Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 7 Days
This expedition will take you to two of the major archaeological sites in the Cusco.
TREKKING MAP This is one of the many trails crossing the amazing Andes mountain range. As such, it was featured in traveling magazines and is being considered one of the top ten hikes in the world for its biodiversity and wildlife. Most of the trail passes through the Andes and then touches the jungle where we will see local fruit plantations.
On this trip we, offer selective and exclusive service. Members of our staff are trained and ready for all activities to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. This is one of the luxuries we have to offer - expert guides, rated as such by our clients.
This expedition will take you to two of the major archaeological sites in the Cusco area: CHOQUEQUIRAO and MACHU PICCHU. Both cities were considered towns of nobles and priestesses, and you will get the chance to know about the legends and treasures left by them through time on these majestic mountains. These towns mark the beginning and end of the Incan society. Both cities were abandoned by the Incas before their conquerers could follow them there and then later found by explorers on expeditions in the Andes. Come on this trek and feel the real adventure of nature that is still untouched! During the trek, you will be able to experience hiking on the trail of one of the oldest world cultures.
Choquequirao is situated in the spurs of the mountain range of Salkantay at 3035 MASL – 9957 FASL, surrounded by the snowcapped Apus of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo, and Panta on the right side of Apurimac river. Choquequirao is an Incan town consisting of many small sites which form a complex metropolis placed on the crest of the mountain called Choquequirao.
DAY 1: Cusco | Cachora - Playa Rosalina (Apurimac River)Distance : 22 km – 13.6 miles
Climate : Warm
Hiking time : 7 hours
DAY 2: Playa Rosalina | Maranpata - Choquequirao (Golden Cradle)Distance : 14 km – 8.7 miles
Climate : Warm Day/Cold Night
Hiking time : 7 hours
DAY 3: Choquequirao | Choquequirao Pass - Rio Blanco - Maizal.Distance : 18 km – 11.2 miles
Climate : Warm
Hiking time : 9 hours
DAY 4: Maizal | Minas Victoria - Yamana.Distance : 17 km – 10.6 miles
Climate : Warm and windy day, Cold night
Hiking time : 8 hours
DAY 5: Yamana | Mountain Range - Totora.Distance : 20 km – 12.4 miles
Climate : Cold and Windy
Hiking time : 9 hours
DAY 6: Totora | Cloud Forest – La Playa – Aguas Calientes.Distance : 25 km – 15.5 miles
Climate : Warm
Hiking time : 10 hours
DAY 7: Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Cusco.Today’s Highlights: Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge (without extra tickets).
After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride at 6:45 PM to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 11:00 PM. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!
Included / Not Included
What is Included?
- Private transport from Cusco to Cachora trail head (starting point of the trek)
- Transport from La Playa to Santa Teresa and the Hidroelectrica train station (for all camping and personal luggage)
- One way Bus tickets up / down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
- Hostel in Aguas Calientes
- Dinner in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance fee to Choquequirao
- Entrance fee to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- Professional, bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- High quality camping equipment. Tents are big enough for 2 people. There will be mattresses, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a bathroom tent.
- Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; Vegan, vegetarian, or other special menus available at no extra cost)
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Horsemen and cargo mules for all camping equipment and trekkers’ luggage (Up to 7 kg)
- Emergency horse for groups more than 8 people
- First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
- Sleeping bag
- Lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu
- Extra night at Aguas Calientes
- Inflatable mattresses
- Trekking poles
What to bring:
- Sleeping bag
- Clothing for warm and cold climates and a waterproof jacket
- Rain pants and lightweight pants
- Trekking shoes
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
- Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
- Long- and short-sleeved polos/t-shirts
- Rain poncho and hat
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, water bottle and water-sterilizing tablets, toiletries, and toilet paper.
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light, and batteries
- Snacks like chocolate bars, dry fruit, and granola
- Extra money in soles (400 soles) in case of emergency and for tips
- Since the weather can be very cold and moist, your clothes, if wet, will not dry at night. Take some clothes to change.
Important information for the Choquequirao Trek
IS IT FOR ME?The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle higher altitude and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4650 MASL - 15088 FASL is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.
THE BRIEFINGThis meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 6 PM at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 392, Office 212 (second floor). We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of email@example.com
DUFFEL BAG FOR Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 7 DaysThe evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg/15.4 lbs. Our horseman will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group. During the travel, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of charge.
HOW TO BOOK THE Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 7 DaysFIRST To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking forms. You can also download a generic form from: Passenger Details form.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase any Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 7 Days permits or entrance tickets without the following information:
- Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- Date of birth (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of US$500 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 7 Days. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL.
Our hiking team
Our Tour GuidesYour tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.
They never stop learning so that they can be the best possible guides. They all speak English and of course they also speak Spanish and even Quechua, the Incan Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and will have lots of history to share with you. Check out the Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
Our CooksAfter a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling and nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a variety of flavors.
Every chef prepares different meals depending on what food is available. ...More info.
Meals: What to ExpectAll of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. ...More info.
Our Horseman and HorsesOur Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.
Our horsemen are hired from the areas where the trekking route goes and therefore have extensive knowledge of the area.
Besides trekking and camping gear every horse carries a total of 40 kg of guest's belongings.
You will have a personal allowance of 7kg/165lb for your gear....More info.
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