CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 8 DAYS



- DETAILLS -
DURATION
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
DESTINATION
MACHU PICCHU
DEPARTURE
Daily Departures
LEVEL
Moderate - Difficult
CATEGORY
TREK
GROUP SIZE
2-10 People

starting at: $1250 USD Per Person

CChoquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days Map

Choquequirao Trek To Machu Picchu is ideal for all Adventurers who want to explore the Andes and jungle of Peru, you can see orchids, the famous Andean condor, the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus), etc. until you reach the majestic Machu Picchu.


  • This is a spectacular hike through the Andes of Peru. You can visit the architectural complex of Choquequirao, which is situated in Vilcabamba at 3100 meters, and is considered the last Inka refuge and place of resistance from the invaders. When doing this trek you will enjoy hiking in beautiful scenery, you'll see the impressive Apurimac Canyon, you’ll see flora and wildlife in the path. This route offers a strenuous but formidable journey due to the various existing ecosystems until you reach Machu Picchu.

    Useful Information

    - Starting Altitude - 2900m / 9515ft.
    - Highest Altitude - 4840m / 15,879ft.
    - Walking Distance - 100km / 62 miles
    - Longest Day - Days 1 and 6, approximately 18km / 11.2 miles
    - Overall Difficulty - Difficult
    - Aclimatization is highly Recommended.

    Important: Campsites may vary depending on booking time, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment. IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    Because of its altitude, Choquequirao has a temperate climate. However, it should be noted that the road to Choquequirao is warm because of the Apurimac canyon.
    Choquequirao was presumably used as a control site to ensure access to areas of Vilcabamba, connecting the jungle with other major centers like Pisac and Machu Picchu. The archaeological remains of Choquequirao are comprised of buildings and terraces on different levels, in which their terraces stand out due to 22 carvings on stone with figures known as "Llamas del Sol" arranged in 15 platforms towards the snowy Qori Hauyrachina. Choquequirao features a large system of platforms/terraces.

    Machu Picchu

    It is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, Heritage of Humanity, Historical Sanctuary of Peru and probably the most important archaeological site in Latin America.
    Its majestic architecture comprises 140 structures throughout the citadel.
    It was built by the Inca Pachacutec around the year 1460.
    After being forgotten, it was only in 1911 that the American Hiram Bingham reached Machu Picchu on an expedition and spread the site worldwide.
    Its main buildings are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Three Windows.
    In 1913 it received worldwide attention when the National Geographic Society dedicated its entire print run in April to the newly rediscovered city.

    Brief Itinerary

    - Day 1: CUSCO - CACHORA - COCAMASANA - PLAYA ROSALINA.
    - Day 2: PLAYA ROSALINA – CHOQUEQUIRAO.
    - Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO - MAIZAL.
    - Day 4: MAIZAL - YANAMA.
    - Day 5: YANAMA - TOTORA.
    - Day 6: TOTORA - PLAYA - SANTA TERESA.
    - Day 7: SANTA TERESA - AGUAS CALIENTES.
    - Day 8: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO.

  • Day 1: CUSCO - CACHORA - COCAMASANA - PLAYA ROSALINA.

    We will pick you up at your hotel in a private bus. We start from Cusco, then we go to the town of Cachora (3100 masl), here we find the carriers and support staff, in Cachora we’ll start our walk, after 2 hours of walking we reach Capuliyoc (2915 m) from there we’ll have a beautiful view of the snowy peaks Padrayoc, Wayna Cachora and the Apurimac valley. Then we’ll descend toward Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally we reach the Rosalina beach (1550m) located on the bank of the Apurimac River where we will have dinner and spend the night.

    - Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    - Acomodación: Camp, Playa Rosalina 1550 msnm
    - Climate : warm and sunny
    - Distance Travelled: Approximately 12km
    - Hiking time : 6 hour

    Day 2: PLAYA ROSALINA – CHOQUEQUIRAO.

    This day is the hardest of the five days, we will get up very early. After breakfast, we begin our trek by a steep road for about 5 hours until we reach Raqaypata where we will have lunch. Throughout the walk we will observe many orchids and wild flowers, many birds. From Raqaypata we’ll walk for about two hours to the archaeological site of Choquequirao and there we will observe the sunset and the flight of the condor. Our campsite will be installed outside the ruins.

    - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Acomodación: Camp, Choquekiraw 3100 msnm
    - Climate : warm and cold at night
    - Distance Travelled: Approximately 14km
    - Hiking time : 7 hour

    Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO - MAIZAL

    After breakfast. We dedicate this mornig to explore the Choquequirao, and then start our trek passing for Choquequirao Ruins, uphill through cloud forest, Mountains and valleys to reach the Choquequirao pass. There will observe different species of birds, different varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations. then we will continue our trek until we reach the Blanco river where we will have lunch and you can dip your feet in the cool waters, we have a rest before starting a difficult climb to our campsite of Maizal (3000 m / 9842 f.) The climb is 3- 4 hours long.

    - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Acomodación: Camp, Maizal 3000msnm.
    - Climate : warm, windy and cold at night
    - Distance Travelled: Approximately 18km
    - Hiking time : 8 hour

    Day 4: MAIZAL - YANAMA.

    Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, this day is both the most ardous and the most spectacular one. After breakfast, we will begin our walk where you can enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape. Since the Inca trail in this region is not in good conditions during the rainy season, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. In San Juan (4170m/13681f) we will enjoy the beautiful view of the valleys, the mountains and the glaciers, from which some of the latter peak more than 5000m/16404f. Our camping place will be in the little village of Yanama (3530m/11581f).

    - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Climate : warm and hummed
    - Acomodación: Camp, Yanama 3530 msnm.
    - Distance Travelled: Approximately 17km
    - Hiking time : 8 hour

    Day 5: YANAMA - TOTORA

    Early in the morning, we will head for the highest pass of this trip - Yanama (4670m). If we are lucky we will even see a condor flying. During the day, we will enjoy frequently the view of snow capped mountains such as Salkantay (6264m) and Pintuyu (5450m). Our camping place will be in the valley of Totora pampa (3100m).

    - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Climate : cold and windy
    - Acomodación: Camp, Totora 3100 msnm.
    - Distance Travelled: Approximately 20 km
    - Hiking time : 9 hour

    Day 6: TOTORA - PLAYA - SANTA TERESA

    At Totora pampa we will get the chance to meet Quechua-speaking Andean people who live from agriculture and cattle breeding. The vegetation on our way gets more and more bizarre and reveals its diversity of orchids, bromelains and other plants. We will also see some plantations for coffee, papaya, passion fruit and avocado. Our camping site will be in La Playa (2100m/6890f) or in Santa Teres (1600m/5249f). Note: According to the group’s whishes, it is possible to change the itinerary a bit and visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa this day.

    - Meals: Breakfast,
    - Climate : warm
    - Acomodación: Camp, Santa Teresa 1600msnm.
    - Distance Travelled: Approximately 18 km
    - Hiking time : 10 hour

    Day 7: SANTA TERESA - AGUAS CALIENTES

    The last breakfast with our crew, after drive to hydroelectric 40 min where is the start point for hike to Aguas Calientes 3 hours, on the trail is clear to appreciate a lot type of orchid and birds, the big scenery is the view to Machu Picchu city is situated dense a bizarre vegetation and offers an exceptional view of the mountain Machu Picchu, for sick or tired kickers optional train service (US $ 18.00) there we will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

    - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Climate : warm
    - Acomodación: Hostel, Aguas Calientes 2050msnm.
    - Distance Travelled: Approximately 9 km
    - Hiking time : 4 hour

    Day 8: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

    After an early breakfast at the hotel, we walk uphill to Machu Picchu at 5:00 am. or take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Optional bus $16 each way), upon arrival at the Citadel we can appreciate the enigmatic beauty and the incomparable example of architectural perfection and hydraulics of one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, we will have a guided tour of about 2 hours, where we can appreciate the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, Intihuatana, The Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemetery, you are then given free time to stroll around the citadel . You will have all morning in Machu Picchu to take pictures, maybe to climb the Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, enjoy this mystical place. Then we´ll descend by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then calmly return by train to Ollantaytambo where our tourist transport to the city of Cusco will be expecting us, and will later transfer you to your hotel.
    OTHER ACTIVITIES:
    Climb up Huayna Picchu and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there (We recommend that you book in advance) Not Included
    Climb Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there (We recommend that you book in advance) Not Included
    Visit the new local museum or the hot springs in Aguas Calientes later in the day. Not Included

    - Meals: Breakfast
    - Tour: 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu

  • INCLUDED

    • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel
    • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora trail head
    • Transport from la Playa to Santa Teresa (for all camping and personal luggage)
    • The north face or Eureka tents- 2 persons
    • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
    • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
    • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
    • Entrance fees to Choquequirao
    • Entrance fees to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
    • Professional guide (Spanish and English)
    • High quality camping equipment, tents are big enough for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
    • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / option vegetarian
    • Cook and cooking equipment
    • Horseman and mules, for all camping equipment and customer’s luggage (Up to 8 kg)
    • Emergency horse over 6 persons
    • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Sleeping bag
    • Day 1: Breakfast
    • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
    • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
    • Inflatable mattresses
    • Travel Insurance
    • Huayna Picchu (US$25.00) or Machu Picchu Mountain (US$20.00) – if you want it
    • Tips: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

    WHAT TO BRING

    • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
    • Sleeping back.
    • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
    • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
    • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
    • Trekking shoes.
    • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
    • Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
    • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
    • Rainponcho cold and sun hat.
    • Toilet paper
    • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
    • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
    • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
    • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
    • Original passport, original ISIC student card
    • Extra money in soles (s/ 400.00 soles) emergency case and tips.
    • Since the weather can be very cold and mostly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

    List of objects to take to the trek.

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  • OUR PRICE:

    This walk leaves every day of the year.

    Important:

    - Pre payment per person: 50% of the payment per person
    - Balance: 50% before departure. - Terms and Conditions -

    - PERSON -
    - PRICE -
    2
    $ 1250.00
    3 - 4
    $ 1150.00
    5 - 7
    $ 1050.00
    8 - More
    $ 950.00

    “This Trek to Machu Picchu is available on any date that is best suited for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers”

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