The Chasqui Adventure

Joining The Two Lost Cities Of The Incas

Machu Picchu has always been known as the Lost City of the Incas, but in recent years, another lost city was discovered: Choquequirao. In this exciting trip, we will connect both Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.


Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arriving in Lima

 

We will be waiting for you at the Peru Airport arrivals, right outside the baggage claim area, to take you to your hotel for a repairing rest after a full day of traveling.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Lima
  • Meals: None
  • Elevation: Sea Level

Day 2: Arriving in Cusco

 

We want to be in Cusco early, so we need to leave Lima early. Inca Runners will take you back to the Lima Airport to catch our flight to Cusco in the morning.

A short one-hour flight puts us in Cusco. This is our first encounter with elevation (11,500 ft). After Lunch, our private transportation will take us to visit the Archaeological Park around the City of Cusco, where we will see incredible sites such as the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, as well as the Kenko ruins. These activities will help us to keep acclimating our bodies to the long journey ahead.


Our first dinner, in a great downtown restaurant, will be magical. We will start the Peruvian cultural experience with a Pisco Sour, appetizers and soft Andean live music.

 

  • Overnight: Hotel in Cusco
  • Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
  • Camp Elevation: 11500 ft / 3400 mt

Day 3: Archaeological Park & Sacred Valley

 

  • Optional: Early morning run from 6am to 8:30am

After breakfast, our private transportation will take us to visit to The Sacred Valley,  located one hour outside of Cusco, and is 2,500 ft lower in elevation. This valley was one of the main agricultural areas during the Incan Empire, and is still harvested by the local famers. The Valley has views of ancient ruins surrounded by fields of gold, dramatic snow-capped peaks, and quaint villages.

In the Sacred Valley, we will visit the small town of Pisaq, where we will have lunch at a local outdoor restaurant.


After lunch, we will visit Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley, and it lies at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins. After a ten-minute uphill walk, we will reach the ruins, where we can see the Valley and the entire ruin complex. Our guide will talk about and show you around the ruins before we head back to Cusco.

We will be back in Cusco just in time for dinner and a preview of the amazing trails that

we will adventure toward over the upcoming days.

 

  • Overnight: Hotel Cusco
  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Camp Elevation: 7800 ft / 2400 mt

Day 4: Cachora to Chikiska

 

Today we start very early making our way up to the little town of Cachora. Cachora is where our adventure begins.

We will start our hike/run from Cachora. The first five miles are slightly uphill with incredible views of the mountain range and plenty of photo opportunities. The next four miles are downhill, to the bottom of the Apurimac Canyon. This section of the trail offers incredible chances for condor sightings, mango fruit picking and 360-degree views of phenomenal scenery.


Here our camp will be set up and will be waiting for us, along with a well-deserved dinner. We will camp and sleep under the Southern Cross.

 

  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Camp Elevation: 7500 ft / 2200 mt

Day 5: Chikiska to Choquequirao

 

We will leave our camp very early in the morning and arrive at Choquequirao 5 hours later. This is a six-mile stretch uphill for the first part, and then flat terrain to Choquequirao.

 

We will spend the rest of the afternoon visiting and walking around these amazing ruins, watching condors fly overhead and enjoying a view of the sunset on top of a glacier above our heads.

 

  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Camp Elevation: 10500 ft / 2800 mt

Day 6: Choquequirao to Maizal

 

After breakfast, it’s time to hit the trail again. The first part of the trail is downhill,  followed by an uphill to our next camp, where our staff will have everything set up for us.

 

We will have lunch by the Rio Blanco (White River). Day 6 has been rated by past clients as one of the most challenging days of the trip, and very rewarding and fun!


Another evening of a hearty dinner, relaxation and stargazing.

 

  • Overnight:  Camp
  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Camp Elevation: 11000 ft / 3000 mt

Day 7: Maizal to Yanama

 

We will begin running or hiking after a hearty breakfast. Day 7 will lead us to Yanama, going uphill the first five miles to Veronica pass. These miles are amazingly beautiful. We will have the chance to see sections of the so-called “Royal IncaTrail,” a section of the trail that was exclusively used by the Inca Emperor and family.

Lunch will be waiting for us at the pass. The next three miles are downhill, and lead us straight to our next camp.


Upon our arrival at Yanama, our camps will be made, a full meal will be waiting for us, and another promising evening for more Inca tales, stargazing and relaxation.

 

  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Camp Elevation: 11600 ft / 3500 mt

Day 8: Yanama to Totora

 

Another great morning starts surrounded by the beauty of the Andes at their best. Today’s hike and run will lead us up and over Yanama pass, followed by a great descent to our next camp. This part of the trail is one of the most beautiful sections of the adventure. You will see incredible views of glaciers, winding rivers, and gold wheat fields.

As we descend from the pass, you will witness dramatic changes in the environment surrounding you. On this day, we will go from the typical highland vegetation to being surrounded by jungle-like vegetation.

Dinner, more Incan history and fun  are waiting for us at the end of the day. You might even decide take part of a small soccer game with the locals.

 

  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Camp Elevation: 11500 ft / 3410 mt

Day 9: Totora to Machu Picchu

 

Very early and after breakfast, we will catch our 1 hr 45 min. ride to the train station. The train is our final link to Machu Picchu. The train will drop us off at the town of Aguas Calientes, which is a 1.5 miles beneath Machu Picchu. From Aguas Calientes, you can either hike up to the ruins or take the shuttle.

We should be at the ruins by 11am. We have until 4pm to visit the site.


Our guide will provide a comprehensive explanation about the Machu Picchu ruin site. We will then head back to Ollantaytambo on a 90 minute comfortable ride in the Vista Dome trains.

A night of celebration, joy and great food is waiting for us upon our return to the City of Cusco where we’ll spend the night at our hotel.

 

  • Overnight: Hotel
  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Elevation: 11073 ft / 3300 mt

Day 10 Return to Lima - Fly Back Home

 

We will leave Cusco around mid day to return to Lima. Once in Lima, you have the option to spend the rest of the afternoon resting in your hotel, or you can go for a walk around the Miraflores neighborhood. You will be taken to Lima Airport that night to take your flight back home.



  • Overnight: None
  • Meals: B,L
  • Elevation: Sea Level

Overview

  • Trip Dates - Year 2013

  • June 7th - 20th - Special Itinerary!
    (With Anastasia Kuzmina)
    Min 6 People
  • August 10 - 18th
These dates are available for both runners and hikers.

Private Trips

  • If the above dates don't work for you, we can arrange private trips for your family, group of friends, or just the two of you. Simply pick the dates that work best for you, then contact us to schedule!

Accommodations

  • 10-day trip (4 nights in hotels, 5 nights of all-inclusive private camping)
  • All meals included (except for the first day)

All-Inclusive Amenities


Prices

  • $2,950 land price (minimum of 6 members)
  • 2012 Trip Deposit

Group Size

  • 5 – 15 people

Trip Level

  • Challenging (full day of running or hiking on changing terrain)

Total Mileage

  • 40 miles

Terms & Conditions



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