Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu


9 Days / 8 Nights

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Trip Overview

Our Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu takes you to two of the most impressive Inca archaeological sites in South America. Machu Picchu, of course, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, a true wonder that everyone has heard about, and the main attraction in Peru. But this trek also takes us to Choquequirao, a stunning site that is equal to Machu Picchu, but receives far fewer visitors. 

The Inca archaeological site of Choquequirao is very similar to Machu Picchu, both in structure, intricacy and geographical setting. But unlike the world-famous Machu Picchu, Choquequirao has only started to open up to tourism in recent years. It’s a challenging trek to get to Choquequirao, but the route passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru. And with plans afoot to build a cable car to Choquequirao, making it far more accessible, now is the time to visit this stunning Inca complex, before it becomes one of Peru’s next tourist hotspots.  

Combining these two incredible sites gives you the chance to see far more than you would if you only took the classic Inca Trail trek or the Choquequirao trek individually. It also offers a true trekking experience that will take you off the grid for days, trekking through remote locations that encompass a wide spectrum of geographical landscapes and varied ecosystems. It’s a physical challenge, that’s for sure, but we’ll be with you every step of the way, with our guides, porters and cooks. The Choquequirao hike is a true adventure, and one you’ll never forget.

Day by day schedule

Our adventure starts when we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. We’ll first drive for about four hours to the village of Cachora, where we begin our trek. We will load our gear onto horses and climb for two and a half hours to the Capuliyoc pass, which sits at 2,750m (9,020 ft) above sea level. We’ll then descend the other side of the pass, heading into the beautiful Apurimac Valley, where we have spectacular views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the valley spr...

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We’ll have an early breakfast on Day 2 before setting off in the cool air of the morning. First we’ll descend for one hour to Playa Rosalina, where we’ll cross the Apurimac River. Next is a steep climb of about two hours. It's quite tough going, for sure, but you’ll be constantly rewarded with the spectacular views from the trail, as well as the wide variety of flora and fauna you’ll find on this side of the valley. We’ll make our way passed beautif...

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All our tough trekking will be rewarded on Day 3 when we wake up early to explore the archaeological site of Choquequirao. Your guide will take you around the site, showing you all the most important sections and explaining the history of Choquequirao. You’ll learn about the Inca Empire, its traditions and culture, as well as the close relationship between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. 

Choquequirao has not been explored or studied as comprehensively as Machu Picch...

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Day 4 begins with a hearty breakfast, after which we will begin the ascent from our campsite up to the Choquequirao pass, at 3,250 m (10,660 ft). As we walk, we’ll enter the cloud forest, where polylepis trees, epiphytes and bromeliads grow. On the other side of the pass, we’ll descend towards the Yuracmayo River, passing some Inca agricultural terraces that once supplied Choquequirao. After a few hours of trekking, we’ll reach the river, which we’ll cross. Hea...

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After breakfast, we’ll set off on a steeply-climbing trail up towards Mina Victoria, an old silver and copper mine used by the Incas and later the Spanish colonials. From here we’ll hike along a hill called Qoriwayrachina, an Inca site that was discovered relatively recently, and which few people have visited. Probably connected to the nearby mines, the hills around Qoriwayrachina are covered with stones from more than 200 structures built at this Inca outpost.


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Today will be a solid day of trekking as we make our way the Yanama Valley, passing through fields where farmers grow groups and tend their livestock. We then have a challenging trek up to the Quiswar pass, which sits at around 4,700 m. As we cross over the pass, we’ll have sublime views of the Salkantay and Humantay mountains, especially if it’s a clear day. From here we’ll take a winding trail down to the Totora Valley below, where we’ll camp near a tradition...

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After the high-altitude trekking of the previous day, Day 7 will feel like a fairly breezy trek as we hike along the path of the Salkamayo River. As we go, we’ll pass through an area of increasingly lush vegetation, where we’ll find a paradise of crystalline waterfalls, plentiful passion fruit and coffee plantations. In the afternoon we’ll reach our campsite at the village of La Playa, where you’ll have plenty of free time to relax and take a swim in the river ...

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Today will be our final day of trekking, taking us within easy reach of Machu Picchu. After breakfast, we’ll the cross the river and start climbing up through coffee and fruit plantations until we reach El Mirador, a wonderful spot at 2,860 m (9,381 ft) with exceptional views of Machu Picchu. 

We’ll then continue on towards the Inca site of Llaqtapata, which was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1912, but only extensively explored and mapped in 2003. Llaqtapata&r...

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To best appreciated Machu Picchu, we’ll wake up early in the morning so we can get to the citadel in good time. You’ll have time for breakfast first, and then your guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 5:40 a.m. We’ll then walk to the bus departure point for the short but zigzagging ascent up the road to Machu Picchu. 

We’ll then pass through the gates into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you’ll begin your guided walking ...

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  • Meals Included: Breakfast

What's included

  • Maximum group size is 16 people, the excursion leaves with at least 2 people 
  • Briefing to the tour one day before the trek at 19h00 
  • Accommodation: Chikiska campsite (1 night), Choquequirao campsite (2night), Maizal campsite (1ninght), Yanama campsite (1 night), Totora valley campsite (1night), La Playa campsite (1night), Aguas Calientes hotel e in standard room (1 nights) 
  • Transport: Private or share 
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu 
  • Meals: 9 breakfast, 8 lunches, 8 dinners 
  • Choquequirao and Machupicchu entrance fee 
  • Pack horses that will carry the camping equipment, the cooking equipment and the food 
  • Pack horse to carry your personal gear that weighs up to 7 kilos 
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy station 
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu 
  • First aid kit, if you are taking any medications, please bring your prescription with you 
  • Professional Guided tour ENG 
  • An assistant guide for groups of more than 9 people 
  • A chef trained for cooking on trekking routes and an assistant cook 
  • Complete set of kitchen equipment and utensils 
  • Dining room equipment which includes tables, chairs, and a dining tent 
  • Water (you need to bring water for the first morning then we will provide you with drinking - previously boiled - water) 
  • 24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary 

What's not included

  • Minimum medical and emergency evacuation insurance 
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance 
  • Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation 
  • Any activity not described in What's Included 
  • Meals and drinks are not specifying on the itinerary 
  • Personal equipment (Sleeping bag, walking sticks) 
  • Gratuities 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Personal equipment such as trekking equipment 



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  • 20 x 72 x 1.5 in

Packed Size:

  • 11 x 4.8 in

Claimed Weight:

  • 1 lb 4 oz

Are you planning to hike the Lares Trek but worried about carrying too much weight? Renting horses can be a convenient option to lighten your load and make your trekking experience stress-free.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Extra Horses for Belongings:

If you want to rent extra horses to carry your belongings, it’s important to plan ahead and book them in advance, especially during peak trekking season when demand is high. Each horse can carry up to 10 kg (22 lbs) of gear, so make sure to pack carefully and within the weight limit to avoid overloading the horse.


  • Size: LZ to RZ
  • Total Weight: 1,8kg/65oz
  • Fill Weight: 280g/10oz
  • Packed Size: 16cm x 25cm

Temperature Specifications:

  • Extreme: -15°C/5°F
  • Comfort Limit: 2°C/36°F
  • Comfort: 6°C/43°F
  • Good Nights Sleep: 0°C/-5&32;F

Important Note:

Note that our sleeping bags are feather for those that are allergic


These poles are designed to help you endure long treks into rugged, remote areas with a heavy pack. If you need a little extra support when walking, an adjustable folding walking stick is ideal. It has an aluminium body with plastic handles and base, it folds away neatly for easy storage when not in use.


  • Material: Aluminium
  • Length: 67–135cm
  • Shaft diameter: 16/14/12mm
  • SpeedLock Adjustment System
  • Flextip with interchangeable basket
  • Weight: 528g-650g (Pair)


Inca Trail Porters Protection Law No. 27607(Dec 6th 2001). Decreed Laws Numbers 19990 and 25897 Article 3 Conditions of work:

  • Transport up to the point of departure to the end of the trip.
  • Limit of load up of 20 kilograms.
  • Warm equipment and accommodation
  • Special belts to protect their backs from injuries
  • Appropriate rest and sleep during the trip
  • Provision of sufficient food, and appropriate clothing
  • (warm jacket, rain ponchos, walking boots and backpacks)
  • Fair and decent Payment on time on Day 4 at 10am
  • Life / Accident Insurance the Social Security of Health
  • Social Assistance to our Porter`s families not only in Christmas.



Porters are indigenous Cusqueñian people who have lived in Cusco, at 4,000 meters high, all of their lives relying on the land of the Andes. Due to economic problems, it is important for these local indigenous people to continue working in the mountains they know so well, rather than give up their jobs in the country to move to the city. They prefer to stay in their local villages and support the education of their children by working as porters on tours.

Sadly, many tour operators don't give them the recognition they deserve. Often tour operators do NOT provide porters with adequate clothing or gear for carrying things while paying them very low salaries. Because of this, you will see thirsty, hungry porters with a low morale along the Inca Trail. Our government has created the Law of the Porter, which requires tour agencies to treat porters better and provide necessary resources for them, but sadly, many of these regulations are not met. Please make sure that the agency you book through respects the Porter Law and be sure to ask for proof of this. Otherwise you could be contributing to the ill treatment of these hard-working porters.


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