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Choquequirao Hike to Machu Picchu – 9 Days

Hike to the last refuge of the Incas on this 9-day adventure!

USD $2,207.00

Per Person

Choquequirao Hike to Machu Picchu – 9 Days


  • Explore the archaeological wonder Choquequirao
  • Travel through amazing ecological zones to Machu Picchu


The archaeological site of Choquequirao is part of the complex system of Andean towns in the Vilcabamba Valley. This trek to Choquequirao via a modern footbridge across the Apurimac River. The Choquequirao hike is as awe-inspiring as ever, taking us through an astounding range of ecological zones, from Andean farming valleys, descending through a hot and arid canyon environment featuring kapok trees, cactus and agaves, and climbing again to a region of lush cloud forest, beneath the dizzying snowcaps of the Cordillera Vilcabamba.


9 Days/8 Nights


Day 1: Cusco, Cachora / Chiquisca

You’ll be picked up from the hotel at 5:00 am and transferred in private transportation to Cachora where you can observe the majestic snow-covered peak of Padrayoc. While the group is having breakfast, the crew will get the horses ready for the Choquequirao hike.

The hike on this first day is 16 km (approximately 6 hours). From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc, you will have the chance to see condors. Later, as you descend into the Apurímac Canyon, the vegetation will change from Agave and Tunacactus to a dwarf tree forest. You’ll have lunch at Cocamasana before continuing on to the final destination of the day, Chiquisqa, where you’ll camp in the evening.

Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 16 km (9.93 miles)

Estimated walking time: 5- 6 hours+

Maximum altitude point: (2850m/9348ft)

Day 2: Chiquisca / Choquequirao Archaeological Site

After an early morning breakfast, you’ll head down into the Apurímac River canyon. After a brief break, you’ll continue the trek up to the archaeological site that lends its name to the Choquequirao tour. On the way, you’ll visit Santa Rosa and have lunch at Maranpata. The campsite at Choquequirao offers a spectacular view of the canyon as well as Andean Condors soaring in the mountains.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 14 km (8.70 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: (3033m/9948ft)

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao

After breakfast, you’ll spend this day of the Choquequirao hike enjoying a guided tour of the complex with the same name, which means “Cradle of Gold.” You’ll visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), as well as some areas that are still covered in wild foliage waiting to be restored into the way it once was with the Incas. The steep mountainside below the main plaza features several clusters of newly-discovered buildings such as the so-called Ridge Group and the Waterfall Temple.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Choquequirao / Maizal

On day 3 of the Choquequirao tour, you’ll walk uphill for a while to the first pass of the day before descending through the cloud forest to the Pinchayunuyoc archaeological site. Next, you’ll head to the Rio Blanco, enjoying the flora fauna along the ancient Inca trail along the way. Once you get to the river,  you’ll have time to swim, rest and have lunch.

After lunch, you’ll start the steep climb up to the Maizal village high over the river. You’ll camp at this sacred Inca site for the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 16 Km (9, 93 miles)

Estimated walking time: 7 hours

Maximum altitude point: (3400m/11152ft)

Day 5: Maizal / Yanama

After breakfast, you’ll walk by the impressive Victoria mines that were created by the Inca before heading towards the Victoria Pass. The long climb will take though through the amazingly beautiful cloud forest and over the Andean Puna covered with Ichu grass. Here marks the beginning of  original paved Inca trails (that trekkers greatly appreciate) on the way to Victoria Pass.

At Victoria Pass, you’ll break for lunch with a view of the Choquetakarpo mountain in the background and the chance to see condors soaring above if weather permits. Finally, you’ll descend to the community of Yanama to spend the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 15 km (9, 32 miles)

Estimated walking time: 7 hours

Maximum altitude point: (4200m/13776ft)

Day 6: Yanama / Colpapampa

After breakfast, you’ll slowly climb to the higher Yanama pass that also offers an incredible view of the snow-capped Mt. Sacsarayoj and Mt. Padreyoc. As you continue up from Yanama through the valley towards the highest point of the Choquequirao tour, you’ll have another chance to see condors. Today you’ll see new landscapes as you cross small wood and dirt bridges on the way towards the community of Totora where you’ll stop for lunch. Finally, you’ll head to Colpapampa, a beautiful spot with some natural hot springs to relax in, to camp for the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 15 Km (9.32 miles)

Estimated walking time: 7 hours

Maximum altitude point: (4550m/14924ft)

Day 7: Colpapampa / Lucmabamba

After breakfast, day 6 of your Choquequirao tour will continue with an easy hike along the Santa Teresa River past rich vegetation, beautiful waterfalls, and scenic passion fruit and coffee plantations. You’ll pass by the settlement at Wiñaypoko before going to La Playa for lunch. After lunch, you’ll continue on to Lucmabamba.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 12 Km (7.45 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6 hours

Day 8: Lucmabamba / LLaqtapata / Aguas Calientes

On the last day of your Choquequirao hike,  you’ll walk past banana, coffee, and avocado plantations on the way to Llactapata. You’ll also enter spectacled-bear territory and will have a good chance to see flocks of parrots. As you cross, the river, you’ll start climbing for 2-3 hours up to Abra Q’elloqasa where you will be greeted by a stunning view of Machu Picchu. Later, you will also enjoy an amazing view from the recently restored archaeological site of Llaqtapata of the Salkantay mountain.

Finally, you’ll take a 2-hour descent towards the Aobamba River through rich bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations before boarding a train to Aguas Calientes.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 10 Km (6.21 miles)

Estimated walking time: 5 hours

Maximum altitude point: (2860m/9381ft)

Day 9: Machu Picchu / Back to Cusco

On the last day of your Choquequirao hike, you’ll have breakfast at the hotel in Aguas Calientes, before catching an early 5:30 am bus to Machu Picchu for a full-day excursion. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel that visits the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, and a large central square. These are all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour, you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to participate in some optional activities such as climbing to Wayna Picchu.

In the afternoon you’ll take a train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco where you will be brought back to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pickup from your hotel on the morning of trek departure.
  • Private transportation to Cachora (head of the Trek)
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu
  • English-speaking Professional Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • 4 Season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  • Therma-Rest, self-inflating mattress
  • Horsemen and horses: Carry tents, cooking equipment and also carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 12 kilos/ 25 lbs per person)
  • One emergency horse every two persons
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food without extra pay)
  • Accommodations for all our staff
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Backpacker train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Vistadome Class upon request)
  • One night accommodations in Aguas Calientes with Tourist Class or Superior Tourist Class Hotel ( upon request)
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for US $54 for the 9 day trek)
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Domestic airfare to and from Cusco (+/- US $290 per person round trip)
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport & Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

Important Notes

 Price based on sharing one tent 2 people and double room in the Hotel

Optional Services

Upgrade the train to Vistadome Class: add US $25

Sleeping bag during the tour ( -10°C): add US $54

Single supplement (single tent): US $84

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