Choquequirao & Machu Picchu


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Choquequirao Trek Machupicchu 8D/7N


Day-by-Day Summary

DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – CHIKISKA – PLAYA ROSALINAS
DAY 2: PLAYA ROSALINAS – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO
DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHINUYOC
DAY 4: PINCHINUYOC – RIO BLANCO – MAIZAL
DAY 5: MAIZAL – YANAMA – TOTORA – COLPAPAMPA
DAY 6: COLLPAPAMPA - LA PLAYA - COFFE FARM - SANTA TERESA HOT-SPRINGS.
DAY 7: Santa Teresa - LUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES
DAY 8:  AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Highlights

  • This 8 days trek is more comfortable than the 7 days trail.

  • EXplore since the Choquequirao Valleys, Santa Teresa Valleys untl the Machu Picchu Inca Site.

Places Visited

Valleys, Choquequirao inca site, Santa Teresa HotSprings, and Machu Picchu

Departures:Our company has daily departures, since 2 to 10 participants maximum per group, we are a 100% direct trekking tour operator, sustainable and responsible with Nature.
Starting From
USD 890
  • Duration:
    8 Days and 7 Nights
  • Tour Style:
    Walking, Cultural, Historical, Traditional, Narutal.
  • Hotel
    1 Night (Shared Room)
  • Camping
    6 Nigths
  • Difficulty
    Challenging (depends on your level of fitness).
  • Transportation
    Bus, Train, Van, local car

DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – CHIKISKA – PLAYA ROSALINAS

We leave Cusco at 5am in a private van for a 4 hour drive to Capuliyoc, situated on the edge of the Apurimac canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks.  Then we hike down for 2 hours until Chikiska where we have lunch. Afterwards we continue our hike for 1 more hour to Playa Rosalinas (1550 metres/ 5084 feet), where we will spend the night.

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with an inflatable mattress and 4 season roomy tents
  • Distance: 12kms
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: PLAYA ROSALINAS – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

Departing early, we ascend  to Santa Rosa and to Maranpata where we will have lunch. The climb from the river takes about 4 hours and is tough. From our lunch spot we can see the remains of Choquequirao. Then we have 2 more hours to hike to reach the archeological site (3110 metres/ 10120 feet). We will spend late evening there and we can watch the sunset and some condors.

  • Meals: Breakfast, boiled wáter for drinking,  snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with inflatable mattress´s and 4 season roomy tents
  • Distance: 13kms
  • Difficulty: Moderate / Challenge

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHINUYOC

After breakfast it is possible to explore more of the archeological site then have a little rest before lunch. In the afternoon we will climb over a ridgeand hike to the remains of Pinchinuyoc where we will camp for the night (2 hours of hiking down). This is definitely the easiest day of the trip

  • Meals: Breakfast, Boiled wáter for drinking,  Snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with  an inflatable mattress and 4 season roomy tents
  • Distance: 10kms
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 4: PINCHINUYOC – RIO BLANCO – MAIZAL

After a delicious breakfast, we hike down for 2 hours and arrive at the canyon of the Rio Blanco (1990 metres/6527 feet) where we have a rest before starting a difficult climb to our campsite of Maizal. The climb is 3- 4 hours long.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Boiled wáter for drinking,  Snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with an inflatable mattress and 4 season roomy tents
  • Distance: 10kms
  • Difficulty: Moderate / Challenge

DAY 5: MAIZAL – YANAMA – TOTORA – Colpapampa

We leave at 7am, and walk uphill for about 3 hours through semi-jungle toward the Victoria Mines. We visit them as well as some Inca Ruins before climbing 1hour more to the pass of Victoria (4130 metres/ 13 546 feet). There are spectacular views from the pass as we descend to the charming village of Yanama (about 2 hours walk),following a section with some well constructed inca steps.

Once we get to Yanama, after the lunch we will continue walking to Colpapampa for 4 hours more, on arrival at campsite, we will enjoy the afternoon with hot drinks before the delicious dinner. On the way, we will appreciate beautiful rivers, surprising vegetation and fauna.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Boiled wáter for drinking,  Snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with inflatable mattress´s and 4 season roomy tents
  • Distance: 12kms
  • Difficulty: Moderate / Challenge

DAY 6: COLLPAPAMPA - LA PLAYA - COFFE FARM - SANTA TERESA HOT-SPRINGS.

Today is another early start after breakfast; we walk for around 5 hours until La Playa site by the Salkantay Trek, where we have lunch. During the trail by the mountainside, we can see various types of orchid’s flowers, species of plants, some cornfields, fruit fields, and an exquisite waterfall, with a tropical microclimate where locals grown passion fruits, oranges, avocados, papayas, and coffee. After lunch, we continue by local car until organic coffee farm, where we will have an incredible visit with the different kinds of coffee and we will tasting the coffee prepared by ourselves with the help of the farmer; after that we are continuing until Santa Teresa Village campsite, and to Cocalmayo hot springs to swim in the pools. In the evening, we have a delicious dinner and time to enjoy of the wood fire organized by the camping owner, and rest at camp.

DAY 7: Santa Teresa - LUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES

On this day after breakfast at 05h30, we will take a local transportation to Lucmabamba (40 minutes ride) to our start hiking point. we walk for 3 hours by the original Inca Trail and through  the cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass then onto Llactapata Inca remains which are located at 2,700m/8,907ft.  (an Inca site located straight in front of the citadel of Machu Picchu)

Once here we enjoy the  unique perspective  of Machu Picchu from far away. Then we hike downhill for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we have lunch. We continue to walk to Aguas Calientes through the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, enjoying the surroundings of the iconic Machu Picchu and the wall which surrounds the Inca Citadel.

Note: If the group do not want to walk more, today we will catch the traditional trail directly to Hydroelectric without Llactapata. It will depend of the group.

Traditional Trail: You start the day at around 8:00 am with breakfast and then a 3 hour hike to the Hydroelectric plant (Hidroelectrica), where we have lunch to later continue for  4 hours more along the train rail to Aguas Calientes village (Machu picchu town) where we have a touristic hotel for the last night and the dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Boiled wáter for drinking,  Snack, Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel with private bathroom, wifi, buffet breakfast
  • Distance: 18kms
  • Difficulty: Moderate / Challenge

DAY 8:  AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

We will have breakfast at 5am and take the first bus to Machu Picchu. It will take half an hour to reach the Machu Picchu archeological site, one of the  7 New Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the astounding vestiges and its main streets. After the guided tour, you will have some free time to wander around the town squares as well as to do some of the following activities on your own:

  • Climb up Huayna Picchu and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there
  • Walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku
  • Visit  the new local museum or the hot springs in Aguas Calientes. Then you will descend to Aguas Calientes and you will board the train for the return trip to Cusco.
  • Meal: Breakfast

IIMPORTANT

The time stated within this program is approximate and walking time may differ depending on the group´s capabilities the guide may change the lunch spot and campsite if it is required. Each guide has his or her own preferred route and it may not follow the exact schedule described here. However all items listed within the above schedule will be covered.

Trek conditions also vary according to the season. In the dry season ( May – September) the trail can be very dusty and hot in the day time, in the wet season (October – March) it can be slippery and muddy and during the shoulder season the conditions can be variable. All year round in the mountains landslides can happen at any time, particularly after heavy rains. Do Adventures Perú takes no responsibility for trail conditions.

This Trek is adventurous and a challenging experience, crossing several high passes and the Rio Blanco which does not have a substantial bridge and can be dangerous to cross in periods of heavy rain. This region is not frequently visited by tourists, therefore tourist infrastructure is limited. Visitors should be aware that things change, or may not go to plan. This is all part of the adventure! We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase the ticket again. Please bring an open mind, flexibility and a good sense of humor.

We strongly recommend this trek for experienced trekkers or campers.


  • ENTRANCE TIKETS: In our treks, the entrance to Choquequirao archaeological site + Machupicchu are included.
  • BRIEFING: Two or one night before your expeditions, we are going to your hotel or you will come to our office for your briefing, it is an information session for the tril to be ready to 100% for the trek day.
  • PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: All our guides studied English and Tourism at the University, institutes, and have many months giving support to the trekkers before to start to work in this kind of adventures like a guide.
  • HOTEL:The activity include 6 nights in tents and 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes village. We include a two star hotel with shared rooms (Double, Marital and Triple rooms). If you would like to upgrade your hotel level or prefer a single room, there will be an additional cost.
  • FOOD & CHEFS: Many of our customers comments about the wonders of our chefs. They make magic happen on the trail in a small tent over a single flame. The food is served family style, there will be plenty of options for everyone, and always food left over. If you are vegetarian, it is not problem for us, just tell us and you will have vegetarian food. Each day will consist of breakfast, lunch, happy hour with tea and snacks and dinner. Your last meal will be breakfast of the last day. Lunch the last day is not included.
  • TRANSPORTATION: All the transportations mentioned in the itinerary during the trek are included, we will pick you up from your hotel at around 6 AM and carried to the trailhead (day 1), the transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco the last day, One Way bus from Aguas Caleintes to Machupicchu.
  • TRAIN EXPEDITION: The last day of the tour, we will board the 18:25PM train from Aguas Calientes village to Ollantaytambo village. From where we transfer you to Cusco city in our car.
  • HORSES AND SUPPORT STAFF: We include horses and horsemen who is responsible for carrying your duffel (7 kg of bag) with your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your duffel bag at your briefing session and this should be filled with the things you will need on your adventure, but not during the actual hiking time.During the trek you have to bring your own daypack with the essential things, because you will have access to your duffel bag only at your evening campsite.
  • FIRST AID: Your safety is our number 1 concern. All our guides are trained to provide support in these causes. They all will have first aid kits and full oxygen bottle in case anything happens. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed and will make sure you get directly to a clinic for treatment. This is not something to worry about - but if something happens, we will be there for you.Note: before to do the trek or any type of adventure tour, we recommend you to visit your doctor and explain about the activity that will do, and please try to bring a small first aid bag each according to your conditions to stay peaceful.
  • RENTALS: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when you choose a trek with camping. Inflatable air matts are optional, but do help in getting a good night sleep. Walking sticks are definitely encouraged and must have a rubber tip when bringing your own. If you do not have or want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
  • HUAYNAPICCHU: Huaynapicchu is the mountain located inside the Machu Picchu Park and has beautiful views from the top. It takes 45 minutes to get to the top and then 45 minutes back down and is quite steep for those scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu and is $20 per person to hike. This is extremely popular and needs to be arranged at least a month or two prior to your trek. Please understand that we can not control weather and cloudy days will prevent perfect pictures.

OPTIONAL SERVICES:

• Huaynapicchu entrance ticket $ 18 (depends on availability).
• Sleeping Bag rent for the all trek $ 40.
• A pair of sticks $ 35 for the all trail.
• Adicional horse for carry your personal bags $ 150 per 5 days.
• Vistadone train service $ 60.
• Bus From Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes $ 15 USD

TREK CHECKLIST

• Original ID documents (Passport)
• A good backpack or day backpack to carry your personal things
• Sleeping bag recommended -5 as minimum, walking sticks are recommended.
• Waterproof trekking boots.
• Warm clothes ( you can experience the four seasons in one day).
• 4 T-shirts, sun hat, two pairs of pants for the trek, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, raincoat, 1 warm jacket, extra layers.
• Camera with extra battery.
• Sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent.
• Essential toiletries, toothbrush, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
• Swimsuit for swim in thermal baths.
• Water bottle (no need to bring water pills).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Head lamp.
• Some plastic bags in the rainy season.

The Prices are per traveler:

Shared Service Departures Price
Without Hotel Every Day $ 950 USD $ 890

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STUDENT DISCOUNT: $20 off per person

Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@doadventures.com.

ISIC CARD

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HOTEL INCLUDED:

This is a 2 star hotel and is based on shared rooms - either double, matrimonial or triple. If you prefer a single room you have to add $30 US per person. All the rooms include private bathrooms with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something a little fancier or we can do the tour without hotel, if you prefer to book the hotel for Aguas Calientes for your own. Please remember that the service you receive in Aguas Calientes will not be quite as good as Cusco.

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