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Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu 5 Days


Journey to the famous Choquequirao trek and Machu Picchu citadel.


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

Journey to the famous Choquequirao all the way to Machu Picchu
We offer this trek to hikers, nature enthusiasts, or those who simply have a taste for adventure. This trek gives you to freedom to explore the unanswered questions and mysterious beauty of the Choquequirao without the bother of crowds, feel small beside the mighty Apurimac Canyon, and be overwhelmed in the spectacular beauty of breathtaking, snowcapped Vilcanota mountain ranges. Needless to say, let your self be blown away by this incredible trek which not only includes magnificent landscapes, but also new perspectives into the mysteries of the Incan Empire. By the fourth day, you will reach Aguas Calientes.  On the fifth and final day, you will finally reach the exquisite sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world!


  • 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, Chiquisca – Santa Rosa

  • You will depart from Cusco at 05:00AM in a private car to the charming village of Cachora (2,900m/9,514ft), situated on the edge of the Apurimac canyon, surrounded by extraordinary snowcapped mountain peaks. We will stop in Cachora to purchase any last minute supplies before continuing our road trip to Capuliyoc (2,920m/9,580ft) from where we will have our first glance at the astounding beauty of the Apurimac Valley extending beneath us as the snowcapped peaks of Padrayoc and Huayna Cachora soar high above us!
  • We then will meet our arrieros (horsemen/muleteers) from there before we steeply descend into the glory of the Apurimac Canyon, basking in the spectacular views as we continue to descend for 3 hours hours into the Chiquisca (1,850m/6,070ft) one hour hike we will arrive at the roaring Apurimac River (1,500m/4,921ft).
  • From the river, we will begin our ascent to the Santa Rosa Campsite, which lies at 1,910m/6,266ft. This is a rigorous climb which takes around 2 hours, but on the bright side, it definitely makes the next day easier!.
  • 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

  • Rise and shine, we will depart early again, around 6:00am to continue upwards to Maranpata (2,900m/9,514ft) which will take about 3 hours and is a tough uphill stretch.
  • A little past our break site, we will catch our first glance of the mysterious Choquequirao ruins! From there, we will have a 2 hour hike to the ruins themselves. After the rigors of these past two days, this hike is a gentle breath of air. We will eat our lunch at the Choquequirao campsite (2,850m/9,317ft) nearest to the ruins before we continue our journey to the Choquequirao ruins (3,050m/10,007ft) for the afternoon. We will spend the afternoon exploring the ruins until the sunset- fingers crossed for the chance to see magnificent condors soaring above us!
  • For more information, only around 30% of the Choquequirao Incan ruins have been excavated. However, what remains today is most impressive and is certainly worth the rigor of arriving there. The stonework cannot be compared to the sophistication found in Machu Picchu, because of the fact that the stone found there is extremely difficult to carve. The buildings, however, are quite impressive and suggest a site of high status. Choquequirao brings about a sense of awe simply because of its surrounding, astonishing scenery and isolation, not to mention that condors can be frequently seen 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 – Hike from Choquequirao to Chiquisca

  • Beginning early in the morning, we will have time to explore the Choquequirao ruins again.
  • Following this visit, we will have breakfast and then pack up camp and begin walking back towards Santa Rosa (2,095m/6,873ft), where we will have lunch.
  • After this, we will continue our descent into the raging river, in the route we will have the opportunity to bask in the beauty of the Apurimac Canyon yet again! We then will continue descending for another 2 hours until we reach Rosalina. Finally, we will continue our one hour walk up to the Chiquisca (1,870m/6,135ft), where we will spend the night.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 14 km (8, 07 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,050m/10,007ft
Campsite altitude: 1,870m/6,135ft

Day 4 – Hike to Capuliyoc || Train to Aguas Calientes

  • Early morning after breakfast around 06:00AM, we climb for about three hours to Capuliyoc (2,920m/9,580ft) where our walk ends and we will say goodbye to our muleteers.
  • On the way we can appreciate again the majestic Padrayoc snow-covered peak that decorate to Apurimac Canyon.
  • At 10:00AM a private transport will take us to Ollantaytambo train station. We will drive about 5 hours to Ollantaytambo.
  • You will then have lunch at the Sacred Valley restaurant.
  • In Ollantaytambo we catch the train to Aguas Calientes, upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, reception and transfer to your hotel are included as well as overnight in Aguas Calientes.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 7 km (8, 07 miles)
Estimated time: 3-4 hours

Day 5 – Sunrise in 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$ 2,326
  • 2 people = US$ 1,391
  • 3 people = US$ 1,175
  • 4 people = US$ 1,066
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 976
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 877
  • More than 9 people = US$ 847

* 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$ 25.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 25.
  • 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$ 25 per person.

Extra horse to hire (recommended):

  • We bring one emergency horse every 6 people.
  • You can put on the horse (up to 7 kg/15 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$ 146 (days 1 to 4).


  • 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).
  • Transfer from Capuliyoc to Ollantaytambo train station in private transport.
  • 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 10 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 4.
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 4.
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 people – days 1 to 4.
  • Horsemen – days 1 to 4.
  • Accommodation for all our staff (guide, cook and wranglers).
  • Meals (4 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 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 5).
  • Train ticket from the Ollantaytambo town to Aguas Calientes (day 4).
  • 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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