Choquequirao Trek with Machu Picchu

8 Day Hiking Tour to the Choquequirao Ruins & Machu Pichu

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Hiking Experience Peru 8 Days Camping & Local Hotel March to November Small Group 101 km/63 miles 1500m/4,921ft to 4500m/14,764ft Strenuous

From US$ 1,300 per person

Our local Partner for this Trip

Our partner is an adventure travel company based in Cusco, Peru, that specializes in multi-day treks and tours to Machu Picchu.  During their trips they make every effort to minimize negative impacts and maximize the benefits to the local people and natural environments visited. Their mission is to provide exceptional travel experiences with a strong commitment to environmentally responsible, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel. They are committed to international sustainable tourism guidelines, have aligned their operations with the standard suggested by „leave no trace“ and train their staff in accordance. They have developed ongoing community projects and charity events supporting local Andean communities, one of these includes building a school at one community.

Trip Facts: Choquequirao Trek with Machu Picchu

Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Ruins

Visit two amazing Inca Ruin sites: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The spectacular Choquequirao Ruins are even larger than Machu Picchu but far less touristy. Machu Picchu is one of the 7 man-made wonders of the world and Peru´s most visited Inca Site.

Diverse Landscape & Scenery

The Choquequirao Trek takes you through diverse landscapes and climates from highlands surrounded by snow-capped mountains along green valleys, and arid mountain peaks to the cloud forest and the tropical forest of the high jungle.

Off the Beaten Path Trek

The Choquequirao Trek is far less touristy than other treks and you will run into few other trekkers while hiking on this amazing trail and through a historically rich territory. Experience a once in a lifetime trek, away from the crowds.

Experienced & Knowledgable Guides

Guides attend yearly safety, evacuation, emergency, and first aid training as well as training refreshers on Incan history, flora and fauna are fluent in English and have 10+ years of trekking experience.

TRIP ITINERARY

The Choquequirao Trek is a challenging, adventurous, and exciting hike through high jungle and includes a hike on part of the Salkantay trail, an original Inca trail and two amazing Inca Ruin sites (Choquequirao and Machu Picchu)! The Choquequirao Ruin site is one of the ancient lost Incan Cities that Hiram Bingham discovered in 1909. Considered the last Inca refuge that resisted the Spanish invasion for decades, Choquequirao is located in the canyon of the Apurimac River at an altitude of 3,050 m/10,006 ft. The ruins are positioned in a strategic geographical area between Andean mountains and the edge of the jungle. This trek is an excellent alternative to see a spectacular Inca Ruin site that is even larger than Machu Picchu and far less touristy.

DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – SANTA ROSA
  • Leave Cusco towards the little village of Cachora
  • On the way stop for breakfast, admiring the wonderful Limatambo Canyon and the Salkantay and Humantay Mountains
  • Start hiking through a historically rich territory and towards your first lunch stop at Chikiska-Chikiska, a small village with fruit plantations
  • Enjoy your first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley and river below, as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora Mountains along the way
  • Descend further to a noticeably warmer climate and a changing flora and fauna until reaching the bottom of the valley and the raging “The Speaker God” Apurimac River, famous for Class 5 Rafting rapids
  • Continue hiking until reach your campsite at Santa Rosa
DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO RUINS
  • Continue your trek with an uphill hike consisting of lots of switchbacks/zigzags until you reach Marampata that has beautiful views of the canyon and snow-capped peaks
  • Get the first views of the archaeological complex of Choquequirao
  • Continue walking towards the Choquequirao ruins admiring a variety of plants and flowers on the way
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the large Choquequirao ruin site, visiting the most important areas (religious, observatory, llama terraces, and more) and watch the sunset over the mountains
  • Return to your nearby campsite and finish the day tasting “cambric,” a local cognac made from sugar cane
DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – CHOQUEQUIRAO PASS – MAIZAL
  • Start today´s hiking day trekking uphill towards the first Choquequirao Pass, a great place to look through the dense vegetation for the famous orchids and flowers, which bloom here year-round
  • Descend along the switchback to the Inca site of Pinchauniyoc, used as an agricultural site by the Incas, as well as a rest stop when they traveled on their expeditions to Machu Picchu
  • Continue to Rio Blanco (white river) and your campsite at Maizal
  • Rest from the day enjoying amazing views of the Andean mountains!
DAY 4: MAIZAL – MINAS VICTORIA –YANAMAe
  • Start the day with a magical sunrise over the mountains during breakfast
  • Begin your trek with an uphill hike along a rocky path, with some great views of the surrounding mountains, lush, green valleys, and arid mountain peaks along the way
  • Enjoy stunnning views from the pass: snow-capped peaks, valleys, and if you’re lucky a rare condor (the largest bird of the Andes)
  • Continue to your campsite at Yanama-Yanama, a small, indigenous village where, if time permits, you can visit some local family homes to learn about how people here still live their lives according to ancient traditions
DAY 5: YANAMA – TOTORA
  • Today begin hiking through the famous Vilcabamba mountain range (Vilcabamba was the last city of the Incas) until reaching the Yanama pass (4500m/14,764ft) with stunning views and plenty of rest stops and explanations along the way
  • Since this is the last leg of the journey to Machu Picchu, you will enjoy being in the highlands for the last time and the views of Salkantay & Humantay – grandfather glacier peaks are really something special
  • See black bears, amazing Andean birds – falcons, eagles, hawks, condors, and geese along the way to tonight´s campsite
DAY 6: TOTORA – LA PLAYA
  • Hike to Ccolpapampa where the Choquequirao trail now joins the Salkantay Trek trail
  • Hike along waterfalls, fruit and coffee plantations, descending from cloud forest and high mountains into the more tropical forest of the high jungle until reaching your campsite
DAY 7: LA PLAYA – AGUAS CALIENTES
  • Start your last day of hiking with a gentle climb along an original Inca Trail
  • Hike uphill along the hillside with great views of the Santa Teresa Valley and some coffee and passion fruit farms to the the famous Inca site of Llactapata
  • Get a distant view of Machu Picchu and amazing views of the surrounding areas like the valleys and mountains of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains
  • Descend down to the hydroelectric train station and take the train to Aguas Calientes
  • Once in Aguas Calientes check in to your hotel, relax or visit the famous hot springs
DAY 8: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
  • Enjoy an early tour of Machu Picchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, explaining the history and flora/fauna

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