Choquequirao + Short Inca Trail & Machu Picchu – 7 Days Trek

Price from: $ 589.00 USD (See: Price List)

Choquequirao + Short Inca Trail & Machu Picchu – 7 Days Trek

Price from: $ 589.00 USD (See: Price List)

Hike from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu with the express Inca trail of 07 days. We visit and explore two beautiful architectural wonders of Peru in the open air with unique and spectacular walks.

Choquequirao with Short Inca Trail plus Machu Picchu 07 Days

Explore the two megalithic constructions in a single expedition through the Andes. The trek from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu with the Short Inca Trail is impressive and unique for lovers of outdoor excursions.

Each camp, each hiking route has its beauty of scenic landscape between the high Andean peaks, the Nevados, the Apurimac Canyon, valleys, and ravines until reaching the Historic Sanctuary of Machu-Picchu. Enjoy your next vacation in remote places where fresh air emanates with landscapes that sweeten each walker. 07 Days 6 Nights Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu IS FOR Hikers WITH EXPERIENCE!

Overview

Choquequirao trek + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 7 Days / 6 Nights, Overview

Day 01: Cusco – Sayhuite – Capulilloc – Chikisca
Day 02: Chikisca – Choquequirao – INC
Day 03: Choquequirao – Rio Blanco – Maizal
Day 04: Maizal – Yanama | Yanama to Lucmabamba by local car.
Day 05: Lucmabamba – Hydro – Aguas Calientes
Day 06: Premium Inca Trail – Inti Punku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Day 07: Machu-Picchu guided tour and return to Cusco City

Treks Choquequirao Inca Trail Machu Picchu Highlights:

  • Tour of 03 monumental tourist attractions in just 07 days of vacation through the Andes and jungles of the Sanctuary of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu
  • Walkers of the world, are you looking for walks with spectacular landscapes? This hiking circuit is ideal for you and your groups to relax hiking and camping through scenic nature.
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Itinerary

Day 1: CUSCO – CHIKISCA: Hike from the Capuliyoc viewpoint to Chikisca

We start the trip from the city of Cusco, leaving at 05:00 am to have enough time to complete the walk this day. We travel through the plains of Anta; we will descend through the Limatambo valley and cross the Apurímac region by the Cunyac bridge. We continue the trip passing through the town of Curahuasi at the height of the Sayhuite stone branch; we take the road to Cachora and Capulilloc. In Capulilloc, our horses and muleteers await us to start the adventure of hiking.

We prepare to start walking on the bridle path; the canyon views are unique for taking photos and videos. It does recommend to bring professional poles to walk this walk; This helps support our knees on descents and ascents. The route is remote hiking, and you must get a pair of poles!

We will pass through the properties of Capulilloc and Cocamasana until we reach our camp in CHIQUISCA. “Santa Rosa is located in the middle of the mountain in front of our expedition.”

Informative note: Maybe we camped in the Chiquisca area; Our adventure guide will make these decisions according to the evolution and experience of the group of walkers.

Hiking data

Descent into the Apurimac canyon, we stopped by the small settlement of Chiquisca and set up camp for the night.

  • Vehicle trip start time: 05:00 “04 hours and 10 minutes approximately”
    • In the course of the journey, visit the Saywite monolith.
  • Private transfer to the beginning of the trail “from Cusco to Capuliyoc.”
  • Adventure distance: 08 km/ 4.9 miles.
  • 03 hours and a half of walking “all descent” recommended walking sticks
  • Campsite: Chiquisca
  • Hiking difficulty: Challenging.

Day 2: Ascent hike to Marampata and I.N.C. Camp

When starting the walk early, We will have a fantastic walk covered by the nature of the jungle. Some streams on the route with a mini waterfall provide natural water to walkers “if they will collect natural water, it is important to filter or purify it.”

Well, dear adventurers, we started going up the bridle path that zigzagged until we reached the small community of Marampata “in Marampata; there are several local stores to supply us with drinks or snacks for the following days.”

From Marampata, we will have incredible views of the Apurimac canyon and the current Andes. We continue the walk until we reach the foothills of the archaeological group of Choquequirao to have our camp.

During the afternoon, we will have a guided visit to Choquequirao; We will explore the area of the Inca platforms, the main square below and above, the Inca agricultural platforms, the temple of the condor, the twin funeral system, ceremonial altars, etc.

Important data:

  • The start of the walk is at 05:00
  • Gap: 14 kilometers / 8.7 miles
  • The walking time is 08 hours, with additional time to visit the ruins of Choquequirao for approximately 02 hours.
  • Hiking difficulty level: Challenging
  • Choquequirao I.N.C. “We set up a base camp just before Choquequirao.”

Day 3 Up to the small campsite of Maizal

On one of the fascinating days, we ventured to the valley and ravine of the white river; From Río Blanco, we hiked ascending in zigzag until we get the base camp of Maizal.

The walking activities start at 06:00 hours towards the Choquequirao pass (approximately 02 hours of walking). We continue descending for an average of 01 hour until we reach the Pinchaunuyuc ruins.

RUINS OF PINCHAUNUYUC
Pinchaunuyu – the Incas ruins are behind the archaeological group of Choquequirao. There are platforms in perfect condition used to plant agricultural products in the time of the Incas. Pinchaunuyoc did build in a remote and precise elevation area for visual and auditory communication with Maizal, Choquequirao, and other still unknown archaeological groups. The archaeological complex of Pinchaunuyoc has an Inca source of spring water. Those who camp in this area can stock up on fresh water, and hikers can fill their canteen with water to hydrate themselves since it is the only area with water until they reach the white river (RIO BLANCO).

After visiting the Pinchaunuyoc ruins, we continue our descent down the mountain until we reach the fresh waters of the Blanco River. Hikers can take a refreshing cold swim as the entire trek is hot and splashing around in the river is satisfying. The last section of the walk is from the Río Blanco to Maizal, “03 hours of ascent through the mountain until reaching the base camp”.

Summary of hiking behind the ruins of Choquequirao

  • Walking Distance: 18 km/ 11.2 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 08 hours
  • Camp location: Maizal
  • Expedition Difficulty: Challenging

Day 4: Conquer the highest point of the entire expedition, “YANAMA PASS.”

HIKING BETWEEN MAIZAL TO YANAMA, AND FROM YANAMA, WE GO BY LOCAL TRANSPORTATION TO LUCMABAMBA

We start the walk along the Inca Trail of Maizal that takes us to the Yanama pass or Victoria mines “05 hours of ascent into the jungle and the frozen zone of the Andes where the condor flies in its natural habitat between the valley and the Apurimac canyon.”

From San Juan Pass, we descend to the Yanama Andean community. At Yanama, we use a local transportation ride to Lucmabamba-Santa-Tereza. We will enjoy the gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains and the high Andes jungle along the way.

Summary description of the Andes and Jungle trek (Maizal to Lucmabamba)

  • Start time of the walk: 06 in the morning to save time and reach the finish line.
  • Trek distance: 13 km/9.68 miles “Maizal-Yanama”
  • Hours of walking between Maizal to Yanama: 04 hours.
  • Highest point: San Juan Pass 4,200 meters/12,779 feet
  • Local car: Yanama – Collpapampa – Lucmabamba (approximately 02 hours and 40 minutes of trip). The local vehicle can be a truck, a local combi, or any vehicle we find in the community; we will all adapt to Yanama transport.
  • Lucmabamba camp height: 3,522 meters/11,555 ft. Beautiful camp within the cloud forest and near the coffee plantations
  • Hiking difficulty: Challenging – Moderate

Day 5: Inca Trail of Llactapata – Lucmabamba with a view towards Machupicchu

Hike at the other end of the Inca trail from Lucmabamba going to Llactapata and Hidroeléctrica. From the Llactapata ruins, we will have a first impressive view of Machu Picchu and its surrounding mountains. It is essential to detail that you will have the other photo of Machupicchu from the other end of the mountain the next day.

TRAIL INFORMATION: Hiking through the greenish zone of the buffer zone of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

  • The start time of the walk is at 06:00
  • Hike along the Inca Trail from Lucmabamba to the Llactapata Pass (approximately 02 hours)
    • Highest point: Llactapata PASS 3000 meters/9,842 feet.
  • Explore and walk through the Inca ruins of Llactapata with an impressive view of the ruins of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, and the mountain ranges of the Vilcabamba batholith.
  • Observe Machu Picchu in its first panoramic view from Llactapata, which is “really one of the best panoramic views.”
  • Trail distance: 16 km/9.9 miles
  • Trekking time: 07 hours. 05 hours of walking through the walking circuit and 02 hours following the train lines “next to the train lines there is a pedestrian path.”
  • Accommodation: Aguas Calientes “02-star hotel.”
  • Difficulty: Challenging/Moderate to Easy

Day 6: Adventure along the Sacred Inca Trail to Inti Punku with a view of Machu Picchu from the east

We start the walk from the town of Aguas Calientes following the train track “be careful with the trains.” Upon reaching kilometer 104 of the railroad, “two hours of walking,” we will officially enter the network of the Inca Trail through the Sacred Trail; We ascend until we reach the archaeological group of Wiñaywayna and Intipunku. We will observe the last Inca citadel preserved during the previous centuries in the afternoon. Having several alternatives for the panoramic views of Machu Picchu is one of the best adventure options starting in Choquequirao. This site is considered the sister citadel of this majestic Inca citadel.

Hiking Summary

  • Start time of the walk: 05:30
  • Inca Ruins to explore: Choquesuysuy, Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Intipunku (Sun Gate)
  • Height of the start of the walk: 2,100 meters/ 6,900feet.
  • Gap: 16 kilometers / 9.9 miles
    • Aguas Calientes to KM 104: 02 hours of walking
    • KM 104 – Inti Punko – Machu Picchu: 05 hours of hiking
  • Hike Max Elevation: 2,730m/ 8,792ft. (Intipunku)
  • Accommodation: 02 Star Hotel “A.C.”
  • Hiking Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 7: Guided tour of the Inca architectural wonder of Peru “Machupicchu.”

For centuries, the Incas trekked the Andes to reach remote parts of South America. Today we have the most significant exploration of the entire trip and vacation. We start the bus trip to the spectacular Machu Picchu, seen from the Inca viewpoint house in all its splendor. The guided tour will lead us to understand the motives and reasons why the Incas chose to live in this rugged area of the jungle. The majestic Inca citadel was built entirely with granite stone.

After the guided tour with our adventure guide, we began to return by bus to Aguas Calientes to start the return trip by train to the city of Cusco.

Tourist activities on the primary day of the entire expedition

  • 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: MAPI – POROY (03 hours and 50 minutes of trains 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: Choquequirao hikers 07 days🙂

Inclusions

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Includes

  • Trek briefing 01 or 02 days (at 05:00 pm) before starting the walk in the reception area of your hotel
  • English speaking tour guide (Local one from Cusco)
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Capulilloc.
    • Local vehicle from YANAMA to LUCMABAMBA
  • Horses or mules and indigenous horse riders carry camping equipment.
    • Personal items to bring: 08 kG / 17 pounds 
  • Spacious tent/Sleeping mat. 
    • We provide a duffle for personal items.
  • 04 Night camping
  • 02 nights in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Sierra Andina group (El Presidente Hotel two stars, or similar). S.I.A. brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi.
  • One cook
    • Excellent meals: 06 Breakfasts, 06 Lunches, 05 Dinners (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
    • Wake up to coca tea in your tent
    • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit during hiking
  • All entrance tickets to the attractions (Saywite, Choquequirao, Short Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu
  • 03 bus tickets
    • On Day 06; Machu Picchu to  Aguas Calientes
    • On Day 07:  Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (up and down)
  • 01 train ticket: BY PERURAIL
    • Inbound Journey: MAPI – POROY (By PERU RAIL Expedition 34, departure at 15:20)
  • Touristic vehicle from POROY TO CUSCO “transfer.”
  • All local taxes

Trek choquequirao Machu Picchu Not Included

  • Breakfast on Day 01, Dinner on Day 06, Lunch on Day 07
  • Tipping – an entirely personal gesture (Horseman, porters, guide & driver).

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu Bring

  • A daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • Original passport with the migration Peru card (for Trains, Machu Picchu Park, and Hotels)
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • An excellent sleeping bag for the entire excursion “01 small and comfortable sleeping bag that withstands low temperatures of up to 5° below zero | 23 degrees Fahrenheit” If you did not bring the sleeping bag from your country! You can rent it in the center of Cusco or buy it.
  • Lighter trekking boots.
  • 05 pairs of trekking pants.
  • Rain jacket: The first night, the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 04 t-shirts.
  • 01 good sleeping bag.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET.
  • Camera and film.
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops. Your toes will thank you!
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings.
  • Extra money for drinks, tips for cooks, equestrians, guides. ($280-400)

Travel Facts

HOW HIGH IS CHOQUEQUIRAO?

The lost citadel of Choquequirao does locate at 3,035 meters above sea level, and at the lowest point of the trek, you will be at 1,461 meters above sea level. The climate is similar to Cusco’s, so it is advisable to acclimatize to the altitude before the hike. Who should note that the road to Choquequirao is warm due to the Apurimac Canyon?

CAN YOU GET FROM CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU?

Of course, you can. That is why we offer you an exclusive tour package to visit the ruins of Choquequirao and the citadel of Machu Picchu.

We assure you that this trek will last 08 days of pure connection with all that the Andean landscape offers you from the heights, the ultimate adventure for those addicted to altitude with love for history. Join us for this excursion to the mountaintop of Choquequirao, free of tourist crowds, before continuing to Santa Teresa, the back door to Machu Picchu. With guided tours, you will appreciate the Inca Empire and feel like traveling back in time.

IS THERE A CABLE CAR IN CHOQUEQUIRAO?

What did not complete the project was to build a cable car connecting Cachora to Marampata due to the frequent presence of landslides, and this plan was lost little by little.

Having the cable car would benefit the tourist activity. Still, we would also lose the hike, which is very significant because the route is enjoyable and full of landscapes, flora, and fauna to discover.

WHAT IS THE DISTANCE BETWEEN CHOQUEQUIRAO AND MACHU PICCHU?

There is 43.8 km separating the archaeological site “Choquequirao” from the citadel of Machu Picchu.

We also offer you an exclusive package for this trek: the “Choquequirao Trek 7 days”.

This adventure is definitely for those who are addicted to heights. The route is one of the most complex in Peru; it is full of winding paths, unique panoramic views, deep valleys, a great variety of plants (orchids, small forests), animals in their habitat, etc.

The Choquequirao to Machupicchu trek is unforgettable – INTUPA CUSCO is an agency specializing in this adventure.

WHERE IS CHOQUEQUIRAO LOCATED IN PERU?

Choquequirao is located in the Andes Mountains of Cusco, Peru, and belongs to the province of La Convención, in the district of Santa Teresa.

What is Choquequirao?

Choquequirao is an Inca archaeological site with similar characteristics to Machu Picchu. Its name means ‘Cradle of Gold.’ Because it resembles the ‘Inca City,’ it is known as the ‘Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu.’

Where is Choquequirao in Peru?

Choquequirao is in the Andes Mountains of Cusco, Peru. It belongs to the province of La Convención, in the district of Santa Teresa.

How to get to Choquequirao?

Reach Choquequirao via Cusco or Abancay. From Cachora Marampata, you ascend on foot to Choquequirao. The hike is for 02 days. The return is the same way.

How high is Choquequirao?

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

What to see 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, the Andenes, etc.

Choquequirao is still in the process of excavation. It estimates that only 30% of the original Inca precinct has lived denoted restored to date.

Who built Choquequirao?

According to research done at Choquequirao, it does estimate that what built the Inca site around 1536.

Due to its similarity to Machu Picchu, it does believe that the Inca Pachacutec founded the site. His son Tupac Inca Yupanqui would be the one who ordered the construction of Choquequirao.

What is the climate like in Choquequirao?

The Choquequirao archaeological site has a temperate climate. The hike to this place has hot weather due to the proximity of the so-called ‘Apurimac Canyon.’

How to hike to Choquequirao?

Who can do the hike to Choquequirao with an organized tour or on your own? You need to hike from Cachora to the archaeological site in both cases.

How to buy tickets to Choquequirao?

Choquequirao tours are purchased online or at the Historic Center of Cusco. If you travel yourself, you must buy the entrance tickets when you arrive at the archaeological site.

How much does the tour to Choquequirao cost?

The prices of the tours to Choquequirao vary according to the tour agency and the number of people.

Prices vary from US$500 to US$350 per person.

What does a tour to Choquequirao include?

The Choquequirao tour includes the following:

Camping equipment.

  • Two days of meals.
  • A bus trip from Cusco to Cachora.
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao.
  • Tour guide service.
  • Luggage carrying service on horseback.
  • Trekking poles (sticks).

PRICE LIST

Choquequirao, Inka Trail, Machu Picchu 7 Days

PRICES PER PERSON 2022. Private hiking tours are only open to your party.

  • 02 people US$ 1,159. “prices reduce if there are more people in your group.”
  • 03 people US$ 923.
  • 04 people US$ 765.
  • 05 people US$ 741.
  • 06 people US$ 664.
  • 07 people US$ 633.
  • 08+ people US$ 589.

* Kondor Path Tours operates the Choquequirao vs Machu Picchu.

** Student discounts $ 35 off per person.

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