Ruins of Choquequirao in middle of big vegetation

Choquequirao & Machu Picchu

8 Days & 7 Nights
Starting from US$1200 per person
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4,650 m / 15,256 ft Max. Altitude
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Challenging to Strenuous Difficulty

The Challenging Route of the Incas

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

This exhilarating expedition will take you to two of Peru’s most famous and significant archeological sites: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Both of these ancient cities were considered towns of nobles and priests, and this meant that they were of great importance to the Incas.

On this epic adventure, you’ll get the chance to learn about the legends and treasures left behind by the Inca and listen to the stories the majestic mountains are aching to share with you. These towns marked the beginning of the end of the Inca empire and were abandoned before the Spanish conquerors were able to follow them there and exploit their treasures. Join us on this trek to experience untouched beauty, revel in fascinating history, and hike in the final steps of one of the world's most influential ancient cultures—the Incas.

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days Map Day by Day (8D/7N) Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days Route Map
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  Overview

Do you like the idea of traveling back in time to a moment when we were at one with nature? Does the sound of visiting two incredible archaeological complexes excite you? Then join us on this amazing 8-day expedition to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu—the two most important Inca sites that ever existed. You can come along with a large group or just as a couple. We can accommodate you and plan every last detail.

The journey to Choquequirao is along one of the many pretty ancient trails that snake their way through the Amazon cloud forest. Many travel magazines around the globe list it as one of the top ten hikes in the world for the great variety of biodiversity and wildlife. Along the way, you’ll hike through both tall mountains and deep jungle valleys. Unique doesn’t even begin to describe this experience! Choquequirao is rarely visited and off-the-beaten-path for those who love to escape large crowds.

Your next stop is Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You’ll be joined by lots of other hikers on this trail, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you don’t want to miss out on.

Due to the remote and challenging nature of the trek, it’s essential to only travel with the most qualified tour operators. Our highly qualified staff members are well trained and eager to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. So what are you waiting for? Join us today for this incredible adventure you’ll never forget.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Capuliyoc - Chiquisca - Playa Rosalina (Apurimac River)

    Spend the day hiking through pretty scenery into the Apurimac valley and enjoy a view of the canyon. Spend the night by the river.

  • Day 02

    Playa Rosalina | Santa Rosa - Marampata - Choquequirao (Golden Cradle)

    You have a long ascent today to your lunch spot. This afternoon, hike down to Choquequirao and then explore the site a little before a beautiful sunset.

  • Day 03

    Choquequirao | Pinchainuyoc - Rio Blanco - Maizal

    Enjoy sunrise behind Choquequirao before exploring the site more. You’ll then leave and hike into the mountains to spend the night in Maizal.

  • Day 04

    Maizal | Minas Victoria - San Juan Pass - Yanama

    Hike uphill to the Yanama pass for stunning views. You’ll see various archaeological sites and walk through the cloud forest. Sleep in Yanama tonight.

  • Day 05

    Yanama | Yanama Pass - Totora - Collpapampa

    Today, you’ll see more mountains and the majestic Salkantay. You’ll continue through snowy peaks and then descend into the warmth to camp at Collpapampa.

  • Day 06

    Collpapampa | Wiñay Pocco – La Playa – Lucmabamba - Jungles Domes

    You’ll trek deeper into the jungle today and observe stunning wildlife all around. You can relax this afternoon in the Cocalmayo hot springs. Sleep in the jungle village of Lucmabamba.

  • Day 07

    Lucmabamba | Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

    Visit the Llactapata archaeological site this morning and see Machu Picchu in the distance. This afternoon, hike to Aguas Calientes and enjoy a free afternoon before dinner in a restaurant and sleeping in a hotel.

  • Day 08

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    Spend all morning exploring Machu Picchu and enjoying a guided tour. Eat lunch in Aguas Calientes before taking the train to Ollantaytambo and then our private transport to your accommodation in Cusco.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Make your way to two of the most important Inca sites around: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
  • You’ll trek along ancient paths and retrace Inca footsteps as you visit other small archaeological complexes.
  • Hike through biodiverse climates that constantly change around you and enjoy the drastic changes along the route.
  • On the trek to Choquequirao, enjoy all the peace and quiet you can and explore the site in peace.
  • Join other trekkers on the trail to Machu Picchu—one of the most popular trekking routes in the world.
  • Immerse yourself in stunning landscapes and get to know Apurimac and its beautiful canyon, river, and valley.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco | Capuliyoc - Chiquisca - Playa Rosalina (Apurimac River)

Highlight of the day: Witnessing the views of the stunning Apurimac Canyon.

Begin Your Adventure Descending Into the Valley

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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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2,890 m / 9,482 ft Highest Elevation
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1,500 m / 4,921 ft Campsite Elevation

Wake up bright and early for a long drive to the starting point of our trek in Capuliyoc. You’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast, meet the trekking team, and get the final bits ready to go. We’ll walk to the Capuliyoc pass this morning and then down to our lunch in Chiquisca.

After lunch, we’ll continue to descend through the cactus forest to get to Playa Rosalina, which is on the banks of the Apurimac River. This is where we’ll camp tonight and enjoy our dinner.

We will pick you up to begin the adventure of a lifetime! We start by driving for 5 hours from Cusco to Capuliyoc. Here we’ll have breakfast then, we will meet the rest of the team a horseman and our chef accompany every trek. They will help make the logistics of our journey seamless and comfortable. We will begin by trekking the pass of Capuliyoc.

We will walk downhill for 3 hours until our lunch place Chiquisca along the way, we will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon and can experience the valley’s lush microclimate. Finally, we’ll descend through a cactus forest to Playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Here is where we’ll camp on our first night.

Day 02

Playa Rosalina | Santa Rosa - Marampata - Choquequirao (Golden Cradle)

Highlight of the day: Watching the sunset behind Choquequirao.

See Choquequirao for the First Time

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Challenging Difficulty
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12.5 km / 7.77 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

After breakfast this morning, we’ll begin hiking along a narrow trail to the summit of a mountain and then onto Santa Rosa to rest and have a snack. Then, it’s onto Marampata for lunch, where you can witness stunning views of the Choquequirao complex.

Then, we’ll keep hiking until we reach the complex itself and explore the site with our guide. You’ll get the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset behind the site. This evening, you’ll have dinner and sleep near the archaeological site.

Every day after breakfast on the trek, you’ll be given a bag of snacks to nibble on throughout the day. This will help to keep your energy levels up until the next meal.

The first part of our hike today consists of a six-and-a-half-hour ascent along a narrow trail to the summit. After 2 hours, we’ll get to Santa Rosa, which is a little village where you’ll be able to rest and enjoy a snack. We´ll then continue until we reach Marampata for lunch. From here, you’ll be astounded by your first view of the Choquequirao complex.

After hiking for another hour and a half, we’ll get to Choquequirao (Golden Cradle), which is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu because of its many similarities. It sits 1,500 m /4,921 ft above the Apurimac Canyon, and Machu Picchu sits 2,430 m / 7,972 ft above the Urubamba Canyon. They’re both huge Inca complexes that were very significant in their empire.

In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore the archeological site, learn a little more about Inca history, and take in the sunset views of the canyon, which is truly spectacular. You might also get the chance to see Andean condors soaring in the mountains—the largest flying bird in the world. This evening, we’ll enjoy another great meal and camp by Choquequirao.

Day 03

Choquequirao | Pinchainuyoc - Rio Blanco - Maizal

Highlight of the day: Discovering more about Choquequirao and observing the sunrise.

Explore the Incredible Choquequirao As Much As You Like

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Challenging 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

Before breakfast this morning, you can observe the sunrise at a picturesque spot. You’ll then explore the ruins further and learn more about the Inca culture. You’ll hike through the cloud forest to the Choquequirao pass. We’ll visit Pinchainuyoc and then go to our lunch place by the river with pretty views. You can even swim in the river.

After, you’ll cross the river and then start the climb to Maizal. This is the most challenging day of the trek, so you’ll be pleased to get to camp for a nourishing dinner and a well-deserved night of rest.

Before breakfast, we recommend waking up early to appreciate the magnificent sunrise from a picturesque spot not far from the campsite! It’ll be the highlight of your trip if you make an extra effort.

We’ll have breakfast at 6:00 am and then start today’s adventure by passing through and exploring the Choquequirao ruins. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you all they know about the incredible site, and you’ll discover many secrets of the Incas.

Afterward, we’ll hike uphill through cloud forests, mountains, and valleys to reach the Choquequirao pass. It’s a very picturesque route. After 5 hours of trekking, we’ll reach Pinchainuyoc, which means “water jumping forward” (2,420 m / 7,940 ft). This place is a system of ancient agricultural terraces that’ll surely fascinate you. 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—a plant that’s been used by humans for centuries thanks to its many healthy properties. Many choose to use this time to take a dip in the cold, clear river water to freshen up after days without a shower.

After lunch, we’ll cross the river on foot as there are no bridges. Once on the other side, we’ll start the long, steep climb to our camp in Maizal that sits high over the river and closer to the sacred Apus of the Incas—the huge sacred mountains in the Andes. This climb takes about 4 hours.

Once the most challenging day of our trek comes to an end, you’ll be happy to get some rest and enjoy a large meal. We’ll camp at 3,000 m / 9,843 ft.

Day 04

Maizal | Minas Victoria - San Juan Pass - Yanama

Highlight of the day: Hiking along original Inca trails and hiking up into the mountains.

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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3,600 m / 11,811 ft Campsite Elevation
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Highest Elevation

This morning, enjoy the snowy mountain peaks that surround you as you hike uphill to the summit. This part of the route is historically important due to the many archaeological sites along the way. You’ll keep hiking to the San Juan Pass and cross parts of the original Inca Trail. You’ll enjoy lunch looking out over huge mountains.

In the afternoon, you’ll descend to the camp at Yanama at the bottom of an expansive valley. You’ll have a tasty dinner and head to bed.

After recharging our energy with another nourishing breakfast, we’ll be on our way as we follow the trail upward to where the landscape is lush and full of green vegetation. If the sky is clear, we’ll be able to enjoy the pretty snow-capped mountains that surround us. If it’s not, we’ll get to see the clouds tumble through the valley below us. Both are incredibly beautiful—so don’t worry too much about the weather!

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 large number of 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, which is 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.

Finally, we’ll descend to our campsite at Yanama, which is a small village settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains (3,600 m / 11,811 ft). You’re in for another delicious dinner and a well-deserved night’s sleep.

Day 05

Yanama | Yanama Pass - Totora - Collpapampa

Highlight of the day: Trekking through different climates and seeing Salkantay.

Spot Sacred Salkantay in the Distance

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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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3,360 m / 11,024 ft Campsite Elevation

You’ll be woken up today by the sounds of children playing and jungle noises. We’ll begin by hiking upward again toward the Yanama pass, and you’ll observe many mountains and farmers in their fields. You’ll get to see Salkantay Mountain and perhaps even walk through the snow. We’ll have lunch along the route.

You’ll then pass through a community called Totora and onto our camp in Collpapampa. Our chef will prepare a delicious dinner, and you’ll sleep in tents in this small community with the sounds of nature all around.

Yanama, where you slept last night, is a remote indigenous community that’s nestled in the hills of the Andes. You’ll find that when you start your day this morning, we’re joined by excited local children and serenaded by the sounds of the jungle and a rushing waterfall.

After breakfast, we’ll begin hiking uphill for 5 hours to the highest part of our entire trek, the Yanama Pass (4,650 m / 15,256 ft). As we walk, we’ll be able to observe Andean villagers farming their potatoes in the terraced valley hills. Potatoes are native to this part of the world, and it shows with the many varieties on offer and the diverse ways of cooking them. Here, we’ll have a fantastic view of the Saqsarayoc and Padreyoc mountain ranges.

The morning's climb will bring us into a new environment—depending on the season, and we could be walking through snow at this point of the trek. It’s here that we’ll get the first view of the Salkantay Mountain, one of the ancient Inca gods, also known as an Apu.

Afterward, we’ll descend on a long, foggy path through grassy fields, bushy areas, and crossing bridges on the way to the community of Totora. Along this stretch, we‘ll have a break for lunch and rest to recuperate. Then, we’ll continue for one hour more until we reach our campsite in Collpapampa. In total, we’ll descend for 4 hours. We’ll spend the night in tents, surrounded by this warm and welcoming community and outstanding natural beauty.

Day 06

Collpapampa | Wiñay Pocco – La Playa – Lucmabamba - Jungles Domes

Highlight of the day: Exploring the jungle and the unique fruits and wildlife there.

Immerse Yourself in the Peruvian Jungle

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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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22 km / 13.67 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 Campsite Elevation

Today, you’ll mostly be walking downhill and along a part of the Inca Trail. We’ll be heading deeper into the jungle, and the climate will get warmer. Observe the pretty wildlife and even try some local coffee. We’ll rest in La Playa before continuing to our camp and lunch spot in Lucmabamba.

You’ll have plenty of free time this afternoon to explore the area. We recommend you visit the thermal baths at Cocalmayo to unwind after so many days of hiking. In the evening, you’ll have dinner and then sleep in the jungle.

You’ll wake up to another tasty breakfast this morning. Today’s trek is mainly downhill, continuing along an original Inca trail. We’ll walk through dark woods and appreciate the depths of the cloud forest—a really fascinating part of the hike.

We’ll walk for around 6 hours today as we head back into the heat of the jungle. We’ll get to see wildlife, such as hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and many species of wild orchids and begonias, which are common in this region.

As you hike along a trail on the left side of the Santa Teresa River, you’ll spot small plantations of bananas, passion fruit, and coffee, which you can taste if you would like. On the way, we’ll also stop at small waterfalls for refreshment. The climate and vegetation are very different here from the other days of our trek. La Playa is the biggest village on the route, and after a rest there, we’ll continue walking for 30 minutes to Lucmabamba, where we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch and settle into our campsite.

Since you’ll have free time this afternoon, we recommend you visit the relaxing thermo-medicinal waters of Cocalmayo that are nearby. It’s the best way to recover after so many days of walking and will help to relax your muscles. This evening, you’ll head back for a filling dinner before heading to bed in your jungle accommodation for the night.

Day 07

Lucmabamba | Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Touring the Llactapata archaeological site and seeing Machu Picchu in the distance for the first time.

Follow the Tracks to Aguas Calientes

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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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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 / 6,692 ft Accommodation Elevation

This is your last day of hiking. You’ll walk uphill along a part of the Inca Trail to get to the Llactapata archaeological site. You’ll see Machu Picchu for the first time from here. After, you’ll come back down to Aobamba for lunch.

When we’re full, we’ll go to Hydroelectric to walk along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. You’ll check into a hotel there and enjoy the afternoon free to explore or relax in hot springs. This evening, you’ll have dinner in a restaurant and head to bed early.

The last day of actual hiking has arrived. We’ll walk 3 hours after breakfast uphill on a section of the original Inca Trail. Along this stretch, you can see the incredible landscape of Santa Teresa valley and some coffee and passion fruit plantations below.

Once we reach the top of that mountain, we’ll find the fabulous Inca site of Llactapata, from where you’ll get to enjoy your first views of the Inca city of Machu Picchu. You’ll also tour the site and learn all about it from your guide.

Afterward, we’ll descend for an hour and a half to our lunch place in Aobamba. Once you’re full and refreshed, we'll continue to Hydroelectric from where we’ll follow the railway for three more hours to the small town of Aguas Calientes (2,040 m / 6,693 ft). If you’re tired at this point, you can also take the train for this last part.

When you get to the town, you’ll check into a comfortable hotel and have some time to relax. Before dinner, you’ll have the option to visit the thermo-medicinal waters, the reason why the town is known as Aguas Calientes. This is another fantastic chance to rest your tired muscles.

Tonight, we’ll have dinner in a restaurant. Then a night of well-deserved rest awaits you because the next morning, you’ll need to wake up before dawn to go to the incredible archaeological complex of Machu Picchu.

Day 08

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Wandering around the UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu and learning all about its history.

Discover the Hidden Secrets of 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 wake up before dawn today to get to Machu Picchu before the large crowds. Once inside, you’ll have a 2-hour guided tour of all the significant sectors and then have more time to explore for yourself. You can also do an extra hike if you have tickets now.

You’ll have to head down for lunch a little after midday and then catch the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transport will take you back to your accommodation in Cusco to rest.

Your excitement for our visit to Machu Picchu will be huge this morning as we awake bright and early in the morning. After a nourishing breakfast at your hotel, we’ll take one of the first buses to go Machu Picchu entrance checkpoint which is open from 6:00 am until 17:00 pm

You’ll get there as the sun comes up and shines its pretty morning light on the huge rocks. After you’ve taken in the spectacular sight, you’ll have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of all the significant sectors, including temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, Intihuatana, the industrial sector, and the agricultural sector. You’ll be blown away at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas, which was so far ahead of its time and still remains a bit of a mystery today.

Afterward, 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). From all these points, you can get an amazing view of the entire site. You’ll be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 5 hours by yourself before going back to Aguas Calientes.

Once back in the town, you’ll have time to find a restaurant you want to have lunch in before you have to catch the train at 4:22 pm (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. There, our private transport will pick up your group and drop you off at your accommodation in Cusco at around 8:00 pm. Rest your feet and your body now because we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come with the rhythm of the Andes.

  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 to avoid missing 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 official tour guide. All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. 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).

  • Inflatable mattress

    Our camping mattresses will help you sleep comfortably whilst camping!

  • 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.

  • 24/7 Customer Service

    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 in case of an emergency.

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.

  • Accommodation in Private Campsites

    Day 6: You'll spend the night in our exclusive and comfortable Jungle Domes with a double room.

  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes

    Day 7: 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

  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, and 7 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.

  • Hygiene Products

    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 8: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 8)

    PeruRail Expedition Service

  • One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 8)
  • 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 to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

What Is Not Included?

  • Sleeping Bag

    You can rent one from our company if you don’t have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect you from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy-form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.

    US$ 40.00 per person

  • Walking Sticks

    Walking Sticks (with rubber tips) can be very useful on rough terrain and for ascending and descending. You can rent a set from our company if you’d like.

    US$ 40.00 per person

  • 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$ 60.00 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$ 60.00 per person.

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 8)
  • 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 carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions 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 also pay online with PAYPAL or NIUBIZ (credit or debit card), but you will have to add an additional 5% fee charged for the use of their secure payment gateway. 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. 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 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

"Choquequirao & Machu Picchu" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We don’t operate this itinerary in February because of the rainy season & maintenance of the route.

2022 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 1200.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 500.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 700.00 (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 5%, 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$ 60.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 60.00
  • Huchuy Picchu Mountain:  US$ 45.00
  • Single Supplement (Hotel at Aguas Calientes):  US$ 30.00
  • Extra Night at Aguas Calientes:  US$ 50.00
  • Vistadome Train:  US$ 60.00

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$ 40.00
  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 40.00

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. To receive the discount, we require a copy or clear photo of the passport at the time of booking. It must be valid and not expire within the travel dates. Please send it to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 8D
14 years and above
Below 14 years
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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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