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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 9-DAYS

Best trekking experience in Peru

Tour Choquequirao and Machu Picchu Ruins

Hike through cloud forests, along rivers and on ancient Inca trails

 

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Overview

Many call the Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu the best trekking experience in all of Peru, and rightfully so: as on this 9 day-100km, adventure you will explore mysterious Choquequirao without the crowds, experience the mighty Apurimac canyon (twice as deep as the USA Grand Canyon) all while enjoying the surrounding Andes mountains. Visit remote villages on the route, while trekking on hidden ancient Inca paths located high in the mountains. On this Choquequirao Trek you will visit the magnificent Choquequirao ruins while enjoying the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, great valleys and amazing canyons en-route to the historical lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. This is a once in a lifetime experience that Guiding Peru prides itself as being the premier trekking company offering this challenging adventure, employing experienced mountain guides and quality support staff insuring a safe and rewarding trip.

  • Tour Choquequirao
  • Tour Machu Picchu
  • Hike hidden Inca Trails
  • Climb Huayna Picchu
  • Andean wildlife- llama, alpaca, vicuna and soaring condors
  • Challenging trek
  • Relax in natural hot springs
  • Coffee plantation tour and roasting demonstration
  • Aguas Calientes celebration

Tour Price

  • Pricing: $1575.00/person
  • 25% deposit required at time of booking
Choquequirao Trek Tour Package
choquequirao trek tour package

Tour Details

The Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu begins by following the regular 4 day route for Choquequirao, however instead of returning, you continue on through the mountains and valleys of the Andes, eventually joining the last section of the Salkantay trail, arriving into Machu Picchu. This challenging 9-day trek will prove to be an amazing experience, as you will hike deep into the Apurimac Canyon, explore the “hidden” Choquequirao site, camp near clear mountain lakes and conclude with a memorable visit to the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu. *One day before the trek: Guide briefing in your hotel lobby. Time to be determined at time of booking.

Day 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – CHIQUISCA

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 8kms
  • WALKING TIME: 3-4 hours
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION:  2915m
  • DIFFICULTY: EASY
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Brunch, Dinner
  • ACCOMMODATION: Deluxe Camping

We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel at 530am, in our private van and drive for 4 hours until we reach Capuliyoc town(2915M), the starting point of the Choquequirao Trek. Upon arrival you will enjoy a warm brunch with hot drinks as you meet your trekking team, horseman, horses, and staff that will carry the equipment and your personal duffel bags (up to 10 Kg) for the next several days. Here we will enjoy views of the mountains of the area, the Apurimac Canyon, and the Apurimac River which is twice as deep as the USA’s Grand Canyon. After brunch, we will descend for 3 hours to our first campsite at Chiquisca (1,900m), where we will spend our first night.

Day 2: CHIQUISCA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 14kms
  • WALKING TIME: 6-7 hours
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION:  3150m
  • DIFFICULTY: Challenging
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and snacks
  • ACCOMMODATION: Deluxe Camping

You will have an early morning wake up call, at 6am, to start your second day of the Choquequirao Trek. Your porters will wake you with a hot cup of coca tea followed by a nutritious hot breakfast to prepare for the day’s trekking. We will then descend into the magnificent Apurimac (1,550m) and then hike uphill to the village of Maranpata (2,850m) where we will enjoy lunch with spectacular views of the archeological site of Choquequirao (3,150m). Next we will continue for 1.5 hours to our second campsite, located 30 minutes from the Choquequirao ruins, where we will be greeted by our team and enjoy appetizers and some rest prior to our dinner.

Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Highest Elevation: 3,150m
  • Walking time: 6 hours
  • Accommodations: Deluxe camping

Today we will awake at a later time and enjoy our breakfast at a relaxed pace as we will be staying for another night at this wonderful campsite, as we take this day to fully explore the mystical Inca Site of Choquequirao. We will be led on a guided walking tour exploring all the important sections of the complex: palaces, temple, ritual water fountains, ceremonial platform, agricultural terraces, llama’s section and much more. Choquequirao was designed with 9 areas, built as small towns surrounding a central square to which all the streets from each town end up. The site also includes an amazing set of Inca terraces. impressive irrigation channels and a religious and administrative area totaling over 1,800 hectares. Choquequirao was a great political and economic center that was used as a hub for commerce and culture exchange between the coast, mountain, and the jungle. Following our full-day touring of this incredible site, we will return to our campsite for our evening meal.

Day 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO – MAIZAL

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 18kms
  • WALKING TIME: 8-9 hours
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION:  4000m
  • DIFFICULTY: Challenging
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and snacks
  • ACCOMMODATION: Deluxe Camping

An early start is required for today’s trek as we will cover much distance. After our breakfast we will hike over a ridge for 1 hour and then begin our descent for 3 hours to the ruins at Pinchinuyoc (2487m). We will take a short break at these ruins to admire the majestic views. From there, we will begin a steep descent for another 1.5 hours to the Rio Blanco (1990m). Upon our arrival we will have lunch, then take a rest, or swim in the river before continuing uphill on the hardest portion for today. Here we will hike the demanding uphill for 3 hours until we reach Maizal (3000m) where we will spend the night. At Maizal you will have the option of visiting a nearby Inca site or relaxing in your tent prior to our evening meal.

Day 5: MAIZAL – SAN JUAN – YANAMA

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 12kms
  • WALKING TIME: 7-8 hours
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION:  4130m
  • DIFFICULTY: Challenging
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and snacks
  • ACCOMMODATION: Deluxe Camping

After our breakfast we hike for 3 hours uphill through a wonderful cloud forest, along a well-preserved ancient Inca path to the Victoria Mines. We will take a break here observing the high concentration of minerals and metals in the rocks and understand the reason for this location of the ancient mines. We will then continue our climb to the pass of San Juan (4130m) where we will break for our lunch, then continue our way downhill for 2 hours to our camp at Yanama (3,520m). This small village is located at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by majestic mountains. Here we will stay on the land of one of the local families and before dinner we will have the chance to visit their home and learn about their customs and traditions.

Day 6: YANAMA – TOTORA

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 14kms
  • WALKING TIME: 8-9 hours
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION:  4840m
  • DIFFICULTY: Challenging
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and snacks
  • ACCOMMODATION: Deluxe Camping

Another early breakfast is required today as we begin making our way back up out of the valley and head for the highest pass on the Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu (4840m). The first 4 hours are at a moderate incline and the last hour is very steep until we reach the Yanama pass. From the pass the path leads us back down into a warmer climate for 4.5 hours, taking a break along the way for a much deserved lunch, before arriving into our camp at Totora (3398m) where we will spend the night.

Day 7: TOTORA – LUCMABAMBA

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 14kms
  • WALKING TIME: 6 hours
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION:  3398m
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and snacks
  • ACCOMMODATION: Deluxe Camping

Today after many challenging days on the trail we will have an “easy” day. Following a relaxing breakfast we will be driven in our private van on winding remote mountain roads to Colapampa. Here we will hike for 5 hours on a rolling path through a beautiful rain-forest alongside the Santa Teresa River, passing through high villages, then lower banana, tea and coffee crops. We will reach Lucmabamba, our campsite for the evening, where we will relax and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our chef. Following lunch, we will be taken on a coffee plantation tour. We will begin in the fields, discussing and then selecting and picking the different types of beans.The farmer will then demonstrate the roasting process, allowing us then to brew and enjoy the taste of freshly picked coffee beans. Later today our chef will lead those interested into the farmer’s fields to pick fresh vegetables to be used for tonight’s dinner at our campsite in Lucmabamba.

Day 8: LUCMABAMBA – HYDROECLECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 13kms
  • WALKING TIME: 6 hours
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION:  3100m
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and snacks
  • ACCOMMODATION: Deluxe Camping
Today is the final stretch of the trek before we reach the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. We will wake up early for breakfast, then begin with an easy 3 hour climb through the rain forest until we reach the Llactapata Inca site (2,700 m), where we will enjoy an informative tour, in which we’ll learn more about the Inca people and their culture. After this tour of Llactapata we’ll head back down the mountainside to the Hydroelectric Station from where we’ll catch our train to Aguas Calientes. On arrival at Aguas Calientes, your guide will lead you to your hotel. You will have plenty of time to rest or shop prior to this evenings celebration dinner in on of Aguas Calientes finest restaurants, whee your guide will discuss tomorrows plan for Machu Picchu.

 

Day 9: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

  • Meals: Breakfast, deluxe snack bag
  • High Elevation: 2440m

We begin with a very early breakfast in order to enjoy our day in Machu Picchu. We will start our tour by hiking along the Inca trail that ends in Machu Picchu, one of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in the highland jungle, that is well known as the Inca bridge trail. This is a fascinating hike where very few tourists go, this walk will take us approximately 35 minutes, round trip, and is the best way to begin your tour of this magical complex. After the Inca Bridge you will relax at the best view point of the Citadel and our guide will continue his discussion about the mystery of Machu Picchu. Following his talk your guide will lead you on a tour of the complete complex that will last 3 hours. Then you will get ready for the 1030am, Huayna Picchu Mountain OR Mount Machu Picchu climb. Once you finish you will have some time to walk around on your own for the pictures then go for an early dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants located at Aguas Calientes. Lastly, we take the late train for our travel back to Cusco city, where our driver will take you back by van to your Cusco Hotel.

When to Travel

  • High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
  • Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
  • Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
  • The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.

Suggested Packing List

  • Original passport
  • Original ISIC international student card if applicable.
  • Daypack for personal items
  • Trekking Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, long sleeve tops, t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket, beanie)
  • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes, personal medications
  • Sun block
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Two 1 litre water bottled or 2 litre water reservoir
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bug repellent
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles

What’s Included

  • Professional English/Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Trip briefing evening before trek with your Guiding Peru guide.
  • Pick up and return from your Cusco hotel
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Sleeping bag, deluxe air mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent
  • Private hot shower tent
  • Professional Chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport up to 10kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse
  • Meals as per itinerary, including celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Hot water for washing
  • Daily drinking water
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Train ticket from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • One night deluxe hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain ticket
  • Trail permits
  • Hot springs entry
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Options:

  • Travel insurance
  • Solo fee – private tent and hotel room(US$100.00)
  • Tips