Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu (9 Days)

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Departure & Return Location

Hotel in Cusco - Hotel in Cusco

Duration

9 Days (Departure at 5:50 am)
Tour Details

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu is a nine days trek from Cusco. It takes you to two prominent lost cities of Incas. This is somewhat challenging trek but is totally worth the climb. The route takes you through some of he beautiful sights with pristine Andean landscapes. This is one of the treks that is rich in history. 

Choquequirao:

Choquequirao is a less popular sight. The only way to reach the archaeological complex is by hiking through Apurimac canyon. It takes four days for a round trip from Cusco. This makes it challenging for some travellers to reach there and this is what makes it a true hidden gem. The trek offers beautiful views of the Apurimac canyon on the way. 

Choquequirao was built in the same era, as Machu Picchu, by Pachacutec. This was the the last hold outs of Inca resistance to Spanish rule by Manco Inca. It is so massive, that even today the site has not been excavated completely. The archaeological site features a main plaza, Inca temples and agricultural terraces among others. 

It won’t be surprising to have the whole complex for you while you are visiting. It is one of the best off the beaten tract sites in Peru. 

Machu Picchu:

An emblematic attraction, this is now the new wonder of the world. Machu Picchu was a royal estate. It was used for 80 years and was abandoned. This was home to around 750 people. Most of them who worked for the royal family. 

As most Inca sites, farming was an important occupation and one of the prime sources of income. The agriculture terraces esist on a hillside. This was to ensure good drainage facility. Also to protect the citadel from landscapes and erosions. 

This is one of the best example of Incan engineering. 

Our nine days Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu with a local guide offers an insight to the Inca history and architecture. The trek also offers an enchanting views on your way. 

Price Includes

  • Pre Trek briefing
  • Round Trip Transport
  • Bi-Lingual Tour Guide (English and Spanish)
  • Entrance Fees to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu
  • All camping equipments
  • 4-people tents for two
  • Mules and Muleteers
  • An extra horse to ride if you are feeling sick
  • All meals during the trek
  • Chef
  • Train from Hidro Eletrica to Aguas Calientes
  • 01 Night in a basic hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Price Excludes

  • Access to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (Optional)
  • Lunch on the last day at Aguas Calientes
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Original Passport
  • Sunscreen, Sun glasses
  • A day pack
  • Extra sets of clothes
  • Snacks and Water
  • Any personal medications
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Itinerary

Day 1CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISKA

At 5:50 AM, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will then embark on a four-hour road trip to Cachora, a small village at an elevation of 2700 meters above sea level. Here, we will meet our mule and muleteers. After organizing our belongings on the mule, we will begin our trek through the Apurimac canyon for two and a half hours, reaching Capuliyoc, a remote Andean village at 2915 meters above sea level. This spot offers captivating views, providing a panoramic view of the Apurimac canyon. We will pause here for lunch.

Following lunch, we will trek downhill for three hours until we reach our first campsite in Chiquiska, deep within the Apurimac Canyon. After enjoying an exquisite Peruvian dinner, we will retire for the night.

Day 2CHIQUISKA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

After breakfast, we will continue to hike further into the canyon. It will take us an hour to reach Rosalinas Bridge, an emblematic bridge that spans the Apurimac River at 1550 meters above sea level. From there, we will embark on a four-hour ascent to Maranpata, a location that offers the first glimpse of the Choquequirao archaeological complex. This area is inhabited by deer, spectacled bears, and butterflies. We will camp close to the ruins.

Day 3CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHAYUNUYOC – RIO BLANCO

Following breakfast, we will hike to the Choquequirao ruins, where you will enjoy a guided tour. During this excursion, you will explore the llama sector, an unmissable attraction. The Incas embellished the steps and certain farming terraces with geometric representations of llamas. This sector is situated around 20 minutes from the Choquequirao ruins. Next, we will ascend for forty minutes to a viewpoint offering an enchanting panorama of the Pinchayunuyoc farming terraces.

From this point, we will descend to Rio Blanco, where we will halt for lunch. Later, we will set up our tents and establish our campsite for the night.

Day 4RIO BLANCO – MAIZAL

After breakfast, we will commence the day by hiking uphill for four hours, arriving at the extraordinary site known as Maizal, nestled at an elevation of 3500 meters above sea level. Maizal is a serene haven in the heart of nature, boasting stunning scenery. We will establish our campsite in this idyllic location, enveloped by enchanting views.

Day 5MAIZAL – YANAMA

We will begin early in the morning after breakfast. The trek will lead us through lush green vegetation, a region renowned for its various types of orchids. We will continue along a stretch of the Inca highway, passing by numerous mines that were operational for decades. Our journey will then take us to Victoria Pass, situated at 4150 meters above sea level.

This pass is celebrated for offering sightings of Andean condors soaring above. It is a prominent feature of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range. After taking a break here, we will embark on a downhill trek lasting three hours, leading us to the village of Yanama, where we will set up camp for the night.

Day 6YANAMA – CCOLPA

Our trek to Ccolpa will commence. This remote village sits at an elevation of 2850 meters above sea level. We will hike along a small path before encountering a gradual ascent to Yanama Pass, situated at 4650 meters. Beyond this pass, the terrain becomes more forgiving, and we will descend to Pucara. We will pause here for lunch. Following lunch, our journey will continue to Ccolpa, a traditional village where local customs are upheld, including the use of the Quechua language. We will establish our campsite here for the night.

Day 7CCOLPA – LA PLAYA

After breakfast, we will traverse the jungle, passing through various types of plants, birds, and flowers. Our guide will provide explanations about each of these elements. Amidst this picturesque setting, we will arrive at a waterfall and halt for lunch along the riverbank. Subsequently, we will continue our journey by bus to Santa Teresa, a small town known for its hot springs. We will establish our campsite here for the night.

Day 8LA PLAYA – LLACTAPATA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU

Following breakfast, we will embark on a three-hour hike to the archaeological complex of Llactapata, one of the well-preserved Inca settlements. After immersing ourselves in history here, we will proceed with a two and a half-hour hike to Hidro Electrica, where we will pause for lunch.

After lunch, we will board a train to the town of Aguas Calientes. There, we will arrange accommodation for you in a basic ensuite hotel room.

Later in the evening, we will convene at a local restaurant for dinner.

Day 9MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES - OLLANTAYTAMBO - CUSCO

In the early morning, after breakfast, we will take a bus to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at the citadel, we will provide you with a two and a half hours’ guided tour. This tour encompasses visits to the main plaza, ceremonial sites, farming terraces, and more.

Following the tour, you will have time to explore. If you have booked a trek to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, kindly inform us so we can make necessary arrangements.

Alternatively, you may choose to walk to the Sun Gate, the entry point for Inca Trail trekkers at dawn. This two-hour round-trip walk offers an exclusive view of Machu Picchu at sunrise.

After the tour, we will return to Aguas Calientes by bus. From there, you will board a train to Ollantaytambo, where we will meet you and facilitate your transfer back to your hotel in Cusco.

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