Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking in Peru


Starting point: Cuzco / Ending point: Cuzco

The circuit Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, is done through a remote Inca road that was used frequently in the time of the Incas to reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, with the Chinchaysuyo peoples of the northwest part of the Tawantinsuyo empire and the route would continue towards the antisuyo, exclusively the citadel of Choquequiraw, which becomes a control post which in the course of time was growing and becoming larger, without doubt a place of greater importance in political and administrative sense, probably with less religious category in front of Machu Picchu. However, this detail does not take away the dazzling charm that this citadel has on a rugged topography, located on the ecological floor of the jungle, sub tropical climate.

This trek cover; the two more important Incan sites, and is also one of the last unexplored routes, although nowadays, there are more people exploring it, more often for landscapes, and you might be very closest to Pachamama, in spiritual touch.



Summary of Choquequirao Trek 9 Days


At 5 am we pick you up from the hotel to leave the Sacred Inca Valley by private transport towards San Pedro de Cachora and Capulilloc (05 hour by van). At Curahuasi settlement is going to be our first stop (breakfast Optional); At Capulilloc lookout its our starting Hike and place where we are going to meet our Horsemen, horses and mules they will be waiting for us. From this point we have the Best views of the third deepest canyon in Peru known as the Apurimac (The Lord is speaking) also the Majestically Andes Mountain are astonishing us; One hour and free time to prepare our adventure an a good time to give time for cooking our first lunch by expert Cook. Then we have to start our descending hike towards Rosalinda Beach camp. (Full downhill).

  • Meals: At Capulilloc Inca Look Out
  • Accommodation: Camping 01 Rosalinda Beach
  • Total distance: 10km / 6.2 miles
  • Estimated duration: 4 hours Hike
  • Difficulty: Challenging


After a good breakfast we start our adventure hike at 5:00 am for avoiding the Sun (to sunny day usually) ascending uphill for about 5 hours to Marampata in zigzag path system. Our tasty Andean lunch is served at Marampata. After lunch 2 hours more hike to reach Choquequirao temple using a very hilly trail; incline up and down, is wide enough to walk 3 people together. Choquequirao is considered as the other Machu Picchu (Andes mystical couple) as there are several similarities. It is located 1,500 m / 4,921.24 ft. above the Apurimac Canyon. Machu Picchu is located above the Urubamba canyon. It is the same latitude and a great temple with over 8 hectares, only a third part has been rediscovered and everyday archaeologists found something else of interest. We will observe the three levels of the excavated ruins, where we can appreciate houses, terracing Inka system, Inc. Choquequirao camp.

  • Meals: At Marampata
  • Accommodation: Camping Day 2 Choquequirao Inc
  • Total distance: 11km / 6.82 miles
  • Estimated duration: 7-8 hours Hike
  • Difficulty: Challenging


Today let´s start observing the Andes SUN Father (sunrise) from the Inka Altar “lookout”. Choquequirao temple is built it all over a huge mountain, we have all for visiting all Inka places walking up and down; the main temples of the entire complex, as the Llamas and Alpacas designs on platforms and before half day comes we will have visited all Choquequirao upper site and then our delicious lunch is provides in our Inc Camp with grate panoramic canyon view; afternoon free time to explore the bottom of Choquequirao or for relaxing near the camping site.

Perhaps we might observe the flying of the Condors, eagles and hummingbirds.

  • Accommodation: Camping Day 3 Inc


Today we have to climb ascending to our first PASS (Choquequirao Pass) then descend towards Rio Blanco River (Challenging downhill) through the cloud forest and after becomes steep open mountain prairie with open views of Andes Mountains, the path is passing close Pinchaunuyuc Incan site 2,419 Masl / 7,936 Feet . This complex it was founded in 1998 a very special terracing system with ancient hydraulic canals of water also have ritual Incan fountains; at Rio Blanco Canyon 1,909m /6,263.11ft we can get a cold river to refresh our adventure spirits; our Lunch its served here, the rest of the hike is ascending to Maizal camp located in a beautiful mountain side.

  • Meals: At Rio Blanco River
  • Accommodation: Camping Day 4 Maizal
  • Total distance: 14km / 8.68 miles
  • Estimated duration: 8 hours Hike
  • Highest point: Choquequirao PASS 3,270m / 10,728 ft
  • Altitude Campsite: Maizal 3,000m / 9,842ft
  • Difficulty: More challenging


We leave our camp towards the San Juan PASS. It will be a long climb in a humid area, but it is an amazingly beautiful area; first with the cloud forest and after with the Andean Puna with the well-known Ichu grass (Gramineas Andinous). We will take a break at Victoria mines place where shining stones tell about a high concentration of minerals and metals. On our way through the Andes we have a very well preserved Inca trails.

Our lunch is served on San Juan PASS with a view of the Choquetacarpu Mountain (Best part of Trails; from here we can appreciate 3 different valleys and a great snow peak right across from us). After lunch we will start descending towards Yanama settlement isolated Andean community at the bottom of a long Andes valley surrounded by mountains, this place has indescribable beauty and peacefulness (Pachamama energy). Yanama Camp.

  • Accommodation: Camping Day 5 Yanama
  • Total distance: 14km / 8.68 miles
  • Estimated duration: 5 hours Hike
  • Highest point: San Juan Pass 4,200m / 12,779ft
  • Altitude Campsite: Yanama 3,522m / 11,555ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate & Challenging

Day 6: Yanama to Collpapampa

Full day hike very early in the morning we have to start our hike from Yanama settlement is moderate up hill through the Andean valley towards the highest point of all the trek (Mariano LLamoja PASS). On the way we have a very good view of snow-capped like Sacsarayoc and Salkantay Mountains, once again we have another chance to observe the flying of the condors, this day is smooth climb up bringing us through new landscapes especially the wet grass fields under the snowline that distinguish from everything else seen before. On the highest PASS we might walk on snow and maybe we will descent in a long foggy hike through grassy fields and bush areas crossing small wood/dirt bridges on the way towards Totora 3,900m / 12,795ft and Collpapampa Camp. (Long Hike)

  • Meals: At Hornopampa
  • Accommodation: Camping Day 6 Collpapampa
  • Total distance: 18km / 11.16 miles
  • Estimated duration: 9 hours Hike
  • Highest point: PASS 4,660m / 15,288ft
  • Altitude Campsite: Collpapampa 2,900m / 9, 514ft
  • Difficulty: Very Challenging


Today we are descending along the Salcantay riverbank into the rain-forest (the proof: palm trees). On the hike we find wild orchids, tropical flowers, begonias, strawberries, lush bamboos and a beautiful white waterfall. Also during the Hike we are passing through some wooden bridges and recognizing: bananas, pomegranates, avocados plant tree and organic coffee plantations, when we reach the camp La Playa do you have the rest of the afternoon a free time for exploring the area or to celebrate; with some drinks (Pisco sours / Cusqueña beer).

  • Meals: At La Playa
  • Accommodation: Camping Day 7
  • Total distance: 16km / 9.92 miles
  • Estimated duration: 5 hours Hike
  • Altitude Campsite: Playa 2,100m / 6, 889ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate & easy


Today we have an original Inca trail from Lucmabamba to Llactapata Pass across the Santa Teresa Valley with a wider variety of landscapes; already at Patallacta ruins we have the first glimpse of Machu Picchu; after exploring Llactapata we descend through lush bamboo and coffee forests (Aobamba Valley) along a switchback path to Hydro train station, place where we have our lunch and then we have to board the train service to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

  • Accommodation: hotel
  • Total distance: 16km / 9.92 miles
  • Estimated duration: 5 hours Hike
  • Difficulty: Moderate & Challenging


Very early in the morning; we have to board the Tourist shared bus towards Machu Picchu. The Guide tour begins at the natural viewpoint of Casa del Vigilante (Inca Guard house).

Place where you will be having the best views of Machu Picchu in all its glory. The guided tour takes three hours for exploring and recognizing most of the Incan places are compounding this wonderful citadel, after all the explanation do you have a free time to stroll around some Inca places. Later on; in the afternoon we have to return to Machu Picchu Pueblo to board our train service to Ollantaytambo Village, then by transport to Cuzco City (1 hour and half by train & 1 hour and forty minutes by transport).

Optional Waynapicchu mountain (Book in Advance)

Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu Includes

  • The Choquequirao hike to Machupicchu.
  • Trek briefing with your Guide.
  • Professional Native Guide (on hike).
  • All entrance tickets to the attractions.
  • Private Transport and professional driver (round trip transfer from hotel to the starting point of trek).
  • 1 train Ticket Service from Hydro to Machu Picchu Pueblo.
  • 1 train Ticket Service from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo Village (Expedition Tourist Train).
  • 2 bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes Village to Machu Picchu.
  • 7 nights Camping / 1 night Hotel.
  • Choquequirao Tour.
  • Machu Picchu Tour.
  • Spacious tent / Sleeping mat.
  • Horses or mules and Indigenous horsemen to carry ((camping equipment: client tents, dinning and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
  • Personal items to carry 10 kg/22 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
  • We provide a duffle for personal items.
  • One Cook.
  • Excellent Meals (8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners).
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn).
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
  • Wake up coca tea in your tent.
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit.
  • All local taxes.

Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu Does Not Include

  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
  • Water on Day 1
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 8, Lunch on Day 9
  • Waynapicchu Mountain $10 (walk to top without a guide, the trail is well marked)
  • Sleeping bag rental $40
  • Trekking poles $ 40
  • Single Tent $65

For the Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu Bring

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs (to carry your personal belongings).
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” it is applicable).
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support).
  • 3 pairs of Trekking pants “not jeans”, 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough, please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray the clothes before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius / 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the rain jacket can be helpful, because there are raining days (even if we are in dry season!).
  • 1 warm / winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/ gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) it is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well
  • the weather is all over the place, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or overheating.
  • 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts.
  • 1 Good sleeping bag liner, it is super lightweight and easy to pack, definitely does its job!.
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back.
  • Water (only on first day hike, then we will provide you throughout the hike).
  • Camera and film.
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries.
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Flip flips to change into at night – your toes will thank you!.
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, Toothpaste/Floss, Shampoo/conditioner, Brush/comb, Vaseline (for feet great for potential blisters), Feminine hygiene products, Deodorant, Nail clippers/file/tweezers, Spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, or contact lenses and supplies, Hand sanitizer etc.–which you need, but pack light.
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach, some people get an upset stomach at one on the trek, with 8-10 hours of hiking each day, you need to get over whatever the day throws at you quickly, so bring some meds.), etc.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes.
  • Something to read in the evenings.
  • Extra money for drinks, tips in soles (cooks,horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70)
  • Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)

Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu Service Prices

2 people: US$1100 per person
3 people: US$1020 per person
4 people: US$1020 per person
5 people: US$970 per person
6 people: US$940 per person
7 +people: US$895 per person


Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu Optional Extras

Sleeping Bag (4 seasons, Maximum size 1.95 m/6´4″) US$45
Pair of walking poles US$25
Air Mattress US$40
Single Tent Supplement US$75
Full mule to carry 14 kg of personal items US$180

Trek 2 Machu Picchu Booking Form
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