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Choquequirao Trek To Machu Picchu 8 Days

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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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Trip Length: 8 days and 7 nights
Departure: Cusco
Availability: Daily Departures
Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
Trip Styles: Hiking
Max Altitude: 4135M. / 13566 FT.
Lodging Type: Camps & Hostel
Difficulty: Vigorous
Overview

Choquequirao Trek 8 Days

The Choquequirao Trek  To Machu Picchu 8 Days is an adventurous and exciting hike through the high jungle, which will take you to Machu Picchu through beautiful landscapes and Inca ruins.

This expedition will take you to two of Peru’s most famous archeological sites: CHOQUEQUIRAO and MACHU PICCHU. Both of these ancient cities were considered towns of nobles and priests, and this means that they held high amounts of significance to the Inca people. You will get the chance to learn about the legends and treasures left behind by the Inca and listen to the stories the majestic mountains are aching to tell. These towns mark the beginning of the end of the Incas. Both cities were abandoned before the Spanish conquerors were able to follow them there and exploit their treasures. They were only found and popularized later by explorers on expeditions through the Andes. Join us on this trek to experience untouched beauty, live in scarcely visited history, and lament in the final steps of one of the world’s most influential ancient cultures.

The journey to Choquequirao is along one of the many ancient trails that snake their way through the Amazon. Many travel magazines list it as one of the top ten hikes in the world for the great variety of biodiversity and wildlife. Along the way, you will get to experience both tall mountains and deep jungle valleys. It will not disappoint! One thing that makes the Choquequirao trail so special is the lack of traffic it gets every year. Because the ruins are so remote and challenging to reach, it is common for less than 20 people to visit the site every day. This means that you will have a truly unique and personal experience!.

Due to the remote and challenging nature of the trek, it is essential to only travel with the most qualified tour operators. Our staff members are well trained and eager to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. They have all undergone three to five years of training at universities or specialist schools to earn their qualifications. This is one of the luxuries we have to offer – expert guides, rated as such by our clients.

Why Take The 8 Day Choquequirao Trek to 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.
Itinerary

DAY 1Cusco | Cachora - Playa Rosalina (Apurimac River)

Places we will arrive
Cusco
Cachora
Capuliyoc
La Playa Rosalina Camp
After a breakfast provided by your hotel, we will pick you up to begin the adventure of a lifetime! We start by driving for five hours from Cusco to the travelers crossing of Cachora. Once there, we will meet the rest of the team (horsemen, cooks, etc.). A horseman and two chefs accompany every trek. They will help make the logistics of our journey seamless and comfortable. We will begin by trekking uphill, crossing through the pass of Capuliyoc, where we often see condors flying overhead! There, we will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon and can experience the valley’s lush microclimate. At this stopping point, we will be able to see the Choquequirao ruins from afar. Finally, we’ll descend through a cactus forest to La Playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. On our first night, we will camp at La Playa Rosalina (1550 MASL – 5085 FASL).
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Camps
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  13.6 miles
  • Camp elevation:  1800 m / 5906 ft
  • Climate:  Hot during the day, cold at night.

DAY 2Playa Rosalina | Maranpata - Choquequirao (Golden Cradle)

Places we will arrive
La Playa Rosalina
Santa Rosa
Marampata
Choquequirao Camp
Every day after breakfast, you will be given a bag of snacks to nibble on throughout the day. The first part of our day consists of a 4-hour ascent along a long, narrow trail. Our adventure starts first by crossing by cable car over the wild river, which is surrounded by dense vegetation with several varieties of plants and flowers, including orchids! Halfway up, we’ll stop for lunch at Maranpata, where we have our first main view of the Choquequirao complex. We’ll then continue hiking two more hours till we get to Choquequirao (Golden Cradle), which is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu because of its several similarities. It sits 1500 meters/4921 feet above the Apurimac Canyon, and Machu Picchu sits above the Urubamba Canyon. In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the archeological sites and take in the sunset views of the canyon – it is spectacular! Here, it is also possible to see Andean condors soaring in the mountains. We will camp near Choquequirao (3050 MASL – 10006 FASL).
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Camps
  • Difficulty:  Challenging
  • Walking Distance:  8.7 miles
  • Camp elevation:  3030 m / 9940 ft
  • Climate:  Hot during the day, cold at night

DAY 3Choquequirao | Choquequirao Pass - Rio Blanco - Maizal

Places we will arrive
Choquequirao Archaeological Complex
Choquequirao Pass
Rio Blanco
Maizal Camp
Before breakfast, we recommend going to appreciate the magnificent sunrise from a picturesque spot not far from the campsite! We will have breakfast at 6 AM and will start today’s adventure by passing through and exploring the Choquequirao ruins. We’ll hike uphill through cloud forests, mountains, and valleys to reach the Choquequirao pass. After 5 hours of trekking, we’ll reach Pinchinoyoc, which means “water jumping forward” (2750 MASL – 9022 FASL). This place is a system of ancient agricultural terraces. Here we’ll see different species of birds, varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations. We will have our lunch here near Rio Blanco. Many choose to use this time to take a dip in the cold, clear river water! You’ll appreciate it after three days of trekking. We’ll then cross the river on foot as there are no bridges. Once on the other side, we’ll start the long, steep climb to our camp in Maizal, high over the river and closer to the sacred Apus of the Incas. This climb takes about 3 hours. This is the most challenging day. We will camp at 3000 MASL – 9842 FASL.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Camps
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  8.7 miles
  • Camp elevation:  3000 m / 9843 ft
  • Climate:  Humid climate

DAY 4Maizal | Minas Victoria - Yamana

Places we will arrive
Maizal
Abra Minas Victorida
Minas Victoria
Yanama Camp
One of our favorite parts of the fourth day is waking up on the hillside to the sounds of the forest and birds. It is a truly great experience! After recharging our energy with a good breakfast, we will follow the trail upward to where the landscape is lush with green vegetation. If the sky is clear, we’ll be able to enjoy the snow-capped mountains that surround us. If it’s not, we’ll get to see the clouds tumble through the valley below us. Both are incredibly beautiful! Today, we will climb uphill for around seven hours until we reach the summit. The trail is historically significant due to the high number of ruins that can be found along the path. We will pass by the impressive Incan mines called Minas Victoria, from which silver used to be extracted and then head toward the Victoria Pass (4200 MASL – 13773 FASL). This is a long climb, but you won’t even be able to tell because we’ll be passing through and breathtaking area. First, we’ll cross a cloud forest and then over the Andean Puna, which is known for its famous Ichu grass. As we approach the top, we’ll get to walk along original paved Inca trails. We will have lunch on the pass with views of the mountains Choquetakarpo and Pedrayoc. While we have lunch, we will hopefully be able to appreciate the flight of the condors, depending on the season. Finally, we will descend to our campsite at Yamana, a small village settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains (3800 MASL – 12467 FASL).
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, 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 5Yanama - Mountain Range - Totora

Places we will arrive
Yanama
Yanama Pass
Moutain Range
Totora Camp
Yamana is a remote indigenous community nestled in the hills of the Andes. Often when we start our morning, we’re joined by excited local children and serenaded by the sounds of the jungle in the early morning and a rushing waterfall. After breakfast, we’ll start hiking uphill for five hours to the highest part of our trek: the Yamana Pass (4700 MASL – 15419 FASL). As we walk, we’ll be able to see Andean villagers farming their potatoes in the terraced valley hills. Here, we’ll have a fantastic view of the Saqsarayoc and Pedreyoc mountain ranges. The morning’s climb will bring us into a new environment – depending on the season, and we could be walking through snow at this point in the trek. It’s at this point that we’ll get out the first view of the Salkantay Mountain, one of the ancient Inca gods. Afterward, we’ll descend on a long, foggy path through grassy fields and bushy areas, crossing bridges on the way to the community of Totora. We will spend the night in tents, surrounded by this community and indescribable natural beauty!
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Camp
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  10 miles
  • Camp elevation:  3367 m / 11046 ft
  • Climate:  Temperate and humid during the day, cold at night.

DAY 6Totora - Cloud Forest - Lucmabamba

Places we will arrive
Totora
Collpapampa
La Playa
Lucmabamba Camp
Today’s trek is more downhill, continuing along an original Inca trail, we’ll walk through a dark forest and appreciate the depths of the jungle. Today’s hike will take 10 hours as we head back into the heat of the jungle, getting the chance to pick some fruit as we descend towards the Totora River. We will get to see wildlife, such as hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and many species of orchids and begonias. We’ll then take a trail on the left side of the Santa Teresa River, where we will see small plantations of bananas, passion fruit, and coffee (which you can taste if you would like!). On the way, we will stop at small waterfalls along the way for refreshment. The climate and vegetation are very different here than on the other days of our trek. La Playa is the biggest village on the road, as well as the first place with electricity. Here we will have lunch. There are also small shops here to buy snacks and water or use the restrooms. After lunch, we will drive a short van to Santa Teresa (1600 MASL – 5249 FASL) for about 40 min. There will be our camp for the night. In the afternoon, we recommend visiting the hot springs in town to regenerate after the hard journey!
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Camp
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  11.2 miles
  • Camp elevation:  2400 m / 7874 ft
  • Climate:  Temperate and humid.

DAY 7Lucmabamba - Llacta pata - Aguas Calientes

Places we will arrive
Lucmabamba
Llactapata Archaeological Complex
Hydroelectric
Aguas Calientes Hotel
This morning you get to sleep in! You’ll have time to walk around the town and explore the new city of Santa Teresa, which has been rebuilt after its collapse in 1997 due to the El Niño phenomenon. After you learn about the history of the area, we will drive to Hidroelectrica 40 min away from where we will start walking to Aguas Calientes (a 3-hour walk). Along the way, we can appreciate many types of orchids and birds. From below, we will be able to see the city of Machu Picchu from afar situated in dense and bizarre vegetation. There is also an exceptional view of Machu Picchu Mountain from which the town takes its name. For sick or tired trekkers, there is an optional train ride to Aguas Calientes (the US $ $32.00) We will spend the night in a hostel in town, which will have hot water, wi-fi, and comfortable beds for you.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Hostel
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  7.5 miles
  • Hostel elevation:  2000 m / 6561 ft
  • Climate:  Temperate and humid.

DAY 8Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu - Cusco Hotel

Places we will arrive
Agucas Calientes
Machu Picchu Tour
Return by train to Cusco

Today’s Highlights: Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge (without extra tickets).

Today we reach the finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night to enjoy the serenity of soft morning light as we hike for 2 hours from Wiñay Wayna to the Sun Gate or “Inti Punku.” Here, the Inca Trail officially ends. From this place, we will be able to look out onto the great beauty of the Inca citadel Machu Picchu! This is the same view the grand Inca would have seen as he traveled, like you, from Cusco to Machu Picchu. The Machu Picchu entrance checkpoint is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM, so entrance to the site is extremely flexible and gives us lots of time to enjoy ourselves. After passing through the gate, we will walk downhill for about an hour and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas! Here, we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the agricultural sector. You will be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas, which was so far ahead of its time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing their community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain. They even brought water in canals through the streets for their people to use! When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation, and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored to its former glory and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!

After this tour, feel free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book these tickets in advance). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another, lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train at 16:22 hrs (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 20:00 hrs. Rest your feet and your body now, because we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

Trip Info
Inclusions
Packing List
Before You Go

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Experienced Guide
  • Medical Kit – First Aid Kit
  • Private Camping Equipment
  • One duffle bag
  • Customer Service 24/7

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Ticket to Choquequirao Archaeological Site
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

Transportation

  • Horses, and muleteers horses carry your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items.
  • On day 7, your duffle bag will be transported by car and train.
  • Day 8: Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Day 8: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.

Meals

  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, and 7 Dinners
  • Water
  • Wake up tea
  • Tea Time or Happy Hour
  • Snacks on the trail daily
  • Products for hygiene

Accommodation

  • Personal Accommodation in Private Campsites
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes

What Is Not Included?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • 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 Choqueuirao To Machu Picchu

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 Trek 8 Days 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.

Pickups:

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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Duncan W

Group Traveller

Great trek. My guide Emerson was excellent, the food was delicious and the whole experience was well run. I enjoyed the ruins of Choquequirao over those at Machu Picchu, far fewer people and a beautifully picturesque location.

27 March, 2021
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