Duration: 8 Days
Tour Type: Walking
Max.Height : 3,033 msnm
Group sizes: +2
Fisica Level: Moderate
Choquequirao Hike to Machu Picchu 8 Days.
is made through a remote Inca trail that was frequently used in the time of the Incas to reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, with the Chinchaysuyo peoples of the northwestern part of the Tawantinsuyo empire and the route would continue towards the antisuyo, In the course of time it grew and became bigger, without a doubt a place of greater political and administrative importance, probably with a lower religious category in front of Machu Picchu. However, this detail does not detract from the dazzling charm of this citadel on a wild topography, located on the ecological floor of the jungle brow, subtropical climate.
This tour demands a great physical effort and the level of this walk is DIFFICULT so we recommend only for people who already have experience walking through long stretches and high areas.
- Starting point: Cusco.
- Arrival point: Cusco.
- Activities: Archaeological, Cultural, Ecological, Walking.
- Airline tickets: Not included.
- Feel free to ask for other services such as hotel, accommodation and other tours.
- Tour Name: Choquequirao Hike to Machu Picchu 8 Days
Choquequirao Hike to Machu Picchu 8 Days.- Choquequirao (sometimes also referred to as Choqequirau or Choquekiraw) is known as the “sacred sister” of Machu Picchu because of its structural and architectural similarity to it.
Recently, being partially excavated, it has awakened the interest of the Peruvian government to recover the complex even more and make it a more accessible alternative for tourists interested in learning more about the Choquequirao culture is considered the last Inca refuge. This archaeological complex resisted the Spanish conquerors for decades. You can appreciate the grandeur of his work with perfect architecture and aesthetics.
This complex is part of the system of Andean citadels in the Vilcabamba Valley. In Inca times it was linked to the archaeological group of Machu Picchu with a complex network of Inca trails. It is currently visited and traveled by tourists as scholars of world history. Its flora and fauna of the high jungle and its topography also attract the attention of visitors.
Choquequirao Hike to Machu Picchu 8 Days- This archaeological group has several Inca constructions and for this reason it was declared Cultural Heritage by the French and Peruvian Governments. Finally we will arrive at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a wonderful work of Inca architecture; the circuit is full of natural attractions that gives the visitor a unique sensation of adventure in direct contact with nature.
Day 1: Cusco tours – Cachora – Chiquisca
We leave early in the morning northwest of the city of Cusco (3350m) in a transport to the town of Cachora (2850m). Cachora, is the meeting place with the muleteers and their mules who will have to carry all the camping equipment throughout this expedition. The presence of the Padreyoc mountain is spectacular, with a very strategic viewpoint known as Capuliyoc (2800m); and in the depths the Apurimac canyon. The temperature increases every time we enter the canyon and our campsite is in the Chiquisca forest (1930m).
Walking time 6 hours in a warm climate with mosquitoes.
Day 2: Chiquisca – Rosalina Beach – Marampata – Choquequirao trek
After having enjoyed our breakfast, we begin to descend approximately 30 minutes to the beach Rosalína (1500m). From there we start the ascent to leave the canyon as soon as possible in the middle of a warm climate to the village of Marampata (2850m), where we will have a beautiful view of the archaeological complex of Choquequirao and a very fresh environment. The enigmatic sunset of Choquequirao will allow us to observe with a little luck the flight of “Cóndor”, which descends from the highest mountains of the Vilcabamba mountain range to the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m). Place where we will be able to camp.
Walking time 7 hours in a warm and cold climate with mosquitoes. 3rd Day Tours:
Day 3: Choquequirao trek – Choquequirao trek step – Río Blanco
We will observe the sunrise over the archaeological complex of Choquequirao or “Cradle of Gold”; therefore, the company of a professional guide will facilitate the presentation concerning the history, ruins and recent excavations found. Currently Choquequirao (3350m) keeps many ancient secrets, because at the moment only 30% of the ruin is restored. This project could be completed and presented in its entirety in a few more as even the main function still feels a mystery and enigmatic in the middle of a tropical forest that keeps many ancient secrets. After the visit, we go to the Choquequirao pass (3270m), then to the ruins of Pinchaunuyoc 2450m and from there descend to the deepest part of this mini canyon known as the Blanco River (1900m), where we will set our camp.
Walking time 6 hours in a warm climate with mosquitoes Tours 4º Day:
Day 4: White River – Maizal – San Juan – Yanama Pass
Early in the morning, we go up to the village of Maizal (3000m), which is the most difficult section, because it is a sloping road through a tropical forest. Then we will continue with the ascending expedition on an Inca trail that is not in good shape due to the constant natural erosion of the mountain and the intense humidity that exists. The San Juan Pass (4200m), is the place where you will see a magnificent view of the mountains and glaciers of the Vilcabamba chain that are more than 5000m away. From there we descend to the community of Yanama (3530m), to set up a nice campsite. Walking time 9 hours in a warm and cold climate.
Day 5: Yanama – Yanama Pass – Totora pampa
At dawn, we began to climb to the highest point of this expedition known as Yanama Pass (4670m). On the way we are very likely to observe the flight of the Condor, in addition to the presence of other mountains are frequent as the Salkantay (6264m), which is the highest snow-capped mountain in the region, and Pintuyu (5450m). The next campsite is in the depth of the Totora pampa Valley (3200m).
Walking time 7 hours in a warm climate and mosquitoes.
Day 6: Totora pampa – La Playa
Continuing along an Inca trail, we will get to know communities with ancestral customs and cultivation techniques for the good fertilization of their lands. And these have been passed down from generation to generation to constantly improve the development of vegetables, tubers, fruit trees and so on. The flora is increasing every time due to the climate and humidity of this valley so we can recognize the great variety of Orchids, Bromeliads, Bomareas and others. Each of us is in a setting where the vegetation is better developed and tropical fruits are constant along the way and as well as coffee cultivation is in enormous proportions. The beach (2100m) or Lucmabamba (2020m) is the site of our campsite.
If we continue on the excursion through an Inca Trail to the ruin of Llactapata! The group should decide and the next day in the morning we take the ascent road to the ruin of Llactapata (2650m) where we will do the exploration in the middle of the vegetation of the Aobamba basin. We will also have the best view of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary and other mountains. Then we continue our descent to Hidroeléctrica where we will take our train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Walking time 6 hours. Tours 7º Day:
Day 7: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes – Choquequirao and Machupicchu
The district of Santa Teresa (1830m), has a very pleasant climate. Being this a rich and fertilizing area for the development of the coffee bean that becomes one of the best high quality products for export to the European market. With the support of some foreign institutions they are improving their export products to the highly competitive European market that is becoming a reality. The Willcamayu canyon is spectacular and at the same time we are preparing to take a very typical transport from the region called “Oroya”, with this we should cross to the other end of the river, which will be very fun and exciting. Then continue on the road to Hidroeléctrica, where we will take our train to the town of Aguas Calientes (2050m). And spend the night in accommodation.
Walking time 4 hours in a warm climate.
Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu tours – Cusco tours
Early at dawn, we will take the first bus to the Archaeological Complex of Machu Picchu (2400m) where we will have a guided tour. The excursion is of sufficient pleasant time in an incomparable scenery. Whether by the type of architecture and the meaning of Machu Picchu becoming an enigma that will take your breath away. At the end of the visit, the client will have time to recover or continue with the independent excursion to the summit of Huyna Picchu or to the Temple of the Moon. And then we meet again the whole group in the town of Aguas Calientes, before taking the train back to the city of Cusco.
The climate in Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is warm and humid with mosquitoes.
- Transfers and transports
- Professional guide
- Complete camping equipment
- Support staff and/or horses
- Cook and assistant
- Power supply
- Security warehouse
- Complete first aid kit
- Basic Hostel in Aguas Calientes
- Train: Aguas Calientes-Cusco
- 3* Hostel in Cusco
Choquequirao Hike to Machu Picchu 8 Days
- Breakfast on 1st day, lunch and dinner on last day
- Water for your water bottles. You can buy water along the way or bring water purification tablets
- Activities and items not included in the itinerary
- Sleeping bag
- Entrance fees for Thermal Baths in Aguas Calientes ($4)
- Tips are not included but are optional
- Personal hygiene tools
- Enough change of clothes: Light and thick
- Camera and/or camcorder with batteries and backup film
- Sun block and repellent
- Hat and/or cap
- Hiking shoes (trekking)
- Sleeping bag and flashlight with backup batteries
- Sunglasses for the sun
- Plastic Poncho
- Carry your passport, ISIC student card (valid, not older than 25 years)
- Water for the first day
- Water purifying tablets
NOTE: Admission to waynapicchu must be confirmed at the time of booking and is subject to availability. (maximum 400 places per day)
Prices: Choquequirao Hike to Machu Picchu 8 Days
- Adult Foreign Price: $ 1000.00
- International Student Price: $ 980.00
- National Adult Price: : $ 920.00
- National Student Price: $ 910.00
Archaeological Site of Choquequirao
Between the regions of Apurimac and Cusco is Choquequirao (Cradle of gold), a solid Inca group that has been valued for only 30 percent of all that it is, and that in the last decade has positioned itself as one of the most interesting, demanding, and unforgettable treks among the mountain possibilities of the planet. Arriving at the Inca citadel of Choquequirao is a journey in itself.
From the Cusco – Abancay route at km 817 take a detour to the town of Cachora, from here you start the trek to Choquequirao, which takes between 3 to 4 days round trip.
At 1500 meters above the Apurimac River, and at 3033 meters above sea level, Choquequirao rests on the slopes of the Yanama snow-capped mountain range, which is part of the spectacular Salkantay mountain range. According to the chroniclers Choquequirao was the last refuge of Manco Inca, with a resistance that lasted 40 years. The complex coast of 12 zones, divided into a ceremonial sector (Hanan) and a lower one (Urin), artisan and service sectors, an administrative sector, an area of corrals, areas dedicated to solar and ancestor worship, as well as the inevitable ushnu or usno, the ritual space always present in the important buildings of the Inca culture.
Choquequirao Hike to Machu Picchu 8 Days
In 2004 a group of platforms was discovered, located west of the plaza of the lower sector, decorated with a kind of mosaic of flames, something unique in Inca art. This set of pieces has been given the name Flame of the Sun. There are 23 figures representing the Andean camelid located on 15 platforms. The discovery was made by the archaeologist Zenobio Valencia.