Discover the Lost Cities of the Incas, and Hike along the less visited pathways and Inca Trails. Explore the two major archeological sites in Peru. Learn about the Incas’ mysteries and challenge yourself with the best epic journey Choquequirao.
Choquequirao Trek To Machu Picchu Tour will allow us to explore and hike Cusco City’s best and surroundings to start a Magic expedition to the two most famous Lost Cities of the Incas; one called “Choquequirao” and the other one Machu Picchu. Both of them offer you the most incredible views to make your trip to Peru a memorable trip.
Highlights of the Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
- Book with Confidence and Flexibility
- Visit the mysterious Choquequirao Inca Site.
- Discover the off-the-beaten-path Inca Trail top Machu Picchu
- Explore hidden Inca Sites from the Last Days of the Incas
- Visit the Apurimac canyon, one of the deepest in Peru.
- Arrive at Machu Picchu through Llaqtapata
Price per person: 1720.USD
To book the Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu, you need to make an initial payment of 400.USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments, or Cusco with any credit card at no booking fees at all.
All travelers under 17 will have a $40. If you are 25 years old or under at the time of traveling, you can get the 40$ discount with your student ID. Please advise by email to give you a code for the discount.
Day by day summary of the Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu
Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chikiska – Santa Rosa.- Pick up from your hotel at 4:am and drive to the trailhead at Capuliyoc; the hike takes 4 hours down and 2 hours up to the first Campsite at Santa Rosa (2095m/6873ft).
Day 2: Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao.- Wake up early and hike for 2 hours up to Marampata and then two more hours to Choquequirao Inca Site; spend the afternoon exploring and discovering the great Inca City considered the twin sister of Machu Picchu.
Day 3: Choquequirao – Pinchiunuyoc – Rio Blanco.- After breakfast with the spectacular views of the mountains, start the hike with 1 hour up to the pass, then hike down for 6 hours to the 3rd Campsite located at (1880m / 6167ft)
Day 4: Rio Blanco – Maizal – Pajonal.- After breakfast, the most challenging day of the Trek hike up for 4-hours to Maizal (2891m / 9488 ft.). Next, another steep climb for 4-hours until the Campsite at Pajonal (4000m /13124ft).
Day 5: Pajonal – Yanama – Lucmabamba.- Wake up early and get ready for the final part of the hike in the Choquequirao region. 1-hour up to San Juan pass, then 3 hours down to the village of Yanama from where we take the bus to Lucmabamba (2100m/ 6869ft)
Day 6: Lucmabamba – Llaqtapata – Aguas Calientes.- Early in the Morning, visit the coffee farms, start climbing the last mountain along the Inca trail to Llaqtapata, and hike for 3 hours along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. Spend the night in a Hotel.
Day 7: Machu Picchu – Cusco.- On the Final Day, take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu and Explore with your tour guide the best of Machu Picchu. Later in the afternoon, take the Vistadome panoramic train Back to Cusco. Drop off at your hotel around 7.30 pm.
Included in the Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu
- Pick up and drop off from your hotel In Cusco.
- All transportation during the seven days of the tour
- Professional English Speaking Native Tour Guide
- Second Tour Guide for groups of 9+
- Chef, Porters, muleteers
- Cargo mule to carry food, equipment, and 7 kilos of your stuff
- Drinkable water except for last day
- All meals included except last day’s lunch and dinner.
- Camping equipment (tents, table, chairs, porta-potty)
- Five nights camping with comfortable equipment
- One night 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Sleeping foam mattress, pillows, sheets
- First aid kit, satellite phones, Oxygen bottle
- Entrance Fee to Chquequirao and Machu Picchu
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Vistadome Panoramic Train back to Cusco
- Sleeping Bag, trekking poles, air mattress (Can be hired from us)
- Last day lunch and dinner
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Access To Machu Picchu Mountain (Different form MP citadel)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
What you need to take
- Original Passport for Machu Picchu
- Student card (if you’d booked as a student)
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- Rain gear very necessary
- Sun protection every day
- Warm clothes, hat, and gloves
- Comfortable clothing for seven days
- Insect repellant very important
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Personal medication, band-aids, moleskin
- Flashlight and extra batteries
Optional Hikes after Machu Picchu tour:
- Huayna Picchu Mountain– tickets cost an additional $75 per person.
- Machu Picchu Mountain – tickets cost an additional $75 per person.
Similar Tours to Machu Picchu:
Full Itinerary of the Choquequirao Expedition
After being collected from your hotel at 4:30 am, drive for 4 hours to the trailhead located at the village of Capuliyoc. On the way, you will visit the Inca site of Sayhuite, an enormous monolithic rock with geometrical and animal figures, considered as some engineering map that shows the complex irrigating system of the area. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, You will meet the trekking staff and start the Trek to the great “lost cities of the Incas.” The first 4 hours downhill to Chickiska, starting the hike in the highlands into the Apurimac Canyon, where the weather is warmer. Lunch is served by your trekking chef using fresh products from the area. The second part of the day is 2.5 hours uphill until the Campsite in Santa Rosa village.
Day 2: Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao
After breakfast, you will start the most challenging part of the tour. The hike begins with a 4-hour zig-zag climb to Marampata, where lunch will be waiting for you with a fantastic view of the mountains and a wide variety of flora and fauna. After lunch, you’ll hike for two more hours to Choquequirao Inca Site. In the afternoon, you can go to explore and enjoy the sunset. The Campsite is located near the archeological site.
Day 3: Choquequirao – Pinchiunuyoc – Rio Blanco
Wake up with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea in your tent while you enjoy the view of the Andes. You will have a guided tour of the most impressive sight at the great citadel of Choquequirao. After lunch, you start ascending for 1-hour to Choquequirao pass, next is a 3-hour downhill until the Inca Site of Pinchiuniyoc. After exploring the ancient terraces, you will continue for 2-more hours downhill. The Campsite is at Rio Blanco (1880 m / 6167 ft) – Be sure you bring a good mosquito repellent.
Day 4: Rio Blanco – Maizal – Pajonal
After breakfast, you will continue the Trek; the first part is a 4-hour challenging zig-zag climb to Maizal (2891m / 9488 ft.). After enjoying a well-deserved lunch, you will continue a steep climb for 4-hours until the Campsite at Pajonal at (4000m /13124ft). Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful views of farming lands, native plants, birds, and the ancient Victoria Mines.
Day 5: Pajonal – Yanama – Lucmabamba
After breakfast, hike for 1 hour to San Juan Pass at (4210m/135549). Once reaching the top, you’ll take some time to enjoy the mountains’ fantastic vistas; then you will go down the hill for 3 hours until the Village of Yanama at (3700m /12139ft). After lunch, say goodbye to the muleteers and take the transportation to Lucmabamba (2100m/6890ft. I spent the night in a coffee farmer’s house.
Day 6: Lucmabamba – Llaqtapata – Aguas Calientes.
Wake up among coffee and avocado trees, visit the organic coffee farm, and learn the process of harvesting. Then, you will follow for 3-hours through an ancient Inca Trail up to Llaqta. You will have the first and best view of the Great Inca city of Machu Picchu. After enjoying the sights, you will continue down to hydroelectric for lunch, then hike for three more hours the final part along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. Spend the night in a Hotel at Aguas Calientes.
Day 7: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Waking up early and preparing for the Trek’s most important day, you will take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter before the sunrise. You will the most important streets, plazas, temples. After the guided tour, you will have time to explore by yourself or hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (Extra hikes different from the citadel). In the afternoon, take the Vistadome panoramic train back to Cusco. Drop off at your hotel around 7.30 pm, where the Choquequiro trek to Machu Picchu ends.