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Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu 9 Days / 8 Nights

Choquequirao – MachuPicchu Trek 9D/8N

Choquequirao – MachuPicchu Trek 9D/8N

  • Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Trip Type: Trekking
  • Journey Difficulty: Hard

Trip Overview

  • TOUR TYPE: CAMPING, HIKING, TREKKING, ADVENTURE, CULTURAL AND HISTORY 
  • TOTAL DISTANCE: 100KM / 60 MILES
  • DIFFICULTY: DIFFICULT- CHALLENGING.
  • GOOD FORTHOSE WHO ENJOY HIKING AND HAVE A MODERATE LEVEL OF FITNESS
  • CONSIDERATIONS: WITH THIS HIKE YOU WILL VISIT MACHU PICCHU PICCHU
  • HIKING SEASON: BEST TIME TO HIKE DURING THE DRY SEASON APRIL TO OCTOBER
  • TRAIL CLOSE: RAINY SEASON NOVEMBER TO MARCH
  • ACCLIMATIZATION PLEASE SPEND AT LEAST REST DAYS IN CUSCO BEFORE START YOUR HIKE
  • GROUP SIZECAN BE 2 OR 8 HIKER

Overview

Choquequira0 trek to Machu picchu 

The Classic Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu, is one of the most beautiful and spectacular treks in the Cusco region. This Choquequirao trek is an extended version that continues on past Choquequirao to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. This Hike was listed on the National Geographic 2021 best Trips in the world and recommend by Lonely Planet! This challenging Choquequirao trek will be very rewarding to the adventurous trekker.

On this Choquequirao trek you will see the great Choquequirao ruins and have a real adventure enjoying the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, great valleys and amazing canyons. You will also see native animals such as Andean Condors and native flora and fauna such as orchids and so much more.

The 8th day of the Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu we will arrive in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. Here you will check in to your hotel room at a very nice bed and breakfast. Dinner will be at a great local restaurant in Aguas Calientes. The trek is capped off by your visit to Machu Picchu and private tour of the site on the 9th day.

It is a challenging but amazing experience to hike down to the depths of the Apurimac Canyon and then up to the site in the clouds…rewarded at the end with a visit to the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

DAY 1 CUSCO - CAPULIYOQ - CHIQUISCA- PLAYA ROSALINAS

Cusco Andean Hike will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 am to start our 4-hour trip to the town of Cachora (2,800 m) where we will stop to take a breather and buy some things we need for our adventure, later we will return to our bus to continue our trip for 30 min to Capuliyoc 2850 m. the beginning of our walk.

Next, we will see the mountain range of the area, the Apurímac Canyon and the Apurímac River. This river is long and abundant. It passes through all the Andes mountains until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. We will also be able to observe Choquequirao from a distance.

From the starting point, the entire journey is down to our camp in Playa Rosalinas. We begin our descent to the small community of Chiquisca 1930 m where we will have our first lunch. It is about 4 hours of walking, after our delicious lunch we will continue our adventure to our camp in Playa Rosalinas 1590 m, where we will find our tents already ready.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude:2850 /  9350ft
  • Minimum altitude: 1590m/5216 ft
  • Distance walk:10 km/6.21 miles
  • Approximate 6-7 walking time: hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
DAY 2 PLAYA ROSALINA - MARANPATA -CHOQUEQUIRAO

After our delicious breakfast we will continue with our walk towards choquequirao (3030 m.), We will cross to the other side of the Apurímac river by a suspension bridge, later comes the most difficult part of our trek, we will ascend through a winding path where we will be able to appreciate some types of orchids and local fauna, the road will take us to our lunch point in Marampata 2918 m. a small community on top of the mountain. From Maranpata we will be able to see Choquequirao in the distance and the camp site very close to the archaeological center.

Later, After our fortifying lunch and our rest, we will continue our walk along a path between small ascents and descents for about 1 hour to the official camp in Choquequirao. where we will find our camp ready. If you still have power, we can visit the surroundings of the Choquequirao archaeological center.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 3030/ 9940 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 1590m/ 5216ft
  • Distance walk: 11 km/ 6.83miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
DAY 3 CHOQUEQUIRAO EXPLORE AND PICNIC - PINCHINUYOQ

This day to explore the incredible Inca Site of Choquequirao. We will have a guided walking tour. During the tour we will explore all the important sections, such as: palaces, temple, ritual water fountains, amazing Usno (ceremonial platform), agricultural terraces, llama´s section and much more.

After our tour, we have the lunch picnic close to Choquequirao, then we go a  head to campsite located just 3 hours from the Choquequirao ruins, Pinchinuyoq is a beautiful inca site behind choquequirao, where we will have our dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 3030/ 9940 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2419 m/7936ft
  • Distance walk: 6 km/ 3.83miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
DAY 4 PINCHINUYOQ - MAIZAL

We have  our delicious breakfast in the middle of the mountains, we will descend to the Rio Blanco (1,990 m/ 6,527 ft), a further 1.5 hours steep descent. Here you can luxuriate in the river and take a bath if you would like.

Then we will start a difficult climb to a small cleared agricultural area on the mountain, Maizal. For many people, this is the most difficult section of the whole Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu. The climb is a difficult 3 to 4 hours zig zag uphill. Maizal is located at 3,000 m/9,842 ft. Maizal is our lunch spot and our camp for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 3000/ 9840 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 1990m/6527ft
  • Distance walk: 10 km/ 6.2miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
DAY 5 MAIZAL - SAN JUAN PASS - YANAMA

Wake up with a nice cup of coffee or coca tea in Maizal we climb 4 to 5 hours uphill through cloud forest to the Victoria Mines. This ascent takes you from an altitude of 3,000 m to 4,000 m! We’ll take a short rest here and admire the shine of the outcropped rocks illustrating the high concentration of minerals and metals, and the reason for the ancient mines. We will then continue our climb to the pass of Abra San Juan (4,130 m/13,546 ft). This is our lunch spot. This is also the best place to see Andean condors. We can also see the Vilcabamba Valley, which is the lowest city of the Incas, as well as the Pumasillo glacier.

After lunch as we descend to the charming village of Yanama (4,100 m/13,541 ft), a 2 to 3 hour walk. This is our campsite for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping at Yanama
  • Highest Elevation: 4,130 m/ 13,546 ft
  • Distance to walk: 12 km
  • Approximate walking time: 8-9
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
DAY 6 YANAMA - MARIANO LLAMOCCA PASS - TOTORA

From Yanama, we begin a 4 to 5 hour ascent. The first 4 hours are gentle and the last hour is steep, to reach the Mariano Llamocca pass (4,672 m /15,324 ft), the highest point of our Choquequirao trek. We will see many waterfalls on the way up and meet local individuals. At the top we will see Apu Salkantay and part of the Salkantay Trek. We will then descend for two hours and have lunch along the way. After lunch we hike 2 ½ hours downhill to our camp at Totora (3,398 m /11,445 ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping at Totora
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,398 m/11,445 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,672 m/15,324 ft
  • Distance to walk: 14 km/9 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8-10 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
DAY 7 TOTORA - LUCMABAMBA - COFFEE EXPERIENCE

We will begin the day hiking from Totora to Colpapampa 5 to 6 hours on gentle up and down segments,  following the path of the Santa Teresa river. Also we have the opportunity to see multiple coffee plantations, banana plantations, and fields of passion fruit. Along this path you will also see the most beautiful waterfall along the Choquequirao Hike.

Once we reach Lucmabamba, our campsite for the evening, around noon. Here we will relax and enjoy a delicious lunch!

After lunch, we will do an incredible coffee experience at the plantation adjacent to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans, and picking our own beans. There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados. We will pick vegetables that the chef will use for dinner that night.

After picking our beans, we will roast them and grind them. Finally, we will brew and drink our own coffee! It is a truly unique experience.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 14 km (8 miles)
  • Time: 5-6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,050 m /6,725 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,398 m /11,445 ft
  • Area: Rain Forest
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Sights: Santa Teresa River, Colpapampa village, Lucmabamba
DAY 8 LUCMABAMBA - LLACTAPATA - HYDROELECTRIC

We start early and have breakfast. Today´s hike starts with a moderate 3 ½ hour climb through the rain forest until we reach the Llactapata Inca site (2,700 m/8,856 ft), where we will have a thorough tour. This is the location where you will have your first view of Machu Picchu in the far distance.

Leaving Llactapata, we begin a 2 ½ hour descent to Hydroelectric, where we will have lunch. At 3 pm we will board the train for a 40 minute trip to Aguas Calientes.

On arrival at Aguas Calientes you will check into your hotel. Dinner will be at the finest restaurant.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 13 km /8 miles
  • Time: 6-7 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 1,800 m/5,905 feet
  • Highest elevation: 3,100 m/10,170 feet
  • Area: Cloud Forest
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Sights: Llactapata Inca Ruins, Machu Picchu
DAY 9: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take an early bus along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.

After you have concluded your amazing Machu Picchu tour, you will have some time to be at Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.

Includes

INCLUDED

Informative meeting, one day before the adventure. Once there, you will receive all the information pertinent to your hike and the guide will answer all your doubts.

Transport

  • Pick up your hotel private bus to the starting point of the walk.
  • Round trip bus. Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Ticket  train EXPEDITION Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  • Return bus from Ollnataytambo station to your hotel in Cusco.

Accommodation

  • Camps for 7 days and 6 nights
  • One night in Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Field Staff

  •  Guide of tourism in Spanish and English with many years of experience in adventure tourism
  • Professional chef
  • Horsemen and Horses to carry the necessary equipment and the personal effects of the passengers of up to 7 kg
  • Emergency horse, in case someone does not feel well

Water

  • Cusco Andean Hike will provide you with boiled water (previously filtered and cooled) from your first lunch, last breakfast and for your bottles before each hike (you decide how many liters you need each day).
  • Drinking enough water and hydrating is very important to be able to feel good in the mountains and thus avoid altitude sickness.

FEEDING

  • Breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners (breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on the last day are not included)

DUFFEL BAG

  • You have included 7 kg so you can carry your personal belongings (be careful with the fragile items, since it is the horse who will carry it on his back)

Tickets

  • Entrance to Choquequirao trek
  • Ticket to Machu picchu

Camping equipment

  • High mountain tent for 4 people, but we use it for 2 people (more comfort for you). If you want a personal tent we also have personal tents (you must inform us in advance)
  • Single mattress
  • Bathroom / Bath Chemical

NOT INCLUDED

  • Choquequirao trek to Machu picchu 9D/8N: Breakfast not included first day and dinner of the last day.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ticket HUAYNA PICCHU and MOUNTAIN MACHU PICCHU (if you want any of the tickets you must inform us in advance to be able to make the reservation – any of the tickets has an extra cost)
  • Walking sticks
  • Extra horse to carry personal items of the clients more than those already included (for 7 kilos to 14 kilos) *.
  • Personal chair horse.
  • Tips for staff

Price

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Small Groups 2 to 8 pax
  • 24/7 assistance by our Whatsapp ✆+51 944363112
  • Extra porter 7Kg
  • Food Options  – best Chef – Vegan, vegetarian.
  • Sleeping pad included Therm a rest 
  • Professional tour guide English speaker from the beginning to end
  • 100% Quality service

PRICE

Group service from 2 pax

  • US$ 1150.00 per person

Private service from 2 pax

  •   US$ 1250.00 per person

EXTRAS

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain –    US$ 70.00 per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain   –    US$ 70.00 per person
  • Sleeping Bag – US$ 20 per person
  • Walking Poles – US$ 15  a pair  of walking poles

Huayna picchu and Machu picchu mountain both must be previously reserved more information: info@cuscoandeanhike.com

How to book

How to book

For any of our services, you must send your personal information and a deposit of US $ 200 per person, the rest may pay at our office in Cusco two days prior to your trip, to get the student discount you must send your ISIC card original by means of a photo to our mail info@cuscoandeanhike.com:

  • Name and surname
  • Passport number
  • Gender
  • Birthday date
  • Student Card (ISIC if you are a student Yes or No)
  • Nationality
  • Email – Phone number
  • Food preferences

PayPAl

You can make the deposit from our website by PayPal, please note that PayPal charges a 6% tax that automatically includes this option, once the deposit is made, send us the confirmation by email. To make your deposit by PayPal click on the “Pay Now” button below.

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Western Union and Money Gram

You can also use these means to make the deposit. On behalf of our administrator. Take into account that this deposit generates transfer costs, which our clients must assume.

  • Name: Maria
  • Last name: Catunta choque
  • Identity number: 42265390
  • Address: Urb. Progress Jr-spine L-15
  • City: Cusco
  • Country: Peru

Note:

Once the deposit is made, you will receive a receipt with the money transfer code, the client must send the receipt with a photograph to our email. info@cuscoandeanhike.com

Packing list

  •  Original passport
  • Original student card
  • Day Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight
  • Plastic poncho
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Personal medical kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Short pants
  • Trekking boots, hiking boots
  • Bathing suit
  • Warm clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Camelbak
  • Wool socks
  • Toilet paper
  •  Sandals
  • Sun block cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks(candies, biscuits, chocolates)
  • Hat, gloves, scarf
  • T-shirt
  • Personal towel
  • Extra money ( soles) different domination

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