Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

A fantastic trekking holiday on the alternative Inca Trail




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Holiday Overview


  • Trek between the premier Inca sites of Peru
  • Visit the lost Inca fortress of Choquequirao
  • Hike through the amazing Apurimac Canyon
  • Including Machu Picchu, this is the ultimate Peru holiday

Sitting astride a high ridge amongst the snow-capped peaks of Peru, the Inca outpost of Choquequirao is one of the most important discoveries of Inca antiquity. Already a rival to Machu Picchu in terms of its size and splendour, more buildings and llama-decorated terraces are being exposed in Choquequirao each year. Choquequirao is more difficult to access and much less visited than Machu Picchu. Our fully supported trek to this so-called 'Cradle of Gold' in Peru is by way of the awe-inspiring canyon of the Apurimac River, involving a descent and ascent of almost 2000 metres to reach our camp beside the citadel of Choquequirao. We have a full day to explore the Choquequirao site before setting off on a 5-day trek through the rugged and beautiful Cordillera Vilcabamba, a region dominated by impressive 6000 metre peaks including Pumasillo and Salcantay. Following a rarely-used Inca trail which once connected Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, we cross the Totora Pass (4500m) then turn north to descend the Rio Colpa, passing untouched Andean villages whose Quechua inhabitants still wear traditional dress. Arriving at the cloud forest cloaked valley of the Rio Urubamba, this great trip concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a welcome free day in Cusco. This is a superb holioday in Peru for everyone who loves to follow in the footsteps of the early explorers and for those who want the genuine Inca trail experience but without the crowds. This is a simply superb trekking holiday - probably the best in Peru.

Is this holiday for you?

This walking holiday to Choquequirao in Peru is a classic trek and we will cover a  variety of terrain. Most of the walking is on fairly well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone in places. There are occasional river crossings and some steep sections of trail. It is possible that the highest passes might have a light covering of snow. The descent and ascent into the Apurimac Canyon is steep downhill and uphill, and it can be very hot in the lower parts of the canyon. There are several consecutive long trekking days, some high pass crossings and we will accumulate more than 5000 metres of ascent and descent during the course of the trek; a good level of fitness is essential.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Cusco. Transfers from Cusco Airport are provided.
  • Acclimatisation day in Cusco (3200m), with a walking tour of the city including Sacsayhuaman.
  • Drive to the first campsite at Cachora (2900m), visiting Tarawasi and Sahuite en route.
  • Trek into the Apurimac Canyon down a switchback trail. Ascend to Santa Rosa (2100m).
  • Ascend up and out of the canyon towards Choquequirao, making a first visit in the afternoon.
  • A full day to explore the dramatic ruins at Choquequirao on foot.
  • A tough day, trekking to Maizal above the Rio Blanco, visiting the ruins at Pincha Unoyoc.
  • Cross the San Juan Pass (4150m) and descend to the Rio Yanama Valley.
  • Trek over the Totora Pass (4660m) following ancient Inca trails to Totora.
  • Descend to the semi-tropical valley and follow the Rio Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba (1800m).
  • Trek into the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, then return to Cusco via the Sacred Valley.
  • Departure day. Cusco Airport transfers are provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Cusco. Transfers from Cusco Airport are provided.

    Arriving in the former Inca capital of Southern Peru, we are met by our guide or a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group’s hotel. As we are now at an altitude of 3200 metres we spend most of today taking it easy in order to acclimatise to the rarefied air. Depending on arrival time, we have the afternoon to relax and explore at our leisure and we may want to sample the local altitude remedy, coca tea.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Acclimatisation day in Cusco (3200m), with a walking tour of the city including Sacsayhuaman.

    We have a full day in Cusco to explore and acclimatise to the altitude. We have the option of taking a relaxing walking tour of the city. Every small street or alley-way that we enter and every corner that we turn, brings another surprise, in the form of superbly constructed Incaic walls or the rather more architecturally extravagant Spanish Colonial churches and palaces. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Pizarro took control of the city in 1535. The highlight of this tour is our visit to the impressive fortress citadel of Sacsayhuaman, which is set high above Cusco. The afternoon is free for further independent exploration. In the evening, we can relax in one of the excellent restaurants, which overlook the main square - the Plaza de Armas.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Drive to the first campsite at Cachora (2900m), visiting Tarawasi and Sahuite en route.

    After breakfast at our hotel, we will set off on the scenic drive westwards from Cusco. We pass to the south of impressive Andean peaks such as Huayanay and Salcantay and have the chance to visit the Inca ruins at Tarawasi. We also stop off at Sahuite, where there is an incredible boulder, which was carved by the Incas into the form of animals, plants, houses and streets. Turning off the main highway onto a dirt road, we arrive at the beautiful village of Cachora (2900m), high above the Apurimac Canyon, where we meet our muleteer team and set up camp with a spectacular view into the canyon. There is plenty of time in the afternoon to explore the village and meet the inhabitants.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Trek into the Apurimac Canyon down a switchback trail. Ascend to Santa Rosa (2100m).

    Our arrieros load the group's gear onto mules and after breakfast we set off on the exciting trek into the Apurimac Canyon. At first, we traverse above a small tributary with terraced farmland and houses on the other side of the valley. Reaching a saddle at Capuliyoc, we have our first view of the Apurimac River far below and we can also see Choquequirao from here, slightly higher than our elevation and on the other side of the canyon. Now, we begin a long descent on a switchback trail, passing a couple of isolated houses where bottled water and soft drinks may be available. The temperature increases as we lose height and close to the river we find ourselves amongst lush vegetation; trees, cacti and colourful flowers. We reach Playa Rosalinda (1550m) and cross the small bridge over the mighty Apurimac. We are then faced with a steep climb of almost 600metres over a distance of approximately 2 kilometres to reach our camp at Santa Rosa (2100m), With luck, we should spot Andean condors during the course of today's walk.

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  • Ascend up and out of the canyon towards Choquequirao, making a first visit in the afternoon.

    An early wake up call allows us to start our ascent in the cool of the morning. It is a relentless ascent which zig-zags up and contours across the north side of the Apurimac Canyon. Over a distance of approximately 7 km, we climb almost 1000 metres to a camping place on terraces within sight of Choquequirao. We arrive in time for lunch and then have the option of a quick introductory tour of the ruins in the afternoon. Altitude at camp 2950m.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • A full day to explore the dramatic ruins at Choquequirao on foot.

    It is a short walk to the site, which is on a prominent spur between two tributaries of the Apurimac and 1500metres above the river's level. This is a spectacular spot, with views of snow-covered peaks to the north and east and southwards across the vastness of the Apurimac Gorge to the small town of Huanipaca. The Inca ruins here are extensive and only partly cleared of vegetation. In fact, it is anticipated that Choquequirao will be just as impressive as Machu Picchu when its full glories are revealed. Excavation of the site continues to unearth new archaeological surprises, some totally unique to this site. There are signs of Inca terracing and further ruins everywhere we look. Amongst the ruins that have been unearthed are an enormous curving bank of fine terracing, a chain of ritual baths and a central plaza surrounded by fine ceremonial and high status residential architecture. Beyond, large areas still remain covered in the thick cloud forest, giving us an insight into how the 18th century explorers must have felt on reaching this deserted city. Choquequirao's function is also unclear, as it is not mentioned in the Inca chronicles. We return to our camp below the site for the evening.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • A tough day, trekking to Maizal above the Rio Blanco, visiting the ruins at Pincha Unoyoc.

    We make an early start for what is probably the toughest day of the trip. Leaving Choquequirao behind us, we set off on our trek towards the north, making a short, sharp climb to a shoulder at around 3300 metres which overlooks the deep valley of the Rio Blanco (shown on the IGN map as the Rio Victoria). Starting the descent into this valley, we stop off briefly to visit another interesting ruin called Pincha Unuyoc – the 'water shrine'. We descend for almost 1400 metres in total to the Rio Blanco, before beginning the tough climb of 1200 metres to the small campsite of Maizal (3000m).

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Cross the San Juan Pass (4150m) and descend to the Rio Yanama Valley.

    A superb day's trekking as we climb to cross the Abra San Juan (4150m) and have spectacular views of the peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, including Sacsarayoc, Pumasillo and Choquetecarpo. Climbing up to the pass, we see in the distance another recently discovered Inca ruin, Corihuayrachina and the equally interesting old silver mines of Mina Victoria, thought to have been worked for over 1000 years. Descending to the north into the Rio Yanama Valley, we follow a high trail which traverses steep slopes and provides another excellent opportunity to spot condors. We camp beside the river at the charming Andean village of Yanama (3450m).

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Trek over the Totora Pass (4660m) following ancient Inca trails to Totora.

    A stunning days trekking up the Yanama Valley and bearing right towards the 4660m Totora Pass. Again we follow ancient Inca trails as we wind upwards steadily. From the pass spectacular views of the snow capped Sacsayraoc peak dominate. We camp below the pass beside the small village community of Totora (3700m).

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Descend to the semi-tropical valley and follow the Rio Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba (1800m).

    Today offers an incredible range of changing scenery as we descend almost 2000m from the high altitude trails down into the semi-tropical environment of the valleys below. We follow the Rio Santa Teresa for approximately 7 hours passing numerous waterfalls on the way. The variety of birdlife and differing vegetation make the trek down to Lucmabamba quite special and continually interesting. We make camp on the outskirts of the village (1800m).

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Trek into the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu.

    Our final day’s trekking on this outstanding Andean journey. Through the lush vegetation of coffee and tropical fruit plantations we are soon climbing through pristine cloud forest and join another ancient Inca trail leading to Llactapata, and Inca site that has only recently been excavated. We will also have truly amazing views of Machu Picchu as we approach from the back of the Inca citadel, a sight very view visitors to the area are afforded. We then descend into the Urubamba Valley from where we have the option of a short but spectacular train journey or to hike 2 –3 hours on a scenic path which parallels the railway track through the Urubamba river gorge to reach the bustling tourist town now know as Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes). Here we check into our hotel and enjoy a hot shower in the afternoon before heading out to one of the excellent restaurants nearby.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, then return to Cusco via the Sacred Valley.

    First thing in the morning we take a bus (or the energetic can walk up) to Machu Picchu. Early in the day we have the place virtually to ourselves for the guided tour of this incomparable place. Arriving early allows plenty of time to wander through the ruins soaking up the atmosphere. In order to give you as much time to look round, you are free to enjoy lunch at you leisure, before meeting back with the group to board the afternoon train back to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we meet our waiting bus and ride back to Cusco and our comfortable hotel. A full day for those with the energy we can venture out into Cusco to sample some of the excellent nightlife in the town.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Departure day. Cusco Airport transfers are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary group transfers to the airport are provided Why not extend your holiday in Peru to include a visit to the Amazon Rainforest, an excrusion to Lake Titicaca or a trip to Colca Canyon to watch condors. We can also arrange flights to Ecuador and cruises around the Galapagos Islands. Contact our office for further details.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English speaking local leader
  • Cusco Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 13 only
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • When camping a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Camping mattresses are provided as a part of the camping equipment
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • A guided walking tour of Cusco
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee

  • Travel insurance
  • Cusco Airport transfers other than on Days 1 and 13
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Some meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • Cusco airport departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients arriving in Cusco on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary will be met by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients must provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. At the end of the holiday, Cusco Airport transfers are provided for clients departing on the last day of the Land Only itinerary.

A typical day starts with an early morning brew and a bowl of hot washing water brought to your tent at about 6.30 a.m. After a hot breakfast (which includes fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam) during which camp will be struck and the porters will be given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. We usually walk for about 3 hours in the morning. Lunch is usually a picnic - and a chance for more excellent food from our cook team - fresh fruit, salad and bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado and plenty to drink. Lunch takes about an hour or so and offers a chance for a little siesta! We aim to pitch camp for the night well before dusk. Dinner is served in the mess tent and is a delicious three course meal. The cooks never fail to impress! During dinner is a good time to socialise and to talk over the events of the day. We are usually in bed by 9.00 pm - plenty of time to re-charge the batteries before the next day's walk.

During the holiday there are a total of 3 nights in a comfortable centrally located hotel in Cusco and 1 night in a basic hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). Whilst trekking there will be a total of 8 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. This must be arranged ahead of departure and is subject to availability (please note that single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels). Depending on availability, it may also be possible to pre-book single hotel rooms. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

On trek the food provided is a mixture of local and European-style, all purchased in Peru and cooked for us by highly trained staff cooks. In Cusco and in Machu Picchu Pueblo there is a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine.

Where there is a wide range of dining options and budgets, it is sensible to leave this choice to you and we have therefore not included in the trip price, meals (other than breakfasts) while staying in Cusco and in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners are included in the trip price. For full details of which meals are included, please refer to the itinerary in the trip dossier. Clients will be expected to pay for a total of 3 lunches and 3 dinners and we recommend you budget $10 - $25 dollars per meal.

We estimate that $300 will be sufficient to cover your requirements including the above mentioned non-included meals, and incidental expenses such as tips for drivers, trek crew and local guides. There is no need to purchase local currency (Peruvian Soles) prior to travelling. It is possible to withdraw your money in local currency from ATMs in Cusco. If you are bringing your travel money with you we recommend you bring it in the form of US dollars in cash as this provides for the easiest exchange and in emergency can even be used to purchase goods. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and to pay for meals in Cusco and in Machu Picchu Pueblo.

The group will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking local tour leader. During the trek the group will also be supported by a full trek crew including guides, camp staff, cooks, baggage animals and their handlers.

Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 1 or 2 soles per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 1 or 2 soles per bag is reasonable. Drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek (guides, cooks, porters etc.), it is recommended that each client contributes around £50 to £60 to a group tipping pool.

Please note that baggage allowance on internal flights (eg. Lima to Cusco) is 20 kg and that this limit is strictly enforced. Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. Whilst trekking, the packed weight of your trek bag including your sleeping bag, should be no more than 15 kgs. It is possible to leave clothes and other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Cusco.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

At the present time, nationals of countries that are members of the European Union and nationals of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa need only a valid passport (with at least 6 months of validity) and a return or onward journey ticket for entry into Peru. A visa is not required. A Tourist Card is issued on arrival in Lima and this is valid for a 90 day stay in the country. Nationals of other countries should contact the High Commission of Peru in their own countries for information on how to obtain their visa.

Passengers intending to travel via the USA, please note the following:

Your passport must have a machine readable bar code if you are transiting through the US. You must complete an online application form to travel to, or transit through the USA.

Under the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), all travellers, including children, from the 27 countries under the US visa waiver programme will have to fill out an electronic travel authorization form online ( prior to boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship. You can also use this site to check whether your country is part of the visa waiver scheme.

You will be required to answer questions about criminal records, communicable diseases, past history of visa revocation or deportation, and basic biographical data such as name, birth date and passport information. Changes in address and itinerary can be made online after the ESTA form has been first submitted.

You will not be allowed to board any US bound aircraft without completing the online ESTA form.

If you have a criminal record (including criminal driving offences), you will be required to obtain a visa in advance of entering or transiting the USA.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

  • The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.
  • You must bring the following items:

    • Hiking boots
    • Socks
    • Trekking trousers / trekking pants
    • Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
    • Underwear
    • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
    • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
    • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Sunhat including neck protection
    • Warm hat
    • Eyewear - Sunglasses
    • Lightweight thermal gloves
    • Warmer over gloves or mittens
    • Sleeping bag rated to -5ºC
    • Daypack c.30 **
    • Headtorch / headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
    • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2) – preferably wide-necked Nalgene refillable bottles
    • Washbag and toiletries
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • Small towel
    • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
    • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET or similar as sandflies can be a problem), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

    The following items are optional:

    • Trekking poles
    • Trainers / sneakers or similar for travelling and camp use
    • Gaiters
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Spare laces
    • Long johns (thermal underwear)
    • Shorts
    • Warm jacket (down)
    • Travel clothes
    • Nailbrush
    • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
    • Camera, film / memory cards, batteries
    • Camping mattress – see notes*


    • You will experience a wide range of temperatures on this trip. It will very hot in the Apurimac Canyon, pleasantly warm on the majority of trekking days, and chilly in the evenings with overnight temperatures below freezing at the highest camps.
    • *Camping mattress
    • A sleeping mat is provided locally (issued in Cusco). You do not have to bring one with you, unless you prefer to use your own.
    • ** Daypack
    • Perurail has a strict policy on hand baggage on the train to the Inca Trail and from Machu Picchu. The weight of your hand baggage on the train must not exceed 5kg and the sum of its dimensions (length + width + height) must not exceed 157 cm or 62 inches. If your daypack exceeds these dimensions it must be placed inside your trek bag for transportation on the train.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. This is a demanding trek and you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 8 hours each day. The best preparation for this trip is regular hiking in mountain or hill country. If this is not possible, we suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime and gradually increase your work rate as you get nearer to departure. Jogging, squash and swimming are all good for developing better stamina. Whatever your preparation, before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    The Southern Hemisphere winter season in the Andes runs roughly from April through to October and this is the optimum period for trekking in this part of Peru. At this time we can expect the days to be warm and generally sunny. The major influence on regional climate is the altitude. On this holiday you will experience a wide variation in altitide in the initial part of the trek and consequently a big range of temperatures. It will be very hot in the bottom of the Apimurac canyon although we trek most of the lower canyon in the coolest parts of the day. For the majority of ythe holiday you will be near or above 3000 metres and daytime temperatures will range between with temperatures between 12 and 20°C. Evenings can be quite chilly and it is likely that night-time temperatures will fall below freezing at our highest camps.

    Trekking and Climbing in the Andes. (Globetrotter Adventure). Val Pitkethly and Kate Harper. The last days of the Incas - Kim MacQuarrie The Conquest of the Incas. J. Hemming. The South American Handbook. The Andes are Prickly. Martin Slessor. The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist. Exploring Cusco. Peter Frost (available in Cusco). Inca Cola. Matthew Parish. Latin America Spanish phrasebook. Lonely Planet.

    Cuzco Region & Peru South ITMB Publishing - 1:110,000 / 1:1,500,000

    A detailed road map of the region around Cuzco with a clear street plan of central Cuzco. Road detail distinguishes paved and unsurfaced roads and includes dirt tracks. Elevation tinting and faint contours at 100m intervals represent the general relief, with spot heights for many peaks. Symbols mark ruins and archaeological sites, and an index has a separate list of Inca ruins. An insert shows Machu Picchu at 1:50,000 and on the reverse is an indexed road map of southern Peru at 1:1,500,000

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