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Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Ancient Peru is located above 3050 m/10,007 ft. northwest of Cusco and on a summit of a leafy green Andes mountain, on the border of Cusco and Apurímac states. Choquequirao Park has impressive majestic mountains where there are many Inca terraces, plazas, chambers, imposing walls, Inca niches, the lower and the upper Choquequirao, ritual areas dedicated to the sun and moon gods, the earth, the water, and the Apus. Choquequirao has been a controlled entry point of the Vilcabamba range. Vilcabamba is located in the Andes and the tropical jungle. This was a sacred place in ancient times, and a place where the Incas obtained tropical feathers from exotic birds and minerals to weave their royal ponchos.

Choquequirao was built in 15th and 16th centuries, and was known as the last resistance and refuge of the Inca people. For many centuries Choquequirao was abandoned, but in recent years the INC (Peru National Institution) decided to take the control of the Park. Tour Choquequirao encompasses 103,814.39 hectares/256,530 acres and has unique flora and fauna.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu IS FOR EXPERIENCED TREKKERS! grade II

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Playa Rosalina
  • Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao
  • Day 3: Choquequirao Tour
  • Day 4: Choquequirao to Maizal
  • Day 5: Maizal to Yanama
  • Day 6: Yanama to Collpapampa
  • Day 7: Collpapampa to La Playa
  • Day 8: La Playa / Llactapata to Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Day 9: Machu Picchu Tour

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Playa Rosalina

Wee start at 4:30 AM we will pick you up from your hotels with our Kondor transports. It is important to start very early because we have a long 4 and a half hour journey to Capulilloc where the trek starts. The geography of the Andes is remote and the paved road is wending. That’s why we use modern Inka motors. During the trip we will travel through many small villages of the Andean and Colonial cultures. At Cura Wasi village we have our first stop to drink a local coffee (optional) or to get some fruit from the area. After 3 hours and a half of  travel, we take a dirt road for about one hour and twenty minutes which takes us to Capulilloc.

At Capulilloc the horses and mules that came from the Yanama settlement are waiting for us. The landscapes of the hike are amazing,  so bring extra batteries for your cameras or solar panels to charge your photo machines. Today we trek for 3 hours and a half–1,500 m/4,500 ft of downhill. We recommend that you bring the best hiking shoes that you can buy at home, and a pair of hiking poles. (If you do not have hiking poles,  you can rent them from us, because they are definitely recommended.)

The first camp of the trek is Playa Rosalina which is near the Apurimac River There are some mosquitoes here, so we recommend that you bring a good spray. At the camp we provide you with the best camping equipment.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Summary Trek

  • Early morning pickup from your hotel
  • Private transfer to the trailhead “Capulilloc”
  • Meals at Capulilloc Inca lookout
  • Accommodation: Camping 1 at Rosalinda Beach
  • Walking distance: 10 km/6.2 miles
  • Estimated duration: 4 hours hike “Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Hike Peru Tour”
  • Weather: Not cold, but hotter and drier
  • Trail conditions are rocky, dusty, and slippery. Trekking shoes are definitely required.
  • Difficulty: Challenging.

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Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao

It an excellent idea to wake up early to avoid the heat of the sun. We will bring a cup of Coca tea to your tent to help wake you up. Wear light pants today, or shorts and hiking t shirts. We start our adventure hike, trekking up the giant mountain. We will supply you with a lot of water, because it is certain that you will need it. You will also have the chance to get more water at Santa Rosa 1 and Santa Rosa 2. Above Santa Rosa there is a creek which is a landmark, and from there we can count 18 switchbacks which help us determine the distance left to travel, and help to motivate us to continue on this difficult trail which leads us to Marampata where we stop to eat lunch.

From Marampata we have an uneven and rough trail, which leads us to Sunchu Pata where we have a full view of Choquequirao temple. We camp at the INC camp at the lower side of Choquequirao, and enjoy the Andes sunset over the deep canyon.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Summary Trek

  • Full uphill day trek
  • Meals at Marampata settlement
  • Accommodation: Camping Day 2 at Choquequirao Inc.
  • Walking distance: 11 km/6.82 miles
  • Estimated duration: 7-8 hours hike
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3: Choquequirao Tour

Every day we have a full day of trekking, including today, because Choquequirao Park spread out over the mountain. It’s not like Machu Picchu that looks like more like an Inca citadel because it is all in one place. Hiking the Choquequirao allows us to appreciate the magnificent Inca temple all day. After breakfast we walk to the main part of Choquequirao, where we can begin to understand its Inca architecture. From there we can go exploring, so need to decide where to go. We do recommend that you visit the ceremonial Inca platform, the Inca Plaza, or the Llamas and Alpacas walls. Lunch is at INC camp and the rest of the afternoon there is time to explore the Inca cascade of the giant hummingbird down below INC camp, have afternoon tea, and appreciate the panoramic Andes view.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Summary Trek

  • Explore Choquequirao Incan site
  • Accommodation: Camping Day 3 at the Inc. camp

Day 4: Choquequirao to Maizal

Today we have to hike down and up around some of the big mountains. But everything is possible with our spirit of adventure. After our fortifying Inca breakfast we start hiking very early. From the Choquequirao pass, the trail starts a full downhill to Rio Blanco (3 hours and half trek). At Rio Blanco we have our Andean lunch prepared by our professional chef. You are also welcome to jump into the creek, because this is an area that is hotter.

The rest of the hike is up the mountain, so we look forward to a cold drink on top of the mountain where we will camp. This super trek is the best one to help you forget the modern stress routine at home. It is classified as the number one trek in South America, with its contact with Pachamama (nature). Also we will explore Pinchaunuyoc Incan site before Rio Blanco. Afternoon tea is served with popcorn in the middle of the Andes Mountains.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Summary Trek

  • Today is the first pass of the trek
  • Meals at Rio Blanco River
  • Accommodation: Camping Day 4 at Maizal
  • Walking distance: 14 km/8.68 miles
  • Estimated duration: 8 hours hike
  • Highest point: Choquequirao Pass 3,270 m/10,728 ft
  • Campsite elevation: Maizal 3,000 m/9,842 ft
  • Difficulty: More challenging

Day 5: Maizal to Yanama

After a 3 hour trek up the mountain we reach the Pass. From the cloud forest area we enter into high Andean grassland (the Inca grass which is called Ichu). The Inca trail is visible from different angles, and we have the chance to walk on that ancient Inca trail, where many centuries ago, the Chaskis, wandering Inca walkers used those Inca roads. From the San Juan Pass we can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding Andes snow peaks which look like magical panoramas.

Lunch is served on top of the Mountain with the terrific views. After a 2 hour descending trek we reach Yanama community. Before reach the camp, we pass across the abandoned silver mines and explore into the tunnels.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Summary Trek

  • Accommodation: Camping Day 5 at Yanama
  • Walking distance: 14 km/8.68 miles
  • Estimated duration: 5 hours hike
  • Highest point: San Juan Pass 4,200 m/12,779 ft.
  • Campsite elevation: Yanama 3,522 m/11,555 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate & challenging.

Day 6: Yanama to Collpapampa

Today is another full day of trekking on the Andes,. We start with a smooth trail up to Mariano Llamoja pass. The feeling is like walking on the moon, because it is high elevation the whole hike. If we are lucky we can observe the Apu Salkantay Pass. We hike on a recent dirt road to Collpapampa, using the famous shortcuts, until the last 2 hours when we follow the dirt road to camp. The downhill is super easy using the hiking poles, and with proper shoes and trekking socks. As we trek, we are ever closer to Machu Picchu.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Summary Trek

  • Meals at Hornopampa
  • Accommodation: Camping Day 6 at Collpapampa
  • Walking Distance: 18 km/11.16 miles
  • Estimated duration: 9 hours hike “”
  • Highest point Pass: 4,660 m/15,288 ft
  • Campsite elevation: Collpapampa 2,900 m 9, 514 ft
  • Difficulty: Very challenging


Day 7: Collpapampa to La Playa

Today is an easy walk day along the glacial river, and across lush vegetation through sub-tropical jungle. This is a day for exploring green nature, finding the wild strawberry, passion fruit, coffee plantations, and avocados trees. At midday we arrive at La Playa camp where we welcome some ice cream and cold beer.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Summary Trek

  • Meals at La Playa.
  • Accommodation: Camping Day 7 at Sawayaco la Playa
  • Walking Distance: 16 km/9.92 miles
  • Estimated duration: 5 hours hike
  • Campsite elevation: Playa 2,100 m/6,889 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate & easy

La Playa

Day 8: La Playa / Llactapata to Machu Picchu Pueblo

Today is a day like the first days of the trek, because it is almost the same weather (super-hot and humid). Early in the morning we start our trek to avoid the hot sun and the humidity. After breakfast we cross the river and follow a dirt road for 1/2 an hour until we get to the well preserved track of the Inca Trail “Lucmabamba.” We pass through coffee plantations on the Inca trail which is smooth compared with the trails of other days.

At the top of the mountain pass we have the first glimpse of the last cities of the Incas, where the Spaniards never got to. At this location we have an Inca control area of Llactapata. This Incan site is in ruins, but is known for having been interconnected with Machu Picchu temple. Then we have a 2 hour descent trek to the hydroelectric plant of Machu Picchu. During the afternoon we board a local train service to Machu Picchu Pueblo (30 minutes train ride). In the evening, together with your professional trek guide, we organize with you as to how you would like to have your tour in Machu Picchu the next day.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Summary Trek

  • Trekking into the tropical and the cloud forest jungle
  • Walk on original Inca Trail to Llactapata
  • Explore Llactapata Incan ruins and take the first glimpse of Machu Picchu
  • PM board the train service to Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Accommodation: Aguas Calientes overnight
  • Walking Distance: 16 km/9.92 miles
  • Estimated duration: 5 hours hike
  • Highest point: Llactapata PASS 3000 m/9,842 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate to Challenging


Day 9: Machu Picchu Tour

The type of tour depends on the group decision. We start in the morning with a walking guided tour in Machu Picchu.  First we board the tourist bus to Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunrise on this magical and spiritual place. We will discover all the enigmas with our expert guide, as we explore Machu Picchu Park for about 3 hours. If you booked Waynapicchu or Montaña in advance with us, you will be do this trek.

In the afternoon you board the train service to Ollantaytambo, then travel by car to Cusco city to your hotel (3 hours and 20 minutes total ride). End

Summary Trek

  • Early breakfast at your hotel
  • Bus or hiking up to Machu Picchu (by bus 25 minutes, by foot 1.5 hours)
  • 2 hours tour for exploring Machu Picchu with your guide, and then free time for you
  • Climb to Huayna Picchu (Optional – book in advance with us) 7 AM or 10 AM
  • PM return by bus to Aguas Calientes village
  • PM train return service from Machu Picchu train station to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Train times: 2:55 PM, 4:45 PM, or 6:45 PM depending on availability at Peru Rail/Inca rail
  • PM or night transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cusco city by car
  • Difficulty: Mountain Spirit Machu Picchu

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Includes

  • Choquequirao Machu Picchu Hiking Tours 9 days
  • Trek briefing with your guide
  • Professional guide
  • 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 3 star.
  • Choquequirao guided tour
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Spacious tent/Sleeping mat.
  • Horses or mules and indigenous horsemen to carry camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetable
  • 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, and assistants
  • Excellent meals: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, foods which are 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 to 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.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Not Include

  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
  • Water on Day 1
  • Energy snacks will be very useful such as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 8, Lunch on Day 9
  • $ 25 Waynapicchu Mountain (walk to top without a guide, the trail is well marked).
  • $ 40 Sleeping bag rental
  • $ 40 Trekking poles
  • $ 95 Single Tent.

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu Bring

  • A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if 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 before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even in the 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 as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
  • 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This 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, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
  • Water (Only for first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
  • Camera and film
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (great for potential blisters on the feet), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses and supplies, hand sanitizer etc. Pack what you need, but pack light.
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after  8-10 hours of hiking each day.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money for drinks, tips in soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
  • Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220).

Trek From Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 9 Day

  • 2 ppl group US$ 1490.00 p/person.
  • 3 ppl group US$ 1350.00 p/person.
  • 4 ppl group US$ 1250.00 p/person.
  • 5 ppl group US$ 1200.00 p/person.
  • 6 ppl group US$ 1100.00 p/person.
  • 7 + ppl group US$ 980.00 p/person.


  • $ 45. Sleeping Bag (4 seasons, Maximum size 1.95 m/6´4″).
  • $ 25. Pair of walking poles
  • $ 40 Air Mattress
  • $ 95 Single Tent Supplement
  • $ 180 Full mule to carry 14 kg of personal items.

Kondor Path Tours HOW TO BOOK

Trek Choquequirao Machupicchu 9 Days WILL NOT BE CONFIRMED without a completed booking form and deposit sent to There is a $300 per person deposit needed. All deposits are fully non-refundable. We accept payments through PayPal which will incur a 6% merchant fee paid by the traveler, we will email you your booking invoice and confirmation once your information and deposit are received.

Trek from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 9d


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Trek from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 9d

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Trek From Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 9 Day

Programed Departures

Depart. Date Group size Avail. Tour

Trip Details

Duration: 9 Day and 8 Night
Sites to visit: Choquequirao, Inca Trails, Victoria mine, Llactapata and Machu Picchu site.
Tour Style: Adventure (hiking and trekking), Archeological, Camping, Cultural and Ecological.
Recommended group size: Minimum 02 Passenger, Maximum 12 Passengers
Highlight: Visiting the Inca citadel of “Choquequirao and Machu Picchu”, passing through amazing and remote Andes landscapes, plunging river canyons, stunning mountain views from the Capulilloc to San Jan Pass, and on the eighth day of hiking you have the first glimpse of Machu Picchu.
Location: Choquequirao site is situated at an elevation of 3,000 m / 9842.52 feet on a southwest-facing spur of a glaciated peak above the Apurimac River. The region is characterized by mountain topography and covered with Amazonian flora and fauna. It is 98 km west of Cusco city, in the Vilcabamba range.
Physical Level: 9 Day and 8 Night
Total Travel Distance: 104 km / 64.6 mile
Departures: Any day with two people min.
Recommended age for the tour: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a Kondor Path Tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.