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Choquequirao & Machu Picchu 9 Days

9 Days & 8 Nights
Starting from US$1500 per person
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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4,650 m / 15,256 ft Max. Altitude
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Challenging to Strenuous Difficulty

The Most Epic Inca Trek in Existence

Capuliyoc - Choquequirao - Yanama - Collpapampa - Lucmabamba - Jungle Domes - Llactapata - Machu Picchu
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4,650 m / 15,256 ft Max. Altitude
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Challenging to Strenuous Difficulty

You’ve all heard of Machu Picchu, but what about Choquequirao? It’s just as spectacular but far less visited. Discover the two great architectural wonders of the Incas on a 9-day trek that’ll challenge your physical and mental limits to renew yourself completely. If you're addicted to physical activity, you love nature, and you’re passionate about the history of ancient civilizations, this route is perfect for you.

Due to the archaeological importance of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu—the largest and most well-preserved Inca sites that exist in all of South America—and the impressive natural beauty of this part of the world, this route was chosen in 2015 by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful in the entire world. The difficulty of this excursion is comparable to the trek to Mount Everest base camp, so it’s not for the faint-hearted. But, if you’re up for the challenge, we recommend it as the most epic trek in Peru.

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  Overview

If you want to travel back in time on ancient paths and visit two of the most incredible destinations in the world, you need to join us on the 9-day Choquequirao and Machu Picchu trek. It’ll take you to both astounding archaeological complexes and along stunning routes. Let us take care of every detail whether you’re traveling as a couple or in a larger group.

Prepare yourself for a journey through time, leaving modernity and all your daily worries behind as you walk through the stony streets of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Imagine a lifestyle where huge importance was given to the community and where there was a deep love and respect for Mother Nature, or Pachamama as she’s known in the Andes. This intense and important connection between human beings and nature allowed the Incas to carry out true wonders of architecture and engineering, which you’ll be able to appreciate on this journey.

Huge stony cities sit high up on the mountain with aqueducts that bring fresh and clean water and still work over 500 years later. You’ll witness agricultural platforms on the steep mountainsides and be in awe at what the Incas were able to do on this magical tour. In addition, you’ll be able to visit part of the world-famous Classic Inca Trail heading to Machu Picchu.

Without a doubt, this is an amazing route in one of the most impressive tourist destinations on the planet. So, pack your bag and get ready for the trekking experience of a lifetime with Salkantay Trekking.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Capuliyoc | Chiquisca - Playa Rosalinas - Santa Rosa

    Your adventure begins hiking through beautiful landscapes and into the Apurimac Valley. You’ll see the rushing river before we get to our camp at Santa Rosa.

  • Day 02

    Santa Rosa | Marampata - Choquequirao Archaeological Complex

    Hike to a great lookout this morning to take stunning photos before walking to our Choquequirao camp. You can enjoy a spectacular sunset this evening.

  • Day 03

    Choquequirao Archaeological Complex

    You’ll have the entire day today to explore Choquequirao and discover its secrets. You’ll stay at the same camp as the night before.

  • Day 04

    Choquequirao | Pinchaunuyoc - Rio Blanco - Maizal

    Wake up to enjoy the sunrise on the huge rocks before hiking through the cloud forest. You’ll see unique flora and fauna before you get to our camp in Maizal.

  • Day 05

    Maizal | Minas Victoria - San Juan Pass - Yanama

    Observe archaeological sites along your morning hike and perhaps see a condor in flight. This evening, you’ll stay at our Yanama camp.

  • Day 06

    Yanama | Yanama Pass - Totora - Collpapampa

    You’ll hike up to the highest point of the route today and see locals working the land. You’ll also spot Salkantay Mountain before walking to our Collpapampa campsite.

  • Day 07

    Collpapampa | La Playa Sahuayaco - Lucmabamba - Jungle Domes

    Hike through pretty scenery through the jungle to get to our camp. This afternoon, you can visit a coffee plantation or the thermal baths at Cocalmayo. Sleep in our Jungle Domes.

  • Day 08

    Lucmabamba | Llactapata - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes

    This morning, hike to Llactapata and see Machu Picchu for the first time before continuing onto Aguas Calientes. You’ll enjoy dinner in a restaurant and sleep in a hotel.

  • Day 09

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    Spend the morning exploring Machu Picchu before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo and then our private transport back to Cusco.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Explore the two most significant Inca archaeological sites in existence: Machu Picchu and Choquequirao.
  • Hike along ancient paths built by the Incas and stop off at other small archaeological complexes.
  • Travel through different climates and varying scenery along the route and enjoy the biodiversity of Peru.
  • Enjoy the peace and quiet along the trek to Choquequirao and explore the site in tranquility before joining more tourists on the route to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Get to know the Apurimac Canyon, which is the deepest in the American continent and located next to Choquequirao.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Capuliyoc | Chiquisca - Playa Rosalinas - Santa Rosa

Highlight of the day: Witnessing the spectacular scenery the Andes and Apurimac Valley have to offer.

Take in the Spectacular Scenery and Refreshing Andean Air

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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13 km / 8.08 mi Walking Distance
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2,890 m / 9,482 ft Highest Elevation
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1,970 m / 6,463 ft Campsite Elevation

We’ll begin our trip bright and early and take you to the starting point of the hike in Capuliyoc. You’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast to give you an energy boost and meet the trekking team. This morning, you’ll walk 3 hours downhill to the lunch spot in Chiquisca.

In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy the stunning Apurimac scenery, including the fast-flowing river and pretty valley. You’ll walk for three hours in total to get to our camp in Santa Rosa. Then, it’ll be time for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Our 9-day epic adventure begins very early in the morning today. We’ll pick you up at your hotel at 4:30 am and travel for 5 hours in our private vehicle to Capuliyoc. Here, we’ll enjoy a nutritious and delicious breakfast to give you the energy you need to get started on your long trek. We’ll also meet the rest of the team, which includes a horseman and our chef, who’ll accompany us the entire way.

After defining some final details, we’ll begin our hike, which starts with 3 hours downhill to the lunch point in Chiquisca, a beautiful town full of fruit fields. Along the way, we’ll be able to observe the impressive landscape of the Apurímac Valley, and two other gigantic glacier mountains called Padreyoc and Qoriwayrachina.

We’ll continue the descent for another hour until we get to the bottom of the valley where you’ll find the fast-moving Apurimac river, whose name in Quechua means “Speaking God.” The fast-flowing waters are ideal for canoeing thanks to the class V rapids.

Finally, we’ll make a 2-hour ascent until we reach our Santa Rosa camp (1,970 m / 6,463 ft), where a delicious dinner and an incredible night of rest await you.

Day 02

Santa Rosa | Marampata - Choquequirao Archaeological Complex

Highlight of the day: Seeing the amazing Choquequirao for the first time and watching the sunset on its huge walls.

Soak Up the Beautiful Nature and Witness an Amazing Sunset

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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8 km / 4.97 mi Walking Distance
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3,050 m / 10,007 ft Highest Elevation
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2,900 m / 9,514 ft Campsite Elevation

You’ll have breakfast this morning and then be on your way with a 3-hour climb to Marampata to take some pretty photos before continuing to our campsite at Choquequirao, where you’ll have lunch upon arrival.

This afternoon, you’ll be able to enjoy your surroundings and explore the site a little. You’ll then enjoy the most beautiful sunset over the mountains and Choquequirao before heading back to camp for dinner and bed.

After devouring a delicious breakfast, we’ll be on our way again and begin hiking at 5:30 am. A 3-hour zig-zag climb awaits up to Marampata (2,900 m / 9,514 ft), from where you can capture some beautiful photographs of the canyon and the snow-capped peaks. We’ll enjoy a rest here and then continue for another hour and a half until the Choquequirao campsite, where you’ll enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to take in your new pretty surroundings, feel the energy that this place has stored for 5 centuries, and take advantage to stretch your tired muscles as we will briefly visit some places of Choquequirao, the last resting place of the Incas.

After exploring, you’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset that’ll flood the endless valleys and white glacial mountains with its warm orange glow. When it begins to get dark, you’ll head back to camp and we’ll enjoy a dinner that’ll comfort your rumbling stomach and restore your energy. You’ll head to bed content after such a wonderful day.

Day 03

Choquequirao Archaeological Complex

Highlight of the day: Discovering all there is to know about the amazing Choquequirao.

Explore the Incredible Choquequirao As Much As You Like

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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2 km / 1.24 mi Walking Distance
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4,650 m / 15,256 ft Highest Elevation
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2,900 m / 9,514 ft Campsite Elevation

Today, you’ll have all the time in the world to explore every inch of this great site. You’ll visit squares, storage centers, temples, and impressive platforms and stop for a bite to eat in the middle of the day.

You’ll continue to wander around this afternoon before you make your way back to camp to enjoy another spectacular dinner cooked by our chef and a restful night’s sleep.

After another nourishing breakfast, we’ll take the day to explore in great detail this incredible Inca site that’s located in the giant Andean mountains and very close to the deepest canyon in the entire American continent. We’re sure you can already imagine the incredible landscapes that surround this colossal Inca construction.

We’ll stop off at the most impressive parts of this incredible place and your guide will tell you all they know. Much larger than Machu Picchu, Choquequirao is an excellent example of Inca squares, storage centers, temples, and impressive platforms. There’s no doubt you’ll constantly wonder; how were the Incas able to build this on top of the mountains?

While at Choquequirao, don’t miss the famous white stone flames that adorn the platforms that are practically built on the hillside and located in the direction of the mountain that protects that sector, the Apu Qoriwayrachina. In many ways, Choquequirao remains a mystery to this day and experts are constantly studying the site. According to many experts, for now, only about 40% is visible. This means there’s still a lot to uncover and learn about this grand place.

At the end of the day, we will return to our camp to rest our tired legs and enjoy another fantastic meal cooked by our chef. You’re bound to be blown away by their cooking skills in the mountains. It’ll then be time to head to bed for some well-deserved rest.

Day 04

Choquequirao | Pinchaunuyoc - Rio Blanco - Maizal

Highlight of the day: Seeing the glowing morning sunrise behind the grand Choquequirao.

Watch the Breathtaking Sunrise Behind Choquequirao

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Challenging to Strenuous Difficulty
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16.5 km / 10.25 mi Walking Distance
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3,270 m / 10,728 ft Highest Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Campsite Elevation

We’ll wake up very early today to enjoy the sunrise on the huge stones of Choquequirao. Take in the surrounding scenery as you savor breakfast. It’ll then be time to say goodbye to the site and we’ll ascend through the cloud forest to the Choquequirao pass and then down to Pinchaunuyoc archaeological site. You’ll have lunch a little further on.

You can take a dip in the White River canyon and enjoy unique flora and fauna. This afternoon, you’ll continue trekking until you get to our camp in Maizal to unwind for the evening.

Today we recommend waking up before the sun comes up to appreciate the magnificent sunrise against the archaeological complex and surrounding scenery. See how the rays of Father Sun or Tayta Inti fill all the corners with color and life. Connect with this powerful star and feel his warmth. Take the opportunity to thank the sacred mountains that surround you and the powerful Apurimac River. In this way, we’ll be saying the perfect goodbye to Choquequirao.

After breakfast, we’ll begin our ascent towards the cloud forest. This is a truly unique area and one that fascinates many hikers due to the fact you feel like you’re walking among the clouds.

We’ll arrive at the Choquequirao pass (3,270 m / 10,728 ft) to descend to the archaeological site of Pinchaunuyoc (2,420 m / 7,940 ft) that’ll astound you with its agricultural platforms suspended over the abysses of the White River canyon. You’ll learn a little about this site before we keep going.

We’ll continue descending to enjoy our lunch near the river where you’ll be able to appreciate various species of birds, different orchids, and plantations of the sacred coca leaf, which has been an important plant since the Inca empire. Many of our travelers take advantage of this opportunity to dip in the river’s cold and crystal clear waters to freshen up. It’ll be a pleasure to take a bath after three days of trekking!

We’ll cross the river and begin a challenging ascent to our camp in Maizal. This will be the most difficult day. Once we reach there, you’ll be able to relax and put your feet up. You’ll be served a delicious dinner before heading to your tent to wind down for the night.

Day 05

Maizal | Minas Victoria - San Juan Pass - Yanama

Highlight of the day: Enjoy surrounding yourself with the beautiful snowy mountains once again.

Ascend Into the High Andes and Enjoy a Change of Scenery

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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10 km / 6.21 mi Walking Distance
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Highest Elevation
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3,600 m / 11,811 ft Campsite Elevation

You’ll be awoken by bird songs before you begin your walk uphill toward the snowy mountains once again. Along the way, you’ll see lots of archaeological sites and Inca silver mines. The hike is tough, but you’re rewarded with amazing views. You’ll enjoy your lunch today looking out at some of the most incredible glaciers imaginable.

In the afternoon, we’ll descend to the bottom of a huge valley to reach our Yanama campsite. It’ll be time for a tasty dinner and some rest.

Today you’ll wake up with the wonderful, chirpy song of the birds that’ll greet the sun and help you wake up ready to face the day. After recharging your energy with a delicious breakfast, we’ll head along an uphill path covered by lush vegetation. Soon, the snowy mountains will surround us once again reminding us of their sheer power and natural beauty. If the sky isn’t clear, you’ll see how the clouds cover the valley below us. No matter what the weather is like, it’s bound to impress you.

There’s a five-hour ascent ahead. This sector of the route is of great historical importance because several archaeological sites are scattered along the way for you to see. You’ll be able to observe some ancient Inca silver mines called Minas Victoria as well, and then you’ll ascend to the San Juan pass (4,200 m / 13,780 ft). It’ll be a long climb, but the beauty of the route is so immense that you won't even notice the effort.

We’ll walk through the Amazonian cloud forest and then we’ll begin to enter the Andean Puna that’s known for its grasslands. Near the top, we’ll start to see cobbled sectors on the path that are original constructions of the Incas. We’ll have lunch observing the stunning glacial mountains of Choquetakarpo and Padreyoc. If we’re lucky, and the weather allows it, it’s very likely that you’ll get a glimpse of the flight of the condor whose wings reach 3 meters in length when spread, the largest of all flying birds on Earth.

Finally, we will make our descent to the Yanama camp (3,600 m / 11,811 ft), which is a small town located at the bottom of a huge valley. As with every other day, you can expect to end the day with a tasty dinner and a pleasant night’s sleep surrounded by nature.

Day 06

Yanama | Yanama Pass - Totora - Collpapampa

Highlight of the day: Seeing the snowy mountains and Apu Salkantay in the distance.

Enjoy the Natural Beauty and Varying Climates

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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15 km / 9.32 mi Walking Distance
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4,650 m / 15,256 ft Highest Elevation
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3,360 m / 11,024 ft Campsite Elevation

After our breakfast today, we’ll start with a 5-hour hike up to the highest part of the whole trek at the Yanama Pass. You’ll see locals working the field along the way and pretty mountains, including Salkantay. We’ll have lunch along the way before continuing to a community called Totora.

This afternoon, you’ll walk one more hour to our campsite in Collpapampa. After another tasty dinner, you’ll enjoy a peaceful night in this tranquil place.

The people of Yanama preserve the ancestral traditions of the Andes to this day, and it’s a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture. Take the opportunity to make new friends and perhaps give some things to the children who’ll come to greet you. You’ll wake up to the relaxing sound of a waterfall and the hidden noises of the jungle.

After breakfast, we’ll begin a 5-hour ascent to the highest point of the entire trek, known as the Yanama pass (4,650 m / 15,256 ft). On our walk, we’ll observe the people from the area lovingly working the land in the potato fields. Along the way, the snowy mountain ranges of Saqsarayoc and Padreyoc will appear with their gigantic bodies of snow. Depending on the season, we may be able to walk on the snow at this point of the trek. You’ll also get to see, for the first time, the imposing sacred mountain of Salkantay, one of the main deities of the region.

Later, we’ll descend through a long and mysterious fog-filled path towards the community of Totora. Along the way, we'll have a break for lunch and rest to regather our energy. Then, we’ll continue for one more hour until we reach the camp for the night in Collpapampa. After dinner, enjoy a restful night amid the tranquillity of nature.

Day 07

Collpapampa | La Playa Sahuayaco - Lucmabamba - Jungle Domes

Highlight of the day: Entering the jungle and enjoying the tropical fruits and unique wildlife.

Descend Through the Fascinating Cloud Forest

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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17 km / 10.56 mi Walking Distance
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2,800 m / 9,186 ft Highest Elevation
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Accommodation Elevation

After a great breakfast, we’ll hike through the rainforest and notice the stunning wildlife all around. You can even try some tropical fruits. We’ll get to our lunch spot in La Playa and then continue to our camp in Lucmabamba.

This afternoon, you’ll have time to explore the area and visit a coffee plantation. You can also head to the thermo-medicinal waters of Cocalmayo. Tonight, you can drift off listening to the sounds of nature.

After yet another outstanding breakfast to begin the day, we’ll descend through a humid forest where you’ll begin to see trekkers who are walking the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu. At this point, we’ll be able to observe beautiful rivers, impressive waterfalls, wild orchids, coffee, banana, and avocado plantations. The place is so fertile that it’s full of fruit everywhere you look. Try the delicious flavor of passion fruit and granadilla.

We’ll have lunch at approximately noon at La Playa and then walk for around 30 minutes to our camp in Lucmabamba (2,000 m / 6,562 ft). Once we get there, we can explore the tropical jungle a little and visit a plantation where they grow coffee. If you’re a coffee-lover, this place will be heaven for you. You’ll feel the pleasant aroma and powerful flavor of one of the best coffees in all of Peru that’s exported to the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Since you’ll have plenty of free time this afternoon, we recommend you visit the relaxing thermo-medicinal waters of Cocalmayo (price not included) that are close to our camp. It’s the best way to recover after so many days of walking! In the evening, you’ll be delighted with a tasty dinner and a lovely night’s rest as you listen to the sounds of the jungle to help you drift off.

Day 08

Lucmabamba | Llactapata - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Wandering around Llactapata and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time.

Make Your Way to Pretty Little Aguas Calientes

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Hotel Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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25 km / 15,53 mi Walking Distance
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2,800 m / 9,186 ft Highest Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,693 ft Accommodation Elevation

This is your last day of trekking! You’ll start on a section of the original Inca Trail, from where you can enjoy the stunning scenery of the Santa Teresa valley. We’ll stop at the archaeological site of Llactapata to learn about the complex and see Machu Picchu in the distance for the first time. We’ll then descend to Aobamba for lunch.

After eating, we’ll keep hiking to Hydroelectric to walk along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. Alternatively, if you’re very tired, you can take the train this last stretch. You’ll have some free time in the town to explore this afternoon or relax in hot baths before having dinner in a restaurant and spending the night in a comfortable hotel.

The last day of trekking is here. We’ll walk for 3 hours uphill on a section of the original Inca Trail. From there, you’ll see the incredible Santa Teresa valley landscape and some coffee and passion fruit plantations. Once we reach the top of that mountain we’re walking on, we’ll be at the fabulous Inca site of Llactapata from where you can enjoy your first glimpse of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. You’ll explore the site and your guide will tell you all about the history of the place.

Then, we’ll descend for an hour and a half to our lunch spot in Aobamba. After we’ve replenished our energy with a delicious meal, we’ll continue to Hydroelectric, from there we’ll follow the rail route for three more hours to the town of Aguas Calientes (2,040 m / 6,562 ft). If you’re very tired at this point, you can also pay a little extra to board the train the rest of the way.

Once you reach the small town, you’ll stay in a comfortable hotel. You’ll have some free time this afternoon and have the option of visiting the thermo-medicinal waters that exist in the place (price not included) or wandering around the town to explore a little. Then, we’ll meet for dinner in a nice restaurant before a night of well-deserved rest awaits you. You’ll need to head to bed early because, the next morning, we’ll go to the fantastic archaeological complex of Machu Picchu before dawn.

Day 09

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Exploring every part of Machu Picchu and discovering its secrets.

Discover the Energy at Machu Picchu

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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2-5 hours exploring Activity Duration
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Site Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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Moderate to Challenging / 2-4 hours Optional Activities (Difficulty - Duration)

You’ll need to set your alarm very early this morning to beat the crowds at Machu Picchu. We’ll take the bus up and, once inside, enjoy a 2-hour guided tour. After, you’ll have more time to explore by yourself before making your way back down to Aguas Calientes.

In the town, you’ll find a place for lunch before boarding a train to Ollantaytambo. Our private transport will be waiting there and then take you back to your accommodation in Cusco to get some well-deserved rest.

Today this incredible adventure comes to an end, and we’re sure that you’ll feel like a completely different person. As we’ve done every day, we’ll start very early to take advantage of the amazing early morning light. You’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then choose between 2 options: Go by bus for 25 minutes to Machu Picchu or walk to the sacred city on a mysterious and pretty route in the company of your guide. Remember to notify your guide the night before if you decide to walk so they know not to wait for you at the bus stop.

Once you arrive at this impressive site, you’ll take a 2-hour guided tour of the most important places. Machu Picchu is a true architectural and engineering wonder. Discover how huge, rustic stones turn into magnificent buildings that are always in careful harmony with nature. You’ll feel powerful energy that’ll transform your spirit after this intense walk. Remember that Machu Picchu is an extremely sacred place—it was when it was built and still is to this day.

After the guided tour, you’ll be able to explore this Inca city on your own and feel the presence of the ancient culture wandering the streets. If you’ve booked extra tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you’ll have the opportunity to stay an additional amount of time to do the hike and experience an outstanding panoramic view of the entire Machu Picchu.

At around 1:00 pm, you’ll need to take your bus back to Aguas Calientes where you can choose one of the restaurants for lunch (price not included). Then, you’ll collect your bags from the hotel and go to the train station where you’ll board your train. After a magical trip along the banks of the Urubamba River, you’ll arrive in Ollantaytambo, where our private mobility will be waiting for you. It’ll take you back to Cusco, and you’ll arrive at the door of your accommodation at approximately 8:30 pm.

It’s now time to get some very well-deserved rest after nine long days of hiking, exploring, and learning all about ancient cultures. There’s one thing for sure: You’ll never forget this once-in-a-lifetime journey through the Andes and ancient lands.

  Inclusions

At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing

    You’ll meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. There, we’ll provide you with the duffle bags, which our horses will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Tour Guide

    English and spanish speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Private Camping Equipment

    You’ll have spacious dining and kitchen tents where you can enjoy your food without problems. All our equipment like tables, chairs, cooking equipment, etc., will be carried by our horses.

  • Portable Travel Toilet
  • One Duffle Bag

    On the trek, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Extras Included in our Service

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.

  • Satellite Phone

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world.

Accommodation

  • 6 Nights Accommodation in Tents

    Salkantay Trekking uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every 2 people will share Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hard Wear tents with a capacity for 4 people.

  • Accommodation in Private Campsites

    Like our ancestors, we are very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Therefore, our campsites and lodges are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts.

  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes

    Day 8: The last night of this trek is spent in a 2-star hotel in Aguas Calientes with a matrimonial, double or triple room, private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.

Meals

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, and 8 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), so let us know if you have any particular allergies or restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Water on the trail

    We’ll provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your trek. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you'll be woken up with a cup of hot coca tea. Our staff will provide you the tea in your tent so that you will be warm from inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits/cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat!

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. Every morning, we’ll refill it so that you can enjoy your snacks during the walk.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.

Transportation

  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel in our private transportation to Capuliyoc, the trek's starting point.
    • Day 9: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 9)

    PeruRail Expedition Service

  • One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 9)
  • Cargo Mules

    cargo mules will carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb). Muleteers will be responsible for your duffle bag and personal items.

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Ticket for Choquequirao Trek
  • Entry Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

What Is Not Included?

  • Extras and important equipment

    All our travelers need a sleeping bag to camp. Inflatable mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with Salkantay Trekking.

    • Sleeping bag: US$ 45.00
    • Inflatable mattress: US$ 45.00
    • Walking poles (pair): US$ 45.00
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain

    You can climb the famous mountain you always see in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill, and coming back down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, mainly due to weather conditions.

    The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 30.00 per person.

  • Machu Picchu Mountain

    Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening trails than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can secure for you if we have time in advance.

    The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 30.00 per person.

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 9)
  • Hiking Clothes & Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is the norm on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you'll find speedy answers to all those questions you had about hiking in Peru with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services. Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.

Have another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap!

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It’s very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

You might have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full at most 7.30 pm one day before your departure (generally after the briefing).

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will carry them, and the horsemen will hand them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 60 x 24 x 22 cm (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

A maximum of 7 kg / 15.4 lb is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, and other personal items.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu, you’ll board a bus that’ll take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo (or Poroy). Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1:45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco, depending on your hotel’s location, we’ll take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Note: Your tour includes a One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu, so you can choose to use it from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. If you want a round-trip bus ticket, you’ll need to pay an extra of US$ 12.00.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Pricing

The "Choquequirao & Machu Picchu 9 Days" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

2021 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 1500.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 500.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 1000.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to sales@salkantaytrekking.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Hotel

All the related treks to Machu Picchu end in or before Aguas Calientes, so you’ll spend the last night in a hotel in the village rather than camping. This 2-star hotel is included in the trek cost and consists of a triple, double or matrimonial room. If you would like to upgrade your hotel, please consider that there will be an additional cost.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 30.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 30.00
  • Single Room at Aguas Calientes:  US$ 30.00
  • Extra Night:  US$ 30.00
  • Vistadome Train:  US$ 75.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 60.00  US$ 50.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Sleeping bag::  US$ 45.00
  • Inflattable mattress:  US$ 45.00
  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 45.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

Student Discount

US$20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17-years-old or younger, and we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all documentation to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 9D
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Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at sales@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

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Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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