The Choquequirao trek is a truly spectacular hike that plunges down into the Apurimac canyon and then up again to the fascinating ruins of Choquequirao. While this is a quite tough trek, you are rewarded with spectacular views the whole way. The Choquequirao ‘comfort’ trek gives you more time in the ruins and to get there. The ruins of Choquequirao, perched on a ledge high above the Apurimacm, are not as extensive as Machu Picchu, but probably more fascinating and much more remote. This is certainly a very unique trail in the high Andes. These were linked by a network of roads paths which eventually connect with the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Choquequirao or “Golden Cradle” comprises areas of the provinces of Cusco and Apurimac and it is situated at 3,000m in the foothills of the Salkantay mountain range, surrounded by the snowy apus of Qoriwayrachina, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo and Panta.
So on this trek you will have amazing opportunities for landscape photography, and guided by Flavio, you will capture the beautiful mountain scenery around Cusco on camera. But you will also be able to work on your macro skills, photographing the wonderful native flora and fauna of the region. Come evening, you will be able to experiment with sunset, night & light painting photography from the amazing vantage points offered by our remote campsites. Light pollution doesn’t exist here, so you will be able to appreciate the vast beauty of the night sky, which makes us all feel small in comparison. Finally you will arrive at Machu Picchu, legendary lost city of the Incas and a worthy reward for this challenging trail!
Day 1: Cusco – Playa Rosalinda
At 5.30am you will be picked up from your hotel and by local bus you will be brought to the village of Cachora. This trip of 4 hours will be the start of the big adventure. We will arrive at Cachora at approximately 11am. and there we will prepare ourselves for the walking tour by putting our backpacks and all equipment on the pack mules.
After that, we are going to walk for approximately 6 hours. During the route we will enjoy a very nice lunch at a place called Capulioc. Then we will hike to the bridge Rosalinas over the Apurimac River, which is situated 1500 meters above sea level. This is also the place where we will camp this first night. (L / D)
Day 2: Playa Rosalinas – Choquequirao
We will leave the bridge Rosalinas and go in the direction of the next camping site named Sunchupata. During the trail we can observe a change of vegetation and climate. We will walk up to 2900 meters above sea level. In Maranpata we will have lunch and we will continue the hike till we reach Sunchupata, our camp for the night. (B / L / D)
Day 3: Choquequirao
Starting from the camping site of Sunchupata we will walk towards the Choquequirao ruins where we will have the whole day to explore. Your guide will give you a priceless insight into the history of the ruins while you snap away! Afterwards we will go back to the nice place Sunchupata where we will camp for the second time. (B / L / D)
Day 4: Choquequirao – Hacienda San Ignacio
We will hike down from Choquequirao to the bridge of San Ignacio. Along this route we will see a place where they produce brandy called ‘Cambray’ (chicha de caña) from cane sugar. We will have lunch here and we will stay the night in the San Ignacio Hacienda .
Day 5: San Ignacio – Huanipaca – Ollantaytambo
This day we will walk from Puente San Ignacio back to Huanipaca where a bus will be waiting to take us back to Ollantaytambo. (B / L / D)
Day 6: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco
This morning we will take the train down to Aguas Calientes in order to go up to Machu Picchu. Once there your guide will lead you in a discovery of this lost city of the Incas for around 2 hours, then will have free time to explore further or to hike up Huayna Picchu. Later, you will go back down to Aguas Calientes for your lunch then travel back to Cusco. (B / L)
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.
– 1st Turn 07:00 am : 200 people.
– 2nd Turn 10:00 am : 200 people.
- Round trip transfer airport-hotel-airport
- Private service
- Round trip train tickets
- Round trip bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- Admission tickets for Machu Picchu
- Guide at Machu Picchu
- 1 night hotel at Aguas Calientes or Ollantaytambo
- Professional English/Spanish Speaking guide
- Private Bus in and out to the beginning of the trail (Cusco-Cachora)
- Double Occupancy Tents
- Camping Equipment: Bathroom tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, stools, tables and comfortable mattresses
- Horses and Mules to carry our equipment
- Coffee breaks in the afternoons
- All meals during the trek
- Vegetarian meal available on request
- Last lunch at Indio Feliz restarurant: https://www.indiofeliz.com/en/restaurant.html
- Gatorade powder
- First aid kit/Oxygen
- Travel Insurance
We recommended you bring:
- Personal Sleeping Bag (If you dont have one you can hire from us)
- Backpack and Daypack
- Hiking shoes or boots
- Water bottle, flashlight, hat, sun block, sunglasses
- Warm/Thermal clothes, Raincoat
- Chocolates, candies or other snacks
- Camera + Film, Binoculars
Considering an extra night in Aguas Calientes? We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotel and other costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase another ticket.
Aguas Calientes Extra Day Upgrade Package (optional)
With hikes that trek the traditional Inca Trail, the standard package has clients returning to Cusco at the end of the trek, and they don’t spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, visit Machu Picchu for a second day and then return to Cusco by the comfortable Vistadome train.
- Cost: $195 per person on twin share basis. This price doesn’t change depending on the number of people in the group.
- Second day’s entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $60
- Bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $17
- 1 night in a 3 star hotel, like Killa Inn Plaza Andina. These are nice hotels, well decorated, and clean.
- With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.
- Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.
** Please contact us for a price for the same package but with 2 star accomodation and return in Expedition Train service **
Private Service Prices
- 1 person : US$1750.00 per person
- 2 people : US$1300.00 per person
- 3 people: US$1250.00 per person
- 4 people : US$1200.00 per person
- 5 people : US$1150.00 per person
- 6 people : US$1100.00 per person
- 7+ people : US$1050.00 per person
- STUDENT DISCOUNT: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
- Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00
- ADDITIONAL ITEMS:As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person