Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu 6D/5N
Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu is an Inca city located within the Salkantay mountain and its ranges. It is made up of buildings, terraces of different levels an is considered a magical place full of history, flora & fauna. It is known for its incredible biodiversity. This route is considered the second sister of Machu Picchu, and with the AltitudExperience team, you will explore each corner of the lost city of the Incas.
Tour Location: Choquequirao trek + Machu Picchu – Located west of Cusco, in the Vilcanota River Basin, district of Santa Teresa and Apurimac, Department of Cusco.
Type of Tour: Adventure, Culture & Trekking and Camping.
Recommended: For those who wish to go deeper and learn more about the Incas off the beaten path (Moderate).
Difficulty: Moderate, challenging.
Considerations: This trek does not lead to Machu Picchu. If you are planning to do this magnificent trek, check out the details of the itinerary we have for you. “We look forward to taking responsibility for your next adventures in Cusco.”
Itinerary Choquequirao Trek + Machu Picchu
Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoq – La Playa
The trip will begin with the pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:50 am. Our journey to the first point of the trek in Capuliyoq lasts 4 hours. Once we arrive, our trek will truly begin. For the rest of the day, we will walk for approximately 5 hours downhill until we reach our camp on Rosalína beach located at 1578 meters.
Walking Distance: 18 km
Campsite Elevation: 1,800 m
Weather: Hot and Dry
Day 2: Playa Rosalína – choquequirao
We will start our hike very early. Before leaving, our staff will have breakfast ready and after we eat, we will then continue with our walk to Choquequirao. This site is located at 3,050 meters, and once we arrive, we will spend the night surrounded by impressive views.
Walking Distance: 16 km /9.16 m
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Happy Hour, and Dinner.
Day 3: explore the majestic choquequirao
We will begin this exciting day with a delicious morning coffee (or tea) and a classic Andean breakfast. Following this, we will then explore the sacred ruins of Choquequirao. Without a doubt, there is a lot of history on this site and many mysteries in these ruins’ past. Our guide will tell you all the fabulous stories of the these sacred ruins and you will find yourself immersed in the deep history of this ancient site’s past. Once the exploration is finished, we will return to our camp to have a delicious lunch and then additional free time for you to explore the area, before we stay overnight at this camp.
Weather: Hot and Humid
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour and Dinner
Day 4: choquequirao – marampata – chickiska
After rising early and enjoying how beautiful Choquequirao is, we will continue with our return to Cusco. We will have a 4 hour walk back to the Apurimac canyon, after which we will arrive at our chikiska camp located at 1, 985 meters. This is where we will spend our last night, surrounded by beautiful views and a charming landscape that is hard to find anywhere else in the world.
Trekking distance: 18 km/11.32 m
Weather: Hot and humid with mosquitoes
Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Happy Hour, and Dinner are all included.
Day 5: chikiska – capuliyoq – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
After an early breakfast, you’ll prepare to return to Cusco. It will be a four-hour uphill hike until you reach the end of the trek, where you will enjoy your final lunch with your tour guide, porters, and horsemen. You’ll say goodbye to your Alpaca Expeditions team and then travel with your tour guide to Ollantaytambo to catch the 3:36 p.m. train to Aguas Calientes.
When you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you will be taken to your hotel and then to a restaurant for a delicious dinner.
Walking Distance: 8 km /4.17 m
Weather: Hot and humid
Meals Included: Breakfast, snacks, and lunch
Day 6: Lost City Machu Picchu – Cusco
Today is the most crucial day of your Choquequirao adventure. To make the most of the day, AltitudExperience recommends that all groups eat breakfast early before boarding one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu (starting at 5:30 a.m.). While in Machu Picchu, the hotel will store your luggage. You will only need to bring your backpack with you to Machu Picchu. It will take approximately 30 minutes to travel from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by bus.
When you arrive in Machu Picchu, your local guide will take you directly to a well-known location where you will be able to photograph the sunrise. After that, your guide will show you around the main parts of the citadel for a 2.5-hour guided walking tour. During this guided tour, you will learn more about the Inca Empire’s history and culture.
At the end of the tour, you’ll have some time to wonder or, if you’ve arranged to hike Huayna Picchu* (must be booked in advance, as it sells out and costs $75 per person), your guide will show you where to start this hike, which will take no more than 2 hours round-trip.
AltitudExperience always recommends returning to Aguas Calientes no later than 2 hours before your train departure from Machu Picchu. The return train ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo will take about 2 hours. Our Altitude- Staff will be waiting for you right outside the station’s exit door in Ollantaytambo, ready to drive you back to Cusco. The car ride will take about 2 hours and will drop you off at your hotel in Cusco.
Importan Information Choquequirao Trek
Altitude in Cusco:
People begin to worry about altitude sickness as soon as they reserve their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco. Because there is less oxygen in the air at high altitudes than there is at sea level, your body must work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Your body becomes accustomed to the lower oxygen content of the air over a period of days at a high altitude.
You could initially experience the illness or a hangover when suffering from altitude sickness. You can get headaches, exhaustion, a loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty breathing while exercising. Please get in touch with our office if any of these side effects worsen, and we’ll assist you find a doctor.
These symptoms will typically be slight. Always ease into action gradually to give your body time to acclimate. Drink a lot of liquids, such as coca tea or water. Since ancient times, coca tea has been used to help avoid altitude sickness.
The coca plant’s leaves contain alkaloids that assist your body absorb oxygen and ward off the effects of altitude sickness. A lot of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided.
They will make you urinate more frequently and dehydrate you. Don’t smoke. Your body has a harder time getting oxygen when you smoke. Don’t use sleeping medicines. Your body may have a harder time absorbing oxygen when you sleep as a result of their potential for shallow breathing at night.
To assist prevent altitude sickness, your doctor may recommend medications like acetazolamide and dexamethasone. Two days before you travel to a high altitude, begin taking the medication. While you are at a high altitude, keep taking it.
Getting to Cusco:
All international passengers by plane must disembark in Lima and pass through Customs because the airport in Cusco is currently only for local flights. You must pick up your luggage in Lima and then check them back in, even if your trip from there to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.
The best way to go to Cusco is by plane, and there are many airlines to choose from. Although LAN generally offers the most options and flights, it is also the most expensive. Be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.
Weather in cusco:
Of course, the weather is erratic. In Cusco, the dry season typically lasts from April through October, but be prepared because it can rain in June or get sunny in December.
Please make sure you have rain gear, including a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves, no matter what month you are taking the journey.
Consider the four seasons as well. You should be prepared for all four seasons as many of the climbs over the Andes entail numerous microclimates.
Always wear layers since they make it simple to adapt to changing temperatures. Please be ready with a heavy, winter-weight jacket because evenings will always be chilly.
Your luggage allowance is still restricted owing to railway regulations even if this is an overnight train vacation. To be transported to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), all bags must fit in a carry-on.
While you trek, you can leave any additional luggage in Cusco at your hotel or with us at the Alpaca Expeditions deposit. On the morning of your tour, we will collect from you and return after you have reached Cusco. Make sure your baggage are identified in some way so they can be found easily.
AltitudExperience guide has completed a physician-led first aid course. Every February, we hold a training session that is required for all ALTITUDE guides. When guiding you, they’ll have oxygen and a first aid pack for common medical emergencies including traveler’s diarrhea and cuts and scrapes.
In the event that anything unforeseen occurs and you feel you are unable to finish the walk, they will plan the fastest and safest route off the trail to a clinic. You won’t ever be on your own; a team member will accompany you at all times until you reach a doctor in a safe location. We’ll make sure you still have the opportunity to see Machu Picchu and get back in touch with your group when you’re feeling up to it.
AltitudExperience carries all of our trash back to Cusco and uses biodegradable soap. Our staff are taught to maintain the trail and collect any trash left by other groups. Additionally, we employ chemical portable restrooms that allow us to pack trash out. Leaving no trace is something we highly support.
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