Choquequirao to Machupicchu Trek 8D/7N

Hike and visit the Choquequirao plus the Machu Picchu

Max Height

3,100 m

Trip Days

08 Days

Type

Trekking

Difficulty

Moderate-Hard-Easy

OVERVIEW

Why hike the Choquequirao?

Choquequirao is considered the last house, constructions if the Incas after arrive the Spaniards, and these days is known like the second Machu picchu, because is located in a strategical mountain and is so fantastic like the Machu picchu.

Day-by-Day Summary

  • Day 1
    Cusco - Cachora - Chiquiska camp (1,500 m)
  • Day 2
    Chiquiska - Maranpata - choquequirao camp (3,000 m)
  • Day 3
    Choquequirao - Pinchinuyoc camp
  • Day 4
    Pinchinuyoc - Rio Blanco - Maizal Camp
  • Day 5
    Maizal - Yanama - Totora - Colpapampa camp
  • Day 6
    Colpapampa - La Playa - Llucmapampa camp
  • Day 7
    Llucmapampa - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 8
    Visit Machu Picchu and come back to Cusco
Starting From
500 USD
  • Duration:
    4 Days and 3 Nights
  • Tour Style:
    Walking, Cultural, Historical, Traditional, Narutal.
  • Hotel
    0 Night (Shared Room)
  • Camping
    3 Nigths
  • Difficulty
    Moderate-High-Easy(depends of your fitness level).
  • Transportation
    Bus, Train, Van, local car
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FULL ITINERARY

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.


  • Pre- Departure Briefing
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Transport from your hotel to Cachora - Capuliyoc (walking star point)
  • 4 person sleeping tents (we only put 2 in each tent) very spacious
  • Foam mats to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
  • Camping equipment
  • Entrance to Choquequirao and Choquequirao
  • Accommodation ( 6 nights in tent adn 1 noght hotel )
  • Cargo Mules (For first and second day to carry the all-camping equipment and your personal baggage (7 kilos).
  • Specialist chef
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 8 Lunch, 7 dinners and Snacks
  • water for grooming
  • Come Back Transport from Cachora to hotel in Cusco (Day 8)
  • 24-h guest service

Our Differences:

We include in our price these additional things, which normally are not included by companies.

  • The entrance ticket for Choquequirao plus Machu Picchu
  • One way Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Sleeping Bags: You can hire from our company if you do not have your own ($40 USD)
  • Walking Sticks: You can hire a set($18 USD).
  • Meals Like: Day 1: Breakfast - Last Day: Dinner
  • Travel Insurance, clothing and gear
  • Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)

• 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).
• 6 T-shirts, sun hat, two pairs of pants for the trek, gloves, 8 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.
• Water bottle (no need to bring water pills).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Head lamp.
• Some plastic bags in the rainy season.

DATES & PRICE

Shared Tour

Adult
$ 950 USD $ 890

Departure Dates:

Dayly Departures since two trekkers

Private Tour

Private tours are available and priced by party size, write us for a private tour.

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Step 1: ENTER IN A CONTACT.

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Step 3: SEND US YOUR FULL DETAILS.

Please send us to our e-mail the required details like: name, last name, passport number, nationality, birth date, those details has to be same of your passport or send us your passport photo. In addition, you have to send us your arrival date, hotel name in Cusco, departure of Cusco and date for a trip.

Step 4: MAKE THE DEPOSIT.

You have to pay the first deposit required according each tour to guarantee your journey, this can be made by one of our Payment Methods . After to complete the payment write us to our e-mail about that.
The Final Payment: Is due at least with 2 days or 1 day before to depart, normally is due on the briefing time.

Step 5: CONFIRMATION.

Finally, after to obtain your full details and the deposit, our office staff will email you back a tour confirmation to guarantee your journey. We always send confirmations, so if you do not hear from us, check your spam folder or contact us and we will resend you. We are so excited to take you on the Trip and thank you for your trust in us.

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