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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

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.

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at +51 984 464 391 or shoot us an email at info@perusummit.com to learn more or book your spot today!

This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.

Highlights: 

  • Trek in a high Andean realm to the lush cloud forest. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents (Black Diamond tents).
  • Trek to lost Incan city since the hands of local experts who born, lived, hiked here that’s a real PLUS for a genuine experience.
  • Your own private guide, muleteers, horses, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
  • Camp along remote mountainsides, where we can savor peaceful nights beneath a star-filled sky.
  • Soak in views of snow-capped Andean peaks and awe-inspiring ruins sites
  • Challenging trek to a hidden Incan city that sees few visitors.
  • Spend the last day at Incomparable Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
  • Small groups, Big Adventures (min 2 – max 8 / average 4)
  • Direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco, managed by locals.

Group Size: We need a minimum of 02 people to depart. Family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room / tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services; however, you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.

The Smallest Groups en Route—Averaging Just 4 Travelers!

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 Deliver on Our Promises

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.

Service Level: Upgraded.

Physical Grading:  1 2 3 4 5 6

VERY STRENUOUS, CHALLENGING: Full-day hikes (7-9 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 4,000 feet) on many days, with some camping and hiking at extreme altitudes. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 11,500 feet, with some days ascending as high as 16,850 feet.

Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures.

Accommodations: 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.

  • 3 star Hotel in Aguas Calientes Town / Machu Picchu Town.

Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural desasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.

Price: From US$ 1500/ 9 Days.

  • A personal porter included to carry your 8kg / 16 pounds personal items.

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.

The Best Fare For The Best Trip

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.

You Book, You Go…Don’t Worry… We Won’t Cancel!

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.

Limited Spaces: NO, the Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu is not regulated yet by the peruvian goverment; however, the entrance fee for the Choquequirao Inca city is charged at the main checkpoint before to get into the incan city (the entrance fee is included); thus you could book in one month in advance that way to organize the tour, whether you would like to climd up the keen Wayna Picchu mountain, please let us know at the moment you are booking the tour( tickets for Wayna Picchu is limited, 400 tickets a day).

Acclimatization: Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins to Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu.

Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu

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Itinerary

Day 1, Cusco – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina 

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.

Hiking Time: 6 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance: 8 km/ 4.9 miles.

Day 2, Playa Rosalina – Maranpata – Choquequirao Park Camp 

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.

Hiking Time: 8 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles.

Day 3, Guided Tour at Choquequirao – Pinchayunuyoc 

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.

Hiking Time: 8 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles.

Day 4, Pinchayunuyoc – Maizal 

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.

Hiking Time: 5 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance: 8 km / 4.9 miles.

Day 5, Maizal – Yanama 

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.

Hiking Time: 8 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles.

Day 6, Yanama – Totora 

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.

Hiking Time: 9 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance: 18 km / 11.2 miles.

Day 7, Totora – Lucmabamba 

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.

Hiking Time: 7 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance: 20 km / 12.4 miles.

Day 8, Lucmabamba – Llactapata Ruins- Machu Picchu Town 

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.

Hiking Time: 7 hours aprox…

Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles.

Day 9, Sacred City of Machu Picchu Exploration – Cusco

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.

Note on Itinerary 

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!

Weather Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 

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.

Peru Summit Includes 

  • Transportation from hotel to Capuliyoc.
  • Round trip bus ticket in Machu Picchu town.
  • Train ticket back to Cusco at the end of our journey.
  • One night hotel in Machupicchu town.
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Camping equipment 4 season tent in Black Diamond or North Face Summit Series brand (04 people tent for 02 people),
  • Therma-Rest mattresses and Pillow.
  • Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Transportation from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
  • Trek Leader.
  • Meals (Option for vegetarians, or other options): Breakfast (8), lunch (8), dinner (7), and snacks.
  • A professional Quechua chef.
  • Horses, and muleteers; horses carry your 8-kl / 16-pound personal items.
  • Oxygen tank.
  • Emergency Horse to escort us during the trek.

Peru Summit Does Not Include 

  • Sleeping bags US$5 per day, and hiking poles US$5 per day( a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand), you might get them rented from us.
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Gratuities for the guides, porters or muleteers, and other staff.
  • Travel Insurance and things of a personal nature – laundry and telephone calls, personal taxis, souvenirs etc.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.

Suggested Reading List 

We have created a custom comprehensive listing of Choquequirao, Machu Picchu and Peru travel books for this trip.

 

Trek Gear List / Trip Checklist 

  • Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
  • Bathing suit.
  • Camera.
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Crédit or debit card.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Diamox (Acetozolamide), Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

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