8-Day Choquequirao Trek To Machu Picchu - Cusco

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    5:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered, Please confirm your pick-up address with Bamba Experience at least 1 week prior to departure, PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING:, There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cu.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Plaza San Francisco at Cuzco City Centre
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

If you are looking to hike to Machu picchu away from the crowds, this truly spectacular trek is for you! Descend into the Apurimac canyon, climb back up to the fascinating ruins of Choquequirao and finish off at the magical site of Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Cuzco - Hike from Cachora village (2,910m) to Chiquisca (1,836m) (L/D)

Stop At: Cusco
Today you will be picked up at your accommodation as we leave Cuzco early in the morning to journey by road to the small village of Cachora (2,910m) the starting point of the trek. Upon arrival to Cachora, we will be met by our mule drivers, who will load our gear on the horses and mules before we begin our first days hike. We will begin hiking along the edge of the Apurmac canyon, with the river almost 2,000 metres below us and breathtaking views of the surrounding Padrayoc and Choke Takarpu mountains. Lunch will be served at Capuliyoc (2,915m) followed by a 2-hour winding descent to Chiquisca (1,836m) ending at our campsite near the Apurimac River.
Duration: 18 hours

Meals included:
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation included: Campsite near the Apurimac River

Day 2: Hike from Chiquisca to Choquequirao archaeological site (2,850m) (B/L/D)

Stop At: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region
Today we will have an early breakfast and then start off our day with a 1.5 hour downhill hike to Playa Rosalinda where we will cross a suspension bridge over the Apurimac River followed by an uphill hike leading to Santa Rosa (2,095m). Here we will have a rewarding lunch and have the chance to taste local "cambray" a sugarcane juice from the region. The hike will continue ascending to Marampata village (2,913m), home to shepherd families. Finally, after a challenging 3-hour trek we will reach our campsite overlooking the Choquequirao archaeological site with panoramic views of the naturally stunning Apurimac river valley and if we are lucky, we might see Andean condors flying overhead.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation included: Campsite overlooking the Choquequirao archaeological site

Day 3: Hike from Choquequirao to Maizal camp (3,000m) (B/L/D)

Stop At: Maizal
An early start will give us the opportunity to see Choquequirao in the early morning light and will give us time to explore the "lost Inca city" of Choquequirao (3,035m). Afterwards, we will hike about 2 hours to the fully restored Pinchaunuyoc archaeological site (2,500m) which is still waiting to be excavated. From Pinchiyoc Unu, we'll follow a steep and narrow trail to reach our campsite for the night, Maizal (3,000m).
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation included: Campsite in Maizal

Day 4: Hike from Maizal camp to Yanama camp (4,100m) (B/L/D)

Stop At: Yanama
After an early breakfast, we'll ascend toward Paso Victoria, passing through lush and dense cloud forest while enjoying spectacular views along the way. The pass (3900m / 12,800 ft) is a good place for a break, as it offers stunning views of the surroundings. After crossing the pass, we will descend to the small village of Yanama (4,100m) where we will end our day with lunch and free time to relax in the afternoon.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Yanama camp

Day 5: Hike to the Totora community (4,100m) via High Pass (4,668m) (B/L/D)

Stop At: huayanay
Today we will hike from Yanama to a high pass at 4,668m with amazing views of Salkantay and Huayanay mountains and then cross over Yanama pass at 4,500m where you will feel truly immersed in the heart of the snow-capped Andean peaks. It can be windy and chilly on the pass, so it is a good idea to bring some warm clothes and a pair of gloves for this part of the trek. Here we may have the luck of seeing condors. We will descend through grassy fields to the Totora community to camp overnight (4,100m).
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping in Totora community

Day 6: Hike to Sayahuaco & Transfer to Santa Teresa town (1,700m) (B/L/D)

Stop At: Santa Teresa, Peru
Today we will have the chance to see vibrant regional flora and fauna as we continue our descent to the Totora River and near the town of Sayahuaco for lunch. Along the way you will notice the colourful and abundant bird and plant life where you can see hummingbirds and woodpeckers among varied species of flowers such as orchids and begonias. Traversing the tropical region we can see waterfalls, banana, avocado and coca plantations. After lunch we will take a transfer to reach Santa Teresa town (1,700m) for the night. Here you can relax in the hot springs before dinner if time allows (at an extra cost).
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping in Santa Teresa

Day 7: Hike from Santa Teresa town to Aguas Calientes (2,040m) (B/L/D)

Stop At: Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region
Finally today we have an easy hike over rolling hills along the Vilcanota River in a warm and humid climate towards the Hydroelectric station (1,900m) for lunch. Another 3-hour hike will bring us to our final destination of Aguas Calientes (2,040m) for a well-deserved rest. Spend your afternoon at the town where you'll find internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax. Enjoy a delicious dinner, followed by a hot shower and a good night's rest.
*Optional train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes is available for an extra cost.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation included: 3* hotel in Aguas Calientes

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu - Return to Cuzco (B)

Stop At: Machu Picchu
We will catch one of the first buses (5:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious site by yourself. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes at your own convenience. Have lunch and visit the local marketplace right next to the train tracks where you can shop until the train whistle blows, signaling your return to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus to Cuzco arriving back around 8:00pm. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your own way to the accommodation of your choice upon arrival.
DESCRIPTION OF MACHU PICCHU GUIDED SITE VISIT: The one and only, the most spectacular (and not to mention most popular) archaeological site in all of South America. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu walking you through the most important sites and covering the history of the place. Then you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure. When you decide to head back down to Aguas Calientes, there are buses departing every 15 minutes from the entrance or you can take the walking trail down if you feel like another 1 hour stair stepping downhill to Aguas Calientes town.
Take an OPTIONAL hike up the steep peak named Huayna Picchu, which is located inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. This sometimes muddy peak takes about 45 - 60 minutes to hike up and awards you with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective. Keep in mind that if you want to take this optional hike, you must now purchase your ticket at least 2 weeks in advance for an additional cost in order to get one of the 400 passes (200 people are allowed up at 7:00am and 200 more at 10:00am). Please send us an email directly to request this extra ticket.
*If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)
Duration: 18 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart Cuzco - Hike from Cachora village to Chiquisca (L-D)
Get picked up at your hostel early in the morning and drive to Cachora village (2,910m). Upon arrival, we will be met by our mule drivers and start hiking along the edge of the Apurmac canyon. Lunch will be served at Capuliyoc (2,915m) followed by a 2-hour winding descent to Chiquisca (1,836m) ending at our campsite near the Apurimac River.

Day 2: Hike from Chiquisca to Choquequirao archaeological site (B-L-D)
Have an early breakfast and then start a 1.5-hour downhill hike to Playa Rosalinda followed by an uphill hike leading to Santa Rosa (2,095m) to have lunch. The hike will continue ascending to Marampata village (2,913m). After a challenging 3-hour trek we reach our campsite overlooking the Choquequirao ruins.

Day 3: Hike from Choquequirao to Maizal camp (B-L-D)
See Choquequirao in the early morning and explore this "lost Inca city" (3,035m). Afterwards, we will hike about 2-hour to the fully restored Pinchaunuyoc archaeological site (2,500m). From Pinchiyoc Unu, we'll reach our campsite, Maizal (3,000m).

Day 4: Hike from Maizal camp to Yanama camp (B-L-D)
After an early breakfast, we'll ascend toward Paso Victoria. The pass (3900m / 12,800 ft) is a good place for a break. After crossing the pass, we will descend to the village of Yanama (4,100m) for lunch and free time to relax in the afternoon.

Day 5: Hike to the Totora community via High Pass (B-L-D)
Start hiking to a high pass at 4,668m and then cross over Yanama pass at 4,500m with beautiful views of snow-capped Andean peaks. We will descend to the Totora community to camp (4,100m).

Day 6: Hike to Sayahuaco & Transfer to Santa Teresa town (B-L-D)
We continue our descent to the Totora River and near the town of Sayahuaco for lunch. After lunch we'll take a transfer to Santa Teresa town (1,700m) for the night. Here you can relax in the hot springs before dinner if time allows (own expense).

Day 7: Hike from Santa Teresa town to Aguas Calientes (B-L-D)
Today we have an easy hike over rolling hills along the Vilcanota River towards the Hydroelectric station (1,900m) for lunch. Another 3-hour hike will bring us to Aguas Calientes (2,040m). Enjoy a delicious dinner.

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu - Return to Cuzco (B)
We will catch one of the first buses (at 05:30 am) to Machu Picchu. A walking tour of approx. 2-hours is given by your guide and after this you can explore the site by yourself. You will be meeting your guide in Aguas Calientes, which can be reached by bus or on foot, to receive your train tickets for the return trip.
Have lunch, take the train to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco arriving back around 10:30pm. Drop-off at the Plaza San Francisco.

Inclusions

7x Breakfast

7x Dinner

7x Lunch

Accommodation included: 7 nights

Pre-departure briefing

Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up

Van Transfer Cuzco to Cachora (starting point of trek)

Round Trip Tourist Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

Tourist Train Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

Bus Transfer Ollantaytambo to Cuzco

Professional Bilingual Guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour

Camping Accommodation during trek (including Basic Sleeping Pad & tent for 2 people)

1-night 3* Hotel Accommodation at Aguas Calientes

Meals: 7B/7L/7D & 7 snacks with typical menus (Vegetarian Option)

Horses to carry cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 5 kilos for each trekker. (This includes 2.5 kilos for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 2.5 kilos of personal items.

First Aid kit

Emergency oxygen bottle

Entry/Admission - Machu Picchu

Exclusions

Airport pick-up (please make your own way)

Day 1 Breakfast, Day 8 Lunch

Bottled water

Sleeping Bag ($30 USD for the trek)

Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)

Hot Springs Santa Teresa (20 soles)

Optional Train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes (28 usd)

Optional Huayna Picchu Trek (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance

Optional Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 1 week in advance

Tips (Please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, these are our recommended guidelines.) Guide: 80-100 soles per trekker Horsemen: 120-150 soles for each horseman from the whole group Cook: 300-350 soles for the cook from the whole group

Note: Prices for optional activities are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Please confirm these prices before departing on the trek.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Suggested Packing List: Bring or Rent in Cusco: sleeping bag, hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card, charger (limited to no electricity available during trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle, water purification tablets or filter. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail. Bathing suit for hot springs in Santa Teresa (this activity is available at an additional price).

Don't forget the essentials: Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.

Typical Meals on the Trek: On all of our Treks to Machu Picchu we search for great cooks who provide you with the best tasting meals on the mountain, with specialty menus and the freshest local ingredients available. Here is an idea of what you will be eating during your trek. *Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request (please advise at least 2 days in advance). BREAKFASTS: Hot porridge, quinoa or oats, fried eggs, omelet or pancakes with fresh bread, fried bananas and boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate and milk. LUNCH & DINNER: First Course: Quinoa, corn, noodle, asparagus, mushroom or vegetable soup, stuffed avocado or potatoes. Second Course: Chicken breast, beef stew, quinoa, fried rice, hamburgers, fried chicken, spaghetti bolognese, typical dishes: aji de gallina (chilli pepper chicken), escabeche de pollo (marinated chicken) or ajiaco de olluco (spicy potato stew). Desserts: Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake and boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate and milk. SNACKS: Boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate and milk with popcorn, cookies, crackers.

PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING: There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm depending on your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details. PRE-DEPARTURE CHECK-IN: Please make sure to check-in with your passport before your pre-departure briefing. We encourage our travellers to check-in at our offices a couple of hours before or any day prior to the briefing , that way we can give everybody personal attention and information regarding booking extras, rental equipment or questions in general. Time schedule for meetings will be: - Inca Trail and Lares 6pm - Salkantay, Inca Quarry, Machu Picchu Jungle, Ausangate, Choquequirao 7pm - Inca Trail Express, Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu by Train, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Full Day 5pm Bamba Experience is located at: Calle Matara 242, Second Floor. Cuzco, Peru Hours of Operation: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00 hrs Daily Tel: +51 84 205234 Emergency Tels: Darwin +51 9984 44933 - +51 9842 85801, Anderson +51 9231 25342

Physical Requirements: This hike is demanding, its important to be in very good physical condition. The elevation changes, the length of the trek, and the various high passes make the hike strenuous.

Important: You must provide the following information upon booking: Full name (exactly as it appears on the passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Date of Passport Expiry - Must be valid for at least 6 months past the date of travel. Without this information, the local tour operator will be unable to make the booking. Please be aware that your complete and correct passport information must be provided. Absolutely no modifications can be made once your booking has been confirmed. Any changes or discrepancies in the information provided will result in a complete loss of permits and entrance tickets, for which you will be held responsible and will need to pay for again

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level

Note: You will have a guide during the trek and on the Machu Picchu tour. However, during your bus and train transfers you will not be accompanied by a guide.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Bring or Rent in Cuzco: sleeping bag, hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card, charger (limited to no electricity available during trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle, water purification tablets or filter. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail. Bathing suit for hot springs in Santa Teresa town (available at an additional price).

DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.

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