Choquequirao Tour 9D/8N | Machu Pichu To Choquequirao Tour
Machu Picchu has been considered by many decades one of the most touristic and interesting places in the whole world.
We´ve created this amazing experience that starts by walking first to the recently discovered citadel of Choquequirao (it has been hidden for many years and then people didn’t use it as a touristic attraction until this last decade), passing through valleys and rivers as the Apurimac River; we will be arriving at the world-famous lost city of Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco to Cachora (4 hour drive), then Capuliyoc to Playa Rosalina (5 hours hike downhill)
The trek starts with a 4 hours’ drive to Cachora (2,900m / 9,514ft). where we meet their support team and mules in Cachora town before beginning their trek to the campsite.
The trek to Chiquisca (place for lunch)is a three-hour hike downhill from Capuliyoc (2,915m / 9,560ft), and then a steep two-hours more descent to the campsite Playa Rosalina (at 1,835m / 6,020ft).
Which is next to the Apurimac River.
Day 2: Playa Rosalina to Choquequirao (6 hours)
From Playa Rosalina (1,835m / 6,020ft) going through a brand new bridge to cross the Apurimac River (approx. 1 hour trekking).
Once you have crossed the River you begin a two-hour ascent to Santa Rosa, a small campsite where you can rest and refill water bottles.
From Santa Rosa you continue ascending, first to Marampata (2,913m / 9,560ft) where you will have lunch, and then onto your campsite just below Choquequirao (2,950m / 9,680ft).
The trek between Santa Rosa and Choquequirao takes between 4-5 hours and is pretty tough.
There are bathrooms and cold-water showers at the Choquequirao campsite.
Day 3: Choquequirao (full day at the ruins)
The archaeological complex of Choquequirao is large and can take a full day to explore properly.
Archeologists have divided the site into 12 sections.
Your tour operator will most likely provide a tour of the Citadel, but make sure you visit the ceremonial centre, main platform and the lower plaza.
Towards dusk you might get lucky and spot condors that frequent this part of the region.
Day 4: Choquequirao to Maizal (5-7 hours)
Day 4 starts early with a gradual hike up and over a pass at 3,300m, and then a descent into the Rio Bianco Valley (1,910m / 6,270ft).
At the foot of the valley is the river Rio Bianco where trekkers can swim before a tough and steep 3-hour hike up to Maizal (3,000m / 9,840ft).
Total trekking time 5-7 hours
Day 5: Maizal to Yanama (6-7 hours)
Day 5 starts with a long climb up to the Victoria Pass (4,200m / 13,780ft) where you will see original paved Inca Trails.
Once over the pass you descend down towards the small village of Yanama (3,800m / 12,470ft), where you will camp for the night
Day 6: Yanama to Totora (6-7 hours)
Day 6 begins with a climb up to the Yanama Pass (4,668m / 15,315ft) – the highest point on the trek.
From the pass the trail descends to another small village called Totora (4,100m / 13,450ft).
You will camp here – the highest point you will sleep on the trail.
Thankfully you should be well acclimatised by this point.
The view near Yanama Pass (4,668m)
Day 7: Totora to La Playa (6-7 hours)
Day 7 involves a long and winding descent of nearly 2,000m to the Totora River.
Trekking poles to reduce the impact of the descent on your knees come in great use throughout this day.
From the river the trail ascends slightly to the village and campsite at La Playa (2,400m / 7,870ft).
Day 8: La Playa to Aguas Calientes (6-7 hours hiking, 1 hour train)
From La Playa, some tour operators take local transport to Lucma, which is about a 20-minute drive, or if no transport is available the route can be hiked.
From Lucma the trail ascends for 3 hours to a newly discovered Inca site called Llactapata.
From here the trail descends for 2 hours to the Hydroelectric Station where we will take a nice comfortable a 40 minutes train to Aguas Calientes (2,040m / 6,690ft).
You will overnight in a hotel in Aguas Calientes and have a chance to swim in the town’s hot springs.
Day 9: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and then back to Cusco
Early with a short bus ride up to Machu Picchu.
From here most operators offer 2-3 hour guided tours of the city.
If you still have the energy and are not afraid of heights, we highly recommend booking a climbing permit for Huayna Picchu (the large mountain peak just behind the citadel).
The climb is steep and a little challenging, but the views of Machu Picchu from the top are super rewarding.
There are only 400 permits a day for Huayna Picchu, so you should book well in advance.
Most operators request that trekkers meet back at Aguas Calientes around mid-afternoon to take the train back to Cusco.
And that’s it for a standard 9-day Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu.
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- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
- Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment
- Mules to carry 10kg of your personal effects
- Pick-up from your hotel
- Transportation by bus to Mollepata
- Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
- Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
- 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Afternoon Snacks and 8 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
- 3 Star Hotel for final night
- Sleeping inflatable mattress “therm-rest”
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Does Not Include
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 8
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
What you need to take
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries
- Student Discount: US$25 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
- Under 18’s Discount: US$25
- Sleeping Bag US$ 35
- Walking Pole US$ 30
- Single Tent Supplement US$80?
- Mules to carry extra 7kg of personal items US$?
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK COST:
- 2 people US$1550 per person
- 3 people US$1430 per person
- 4 people US$1250 per person
- 5 people US$1100 per person
- 6+people US$950 per person
Weather in this trip is around 20-27 Celsius during the day and 5-10 at night.
What we recommend that you bring:
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Gloves,Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. Optionally: water -sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
- Small towel
- Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu town)
- Cash in soles and/or US$
- Original Passport, YOU NEED TO BRING THE SAME PASSPORT THAT YOU USED FOR BOOKING THIS TREK. (plus the new one in case it has expired)
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Student Discount: US$? (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18’s Discount: US$?