Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 7 Day / 6 Night tour
From the isolated and mysterious Choquequirao, with various micro-climates offering distinct fauna and fauna, to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. A week of adventure in store for those game enough to challenge themselves on this trek!
Choquequirao is a lost city
where the Incas took refuge in 1536, it is located in the Valley of Vilcabamba amongst rain forest to 3300m (metres above sea level). The archaeological site ("Cradle of Gold” to the Incas) is considered as important as Machu Picchu and it is still being uncovered. We leave Cusco and travel on an asphalted road before turning off along a dirt road to reach the town Cachora and then into the canyon to Capuliyoc. The route is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and we can appreciate the flora and fauna which changes along the way with the change in altitude. The trail is quite steep and challenging but taking a tour with a guide, cook and mules makes it so much more enjoyable. After four nights camping and enduring challenging hikes on this less travelled path, you will enjoy 2 nights in comfortable accommodation and gentler rambles at lower altitude before a guided tour of the infamous Machu Picchu. Return by train to Ollantaytambo and then transfer to your accommodation.
DAY 1: CUSCO (3,400M) - CAPULIYOC (2900M) - SANTA ROSA (2100M)
In the morning (7:00am) we will pick you up from your accommodation for the drive to the town of Cachora, and then on to Capuliyoc where we will have a panoramic view of the Apurimac valley and meet our horses and horsemen to begin our trek. The first day is majority downhill, we will stop in Chiquisqa for lunch before crossing over the river and heading uphill for a couple of hours to our camping spot for the night at Santa Rosa. Toilet and cold water shower available at the campsite.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2: SANTA ROSA (2100M) - CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE (2870M)
After a hearty breakfast, and with fresh legs we will start a challenging climb uphill which then flattens out to a gentler climb at Maranpata (2850m), where we will be able to look back on how far we have come and appreciate the cute village, vegetation and views along the trail. Toilets and cold water shower available at the campsite.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE (2870M) - PINCHINOYOC (2750M)
A guided tour of the Choquequirao archaeological site (3,040m) and free time to explore further. We will visit the more recently discovered llama wall on the opposite side of the mountain from the campsite and marvel at the steep terraces which are still being revealed by archaeologists. Afterwards, we will continue past the archaeological site, over the Choquequirao pass (3,500m) and then on through the cloud forest to an open meadow with beautiful views of the Pinchinoyoc valley. We will camp at Pinchinoyoc, on an old Inca terrace.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4: PINCHINOYOC (2750M) - MAIZAL (3000M)
Following a wholesome breakfast, we will descend down into the Andean Dry Forest in which the trees and plants look totally different to those we saw in previous days. With some luck we may see various species of birds, orchids, as well as local coca plantations. After a few hours of walking in a steep descent, we will reach the Rio Blanco where we have the opportunity to take a break and a refreshing dip if you like. From Rio Blanco (about 1,000m) we then take a challenging climb to Maizal (around 3,000m) where we will camp for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: MAIZAL (3000M) - SANTA TERESA (1550M)
After a fortifying breakfast, we depart Maizal and walk up to the San Juan Pass (4,200m) and then down to the picturesque village of Yanama (in about 4-5 hours) during the walk we transition from cloud forest to Andean Puna (treeless plateau with native Ichu grass). From Yanama we will drive to the tropical town of Santa Teresa, arriving in the late afternoon to your accommodation.
Option: Can visit the hot springs this evening or the following morning.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6: SANTA TERESA (1550M) - AGUAS CALIENTES (2050M)
Slower paced recovery day! After breakfast, you have the opportunity to visit the local hot springs of Cocalmayo to rejuvenate your body. After lunch, we drive to Hydroelectrica from where we have a comparatively easy walk to Aguas Calientes (about 3 hours).
DAY 7: AGUAS CALIENTES (2050M) - CUSCO (3,400M)
After an early breakfast, we take the bus up to Machu Picchu where we will have a guided tour of the renowned archaeological site. Optional hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (subject to permit availability). After lunch, we take the train through the valley to Ollantaytambo, and then transfer to your accommodation (in the Sacred Valley or Cusco).
That this is a typical itinerary and may be subject to change depending on speed of the group and availability of camping spaces during the trek part. Alternative campsites may be used.
- Private transportation from Cusco to Capuliyoc (Day 1), Yanama to Santa Teresa (Day 5),
- Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica (Day 6) and finally Ollantaytambo to Cusco (Day 7)
- Qualified, fun and experienced bilingual guide
- Noted meals during the tour (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners) and some snacks
- Camping and cooking equipment ; campsite fees
- An experienced and hygienic cook
- Inflatable mattress
- Horsemen and mules to carry food, cooking and camping equipment
- Horsemen and mules to carry 5 kilos per person passengers personal items; a returnable duffel bag will be provided at your briefing
- Horsemen and mules return to Cachora
- Entrances to Choquequirao
- First aid kit
- Boiled water to fill your water bottle (please request prior to meals)
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing during the trek
- Accommodation in Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes
- Return bus tickets Aguas Calientes
- Entrances to Machu Picchu
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
WHAT TO BRING:
- Meals not noted above (1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 3 dinners)
- Sleeping bag (can be rented for $5 USD per day)
- Walking sticks (can be rented for $3 USD per day)
- Entrance to hot springs
- Day backpack
- Sleeping bag
- Walking sticks / poles (rubber covers required).
- Sweater, jacket (something warm)
- Camera, batteries, film and extras
- Water bottle, ideally non disposable canteen (boiled drinking water provided)
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Caps or hat
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries and toilet paper, and a small towel
- Some of your favorite snacks e.g. chocolate, nuts, cookies, energy bars
- Cash in soles and/or U.S. dollars (you can buy snacks and energy drinks along the way, and for tips if you want to)
- Original passport
Prices for this Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 7 Day Tour: (Per person)
2 People - $1460 USD
3 People - $1200 USD
4 People - $990 USD
5 People - $900 USD
6 People - $880 USD
*Price is based on a minimum of 2 people and the guide traveling separately in a local train. Groups of other sizes, please contact us
for a free no strings attached quote.
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