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Choquequirao To Machupicchu Trek

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Choquequirao, the golden cradle and Machupicchu, the lost Inca city, are built high up in the the mountains, almost inaccessible, with spectacular views, interconnected by Inca trails.

This trekking route offers a spectacular landscapes and walks through traditional Andean villages. In many visitors opinion this is the best trekking route offered in the Cusco Region, part of which is done on horseback.

The Choquequirao to Machupicchu trek is a new option and not as well-used by tourists, allowing a more authentic experience where one can still see locals living in the traditional Peruvian way.

  • Duration of the trek: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Estimated walking time: 5 to 8 hours per day
  • Distance of the trek: 97 km
  • Season: From March to November
  • Maximum height: 4,550m (14,900 ft)

Choquequirao to Machupicchu Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca -  Santa Rosa

At 6:00 am you will be picked up from your hotel by our guide. We travel by bus to the village of Cachora (2,800m, 9,186 ft), a four hour trip, and the start of a big adventure! We arrive at Cachora at approximately 08.30am, then We will continued to Punta Carretera, where we meet our team who help load up the pack mules.

We will start to walk, with fantastic view of Apurimac Canyon, we eat lunch in Chiquisca (1950m, 6,397 ft), then we walk down to Playa Rosalina where a tough ascent begins. We then arrive at Santa Rosa campsite where we spend the night.

  • Total distance: 15 km
  • Estimated walking time: 5 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 2,800m (9,186 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 1959m (6,397 ft)

Day 2: Santa Rosa - Marampata - Choquequirao Inca Citadel

After breakfast we leave Santa Rosa, heading toward the next campsite, close to Choquequirao.  Santa Rosa, where we can note a change of vegetation and climate, followed by the community of Marampata where we have amazing views while eating lunch.

Afterwards we may be lucky enough to see "the flight of the Condors". Spending the rest of the afternoon among the ruins, we then continue to our campsite located close to Choquequirao archeological site (3035m, 9,957 ft) where we can the enjoy the sunset.

  • Estimated walking time: 8 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 3.035m (9,957 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 3,035m (9,957 ft)

Day 3: Choquequirao - Pinchinuyoc - Maizal

After breakfast we will have enough time to visit Hanan (high-up) and lower down Urin, appreciating the terraces built near Apurimac river. After lunch we walk for around three hours through open grasslands and the rainforest to arrive at our next camp near the ruins of Pinchinuyoc, recently discovered in 1998.

These ruins are something very special - all of a sudden they appear out of the rainforest, almost invisible because of the thick layer of mosses and other vegetation that covers them.  The We will continued to the White River (Rio Blanco), we will have our lunch and a relaxing bath in the waters of the white river (1,800m, 5,900 ft). We then continue on to our campsite, located in Maizal (3,000m, 9,850 ft).


  • Estimated walking time: 5 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 34500m (11,320 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 3,035m, (9,957 ft)

Day 4: Maizal - Victoria Pass - Yanama

We continue our journey, walking through the silver mines, some of which are abandoned. In Inca times the silver (Qolqe) was used as an offering and represented the moon. We eat our lunch near the Victoria pass (4,200m, 13,779 ft), followed by one hour to relax and then a descent to Yanama (3,500m, 11,500 ft), a typical Andean village which still retains traditional customs. We stop here for the night.

  • Estimated walking time: 7 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 4,200m (13,779 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 3,500 (11,500 ft)

Day 5: Yanama Village - Yanama Pass - Totora

Today is the hardest day as we will be climbing from 3,500m up to a pass at 4,550m, close to Cordillera del Vilcanota, the highest part of the trek at Yanama pass (4550m,14,900 ft). A spectacular day! We will descend into the upper rainforest where the climate becomes semi-tropical and stop for lunch. After a total of seven hours of hiking, we arrive at our sixth camp in Totora.

  • Estimated walking time: 9 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 4550m, (14,900 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 2,700m, (8,858 ft)

Day 6: Totora - Collpampa - La Playa

After breakfast we continue our journey, an easier walk than the previous days, as we begin the hiking downwards toward Collpapampa, a village with coffee plantations, bananas, and cocoa.

In the afternoon will arrive at La Playa (2,000m 6,561 ft), where we have our last camp.

  • Estimated walking time: 7 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 2,700m, (8,858 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 2,000m (6,562 ft)

Day 7: La Playa - Aguas Calientes

We start walking early and will visit an archaeological site known as Llaqtapata (2,800m, 9,186ft), part of the Inca Trail. This s optional as there is a further two hour walk. After visiting Llaqtapata, we continue our trip and arrive at the Hidroelectrica train station, where we eat lunch. After lunch we take the train to Aguas Calientes, (2,040m, 6,692 ft) and spend the night in a hotel.

  • Estimated walking time: 5 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 2800m (9,186 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 2040m (6,692 ft)

Day 8: Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu - Cusco

We get up at 5.00am, to take the first bus to MachupicchuMachupicchu now considered a Wonder of the World, is undoubtedly impressive, not only the Inca city itself but also the natural beauty that surrounds it.

We will have a guided tour for around two and half hours. After that you can explore the site yourself, or climb up Waynapicchu, the neighboring mountain (takes around one hour). We need to be back in Aguas Calientes by around 2.30pm to catch a train back to Cusco.

Included / Not included


  • Hotel pick-up in Cusco
  • Bus transportation from Cusco to Cachora (where we start the walk)
  • Professional Bilingual tour leader
  • Horses to carry the company's equipment
  • Cook and meals (7 breakfasts / 7 lunches / 7 dinners)
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, tables, chairs, kitchen tent and dinning tent)
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Bus down ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machupicchu
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

Not Included

  • Breakfast on first day and lunch on day four
  • Tips for crew (tour leader, driver)
  • Entrance to visit the hot spring in Santa Teresa (10 soles) and Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
  • Vista dome train service ($50 plus)

We recommend bringing

  • Backpack
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Warmth clothes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block, sun glasses and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Flash light and knife
  • Towel and toilet paper
  • Snacks (chocolates, candies, cookies, etc)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra national currency (soles)
  • Original passport
  • ISIC Card for students


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