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Choquequirao cradle of Gold

Choquequirao and Machu Picchu Trekking 8 Days


Discover the two key archaeological sites; Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.


TYPE SERVICE: Private Service
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION:Choquequirao, Machu Picchu

Visit two archaeological sites; Choquequirao and Machu Picchu Trekking
Approximately 83 kilometers that you walk through this trekking; you will walk along the Apurimac river canyon and into the remains of Choquequirao, via the Cordillera Vilcabamba until you finally arrive at the southern edge of Machu Picchu. At first, we will visit Choquequirao’s amazing and recently reinstated Inca citadel, resting on Apurimac Canyon’s edge. We then navigate the Vilcabamba Mountains, trekking above the panoramic passes, from where we can see the gorges, the community life, the ancient terracing and the stunning mountain landscape with huge ice flutes, rock formations and glaciers scattered with crossing streams, cultivated valleys and cloud forests. Lastly, we trek into the cloud forest and the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. This is an ideal program for people wanting to enjoy a blend of mountains and archaeology.


  • Hike through Apurimac Canyon.
  • The lost Inca fortress of Choquequirao.
  • Super trekking in the rugged Peruvian Andes.
  • Trek between the premier Inca sites of Peru Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
  • Challenging trekking, Choquequirao—one of Peru’s most dramatic mountain ranges.
  • Finish with Machu Picchu, the ultimate Peru holiday.


Day 1 – Transport to Capuliyoc, Hike to Santa Rosa

  • On the first day of the Choquequirao trek, depart Cusco at 05:00AM in a private car for a 4 hour drive to the charming village of Cachora (2,900m/9,514ft), situated on the edge of the Apurimac canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks.
  • We will stop in Cachora to purchase any last minute supplies before continuing by car to just before Capuliyoc (2,920m/9,580ft) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Huayna Cachora.
  • We will meet our arrieros (muleteers) from here we descend steeply into the Apurimac Canyon, taking in the spectacular views as we descend for 3.5 to 4 hours to Chiquisca (1,850m/6,070ft), with breathtaking drops to our side. 1 hour after Chiquisca we arrive at the roaring Apurimac River (1,500m/4,921ft).
  • From the river, we begin to climb to the Santa Rosa Campsite (1,910m/6,266ft). This is a tough climb of 2 hours but makes the next day easier! – As the campsite is further along than the most popular camp, it is often quiet and you can soak up the stars.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 12 km (7, 46 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,920m/9,580ft
Campsite altitude: 1,910m/6,266ft

Day 2 – Hike from Santa Rosa to Choquequirao

  • Departing early again today to get the best out of the day (around 06:00AM) we continue upwards onto Maranpata where we will have a break. The climb from the Santa Rosa to Maranpata (2,900m/9,514ft) takes about 3 hours and is a tough uphill stretch.
  • A little further on from our break site we will get our first view of the ruins of Choquequirao. From here we have 2 more hours hiking to the ruins. After the rigors of the past two days, this is a gentle undulating hike.
  • We take our lunch at the Choquequirao campsite (2,850m/9,317ft) nearest to the ruins, before we head to the Choquequirao ruins for the afternoon.
  • Spending the afternoon exploring the ruins, we will watch the sunset and keep our fingers crossed for the chance to see condors.
  • Only around 30% of the Inca remains of Choquequirao (3,050m/10,007ft) have been excavated. What can be seen today however, is most impressive and very much worth the challenging trek to get there. The stonework in Choquequirao is not as sophisticated as that found in Machu Picchu, because the stone found here is very difficult to carve, but the buildings are impressive and suggest a site of high status.
  • Choquequirao evokes a sense of awe simply because of the sites’ surrounding beauty and isolation and condors can be seen frequently soaring the skies.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 9 km (7, 46 miles)
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,050m/10,007ft
Campsite altitude: 2,850m/9,317ft

Day 3 – From Choquequirao to Maizal

  • After having breakfast, all trekkers will begin climbing uphill covering a distance of 3,340m/10,958ft going past the Choquequirao pass after which everyone will go downhill towards Rio Blanco (1,920m/6,299ft), going through the cloud forest and then arriving at the Pinchayunuyoc Arquelogical site.
  • Here you can rest and examine the ancient Inca Terraces and the fauna and flora.
  • After arriving at the Rio Blanco, also known as the white river, you can break to get some rest, go for a swim and have a hearty lunch after eating, you begin hiking up on the steep hill towards Maizal village (2,980m/9,777ft), which is high above the river and in close proximity to the Incas’ sacred Apus.
  • The journey takes around 3 hours, after which you can camp in Maizal for the night.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 9 km (6, 21 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,340m/10,958ft
Campsite altitude: 2,980m/9,777ft

Day 4 – Hike from Maizal to Yanama

  • After breakfast, you will begin to walk uphill and pass the incredible Inca mines, also known as Minas Victoria, on the way going onwards to the Victoria Pass which stands at 4,150m/13,615ft.
  • The hike includes a long uphill climb and then a walk in a beautiful area through the cloud forest and then above Andean Puna that is known for its infamous Ichu grass.
  • You will be able to admire the earliest Inca trails that are paved on the path up to the Victoria Pass. You will take your boxed lunch with you to the pass at a height of 4,150m/13,615ft and get to view the mountains Choquetakarpo Mountain.
  • Trekkers can also admire the condors flying if the climate is favorable. Later, you can go downhill to the Yanama village to stay the night (3,530m/11,581ft).
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 10 km (6, 21 miles)
Estimated time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,150m/13,615ft
Campsite altitude: 3,530m/11,581ft

Day 5 – Hike from Yanama to Totora

  • Breakfast; hiking gradually to the upper pass, known as the Yanama, which is at a height of 4,650m/15,256ft. You will be able to enjoy breath taking views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains, Mt. Padreyoc and Mt. Sacsarayoj.
  • Proceeding from Yanama upwards via the valley in the direction of the uppermost point of the trip, you will again get an opportunity to watch the condors.
  • This morning, the smooth uphill climb will bring new landscapes into view. You can reach there by passing tiny dirt/wood bridges on your way towards the Totora village (3,380m/11,089ft).
  • Here, you have your lunch before resuming your journey to our campsite, Totora.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 18 km (11, 18 miles)
Estimated time: 8-9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,650m/15,256ft
Campsite altitude: 3,380m/11,089ft

Day 6 – Hike from Totora to Lucmabamba

  • Breakfast, we will begin our trek this is the third day of the trek and is slightly relaxed than the rest. However, it is full of spectacular views and chances to appreciate the intriguing wildlife that populates this region.
  • You will commence your hike after breakfast alongside the pleasing Santa Teresa River banks. You will be able to look at coffee, banana and avocado plantations on the way and also the local flora.
  • You can appreciate the vegetation change which becomes increasingly lusher and greener.
  • Today, we resume our Salkantay Trek with a simple walk along the banks of the Santa Teresa River. We will be able to see the famous bird known as “Cock of the Rocks”, if we are lucky.
  • You will arrive at your La Playa (2,050m/6,726ft).
  • La Playa is a small town so it is not a remote camp in this camp there are many people; for this reason we move down to find a campsite more quiet and uncrowded at Lucmabamba (2,100m/6,890ft), where you can use the shower and toilet facilities.
  • Enjoy a peaceful evening and a tasty dinner by the cool waters of the river.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 17 km (10, 56 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,380m/11,089ft
Campsite altitude: 2,100m/6,890ft

Day 7 – First view of Machu Picchu, Train to Aguas Calientes

  • After a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,750m/9,022ft), where we come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire.
  • We can see both, the Mount Salkantay as well as Machu Picchu from here and also rest for a while, the Llactapata Ruins (2,800m/9,186ft) add to the beauty of the location, which have been recently reinstated. We take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins.
  • A two hour downward spiral to the River Aobamba through green bamboo forests, coffee plantations and vast orchards leads us to Machu Picchu’s hydroelectric plant (1,800m/5,906ft). Here, we will eat our final lunch with the tour staff that accompanied us on the trip.
  • The entire staff, including the cook, will depart after lunch but we carry on to the town of Aguas Calientes with our reliable guide.
  • After lunch we board a train for one hour and 15 minutes journey to the town of Aguas Calientes (2,050m/6,726ft) where, an exclusive dinner and a comfortable bed await us at the Hostel of Aguas Calientes.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 8 km (4, 97 miles)
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,800m/9,186ft

Day 8 – Visit Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; at 06:00am take first bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets.
  • Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
  • From 10:30am to 12:00pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate.
  • From 12:30pm to 13:30pm take bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • From 13:30pm to 15:00pm take lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return to Cusco: later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


  • 1 person = US$ 3,291
  • 2 people = US$ 1,853
  • 3 people = US$ 1,500
  • 4 people = US$ 1,356
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 1,222
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 1,119
  • More than 9 people = US$ 1,070

* Price based in sharing one tent 2 people.

Discounts Available

  1. Students: US$ 20 (students up to 18 years old require a valid International Student Identity Card (
  2. Children: US$ 20 (Children under 17 years of ages old will need only passport copy to apply discount).

Extra Optional Services

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 25 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 34 per person.
  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 40.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 40.
  • Single room in the hotel (if you don’t want to share room) US$ 30 per person.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) US$ 40 per person.

Extra horse to hire (recommended):

  • We bring one emergency horse every 6 people.
  • You can put on the horse (up to 10 kg/22 lbs per person) we provide duffel bags for your personal items and sleeping bag.
  • If you want to ride or carry extra personal luggage (maximum luggage weight of 25 kg / 55 lbs); you can hire an extra horse for US$ 288 (days 1 to 6).


  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Capuliyoc (starting point of the trail).
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, but not to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with bio-degradable toilet facilities.
  • English speaking professional and official tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Campsite fees; in every place we camp must be paid to local community.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 7.
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 10kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 6.
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 people – days 1 to 6.
  • Horsemen – days 1 to 6.
  • Accommodation for all our staff (guide, cook and wranglers).
  • Meals (7 breakfast, 7 lunches, 7 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special diets are available at no extra cost.
  • Lunch on the last day is included after visit Machu Picchu.
  • A bag for your daily snack per person, to avoid using plastic bags and reduce pollution to the environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a Tourist Class hotel Double or Triple Room (Being in a Single room costs an extra US$ 30). This will be a clean and safe hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can upgrade Hotel accommodation upon request; please ask your travel agent.
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu site – Aguas Calientes (day 8).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service) – we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco Hotel.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.


  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Entrance fee to the Aguas Calientes thermal springs.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain a new entrance fee applies.
  • Sleeping bag.
Following is that the list of our recommended hotels that we use for this tour package. Our recommendation relies on the standards of our company concerning quality, charm, personalized attention, warmth, fair price, social responsibility, best practices on environmental care, etc, but most importantly, on our past customer reports, in which each hotel is evaluated. Hence, our choice includes those who have obtained a higher client satisfaction so far.
City Tourist
Aguas Calientes

Flower´s House

Hatun Samay



  • In this type of accommodation are the 2-star and 3-star hotels and some guest houses.
  • Appeals to tourists looking for more than basic accommodation.
  • The rooms and bed are simple, comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • Rooms with private bathroom and hot shower.
  • Breakfast is included.
  • Ideal for travelers on a reduced budget.


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