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.”
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Student discount: The student discount only applies for people who present a valid UNIVERSITY CARD. Minors 17 years old or younger. We need you to send us a copy of your university ID Tt award the discount. For children 17 years old and under, we need a copy of passport.