Choquequirao To Machu Picchu

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
8 Days / 7 Nights

Choquequirao trek is one of the most popular treks in Cusco Peru. Choquequirao in the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails. The reasons are many: The fantastic nature with valleys, snow-capped mountains and great variety of plants, birds and animals. Choquequirao is considered as "The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire". Visitors can view a complex hydraulic system, most likely for domestic, ceremonial and agricultural use. The geographic location of Choquequirao in reference to other complexes of the same period would tend to indicate that its function was that of an Inca enclave toward the valleys of the Apurímac River. There are many similarities between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The latter was a sanctuary dedicated to the worship of the Inca Pachacútec; Choquequirao was also a sacred site, but one dedicated to other functions that could have had to do with war or with the surrounding apus. The ecotourism, fulfilling all the norms of conservation and control, will lead a sustainable development of the zone. The Inca trail to Choquequirao is encounters with the nature area that is without disturbance or contaminating, with a specific abject of admire and enjoy the landscapes along with sylvester plants, wild animals and cultural manifestations.


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Package Name: Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Type of Trek : Culture, trek and Bike in the andes
Group Size : To suit group requirements
Difficulty degree of this hike: Moderate
Departures Day: Our company organize daily departures

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Playa Rosalina

(Apurimac River) At 5am we will pick up our customers from their hotels, and then we will transfer by our private van to Cachora (4 hours), once we will meet the rest of team (Arrieros and horses). Then we will begin trek go uphill, passing through the high pass of Capuliyoc, where we might see condors and great view of the Apurimac Canyon. Finally we descend through Cactus forest to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Camping at playa Rosalina (1550m).
Meals: L, D

Day 2: Playa Rosalina - Maranpata - Choquequirao)

(Golden Cradle) After early breakfast strenuous 5 hours of uphill trek through a long and narrow trail, surrounded by beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Half way up stop for lunch at Maranpata, then continue hiking to more hours to Chokekirao (Golden Cradle), is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1500m above the Apurimac Canyon., and Machu Picchu hang above the Urubamba canyon. The view of the canyon is spectacular; it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Camping near of Choquequirao (3050m).
Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Choquequirao - Choquequirao Pass - Rio Blanco - Maizal

Breakfast will at 7am and then start our trek passing the Chokekirao ruins, up hill through cloud forest, Mountains and valleys to reach the Chokekirao pass. After 5 hours trekking the trail continue through agricultural terraces called Pinchinoyoc which means (water jumping forward - 2750m). There will observe different species of birds, different varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations. We will have our lunch near the Rio Blanco, we use the brake here to get a refreshing bath in the cold and clear river water. We cross walking through the river, since there are no bridges. After our brake we start the long and steep climb to our camp in Maizal, high over the river close to the sacred Apus of the Incas. From Rio Blanco we climb up to Maizal for about 3 hrs. Camping at 3000m.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Maizal - Minas Victoria - Yamana

Early morning trek around the Corihuarachina glacier, important due to some archaeological remains such as Inca channels. From here we start walking uphill passing by the impressive Inca mines called Minas Victoria and towards the Victoria Pass. Again a long climb, but we walk in amazingly beautiful area - first with cloud forest and then over Andean Puna with the well known Ichu grass. Then we pass through Minas Victoria , a place that during the colony , silver was extracted from a mine. Almost on the top we can apreciate original paved Inca trails. We take our box lunch at the pass in 4200m with view of the mountain Choquetakarpo, while we had lunch we will be able to appreciate the flight of the condors depending on the climate, and finally descend to our campsite at Yamana, a small isolated settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains (3800m).
Meals:B, l, D

Day 5: Yamana - Mountain Range - Totora

After early breakfast trekking uphill to the highest pas in this trek, named Yamana. Again the view will be amazing from here we will be surrounded by mountain range of Saqsarayoc and Pedreyoc. Once again we have the chance to see condors, and this mornings smooth climb bring us through new landscapes - especially the wet grass fields under the snowline that distinguish from everything else seen on the tour. In the pass we might walk in snow, and the descent is a long foggy hike through grassy fields- and bush areas and crossing small poor wood bridges on the way towards the community of Totora, where we spend the in tents in a indescribable beauty, surrounded by pure nature.
Meals:B, l, D

Day 6: Totora - Cloud Forest - La Playa

Today the trekking will be 7 hours, descending 2000m into Totora River. We will observe the natural wildlife, such as hummingbirds, woodpeckers, many species of orchids and begonias. Then we descend the trail on the left side of the Santa Teresa River where we will see small plantations of bananas, passion fruit, and coffee. On the way will stop at small waterfalls and get a refreshing natural bath. The area also has a big variation of bird the climate and vegetations have changed totally. The Playa is the biggest village on the way, where we can find some small shops to buy snack etc. In this area we can see small plantations of coffee and bananas. Campsite at 2125 m.
Meals:B, l, D

Day 7: La Playa - Santa Teresa - Hidroeletrica - Aguas Calientes

Alter a good breakfast will took a transport that takes us until the town of Santa Teresa, we cross a river of the Vilcanota. Where we will take a transport to Planta de Hidroeléctrica, place where we will have an excellent view of a different angle of Machu Picchu and the Aobamba canyon, where another Inca trail can be seen, also here we will have our last lunch. After good rest and walk 3 hours to reach Aguas Calientes. Optional visit the hot spring located next to the town. We will spend the night in Hostel.
Meals:B, l, D

Day 8: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early breakfast from Aguas Calientes we walk or take bus to Machu Picchu, there, we will have a guided tour for all the Archaeological Site, then we will have free time to be on our own in Machu Picchu, maybe to climb the Wayna Picchu or visit the moon temple. At mentioned time you will meet the guide and then come back to Aguas Calientes (3pm) to catch the train back to Cusco arriving at 8pm aprox.




  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Cachora, starting point of the trek.
  • Entrance fee Machu Picchu.
  • Horses (to carry tents, cooking equipment and food)
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons.
  • Meals (7B, 7L, 7D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day).
  • Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Round Trip)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco in private Transport.



  • Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5.00 per day. Our sleeping bags are –8ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips
  • Lunch on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for guide and camp staff.
  • Optional night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged easily.
  • Horses to carry your personal items.
  • Alcoholic drinks.



  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes $45 (or email us for alternate options). We will just need to arrange your train back to Cusco for the following day. Please tell us before final booking process.
  • Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5.00 per day. Our sleeping bags are –8ºC-comfort (0ºF) They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
  • Personal horse and horsemen for riding or carrying extra personal belongings while on the trek. Extra cost is $80 for the trek.
  • Therm-a-rest inflatable sleeping pad rent: US$ 5.00 per day


Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu Price:

Group Price USD (per Person) $700

Our Vision Statement:

Our vision since the creation of the company was, and always will be that our client back home satisfied and happy to have lived an unforgettable experience in our country in the hands of Inca Trail Travel.