Choquequirao Trek 8 Days

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Choquequirao Trek 8 Days

Price from: $ 760.00 USD (See: Price List)

Choquequirao Trek 8 Days OVERVIEW Is this hiking right for me? AT A GLANCE Day 1: Cusco: Hiking from Capulilloc to Chikisca Day 2: Chikisca – Choquequirao Guided Tour – INC Day 3: Choquequirao – Rio Blanco to Maizal Day 4: Maizal to Yanama | Yanama to Lucmabamba by local car. Day 5: Lucmabamba to […]

Hike from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu in 08 spectacular days through the Andes

Choquequirao Trek 8 Days discover the best trek through the Andes to the jungle of Machu Picchu via YANAMA. Discover the architectural couple of Machu Picchu! Choquequirao is more extensive than Machu Picchu, but the two Inca masses are spectacular due to several similarities, such as geographic terrain, architecture, scenic landscape, climate types, and Inca trails. THE WALK FROM CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU IS ONE OF THE BEST IN SOUTHERN PERU, Cusco region.

The Choquequirao hiking trail is for lovers of outdoor hiking in remote areas with spectacular landscapes that are memorable from our journey in Peru. Choquequirao Trek 8 Days JOIN the best TREKKING trails LIKE Choquequirao, part of the Salkantay, Sacred Inca Trail to Machu Picchu to have two wide-angle photographic views of the beautiful citadel of MACHU PICCHU. In the last final exploration trek, we have to RAINBOW MOUNTAIN to complete the great and magnificent hiking of Choquequirao to Machu Picchu in 08 days.


Choquequirao Trek 8 Days OVERVIEW

Is this hiking right for me? AT A GLANCE

  • Day 1: Cusco: Hiking from Capulilloc to Chikisca
  • Day 2: Chikisca – Choquequirao Guided Tour – INC
  • Day 3: Choquequirao – Rio Blanco to Maizal
  • Day 4: Maizal to Yanama | Yanama to Lucmabamba by local car.
  • Day 5: Lucmabamba to Hydro and Aguas Calientes
  • Day 6: Sacred Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes
  • Day 7: Machupicchu guided tour and return to Cuzco via Poroy
  • Day 8: Hiking to Rainbow Mountain

Why you will love this Choquequirao 8 Days

  • Explore 8-Day Choquequirao Trek in all its attractiveness
  • We are direct operators in the adventure of Choquequirao Trek 8 Days; you will always be hiking with Kondor Path Tour.
  • Escape and breathe the air of new mountains.


DETAILED ITINERARY of Choquequirao Trek 8 Days to Machu Picchu

BRIEFING: One day before starting the spectacular journey from the Andes to the jungle of Cusco by Choquequirao Trek 8 Days, we provide the TECHNICAL EXPLANATION of the entire trek package by our tour guide. All questions are welcome. The briefing is at 6:00 pm at the reception of the visitor hotel.

Day 01: Cusco: Capulilloc to Chikisca

We start the great adventure through Choquequirao Trek 8 Days. We leave the city of Cusco at 06:00 to Capulilloc “it takes us approximately 04 hours of travel”.

At 10:30, our WARM-UP WALK OF THE DAY begins, descending towards the Apurimac canyon until we reach the first camp. CHIQUISCA has a good location for camping overlooking the Apurimac River.

Summary of the hiking warm-up day entering the Apurimac canyon

  • Travel by Kondor car: From Cusco to Capuliyoc
    • Start time of the land trip from Cusco to Capuliyoc: 06:00
  • At approximately 10:30, we start hiking
  • Trekking distance: 08 km / 4.9 miles
  • Hiking time: 03 hours and a half
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to challenging
  • Lowest elevation: 1,900 meters/6,270 feet
  • Highest elevation: 2,915 meters/9,564 feet
  • Camp area: Chiquisca
  • Meals: Box Lunch and Dinner


  • A pair of hiking poles “helps take the pressure off your knees as it stabilizes your safety for ascending and descending famous, rocky, dusty trails.”
  • An excellent hiking shoes with ankle support for all terrains

Day 02: Chikisca – Choquequirao Guided Tour – INC

Today we leave early to avoid the sun inside the Apurimac Canyon and reach the cloud forest to freshen up and have a magnificent guided tour of Choquequirao.

At 04:50, we start walking towards the Apurímac River to cross the ROSALINA suspension bridge and ascend the Apurímac Canyon until we reach MARAMPATA’s “lunch area.”

We continue the walk along the undulating road until we reach the archaeological ruins of Choquequirao. The guided tour of Choquequirao takes us the rest of the afternoon to explore the highlights of the tourist area.

Summary of HIKE between Chiquisca to Marampata and guided tour to Choquequirao

  • Start time of the walk: 04:50
  • Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
  • Trekking time: 09 to 10 hours
  • Difficulty level: Challenging
  • Lowest elevation: 1,475 meters/ 4,839 feet
  • Highest elevation: 3,106 meters/ 10,190 feet
  • Camp Area: Marampata or INC Choquequirao
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


From 04 in the afternoon, there are some gusts of wind which it is pretty cold; We recommend BRINGING a coat for the guided visit to Choquequirao to withstand the low temperatures, plus 01 flashlights since it could get dark. Having our flashlight and overcoat, we returned to the INC BASE camp without any inconvenience.

Day 03: Choquequirao – Rio Blanco to Maizal

We have another challenging day on the other side of the Choquequirao valley to reach the Pinchaunuyoc ruins and conquer our MAIZAL base camp.

At 06:00 am, the trek begins along one side of the Choquequirao ruins until we reach our first mountain pass, “Paso de Choquequirao,” the panoramic views and views of the other side of the valley are spectacular. We descend for an average of 02 hours to reach the beautiful ruins with their terrace systems of PINCHAUNUYOC “it is the only place where we find fresh spring water.”

We descend for 1 hour and a half more to reach the RÍO-BLANCO River and canyon; walkers can soak or take a dip in the chilly waters of the creek before heading to lunch. We have about 03 more hours to climb the mountain by a zigzag path until we reach MAIZAL.

Summary of HIKE between INC Choquequirao to Maizal

  • Start time of the walk: 06:00
  • Hiking distance: 18 km / 11.2 miles
  • Trekking time: 08 to 09 hours
  • Difficulty level: Challenging
  • Lowest elevation: 1,912 meters/ 6,272 feet
  • Highest peak: 2,983 meters/ 9,786 feet
  • Camp Area: Maizal
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


The day brings sunscreen and mosquito block because there are many mosquitoes, especially in the RIO-BLANCO ravine. It is also essential to carry purification tablets to purify the water. The purification tablets help decontaminate the river or spring water in our Choquequirao Trek 8 Days to Machu Picchu.

Day 04: Maizal to Yanama | Yanama to Lucmabamba by local car.

Today we conquer the highest pass of the entire CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 8 DAYS hiking circuit, the YANAMA PASS.

The activities start at 06:00, walking along the ancient Inca trail within the cloud forest vegetation, turning into a steppe where phreatic friezes and grasslands dominate. We walk for half a day, 04 hours of ascent to the Yanama pass, and 40 minutes to reach the Yanama community. In Yanama, we say goodbye to the muleteers, and then we take the local transport services to transfer all the mountain equipment and adventurer crew to the LUCMABAMBA base camp.

Coffee plantations surround the Lucmabamba camp like the fruits of the low jungle. Ladies and gentlemen hikers, we are close to Machu Picchu, and only a mountain can observe the beautiful ruins of Machu Picchu from the natural viewpoint of the mountain.

Summary of the expedition between Maizal to Lucmabamba

  • Start time of the walk: 06:00
  • Hiking distance: 13 km / 9.6 miles
  • Trekking time: 04 hours
  • Difficulty level: Challenging to Moderate
  • Lowest elevation: 2,829 meters/9,281 feet.
  • Highest elevation: 4,200 meters/12,779 feet
  • Local car: From Yanama to Lucmabamba (approximately 02 hours and 40 minutes of trip)
  • Camp Area: Lucmabamba
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 05: Lucmabamba to Hydro and Aguas Calientes

We ascend the Inca trail of LUCMABAMBA until we reach the top of the mountain or LUCMABAMBA PASS. We can already see MACHU PICCHU and the entire mountain chain of Huayna Picchu in the distance from the top. We continue descending the mountain until we reach the Aobamba River to head towards the HYDROELECTRIC train station.

In the afternoon, we will board the PERU RAIL RAILWAY COMPANY train service to transport us to Aguas Calientes and stay at our HOTEL.

Brief description of the adventure from Lucmabamba to AGUAS CALIENTES

  • Start time of the walk: 06:00
  • Walking distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles
  • Walking time: 05 hours
  • Difficulty level: Challenging to Moderate
  • Lowest elevation: 1,799 meters/5,902 feet.
  • Highest elevation: 3,000 meters/9,842 feet
  • TRAIN SERVICE: By Perurail – Departure at 16:35 – AC arrival at 17:22
  • Hotel: Aguas Calientes
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Local Rest., at Hydro), and Dinner (Touristic Rest., at AC.)

Day 06: Sacred Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes

At 5:30, we start walking towards kilometer 104 of the railway for approximately 02 hours (follow the path next to the railway; watch out for some trains). Arriving at km 104, we enter the SACRED INCA ROAD. The walk from km 104 to Intipunku and Machu Picchu takes around 05 hours of walking through the cloud forest, “totaling 07 hours.”

It is only three hours of ascent, and the rest of the trek is semi-flat through different types of Inca Trail. From Intipunku, we have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu and its surroundings. In the afternoon, we board the bus service to descend towards AGUAS CALIENTES and head towards our HOTEL.

Short description of the walk inside the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu between KM 104 to INTI PUNKU

  • Start time of the walk: 05:00
  • Walking distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
  • Walking time: 07 hours
    • Aguas Calientes to KM 104: 02 hours of walking
    • KM 104 – Inti Punku – Machu Picchu: 05 hours of hiking
  • Difficulty level: Challenging – Moderate to Easy
  • Lowest elevation: 2,065 meters/6,774 feet.
  • Highest elevation: 2,730 meters/ 8,792 feet
  • Bus: One way (MAPI to AC)
  • Hotel: Aguas Calientes
  • Meals: Breakfast (Hotel), Box Lunch, and Dinner (Touristic Rest., at AC.)

Day 07: Machupicchu guided tour and return to Cuzco via Poroy

When buying entrance tickets to the Inca Trail, these tickets allow us to visit Machu Picchu. With the group of visitors of CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 8 DAYS, we will decide a day before what time WE ARE GOING TO ENTER MACHU PICCHU for the sixth day.

At the time indicated by our tour guide, we go to the bus station to go up to Machu Picchu by vehicle and then have the guided tour of MACHU PICCHU in all its splendor. We will be inside Machu Picchu for approximately 02 hours, which allows us to visit decreed by the updated general regulations of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

In the afternoon, return to the city of Cusco VIA POROY STATION. From the POROY train station, we go to CUSCO in our private transportation to drop you off at your respective hotels.

Summary of Machu Picchu Expedition and activities

  • Breakfast at the hotel at 06:00
  • Bus service to Machu Picchu (up and down)
  • Two-hour guided tour inside the archaeological park of Machu Picchu
  • In the afternoon, board your train service to the POROY train station.

Train service information: [Inbound journey]

  • Train company: PERU RAIL
  • Service: MACHU PICCHU – POROY (03 hours and 50 minutes of train ride).
  • Class: EXPEDITION 34
  • Departure: 15:20
  • At Station: 14:50 – Otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
  • Poroy arrival: 19:05
  • Cusco arrival by transport: 19:35

When you get to the POROY train station, be met at the train arrivals area. Just look for a KONDOR PATH TOURS sign with your name.” Group name: Hiker of Choquequirao Trek 8 Days 🙂

Day 08: Hiking to Rainbow Mountain

To culminate our spectacular adventure through the Andes of Choquequirao Trek 8 Days, satisfying our feats of outdoor sports around the World, EXPLORE the beautiful colorful circuit of the rainbow mountain.

At 06:30, we head south from Cusco to reach the start of the trek. Today’s hike takes about 70 minutes to get to the colorful top and look at the beautiful rainbow mountain with its shining chain. We return by the same HIKING TRAIL to our private vehicle to return to the city of Cusco.

Summary of the last day of hiking through the colorful mountains of Cusco

  • Departure time to start the land trip until the beginning of the walk: 06:30
  • Name of the beginning of the walk: Llactoq
  • Walking distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
  • Walking time: 02 ½. hours
  • Difficulty level: Challenging
  • Lowest elevation: 4,900 m/16,076 feet.
  • Highest elevation: 5,100 meters / 16,732 feet.
  • Meals: Box Lunch

Thank you, hikers, for taking our service CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 8 DAYS; hoping they will come back another time for more unique feats in PERU.


INCLUSION for Choquequirao Hike 8 Days

  • Spectacular walks through the southwest of Peru (Cusco Region)
  • Trek briefing 01 or 02 days (at 06:00 pm) before starting the trek in the reception area of ​​your hotel
  • Private transportation from Cusco to the beginning of the trail (Capuliyoc).
  • Local transportation from YANAMA to Lucmabamba
  • Tents – 02 people per tent
    • Pad
  • Local train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist train from AGUAS CALIENTES TO POROY
  • Hotel 02 stars in Aguas Calientes for 02 nights
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao + Rainbow Mountain
  • permits for the Inca Trail with Machu Picchu
  • 03 Bus tickets in Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Kitchen and cooking equipment.
  • Dining tent with table and chairs
  • Food during the excursion: 06 Breakfasts, 04 Lunches, 04 Dinners
    • 01 lunch at the Hydroelectric Restaurant
    • 02 Dinners in a tourist restaurant in Aguas Calientes
    • Lunch Box (03) Day 01, 06, 08
  • Muleteer and pack mules to load all the camping equipment
  • Pack horses for hikers’ gear; 08 kg / 16 pounds per person.
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Private transfer service from Poroy station to Cusco
  • Private transportation for the Rainbow Mountain
  • Local taxes

Is it not included in the Choquequirao Trek 8 Days circuit?

  • Sleeping bag (we recommend bringing an excellent one from your home country that will withstand the frosty nights; alternatively, you can rent one in downtown Cusco)
  • Food: Breakfast on day 01 and other foods that do not describe in the main itinerary
  • Personal tent or hotel with a private room (AC)
  • Horseback riding from Capuliyoc to Yanama for four days with his muleteer
  • Tips for the entire crew (muleteers, cook, and guide) everything is well received with all love for the services of Choquequirao trek 08 days 07 nights

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FAQs About Choquequirao Trek

How many kilometers is the Choquequirao trek?

The Choquequirao trek in Peru is one of the most famous adventures on the trip to Cusco. This trekking route takes four days and covers 62 kilometers in outward and return sections.

 Can I go to Choquequirao Trek with the children?

The tour is recommended for children over eight years old who enjoy hiking outdoors.

Is the Choquequirao Trek recommended for older adults?

Older adults who wish to do the Choquequirao trek should be in good physical condition. It is not recommended if they have heart problems.

Can I do the Choquequirao trek without a tour?

Yes, the Choquequirao trek is an accessible route for the public. However, it is advisable to hire a tour agency as it includes everything you need: a Local professional guide, camping, food, entrance fees, etc.

Is the Choquequirao Trek difficult, and can I do it?

The route is of moderate to great difficulty. It is recommended to be in good physical condition. However, with effort, anyone can complete the hike.

Can I go from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu?

Yes, We offer the 8-day trek that includes visiting the archaeological site of Choquequirao and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

How much does the entrance fee to Choquequirao cost?

The entrance to Choquequirao costs 60 soles for adults, 30 for university students, and 25 for children. These tickets are already included in the tour.

What should I bring to the Choquequirao Trek?

Don’t forget to bring with you: a sleeping bag, poncho in case of rain, comfortable sports clothes (that can withstand low temperatures), snacks, fruits, batteries, personal utensils, and objects that you think are necessary.

How much time in advance should I buy a tour to Choquequirao Trek?

The tour has wide availability. It is recommended to make the purchase weeks in advance. This way, you can better organize the route.

What is the weather like during the Choquequirao trek?

The weather during the trek is warm and temperate, with temperatures ranging from 8ºC. to 24ºC. Maximum. Rains can occur on any day of the year, especially in January, February and March.


On your own: Choquequirao is reached by Cusco or Abancay; the first destination is the town of Cachora; you ascend on foot to Choquequirao. The hike is one day, and the return is the same way.

Hiring your Choquequirao trek with Kondor Path Tours is the safest and most convenient way because they take care of all the trip’s logistics, and we have to enjoy this exciting hike.

How high is Choquequirao located?

Choquequirao is 3,033 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.).

What tourist sites are there in Choquequirao?

Choquequirao houses Inca constructions as impressive as Machu Picchu, such as:

  • The Main Plaza,
  • The Colcas,
  • The Inca Cemetery,
  • The Kallankas,
  • The Ushnu,
  • Los Andenes, etc.

Choquequirao is still excavating; it is estimated that, to date, only 30% of the original Inca precinct has been restored.

What is the climate like on the Choquequirao trek?

Because of its geographical position, Choquequirao has a “temperate – warm” climate due to the Apurimac canyon, alternating with cold temperatures at night; the average annual temperature is 17ºC.

Is the Choquequirao trek challenging?

To do this trek, it is necessary to acclimatize in the city of Cusco one or two days before starting the hike; for proper acclimatization, it is required to rest as much as possible, eat a little, and drink plenty of fluids.

It is also necessary to be in good physical and mental condition; this is a trek where the level of demand is higher than the Inca Trail or Salkantay.

Will altitude sickness affect me on the Choquequirao trek?

Because Choquequirao has a “warm-temperate” climate, it is unlikely to suffer from altitude sickness or “Soroche.” Still, if this happens, we can drink the Coca Leaves tea, which is highly known for its healing and relaxing properties.

The Choquequirao tour is a unique and unforgettable experience; since it is a challenging, unique, and natural adventure, we will know the ancestral wonders of the Incas, accompanied by the satisfaction of feeling fulfilled at the culmination of this hike. To have an even more pleasant and safe experience, do not forget to contact Waman Adventures, a prestigious company from Cusco that will guide you in every moment of this incredible journey, along with quality and certified professionals that will make your trip the most memorable experience of your life.


Cost Choquequirao Trek 8 Days 07 nights

PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2023. We carry out the Choquequirao Tour for 08 Days as a private service.

  • 02 participants $1,560. “Prices reduce if there are more people in your group.”
  • 03 participants $1,225.
  • 04 participants $1,015.
  • 05 participants $960.
  • 06 participants $865.
  • 07 participants $815.
  • 08 participants + $760.

* Kondor Path Tours operates the Choquequirao Hiking Trail 8 days 07 nights 😊

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