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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.

9-Day Choquequierau and Machu Picchu Itinerary Yak

Hey there, family and friends– this is your Group C logistic coordinators reporting for duty! Your Dragons have officially entered into x-phase, meaning we have taken over the responsibilities of just about anything and everything from planning the itinerary, to managing the budget, to preparing our food/menus, to taking care of the logistics and updating you all about them…. So here we are:
Tomorrow, we will depart from Cusco at 7:30am and take a transport to our 9-day trek drop-off point in Capuliyoc. From there, we will do some serious trekking for the next 2 days to Choquequirao, where we will get to spend some time exploring the ancient ruins (and maybe seeing some condors and pumas if we’re lucky!). After, we will trek through many different landscapes, altitudes, and towns for days 4-7, until we make it to the hot springs of Santa Teresa/Hidro Electrica and Aguas Calientes on day 8, which is not far from the bottom of Machu Picchu Mountain. Day 9, 11/28, will be spent hiking, exploring and being awestruck by the one-and-only Machu Picchu– a Thanksgiving Day your Dragons are sure to never forget! Throughout the 9 days, we will hike over 70 miles for 5-12 hours a day, camp in our tents at night, climb and descend altitudes ranging from 1500meters to 4600meters, experience temperatures from 5-40 degrees Celsius and the uncertain weather of this area’s rainy season.

After Machu Picchu, we will camp for one more night before we take off on our 8-hour drive back to Cusco. We will take a few hours to collect our gear (and probably our minds), before we fly on off for our final days in Lima!

During these days, we will be available by satellite phone and will post more yaks once we return. Wish us luck and talk to you all in 10 days!
Your logistics coordinators,
Sophie and Judah