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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu—Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!. Dramatic landscapes, stunning vistas, Incan ruins and trails crowning the mountains, and seven nights camping under a starry night sky in the wilderness of Andes make this 9-day Choquequirao trek one of the most treasured for hikers the world over to reach Machu Picchu.
Delve the Andes from Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu with Peru Summit Adventures. Trek soaring mountains, deep canyons to descend on the little-known Choquequirao ruins, cross crystalline rivers, savor the Peruvian cuisine that gains accolades worldwide before weaving through cloud forests, and riverine valleys to its iconic Incan fabled city–Machu Picchu (sister site). The ultimate adventure for altitude hikers with a love of history and nature, visit the two most outstanding cities from the Incan times in one trip, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, this challenging 09-day trekking snakes its way between the most incredible ancient Inca temples, the wilderness of the Andes and the remote small villages. Conquer a stunning trek to the mountaintop sacred city of Choquequirao – free of tourist throngs – cross the highest peaks on the route getting until 15,304 feet, make your camera lens enjoy with mind-blowing vistas of snow peaks crossed by crystalline rivers and deep canyons, witness the isolated countryside communities being in touch with locals to realize how the Peru’s background is. Come and start living this adventure of a lifetime with us.
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This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
Could you imagine trying to hike silently along an isolated trail, carefully not disturbing shy wildlife, with 10 or 20 other travelers? Or walking on a remote area to explore the pristine wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters must be undertaken in small groups. That’s why our trips come with an average of just four travelers, by far the smallest groups in the tourism industry across the country. This not only guarantees you more personal close-up wildlife experience, but a less-impact presence on the earth’s brittle natural places we love.
Besides, Machu Picchu offers one of the world’s most spellbinding travel experiences. But it’s also a world-renowned destination, and touring the site in a big group with multitudes of tourists shoving for photos, and competing to hear the guide, your once in a lifetime visit to this World Heritage Site may lose its magic. Our Machu Picchu Trips are scheduled with an average of just four travelers, allowing for a deeper exploration of the lost city of the Incas, with our Local Experts / Tour Leaders.
We are very confident the quality of our journeys will get your expectations and that you will savor the best possible of cultural travel experience, nature travel experience, and adventure travel experience if you are dissatisfied, we’ll happily give you credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. It’s, to our knowledge, the best guarantee in the travel business.
Traveling with us you are making a big difference in favor of the environment, our trips are rated as eco-friendly trips to ensure that fragile ecosystems are protected and maintained for future human generations, also maintain ecosystem and environment integrity through considering a sustainable and ethical business model. Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translates to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices.
We have created a custom comprehensive listing of Choquequirao, Machu Picchu and Peru travel books for this trip.
Pick up from hotel at 5:00 am to have 4-hour driving to Capuliyuc 2,900m / 9,512 ft, the beginning of the trail. At this place we’ll meet up our muleteers, and horses, where we’ll get ready for the trek.
We’ll start with our expedition, hiking for about 3 hours on a downhill trail to get the lunch spot called Chikiska located at 1,900 m / 6,213 ft, with stunning views of the snowcapped mountains of the Vilcabamba range, and the great Apurimac canyon. At Chikiska, we’ll enjoy our just prepared fresh lunch. After having lunch, we’ll hike for 1 more hour to get the first camp site called La Playa Rosalina 1,500m / 4,920 ft, in which we’ll spend the first night. In the evening we have tea time, subsequently dinner. All meals included, except breakfast.
Very early in the morning we’ll wake up with a nice coca tea, and a nutritious breakfast will make us ready for the tough day, right after having our breakfast, we’ll ascend for about 5 hours on a switchback trail to get the town called Maranpata, a place where we’ll have our lunch. Upon our arrival at this lunch spot, we’ll have the first views of Choquequirao in a further direction. In the afternoon after eating lunch we’ll walk for 2 more hours to get the second camp site Choquequirao 2,950 m / 9,676 ft, that is located into the park, where we’ll spend that afternoon enjoying the beautiful sunset atop the Andes mountains. In the evening we’ll have tea time, subsequently dinner. All meals included.
This day we will have the chance to explore the incan city of Choquequirao, where our guide will explain a rich history of the place, during the tour we’ll visit the Priest house, Usnu (a platform for main rituals), Main temples or religious site, Terraces with Llamas, The Granary constructions. About midday we will have our lunch, thereafter we will walk uphill for about 45-minutes, then to descend until getting the third camp site that is Pinchayunuyoc archaeological site (2,850m / 9,320feet), where we will explore the incan site of Pinchayunuyoc in the afternoon. The pretty scenic views around the camp site will be undeniably beautiful, that will make us feel in a different atmosphere. In the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner.
After having breakfast, we will get ready to hike the fourth day, we will walk downhill for about 2 hours to get Rio Blanco(1,990m / 6,507feet) from where we will start to ascend until reaching the fourth camp spot which is Maizal( 3,200m / 10,464feet); after that we will have a 3-hour walking uphill to reach the next camp site, where we’ll eat our lunch upon our arrival. This camp spot offers amazing views as the great snowcapped mountain Victoria. In the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner.
We’ll be waken up with hot coca tea which is the wake up call, right away to start the day having a nice breakfast, we will ascend through the cloud forest, along the pathway we will see a lot of fern, a couple of orchids, and many other exotic vegetation proper ones of the cloud forest, after that we will arrive to the ancient mining center that was taken advantage for many decades. After exploring the mining center for a while we will get into the Inca trail that is very well preserved to reach the Victoria pass(4,200m / 13,734feet), at the top of this pass we will have our lunch enjoying the amazing views around, and the beauty of Vilcabamba range with many peaks along. Afterwards we will descend for 2 hours to arrive the highland picturesque community Yanama(3,650m / 11,936feet) where we will camp. In the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner.
As usual we will have our hot coca tea to wake up, and have breakfast, subsequently we will begin to hike up that way to ascend and reach the next pass that is Yanama pass (4,700m / 15,369feet) which is the highest point on this Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu trek, from this pass we will get awesome sights of other mountains around, and the glacier peaks. Then we will walk downhill until reaching the Totora town (3,200m / 10,464feet), in which we will spend the sixth night. This sixth day we’ll enjoy our lunch on the downhill section at about 1:00pm. In the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner.
This day will be walking mostly in a highland tropical place, walking by small towns along the trail to the seventh camp site that is located in La playa town, on this section of the trail we will meet other hikers who followed the route of Salkantay, and on this section of the trail we will see beautiful waterfalls, highland vegetation and exotic fruit crops, one them is the granadilla, a fruit that belongs to family of passion fruit of course we will have a chance to try this fruit. When we arrive to La Playa town we will have our lunch, and that afternoon will be used to chill out at the camp site. In the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner.
We will have our wake up coca tea in the morning as usual, after that to have the breakfast and we will be ready to walk uphill for three hours on the small section of the inca trail; that is coming up from the jungle side of Cusco, and connecting to Machu Picchu, this ancient path was used in the past time as trading route between the jungle and the highlands of the incan empire. Once we finish walking these three-hour section we will arrive to the small incan site “Llaqtapata”, which will be a great reward for us, because from this incan site we will have the first glance of the Llaqta(city) of Machu Picchu in an about 5-km/ 3.1069-mile, it will be a special moment because one of our big goal will be just close by. After enjoying the gorgeous sceneries around, we will begin to descend for three hours until getting Hidroelectrica where we will have our last lunch made by our cheff, shortly after we will take the train to Machu Picchu town(Aguas Calientes), once we arrive we will go to the hotel to make the check-in. At night at about 7:00pm we will have the dinner in a restaurant right after the dinner you will have a detailed briefing and recomendations for the next day, eventually we will go back to our hotel to rest.
Today a great breakfast at the hotel makes us ready for a full morning exploration of Machu Picchu on a private tour with your Trek Leader. We’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu early in the morning for an amazing tour until 12:00 pm (Machu Picchu permits will issue for the first group which is from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm). If you have booked a permit for Wayna Picchu mountain, you’ll climb the mountain after the tour; however, spaces are subject to availability. In the unlikely event that Wayna Picchu permits are not available for your departure date, you will climb Machu Picchu Mountain instead. After a great time at the Incan emperor’s palace, we’ll take the bus down to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, as of this place continue driving to your hotel in Cusco.
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
From US$ 1650/ 9 Days.
The price is based on two-person. Whether you would like to take a private service, our service would increase in US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person. We need a minimum of two people to run the tour to Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 8 people. To ensure a private tour with us, our price increases US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.
We don’t believe any other tour companies make comparable trips when you take into account our unique itineraries and signature itineraries, impressive locations, small groups and quality Trek Leaders / Tour Leaders. But, should you come across a similar itinerary or matching itinerary of our quality at a cheaper price, even within 45 days after booking with us, we will happily refund the difference. It’s how we deliver our promise.
While other tour companies generally cancel their trips due to low participation of travelers or pass their travelers to other big groups tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low signing-up or participation for the departure date neither get our travelers to other tour operators! This makes to our travelers the assurance and peace of mind to know their travel plans are insured and guaranteed.
Request a Quote: We can customize this private trek just for you. Any detail can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote, Here.
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55º – 75º F with evenings cooling down into the 40º and 50º. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains, where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30º and 40º. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of rainfall, and morning temperatures usually range from 35º and 45º with some frost on the tents, and frosty plains in some locations. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are over 14,104 ft, so should you be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
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With the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the travel industry, our Trip Leaders safely deliver your trip-of-a-lifetime to maximize your Peru journeys and adventures every step of the way. Our Tour/Trek Leaders have worked extensively in the Peru isolated mountains, archaeological sites, hiking the Inca Trail (at least 150 times), Amazon jungle, and being at Machu Picchu for over 400 times at least, this guarantees your trip a unique and memorable experience.
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Explore and discover this amazing Incan treasure hidden behind the Andes mountains since the hands of local people for an authentic and unique experience. This Incan citadel is larger than Machu Picchu and far less known, Choquequirao still makes you feel as though you’re practically the first to arrive. On this footage, we show you just a tiny part of this wonderful place. Book your spot today and JOIN US!
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