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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 9D

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Tour Details

Highlights: Choquequirao archaeological site, Machu Picchu, the alternative Inca Trail, lost Inca fortress of Choquequirao, hike through the Apurímac Canyon, finished in Machu Picchu
Choquequirao is considered “the last refuge of the Incas”
The archaeological site of Choquequirao is part of the complex Andean city system in Vilcabamba Valley. Today we can hike to Choquequirao through a modern pedestrian bridge over the Apurimac River. The journey is as impressive as ever, taking us through an astonishing range of ecological zones, from Andean agricultural valleys, descending through a hot and arid canyon environment with kapok trees, cacti and agaves, and climbing back up to a region of enormous forest cloud, below the vertigo-peaks of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • All the transport mentioned in the itinerary (tourist bus, etc.)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Entrance to parks and places of cultural and tourist interest
  • Guided visits and excursions mentioned
  • All transportation in destination location
  • All transfers
  • Food as indicated in the itinerary
  • Vistadome Class train tickets

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport departures taxes or fees
  • Visas
  • Additional nights during the trip due to cancellations of flights
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Messages
  • Flight reconfirmation
  • Mandatory personal travel insurance
  • Meals that are not mentioned

Recommended To Carry

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees

Day 1 Transportation to Cachora - Chiquisca

Pick up from the hotel at 5:00 am and transfer in our private transport to Cachora (2850m / 9348ft), the trip will last around 4 hours. While the group is having breakfast the crew will take care of the horses for the trek. We started walking from Cachora to observe the majestic snow covered Padrayoc peak, the highest (5482m / 17980ft). The walk on this first day is 16 km around 6 hours start walking on the flat part. From the point of view of Capuliyoc where you could see condors, the descent towards the Apurímac Canyon, and the changes in the vegetation from Agave and Tunacactus to dwarf tree forest, having lunch in Cocamasana, then we continue to Chiquisqa (1950m / 6398ft), camp in Chiquisca
• Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
• Total distance: 16 kilometers (9.93 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 5- 6 hours
• Maximum altitude point: (2850m / 9348ft)

Day 2 Chiquisca - Choquequirao Archaeological Complex

Breakfast; Early in the morning we start walking from here and continue the descent to the mighty Apurímac River (1550m / 5028ft) in the impressive deep canyon of the same name. After a short rest, continue the walk up to Choquequirao Archaeological Complex. The first 2-3 hours are up steep up to Santa Rosa, then you will change between flat and climb the rest of the way surrounded by beautiful vegetation with various varieties of orchids. Lunch in Maranpata (2850m / 9348ft) then continue to Choquequirao (3033m / 9948ft), after 2 hours walking arrival at our campsite from where we have a spectacular view of the canyon, it is also possible to see Andean condors soaring in the mountains. Camping near Choquequirao
• 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

Breakfast; this day enjoying a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex means “cradle of gold” visiting the upper parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and ready to be restored in how it was when the Incas had it. The steep mountainside below the main plaza features several newly discovered clusters of buildings, including the so-called Ridge Group, and the Cascade Temple, an intriguing ceremonial complex facing the cascades of a steep ravine.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4Choquequirao - Maizal

Breakfast; On this day hikers walk uphill for a time of up to 3400m / 11152ft the first Choquequirao pass and then descend to Río Blanco (1909m / 6262ft), first walking through the cloud forest, reaching Pinchayunuyoc Arquelogical site. Rest and basically observe the flora and fauna in the ancient Inca terraces; Arrival at the Río Blanco or white river to have a rest, rest, swim and lunch. After lunch start the hike up the steep climb to Maizal village high above the river near the sacred Apus de los Incas for approximately 3 hours, camping in Maizal (3400m / 11152ft)
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
• Total distance: 16km (9.93 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 7 hours
• Maximum altitude point: (3400m / 11152ft)

Day 5 Maizal - Yanama

Breakfast; From here start walking uphill passing through the impressive Inca mines called Minas Victoria and towards the Victoria Pass (4200m / 13776ft). A long climb up the trail, walking in an incredibly beautiful area first with cloud forest and then over Andean Puna with the well-known Ichu grass, hikers can appreciate original paved Inca trails up to Victoria Pass. Have lunch at the pass at 4200m / 13776ft with views of the Choquetakarpo mountain, hikers can appreciate the flight of the condors, depending on the weather, and finally they descend to the community of Yanama (3500m / 11480ft) where we will pass the night.
• Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
• Total distance: 15 km (9, 32 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 7 hours
• Maximum altitude point: (4200m / 13776ft)

Day 6 Yanama - Colpapampa

Breakfast; slowly climbing towards the highest pass called Yanama (4550m / 14924ft), again the view is incredible, hikers are surrounded by snow capped mountains of Mt. Sacsarayoj and Mt. Padreyoc. Continuing from Yanama through the valley towards the highest point of the tour, once again have the opportunity to see condors and this morning gentle climb bring through new landscapes -crossing small wooden / dirt bridges on the way to the community from Totora, where we have lunch, and then continue to Colpapampa (2890m / 9479ft), our camp, a beautiful place with some hot springs to relax
• Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
• Total distance: 15 km (9, 32 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 7 hours
• Maximum altitude point: (4550m / 14924ft)

Day 7Colpapampa - Lucmabamba

Breakfast; Today we continue our walk with a short walk along the Santa Teresa River, enjoying the increasingly abundant vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. We pass the waterfalls in Coripacchi, the settlement in Wiñaypoko, and then we continue La Playa (2155m / 7068ft), where we have our lunch, after lunch we continue to Lucmabamba
• Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
• Total distance: 12 km (7, 45 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 6 hours

Day 8Archaeological site of Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, walk to Llactapata on the way we can see banana, coffee and avocado plantations, as well as the exuberant local flora. We enter Andean-bear territory and we will probably accompany flocks of parrots as we descend. We cross the river and begin to climb for 2-3 hours to the Abra Q’elloqasa (2860m / 9381ft) from where we have an exceptional view of Machu Picchu. We enjoy incredible view from Llaqtapata (2650m / 8692ft) from where we can see both Machu Picchu and Salkantay, enjoying the added value of the Llactapata archaeological zone, which have been recently restored. A 2-hour descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations takes us to the Hydroelectric Plant from where we will board the train that takes us to Aguas Calientes (40 minutes by train)
We will spend the night in Aguas Calientes hotel
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 Full Day Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel; Full day excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, early transfer at 5:30 am to the bus stop for the short trip (25 minutes) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the royal rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and passes that are surrounded by terraces carved into the mountainside. After the tour you will have time to wander around the archaeological site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to do any of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price):
1. Ascent to Wayna Picchu; For the more adventurous, we suggest you climb the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, being even more surprisingly high and distant.
Buffet lunch at the Lodge Restaurant Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you will return to the Aguas Calientes train station for the return trip to Cusco – departure of the train to Cusco; upon arrival at the reception and transfer to the Hotel Cusco
• Food: Breakfast, Lunch
Depart Cusco – Our representative will help you and transfer to the airport and say goodbye.