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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 7 Days

Choquequirao Trail to Machupicchu

Are you fascinated by Inca´s archeological sites and the wonders it offer?

Considered as Machupicchu´s sister, Choquequirao Trail or “Cradle of Gold” is in fact 3 times larger than the most famous Inca site of the world. Last refuge of the Incas and abandoned after the Spanish occupation, it became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation until recently rediscovered by archeologists.

The trek we are offering you will be without any doubts, challenging and adventurous. Following the same paths as the Incas, you will be immersed in History discovering amazing Andean landscapes.

Briefing  Choquequirao Trail

One or two days before starting the trek, the guide will give you all the information you need to know and you will be able to ask any questions.


Day 1 : Cusco – Capuliyoc – Rosas Pata

Our private van will come pick you up at your hotel early in the morning for a 4 hours drive to Capuliyoc, a beautiful place located on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon, where you will have the opportunity to watch condors. We will start the hike going downhill for 2 hours and reach Chikiska to have lunch. After lunch, we will walk uphill for an hour and a half until Rosas Pata, the campsite, and stay overnight.

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with an air mattress
  • Distance: 14kms/8.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2 : Rosas Pata – Maranpata – Choquequirao

This second day, we will leave early after breakfast and hike all the way up to Maranpata to get lunch. We won´t lie to you, the 4 hours climb will be challenging but once you get to the top, you will be rewarded by a breath taking view over the ruins of Choquequirao (3110 meters – 10120 feet). To finally reach it, we will walk another 2 hours and relax, enjoying the sunset and the beauty of the place.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with air mattresses
  • Distance: 13kms/8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

DAY 3 : Choquequirao – Pinchinuyoc

After waking up in beautiful Choquequirao and having a nice breakfast, you will have time to explore the site on your own and rest for a while before having lunch. Then we will slowly take off and hike to the ruins of PInchinuyoc, which are about 2 hours away going downhill and reach the campsite for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast –  Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with  an air mattress
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Pinchinuyoc – Rio Blanco – Maizal

Today, we will first descend to reach the Canyon of the Rio Blanco (1990 meters – 6527 feet) where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery. Once we get down, you will have time to relax and get ready for the 4 hours climb ahead, ending at Maizal to stay overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with an air mattress
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

Day 5: Maizal – Yanama – Lucma bamba

After an early wake up, a 4 hours walk is awaiting us through a semi- jungle to the Victoria Mines and other Inca ruins that we will visit. Another hour walk and we will reach the wonderful pass of Victoria (4130mt – 13546 feet), and enjoy the views as we will be going down to Yanama, a typical village of the Andes. From there, we will take our private minivan to reach Lucmabamba and enjoy a delicious dinner before resting at the campsite.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with inflatable mattress
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

Day 6: Lucma bamba – LLactapata – Aguas Calientes

Following the original Inca Trail, you will be exploring through a 3 hours and a half walk in the cloud forest an absolutely beautiful scenery. Once getting at the ruins of Llactapata (2700 mt – 8907 feet), we will have time to visit it and have an amazing view over a part of Machu Picchu. We will then keep walking down for an hour and a half to Rio Aobamba and another 20 minutes to get lunch at Hidroelectrica. The train to Aguas Calientes will leave at 3 pm, where we will check in at our hotel, relax and get ready for the following day. Dinner will be taken at the restaurant.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
  • Distance: 18kms/11.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

Day 7:  Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cucso

Waking up early, we will have to take the 30 minutes bus leaving to Machupicchu at 5am. We will go through the control entrance and you will receive a 2 hours and half guided tour around the most important places of the site. Don´t worry, you will have free time afterwards to explore on your own and take pictures. If you are willing to climb Wayna Picchu, please let us know in advance so we can arrange and buy a special ticket for you. The bus then will drive you back down to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private bus will awaiting you and bring you back to Cusco and to your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast

Included on the Choquequirao Trail

  • Tourist guide fluent in English, spanish and quechua
  • Transport to bring you to the start of the trek
  • Comfortable tent for 4 persons
  • Mattresses
  • Bathroom tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dinning room tent
  • Tables and chairs
  • Cooks
  • Muleteers
  • Horses carrying 8 kg of luggages per each person
  • Emergency horse
  •  breakfasts/  lunches/  dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Oxygen tank
  • Return train ticket from  Machu Pichu to ollantaytambo & cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Pichu
  • Round bus ticket from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Pichu-machupicchu to aguas calientes town

Not Included Choquequirao Trail

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent some directly at the agency)
  • First day breakfast
  • Lunch for the 5th day
  • Tips for the Crew, cook and muleteers

What To Bring for the Choquequirao Trail

  • Original passport (it is to Show at the check  point)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with external battery
  • Suncream
  • Hat for the sun and for the cold
  • Hiking sticks
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Hiking shoes, trousers and jumpers
  • gloves

Departures & Price

Departure dates 2021 – 2022

Every Day.

Number of people Prices per person
1-2 People $ 950 USD Per Person
2-3 People $ 920 USD Per Person
6-8 People $ 890 USD Per Person

Note: A minimum of two people is required to run the trek, and there is a maximum of eight people per group.

students: discount of $20, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when you make the booking. Children up to 15 years of age will be charged as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the time of booking time.

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