Choquequirao to Machu Picchu: A 6-Day Epic Trail

Embark on an extraordinary trek from the mystical Choquequirao to the iconic Machu Picchu in this six-day adventure.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

6 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Embark on a thrilling six-day trek through Peru’s hidden gems, from the remote Choquequirao ruins to the famed Machu Picchu. This journey is a tapestry of vibrant experiences, blending rugged mountain trails, serene river valleys, and mysterious Incan sites. As you navigate the diverse Andean landscapes, each day unfolds new wonders: the commanding views at Capuliyoc, the ancient grandeur of Choquequirao, and the iconic allure of Machu Picchu. This trek is more than a physical challenge; it’s a passage through time, offering a glimpse into the rich heritage and enduring mysteries of the Incan civilization.

This journey is designed for those who seek adventure beyond the beaten path. You’ll witness the raw beauty of the Andes, encounter unique wildlife, and connect with the timeless spirit of the Inca. As you traverse ancient trails and explore archaeological marvels, the trek becomes a journey of discovery, both of the land and of oneself. Ideal for the adventurous soul, this trek not only leads to Machu Picchu but also offers an immersive experience in Peru’s rich cultural and natural tapestry.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Capuliyoc Viewpoint, Apurimac River, Marampata Camp, Choquequirao and Machu Pichu
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Embark on an unforgettable adventure as you leave the ancient city of Cusco at dawn. Your journey to the majestic Choquequirao begins with a scenic drive towards Capuliyoc, where the vast Apurimac Valley unfolds in all its splendor. This route offers a breathtaking introduction to the Andes, with the iconic Salkantay and Humantay peaks standing tall in the distance.

Upon arrival at Capuliyoc, enjoy a moment to savor a local breakfast (not included in the package), providing the perfect energy boost for the day ahead. The trek to Playa Rosalinas is a descent into a world of natural wonders, with the melodious Apurimac River accompanying your steps. This downhill journey is an invitation to admire the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

Settle into the serene ambiance of Playa Rosalinas for your first night. Here, the rhythm of the river and the starry sky create an idyllic camping experience. Enjoy a delightful dinner as you share stories of the day’s descent, all while nestled in the heart of the Andes.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4-5 hours, 8.5 km

Awake in the embrace of nature at Playa Rosalinas, ready to conquer the ascent to Marampata. This uphill trek is a journey of discovery, unveiling the changing landscapes and rich biodiversity of the Andes. As you climb, keep an eye out for the majestic flight of Andean condors, a true spectacle of nature.

Reaching Marampata, you'll be greeted with awe-inspiring views and a first glimpse of the enigmatic Choquequirao ruins in the distance. The evening at Marampata is a time for relaxation and anticipation of the wonders that await. Enjoy the hospitality of the local community, with the option of hot showers to refresh and rejuvenate before diving into the mysteries of Choquequirao the next day.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

The third day of your adventure begins with a short hike from Marampata to the hidden gem of the Andes, Choquequirao. This day is dedicated to exploring the expansive and less frequented ruins of this ancient Incan city. Choquequirao, perched magnificently in the mountains, offers a rare glimpse into Inca history, undisturbed by the crowds of more famous sites.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility and mystery of Choquequirao as you explore its sprawling terraces, ceremonial centers, and living quarters. Our guides will deepen your understanding with captivating stories about the site's construction, purpose, and the people who once inhabited it. Midday, a unique dining experience within the park allows you to enjoy lunch surrounded by the awe-inspiring remnants of Inca civilization.

After a day of profound exploration, return to Marampata for another peaceful night under the stars, reflecting on the incredible insights gained into the ancient Inca world.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Moderate exploration of Choquequirao's vast expanse, approx. 3-4 hours

Awaken to the beauty of Marampata and prepare for your return trek to Chiquiska. This day's journey retraces your steps, offering new perspectives of the Andean landscape you've become familiar with. The descent from Marampata to Playa Rosalinas and the subsequent ascent to Chiquiska provide a balanced challenge and allow for further appreciation of the region's natural wonders.

Throughout the day, your guide will continue to highlight the unique biodiversity of the Andes, enhancing your connection to this extraordinary environment. The evening at Chiquiska welcomes you with a comfortable campsite setup, where you can relax and share stories of the day's experiences around a campfire, forming lasting bonds under the night sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 14 km

On day five, the journey from Chiquiska begins with an early breakfast, preparing you for the ascent back to Capuliyoc. This part of the trek offers a final chance to embrace the breathtaking scenery of the Apurimac Canyon, reflecting on the days spent exploring its depths. The uphill trek to Capuliyoc is both a physical challenge and a rewarding experience, marking the conclusion of your time in the Choquequirao region.

After the ascent, enjoy a celebratory lunch at Capuliyoc, commemorating the completion of your trek. The adventure then transitions from the rugged trails of the Andes to the charming town of Ollantaytambo. Here, board a train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. This ride offers scenic views of the Andean landscape, setting the stage for your visit to the iconic Inca citadel.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure, resting and preparing for the exploration of Machu Picchu the following day.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

The final day of your expedition is dedicated to exploring the world-renowned Machu Picchu. An early bus ride takes you to this ancient Incan citadel, where you'll witness the spectacular sunrise painting the site in golden hues. Embark on a comprehensive guided tour, uncovering the history, architecture, and enigmatic tales of this New Seven Wonder of the World.

After soaking in the splendor of Machu Picchu, descend to Aguas Calientes for a leisurely lunch. The afternoon sees you boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo, followed by a private transfer to Cusco. This journey concludes not just a physical trek but a passage through time and culture, leaving you with memories and insights that will last a lifetime.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu with guided narratives.

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Tour Highlights

  • Capuliyoc Viewpoint: Marvel at the stunning vistas of the Apurimac Valley from Capuliyoc, a perfect introduction to the region’s natural beauty.

  • Descent to Playa Rosalinas: Trek along a picturesque trail from Capuliyoc to Playa Rosalinas, experiencing diverse flora and the serene Apurimac River.

  • Ascent to Marampata: Challenge yourself with a rewarding uphill trek to Marampata, boasting panoramic views and the first glimpse of the Choquequirao ruins.

  • Exploration of Choquequirao: Spend a day discovering Choquequirao, a lesser-known yet magnificent Incan site, revealing sprawling terraces, ceremonial centers, and stunning stonework.

  • Diverse Andean Ecosystem: Witness the rich biodiversity of the Andes, including the chance to spot majestic Andean condors soaring above.

  • Cultural Immersion: Engage with local communities along the trail, experiencing authentic Andean hospitality and customs.

  • Train Ride to Aguas Calientes: Enjoy a scenic train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, winding through picturesque Andean landscapes.

  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu: Experience the magic of watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu: Delve into the history and mystery of the iconic Inca citadel with an in-depth guided tour, exploring its ancient pathways and hidden corners.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances - Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Peru Tripper will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Peru Tripper does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 6-Day Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Journey. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 6-Day Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Journey, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Packing Tips:
  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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James Anderson

Couple Traveller

An exceptional trek that combines two of Peru’s most incredible sites. The journey was well-paced, allowing us to fully appreciate the majesty of Choquequirao and the wonder of Machu Picchu. The team’s expertise and attention to detail made all the difference.

September 21, 2023
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