Choquequirao Self Supported Trekking Expenses

Trip Start Oct 29, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

We carried everything we needed to camp, cook, filter water for our 7 day trek to Choquequirao.. approx 30 pound packs each.
Hike with a guide usually costs $200, and takes 4 days. we did it for 282 soles total= $104 (including our food-lodging-travel for two people) and took our time, with two rest days. This is a hell of a work out on the body. Trekking Poles a MUST. Absolutely worth it.

*Prep costs=
        7 soles liter of Bensena Blanca, white gas (only needed .5 liters)
        43 soles quinoa, noodles, soya protein, quinoa bars, raisins, and not enough cookies. (we like to cook extra for dinner and save in tupperware for lunch, works well sometimes)
Travel to Chocara:
*taxi Ecopackers Hostel (15soles night) to Bus Terminal 3 soles.
*bus cusco (bus terminal):Ramal 35 soles (17&18 soles each) Panoramic Seats, second floor
4hours. Bus Company Bredde.
**Bus tax 2.40 soles
*Bus stops in village about half way there to let the engine cool, people use bathroom, and bus snacks-candy
*Ice cream man comes on the bus 2 soles
*taxi to Cachora: 10 soles (for 2 ppl) 1 hour, down the valley, you can walk but would take 2-3hours. 14-16km
*Hospedaje for the night: 20 soles (for 2 ppl)

Decent Cachora, south from square, do not follow blue signs take a short cut into the valley, locals will point it out, then turn left onto the trail, marked with a Choquequirao sign
*17km down about 1000 meters today
*10 hour hike down. temperature was hot, 80s plus
*cabanas with coca cola, water, etc. at hour 4 and 6
*Coca Cola 4 soles
*camp at Rio Apuramic, bottom of valley 2 soles per tent

Accent Rio Apuramic to Choquequirao
*11km up about 1200 meters strait up
*9 hours of hiking uphill. some water avaliable to pump or purchase along the way.
*Mamapata? top of the valley, 4km outside of Choquequirao, last place to get food-drink, no food to be bought in Choquequirao.
* 11soles=coke, crackers, onions, tomato.
*some camp here and hike 4km to the ruins, which is another 4km up and down, about 1.5 hours
*INC campsite in Choqueriao is free, with entrance ticket 34soles, or 19soles student discount, if you{re under 25.
*they let us cook with our cocinar (cook stoves) in their building
*38 soles for 2

*check out ruins at Choquequirao, Rest Day
*cloud forest, cooler, and rainclouds roll in at night, and into the morning
*sky cleared around 10am.
*30-45 minute walk from camp to ruins
* hiked around ruins, which are spread out into mulitple sections.
*45 minute hike down trail to see the LLama terraces, beautiful.
*spent  6 hours until 4pm rainclouds came in. saw total of 4 other people there! 
*0 soles

*decend Choquequirao to Rio Apuramic-San Ignacio Playa, then Up to San Ignacio
*total km: 7.5 from Choquequirao to Playa aka River (2.5-3 hours)
                3km from San Ignacio Playa aka River up to San Ignacio (45minutes)
*water and mango trees in San Ignascio Playa and Fruit trees galore in San Ignascio
*rain started Heavy at 5pm for a couple of hours, then let off for the night
*set up camp under awning for INC lodge, shelter, water, they opened a bathroom for us, but no light
*found amongst otherthings a scorpion next to our tent, so check your boots in the morning.
*0 soles

*San Ignascio Rest Day
* Foraged the forest floor for Mango, oranges, some avacado. most was still unripe, but delicious.
*pump water, but nothing for purchase
*camp for free
*0 soles

*Hike San Ignascio to Huanipaca
*25 km, fairly flat, sunny, only slight inclines-declines, about 8 hours total. water avaliable to pump, not purchase.
*trail pretty strait forward, walk up from san ignascio, follow along valley, then when you get to a large bridge and zombie town (aka no running water in the toilets or sinks) you meet a fork in the road, up to the left goes to a road...we think. to the right follows the river up. Bring a machette if you have one. we bushwhacked this for 1-1.5hours, just trust that the river will bring you to a road, it does. you are at san carmen
*follow road from carmen, there is a bridge in the roadway after the big blue sign. this is the first bridge. keep hiking through villages along the road. we couldnt find a short cut so we took the exposed road.
*evenutally you will come to another cement bridge, there will be a mud path before it on your left. take that for the next 2 hours. it follows a stream, it is shaded. we pumped more water from this river. and steri pened it (looks like its irrigation for the farmlands)
*trail turns to stone stairs
*stone stairs turn into dirt roads of Hunipaca.
*Huinipaca, difficult to get out of at night, suggest spending the night and riding out in the morning
*suggest staying in the hostal near the plaza and eating at the resturant there
*Dinner- 10 soles, 2 spagetti, egg, fries, and a coke. off of main square at [resturant]
            18 soles, hospedaje for 2, shower in the bathroom, cold water, real roof. right off of main square
           20 soles, bread, cookies, 2 beers, snacks
*48 soles total

*two options when you leave Huinipaca either head to Abancay 2hour or Tamal 1.5 hour (tamal is closer but there arent any ammeneties), we went to Abancay, its a big city.
*the taxi drivers give off not so pleasant vibes. they{re not used to tourists. expect to pay a bit to get out of town. also they wont leave unless they have a full car, 4ppl for a station wagon or 7 ppl for a van
*9am taxi-van from huinipaca to Abancay 24 soles (12soles each). bumby, windy and nausiating. 2 hours. great views of Salkantay and the Valley

**stand on the corner in Abancay and wait for a bus to come by headed to Cusco. (you dont need to go to the bus station) buses pass down this main road all day.
    *if you do want to go to the bus station, they leave at 6am, 1pm, 6pm for Cusco
* Yellow Bus opened up and threw our bag on. we headed upstairs. opened the windows for fresh air and views of Salkantay.
*30 soles (for 2 ppl Abancay to Cusco)
*dropped us at the Bus Terminal in Cusco
*4 sole taxi from bus station to San Blas, just walk outside of bus station taxis should be 3-4 soles (they have to pay to get into the station, thats why those are more)...made it to South American Explorers Club.
*Ecopackers Hostel on St Teresa street. (has promotion: 18 person? dorm rooms go for 23 soles a night for 2 nights, 3rd night free= 15soles night)

*** we splured on *Thanksgiving Dinner* at La Botega off of the main square. DELICIOUS ORGANIC LOCAL and GREAT WAITSTAFF. (120 soles total=$45)
   free appetizers: bread, olives, amazing dressings, we asked for seconds on the garlic bread
    Pizzas Large enough for 2 really hungry beasts 35 soles
    Bottle of delicious Peruvian Wine 35 soles
    Ensalad with Edible flower 20 soles
    2 of the Worlds Greatest Tiramsui{s 30 soles

11,30-12,8 we spend relaxing-planning-endulging-enjoying- reading-learning Cusco

*good books for the hike
Mark Adams *Turn Right at Machu Picchu*

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