Choquequirao Trek to Machu Pichu

Duration 5 or 7 day (7 day recommended)

Day 1 – Arrive to Cusco – Pickup from airport
Day 2 – Rest day or start of trek
Day 3 – Cusco – Cachora – Santa Rosa
Day 4 – Santa Rosa – Maranpata – Choquequirao
Day 5 – Choquequirao – Santa Rosa – Chiquiska
Day 6 – Chiquiska – Capuliyoq – Cusco
Day 7 – Upon Request onlyVisit full day Machupicchu, including mountain Waynapicchu

The Choquequirao trek is regarded as one of the best treks in Peru due to its location, its cultural importance and because it is considered to be the sister city of Machupicchu. It is located in the mountain range of Vilcanota, where the most important cities and provinces of the Incan empire were situated. Only 40 to 50 percent of Choquequirao has been excavated thus far, making it one of the more exciting routes to travel on your Peruvian adventure. Compared to the highly trafficked trails on the way to Machupicchu, you will revel in the solitude of this breathtaking place. It is definitely a challenge for any adventurer who is looking for alternate and off the beaten path treks in Peru.

FIRST DAY

Cusco – Cachora – Santa Rosa

We will get an early start arriving at your hotel at 5:00am to set off towards Cachora where we will stop for breakfast and enjoy the views of the nearby glaciers.  This drive will take around 3 hours. From here we will continue to Capuliyoq at about 9,700 feet above sea level where we will begin our walk. Around 15 minutes in, we will come to the majestic Apurimac River Canyon, which is the beginning of the Amazon River. We will descend into the canyon down a zigzagging path for 2 and a half hours to Chiquiska where we will stop for a short break before continuing down in the direction of Rosalina beach. This will be the lowest part of our route during the whole trek at just above 5,000 feet above sea level. Here we will stop to enjoy our lunch and enjoy the sites and sounds of the river. We will continue towards our camp for the day by slowly climbing for 2-3 hours before arriving at Santa Rosa where we will stop for the day and enjoy dinner. We will have convered nearly 13 miles over the course of our first day together.

SECOND DAY

Santa Rosa – Maranpata – Choquequirao

We will start our walk very early to avoid the sun and take advantage of the fresh air at dawn. We will start around 5:00am and after 3 hours of walking we will arrive at Maranpata at 9,350 feet above sea level. Here we will stop at a small village for breakfast and after a restful break we continue towards Choquequirao. We will cover this distance in approximately 2 hours. Before reaching our destination we can observe the majestic Choquequirao in the distance with its containment terraces miraculously hanging from the cliffs edge. Once we have arrived at our destination, we will explore the lower part of Choquequirao, called Pacchayoq. This section of the tour will last around 2 hours, after which we head to our camp and enjoy a well-deserved lunch. After our rest, we will return to explore the eastern and spiritual part of Choquequirao. From this spectacular location at the top of the mountains spine, you can see all of the other mountains surrounding us, speaking to the sacredness of this Incan city. After further exploration of the Plaza de Choquequirao, we will return to our camp where our support staff will be ready to offer our afternoon tea.  We will spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the solitude and beauty of our surroundings.

THIRD DAY

Choquequirao – Santa Rosa – Chiquiska

After our breakfast we will return to explore in Choquequirao – the sector of the flames, the  area where the terraces are located. These terraces have been decorated with white rocks painted with flame motifs. The location is spectacular! After finishing our exploration in Choquequirao it will be time for us to return to Maranpata. After approximately 2 hours we will rest and gaze back at the breath-taking place from where we have just descended.

After we continue descending again for a further 2 hours to Rosalina beach, we will again rest and gear up for our final climb of the day up to Chiquisca at 7,000 feet above sea level. This spot will be where we make our camp for the night. Our support staff will be ready as always waiting for us with food and our camp already set up. This will be our longerst and most difficult day as we will have covered around 13 miles of mountain terrain. A good nights sleep awaits us.

FOURTH DAY

Chiquiska – Capuliyoq – Cusco

After a breakfast, we will set off around 6:00am in the direction of Capuliyoq, which is the beginning of our walk and also the end. This section takes between 3 and 4 hours approximately. On this zigzagging path we will be able to observe again all the distance covered the previous days and also the majestic Apurimac river that makes its way between these sacred mountains. Here our private transport awaits us to return to the city of Cusco, where we will be arriving between 2:00 and 3:00 PM.

If you wish there is the possibility of extending the trek by one more day and visiting Machupicchu. Instead of returning to Cusco, we can head directly to the sacred valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo. If you choose this option, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes where we will settle into a hotel before exploring nearby Machupicchu and Waynapicchu in the morning.

FIFTH DAY

Visit full day Machupicchu, including mountain Waynapicchu

We will wake up before sunrise and walk to the bus station in Aguas Calientes to take our transport to the Sacred City of Machupicchu. After a 30-minute ride, will be ready to tour the magical city of the Incas. Will we have the opportunity to compare and contrast Machupicchu with our experiences in Choquequirao. . Our initial tour will take around 3 hours before we climb Wayna Picchu, which is the picturesque mountain on the postcards located at the back of the sacred city. We will start our climb at 10 am and reach the top around 1.5 hours later. The view of the city of Machu Picchu from the top of this rugged mountain is quite impressive! You will observe the ingenuity and strength of the Inca architects in the construction of this amazing place. After descending down to Machupicchu we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where we will enjoy lunch before taking our train to Ollantaytambo to return to the city of Cusco, happy to have visited the most important Inca cities of Choquequirao and Machupicchu.

Choquequirao Trek:

$550 USD (was $850) per person provided you are going in a group of 4 people.

Choquequirao and Machu Pichu:

$1000 USD (was $1475) per person provided you are going in a group of 4 people

Terms and conditions apply, and prices may vary accordingly in case you are travelling in more or less numbers, customized trips, trips including more sights, solo or with family.

Duration 5 or 7 day (7 day recommended)

Day 1 – Arrive to Cusco – Pickup from airport
Day 2 – Rest day or start of trek
Day 3 – Cusco – Cachora – Santa Rosa
Day 4 – Santa Rosa – Maranpata – Choquequirao
Day 5 – Choquequirao – Santa Rosa – Chiquiska
Day 6 – Chiquiska – Capuliyoq – Cusco
Day 7 – Upon Request onlyVisit full day Machupicchu, including mountain Waynapicchu

The Choquequirao trek is regarded as one of the best treks in Peru due to its location, its cultural importance and because it is considered to be the sister city of Machupicchu. It is located in the mountain range of Vilcanota, where the most important cities and provinces of the Incan empire were situated. Only 40 to 50 percent of Choquequirao has been excavated thus far, making it one of the more exciting routes to travel on your Peruvian adventure. Compared to the highly trafficked trails on the way to Machupicchu, you will revel in the solitude of this breathtaking place. It is definitely a challenge for any adventurer who is looking for alternate and off the beaten path treks in Peru.

FIRST DAY

Cusco – Cachora – Santa Rosa

We will get an early start arriving at your hotel at 5:00am to set off towards Cachora where we will stop for breakfast and enjoy the views of the nearby glaciers.  This drive will take around 3 hours. From here we will continue to Capuliyoq at about 9,700 feet above sea level where we will begin our walk. Around 15 minutes in, we will come to the majestic Apurimac River Canyon, which is the beginning of the Amazon River. We will descend into the canyon down a zigzagging path for 2 and a half hours to Chiquiska where we will stop for a short break before continuing down in the direction of Rosalina beach. This will be the lowest part of our route during the whole trek at just above 5,000 feet above sea level. Here we will stop to enjoy our lunch and enjoy the sites and sounds of the river. We will continue towards our camp for the day by slowly climbing for 2-3 hours before arriving at Santa Rosa where we will stop for the day and enjoy dinner. We will have convered nearly 13 miles over the course of our first day together.

SECOND DAY

Santa Rosa – Maranpata – Choquequirao

We will start our walk very early to avoid the sun and take advantage of the fresh air at dawn. We will start around 5:00am and after 3 hours of walking we will arrive at Maranpata at 9,350 feet above sea level. Here we will stop at a small village for breakfast and after a restful break we continue towards Choquequirao. We will cover this distance in approximately 2 hours. Before reaching our destination we can observe the majestic Choquequirao in the distance with its containment terraces miraculously hanging from the cliffs edge. Once we have arrived at our destination, we will explore the lower part of Choquequirao, called Pacchayoq. This section of the tour will last around 2 hours, after which we head to our camp and enjoy a well-deserved lunch. After our rest, we will return to explore the eastern and spiritual part of Choquequirao. From this spectacular location at the top of the mountains spine, you can see all of the other mountains surrounding us, speaking to the sacredness of this Incan city. After further exploration of the Plaza de Choquequirao, we will return to our camp where our support staff will be ready to offer our afternoon tea.  We will spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the solitude and beauty of our surroundings.

THIRD DAY

Choquequirao – Santa Rosa – Chiquiska

After our breakfast we will return to explore in Choquequirao – the sector of the flames, the  area where the terraces are located. These terraces have been decorated with white rocks painted with flame motifs. The location is spectacular! After finishing our exploration in Choquequirao it will be time for us to return to Maranpata. After approximately 2 hours we will rest and gaze back at the breath-taking place from where we have just descended.

After we continue descending again for a further 2 hours to Rosalina beach, we will again rest and gear up for our final climb of the day up to Chiquisca at 7,000 feet above sea level. This spot will be where we make our camp for the night. Our support staff will be ready as always waiting for us with food and our camp already set up. This will be our longerst and most difficult day as we will have covered around 13 miles of mountain terrain. A good nights sleep awaits us.

FOURTH DAY

Chiquiska – Capuliyoq – Cusco

After a breakfast, we will set off around 6:00am in the direction of Capuliyoq, which is the beginning of our walk and also the end. This section takes between 3 and 4 hours approximately. On this zigzagging path we will be able to observe again all the distance covered the previous days and also the majestic Apurimac river that makes its way between these sacred mountains. Here our private transport awaits us to return to the city of Cusco, where we will be arriving between 2:00 and 3:00 PM.

If you wish there is the possibility of extending the trek by one more day and visiting Machupicchu. Instead of returning to Cusco, we can head directly to the sacred valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo. If you choose this option, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes where we will settle into a hotel before exploring nearby Machupicchu and Waynapicchu in the morning.

FIFTH DAY

Visit full day Machupicchu, including mountain Waynapicchu

We will wake up before sunrise and walk to the bus station in Aguas Calientes to take our transport to the Sacred City of Machupicchu. After a 30-minute ride, will be ready to tour the magical city of the Incas. Will we have the opportunity to compare and contrast Machupicchu with our experiences in Choquequirao. . Our initial tour will take around 3 hours before we climb Wayna Picchu, which is the picturesque mountain on the postcards located at the back of the sacred city. We will start our climb at 10 am and reach the top around 1.5 hours later. The view of the city of Machu Picchu from the top of this rugged mountain is quite impressive! You will observe the ingenuity and strength of the Inca architects in the construction of this amazing place. After descending down to Machupicchu we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where we will enjoy lunch before taking our train to Ollantaytambo to return to the city of Cusco, happy to have visited the most important Inca cities of Choquequirao and Machupicchu.

Choquequirao Trek:

$500 USD (was $850) per person provided you are going in a group of 4 people.

Choquequirao and Machu Pichu:

$1000 USD (was $1475) per person provided you are going in a group of 4 people.

Terms and conditions apply, and prices may vary accordingly in case you are travelling in more or less numbers, customized trips, trips including more sights, solo or with family.

For further information or queries:

Call us

+1 (248) 420-4630

Messenger

@caminalosandespage

Whatsapp

+1 (248) 420-4630