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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek, Off the beaten track in Peru
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Best Tour Package to Machu Picchu, Peru Treks & Hikes, Inca Trail Glamping, Luxury Trips
choquequirao treks

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days

Private & Tailored Tour

From $2577 PP

Overview of this tours

Glamping Peru Treks, as a specialist in trekking OFF the beaten track, has the best designed itinerary in which you will visit the 2 most important Inca cities of the Cusco region: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. We include the hike up to Llactapata which is located right in front of Machu Picchu. From this viewpoint, enjoy the greatest perspective of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains like Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mounts as well as Salkantay Mountain. You will also hike along a section of the original Inca Trail on the way to the citadel from Llactapata.

Activities

Trekking, Adventure and History

Experts

Private Guide, Driver, Trip Managing Expert

Activity Level

Easy

SERVICES

Minimum 2 people

Detailed Itinerary

This incredible adventure begins at 5 am when your guide picks you up at your hotel in our private van. We embark on a 4-hour drive to Capuliyoc, situated on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks. Along the way, there are views of picturesque villages and spectacular valleys. Once at Capuliyoc, we meet our horsemen and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. You will only carry a small daypack containing just the essentials for the trail. Then, we hike down for 2 hours until we arrive at Chikiska where we have lunch. Afterward, we continue our hike for 1 more hour to Playa Rosalinas (1,550 m/5,084 ft), where we will spend the first night. Hot drinks and appetizers will be waiting when you arrive at camp and your tents will already be set up. You will have time to settle into your tents before your hearty and delicious dinner.

  • Meals included: Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Challenging 

Your guide will wake you with a hot cup of tea or coffee to enjoy in your tent before you get up for breakfast. Departing early, we ascend to Santa Rosa and then on to Maranpata, where we will have lunch. The climb from the river takes about 4 hours and is relatively steep. From our lunch spot, we get our first good view of just how extensive Choquequirao isThen, we have 2 more hours to hike to reach the Choquequirao Archeological site (3,110 m/10,120 ft). Drinks, appetizers and tents will be ready for you when you arrive. Settle into a well deserved relaxing evening, watching the sunset and soaring condors.  

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 13km/8 miles
  • Difficulty: Challenging

After breakfast, we will do a thorough exploration of the archeological site of Choquequirao and have a little rest before lunch. In the afternoon, we will leave camp to hike up over a ridge, then 2 hours down to the fascinating site of Pinchiunuyoc, where we will camp for the night. This is definitely the easiest day of the trip.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

After another hot drink in your sleeping bag, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Leaving camp, we hike downhill for 2 hours and arrive at the canyon of the Rio Blanco (1,990 m/6,527 ft), where we have our lunch. Take some time for a rest before starting a difficult climb to our campsite of Maizal. The climb takes about 3- 4 hours.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Challenging

We leave at 7am, and walk uphill for about 3 hours through a sub-tropical jungle towards the Victoria Mines. We visit them as well as some Inca Ruins before climbing for another hour to the pass of Victoria (4,130m/13,546 ft).  There are spectacular views from the pass, as we descend to the charming village of Yanama(about 2 hours walk) following a section with some well-constructed Inca steps.

Once we get to Yanama, we take the local transport all the way to LucmabambaAlong the way, we get to enjoy the gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains and waterfalls.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Challenging

On this day, we join the original Inca trail and continue walking for 3 hours  through cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass, than onto Llactapata Inca remains, an Inca site (2,700m/8,907ft)which is located straight in front of the Citadel of Machu Picchu

Once there, we enjoy the unique perspective of Machu Picchu from far away. Then, we hike downhill for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we have lunch. We continue to walk to Aguas Calientes through the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, enjoying the surroundings of the iconic Machu Picchu.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • 3* Accommodation: Ferre Hotel
  • Distance: 18kms/11.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Challenging

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! Your guide will give you the full tour, which takes about two hours. You will get to explore the intricate streets of the citadel. You will also learn about how Machu Picchu is divided into three sectors: agricultural, residential and religious.

After your tour, those who have booked in advance for the extra hikes up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have time to enjoy those views on their own. When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs. Your train will depart at 14:55 or 15:20.

The train will take you back to Ollantaytambo, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. You can also see Wiñay Wayna from the train, if you look up high on the steep canyon wall! Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 19:00.

  • Meal included: Breakfast

Additional Information

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU TREK?

  • Pre-trekking briefing with your guide at the office
  • Pick-up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Capuliyoc
  • Entry fees to Machu Picchu and Choquequirao
  • English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Guided tours of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu
  • Comfortable and 4 season roomy tents (only 2 people in a 4 person tent)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen and toilet tent
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the train station back to your hotel
  • Celebration dinner in an Aguas Calientes restaurant
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
  • Pack horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen – 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our horses
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
  • Clean water to fill your bottles at each mealtime
  • Rain poncho
  • Taxes

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU TREK?

  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°C $25
  • Air Mattresses $25
  • Trekking Poles $20
  • Entry fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain $75
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu Mountain $75
  • Additional horse for extra personal luggage in addition of the 7kg allowance
  • Optional upgrades (train and hotel)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide

**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour. 

Price Private

FROM $2577 USD per person

***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 4 people with a maximum of 8! 

Please read the following information carefully. It will help answer most of your questions about our services and tour.

ARRIVAL IN CUSCO

We will welcome you at the  airport in Cusco and take you to your hotel.  Please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding a sign with Glamping Peru Treks at the arrivals terminal.

THE BRIEFING

Your briefing will take place the night before the trek in the comfort of your hotel.

HOW TO BOOK:

FIRST, to book your  Machu Picchu Tours, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as it appears on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $316.00 USD per person in order to secure your departure. You can make your deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page or booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

To avoid the excessive credit card fees in Peru, you can pay in cash at our office (we accept US dollars or Peruvian soles) in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but there is a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address glampingperutreks@gmail.com to complete the payment. 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately, the answer is No. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets have been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.

*** If you cancel your 1 Day Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is non-refundable!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT

Yes! You have to bring your original passport as it is very important, in order, to gain entry onto the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and other sites.  It must be the same passport that was used to book with us from the start. 

In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport  or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person.  We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change.

If you do not wish to pay this fee, you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you.  You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both old and new passports, to be able to enter Machu Picchu or board the train.  If you do not have both, you will not be allowed to enter Machu Picchu or get on the train.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  We recommend you dress in layers as it will be easier to adjust to the quickly changing weather.

ARE WE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER

Absolutely! All tours and treks provide a door to door service. Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel when we return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in  Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you off there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we will pick you up from there.

that you can book while you are acclimating to the altitude.  Check out our Day Tours on our homepage.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – the staff do appreciate it. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Glamping Peru Treks destinations. Of course, you are free to tip what you feel is  appropriate, depending on your perception on the quality of service and the length of your tour. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and its people.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 

  • Original passport (it has to be the same as the one you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid university card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3L reusable bottles (please do not bring disposable)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from Glamping Peru Treks)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet Paper, hand sanitizer and small plastic bags

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFEL BAG FOR THE CHOQUEQUIRAO 7 DAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

As a direct local tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra pack horse who will carry up to 7 kgs or 15lbs including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the porters or horses. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad. This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear. Alternatively you can request an extra horse or porter for an extra 7KG. Please ask at booking for this service and it comes  at an additional fee. 

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing suit for the thermal waters
  • Fleece/ thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office to line your duffel bag
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us.

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK  

We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time. Please bring reusable bottles.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Rain poncho (provided by Glamping)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

Have a Question About the Machu Picchu Inca Trail Hike?

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WHY GLAMPING PERU TREKS

Small Groups

In an effort to provide a more personalized service, we at Glamping Peru Treks have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people.

Private Guide, Car & Driver

You always have private driver & private car flexible upon your travel schedules. Especially, in your Private Tour.

100% Personalized Itinerary

Hassle-free and uniquely personalized! You'll get a completely flexible trip plan tailored to your individual interests, wishes and budget.

Handpicked Hotels & Meals

Whether you are looking for a romantic resort or a boutique hotel, authentic cuisine or street food style; Tour Experts'll create the lifetime journey around your needs .

Camping Equipment

Our camping equipment is top of the line being replaced when needed. Our camping equipment is available for rent as well.

Environmental Sensitivit

As one of the few tour operators that dedicated itself to social responsibility. We are always looking for innovative ways of caring for our natural surroundings.

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The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” Located above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge, Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited ¨Lost City of the Incas.¨  Th....
Sacred Valley Tour & Machu Picchu buy glmaping peru treks 2 Days

Private Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour 2 Days


2 Days From $657 PP

Cusco may have been the capital of the Inca Empire and called the navel of their world, but the Sacred Valley was the heart. Only about 15kms/9.3 miles north of Cusco as the condor flies, the Sacred Valley brings you the most important Inca sites b....
Tour to Machu Picchu with Vistadome Trail 1 Day

Tour to Machu Picchu with Vistadome Train 2D/1N


1 Day From $627 PP

The Vistadome Train will  give you an unmatched and mesmerizing panoramic train journey.  The 3.5 hour journey from Cusco (Poroy Train Station) to Aguas Calientes takes you through the Andean meadows nestled amongst the high snow-capped peaks, the ....