Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

One of the new 7 wonders of the world

Days: 10 - Nights: 9   |   Group Size: 4-15   |   Group Pricing Available 

Overview

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This breathtaking trek through remote valleys, with stunning scenery of snow-covered Andean peaks, an ancient cloud forest, and abundant wildflowers.

Here you will encounter the two spectacular Inca sites of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, and their wondrous history, architecture, and magnificent beauty.

 
Trek Details 

Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Maximum Altitude: 4200 masl / 13779 ft

Minimum Altitude: 1820 masl / 5971 ft

Distance Travelled: 79 km / 49 miles

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Itinerary

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Day 1: CUSCO - CACHORA
We pick you up from your hotel in private transportation and drive to the town of Cachora. The 4-hour drive takes the Pan-American Highway through the Andes, with a spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains. We continue in the direction of the Cunyac Bridge to cross the Apurimac River, which is the natural border between the Cusco and Apurimac regions. In Cachora, we arrive at Los Tres Balcones Hostal to spend the night and prepare for the trek the next day. Cachora is an authentic, colorful town to explore, with beautiful views of the mountain peak Padreyuc.

Day 2: CACHORA - CHIQUISCA
We enjoy a delicious breakfast at Los Tres Balcones Hostal. After a short drive we arrive at Capuliyoc Lookout. There we will meet our crew of porters and have our final organize of our equipment and mules to begin our trek. We take a trail heading north, following the Cachora Valley with a spectacular view of the Nevado Padreyoq. We will also enjoy a spectacular view of the Apurimac River Canyon and the archaeological complex of Choquequirao in the distance. Our path continues downhill until we arrive at Chiquisca. Where we will lunch also have dinner and spend the first night of the trek.

Day 3: CHIQUISCA - MARAMPATA
After breakfast, we leave very early to beat the midday sun and continue downhill until we reach the Apurimac River, where we cross the bridge into the Cusco region. We begin our trek uphill, arriving at Santa Rosa, where we can stop for a rest. Here we find a local family's house where we can freshen up and enjoy sugar cane chicha, known as Cambray. We can also buy bottled water, soft drinks, rehydration drinks, and snacks. We continue uphill until arriving at Marampata. We have lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon visiting the local family's land and sharing in their daily activities. Later we have dinner and spend the night at the Marampata campsite.

Day 4: MARAMPATA - CHOQUEQUIRAO
Choquequirao! After breakfast, we start our trek to Choquequirao. With our guided tour we will visit and explore the Usnu, Priests House, Llamayoq, Anan and Urin Sectors, and Administrative Sector. We can appreciate the achievements of the Inca civilization and architectural design. The excursion will take several hours. You will have free time to discover the wonders of Choquequirao by yourselves. Our lunch will be a packed lunch and upon our return we will have a snack before dinner to replenish our energy. Later we have dinner and spend the night at the Choquequirao campsite.

Day 5: CHOQUEQUIRAO - MAIZAL
Following breakfast we continue our trek towards the archeological site Pinchiunuyoc.  The trail rises up through a wood forest of native trees and other flora, arriving at Pajunal before the descent to Pinchiunuyoc, here we will lunch.  After we follow the downhill trail towards the bridge to cross the Rio Blanco and then a steep climb until we reach Maizal.  We will enjoy incredible views, dinner, and spend the night at Maizal campsite. 

Day 6: MAIZAL - YANAMA
We depart our campsite and continue uphill after breakfast, crossing a beautiful forest of native trees on a stone path before arriving at the high-pass of Mina Victoria an old mineral mine.  There we will have a spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks of Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo, and the Vilcabamba mountain range. After we descend to have lunch and a brief rest, before we continue to Yanama.  We will have dinner and spend the night at Yanama campsite.

Day 7: YANAMA - TOTORA
The challenging big day. After a hearty breakfast we leave early and trek up the ravine of the Yanama River.  It begins as a gentle sloped incline then becomes steeper and steeper as we approach the high mountain pass.  We can appreciate a beautiful contrast of ecological zones as we arrive at the puna a montane grasslands and shrublands ecoregion in the Andes.  After passing the highest point we will have lunch and some time to relax our legs.  We then descend into the Totora River Valley where we arrive at Totora.  There we will have dinner and spend the night at the Totora campsite.

Day 8: TOTORA - SANTA TERESA
We depart early in the morning after breakfast, following the Totora River towards the point where it meets the Chalan River.  The trek follows downstream to the Santa Teresa River.  The trek is lush with vegetation and beautiful waterfalls which line our path to Santa Teresa.  There we can enjoy the hot springs, we will also have dinner and spend the night at Santa Teresa campsite.

Day 9: SANTA TERESA - AGUAS CALIENTES
Following breakfast, we take local transportation arriving at Central Hidroelectrica Machu Picchu a Hydroelectric plant.  From there we continue the moderate flat trek on foot following the rail track, on the way enjoying the lush vegetation of the tropical high jungle until we reach Aguas Calientes.  There we will have dinner and accommodation in a hostal.  We will also have the option to enjoy the thermal waters and explore the town.

Day 10: MACHU PICCHU - RETURN TO CUSCO
Machu Picchu! After a very early breakfast, we will take the first bus towards Machu Picchu. There you will enjoy a guided tour of the incredible Lost City of the Incas and Inca history.  The tour allows us to appreciate the achievements of the Inca civilization and demonstrates the Inca's supreme understanding of astronomy and architectural design.  After you will have the rest of the time freely to discover Machu Picchu for yourselves.  Take memorial pictures, visit the Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Principal Temple, Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Moon, or take the optional(limited permits) ascent towards Huayna Picchu Mountain the top of Machu Picchu.  After we will meet to catch the bus back to Aguas Calientes and prepare to board the train back to Ollantaytambo.  From there we will take private transport and travel back up the Sacred Valley to Cusco.

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The itinerary is a general guideline to the activities that take place during your trip. Our local tour guides are knowledgeable and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Any travel distances and times listed are approximations and are subject to variations due to local circumstances. A sense of Adventure and Understanding will be a helpful guide in the enjoyment of your trip.

Services Included 

  • Private tourist transportation Cusco - Cachora
  • Train Ticket (Service Back Packer) from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • Hostal in Aguas Calientes (one night)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao
  • Guided service in English and Spanish
  • Professional chef, cooking and dinning equipment
  • Meals; breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Vegetarian menu available at no extra cost
  • Four adult capacity all season weather tents, two person per tent
  • Porters and mules to help carry equipment
  • Emergency First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle

Recommend You Bring

  • Travel documents
  • Sleeping bag rated for cold weather
  • Water-resistant trekking boots
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts)
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
  • Insect repellent
  • Walking stick(s)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen, sunhat, and sunglasses
  • Sandals, swimwear, and towel
  • Personal items
  • Basic over the counter medicines
  • Personal snacks
  • Flashlight, toilet paper 
  • Hire extra horse or mule to ride and also to load personal equipment

Prices

$1,615 Per Person for 2 to 3 Persons   |   $1,415 Per Person for 4 to 6 Persons   |   $1,315 Per Person for 7 or more

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