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 the adventurous most trek due to its geography. It holds great cultural importance as it is considered as the sister city of Machu Picchu. It is located in the vicinity of the Vilkanota mountain range. The old Incan empire infrastructure, both rural and urban area located in the Vilkanota mountain range. It is said that only 40-50 percent city of Choquequirao has yet excavated. Trek to Machu Picchu from Choquequirao will be an unforgettable experience. Choquequirao trek shares a great itinerary. It is the exciting most route to have purestPeruvian adventure. It doesn’t contain huge traffic like Machu Picchu. The trek characteristics will certainly challenge any adventurer. Machu Picchu trek could be achieved by multiple treks and itineraries but Choquequirao is one of the peaceful most among all. Thanks’ to our expert local guides who have played a great role to make Camina Los Andes as the best Choquequirao tour operator.


Cusco – Cachora – Santa Rosa

We will set for our exciting long journey early in the morning at 5 am. We will leave off to Cahora which will be our first stop where we will have scrumptious breakfast and enjoy the views of the surrounding glaciers. From Cahora till next checkpoint the drive will be of around 3 hours and we will reach to Capuliyoq, a town with 9700 feet altitude above sea level. This is the place where we will be on foot. It will take around a 15-minute walk to reach the beautiful Apurimac River which is the beginning of the Amazon River. From now on we will observe 2-hour zig-zag descent down to the canyon and will reach to Chiquiska where we will relax before having the momentum to proceed towards Rosalina beach. This will be of the lowest altitude path of our entire trek at around 5000 feet above sea level. We will have our lunch here and we will soothe our minds with the relaxing sound of murmuring river water. We will continue to proceed towards our camp for day one and it will take us 2-3 hours of slow trek to reach there. We will have our Day 1 dinner at Santa Rosa. Our day 1 trek assignment will be to cover 13 miles.


Santa Rosa – Maranpata – Choquequirao

We will resume our trek journey early in the morning to have a rich feel of dawn freshness. The Andean sun isn’t that harsh in the morning so we will take advantage of that also. We will set at around 5 am and after the 3-hour activity, we will reach a town namely Maranpata situated at 9350 feet above sea level. We will have our lunch at Maranpata which will be an energy booster for us and then we will head towards Choquequirao with charged mind and body. We will cover the distance in 2 hours. Before reaching our destination we will witness the spectacular Choquequirao. The formations of Choquequirao could easily be observed while hanging from the cliff verges. Upon arrival, we will explore the lower part of the Choquequirao, called Pacchayoq. This exploration session will last around 2 hours after which we will head to our camps to have a well-deserved lunch.

After having a bit of rest we will explore the remaining eastern and spiritual part of Choquequirao. It gives an extravagant sight of mountains surrounding you. After further exploration including Plaza de Choquequirao, we will head back to our camp where our staff is ready to serve us with tea. We will spend the rest of the day here feeling the true serenity nature offers.


Choquequirao – Santa Rosa – Chiquiska

After having breakfast we will return to further explore Choquequirao, the sector of flames, the area where terraces are located. These terraces are decorated with white rocks painted with flame motifs. After the exploration is done it will be the time to return back to Maranpata. After 2 hours we will return back to the place where we just started.

After a further 2 hour descent to Rosalina beach, we will again have rest and gear up for the final ascent of the day up to Chiquisca at 7000 feet. It will be our campsite for the night. Our support staff will be ready to serve us food and our camps will already be setup. It will be the toughest and longest day as we will cover around 12-mile mountainous terrain. After a day full of toil we will have a sweet nap.


Chiquiska – Capuliyoq – Cusco

After breakfast, early in the morning at around 6 am we will set off in the direction of Capuliyoq. This section will take around 3 to 4 hours. While trekking on this zigzag path we will be able to observe all the covered distance of previous days and also the sight of majestic Apurimac River that flows between these sacred mountains. Our private transport waits here to return to Cusco where we will be arriving between 2 to 3 PM.

You can extend the trek trip tour by adding a visit to Machu Picchu. Instead of returning to Cusco we can head to Ollantaytambo. If you avail of this option of extending the trip we will take the train from Aguas Calientes where we will have hotel accommodation before exploring Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu in the morning.


We will wake up early in the morning to grab the bus in Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. It will take a 30-minute ride and we will be ready to tour the magical Incan city. We will have a great opportunity to establish a contrast between Machu Picchu and Choquequirao. Our initial tour will take around 3 hours before we climb Wayna Picchu which is an extremely beautiful mountain located at the back of the sacred city.

We will start our Machu Picchu trek at 10 am and will reach the top at around 1.5 hours later. The view of Machu Picchu from the top of this mountain is exhilarating. It makes us think about the artistry of Incan architecture who manages to raise such a spectacular structure to existence. After descending down to Machu Picchu we will grab the bus back to Aguas Calientes where we will enjoy scrumptious lunch before catching our train to Ollantaytambo to reach the cultural capital Cusco. It will be a great experience to visit the important most Incan site of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.

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