Chaskana Travel Peru
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We specialise in offering small groups tours at affordable prices; we like to show you the genuine Peru, including top attractions and off the beaten path activities. We want you to take away unforgettable memories from you r time in Peru!
Cusco, Peru

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Lili A
Sao Paulo, SP38 contributions
Nov 2019
My wife and I had a perfect day with Yom as our travel guide. We visited 2 diferent sites and had a great meal cookd by locals in a super cool restaurant in the countryside. We feel we had a true Peruvian experience. We rode on a 4x4, Yom drives super safely and provides many info about the places visited aswell as anything you want to now from the region and the locals. I super reccomend their services, it´s worth every penny! If we come back to CUsco we will FOR SURE make other adventures with Chaskana Travel.
Written February 13, 2020
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Sophia K
1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Solo
In any endeavor, there are those who stand apart for their passion, knowledge, attention to detail, and excellence. Rachel and Yom do precisely that with Chaskana travel.

My dream itinerary included seeing the sunrise at Tres Cruces, visiting Tipon, and finding a friend of a friend, Benito, who lives in a remote town with no telephone service, and speaks only Quechua. Chaskana travel called on my behalf several times, though Benito doesn’t have cell service. Undeterred, on the way to the sunrise, at Paucartambo, Yom asked around to see if anyone knew Benito — and ended up finding three people from his town. We had stopped at Oropesa for bread, and unsure whether I would be able to get coca leaves, Chaskana got those, too. As such, Chaskana ensured we had the perfect offering.

We went up to the lookout at Tres Cruces, where the milky way was brilliant. There, we ended up running into other folks from Benito’s town, and of course, Yom facilitated an introduction and Quechua translation. Our tour loved walking, so Yom began a pattern of letting us walk on the way to campsites, so we could enjoy the scenery while they set up tents and dinner. The food and discussions were lovely. One example - while looking for a Cock on the Rock (which we found) we encountered a wild tomato vine. Yom hit the branch with a rock, and we ended up having a wonderful sour tomato dessert.

As the first sunrise was cloudy, the group wanted to stay another night, and Chaskana travel accommodated us! I was short an iPhone charger, and though I was ready to keep my phone off and not take pictures, Yom went to three different stores and got me a charger for about $3 USD. I had figured that as we were staying a day, we wouldn’t get a stop at Tipon, but Chaskana travel made that happen as well!

When it was time to hit up Rainbow Mountain, I was not acclimated to the altitude, and short a knee after a tumble at Pisac — so Yom got us horses, and suggested we start late, so that when we got to the top of Rainbow Mountain, we were at the peak all by ourselves until a party of two locals came from the Ausangate direction.

I am also grateful to both Rachel and Yom for helping with my Spanish, and teaching me some Quechua. As Yom’s grandfather told him, they are destined to go far.

Tu panan chis kama!
Written July 14, 2019
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Thank you so much for your comprehensive review, Sophia! It was our pleasure to meet you and get out adventuring with you and patito, hope you got lots of fab photos and unforgettable memories! Tupananchiskama!
Written July 23, 2019
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Lucie L
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Apr 2019 • Family
We recently did the Choquequirao trek with 3 children (11, 14 and 16) and with the great team of Chaskana. Yom and Rachel were very reactive and quick to address our questions while planning our trip from home.
Off we went! led by Joao our guide, very caring, knowledgeable and encouraging. We ate like kings and queen everyday thanks to our chef Ronald, even had a special cake for our anniversary on our way up! This trek is definitely strenuous but worth it. This remote archeological site, away from massive tourist influx, is pretty special and rewarding! The kids did awesome on the hike, admired the fauna and flora on the way and really enjoyed the interaction with local people. A great family experience! Would have been perfect without mosquitos but that part of the adventure, just need a good bug repellant. April is quite a good time to do it, not to hot yet and still green.
If you want to experience the mystery of the incas civilization, and feel a little bit like Indian Jones, the Choquequirao is where you want to go and we strongly recommend you to do it with Chaskana!
Written May 7, 2019
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Thank you Lafay family. We are glad you enjoyed the hike to Choquequirao, having some comforts like meals and campsite set up definitely help to enjoy the strenuous trek that bit more! You should all be very proud of yourselves!
Written May 16, 2019
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Odd_Meter
New York545 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
I’ve been on many long backpacking trips in North America. There you find amazing landscapes … but in Peru you find amazing landscapes plus incredible antiquities. That is, if you don’t mind the hard work! The Andean landscape is extremely vertical. This means you are usually walking either up, or down, often 5,000 feet at a time. We made the Choquequirao trek from Capuliyoc to Yanama. In North American terms, these elevation changes were equivalent to climbing in and out of the Grand Canyon three times in five days. Hard work, but for me, definitely worth the effort!

Some stand-out moments: the first stop at the Capuliyoc mirador looking out at the snowcapped mountains with the Apurimac almost 5,000 feet below and Choquequirao in the distance; the moment near Mirador Sunchupata after passing the Choquequirao entrance station where you start seeing the elaborate terraces on the opposite mountainside, some of which are fully 2,000 feet below Choquequirao proper; exploring Choquequirao and the Llama Wall in the afternoon (we saw only two other people) and then having it alone later, in the golden light of the setting sun; seeing Choquequirao again the next morning after an unexpected night of rain, now draped in fog and misty tendrils; descending in the mist past the even more isolated ruins of Pinchaunuyoc, down to the wild rocky Rio Blanca river gorge; playing guitar to the high, high mountains around Maizal, periodically revealing themselves from behind the clouds; reaching the top of Minas Victoria Pass and seeing more and more snowy mountains revealed; then descending the steep-edged trail with vertiginous drop-offs into the fertile valley of Yanama.

We did the trek in early June, before it got too hot, but the sun was already very fierce, so bring light & reflective clothes to protect your skin and head. At night it got cold, especially at Maizal, so bring layers of fleece and a light down jacket. There were biting insects from time to time: mosquitoes and something like blackflies, so bring insect nets and repellent. We were there in the dry season and got some unexpected rain, so bring rain gear. And of course, sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles, headlamps, cleansing wipes, hydration packs and other necessary backpacking gear. Be in good shape: for preparation lose some weight and take long brisk walks, and once there make sure to acclimate to the altitude.

We hired Chaskana Travel to organize the trek, and they did a great job before and during the five day/four night trek. The crew was great: our guide Joao did an excellent job, was very knowledgeable about birds and plants (especially the many orchids and bromeliads found in the cloud forest), and he seemed as entranced by the ruins as we were. Our cook Ronald was outstanding, preparing four elaborate hot meals per day and all the boiled water we wanted. Our muleteer Manuel was good, but we felt sorry for the mules carrying heavy loads up and down those incredibly rough trails … my wife said if she were a mule she would’ve thrown herself over the edge as a better alternative! The equipment provided to us — tent, sleeping bags, mess tent, etc — was all good quality and good condition. Everything was set up for us at each camp and broken down the next morning … Roland took charge of this (with Manuel’s help) and he was very good at it, aside from being an excellent cook. We only carried what we would need during the day from the time we broke camp in the morning to the time we reached camp … in my case there were some heavy camera lenses plus water and layers of clothes, about 30 pounds. For my wife about half that weight.

Unlike backpacking in U.S. national parks, in the Choquequirao Conservation Area you periodically pass small family-run campgrounds with little stores selling Gatorade, beer, snacks, and meals as well. Bring small change to help support these places. The toilet and wash facilities at each campsite are crude (if they exist) — better than pure backpacking, but not much. If the weather is wet, the trails and campsites are mud; if the weather is dry it’s very dusty. Peru typically has either one or the other, depending on whether you’re there in the rainy season or dry season; however, although we were there in the dry season, Peru was hit by several days of freak rain, so we got to experience both seasons in one trip. The rain and fog cooled everything down which was nice, but at the expense of steep muddy trails and muddy campsites. There were positives to both weather conditions. One of the negatives to the rain was that higher elevations received snow, and after we reached Yanama we found that the 15,300-foot pass out to Santa Teresa was blocked with several feet of snow. Fortunately, Yom from Chaskana Travel came a day early and with persistence was able to get through on the second day to pick us up to pick us up. As we drove out, though, we found the one lane dirt road blocked at the top of the pass by a truck stuck in the snow. Luckily, a group effort got it through so we could descend to tropical Santa Teresa.

If you go to Choquequirao, look for an adventure! Yom and Rachel at Chaskana Travel can help you if you want to go the glamping route, or, if you have the gear and experience, you can do it on your own. The trails aren’t as hard to follow as they are to hike. In our case, we appreciated having Joao with us, to teach us something about the land, how to eat a prickly pear cactus, how the Incas built the mountaintop cities, how life is in Peru. And Ronald’s meals and sunny disposition were always very welcome. Not to mention our light packs. Go, and have fun!
Written November 6, 2018
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Hi David, Thanks for taking the time to write a comprehensive review of the Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek. We hope you also enjoyed your side trip to the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain range and your home stay on the floating islands of the Uros on Lake Titicaca. It was nice to meet you and to hear how you celebrate your wedding anniversary each year. I hope you have another fantastic anniversary adventure this year! Cheers, Rachel and Yom
Written April 6, 2019
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Jet824908
1 contribution
Sep 2018
As soon as we met Yom and Rachel we knew we were in safe company.
The emails leading up to the trip were nothing short of perfect. All the details were exactly as described and even surpassed the ideas that we had of our time in Cusco. We had listed what we had wanted to experience and had hoped for some time away from the regular tourist spots.
Yom and Rachel delivered exactly that. Sights and places in some cases not on the regular tourist radar. Equal to if not surpassing the usual tourist places.
The ability to answer our continuous questions and sharing fun stories. Lots of laughs and fun around every corner.
We booked 12 days with their services and truly had an experience of a lifetime. Having the trips booked for just the two of us.
The beginning day tours to get used to the altitude then off to the Salkantay Trail for a
4 day trek. Followed by 3 more days of tours and memories.
Thank you Yom and Rachel
You really provided a great service.
Written October 13, 2018
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Hi Grant! Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it. Hope you are both keeping fit, healthy and adventurous. I wonder where you'll be off to next?! Cheers, Rachel and Yom
Written April 6, 2019
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Molly W
Omaha, Nebraska, United States3 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
My husband and I had an incredible time at staying at the Chaskana Guest House. Yom took us on a day tour, and was such a great guide through the Sacred Valley. Everything was effortless - transportation, communication. Yom and Rachel helped us with everything - getting us to all of our destinations, including our 4-day Machu Picchu excursion through llama Path. Very dependable. I highly recommend experiencing Cusco with Chaskana Travel. We left with new knowledge and a lifetime adventure.
Written August 29, 2018
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Thank you Molly. It was our pleasure!
Written April 6, 2019
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Helen M
14 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Just completed our Peruvian adventure which exceeded our expectations. Rachel organised everything from the moment we landed in Lima until we completed our Inca Trail trek and were tucked back up in our hotel in Cuzco 18 days later. Everything worked smoothly with no issues whatsoever. Our guide Yom was sensational as we drove from Lima to Paracas National Park, Ica, Nazca, Camana, Arequipa, Chivay, Puno, and onto Cuzco. His local and cultural knowledge exposed us to the true Peruvian way of life and ensured we experienced things that we would never have done on our own. His humour and driving skills were well appreciated as was his relaxed style. We would highly recommend Chaskana Travel to anyone wanting an authentic Peruvian experience.
Written July 6, 2018
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Thanks for travelling with us Helen and Bryan. You were both equally amazing and we are glad that you got to see and enjoy the real Peru, immersing yourselves in the moment! We appreciate your taking the time to write the review and hope that you take away lots of unforgettable memories.
Written July 6, 2018
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Lost and Loving It
Airlie Beach, Australia7 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
We took the 2 day tour of the Inca sites of the Sacred Valley with Yom from Chaskana Travel and it was absolutely fantastic ! We went as a family with two children (aged 9 & 6) and I have to say how surprised I was at how well Yom was at keeping my kids (as well as all the adults) engaged the whole time! We visited so many sites over the two day tours, however it was very well organised that not once did we feel rushed. Yom is very clearly so passionate and knowledgeable of history of his beautiful area and Rachel his wife is excellent at communication (she's Australian) and organising the tours over email for you. We truly found Chaskana Travel so well organised that we will now be booking our Machu Picchu tour through them as well.
Written June 14, 2018
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Thank you Noela. We are glad to have met you all and to hear that everyone enjoyed the two day tour with Yom of Maras salt mines, Moray agricultural site, Chincheros weaving centre, Sacsayhuaman and Pisac. We hope you to continue to enjoy all that Cusco and the surrounding area has to offer. There is a wonderful variety of archaeological and natural sites not to mention the colourful living culture, a mix of Spanish and Inca heritage. Kind Regards, Rachel
Written June 15, 2018
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May 2018 • Couples
My husband and I went on a day tour of the Maras Salineras, Moray and Ollantaytambo ruins with Chaskana Travel and it was amazing. I am a travel agent and have been on many organised tour, and I can tell you that Yom is one of the best guide I ever met. The day was perfectly organised, and Yom even added a couple of bonus secret stops that only locals know about. We had a great day and we would recommend them 100% !
Written May 22, 2018
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Thanks so much for the kind review Amandine and Marc. We are glad that you had a great day out with Yom visiting these unique and interesting sites. Keep enjoying your travels in South America and thank you for choosing Chaskana Travel.
Written May 23, 2018
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Aryn Y
Oakland, California, United States12 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
Amazing!!! Yom is an excellent guide and our chef, Flavio, was superb! The BEST food I have ever had while camping. I mean, he made a freaking cake! I'm still drooling. The trailhead is 3.5 hours outside Cuzco. Yom picked me up in his very comfortable 4WD truck along with another couple and we started our adventure. There are lots of intense uphills and downhills, but being able to visit a site with no other tourists and maybe seeing 10 other people a day was well worth the effort. The site itself is on a mountain top and is amazing to behold. While little is known about the site for sure, Yom provided great information on what it could have been used for and the many possibilities. In a single day, we experienced freezing cold, rain, hot sun and wind. Come ready for anything and you won't be upset! Thank you, Yom & Rachel! I'll definitely be recommending you to all my friends that visit Cusco!
Written April 15, 2018
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Thank you Aryn! Yom said you did this challenging trek with ease. I'm sure Flavio was feeling the pressure to cook quickly (with both vegetarian and meat options) so you didn't have to wait for your food, usually he has a little more time up his sleeve! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed it all, and it is certainly nice to have someone else cooking for you so that you can enjoy the experience even more! What did you think of the llama wall? Enjoy the rest of your adventures in South America!
Written April 16, 2018
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