Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru

Hiking
13 days
Very Hard
Meals, Accomodation, Transfer
Friends, Individuals
2020

Sun, Jul 12

Fri, Jul 24

€1,695

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Overview

  • Escape the crowds and delve into the wilds of the Peruvian Andes on this challenging, but deeply rewarding trek to Choquequirao.
  • Believed to be up to three times larger than Machu Picchu, the road to Choquequirao takes you through the scenic Apurimac Valley.
  • Hike steep paths and trails that zigzag through a dense cloud forest, dusty desert and spectacularly scenic passes with views of dramatic landscapes and snow-capped peaks.
  • Choquequirao’s secluded splendour will leave you in awe. A trip to Peru wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu; this adventure takes you to some of Peru’s other famous Inca ruins, and also provides time to explore historic Cusco.
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Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Hotel (5 nights), Camping with basic facilities ( 7 nights)
  • Due to energy supply and timing provisions being limited in some places, please be prepared for some cold showers.
Meals
  • 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Transportation
  • Private vehicle, Train
Guide
  • This trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders.
  • The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible.


Travel Insurances
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.


Route

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Cusco

Chiquisaca Camp

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Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1Cusco
Welcome to Cusco. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and travel group. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. After this important meeting, get acquainted with this charming city's intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish culture on a guided walking tour with your leader. Check out some of Cusco's main attractions, as well as its lesser-known sights such as the Qoricancha temple, San Pedro market, the main square, the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square.
Day 2Cusco
Enjoy a free day exploring Cusco and its intriguing mix of Spanish and Inca influences. You may opt to spend more time at the sites your tour leader took you to yesterday. Perhaps revisit the San Blas neighbourhood and spend time browsing its boutique shops and handicrafts made by local artisans, or simply grab a coffee and people-watch in Plaza de Armas. Alternatively, use this day to visit Sacsayhuaman, the remains of an impressive Inca fortress that offers stunning views of the city. Cusco’s buzzing markets offer a tasty (and inexpensive) range of Peruvian eats. Though Mercado San Pedro is larger, the locals tend to prefer Mercado San Blas. We have an early start tomorrow, so it’s a good idea to retreat to the hotel early; however, Cusco has a surprisingly thriving nightlife (due to the large number of travellers who pass through) if you want to head out this evening.
Day 3Trek - Chiquisaca Camp
Today you start your trek! It’s a five-hour drive to Capuliyoc Pass, the start of the Choquequirao Trek, so you need to wake early and be ready to leave the hotel at 5 am. Stop twice along the way to explore two incredible, but seldom-visited Inca archaeological sites: Tarawasi (also known as Rimactambo) and Saywite. Arrive at Capuliyoc around noon and be immediately struck by the spectacular panoramic views of the Apurimac Valley and snow-capped peaks in the distance. Beginning at an altitude of 2915 metres (9560 feet), today's walk is downhill. Descend into the valley through dry forest, taking in the beautiful scenery and wide variety of flora and fauna. Your campsite for the night is at Chiquisaca (1950 metres/6400 feet).
Day 4Trek - Choquequirao camp
Today is one of the longer, more challenging days of the trip, but the awe-inspiring views make it worth it. Start very early and descend to Playa Rosalina. Cross the Apurimac River here and begin the long and steep climb through dusty desert up to the village of Santa Rosa. After a rest stop, continue climbing to a plateau above Maranpata (2920 metres/9580 feet). From here, the path becomes less steep and the hike to Choquequirao camp becomes easier. The landscape transitions to high-altitude forest and the region is home to spectacled bears – you just might catch sight of one as we approach the Inca citadel. Throughout the day, it’s also possible to see toucans, hummingbirds and maybe even a condor.
Day 5Choquequirao Inca Site
Spend most of the day exploring the vast, sprawling ruins of Choquequirao. Meaning ‘cradle of gold’ in Quechua, Choquequirao sits nearly 1600 metres (5250 feet) above the roaring Apurimac River. Significantly larger than Machu Picchu, only about 30 percent of this ancient Inca city has been cleared, but you can clearly see the main square, ceremonial platforms, palaces, terraces, ritual baths and temples dedicated to the sun, moon and earth spirit, Pachamama. Choquequirao is also significantly less visited than the country’s more famous ruins – in fact, it’s not uncommon to have the entire site to explore to yourself. In the afternoon, visit the terraces of Pacchanta.
Day 6Trek - Maizal
In the morning, embark on a short but steep climb to the top of the Choquequirao Pass (3215 metres/10,550 feet) for sweeping views of Choquequirao. You’ll get a real sense of the enormity of the ruins from this vantage point, as well as its isolation. Then begin the descent down the Apurimac Valley. Walk down a dusty road to Pinchinoyoc (2400 metres/7875 feet) where we’ll stop to visit Inca terraces previously covered in vegetation. Then continue descending to the bottom of the valley. There, we cross the Rio Blanco and begin our ascent back up the other side of the valley to Maizal (3000 metres/9840 feet). This is a strenuous day, descending over 1500 metres (4920 feet) and then ascending over 1500 metres over the course of the day.
Day 7Trek - Yanama
Start the day with a five hour, steep, switchback climb up the San Juan Pass (4170 metres/13,680 feet). The climb is challenging, but the reward is panoramic views of the snow-capped Vilcabamba mountain range at the top. Make a stop at the 500-year-old La Victoria silver mine on the way up. After basking in the breath-taking views, descend for about three hours following an old miners track to the camp at Yanama (3400 metres/11,155 feet). In May, this path becomes particularly beautiful as it winds through a landscape filled with wild lupins in bloom. Keep an eye out for Andean condors today, which frequently soar above this stretch.
Day 8Trek - Totora
Journey through stunning landscapes as we climb to the highest point of the trek, the Yanama Pass (4660 metres/15,290 feet), where the magnificent snow-capped Vilcabamba mountain range dominates the skyline. Our gravelly trail follows the river up the valley, then begins to climb to the pass. Afterwards, pass small villages as we descend for about four hours to our camp site for the night, Totora (3,440 metres/11,285 feet).
Day 9Trek - Lucabamba
Continue to descend today as we make our way to the Salcantay Trail, where you’ll begin to notice more trekkers and greener surroundings. We follow a road for a short section, then a gravel path beside the river that runs through a lush cloud forest. You’ll notice lots of fruit trees and coffee plantations along this part of the trek. After about six hours of hiking, we set up camp at a particularly special location – on Inca terraces in the middle of a coffee plantation. If there’s time, you may opt to tour the coffee plantation for a small fee.
Day 10Trek - Aguas Calientes.
Rise early today and follow an original Inca trail that climbs uphill for three hours to the Inca complex, Llactapata. Spend some time exploring the site, then descent for two hours to Santa Teresa, where we stop for lunch. Afterwards, continue the last leg of the trek, crossing the Vilcanota River and finishing at the train station. Enjoy a comfortable train ride to Aguas Calientes and check into a hotel upon arrival for a well-earned shower and rest!
Day 11Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
In order to beat the crowds (and queues), rise very early to tour the famous ‘Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu. This fascinating Inca complex is considered one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world – made only more dramatic by its stunning mountain backdrop. After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, catch an afternoon train to Ollantaytambo where you spend the night.
Day 12Sacred Valley - Cusco
Explore the village of Ollantaytambo this morning and spend time strolling its narrow, cobblestone streets. See the colossal Inca stone terraces carved into the surrounding hillside up close, then continue to Pisac in the Sacred Valley, where you’ll visit the ruins of the Citadel. There’s also time to wander its colourful markets and perhaps shop for local handicrafts and last-minute souvenirs. Afterwards, drive to Cusco, passing gorgeous Andean scenery, old towns and quaint villages along the way. Tonight, you may choose to sample Cusco’s exiting nightlife and celebrate the end of your adventure with fellow travellers.
Day 13Cusco
Bid farewell to Cusco and your fellow travellers. Your Peruvian adventure comes to an end after breakfast.

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Communications

  • It is recommended that you download WhatsApp prior to departure; please validate your phone number before leaving home as you will not be able to do this once you arrive, unless you have international roaming enabled. 
  • WhatsApp is usually the preferred method for your leader to be in contact with you and the rest of the group while on tour.
  • It is also good for sharing information and photos with the group members.

What to take

Most travellers prefer to take a small to medium wheeled suitcase, which is a great size for the packing capacity in our private vehicles. Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even walk short distances. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible. You'll also need a day pack/bag for activities and day trips. In terms of weight, airlines generally allow a maximum of 20kg for check in luggage. Other than the items and clothing you always need on a trip, below we have listed packing suggestions specific for this trip:

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Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Hotel (5 nights), Camping with basic facilities ( 7 nights)
  • Due to energy supply and timing provisions being limited in some places, please be prepared for some cold showers.
Meals
  • 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Transportation
  • Private vehicle, Train
Guide
  • This trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders.
  • The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible.


Travel Insurances
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.


Route

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #mapImageWidget

Cusco

Chiquisaca Camp

+8 more

Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1Cusco
Welcome to Cusco. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and travel group. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. After this important meeting, get acquainted with this charming city's intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish culture on a guided walking tour with your leader. Check out some of Cusco's main attractions, as well as its lesser-known sights such as the Qoricancha temple, San Pedro market, the main square, the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square.
Day 2Cusco
Enjoy a free day exploring Cusco and its intriguing mix of Spanish and Inca influences. You may opt to spend more time at the sites your tour leader took you to yesterday. Perhaps revisit the San Blas neighbourhood and spend time browsing its boutique shops and handicrafts made by local artisans, or simply grab a coffee and people-watch in Plaza de Armas. Alternatively, use this day to visit Sacsayhuaman, the remains of an impressive Inca fortress that offers stunning views of the city. Cusco’s buzzing markets offer a tasty (and inexpensive) range of Peruvian eats. Though Mercado San Pedro is larger, the locals tend to prefer Mercado San Blas. We have an early start tomorrow, so it’s a good idea to retreat to the hotel early; however, Cusco has a surprisingly thriving nightlife (due to the large number of travellers who pass through) if you want to head out this evening.
Day 3Trek - Chiquisaca Camp
Today you start your trek! It’s a five-hour drive to Capuliyoc Pass, the start of the Choquequirao Trek, so you need to wake early and be ready to leave the hotel at 5 am. Stop twice along the way to explore two incredible, but seldom-visited Inca archaeological sites: Tarawasi (also known as Rimactambo) and Saywite. Arrive at Capuliyoc around noon and be immediately struck by the spectacular panoramic views of the Apurimac Valley and snow-capped peaks in the distance. Beginning at an altitude of 2915 metres (9560 feet), today's walk is downhill. Descend into the valley through dry forest, taking in the beautiful scenery and wide variety of flora and fauna. Your campsite for the night is at Chiquisaca (1950 metres/6400 feet).
Day 4Trek - Choquequirao camp
Today is one of the longer, more challenging days of the trip, but the awe-inspiring views make it worth it. Start very early and descend to Playa Rosalina. Cross the Apurimac River here and begin the long and steep climb through dusty desert up to the village of Santa Rosa. After a rest stop, continue climbing to a plateau above Maranpata (2920 metres/9580 feet). From here, the path becomes less steep and the hike to Choquequirao camp becomes easier. The landscape transitions to high-altitude forest and the region is home to spectacled bears – you just might catch sight of one as we approach the Inca citadel. Throughout the day, it’s also possible to see toucans, hummingbirds and maybe even a condor.
Day 5Choquequirao Inca Site
Spend most of the day exploring the vast, sprawling ruins of Choquequirao. Meaning ‘cradle of gold’ in Quechua, Choquequirao sits nearly 1600 metres (5250 feet) above the roaring Apurimac River. Significantly larger than Machu Picchu, only about 30 percent of this ancient Inca city has been cleared, but you can clearly see the main square, ceremonial platforms, palaces, terraces, ritual baths and temples dedicated to the sun, moon and earth spirit, Pachamama. Choquequirao is also significantly less visited than the country’s more famous ruins – in fact, it’s not uncommon to have the entire site to explore to yourself. In the afternoon, visit the terraces of Pacchanta.
Day 6Trek - Maizal
In the morning, embark on a short but steep climb to the top of the Choquequirao Pass (3215 metres/10,550 feet) for sweeping views of Choquequirao. You’ll get a real sense of the enormity of the ruins from this vantage point, as well as its isolation. Then begin the descent down the Apurimac Valley. Walk down a dusty road to Pinchinoyoc (2400 metres/7875 feet) where we’ll stop to visit Inca terraces previously covered in vegetation. Then continue descending to the bottom of the valley. There, we cross the Rio Blanco and begin our ascent back up the other side of the valley to Maizal (3000 metres/9840 feet). This is a strenuous day, descending over 1500 metres (4920 feet) and then ascending over 1500 metres over the course of the day.
Day 7Trek - Yanama
Start the day with a five hour, steep, switchback climb up the San Juan Pass (4170 metres/13,680 feet). The climb is challenging, but the reward is panoramic views of the snow-capped Vilcabamba mountain range at the top. Make a stop at the 500-year-old La Victoria silver mine on the way up. After basking in the breath-taking views, descend for about three hours following an old miners track to the camp at Yanama (3400 metres/11,155 feet). In May, this path becomes particularly beautiful as it winds through a landscape filled with wild lupins in bloom. Keep an eye out for Andean condors today, which frequently soar above this stretch.
Day 8Trek - Totora
Journey through stunning landscapes as we climb to the highest point of the trek, the Yanama Pass (4660 metres/15,290 feet), where the magnificent snow-capped Vilcabamba mountain range dominates the skyline. Our gravelly trail follows the river up the valley, then begins to climb to the pass. Afterwards, pass small villages as we descend for about four hours to our camp site for the night, Totora (3,440 metres/11,285 feet).
Day 9Trek - Lucabamba
Continue to descend today as we make our way to the Salcantay Trail, where you’ll begin to notice more trekkers and greener surroundings. We follow a road for a short section, then a gravel path beside the river that runs through a lush cloud forest. You’ll notice lots of fruit trees and coffee plantations along this part of the trek. After about six hours of hiking, we set up camp at a particularly special location – on Inca terraces in the middle of a coffee plantation. If there’s time, you may opt to tour the coffee plantation for a small fee.
Day 10Trek - Aguas Calientes.
Rise early today and follow an original Inca trail that climbs uphill for three hours to the Inca complex, Llactapata. Spend some time exploring the site, then descent for two hours to Santa Teresa, where we stop for lunch. Afterwards, continue the last leg of the trek, crossing the Vilcanota River and finishing at the train station. Enjoy a comfortable train ride to Aguas Calientes and check into a hotel upon arrival for a well-earned shower and rest!
Day 11Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
In order to beat the crowds (and queues), rise very early to tour the famous ‘Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu. This fascinating Inca complex is considered one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world – made only more dramatic by its stunning mountain backdrop. After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, catch an afternoon train to Ollantaytambo where you spend the night.
Day 12Sacred Valley - Cusco
Explore the village of Ollantaytambo this morning and spend time strolling its narrow, cobblestone streets. See the colossal Inca stone terraces carved into the surrounding hillside up close, then continue to Pisac in the Sacred Valley, where you’ll visit the ruins of the Citadel. There’s also time to wander its colourful markets and perhaps shop for local handicrafts and last-minute souvenirs. Afterwards, drive to Cusco, passing gorgeous Andean scenery, old towns and quaint villages along the way. Tonight, you may choose to sample Cusco’s exiting nightlife and celebrate the end of your adventure with fellow travellers.
Day 13Cusco
Bid farewell to Cusco and your fellow travellers. Your Peruvian adventure comes to an end after breakfast.

General Information

  • Min age: 17
  • Max Group size: 16

Meeting & Finishing Point

Hotel Koyllur Inn

Map

Related Photos & Video

With this selection, we would like to show you, how beautiful this destination is. It may contain locations, equipments, people and techniques that is not included in this trek.

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Communications

  • It is recommended that you download WhatsApp prior to departure; please validate your phone number before leaving home as you will not be able to do this once you arrive, unless you have international roaming enabled. 
  • WhatsApp is usually the preferred method for your leader to be in contact with you and the rest of the group while on tour.
  • It is also good for sharing information and photos with the group members.

What to take

Most travellers prefer to take a small to medium wheeled suitcase, which is a great size for the packing capacity in our private vehicles. Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even walk short distances. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible. You'll also need a day pack/bag for activities and day trips. In terms of weight, airlines generally allow a maximum of 20kg for check in luggage. Other than the items and clothing you always need on a trip, below we have listed packing suggestions specific for this trip:

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