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Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 8 Days

  • Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu
  • Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu
  • Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

If you have eight days for trekking in Peru, consider Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu. This includes exploring the two most outstanding Inca sites: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Getting up early to watch the sun rise over the sites is one of the many highlights of this route.

Overview

TOP TREKKING CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU OVERVIEW

Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is the best trekking program to Machu Picchu; it’s a great introduction to Inca culture and its traditions. Machu Picchu is a very popular destination in Peru where you can arrive by train, but the best option is by foot; means trekking. Because you can enjoy the natural and cultural highlights while you are trekking through the Andes. It provides a good insight into the Inca culture; close-up and fabulous views of the highest peaks on the region; including Salkantay, Padreyoc, soray, San Cristobal, etc., without the struggle with high altitude. Tailored Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is best suited for those who want to see the two most important Inca sites in one trek: Machu Picchu and Choquequirao.

Many people wish to see Machu Picchu but they do not have time to reach Choquequirao; or they might not be well prepared physically to trek both of them separately. Our wonderfull Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is an ideal tour program for them. If you want to trek together with your family with your elderly parents and little children, and want to see the mighty Choquequirao and Machu Picchu; learn the history of the Incas; explore mountains and pristine forest; the Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is a perfect program for you.

The eigth-day Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is a from easy to difficult walk; that starts with an easy stroll along the world heritage sites of the Apurimac Canyon; where we gain a first distant view of Choquequirao in a clear day. Ths trek brings you through a region of Inca sites, ancient temples, Inca terraces, holy places, high peaks, canyons, wonderful forest and valleys; in the shadow of the Vilcabamba range’s greatest peak.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Choquequirao Trek Machu Picchu All departures for Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

HIGHLIGHTS

Guided trail to Choquequirao
Viewpoint of Choquequirao
Viewpoint of Apurimac Canyon
Watch the soar of the condors over the Apurimac Canyon
Visit picturesque villages
Guided tour of Choquequirao an Inca ruins
Free time at Choquequirao Inca ruins for further exploration
A Moderate trekking through the Vilcabamba mountain range
Sunrise /sunset at Choquequirao
Sunrise at Machu Picchu
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Free time within Machu Picchu for further exploration
Scenic walks and inspiring hikes

ESSENTIAL INFO

LOCATION: About 4 hours drive west of Cusco to the zone of Capuliyoc
ALTITUDE: Min. 1,500 masl – Max. 4,670 masl
TIMING: 8 days and 7 nights
STARTING & ENDING POINT: Cusco hotel
LEVEL: Modearte / Challenging due to steep ascents and descents.
ADVENTURE RATING: The Choquequirao Trek Machu Picchu is one of the better known adventure hikes around Cusco.
DEPARTURE DATES: Any day with two people.
ACCLIMATISATION: Minimum 2 days at altitude (recommended).
ACTIVITIES: 6 days trekking, 1 day explore Choqeuquirao, 1 day explore Machu Picchu, 6 nights in Camping tents and night hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes
DESTINATION: Cusco to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu in Peru
SINGLE SUPPLEMENTARY: US$50 (It will be up to them to apply who do not like to share the tents).
DAILY WALK: Approximately 6-8 hours

BRIEF ITINERARY FOR TOP TREKKING CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chikisqha camp

We leave Cusco at 5:30am in our private car and drive for 4 hours to the zone of Capuliyoc; along the route we’ll stop for toilets, get breakfast and purchase some items for the trek. From Capuliyoc we’ll trek to Chikisqha camp.

Day 2: Chikisqha camp – Choquequirao

The trail of today is very warm; the beginning of the trail is down to the bottom of the valley cross the traditional bridge and climb to the shores of Choquequirao Inca settlement.

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao – Rio Blanco camp

We’ll explore the magnificent Inca archaeological sites of Choquequirao, our guide will lead us through the most important sites and then you’ll have free time to explore or rest. After the lunch we’ll hike to Rio Blanco camp.

Day 4: Rio Blanco camp – Yanama community

The trail continues with hard climb to “Minas Victoria” and later to the community of Yanama, the entire day you’ll be surrounded by splendid views of the mountains and great flora and fauna.

Day 5: Yanama community – Totora Pampa

Today we’ll hike toward the highest pass (4,670 masl) from where you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views. Then we continue to Totora community.

Day 6: Totora Pampa – Playa Sawayaco

The trail of today is mainly down through the high Andean valley and near the small river; by the afternoon we’ll hike through the cloud forest with the presence of plants, orchids and different types of flowers.

Day 7: Playa Sawayaco – Aguas Calientes town

The trail start with a short climb to the Llacta pata pass from where we’ll see the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu; the trail runs by the skirts of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountain to the town of Aguas calientes.

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu – return to Cusco.

Very early we’ll take the bus up to Machu Picchu and explore it; our guide will lead us through the most important sectors and then you’ll have free time for further exploration: In the afternoon we’ll ride the train and return to Cusco.

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Day to Day

DETAILED ITINERARY FOR  TOP TREKKING CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU  PICCHU

The Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu  includes trekking and exploration of the Inca Archaeological Complex of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The trekking start from the zone of Capuliyoc, near the town of Cachora and ends in the Inca ciradel of Machu Picchu from where we’ll return through the valley of Urubamba to  Cusco.

Day 1: Drive from Cusco to Capuliyoc and trek to Chikisqha camp

Our great Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu begins at 5:00am when we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and we drive our private car to Cachora where we’ll stop for a breakfast, use the toilets ad purchase some items for the trek; we embark on the hike to the lost Incan city of Choquequirao, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Apurimac River and sweeping mountain scenery at every turn.

Even though the lost city of Choquequirao was discovered hundreds of years ago, it still feels as though you may be the first to discover it. The trek to this remote Incan city although challenging, is well worth the effort. Winding trails take you through the Apurimac River canyon with views of the snow-capped Salkantay Mountains making a breathtaking backdrop.

  • Private Vehicle: Cusco – Cachora: 4 hours . Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Choquequirao Full Trek: Cachora – Chiquisca5h30m-6h 10km
  • Meals included:  Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Trek from Chikisqha camp to Choquequirao

After early breakfast we’ll continue trekking through the Apurimac River canyon on the way to Marampata. Keep your eyes open for condors as you make your way up into the cloud forest to Choquequirao, where you’ll camp for the night. Along the trail we’ll see great variety of wildlife.

Choquequirao Full Trek : Chiquisca – Choquequirao 8 hours trekking
Wake up early and begin the steep descent into the Apurimac River canyon, cross over the traditional suspension bridge; continue along to Playa Rosalinas and start the vertical climb following the switch back trail up to Marampata here will be served our lunch. After the lunch, continue upwards to the magnificent Inca ruins of Choquequirao (3,030m/9,872 ft). When the sun swings around onto the mountain face, it can get warm during the climb. Today has a very early start to hike while it’s cool. Make sure to dress in layers, use your sunblock, insect repellent and prepare for a strenuous trekking day.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 -7 Hours

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao Inca ruins and trek to “Rio Blanco” camp

After breakfast we’ll explore the ancient Inca ruins of Choquequirao, comparable only to Machu Picchu in its beauty, grandeur and architectural accomplishment. After the tour within Choquequirao we continue with a gentle climbing for 3 hours until be at 3,300 masl. Or 10,890 Ft, then we will descend until Rio Blanco camp at 1,900 masl. Or 6,270 Ft. On the way we will pass by Pinchiunuyoj Inca Ruins. There, we will observe different species of birds, different varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations (2,750 masl. Or 9075 Ft.)

Choquequirao Guided Tour:

Today you’ll enjoy plenty of time to explore the Inca site of Choquequirao. The ‘other Machu Picchu,’ Choquequirao is built at the top of an almost untouched mountain in the province of La Convención. Ancient stone walls protect its two-leveled palaces and temples, systems of fountains, canals and aqueducts that fed the fantastic terraces farmed by the Inca during the Inca Pachacutec government (XV century).

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 -7 Hours

Day 4: Trek from “Rio Blanco” camp to Yanama community

Today is our four day and our destination is Yanama community. Continue trekking past Choquequirao with the team of guides, herdsman, and cooks through the Andes following Inca pathways.From Rio Blanco (White river), we will climb up to Maizal (3,000 masl. Or 9,900 Ft.) For about 3 hrs. From here the trail continue with a gentle climbing to the zone known as the Minas Victoria an old Mining center. Almost on the top, we can appreciate original paved Inca trails with stone steps in the middle of the valley. We will pass over (4,150 masl. Or 13,695 Ft.)  And finally descend to our campsite of Yanama pampa(3,800 masl. Or 12,540 Ft.).

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes.
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 -7 Hou

Day 5: Trek from Yanama to Totora Pampa

Early in the morning, we will head for the highest pass of this trip – the Yanama Pass at 4,670m. If we are lucky we will even see a condor fly in the area. During the day, we will enjoy frequently the view of snowcapped mountains such as Salkantay (6,271m), Pintuyu (5,450m / 15,289 ft) and more. We’ll cross mountain peaks and head for the highest point on the trek, the Yanama pass, the highest point then descend into the valley of Totora (3,400m/11,155 ft) for the night.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 Hours
  • Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes.

Day 6: Trek from Totora Pampa to “La Playa Sawayaco”

Today is our six trekking day and our destination is Playa Sawayaco located in the beginning area of the Amazon Jungle. After early Breakfast we’ll continuing the trekking downwards this morning we follow a gentle slope, passing farming lands and hesr of anilas including picturesque communities. The trail follows the Totora River. As we go down the Natural life will be more interesting, with lots of hummingbirds, woodpeckers and many species of orchids and begonias. Our cam at Playa Sawayaco is located at 2,125 masl. Or 7,012 Ft. here the Guide will propose to continue to Santa Teresa by car or camp here.why?. The natural hot spring in the town of Santa Teresa is highly recommended

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 Hours
  • Climate: warm and cold with mosquito

Day 7: Trek from “La Playa Sawayaco” to the town of “Aguas Calientes”

After early breakfast we continue with our last hiking day. The trail climbs up to Llactapata pass from where we can see the mountains of Machu Picchu and huayna Picchu. It is three hours uphill, along the hillside with great views of the Santa Teresa Valley and some coffee and passion fruit farms. Once we arrive at the top of this mountain, we will be at the famous Inca site of Llactapata, which was built by the Incas. They used it to observe the sunrise during the winter solstice.

Then, we will walk the last three hours, descending down to the hydroelectric station. Here, we will enjoy our last lunch and say goodbye to your trekking chef. From here we continue walking through the Urubamba canyon until the town of Aguas Calientes; here you’ll have accommodation in the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 Hours
  • Climate: warm with mosquito

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu and ride on train to Cusco.

Very early we get breakfast and at 5.30am we’ll take the bus up to Machu Picchu (bus included in price) where we’ll have a guided tour of the lost city of the Incas. This is a lifelong dream for many, and also a pinnacle of the Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek!
Early in the morning (before dawn) we will take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu, so that you can appreciate this famous city in the dawn light and before the crowds arrive. You will have a 2 -3 hours guided.

After your tour you can further explore the ruins by yourself or climb Huayna Picchu for that classic photo of Machu Picchu. (You must advise at time of booking and pay an additional fee of $US30 these permits sell out months in advance. Book Early!).
After the all we’ll descent down to the town of Aguas Calientes to enjoy your lunch in one of the restaurants. Late in the afternoon we’ll ride thetrain and return to ollanta train station from where you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Climate: warm with mosquito

ITINERARY NOTES

The times cited in this Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has their own preferred route and it might not correspond exactly to the route described here.

Included

TOP CHOQUEQUIRAO TREKKING TO  MACHU PICCHU INCLUDES:

  • Pre-trek briefing one night before the trek
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Transport from Cusco to Capuliyoc, the trailhead in private car.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao Inca archaeological site
  • English-Quechua-Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people)
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4-person capacity tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Air mattress for a greater comfort during the trek
  • Chef and cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for large groups)
  • Toilet tent
  • Meals as specified in the program (optional vegetarian food). Our professional Chefs prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies (Please communicate with your guide/chef during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping gear, food and kitchen gears. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items and sleeping bag (up to 6 kg per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & kitchen tent for the chef to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in
  • Entrance Fees and Admission fee for Machu Picchu
  • Tourist Train ticket return from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • 1 Night in Hotel in Aguas Calientes town
  • A duffle bag is provided for your personal items
  • You need to carry small day-pack with camera, water and snacks.
  • Vegetarian food available upon your request
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

EXCLUDED

  • Breakfast on the first morning in the town of Cachora
  • Lunch on the last day in the town of Agus calientes.
  • Sleeping bags – if you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
  • Tips for the guide, chef and horseman
  • Up-Grade Vistadome train return to Cusco US$ 50 pp (Optional).
  • Trekking poles a pair US$20
  • Entrance to Hauyna Picchu mountain US$ 30

What to Bring

YOU SHOULD BRING FOR TOP CHOQUEQUIRAO TREKKING TO MACHU PICCHU

  • A light daypack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperatures.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf.
  • Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • It you get hot in the Apurimac Canyon; you should also be prepared for hot conditions on this trek.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters and more
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Cash – sufficient for tips and souvenirs, or any drinks or snacks you might want to buy along the way.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you).
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

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Trip Facts

Duration:8 Days / 7 Nights
Accommodation:Camping Tents / 3-stars hotel
Difficulty:Modearte / Challenging
Altitude:Min:1,500 (4,921ft. ) - Max: 4,670 m (15,410 ft.)
Group Size:8 people in a group

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Avoiding Altitude Sickness

 

We highly recommended that you spend at least two days in Cusco acclimatizing before beginning your Choquequirao Trek. We’ll assist you to organize hotels and excursions in Cusco for these all important acclimatization days. Cusco is unfortunately relatively high at 3,400m / 11,150ft so you will undoubtedly start feeling the altitude as soon as you arrive. Try not to exert yourself whilst in Cusco and drink lots of water. You can read more about acclimatisation and altitude sickness here.