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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 6 days 5 nights

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The road from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is a new route for those who love adventure and long walks in the mountains. This route has a connection with the last Inca city of Vilcabamba and with Machu Picchu that is in the middle of different Inca roads that crossed the entire Inca Empire. After a hard walk, we will see Choquequirao (“cradle of gold” in Quechua) fascinating and remote: impressive in design and location, located on top of a spur on the Apurimac canyon, the third deepest canyon in Peru. This is a great place to see condors that inhabit the area. From here we continue our trek to an even more remote territory where we can see the villagers living in the Yanama area, as well as glaciers, valleys and silver mines. The highest point of the trek is the Yanama pass after which we descend to the subtropical area. We walk through the coffee and plantain plantations before reaching Aguas Calientes. The last day is dedicated to exploring the Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu.

This is one of the excursions that cross the incredible mountain range of the Andes of Vilcabamba. As such, it appeared in traveling magazines and is being considered one of the best regions in the world to travel in 2017 by the travel magazine Lonely Planet.

Details Tour Choquequirao and Machu Picchu 6 Days





Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chikiska – Rosalina Beach

We leave Cusco at 5 a.m. in our private bus on a 4-hour journey through Limatambo to the Capuliyoc Pass, located on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon and surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks. Then we will descend for 2 hours until we reach Chikiska where we have lunch. Then we continue our walk for 1 hour more to Playa Rosalina where we will spend the first night of our journey to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.

Time: approximately 4 hours of descent.
Minimum altitude 1500 meters above sea level
Maximum altitude: 2945 meters above sea level
Distance traveled:
Climate: warm, warm

Day 2: Rosalina Beach – Maranpata – Choquequirao.

After breakfast. The first part of the route consists of an ascent of 6 to 7 hours on a long and narrow road. Our adventure begins crossing the bridge over the Apurímac River that is surrounded by dense vegetation with several varieties of orchids. At 1 hour and a half are the annexes of Santa Rosa Baja and Santa Rosa Alta and we will take a short break, then we will continue until we reach Maranpata where we can have lunch, in Marampata we will have our first view of the Choquequirao complex. Then we continue walking for 2 more hours until it is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu due to its several similarities on the Apurimac canyon, and Machu Picchu is located on the Urubamba canyon. In the afternoon, you will have free time to enjoy the views of the canyon at sunset, here it is also possible to see Andean condors flying in the mountains. We will camp near Choquequirao where it will be our second night.

Time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours.
Camp: Choquekirao 3100 masl.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Minimum height: Rosalina beach 1500 meters above sea level.
Maximum height: Marampata at 2918 meters above sea level.
Choquequirao height: 3100 meters above sea level.
Climate: warm and cold at night.

Day 3: Choquequirao – Rio Blanco – Maizal

After our breakfast we leave to begin the tour through the ruins of Choquequirao our guide will take you through the most important archaeological sites, around noon we will start the way to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu we will pass through the Choquequirao pass and then descend to 1400 m (4600 feet) passing the recently discovered ruins of Pincha Unuyoc to the Blanco River, where we will have a refreshing break by immersing ourselves in the fresh waters, then we will climb steeply, at 1,200 m (3900 ft) to the small and beautifully located Maizal camp at an altitude of 3,000 m (9840 ft). This day is probably the hardest day of the trip, but if you have prepared well and is determined, you will succeed.

Time: 7 to 8 hours of promotion approximately.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Minimum height: Rosalina beach 1500 meters above sea level.
Maximum height: Marampata at 2918 meters above sea level.
Choquequirao height: 3100 meters above sea level.
Distance: 18 km.
Climate: warm and cold at night.

Day 4: Maizal – Yanama – Totora – Santa Teresa

After a delicious breakfast, we will leave behind the camp in Maizal and make a final ascent through the old silver mines of La Victoria until we reach the highest pass of the road in the San Juan Pass. This route offers spectacular views of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba. Here we will have a short break and we will taste our lunch.

Then we will continue along a charming and sometimes steep road to the Andean town of Yanama; Here they say goodbye to their muleteers and then get on board the vehicle that will be waiting for us to head towards the town of Santa Teresa on the route we will pass over the Totora pass and then the small village of Lucmabamba and finally Santa Teresa. In Santa Teresa, we can go to take a shower in the hot springs of Cocalmayo.
Time: 5 hours of walking and 4 hours by bus.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Minimum height: Santa Teresa 2100 masl.
Maximum height: Open San Juan at 4,150 meters
Total distance: 27 km.
Warm weather.

Day 5: Santa Teresa – HidroElectrica – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we will take a bus that will take us to a hydroelectric power station 40 minutes away from where we will have our lunch.

After lunch we will have to take a walk next to the train tracks, this road will take us about 3 hours and then we will arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes, where will be our last night

Note: If you want to do adventure sports such as zip line or canoeing in Santa Teresa you can do it in about 2 hours.

Time: 2 to 3 hours of walking and 40 minutes by bus.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Camp: Aguas Calientes 2100msnm.
Minimum height: Aguas Calientes 2200 masl.
Machu Picchu: 2400 masl.
Total distance: 9 km.
Warm weather.

Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

This day will be the most outstanding for the excitement of going up to Machu Picchu to remember that for the entrance to Machu Picchu there are two shifts to visit the citadel and explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while enjoying the beautiful sunrise from this unique point of view in the life. Your group will learn about this mystical place on a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Then, you can choose to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu or the mountain Machu Picchu (if you have booked in advance) or walk to the Puerta del Sol or the Inca Bridge (without additional tickets). With our guide, you will visit each one of the archaeological remains such as the inti huatana, the temple of the condor, the Inca house among others. At the end of the tour, we will return from Machu Picchu and take the train to the imperial city of Cusco.

Time: 40 minutes by bus and 3 hours of guidance.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Minimum height: Aguas Calientes 2200 masl.
Machu Picchu: 2400 masl.
Total distance: 9 km.
Warm weather.

Informative talk one day before the start of the walk.
Entrance tickets to Choquequirao.
Pick up from the hotel.
Transportation: From Cusco to the start of the hike (Capuliyoc).
Transportation: Return of the walk from Choquequirao to Cusco.
Professional bilingual guide.
Personal tents: 2 people in each tent to allow more comfort
Camping equipment: dining room and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
Inside the stores: mattress or mattresses.
Accommodation: 4 nights in tent (camping).
Horses: to take the camping equipment and all your personal luggage (7 kg).
vCook: In charge of preparing all meals throughout the trip.
Food: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners and snacks.
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Breakfast the first day.
Dinner on the last day.
Trekking sticks.
Sleeping bags.
Emergency horses.
Rain ponchos.
Extra expenses.
Travel insurance.

What To Bring:
Original passport
Sleeping bag.
Mountain boots and sandals (very important).
Trekking sticks.
Warm clothes: layers of variable temperatures, especially at night. Thermal / gloves / scarves: wool socks and shirts for the whole walk
Headlight (very important).
Camera and spare batteries.
Sunscreen / hat and sunglasses.
Personal medical kit.
Insect repellent.
Rain clothes: a good raincoat and rain pants and a plastic rain poncho.
Toilet paper.
Small towel.
Extra money for drinks and tips, souvenirs, etc.
Water bottle.

The Price per person are subject to the service:

Exclusive 2 people $ 920.00/ by people
  3 people $ 900.00/ by people



Start of the tour: 04:00 am pick up at your respective hotel.
The beginning of the Walk: Capuliyoc to 3000m
Choquequirao Height: 3105m
Distance from Capuliyoc – Choquequirao: 29 km approx.
Type of Tour: Trekking, Cultural and Adventure.
Level of Difficulty: 4 on a scale of 1 to 5.
Best Season: Dry season between the months of April to November.
Duration of the tour: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Acclimatization: We recommend being in Cusco 1 day before the tour.
Climate: Choquequirao enjoys a temperate climate. However, it should be noted that the road to Choquequirao is warm due to the Apurímac canyon.
Location: Area located in the Cordillera de Vilcabamba
Other activities: Trekking and walking, cultural tours and visits to places of

What can I find on the road to Choquequirao?

  • In Choquequirao you can breathe tranquility, peace, and harmony with nature and the best if you have a bit of luck you can see condors and the spectacled bear.
  • This walk is ideal for those tourists looking to explore the Andes in the mountains of Cusco and visit one of the most beautiful Inca buildings in America.
  • It is a monumental archaeological park, the final refuge of the Incas before the Spanish invasion
  • Its amazing Inca architecture shows similarities to Machu-Picchu, the big difference is that it was not the center from where the Inca controlled and observed his empire, it was his ceremonial center where they made offerings.
  • Choquequirao is a beautiful place, to be outdoors, on a steep mountain, to see how the Incas built this magnificent fortress.
  • Choquequirao is made up of buildings and terraces distributed in different levels, from the lowest level Sunch’u Pata to the highest truncated top, which was leveled and surrounded with stones to form a platform with an approximate area of 150 square meters.
  • Choquequirao is an unmissable trip for true lovers of trekking.

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