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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

APR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from $ 870 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 Trek.  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.

INCLUDED IN THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group 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: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 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.
  • 1 cloth bag: As we’ve already mentioned, we’ll give you a cloth bag to carry your snacks. In this way, we avoid using plastic bags, which contaminate our environment.
  • 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 Tickets to Choquequirao Ruins
  • Tickets  for Machu Picchu
  • Bus Tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas calientes (2 ways)
  • Hotel Retama in Machu Picchu (1 night)
  • Train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (round trip)
  • Oxygen bottle

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking poles: You can also rent in Cusco
  • Lunches and 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: bag 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.
  • If you are a lover of bird watching, this site is perfect since you can enjoy different microclimates, where different species of hummingbirds, tanagers, eagles, and the condor of the Andes live.
  • 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.

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.

RETAMA MACHU PICCHU 01 night:

The Hotel Hotel Retama Machupicchu is located, 700 meters from the hot springs of Machu Picchu, it is the most beautiful and quiet area of ​​the town, in the Wiñaywayna Park located three blocks from the Peru Rail station, overlooking the river and the moutains; It offers free WiFi and a tour desk. The accommodation offers luggage storage and a currency exchange service. Room service, 45-inch plasma AOC TV, 24-hour hot water, Hair dryer, Towels for thermal baths, Buffet breakfast.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2900 m
Hiking Distance 18 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 3100 m
Hiking Distance 10 km
Approximate walking time 8 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 3000 m
Hiking Distance 15 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

After a nutritious breakfast, we get ready to descend to the Apurimac River, and then we begin our return journey along the same path that took us the first day to Choquequirao. We will have a brief stop at the Playa Rosalina site, where we will freshen up and fill our canteens with more water for the journey.
From that point we head uphill to the Chiquiska farmhouse, there we can learn about the preparation of a typical drink of this region, we refer to the Cambray, which is prepared based on the fermentation of sugar cane juice. You can usually see all the travelers and muleteers consuming this slightly alcoholic drink. It is also a beautiful place where different types of tropical fruits are produced, such as mango, citrus, the sacred coca leaf, etc.
After a short break, we head to the site of Cocamasana, it will be three hours of ascent, the weather is quite dry and hot, but the landscapes that surround us are impressive.
After having lunch, we will make the ascent of the last part to the Capuliyoq viewpoint, where we will spend the night in a beautiful and comfortable lodge, with impressive views of the Apurimac river canyon, and the snowy Padreyoq.

Meals Included: 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

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

Today we will have a spectacular sunrise, between the mountains, we will say goodbye to the great site full of energy. After having breakfast we will thank our cooks and muleteers, with whom we live a great adventure in the Choquequirao. Then we will drive to the majestic sacred valley of the Incas, during the journey we will pass through the towns of Limatambo, Huaypo, and at noon we will arrive at the mythical living town of the Incas Ollantaytambo, where you can explore its temples and sacred sources of water worship.
In the afternoon after lunch we will take a train trip to the town of Aguas Calientes, this will take approximately 1hr 45 min, this journey is super attractive for its landscapes that are constantly changing, from the valley floor to the mountain and the cloud forests. At night after settling in our hotel, you can enjoy a delicious dinner in a tourist restaurant, and prepare for the next day’s visit to the sacred sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Meals Included: 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

This day the tour in Machu Picchu will take place early in the morning, after getting ready at the hotel, we will take the bus at 5:30 am. After a trip along the road surrounded by vegetation and impressive views of the Putukusi mountain, we will arrive at the access point for the sacred sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
First, before passing the control, those who wish to use the toilets will be able to do so. Since there are no bathrooms inside Machu Picchu, if you are going to go outside once inside, unfortunately you will not be able to re-enter.
Our visit to the wonder of Machu Picchu will be through circuit number 2, since it is one of the most complete. On this tour you will be able to go up to the famous guardian’s house from where the postcard photo of Machu Picchu will be taken, then you will pass through the main gate, the ceremonial plaza, the Inca’s house, the ceremonial fountains, you will see the temple of the sun, but not up close; You can also access the pyramid where the sundial is located.
Continuing with the circuit you will arrive at the sector of the sacred rock, and finally you will visit the urban area where the royal houses of the Inca nobles were, and also the room of mirrors. After 3 hours of travel we will retire with our guide, and once outside you can have a drink or food. Because inside the complex is prohibited.
Then you can take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have enough time to have your lunch. At 2:30 p.m. it will be the time of the return train to the Ollantaytambo station, where your return transportation to Cusco awaits you, arriving at approximately 7:00 p.m.

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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
$ 870 USD Per Person $ 899 USD
Tour for 2 - 4 persons $ 870USD Per Person
Tour for 5 - 8 persons $ 850USD 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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Why travel with Andean Great Treks

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO 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.
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO 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.
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
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.
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
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.
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
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.
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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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