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Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days / 7 Nights

Choquequirao Trek
to Machu Picchu
8Days / 7Nights

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Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu "8D/7N"
This hike is one of the most complete adventure walks in the world and is dream of by many hikers because it involves many natural, cultural, human, and emotional elements. This epic walk requires determination and great physical and mental effort, bringing you in direct contact with mother nature.

Far away from the chaotic noises of the crowded cities, you will traverse vast expanses of mountains before a well-earned visit to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. The geography of the Choquequirao - Machu Picchu trek descends and climbs canyons rivaling the Grand Canyon (Arizona - USA) or the Colca Canyon (Arequipa - Peru) and offers an up-close view of impressive snow-covered peaks with elevations that easily exceed 18,044ft/5500m.

You will pass through a variety of climates, as well as abundant and unique vegetation, home to many different species of animals such as the gigantic Andean condor, vibrant colored parrots, swift footed deer, and wild cats. These animals are more easily observed on this trek than on other treks due to its remoteness and the decreased presence of visitors.

The natural elements of this area make this an unforgettable trek which becomes even more memorable because of the opportunity to explore the ruins of two of the most important Inca cities, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, recognized and recommended by well known travel guides around the world.
DAY 1: Cusco - Cachora – Chiquiska.
We will leave Cusco (5:00am) heading toward the town of Cachora (9350ft/2850m) which is a 4-hour drive from Cusco.  Here we will meet our horsemen and their horses, who will be in charge of transporting the camping equipment along our trip (Cachora - Collpa-pampa).
The town of Cachora is found at the foot of a grand mountain called Padreyoc.  On the back side, there is a spectacular lookout called Capuliyoc (9350ft/2850m).
From here you will observe the Grand Canyon of Apurimac with a spectacular view of the mountains, from this lookout, we will begin the descent toward the inside of the canyon, heading toward our camp in the Forest of Chiquiska (6332ft/1930m).
As we descend, the temperature will increase.  The camp is surrounded by fruit trees.  Dinner will be prepared by our cook.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15km.
☞ Meals:  Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 9350ft/2850m.

DAY 2: Chiquiska – Playa Rosalinda – Marampata – Choquequirao.
Today we start the hike early (6:00am).  We will descend for 30 minutes toward Playa Rosalinda (4921ft/1500m) which is the floor of the canyon.  During the day, this place is very hot.  Here we will cross the Rosalinda Bridge to begin the ascent toward the town of Marampata (9350ft/2850m).
Once in Marampata, we will have a spectacular view of the canyon while we enjoy our lunch.  It’s common to see condors flying here.  After lunch and a rest, we’ll head toward our camp in Choquequirao (9951ft/3033m).
The landscape changes along the way.  The vegetation is more abundant in trees, Bromelias, and ferns. We’ll pass the second night here.  Dinner will be prepared by our cook.
☞ Distance: 11.2mi/18km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 9951ft/3033m.

DIA 3: Choquequirao – Paso Choquequirao – Rio Blanco – Maizal.
At dawn, the first rays of sunlight touch Choquequirao (9951ft/3033m), the air is very chilly in this archaeological park.  Your guide will answer questions and explain the function of this place; its temples, storehouses, terraces, and the new excavations.
This archaeological complex only shows us 30% of the real dimension of Choquequirao, the reconstruction of this place (Choquequirao) will take a few more decades.  After a visit inside the park, we’ll head toward the Choquequirao Pass (11,483ft/3500m), surrounded by native trees, flowers, and orchids.  Once at the pass, we’ll observe the surrounding gigantic mountains and the depth of the canyon Rio Blanco.
From the top we’ll descend toward our lunch spot at the bottom of the canyon next to the river Rio Blanco (3281ft/1000m).  Later we’ll make our way toward the other side on a path surrounded by vegetation in a very warm climate toward our camp in Maizal (9842ft/3000m).
In this place, you will have a spectacular view of the mountains.  We’ll spend the third night here in Maizal, and have dinner prepared by our cook.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15k.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 11,483ft/3500m.

DIA 4: Maizal – Paso San Juan - Yanama. Today after breakfast we will continue the hike on a path surrounded by vegetation and flowers.  Along the way you will see evidence of mines that at one time were exploited, but are no longer used.  As we continue and ascend, the weather will become a little colder and we will find the remains of an Incan trail.
This trail will take us toward the San Juan Pass (13,780ft/4200m).  From this beautiful place, you can see a grand chain of mountains called the Vilcabamba mountain range which is more than 5300 meters high in its highest spots (17,388ft). You will also see glaciers and many mountains that surround it.
After some pictures and a rest at the San Juan Pass, we’ll head toward our camp in the town of Yanama (11,483ft/3500m).  Along the way you can see many rocks of different colors.  This is because of the large presence of minerals in this place (silver, gold).  A little further down is our camp at Yanama.  This place is cold.  Here we will pass the fourth night.  Once again, our cook will prepare a delicious dinner.
☞ Distance: 6.8mi/11km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 13,780ft/4200m.

DIA 5: Yanama – Paso Yanama – Totora Pampa.
After our breakfast, we will begin the hike toward the highest point of our trip.  Along the way we will observe some impressive landscapes, native birds, trees, and native plants to the ecological area at this altitude.  Because of the distance from the cities and the tranquil nature of this area, it’s very probable that we can observe condors from the high point of the trail, Yanama Pass (15,354ft/4680m).
From this point, we will observe the snow-covered mountains of Salkantay (21,000ft/6400m) and Pintuyoc (17,913ft/5460m), as well as the depth of the Valley of Totora (10,663ft/3250m) where we will later descend to our camp.  Our cook will be in charge of dinner.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 15,354ft/4680m.

DIA 6: Totora -Huiñaypoco – La Playa.
Today after breakfast we will descend through the middle of a canyon surrounded by vegetation on the outskirts of the jungle.  In this valley, the temperature rises with the passing of the hours, the valley is inhabited by Bromelias, orchids, fruit trees, waterfalls, insects, birds, butterflies, and more.
As we walk, we’ll arrive at different towns with friendly people. Along the way we’ll find places where we can buy cold drinks.  Our camp will be in the town of La Playa (6890ft/2010m).  This place is very friendly and the weather is warm.  Here we will wait for sunset while our cook prepares our dinner.
☞ Distance:   8.7mi/14km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 10,663ft/3250m.

DIA 7: La Playa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes.
Today we will continue into the valley of Lucmabamba to ascend by an Inca trail surrounded by coffee plantations, fruit trees, and orchids.  The weather is cold in the morning, but with the passing of the hours becomes very warm, accompanied by the presence of mosquitos.  From the highest point, we can observe the valleys of Willcamayu and Santa Teresa.
Further down we will encounter an archeological park called Llactapata (8694ft/2650m).  Here we will explore the park with the help of our guide and we will observe the back side of Machu Picchu and the mountains that surround it.  Later we will descend through the middle of a valley, surrounded by coffee, orchids, and fruit trees.
After a few hours of descending the mountain, we’ll arrive at Hidroelectrica where we’ll board the train for the town of Aguas Calientes (6693ft/2040m).  Here in the town we’ll have a soft bed and dinner in a restaurant.  After dinner you’ll have some free time to explore the town.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 8694ft/2650m.

DIA 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
Today we’ll take one of the first buses from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (7874ft/2400m).  Once there our guide will begin the guided tour of the Inca city of Machu Picchu.
After the guided tour of the park, you will have a few free hours to explore.  Later we’ll take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to rest before you take the train to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 11,200ft/3400m (Cusco).
What is included:
☞ Pick up from your hotel.
☞ Transportation from Cusco to the start of the hike and return to Cusco.
☞ Private guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu.
☞ Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort).
☞ Sleeping mats.
☞ Meals detailed in itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request).
☞ A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs).
☞ First aid kit and oxygen.
☞ 15lb/7kg of your personal items (sleeping bag/extra clothes) to go on the horses.
☞ Horses or mules to transport equipment and horseman.
☞ Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
☞ Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only).
☞ Entrance tickets to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
☞ Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
☞ Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

What is not included:
✗ First breakfast and last lunch.
✗ Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits).
✗ Train ticket from Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (town).
✗ Dinner the last night in Aguas Calientes.
✗ Breakfast in Aguas Calientes (town).
✗ Sleeping bag (you can rent a sleeping bag from us for $40 for the trip).
✗ Bottled drinks (water, sodas, beers, etc.).
✗ Entrance to Waynapicchu.
✗ Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes.
✗Tips for guide, cook, horseman.
Inca Trail Trekking Company recommends a tip of approximately $80 USD (S/250 Soles) per staff member (split between your tour group). The staff receives a fair salary for their work. The tip is a voluntary gesture of thanks for their days of hard work and is greatly appreciated by the workers.
What to Pack:
Important: The list given here is a suggested packing list, based on the experience of our guides and staff, and passengers that enjoyed the "8 Day hike to Choquequirao - Machu Picchu". Feel free to pack what you think you need to be comfortable along the hike.
✓ Passport.
✓ Student ID (if applicable).
✓ Sleeping Bag.
✓ Hiking Boots.
✓ Socks (7-8 pairs).
✓ Sandals.
✓ Swimsuit.
✓ Thermal Underwear.
✓ Hiking Pants (3-4).
✓ Shirts (7-8).
✓ Fleece/Polartec.
✓ Rain Jacket.
✓ Headlamp/Flashlight (extra batteries).
✓ Sun Hat.
✓ Wool Hat/Gloves.
✓ Sun Glasses.
✓ Water Bottle/Reservoir.
✓ Hiking Poles (1 pair).
✓ Watch (water resistant, with light).
✓ Camera/GoPro.
✓ Plastic Rain Poncho.
✓ Sun Block (50+ SPF).
✓ Chapstick.
✓ Insect Repellent.
✓ Toiletries.
✓ Toilet Paper (3 Rolls).
✓ Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer.
✓ Pocket knife, lighter, whistle, sewing kit.
✓ First Aid Kit.
✓ Personal Medication.
✓ Snacks.
✓ Money (local currency).
Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu "8D/7N"
This hike is one of the most complete adventure walks in the world and is dream of by many hikers because it involves many natural, cultural, human, and emotional elements. This epic walk requires determination and great physical and mental effort, bringing you in direct contact with mother nature.

Far away from the chaotic noises of the crowded cities, you will traverse vast expanses of mountains before a well-earned visit to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. The geography of the Choquequirao - Machu Picchu trek descends and climbs canyons rivaling the Grand Canyon (Arizona - USA) or the Colca Canyon (Arequipa - Peru) and offers an up-close view of impressive snow-covered peaks with elevations that easily exceed 18,044ft/5500m.

You will pass through a variety of climates, as well as abundant and unique vegetation, home to many different species of animals such as the gigantic Andean condor, vibrant colored parrots, swift footed deer, and wild cats. These animals are more easily observed on this trek than on other treks due to its remoteness and the decreased presence of visitors.

The natural elements of this area make this an unforgettable trek which becomes even more memorable because of the opportunity to explore the ruins of two of the most important Inca cities, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, recognized and recommended by well known travel guides around the world.
DAY 1: Cusco - Cachora – Chiquiska.
We will leave Cusco (5:00am) heading toward the town of Cachora (9350ft/2850m) which is a 4-hour drive from Cusco.  Here we will meet our horsemen and their horses, who will be in charge of transporting the camping equipment along our trip (Cachora - Collpa-pampa).
The town of Cachora is found at the foot of a grand mountain called Padreyoc.  On the back side, there is a spectacular lookout called Capuliyoc (9350ft/2850m).
From here you will observe the Grand Canyon of Apurimac with a spectacular view of the mountains, from this lookout, we will begin the descent toward the inside of the canyon, heading toward our camp in the Forest of Chiquiska (6332ft/1930m).
As we descend, the temperature will increase.  The camp is surrounded by fruit trees.  Dinner will be prepared by our cook.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15km.
☞ Meals:  Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 9350ft/2850m.

DAY 2: Chiquiska – Playa Rosalinda – Marampata – Choquequirao.
Today we start the hike early (6:00am).  We will descend for 30 minutes toward Playa Rosalinda (4921ft/1500m) which is the floor of the canyon.  During the day, this place is very hot.  Here we will cross the Rosalinda Bridge to begin the ascent toward the town of Marampata (9350ft/2850m).
Once in Marampata, we will have a spectacular view of the canyon while we enjoy our lunch.  It’s common to see condors flying here.  After lunch and a rest, we’ll head toward our camp in Choquequirao (9951ft/3033m).
The landscape changes along the way.  The vegetation is more abundant in trees, Bromelias, and ferns. We’ll pass the second night here.  Dinner will be prepared by our cook.
☞ Distance: 11.2mi/18km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 9951ft/3033m.

DIA 3: Choquequirao – Paso Choquequirao – Rio Blanco – Maizal.
At dawn, the first rays of sunlight touch Choquequirao (9951ft/3033m), the air is very chilly in this archaeological park.  Your guide will answer questions and explain the function of this place; its temples, storehouses, terraces, and the new excavations.
This archaeological complex only shows us 30% of the real dimension of Choquequirao, the reconstruction of this place (Choquequirao) will take a few more decades.  After a visit inside the park, we’ll head toward the Choquequirao Pass (11,483ft/3500m), surrounded by native trees, flowers, and orchids.  Once at the pass, we’ll observe the surrounding gigantic mountains and the depth of the canyon Rio Blanco.
From the top we’ll descend toward our lunch spot at the bottom of the canyon next to the river Rio Blanco (3281ft/1000m).  Later we’ll make our way toward the other side on a path surrounded by vegetation in a very warm climate toward our camp in Maizal (9842ft/3000m).
In this place, you will have a spectacular view of the mountains.  We’ll spend the third night here in Maizal, and have dinner prepared by our cook.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15k.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 11,483ft/3500m.

DIA 4: Maizal – Paso San Juan - Yanama. Today after breakfast we will continue the hike on a path surrounded by vegetation and flowers.  Along the way you will see evidence of mines that at one time were exploited, but are no longer used.  As we continue and ascend, the weather will become a little colder and we will find the remains of an Incan trail.
This trail will take us toward the San Juan Pass (13,780ft/4200m).  From this beautiful place, you can see a grand chain of mountains called the Vilcabamba mountain range which is more than 5300 meters high in its highest spots (17,388ft). You will also see glaciers and many mountains that surround it.
After some pictures and a rest at the San Juan Pass, we’ll head toward our camp in the town of Yanama (11,483ft/3500m).  Along the way you can see many rocks of different colors.  This is because of the large presence of minerals in this place (silver, gold).  A little further down is our camp at Yanama.  This place is cold.  Here we will pass the fourth night.  Once again, our cook will prepare a delicious dinner.
☞ Distance: 6.8mi/11km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 13,780ft/4200m.

DIA 5: Yanama – Paso Yanama – Totora Pampa.
After our breakfast, we will begin the hike toward the highest point of our trip.  Along the way we will observe some impressive landscapes, native birds, trees, and native plants to the ecological area at this altitude.  Because of the distance from the cities and the tranquil nature of this area, it’s very probable that we can observe condors from the high point of the trail, Yanama Pass (15,354ft/4680m).
From this point, we will observe the snow-covered mountains of Salkantay (21,000ft/6400m) and Pintuyoc (17,913ft/5460m), as well as the depth of the Valley of Totora (10,663ft/3250m) where we will later descend to our camp.  Our cook will be in charge of dinner.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 15,354ft/4680m.

DIA 6: Totora -Huiñaypoco – La Playa.
Today after breakfast we will descend through the middle of a canyon surrounded by vegetation on the outskirts of the jungle.  In this valley, the temperature rises with the passing of the hours, the valley is inhabited by Bromelias, orchids, fruit trees, waterfalls, insects, birds, butterflies, and more.
As we walk, we’ll arrive at different towns with friendly people. Along the way we’ll find places where we can buy cold drinks.  Our camp will be in the town of La Playa (6890ft/2010m).  This place is very friendly and the weather is warm.  Here we will wait for sunset while our cook prepares our dinner.
☞ Distance:   8.7mi/14km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 10,663ft/3250m.

DIA 7: La Playa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes.
Today we will continue into the valley of Lucmabamba to ascend by an Inca trail surrounded by coffee plantations, fruit trees, and orchids.  The weather is cold in the morning, but with the passing of the hours becomes very warm, accompanied by the presence of mosquitos.  From the highest point, we can observe the valleys of Willcamayu and Santa Teresa.
Further down we will encounter an archeological park called Llactapata (8694ft/2650m).  Here we will explore the park with the help of our guide and we will observe the back side of Machu Picchu and the mountains that surround it.  Later we will descend through the middle of a valley, surrounded by coffee, orchids, and fruit trees.
After a few hours of descending the mountain, we’ll arrive at Hidroelectrica where we’ll board the train for the town of Aguas Calientes (6693ft/2040m).  Here in the town we’ll have a soft bed and dinner in a restaurant.  After dinner you’ll have some free time to explore the town.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 8694ft/2650m.

DIA 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
Today we’ll take one of the first buses from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (7874ft/2400m).  Once there our guide will begin the guided tour of the Inca city of Machu Picchu.
After the guided tour of the park, you will have a few free hours to explore.  Later we’ll take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to rest before you take the train to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 11,200ft/3400m (Cusco).
What is included:
☞ Pick up from your hotel.
☞ Transportation from Cusco to the start of the hike and return to Cusco.
☞ Private guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu.
☞ Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort).
☞ Sleeping mats.
☞ Meals detailed in itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request).
☞ A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs).
☞ First aid kit and oxygen.
☞ 15lb/7kg of your personal items (sleeping bag/extra clothes) to go on the horses.
☞ Horses or mules to transport equipment and horseman.
☞ Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
☞ Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only).
☞ Entrance tickets to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
☞ Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
☞ Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

What is not included:
✗ First breakfast and last lunch.
✗ Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits).
✗ Train ticket from Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (town).
✗ Dinner the last night in Aguas Calientes.
✗ Breakfast in Aguas Calientes (town).
✗ Sleeping bag (you can rent a sleeping bag from us for $40 for the trip).
✗ Bottled drinks (water, sodas, beers, etc.).
✗ Entrance to Waynapicchu.
✗ Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes.
✗Tips for guide, cook, horseman.
Inca Trail Trekking Company recommends a tip of approximately $80 USD (S/250 Soles) per staff member (split between your tour group). The staff receives a fair salary for their work. The tip is a voluntary gesture of thanks for their days of hard work and is greatly appreciated by the workers.
What to Pack:
Important: The list given here is a suggested packing list, based on the experience of our guides and staff, and passengers that enjoyed the "8 Day hike to Choquequirao - Machu Picchu". Feel free to pack what you think you need to be comfortable along the hike.
✓ Passport.
✓ Student ID (if applicable).
✓ Sleeping Bag.
✓ Hiking Boots.
✓ Socks (7-8 pairs).
✓ Sandals.
✓ Swimsuit.
✓ Thermal Underwear.
✓ Hiking Pants (3-4).
✓ Shirts (7-8).
✓ Fleece/Polartec.
✓ Rain Jacket.
✓ Headlamp/Flashlight (extra batteries).
✓ Sun Hat.
✓ Wool Hat/Gloves.
✓ Sun Glasses.
✓ Water Bottle/Reservoir.
✓ Hiking Poles (1 pair).
✓ Watch (water resistant, with light).
✓ Camera/GoPro.
✓ Plastic Rain Poncho.
✓ Sun Block (50+ SPF).
✓ Chapstick.
✓ Insect Repellent.
✓ Toiletries.
✓ Toilet Paper (3 Rolls).
✓ Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer.
✓ Pocket knife, lighter, whistle, sewing kit.
✓ First Aid Kit.
✓ Personal Medication.
✓ Snacks.
✓ Money (local currency).
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