Discover the 2 great architectural wonders of the Incas on a 9-day trek that will challenge your physical and mental limits to renew yourself from head to toe. If you’re addicted to physical activity, you love nature, and you’re passionate about the history of ancient civilizations, this route is perfect for you. Due to the archaeological importance of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu — the largest and best preserved Inca sites that exist in all of South America— and its impressive natural beauty, this route was chosen in 2015 by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful in the entire world. The difficulty of this excursion is comparable to the trek to Mount Everest base camp.
Prepare yourself for a journey through time, leaving modernity and worries behind as you walk through the stone streets of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Imagine a lifestyle where great importance was given to the community and where there was a deep love and respect for Mother Nature, or Pachamama. This intense and important connection between human beings and nature allowed the Incas to carry out true wonders of architecture and engineering. Anti-seismic stone cities high up on the mountain. Aqueducts that bring fresh and clean water for 500 years. Agricultural platforms on the steep mountain sides. Be amazed at what the Incas were able to do on this magical tour. In addition, you’ll be able to visit part of the world famous Classic Inca Trail heading to Machu Picchu.
An amazing route in one of the most impressive tourist destinations on the planet.
Today this great adventure concludes and we’re sure that you’ll no longer be the same person. As we’ve done every day, we’ll start very early to take advantage of the amazing lights of dawn. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then choose between these 2 options: go by bus for 30 minutes to Machu Picchu or walk to the sacred citadel on a mysterious route in the company of your guide. Remember to notify your guide the night before if you decide to walk. Once you have arrived at this impressive site, you’ll take a 2-hour guided tour of the most important places. Machu Picchu is a true architectural and engineering wonder. Discover how granite chaos turns into magnificent buildings that are always in careful harmony with nature. You’ll feel a powerful energy that will finish transforming your spirit after this intense walk. Remember that Machu Picchu is an extremely sacred place. After the guided tour you’ll be able to explore this Inca citadel on your own and feel the presence of the ancient Peruvians. If you have booked the entrance to the Huayna Picchu Mountain, you’ll have the opportunity to stay an additional amount of time. You’ll reach the top after climbing some bleachers that have rock walls on one side and an endless steep face on the other. At approximately 3:00 p.m. You must take your bus back to Aguas Calientes where you can choose one of the restaurants for lunch (price not included). Then collect your bags from the hotel and go to the train station where you’ll board a wagon at approximately 4:20 p.m. After a magical trip to the banks of the Urubamba River you’ll arrive in Ollantaytambo where our private mobility will be waiting for you that will take you back to Cusco. You’ll arrive at the door of your hotel at approximately 8:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!
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 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.
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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I visited Choquequirao on the trail to Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is special, for its remote location, few visitors, and spectacular setting and as an introduction to the Inca Empire. Its terraces are impressive for their location, scale and “llama” stonework. We liked Machu Picchu, but we were glad that we had earlier enjoyed other Inca sites including Choquequirao. Our approach somehow made the hordes and the commerce of Aqua Calientes and Machu Picchu easier to pass through en route to additional knowledge.