trek to choquequirao by andean great treks

Trek to Choquequirao & Machu Picchu 5 Days

APR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from $ 860 USD pp $ 899 USD
Trip Type Walking & Trekking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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The walk to one of the last sacred cities of the Incas, nestled in the Apurimac river canyon, we refer to the Choquequirao; An impressive place that was built by the Incas in their expansion stage to the territory of the Amazon jungle.
The archaeological complex of Choquequirao is considered one of the sites with a lot of history and fine stone finishes, built on the flanks and mountains with a steep slope. Currently only less than 30% of the total area has been discovered, which is hidden by thick cloud forest.
The trek to Choquequirao is cataloged as one of the hardest in Peru, because in a single day you descend more than a thousand meters, and the next day ascend again up to 3 thousand meters. But making such a physical effort is worth it, since not many visitors a year manage to reach the Inca sanctuary of Choquequirao, the views from the high peaks are simply spectacular, with wonderful sunsets.

After having enjoyed the fabulous ruins of Choquequirao, we will visit the modern wonder of Machu Picchu, with this you will complete the visit to two of the best archaeological attractions in South America.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE  CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be day before the trip begins.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this package. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the starting point of the trek. Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel.
  • Qualified guides: Our guides have dominion of English and Spanish, professional education and official certification. They will explain to you about the history, culture and environment along the trail, as well as lead the group in ancestral rituals and ceremonies. They’ll also take care of your safety, health and comfort during the trip so you can enjoy the trek worry-free.
  • Porters and horsemen: They will be in charge of preparing and transferring the duffle bags of all our passengers.
  • Emergency horse: All our alternative routes include an extra horse if any of our passengers cannot continue the tour on foot.
  • Equipment: Andean Great Treks uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every two people will share Salewa tents with a capacity for four people. Also, you’ll have a spacious dining tent where you can enjoy your food problem-free.
  • Camping equipment: We have tents for cooking and eating, as well as tables, chairs and complete kitchen equipment. All of this is transported by horses.
  • 1 duffle bag: There, you can carry your personal belongings (including your sleeping bad) up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs.
  • Pack mules: Our pack mules will transport all camping equipment, as well as your personal luggage in the canvas bag.
  • Food: Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets, so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks. Every morning we will give you your snack so you can enjoy it during the walk.
  • Water: Andean Great Treks will provide you with all the water you need. The water is boiled, filtered, and cooled. You must bring your water bottles or camelback. We recommend a capacity of 3 liters. You’ll be able to fill your bottles during each meal.
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners. Special menus such as vegetarian or vegan meals are available without additional costs.
  • Morning tea: Every morning in our campsites, you’ll enjoy a cup of hot coca tea as soon as you wake up. It will be an excellent way to start the day.
  • Tea time: In our campsites, we’ll serve you popcorn, cookies, coffee, chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to fill your stomach.
  • Snacks (Days  1,2,3,4): We’ll offer you delicious snacks in a cloth bag: local fruits, cookies, chocolates, candy, etc.
  • First aid: All Andean Great Treks guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes.) and oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao Ruins
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • 1 night hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas calientes (two ways)
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (two ways)
  • Oxygen bottle

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Trekking poles: You can also rent in Cusco.
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Clothing and personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our team: Keep in mind that our personnel receive payment for their services, so feel free to give tips or not.
  • Additional costs: There could be additional expenses, delays or modifications of the itinerary that are outside of the responsibility of the agency, such as: bad weather conditions, security or health problems, changes in government policies, political instability, strikes, etc.
  • Visit the impressive lost citadel of the Incas, the majestic Choquequirao, which in Inca times was one of the most powerful cities of the Empire.
  • Stroll through the gardens, temples, royal houses, agricultural terraces and the great altar or Ushno, where the Incas carried out their rituals for the mountains and mother earth.
  • Explore the great canyon of the Apurimac, which is lost in the immensity surrounded by great snow-capped mountains, next to the dense cloud forests.
  • Enjoy the best sunrises and sunsets in the Andes, at night you can also appreciate the sky full of stars and constellations next to the Milky Way.
  • Savor the best gastronomy in the world, Peru is one of the countries with the best culinary art, in this expedition you will delight your palate with our typical dishes prepared by our experienced cooks.
  • Discover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu one of the grandest and most enthralling sites to see in the whole of Latin America, with an expert local guide. Visiting this citadel hidden in the mountains is inspiration enough for a first-time visit, but the Incas were just one in a long line of peoples with a surviving legacy to explore.

The hike to Choquequirao is challenging, especially because of the rugged geography where the winding road crosses, uneven slopes with little oxygen from 3,000 meters above sea level down to 1,500 meters above sea level and again rising above 3,000 meters above sea level. And this adds to the distance, since the path passes through places where there is no presence of people. This walk demands a good will and important physical activity to be able to face it, you must be accustomed to daily exercises, walks, bike riding, in a nutshell this route is considered as difficult. The way to get there is walking a lot and camping, you will challenge climates from cold in the heights or walking in the intense Andean sun.

Choquequirao Trek Camping Tents: 03 nights

The overnight stays during the Choquequirao Trek are made in double-roofed tents, which are installed by the accompanying team. The tents are equipped with thick foam mattresses that are carried by the horses. On your Choquequirao trek you will have a tent with your portable toilet, in the camps, these are always clean and you can use at any time. A dining tent offers enough space to eat together and end the evening in peace.

VERONICA View Hotel: 1 night

VERONICA View Hotel is located in Ollantaytambo and offers a bar, a garden and a terrace. The property has a restaurant, 24-hour reception, room service and free WiFi. There is free private parking and a car rental service. The rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. All rooms at the VERONICA View Hotel have a work desk and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is served at the property. The VERONICA View Hotel features spa and wellness facilities with an indoor pool and sauna.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 15 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

We will pick you up from your hotel between 3:30 to 4:00 AM to start our trip in a private van for 4 hours to northeast of Cusco city, through small towns until Capuliyoc town (2.800masl) where we have a delicious breakfast and where also we will meet with our trip staff (muleteers and horses).

After breakfast we begin with our hiking for about 20 minutes and will arrive to our first viewer where we have a panoramic view, in front of us we can see the vilcabamba mountain range called ( padreyoc) and the famous Apurimac Canon, after having an amazing view we will start our descend for 3 hours through beautiful landscapes where you will be able to see different medicinal plants which were used by our ancestors ( muña, chilca and different varieties of plants) If we are lucky we will be able to see the majestic Condor, we descend until Chiquisca Hamlet (1800masl) where we have a delicious tipycal Cusco Lunch Buffet.

After having Lunch we will have a 30 min break to continue with or hiking, Descending 45 minutes more until Playa Rosalina (1700masl), located in Apurimac River. After passing the famous Apurimac river we continue hiking uphill a zigzagging road for 4 hours until Marampata (3500masl), at sunset we will see andean people, how they live in the mountains with a style of life that maybe you wont believe compared to the city. We will arrive to our camping site at 5:30 pm, after a small break its time for dinner, during the night you will be able to see constellations according Andean or Inca religión.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 3000 m
Hiking Distance 10 km
Approximate walking time 7 hrs

After breakfast, we will continue with our hiking to the ruins of Choquequirao, on this day the hiking is going to have a high level physically, where we will be able to see an amazing view of the Archeological Choquequirao Complex (3100masl) we will have amazing canon views. Choquequirao is also knew as the lost city of the Incas, we will visit the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao for the entire day.These ruins are three times the size of Machu Picchu and new sections, hidden under the dense jungle, are constantly being discovered. Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all of the beautiful sections of the temples, terraces, palaces, the llamas’ section, and much more.

After to visit all of this places we will start our descend until Choquequirao Camping where our picnic Lunch is waiting for us, after having lunch we will take a 30min break and continue to an amazing place that only us know about it, this place is called cataratas de Pachayoc (water falls) a place where you will be in touch with the nature. Finally we will return to Marampata where dinner is ready and is time to stop over.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 10 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

This morning we say goodbye to the Choquequirao ruins, and have a chance to spot condors soaring through the morning air as we make our way back along the Choquequirao trail. We’ll go downhill for about 2 to 2 ½ hours to the Apurimac River (1520m / 4986 ft) which we’ll cross. From here we’ll go up to Chikisca (1950m / 6397ft) for lunch. After a short break we continue with our hiking to Cocamasana (2450m / 8038ft) you will arrive around 4:00 pm. Here we’ll also have our tea and dinner and the rest of the time to relax a little.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2600 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

Today we will get up early, and after having our breakfast, we will hike uphill, for approximately two hours, to the Capuliyoq viewpoint, if we are lucky we will be able to see the condors flying over the great canyon of the Apurimac River.
After saying goodbye to our muleteers, we will leave in our private transport in the direction of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the town of Ollantaytambo where we will spend the night. Today we will make a stop at the archaeological site of Tarawasi, and it will also be our point where we will have lunch, the beautiful town of Limatambo, very famous for growing the best avocados in Peru.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional: visit to the thermal baths of CConoc (the cost is 20 soles), in this site you will stay an average of 2 hours.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 3 km
Approximate walking time 1 hrs

Today we will get up early, to take our train at 5:00 am, the trip lasts 1h45min approx. Upon arrival at the town of Aguas Calientes we will have to get off the train, and then walk to the bus station for Machu Picchu. This trip will be for about 30 minutes, upon arrival at the checkpoint to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu, you will have to show your original passport along with the ticket for Machu Picchu.
Remember to use the bathrooms before starting your tour in the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, since there are no bathrooms inside the ruins. You will visit with the guide the most important sites of the archaeological complex, from the top where the famous postcard photo of Machu Picchu will be taken, and you will learn about the wonderful history and scientific data of the studies carried out by researchers from all over the world.
After having been nourished by the landscape and architectural beauty of Machu Picchu for two hours approx. We must leave, and then take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch, and in the afternoon take the train back to Ollantaytmbo, then our driver will pick you up and wil transfer by  private transportation to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive at 7:00 p.m. approx.

Meals included: Breakfast

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

APR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from
$ 860 USD Per Person $ 899 USD
Tour for 2 - 4 persons $ 860USD Per Person
Tour for 5 - 8 persons $ 860USD Per Person
Note

To book this tour, a minimum of $ 200 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.

Any other additional information, please coordinate with your travel agent.

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What our clients say about us

  • "Everything was perfect, from the office to the super Guide, Juve he was very careful with us ! Thank you! Raccomandatet!"

    Gino Di Tullio
    TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
  • " A agência tem preço competitivo e cumpriu exatamente com tudo que foi combinado. O guia da trilha foi excelente. Muito conhecimento sobre a cultura Inca, muito divertido, ótimo fotógrafo!
    I made the short Inca trail 2D / 1N and Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) with them. The price is competitive and the agency has exactly matched everything that was agreed. The guide of the trail was excellent, he has a lot of knowledge about Inca culture, he is a lot of fun and a great photographer! "

    Cris G
    TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
  • " We had Elmer as our guide and his knowledge about the culture, the ancient traditions and the trail itself is wide and deep at the same time. He was a pleasant and fun company throughout. His team of porters and Chef. Chino were amazingly hospitable in-spite of the strenuous trek. Always smiling and eager to serve. Our camping sites had the perfect view every single evening. We had rented the sleeping bags and trekking poles from them and all were in good condition. Tents were nice and warm as well. The food was something we did not expect at all. "

    Meena
    TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
  • " Great coordination from Miriam starting with orientation meeting and individualized attention via whatsapp. The hike to MP from km 104 was tough but lovely and Javier was a great guide with humor and knowledgeable. After 11km hiking we arrived to the Sun gate around 2pm and went down for the 1st visit to MP. Dinner in Aguas Calientes and early wake up to enter MP at 6am which was still very peaceful. It cannot get much better. great vale for money! "

    David D
    TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
  • " Amazing trek to Machu Picchu, with very knowledgeable guide and amazing Porter team! Beautiful views, great food, and good times!"

    Jeremy C
    TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
  • " We made the 2d/1n trip to Machu Picchu this was very worth. Our Guide Osman was very friendly and kind. During the trek he explained us the landscape, flowers and the history of the ruins very interesting. We can really recomand this trip for the people who don't like to do the long trek. Many thanks to Osman for the wonderful hike! "

    Melanie U
    TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
  • " We feel the genuine and warmth welcome of the city and the people in it, as if they treat us like family (especially our porters and our guide Alex). We are deeply grateful for all the help and patience they've extended to reach out to us. And forever grateful for the life's lessons learned and the experience. This adventure for sure will made an imprint in our hearts and in our life's journey, that we are very much willing to share it with our own family, friends and love ones. "

    Czarina 23
    TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
  • " To be honest, at the very end I would have gone thru the whole experience a million times without changing anything at all. Also, returning to Cusco wasn't hard, train was booked and transfer bus was there to pick us up on time. The overall experience, amazing. "

    Dacil A
    TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS

Why travel with Andean Great Treks

TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
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YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
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ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
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CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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