100 km Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 9d/8n

DURATION DISTANCE ALTITUDE LEVEL START FINISH
9 Days/8 Nights 125 km 2800 msnm – 1550 msnm
– 4600 msnm
difficult  – moderate Cusco – Cachora Machu Picchu – Cusco

Choquequirao is the second most important archeological site in Cusco region. It has a connection with the last Inca city of Vilcabamba and with Machu Picchu. It is in the middle of different Inca roads that traversed all of the Inca empire. After quite a tough hike we will see fascinating and remote Choquequirao (“cradle of gold” in Quechua) – awesome in design and also location, perched high on a spur above the Apurimac canyon – the third deepest canyon in Peru. This is the great place to see condors inhabiting the area. From here we continue our trek into even more remote territory where we can see villagers who live in the area of Yanama, as well as glaciers, valleys and mines of silver. The highest point of the trek is Yanama pass at 4800 msnm/15900 feet after which we descent to the subtropical area. We walk along coffee and banana plantations before arriving at Aguas Calientes. The last day is devoted to exploring the Lost City of Incas – Machu Picchu. You must join us on this unforgettable and challenging adventure.

DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA:
We leave Cusco at 6:00 in the morning, in the direction of the village of Cachora, (2850msnm) from where we begin our trek. We trek for around 3 hours until the place called Capuliyoc, where we can see in the distance the archeological site of Choquequirao, in the canyon of Apurimac. We have a snack there while enjoying landscape and possibly condors. Afterwards we continue our descent for about 3 more hours to our campsite at Chiquisca (1950msnm).
MEALS: Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 2: CHIQUISCA – CHOQUEQUIRAO:
After breakfast, very early, we return to the trek, descending until the Puente Rosalinas (1550msnm) where we cross the Apurímac river to begin the ascent to our first rest stop, Santa Rosa. Here we can enjoy chicha de caña (cambray) and after continue climbing until the small village of Maranpata where we will have lunch with a beautiful view of the mountain edges and Choquequirao. Afterwards, we continue to our campsite close to Choquequirao (2850msnm). If the tourists have extra energy, they can visit the archeological site in the afternoon to enjoy the sunset and gliding condors, later descending to the campsite.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHIHUNUYOC.

In the morning we explore the Choquequirao citadel. We will have guided tour of this amazing place once inhabited by Incas including recently rediscovered Llama Sector. You will be taken to the ceremonial water fountains – the best place in Choquequirao to see condors and snow covered peaks around. After enjoying lunch in this beautiful scenery we continue ascending to the pass (3250msnm) from where we then descend to our campsite, Pinchihunuyoc terraces (2500msnm).
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: PINCHIHUNUYOC – MAIZAL.
On the fourth day, we continue our descent to Rio Blanco (1950msnm), then we begin climbing for 3 or 4 hours more to the campsite of Maizal (3050msnm). While we walk we can enjoy a beautiful landscape and various wild animals that inhabit this area. This day is short so we can relax a little, and have a free afternoon until the next day.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 5: MAIZAL – PASO VICTORIA – YANAMA.

This day will be the most scenic. After breakfast, we continue our ascent to the Victoria silver and lead mines which were being used until recently. Arriving at the Victoria pass (4075msnm), we can appreciate what may be the best view, of all the chain of mountains belonging to the Vilcabamba range. It is very common to see condors in this area. And below is the Yanama valley… Later we continue down for 2 hours until our campsite in Yanama (3500msnm).

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: YANAMA – TOTORA.
Today will be longer than other days and we will also ascend to the highest point of our trek, crossing the pass at Yanama (4800msnm) arriving here after a walk of about 4 hours. From here, we descend enough to arrive at our lunch spot, Pucara, and later continue walking about 1 hour more until our campsite at Totora (3400msnm). On this route, we can appreciate the change in the ecology, from the mountain range to the subtropical forest. On this day we will walk about 7 hours.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: TOTORA – LA PLAYA.
This day will be one of the easiest, as we will walk 7 hours on a more flat trail, without much climbing. We are trekking into warmer, more humid, weather. Along this trek, we can see a beautiful waterfall, fruit trees and coffee plantations. So far we walked without seeing many tourists. Before La Playa we will encounter more trekkers as at this point our trail joins the Salkantay trail. We camp at La Playa (2100 msnm).

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: LA PLAYA – LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES.
We leave early and climb for about three hours through the jungle before slightly descending to the interesting Inca archeological site of Llactapata. The place was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham. From here we have our first view of Machu Picchu, in the saddle of the mountain opposite. We descend for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we will have lunch. From here, we can appreciate the nearby Inca site and later we can visit the small archaeological site of Intihuatana before continuing to walk another 10 km more along the train tracks to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we can rest in a comfortable hostal and later have dinner in a restaurant. It is possible to take a local train from hydroelectric plant to Aguas Calientes.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in restaurant.

DAY 9: MACHU PICCHU.
The most important day of trekking, when we get to know the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu (2400msnm), a Wonder of the World. On this day, we will plan to leave very early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu which leaves at 5:30 so that we can be at the citadel early to see the sun rise. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction, at a time where there will be the least number of people. We can also secure our entry to the mountain of Waynapichu from where we can appreciate Machu Picchu from a different vantage point. Later, we will again descend to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes to take our return train to Cusco, and then return you to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast in the hotel.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.
  • Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
  • If you would like an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know at the time of your reservation so that we can make appropriate arrangements with the return train tickets.
  • CHOQUEQUIRAO. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.
INCLUDED:

  • An explanation two days before departing
  • Transport in private bus to the start of the trek
  • Transfer to your hotel on return
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian option available)
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles
  • Snacks for walking
  • Camping tents for 2 and 3 persons depending on the requirements
  • Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
  • Cook and assistant cook
  • Kitchen/eating utensils
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment.
  • Emergency horse
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao
  • Last night celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes in a restaurant
  • Entrance into Machu Picchu
  • Bus up to and back down from Machu Picchu
  • Return train ticket to Cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and hot water
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  •  If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day
  •  Tickets to hot springs in Conoc
  • 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • 1 large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas.
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Binoculars for birdwatching
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for hot springs
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).

OPTIONAL:

  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

100 km Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 9d/8n

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE GROUP 2 3 4 5 5+
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 2,330 $ 1,730 $ 1,470 $ 1,375 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions

DISCOUNTS:

  • Students: $20 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card – ISIC card) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices
  • Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices.
  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)