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Choquequirao Trek To Machu Picchu 7 Days

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  • We are a local company located in the heart of Peru, Cusco, the imperial city of the Incas. We have for you the most fair prices, since we are an operating Agency that counts with professional and experienced local guides in long walks and expeditions all over Peru. If you are booking a tour with us you are generating work and helping the poorest villages and children, as we are the only agency that supports native peoples.
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  • SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19

    This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in Private groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

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    Duration : 7 Days - 6 Nights
    Availability : Daily Departures
    Departure Location : Cusco
    Destination : Choquequirao Trek 7 Days
    Min Age : 6+
    Max People : 12 PER GROUP

    Trip styles

    Mountain altitude

    Max. Altitude

    4135 M. / 13566 FT.



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    Choquequirao Trek 7 Days

    Choquequirao trek 7 days to Machu Picchu is an extraordinary trek that will take you through beautiful landscapes and friendly villages.

    Choquequirao trek 7 days is a phenomenal hike through breathtaking landscapes. At a glance we will see 60% of the city as 40% of the city is still hidden among trees and rocks that still remains to be discovered. The 7-day trek will take you through beautiful places where you will see Inca constructions. Even this trek to Machu Picchu is considered much better than the Original Inca Trail, for its impressive Inca cities and roads built by the Incas. The Choquequirao trail to Machu Picchu was designed for those who love long adventures and wish to explore impressive and lesser known places. On this expedition you will fully enjoy yourself and you will surely not regret it, as this beautiful hidden city is a jewel in the mountains.

    Why Take the Choquequirao & Machu Picchu?

    • Explore the 2 largest and most important Inca archaeological sites that exist: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
    • Advance on ancient roads built by the Incas and visit other small archaeological centres.
    • Enjoy a wide variety of landscapes and climates. Travel through the snow-capped Andean mountains at more than 4,000 masl / 13,123 fasl and then get closer and closer to the Amazon jungle.
    • First enjoy the tranquility of a route little traveled by tourists and then make new friends among the crowd in Machu Picchu.
    • Get to know the Apurímac Canyon which is the deepest in the American continent and which is located next to Choquequirao.

    Relevant information

    • We are a socially responsible tour operator and always respectful of our Mother Earth, or Pachamama. For 10 years we have helped our passengers to take home unforgettable memories of their vacation. We use the best equipment and we have the best and most experienced guides.
    • Remember that we do not operate the Choquequirao-Machu Picchu Route during the months of January, February, and March due to the rainy season that puts the safety of travellers at risk.
    • We recommend that you book your Choquequirao-Machu Picchu package as soon as possible, especially if you travel in high season (May-September). Entrances to Machu Picchu and the Vistadome train service can be easily run out.
    • Remember that our mules and horses will carry your luggage so you can fully enjoy your adventure. During the walk you’ll only need to carry a small backpack with the essential items.
    • The weather during this excursion is extremely variable so we recommend that you wear “layered” clothing so that you can warm and unzip as you please in the middle of the route.
    • Important! Take mosquito repellent with you. You’ll really need it.

    DAY 1Cusco - Capuliyoc - Playa Rosalina

    We leave Cusco at 5am in a private van for a 4-hour drive to Capuliyoc, situated on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks. Then, we hike down for 2 hours until we arrive at Chikiska where we have lunch. Afterwards, we continue our hike for 1 more hour to Playa Rosalinas (1,550 m/5,084 ft), where we will spend the night.

    • Meals: Lunch and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Camps
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  11.2 miles
    • Camp elevation:  1800 m / 5906 ft
    • Climate:  Hot during the day, cold at night.

    DAY 2Playa Rosalina - Maranpata - Choquequirao

    Departing early, we ascend to Santa Rosa and to Maranpata, where we will have lunch. The climb from the river takes about 4 hours and is tough. From our lunch spot, we can see the remains of Choquequirao. Then, we have 2 more hours to hike to reach the Choquequirao Archeological site (3,110 m/10,120 ft). We spend the evening there and get to watch the sunset and some condors flying.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Camps
    • Difficulty:  Challenging
    • Walking Distance:  6.2 miles
    • Camp elevation:  3030 m / 9940 ft
    • Climate:  Hot during the day, cold at night

    DAY 3Choquequirao - Pinchiunuyoc

    After breakfast, it is possible to explore more of the archeological site of Choquequirao and have a little rest before lunch. In the afternoon, we will climb over a ridge and hike to the remains of Pinchiunuyoc,where we will camp for the night (2 hours of hiking down). This is definitely the easiest day of the trip

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Camps
    • Difficulty:  Easy
    • Walking Distance:  8.7 miles
    • Camp elevation:  3000 m / 9843 ft

    DAY 4Pinchiunuyoc - Rio Blanco - Maizal

    After a delicious breakfast, we hike downhill for 2 hours and arrive at the canyon of the Rio Blanco (1,990 m/6,527 ft), where we have a rest before starting a difficult climb to our campsite of Maizal. The climb is 3- 4 hours long.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Camps
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  9.3 miles
    • Camp elevation:  3500 m / 11482 ft
    • Climate:  Mild and windy during the day, cold at night.

    DAY 5Maizal - Yanama - Totora - Lucmabamba

    We leave at 7am, and walk uphill for about 3 hours through a semi-jungle towards the Victoria Mines. We visit them as well as some Inca Ruins before climbing 1 hour more to the pass of Victoria (4,130m/13,546 ft). There are spectacular views from the pass as we descend to the charming village of Yanama (about 2 hours walk) following a section with some well-constructed Inca steps.

    Once we get to Yanama, we take the local transport all the way to Lucmabamba. Along the way, we get to enjoy the gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains and waterfalls.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Camps
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  10 miles
    • Camp elevation:  3367 m / 11046 ft
    • Climate:  Temperate and humid during the day, cold at night.

    DAY 6Lacmabamba - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

    On this day, we walk for 3 hours by the original Inca Trail and through the cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass then onto Llactapata Inca remains, an Inca site (2,700m/8,907ft), which is located straight in front of the Citadel of Machu Picchu.

    Once there, we enjoy the unique perspective of Machu Picchu from far away. Then, we hike downhill for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we have lunch. We continue to walk to Aguas Calientes through the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, enjoying the surroundings of the iconic Machu Picchu and the wall, which surrounds the Inca Citadel.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Hostel
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  7.5 miles
    • Hostel elevation:  2000 m / 6561 ft
    • Climate:  Temperate and humid.

    DAY 7Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Hotel

    We will have an early breakfast and take the bus to Machu Picchu. It will take half an hour to reach the Machu Picchu archeological site, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience you will never forget. On your 2.5 hours private tour, your guide will expertly direct you through the enigmatic ruins and its most important sites. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inka, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and many different types of architecture. You will also have the opportunity to do one of these extra activities:

    Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there
    Walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku
    Visit the new local museum or the hot springs in Aguas Calientes later in the day.
    Then, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and at 4:22pm, you will board the Expedition train for the return trip to Cusco, stopping at the Ollantaytambo station and taking our private van back to Cusco and your hotel, arriving at about 8pm.

    Packing List
    Before You Go
    What Is Included?
    What is included in the Choquequirao Trek 7 Days?
    • Sleeping bag
    • trekking stick
    • Extra oxygen
    • First Aid kit
    • One foamy sleeping pad per person
    • Inflatable Mattress
    • Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
    • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora trail head (starting point of the trek)
    • Transport from La Playa to Santa Teresa and the Hidroelectrica train station (for all camping and personal luggage)
    • One way Bus tickets up / down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    • Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
    • Hostel in Aguas Calientes
    • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
    • Entrance fee to Choquequirao
    • Entrance fee to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
    • Professional, bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
    • High quality camping equipment. Tents are big enough for 2 people. There will be mattresses, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a bathroom tent.
    • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; Vegan, vegetarian, or other special menus available at no extra cost)
    • Chef and cooking equipment
    • Horsemen and cargo mules for all camping equipment and trekkers’ luggage (Up to 7 kg)
    • Emergency horse for groups more than 8 people
    • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
    What Is Not Included?
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for our staff
    • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
    • Personal clothing and gear
    • Original Passport
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
    • Warm jacket
    • Hat and gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
    • Insect repellant
    • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
    • Personal medication
    • Camera and film with extra batteries
    • Torch with spare batteries
    • Daypack

    Information Before leaving for the Choquequirao Hike 7 Days

    We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Choquequirao To Macchu Picchu in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

    Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

    Briefing or informative meeting

    All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Peru Hike offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

    Duffel bag or canvas case:

    ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

    A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

    Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

    The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

    It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

    Storing your luggage at our Office.

    Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

    Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.


    Peru Hike can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

    Return to Cusco:

    Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

    • In Machu Picchu you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
    • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 2 hours.
    • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Peru Hike clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Plaza San Francisco, in Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Plaza San Francisco takes 2 hours.
    • In San Francisco, depending on your hotel’s location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel in Cusco.

    Group tours:

    Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

    Strikes and demonstrations:

    Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

    Lost objects:

    You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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    Group Traveller

    We have just arrived from an amazing adventure, Choquequirao 7 days is an impressive hike, full of wildlife and archaeological centers, it is so big that we had to spend 1 full day in Choquequirao exploring, but the (Peru Hike) team was very attentive to our needs and we were looked after very well. The adventure was very beautiful and arriving at Machu Picchu in times of Covid 19 was something incredible, but we fulfilled our dreams thanks to PERU HIKE. Highly recommended this tour for people who want to get off the beaten track.

    2 January, 2021
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