This creates a shortage of oxygen for your body. This effect is noticeable at altitudes of over 3000m above sea level. Cuzco is at an altitude of 3400m and the highest point on the Inca trail is at 4200m. At this height a lungful gives you about 50% less oxygen than at sea level. To help compensate for this reduced amount of oxygen you have to breathe twice as fast and your heart has to work much harder to pump the oxygen around your body. Your body also tries to concentrate the number of red blood cells (which carry the oxygen). This is done by getting rid of excess fluid (urinating more frequently) and by producing more red blood cells although the latter process may take a week. On reaching heights above 3000m, heart pounding and shortness of breath are a normal response to the lack of oxygen in the air. However, for some visitors these symptoms can deteriorate into a conditions known as Soroche (or acute mountain sickness) when you can start to experience headaches, loss of appetite, extreme tiredness, sleeplessness and often nausea. Symptoms usually develop within the first day or two at altitude, but may be delayed by up to 2 weeks. To prevent Soroche, try to take things easy as soon as you arrive. Once settled in your hotel room has a lie down for a while and drinks plenty of fluids. Don't plan any strenuous treks until you've acclimatized for a few days. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. Drinking mate de coca (an infusion of coca leaves) may help. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. On recovery one can re-ascend slowly or in stages. The drug Diamox is often used by many visitors to speed the acclimatization process and counter the symptoms of Soroche. It can now be purchased in most pharmacies in Cuzco.

What to Bring (Packing List) Backpack (we will provide one if you forgot to bring it), sleeping bag (included on all superior, premium and luxury treks), rain jacket, strong footwear such as hiking boots with ankle support, one complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cuzco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunglasses and high factor sun protection, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper (we also provide this), camera and spare batteries (there is nowhere to charge your camera during the trek). We recommend that you buy a walking stick/trekking pole at the start of the trek which can also be taken with you as a memento. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek. Photocopies are not acceptable.

What does the company provide? The company provides all camping equipment, communication equipment, chemical toilets, individual tents, dining tents, dining chairs, mattresses, all fresh food, cooking equipment, cooking gas, drinking water and portable showers. Sleeping bags and pillows are provided on all superior, premium and luxury treks along with a personal masseuse and yoga instructor. We also provide a cook, cook's assistant, and all porters to carry all equipment. A qualified English speaking guide who is trained in first aid with a portable oxygen tank will be the leader of the trek. On all Luxury treks, a company assistant will also be present to assure that a very high level of service is given. Please note that the personal tents are not in the same style as African safari tents due to the size and weight limitations that porters are allowed to carry. Everything available to you on this adventure will have been carried by the team of porters.

Porter's conditions The working conditions of our porters are very important to us. We select porters who are not only reliable, hard working and honest but also who can play musical instruments, recite Quechua stories and sing Quechua songs. It is important that our porters are happy working for us and are committed to staying with the company for long term. To ensure this, we provide amongst the highest porter's salaries in the industry, we also provide comfortable working conditions, their own sleeping tent, individual mattresses and very good food, not the left- over's of the group. Our porters have recognized this and are the most company loyal porters in the entire region. We are proud of this and will continue to provide superior conditions for our porters, amongst the most hard working and diligent people we have ever come across.


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