Choquequirao Inca City, sister of Machu Picchu

Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Route 7 Days

7 Days & 6 Nights
Starting from US$1000 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

Choque & Mapi: The Fast Route

Capuliyoc - Choquequirao - Pinchainuyoc - Yanama Pass - Jungle Domes - Llactapata - Machu Picchu
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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

Discover the two greatest of all architectural wonders of the Incas on a 7-day trek that’ll challenge your physical and mental limits. You’ll feel reenergized and like a new person at the end of it all. If you're addicted to adventure, you love wildlife, and are passionate about the ancient civilizations’ history; this route is ideal for you.

This route was chosen in 2015 by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful in the entire world due to the incredible natural beauty of the Andean and jungle landscapes that you pass through. The difficulty of this excursion is comparable to the trek to Mount Everest base camp. So, are you ready for the challenge of a lifetime? Join us on this incredible 7-day journey through time and varying landscapes.

Choquequirao & Machu Picchu in 7 Days Map Day by Day (7D/6N) Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Trek in 7 Days Map
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  Overview

Prepare to travel back hundreds of years as you leave the modern world and all your worries behind. Imagine a way of life where great importance was given to the community and where there was a deep love and respect for Mother Nature or Pachamama. You’ll sense the incredible connection between humans and nature on this epic trail. Does this sound like your ideal trek? Join us as part of a group or as a couple, and we’ll plan every little detail.

On this trek, you’ll pass through different landscapes and see some of the most stunning views imaginable. Immerse yourself into the snowy mountainous communities and a lush jungle full of vivid wildlife and unique flora.

If that doesn’t sound spectacular by itself, you’ll also get to experience wandering the stony streets of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. On the first part of the adventure, you’ll be away from the crowds and explore in awe at the last resting place of the Incas that’s still unraveling the mysteries as we discover more about the site. On the second part, you’ll join other trekkers on a route to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.

If you want to learn more about the ancient Inca culture and hike through amazing landscapes, what are you waiting for? This is an astounding route in one of the most impressive tourist destinations on the planet! Join us on this life-changing trip and feel the magic of the Incas for yourself.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Capuliyoc - Chiquisca - Playa Rosalinas - Santa Rosa

    You’ll start your adventure hiking through the Apurimac Valley and observe the rushing river and huge canyon. Tonight you’ll camp in Santa Rosa.

  • Day 02

    Santa Rosa | Marampata - Choquequirao Archaeological Complex

    You’ll trek to a fantastic viewpoint to snap some incredible photos and then continue to our camp by Choquequirao. You’ll watch the sunset behind the huge stones.

  • Day 03

    Choquequirao | Pinchaunuyoc - Rio Blanco - Maizal

    Get up early and watch the sunrise behind the complex and then begin hiking through the cloud forest. You’ll spot unique wildlife and then trek to our Maizal camp.

  • Day 04

    Maizal | Minas Victoria - San Juan Pass - Yanama

    On today’s hike, you’ll spot lots of archaeological sites and maybe even a condor. We’ll then hike to our camp in Yanama.

  • Day 05

    Yanama | Yanama Pass - Totora - Collpapampa

    Trek to Yanama pass, the highest point of the route, and watch farmers in their fields. You’ll also get a glimpse of Salkantay. Tonight we’ll camp at Collpapampa.

  • Day 06

    Collpapampa | Lucmabamba - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes

    You’ll be trekking to the jungle today before we reach Hydroelectric. From there, you can walk or take the train to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have dinner in a restaurant and sleep in a hotel.

  • Day 07

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    You’ll have all morning to explore the amazing Machu Picchu. Come down around midday and board the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transport will take you to Cusco.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Explore the two largest and most important Inca archaeological sites that exist: Choquequirao & Machu Picchu on an epic adventure.
  • Hike along ancient roads built by the Incas and visit other small archaeological centers along the way to learn all about this ancient culture.
  • Enjoy a huge variety of landscapes and climates. Travel through the snow-capped Andean mountains, the intriguing cloud forest, and the warm jungle.
  • Make the most of your time away from the crowds on a quiet and off-the-beaten-path trek to Choquequirao.
  • Join other hikers on the trail to Machu Picchu to discover more Inca secrets.
  • Get to know the Apurímac Canyon, the deepest in the American continent and which is located next to Choquequirao.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco | Capuliyoc - Chiquisca - Playa Rosalinas - Santa Rosa

Highlight of the day: Soaking up the amazing scenery all around and observing the Apurimac valley, canyon, and river.

Take in the Amazing Scenery and Fresh Andean Air

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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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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

Your trip begins this morning as we take you to Capuliyoc to start the hike. You’ll get to savor a tasty breakfast and get to know the trekking team before we start a 3-hour downhill hike to Chiquisca, where we’ll eat our first lunch.

This afternoon, soak up the scenery of the Apurimac valley, canyon, and rushing river rapids. You’ll keep trekking until you reach Santa Rosa, our camp for the night. You’ll be served a delicious dinner before heading to bed.

Our exciting adventure starts today! We’ll collect you from your accommodation at around 4:30 am and make our way to Capuliyoc on a 5-hour trip. You’ll have a tasty breakfast to give you the energy to start the epic trek and meet the rest of the team, who’ll be with us all the way on our hike. You’ll get to know the chef and horseman.

We’ll go over any last details before we start walking for the day. The first stretch is 3 hours long on a downhill path to our lunch place in Chiquisca—a pretty little place with lots of fruit fields. On the way there, you’ll be able to soak up the astounding Apurimac valley views and see Padreyoc and Qoriwayrachina—two huge glaciers.

We’ll then keep descending for another hour or so to get to the bottom of the valley and the Apurimac River, which rushes past you and is excellent for canoeing on its class V rapids. The river’s name means “Speaking God” in the Quechua language.

Later, we’ll head uphill for 2 hours to get to our campsite in Santa Rosa (1,970 m / 6,463 ft). Our chef will prepare a spectacular first dinner before you head to bed.

Day 02

Santa Rosa | Marampata - Choquequirao Archaeological Complex

Highlight of the day: Arriving at Choquequirao and watching the sun go down behind the huge stones and surrounding mountains.

Enjoy the Unique Andean Wildlife and Observe an Amazing Sunset

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Challenging Difficulty
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9.5 km / 5.90 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

We’ll wake you up with an energizing breakfast before we start the 3-hour hike uphill to Marampata. You’ll get the chance to capture some amazing photos before we continue to our Choquequirao camp. You’ll enjoy lunch there and get some rest.

Afterward, you’ll get to explore some parts of the site and your new surroundings. This evening, enjoy a spectacular sunset behind the complex before you make your way back to camp for another great meal and bed.

A vast breakfast will be ready and waiting for you today to give you the boost you need to get going. We’ll start walking at 5:30 am and make our way up a zig-zag path for 3 hours to a place called Marampata (2,900 m / 9,514 ft). Here, you’ll enjoy the most spectacular views and take some excellent pictures to remember your trip by snowy mountains and the canyon below. We’ll then keep hiking for an hour and a half to get to our Choquequirao camp. You’ll have lunch here.

This afternoon, you’ll have lots of time to enjoy the new scenery and feel the energy this ancient site emits. You’ll get the chance to stretch your muscles and explore the complex with your guide to learn more about the place.

This evening, you’ll get a fantastic opportunity to watch the glowing sunset behind Choquequirao and the surrounding mountains. It’ll cast an orange glow on the gigantic rocks and fill you with peace.

Once it gets dark, we’ll make our way back to camp for a delicious dinner to fill your hungry stomach and replenish your energy. You’ll then head to your tent for another night of well-deserved rest.

Day 03

Choquequirao | Pinchaunuyoc - Rio Blanco - Maizal

Highlight of the day: Observing the glowing morning sun come up and shine its light on the complex.

Watch the Astounding Sunrise Behind Choquequirao

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Challenging to Strenous 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

Try to get up bright and early to enjoy the sunrise and cast its glow on the huge rocks of Choquequirao. You’ll enjoy a great breakfast and then say bye to the complex. We’ll start our ascent through the cloud forest to get to Choquequirao pass and then the Pinchaunuyoc archaeological site. Afterward, you’ll have lunch.

In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to dive into the White River canyon and enjoy the local wildlife. You’ll then start hiking again to get to our camp for the night in Maizal, where you’ll have dinner and a great night’s sleep.

We suggest you try to get up as early as possible today to enjoy one of the most spectacular sunrises imaginable. The sun’s rays will fill every crack of this site with color and life, ready for another day. Take a moment to say thank you to Mother Nature for all the amazing things she’s given us. It’s the ideal way to say goodbye to Choquequirao.

After we’ve had a nourishing breakfast, we’ll start to walk uphill to the cloud forest—a fascinating and unique area, to say the least. You’ll really feel like you’re among the clouds.

Soon, we’ll get to the Choquequirao pass (3,270 m / 10,728 ft) and then descend to the next archaeological complex on our route, Pinchaunuyoc (2,420 m / 7,940 ft). You’ll be amazed at the platforms that appear suspended over the White River canyon abyss. You’ll enjoy a small tour of the site before we continue.

We’ll descend further to our lunch spot by the river and see many species of birds, different orchids, and plantations of the sacred coca leaf. Many trekkers like to take this moment to have a quick dip in the crystal waters to cool off—this is a welcome bath after many days of walking.

Afterward, we’ll cross the river and then start a strenuous uphill climb to our Maizal camp. Today has been the most challenging of them all, but you’ll be able to rest your legs once we get to camp and have a tasty dinner before bed.

Day 04

Maizal | Minas Victoria - San Juan Pass - Yanama

Highlight of the day: Hiking among snowy mountain glaciers.

Hike Up to the High Andes and Witness a Change of Scenery

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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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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

The bird’s song will wake you up today before you start heading up to the snowy mountains and glaciers. Along this section, you’ll stop at lots of archaeological sites and even an Inca silver mine. The hike is challenging, but stunning views will be your reward. You’ll have lunch in the most beautiful setting.

Once we’re full and rested, we’ll descend again to the bottom of an immense valley. We’ll reach our camp in Yanama to be greeted with a fantastic dinner and another night of well-deserved rest.

Chirpy birds will wake you up today and put you in the mood for another day on the trail. Another hearty breakfast will greet you before we start a hike on an uphill trail surrounded by lush vegetation. The snowy mountains will appear again shortly, and you’ll be reminded of their power. Whether it’s sunny or cloudy, you’ll enjoy a spectacular view.

Today, we’ll climb uphill for around 5 hours until we reach the summit. One of our favorite parts of the fourth day is waking up the hillside and listening to the sounds of the forest and birds. It’s a truly great experience and really strengthens your bond with Mother Nature.

This part of the trail is historically significant due to the many ruins that can be found along the path. We’ll pass the impressive Incan mines, called Minas Victoria, from which silver used to be extracted. Next, we’ll head toward the San Juan Pass (4,200 m / 13,780 ft). This is a long climb, but you won’t be phased as you’re surrounded by gorgeous scenery everywhere you look.

First, we’ll cross the intriguing cloud forest and then over the Andean Puna, known for its famous Ichu hay-like grass. As we approach the top, we’ll get the chance to walk along some original paved Inca trails. We’ll savor our lunch while we enjoy views of the mountains Choquetakarpo and Pedrayoc. If you didn’t see condors before this point, you might get the opportunity here, depending on the season.

We’ll finally head downhill to our Yanama camp (3,600 m / 11,811 ft). This is in a small community at the bottom of a large valley. Like every other day, a delicious dinner awaits before another lovely night sleeping amidst nature.

Day 05

Yanama | Yanama Pass - Totora - Collpapampa

Highlight of the day: Getting a glimpse of the famous Apu Salkantay and wandering among more glaciers.

Enjoy the Natural Beauty and How the Climate Changes

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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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15 km / 9.32 mi Walking Distance
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4,650 m / 15,256 ft Highest Elevation
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2,800 m / 9,186 ft Campsite Elevation

Once we’ve had breakfast, we’ll hike uphill for 5 hours to the highest point of the whole route at the Yanama pass. Along the way, you’ll get to see locals working in the farming fields and also catch a glimpse of Salkantay. You’ll stop for lunch in Totora.

Later on, we’ll walk for just one more hour until we reach Collpapampa. We’ll enjoy a nutritious meal and then a peaceful night among nature.

Today, you’ll be woken up by jungle sounds and a relaxing waterfall. The locals who live in the Yanama community have preserved ancient traditions to this day, and it provides the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in their culture. You’ll be able to make some new friends and hand out gifts to the local children.

Once you’ve had a filling breakfast, we’ll start a 5-hour ascent to the highest part of the hike, the Yanama pass (4,650 m / 15,256 ft). Along this part of the trek, you’ll see farmers working their land in potato fields. You’ll also spot Saqsarayoc and Padreyoc in all their snowy glory. You might even get to step on snow here, depending on the time of year. You’ll see the imposing Salkantay mountain in the distance for the first time, too.

Later on, we’ll descend for three hours along a fog-filled, mysterious path to the Totora community and have lunch along the way to replenish our energy. We’ll then hike for another hour to Collpapampa, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular dinner and a tranquil night’s rest among nature.

Day 06

Collpapampa | Lucmabamba - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Hiking through the lush and lively jungle to get to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.

Hike Down in the Intriguing Cloud Forest

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Hotel Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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26 km / 16.16 mi Walking Distance
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2,800 m / 9,186 ft Highest Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,692 ft Accommodation Elevation

After breakfast, we’ll make our way through the rainforest and enjoy jungle animals and tropical fruits. We’ll have our lunch in Playa Sahuayaco before making our way to Hydroelectric. From here, you can hike to Aguas Calientes or take the train.

You’ll check into your hotel in the town and then have the afternoon free to explore or visit the relaxing hot baths. We’ll dine in a nice restaurant this evening before heading to bed early to wake up before dawn.

Today’s your last day of hiking. You’ll enjoy a great breakfast before we continue our hike and cross the river to the other side of the valley. Five hours of hiking through the jungle await us, and you’ll observe plantations of passion fruit, banana, papaya, avocado, and coffee—of course, you can try the taste of these delicious fruits that this place offers us.

Once you reach Playa Sahuayaco, you’ll have time to rest and enjoy your last lunch made by our talented chef. We’ll then head to Hydroelectric in our private transport. From there, you can either hike alongside the railway through lush vegetation to Aguas Calientes (2,040 m / 6,693 ft) for around 3 hours or take the train.

When you get there, you’ll check into your hotel and then have the rest of the afternoon free. You can either relax in your room, explore the town, or go to the hot springs to relax and unwind after all the trekking.

We’ll meet for dinner in a nice restaurant and go over any last details about tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu. Then, it’ll be time to head to bed because we need to be up before the sun to get to the Lost City of the Incas.

Day 07

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Wandering around Machu Picchu’s stony streets and imagining what life was like all those years ago.

Discover the Energy at Machu Picchu and Discover Inca Secrets

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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)

Make sure you set your alarm to wake up before sunrise to beat the crowds at Machu Picchu. You’ll enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of all the important site sectors before exploring by yourself. You’ll need to head down a little after midday.

You’ll have time to find a place for lunch in Aguas Calientes before you head to catch your train to Ollantaytambo. Once there, our private transport will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation in the city of Cusco.

Your epic journey comes to a close today, with a visit to the New World Wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu. You’ll get to enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we set off early. We’ll board the bus from Aguas Calientes up to the archaeological complex to get there before the large crowds. This way, you can take advantage of the early morning light and watch the sun come up and cast its glow on the huge ancient rocks.

When you get to the Inca city, you’ll be given an informative and exciting 2-hour guided tour that’ll take you to the most significant areas of the site. You’ll feel the energy of the place and see how huge, rustic stones turn into magnificent buildings that are always in peaceful harmony with nature. Remember that Machu Picchu is an extremely sacred place—it was when it was built and still is today.

Once your tour is over, you’ll have plenty of time to keep exploring by yourself and wander through the ancient streets. If you’ve booked extra tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you’ll have the opportunity to hike them now to get a spectacular view over the site. Alternatively, you can hike to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge at no extra cost.

A little after midday, you’ll need to make your way back down to Aguas Calientes. You can find a restaurant for your lunch before making your way to the station. After a magical trip along the banks of the Urubamba River on a comfortable train, 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.

You’ll now have time to rest your tired legs after an epic 7-day adventure through mountains and jungle. We’re sure you’ll never forget this life-changing hike.

  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

  • 5 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.

  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes

    Day 6: 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

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 6 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 7: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 7)

    PeruRail Expedition Service

  • One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 7)
  • Cargo Mules

    While trekking, cargo mules will carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb). Our muleteers will be responsible for your duffle bag and personal items, and they’ll hand them to you when you get to each camp.

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$ 35.00
    • Inflatable mattress: US$ 35.00
    • Walking poles (pair): US$ 35.00
  • 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 7)
  • 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 Route 7 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$ 1000.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 400.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 600.00 (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$ 35.00
  • Inflattable mattress:  US$ 35.00
  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 35.00

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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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

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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