Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8D/7N

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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek 8D/7N

The 8 day Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek will take you on the adventure of a lifetime over the Vilcabamba mountain range to the Lost City of the Incas.

The breathtakingly beautiful archaeological complex of Choquequirao is one of Peru’s best kept secrets! It is famously referred to as the ‘Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu’ due its resemblence to the Inca Citadel. This epic 8 day trail will challenge the best of you to endure a trek from the deepest canyon in the world, the Apurimac Canyon, to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the iconic Machu Picchu!


Places to visit :

  • Capulichayoq
  • Chiquisca
  • Marampata
  • Choquequirao
  • Corihuayrachina
  • Yanama
  • La Playa
  • Llactapata
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu
From $1080 / per person
Duration 8 Days - 7 Nights
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  • Day 1 : Cusco – Cachora – Capulichayoq – Chiquisca
  • Day 2 : Chiquisca – Marampata – Choquequirao
  • Day 3 : Marampata – Choquequirao – Marampata 
  • Day 4 : Choquequirao – Pinchaunuyoc – Corihuayrachina
  • Day 5 : Corihuayrachina – San Juan Pass – Yanama
  • Day 6 : Yanama – Yanama Pass – La Playa
  • Day 7 : La Playa – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 8 : Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco


The Trek to Choquequirao starts with pick up at 5am from your hotel in Cusco.

Your private transportation will take you on a 3.5-hour drive through the lush valley of the Apurímac River, until we reach the mountain town of San Pedro de Cachora at 2,900 m / 9,514 ft. Here you will be greeted by your chef and horsemen and enjoy a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant.

After breakfast in Cachora, you’ll load the horses and follow your guide on a 3-hour trek to El Mirador Capulichayoc. From the viewpoint, you’ll be treated to your first panoramic vista of the archaeological park of Choquequirao, including its stunning Apurimac Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Amidst that beautiful backdrop, you’ll also rest and have lunch.

Continuing along the trail for a further 3-hours, you’ll descend through the canyon, accompanied by breathtaking views of the snow-capped peak of Pedrayoc, until you reach camp in Chiquisca at 1,869 m / 6,132 ft. Upon arrival, you will set up camp, enjoy a freshly cooked dinner, and sleep alongside the sound of the Apurimac River under a starlit Andean sky.


Day 2 will begin with breakfast at the Chiquisca camp, prepared fresh by our personal chef.

After breakfast you will embark on a 4-hour hike, ascending up the valley to our camp in Marampata at 2,870 m / 9,416 ft. As this will be our resting point for the night, you will have an opportunity to get settled and take lunch before the afternoons’ hike to Choquequirai.

After refueling at camp, you and your guide will begin the 90 minute trek to the archaeological site of Choquequirai at 3,050 m / 10,010 ft, meaning ‘Cradle of Gold’ in Quechua. This spectacular complex is considered to be ‘the last refuge of the Incas’ and is famously referred to as the ‘Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu’ due its resemblence to the Inca Citadel. It is widely believed that 15th century site was one of the last bastions of resistance and refuge of the Inca royality, after the seige of Cusco by the Spanish.

In its entirety, the complex of Choquequirai spans 1,800 hectares, making it larger than the citadel of Machu Picchu. However currently only 40% of the ruins have been excavated. Delightfully for you though, this leaves plenty for you to explore with your guide, whilst you unravel the mysteries hidden beneath its walls. The afternoon will be yours to investigate the sites’ urban sector, agricultural terraces and religious sector, before returning to camp in Marampata in the evening, for a hot cup of coca and a delicious dinner.


Day 3 will begin with breakfast at dawn at the Marampata camp, whilst admiring the sunrise over Choquequirai.

After breakfast, you will follow the trail back to the archaeological complex of Choquequirao. After a 90 minute walk, your guide will take you on a journey through the rich history of the site and lead you along the archaeological terraces to a beautiful waterfall. All the while hoping to see the local Andean Condors in the skies above. Shortly after, you will return to camp for a wholesome lunch prepared fresh by our chef.

In the afternoon, your guide will give you an extensive tour of the lower section of the site that sits 300 meters below the main structure. These include the terraces of the restored llamas, the house of the Inca, the main temple, the house of the priest and the sacrificial platform. Afterwhich you will retrace your steps back to camp for dinner and rest.


Day 4 will begin with breakfast at dawn at the Marampata camp, whilst admiring the sunrise over Choquequirai.

After breakfast, you will ascend towards the Abra Choquequirao Pass at 3,500 m / 11,483 ft. Once at the summit, you will be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the archaeolgical park and the skyscraper mountains surrounding it. After crossing the pass over the Vilcabamba mountain range, you will begin descending into the Rio Blanco Canyon, into cloud forests that are home to the Pinchaunuyoc terraces at 2,750 m / 8,120 ft. Tha name of the complex means ‘water shrine’ in Quechua, and is a demonstration of the profound sophistication of the Inca empire in water management and agricultural ingenuity. It is here you will take lunch after a tough morning of trekking.

Continuing through the canyon, we will spend the afternoon ascending up the valley to our camp at Corihuayrachina at 3,900 m / 12,795 ft.


Day 5 will begin with breakfast at the Corihuayrachina camp, followed by a tour of the nearby archaeological site.

Corihuayrachina was only discovered in a recent expedition in 1999. At 3,900 m / 12,795 ft, it is one of the highest Inca sites in the region. The complex covers 6 km², comprising of pyramids, storehouses, towers, temples and a cemetery. Although not much is yet known of its origins, it is thought to be a place of resistance for the Incas and a remote religious site.

After exploring the ruins, you will begin the climb up a stunningly well preserved Inca Trail to the San Juan Pass at 4,150 m / 13,615 ft. At the summit you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the peaks of Pumasillo, Yanama, and Choquetacarpo. Near to the top you will also stop for lunch admist the backdrop of the Vilcabamba mountain range.

In the afternoon you will descend down the mountain for 2.5-hours into tropical vegetation, past the old silver mines of Victoria, eventually reaching camp in the charming Andean village of Yanama at 3,700 m / 12,139 ft.


Day 6 will begin with an early breakfast at the Yanama camp, before beginning a 5-hour ascent to the Yanama Pass at 4,700 m / 15,419 ft. From the summit you will discover stunning views of the glacial peak of Sacsarayoc and possibily even an Andean Condor in the skies above.

After feeling like you have reached the top of the world, you will begin the long descent through picturesque meadows and over old wooden bridges. As you leave behind the treeless highlands of the glacial mountains, and journey down into the humid, tropical valley, the surrounding egology will begin to change. Welcoming you into the forest with a vast variety of birds, orchids, coffee and banana plantations. 

In late afternoon you will have descended to an altitude of 2,320 m / 7,611 ft, where you will find our campsite in the town of La Playa, on the banks of the Salkantay River.


Day 7 will begin with a freshly cooked breakfast at the camp in La Playa, along the shores of the Salkantay river.

With the promise of Macchu Picchu on the horizon, you’ll spend the morning ascending up an ancient Inca Trail for 3-hours to the archaeological site of Llactapata at 2,840 m / 9,317 ft. The trail passes by native Quechua villages, home to coffee plantations and citrus tree orchards, before reaching the beautiful high altitude grasslands at the viewpoint. It is here where you’ll be treated to your first panoramic view of the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, and the Lost City of the Incas from above.

After taking some breathtaking souvenir photos, you will descend for 2 hours towards the town of Hidroelectrica, where you will enjoy your final meal with our chef. This afternoon, you will say thank you and goodbye to the horseman and chef, as they return to their homes and you seek to complete the penultimate day of the tour.

The final leg of the hike, will be a 12 km walk alongside the railway line to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town at 2,040 m / 6,693 ft. The official finish line of the 8 day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu! Here you will indulge in a delicious restaurant dinner and fall into a comfortable hotel bed for the night.

*In the event you don’t want to walk from La Playa to Aguas Calientes, there’s an option to pay an extra fee for a car from La Playa to Hidroelectrica, and the train to Aguas Calientes*


After taking breakfast in your hotel, your guide will meet you at reception and escort you the bus station where you will board the tourist bus to Machu Picchu. The scenic route from Aguas calientes takes you on a 30 minute bus ride up the mountainside to the entrance of the Inca citadel. Once inside, you will be taken on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu, journeying through its rich history, as you make your way through the Inca city with your personal tour guide. Aswell as visting the famous sites of the temple of the sun, the central plaza and the stepped terraces, you will have plenty opportunity to take the bucket list photos you came for atop the panoramic viewpoint of Machu Picchu.

Before boarding the bus back down the mountain, your guide will also allow you time to explore the mysteries of the sanctuary alone.

Once you have regrouped with your guide and taken the bus back to Aguas Calientes, there will be time to take lunch in one of Machu Picchu towns’ many restaurants (optional extra), before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. There you will be greeted by your guide and private transportation who will take you on the 2-hour drive back to your hotel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco is approximatley 6.30pm.

*There will also be time to climb Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain in this tour after your guided tour of the Inca citadel. However please be aware, this will be an extra cost of $70 USD per person and will involve an extra 2-hours hiking. Return to Cusco will therefore be aboard a later train and arrival time in Cusco will be approx 8.30pm.*


  • 6:00pm Briefing at your hotel in Cusco the night before the trek
  • Pick up from hotel in Cusco
  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora
  • Professional English/Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao 
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Food : 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners (All prepared by our chef)
  • Vegetarian/vegan and special diets requested
  • All camping equipment: 2 person tents (with enough space for belongings)
  • Inflatable camping mattress and pillows
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Muleteers & horses to carry tents, food, cooking equipment : 7kg per person
  • Emergency horse for those unable to hike
  • Round trip bus ticket : Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket : Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes (inc. breakfast)
  • Oxygen bottle and first aid kit

Not Included

  • Food not included in the itinerary
  • Lunch and Dinner on final day
  • Sleeping Bag : Can rent from agency : $ 25 USD for entire trip
  • Trekking Poles : Can rent from agency : $ 20 USD for entire trip
  • Hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain : $ 70 USD (upon client request)
  • Optional entrance to thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (S / .10 soles)
  • Gratuities / Tips for the guide, porters and cook

Recommendations to bring

  • Original passport – expiration date no less than 7 months
  • Valid Student ID card (if student booking)
  • Good quality walking boots or shoes
  • Good quality sleeping bag for cold temperatures
  • Trekking poles – can be rented at agency
  • Sandals for down time (very important)
  • Baselayers of varying temperatures, especially for the night
  • Thermals, gloves, scarves, wooly hat
  • Good quality trekking socks to avoid blisters
  • Raincoat or long poncho (for rainy season)
  • Waterproof trousers (for rainy season)
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Long trousers
  • Shorts suitable for hiking
  • Wide-brimmed hat – UPV is strong at altitude
  • Canteen water bottle as you should drink plenty of fluid on the trail
  • Headlamp/Torch (very important)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Medicine/personal effects (eg. contact lense liquid)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Portable battery charger
  • Toilet paper (not usually found on trail)
  • Small travel towel
  • Cash/coins – small denominations – soles & dollars
  • Swimming suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (optional)

Price and Options

(Groups between 4 to 6 people as maximum)


(Groups between 2 to 3 people as maximum)


Packing List


  • Original Passport
  • VALID STUDENT ID CARD (if booked as a student)
  • Immigration card (delivered on the airport upon entering Peru)
  • Good quality backpack (medium sized)
  • Water storage bottle or canteen: Camelbak bottles are recommended, but all need to be sufficient to hold 1-2 litres
  • Comfortable shoes, preferably light with good soles (waterproof goretex for rainy seasons)


The horses and the train have a luggage limit of 7kg. We therefore recommend only bringing essentials with you to Machu Picchu.

  • 8 Long sleeve shirts
  • 8 Breathable t-shirts
  • 8 Sets of underwear
  • 8 Pairs of socks
  • 2 Hiking trousers
  • 2 Shorts (suitable for hiking)
  • 2 Fleece
  • 1 Waterproof coat and pants (for rainy seasons)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals – In case you want to visit the hot springs in Machu Picchu town
  • Small quick-drying travel towel
  • Portable battery charger for your phone and cameras


  • Sunscreen
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.


We recommend taking a backpack into the citadel, however please be aware that bags of more than 25 liters will not be allowed. Larger backpacks will need be stored outside the gates of the citadel.

  • Water canteen
  • Sun hat
  • Rain clothes
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, and tips


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Additional Information

  • Extra tickets will need to be purchased to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain
  • There are limited number of spaces available per day, so we recommend requesting booking the tickets in advance
  • Once the mountain tickets are sold out for that day, there are no options available for extra tickets
  • The cost to climb the Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain is $ 70 USD per person. This will be added to the total cost
  • Those hiking Inca Trail that wish to do Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, will also be charged an extra $ 70 USD
  • IMPORTANT: Before requesting tickets to the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, check availability by contacting us!
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  • Departure dates: We have groups for the Choquequirao trek every day of the year. But it is more advisable to make this trek between the months of April to December, since the months of January, February and March are the rainy season in Cusco.

Where does the tour start and end?
  • All ours tours begins with the pick up to the tourists at the door of their hotels “We pick up to our clients from any hotel located in the city of Cusco”, We recommend to stay close to the historical center of the city of Cusco, it will make it easier to find your hotel.
  • All our tours ends at the door of the hotels, it means the tours will finish with transfer to your respective hotel located in Cusco.
How to prevent altitude sickness?
  • The altitude sickness or soroche can cause you some discomfort during your visit such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and fatty foods before the visit.
  • To reduce symptoms, try to acclimatize yourself one day before to the altitude of the city of Cusco. We recommend to drink infusions of coca leaf (natural plant used by the Incas) is an excellent option to avoid the actitude sickness.
How is the accommodation?
  • For all the tours which include hotels. We offer hotels of 3* and 4* category, it has spacious and comfortable rooms, bathrooms, hot showers and bueffet breakfast. If the tourist like, you can change the accommodation to a better service. You just have to request it via email for an additional cost.
Which season is the best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu?
  • The dry season months between April to December are the best time to come and visit Cusco. During those days the possibility of rain is very little, so the roads are not swampy and the landscapes can be better to enjoy and takes the best pictures. On the other hand, the months with the most rain are January, February and March.
What are the coldest months in Cusco Peru?
  • The coldest season in Cusco are in the months from May to July. During this time the sun is strong in the day, but once it goes down or you spend much time in the shade, it can get very cold. It can go below zero at night, so warm clothes and Jackets are necessary to bring during these months.
How long in advance can I request the tour?
  • We recommend to purchase the tours weeks or months in advance, this because the train and Machu Picchu tickets has a limit of spaces, dont wait until the lust minute to book your tour, other ways you will not be able to find spaces.
During the trip to Machu Picchu, where the big luggages will stay?

The train company that operates to Machu Picchu does not allow the traveler to carry a suitcase that weighs more than 7 kilograms. To go up and visit the city of Machu Picchu, it is recommended to carry a light and small backpack for your convenience; the rest of the luggages you can leave them without any problem at the storage of your hotel in Cusco, or you can also leave at our office in Cusco city, we have an storage too.

Very Important in case you want to book the Inca trail to Machu Picchu:
  • CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS: If you want to book the Classic Inca Trail 4 days, you must to book early to get your desired date. Depending on the month you prefer to do the hike, you may need to book 6 months or more in advance, the limit of spaces for the inca trail 4 days is 400 people per each day.
  • SHORT INCA TRAIL: If you are booking the 1 or 2 day Inca Trail, it is preferred that you also book in advance, however 2 to 4 month in advance would be good, the limit of spaces for the short inca trail is 200 people per each day.
When is the best season to hike the Inca Trail?
  • The best time of year to do the inca trail is between May to October, with August and September being the best months of all. The trail is dry and the weather is lovely. During the rainy season between November to April  the trail will be wet and can make it more difficult.

What will you live in the Choquequirao and Machu Picchu 8 Days Tour

  • This expedition will take you to two main Inca cities Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
  • We will do a long hike of 8 days where we will cross the incredible Andes mountain range.
  • We will be surrounded by snow-capped Ampay, Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo and Panta mountains on the right side of the Apurimac River.
  • This place is perfect for photographers because you can take photos of the landscapes that can only be seen on this hike.
  • We will visit local communities and be part of their customs and traditions.

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