Peru 2019

The goal of this trip will be to demo some martial arts and get in some great hiking. Everything we can think of about the trip will be listed here. The information is subject to change based on new information.

Choquequirao
Choquequirao

The trip is to lesser known ruins of the Incas called Choquequirao. The only way in is on foot, but the reward is significant because there are few people going in.

Table of Contents
When
Where
How to Get There – Short Version
Detailed Plan by Day
Projected Costs
Health Issues
Spanish You Must Know
What to Pack
Physical Training
Various Links

When

September 2019 – it’s the tail end of winter in Peru at this point.

Where

Choquequirao Peru

How to Get There

  • Fly US to Lima Peru, grab a commuter flight to Cusco
  • Cusco to Cachora – bus, taxi and walking
  • Cachora to ruins – walking (maybe with a donkey)

Estimated Costs

  • Airfare to Lima- $850
  • Airfare to Cusco – $250
  • Travel insurance (https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/) $151
  • Lodging – ??
  • Buses etc – ??

Training for the Trip

This is going to be hard. There are 4 issues:

  1. Altitude
  2. Steepness of trail
  3. Distance
  4. Carrying a pack

Unless you are able to train at altitude there is nothing you can do to prepare for it. I recommend 2 days in Cusco to acclimate, you should plan this into your overall time if you are coming from a low altitude.

As it relates to distance. I would expect that we would not do more then 13 miles in a day and frankly this is unlikely. You need to train to be able to walk for 8 miles with light weight. You then need to train to carry your full pack 8 miles. The thing is that you will be doing 8 miles 4 days in a row. So your training needs to incorporate this. If you can do 8 miles once then you need 2 weeks to recover you will not be able to make this trip. The plan here is a blueprint for overall fitness, you need to adapt it to yur areas of weakness

You should plan on training 5 days per week on average. Walking and backpacking are going to be the singular most important areas to train. The expectation is that items 1-2 below will get worked in for overall fitness. Feel free to adjust the plan below based on your overall fitness level.  

  1. Weight lifting
  2. Core
  3. Legs
  4. Cardio – run, row or swim
  5. Walking
  6. Backpacking

Oct 2018

  • 400 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • 2 mile walk 2x per week
  • Lunges (unweighted)

Nov 2018

  • 600 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • 2 mile walk 3x per week
  • Lunges (unweighted)

Dec 2018

  • 600 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • 2 mile walk 3x per week
  • Lunges (unweighted)

Jan 2019

  • 800 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • 2 mile walk 2x per week, 5 mile walk 1x per week
  • Lunges (weighted)

Feb 2019

  • 800 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • 2 mile walk 1x per week, 5 mile walk 2x per week
  • Lunges (weighted)

Mar 2019

  • 800 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • 5 mile walk 3x per week
  • Lunges (weighted)

Apr 2019

  • 800 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • 2 mile walk 3x per week – with loaded pack
  • Lunges (weighted)

May 2019

  • 800 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • 2 mile walk 2x per week, 5 mile walk 1x per week – with loaded pack
  • Lunges (weighted)

May 2019

  • 800 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • 5 mile walk 3x per week – with loaded pack
  • Lunges (weighted)

May 2019

  • 800 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • local backpack trips – 5 miles in/out – with loaded pack
  • Lunges (weighted)

Jun 2019

  • 800 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • local backpack trips – 5 miles in/out – with loaded pack
  • Lunges (weighted)

July 2019

  • 800 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • local backpack trips – 5 miles in/out – with loaded pack
  • Lunges (weighted)

Aug 2019

  • 800 Situps/week
  • Lifting
  • local backpack trips – 5 miles in/out – with loaded pack
  • Lunges (weighted)

Various Links

  • https://traveloutlandish.com/blog/choquequirao-trek-machu-picchu-without-guide/#comments
  • http://www.leaplocal.org/how-to-go-local/how-to-go-local-in-peru/how-to-get-to-choquequirao.html
  • https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?From=USD&To=PEN
  • https://www.peruhop.com/getting-from-lima-to-machu-picchu/
  • https://mapcarta.com/Choquequirao/Map
  • https://duckduckgo.com/?q=abancay+peru+map&t=osx&ia=maps&iaxm=maps
  • https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7048389/choquequirao-trail
  • https://www.backpacker.com/skills/prof-hike-a-backpacker-s-guide-to-smart-personal-hygiene
  • https://www.amazon.com/Himalayan-Salt-Natural-Deodorant-Beauty/dp/B00HU90RNE/ref=as_at?creativeASIN=B00HU90RNE&linkCode=w61&imprToken=mxArVzmdbO5JAVVjXoKq6g&slotNum=0
  • https://www.distancesto.com/driving-directions/pe/cusco-to-cachora/history/1326455.html
  • https://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/peru/
  • http://geospatial.com/products/series/topographic-maps/peru-scale-1-25000-topographic-maps-1001809/index/27q-iii-se-4174660/ ( need these two maps 27Q-III-SE, 28Q-IV-NE)
  • https://www.gpstravelmaps.com/gps-maps/south-america/peru.php (garmin compatible gps maps)
  • http://www.perut.org/english.htm
  • garmin basecamp – https://www.garmin.com/en-US/shop/downloads/basecamp
  • https://hikechoquequirao.wordpress.com/tag/independent/

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