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Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu (8 days)

Operative tour

Discover the two largest Inca archaeological sites in the region with this long, demanding hike.


The tour has confirmed daily departures and can be booked up until 48 hours in advance. However, entrance tickets for the Machu Picchu citadel and the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains are always subject to availability, so we recommend booking as far in advance as possible.

Price

Prices of the programs with entrance fee to Machu Picchu for type of accommodation in Aguas Calientes until December 31st, 2024:

  • Without accommodations:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: US$ 1.490 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 1.470 per person.
  • Hostel Eco Mapi with shared room:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: US$ 1.500 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 1.480 per person.
  • Hostel Vista Machu Picchu or similar with private room:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: from US$ 1.530 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: from US$ 1.510 per person.
  • Hotel Jaya or similar with private room:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: from US$ 1.575 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: from US$ 1.555 per person.


If you select a program without entrance fee to Machu Picchu, you must have a ticket at the latest with entrance from 9:00 am to 10:00 am (ingreso de 09:00 a 10:00), and a discount will be applied as follows:

  • Adult non-resident in the Andean Community: US$ 40 off.
  • Minor non-resident in the Andean Community: US$ 20 off.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 20 off.

 

*Andean Community: resident citizens in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.

*Discount for minors: you can access to the prices for minors (age 14 to 17) directly in the passengers’ number selector.


*Minimum 2 people to confirm the departure.

Included

  • Pickup at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Drop off at downtown Cusco.
  • Transportation:
  • Shared one-way transportation from Cusco to Capuliyoc.
  • Shared one-way transportation by Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Shared on-way transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Accommodations:
  • 1st night in Playa Rosalina campsite (shared double tent).
  • 2nd night in Choquequirao campsite (shared double tent).
  • 3rd night in Maizal campsite (shared double tent).
  • 4th night in Yanama campsite (shared double tent).
  • 5th night in Totora campsite (shared double tent).
  • 6th night in La Playa campsite (shared double tent).
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast (except the first and last day).
  • Lunch (except the last day).
  • Dinner (except the last two days).
  • Camping equipment:
  • Tent.
  • Sleeping pad.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao.
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Herder and mules (to carry the camping equipment and food).
  • Luggage carrying service for the 7 first days (up to 5 kg per person).
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English).

Not included

  • 7th night of accommodations in Aguas Calientes, in case you choose the option without accommodations.
  • Sleeping bag (US$ 15 per person).
  • Extra weight for luggage (S/. 10 per kg, per day, maximum 12 kg).
  • Sleeping pad.
  • Trek poles.
  • Neither breakfast the first day nor lunch the last day.
  • Dinner the last two days.
  • Backpack.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Entry to thermal baths.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Health-care coverage.

Optional services

  • Train upgrade to the Vistadome category from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (return trip): US$ 80 per person.
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain: US$ 65 per person.
  • Entry ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain: US$ 65 per person.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip): US$ 24 per person.


*It is not possible to climb up the two mountains, Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu, in a single tour.

How to book

  1. Choose the departure date in the calendar.
  2. Choose the number of people.
  3. Selecione como serviço opcional a montanha que deseje subir (Machu Picchu ou Huayna Picchu). Em caso que não deseje subir uma montanha, continue com o seguinte passo.
  4. Select the mountain that you want to trek up as an optional service (Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu). In case you don't want to trek up any mountain, just continue with the next step.
  5. Click in "Add to cart."
  6. Pay online the total price of the program.
  • Once payed, the booking is subjected to confirmation according to the availability. If you want to check the availability before paying, write us to reservas@denomades.com.

What to bring

  • A 40 to 60 liters backpack for all the circuit.
  • A 30 liters backpack to bring the things you will use during the trek.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants, or rain poncho.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Enough batteries (there is no place where to charge electronic devices in the road).
  • Flip-flops (for showers, rest and river crossing, if it were necessary).
  • Bathing suit.
  • Flashlight.
  • Towel.
  • Hat and gloves for the sun.
  • Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Sun block.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Water bottle (Nalgene or similar).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Personal hygiene objects and toilet paper.
  • Ziploc bags or similar (to store the garbage).
  • Camera.
  • At least S/. 200 extra for expenses not included in the trek.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trek poles (recommended).

Itinerary

Beginning: Day 1 at 4:00 am at your hotel in Cusco.

End: Day 8 at 8:00 pm at your hotel in Cusco.


Day 1: Cusco - Playa Rosalina

  • We will pick you up in your hotel at 5:00 am to go to Cachora, where we will meet the herders.
  • The upwards trek will begin, going to the Capuliyoc Pass, where it will be possible to see condors and having a great view of the Apurímac River Canyon.
  • We will descend through the cactae woods to the Rosalina Beach, at the Apurímac River shore.
  • We will get installed in the beach's camping area for dinner and spending the night, at 1,550 m high.


Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

  • After breakfast, we will begin a 5 hours trek by a narrow track, surrounded by vegetation.
  • We will stop in Marampata for lunch.
  • The route continues by a couple of hours more before reaching Choquequirao, considered Machu Picchu sister city.
  • We will have spectacular views of the canyon, where also we will see condors flying over the Andes.
  • Dinner and rest in the camping area, at 3050 m high.


Day 3: Choquequirao – Choquequierao Pass – Rio Blanco – Maizal

  • Breakfast at 7:00 am.
  • Trek through the cloudy woods, valleys and mountains for reaching the Choquequirao Pass.
  • After a 5 hours walk, we will go on by Pinchinoyoc, at 2,750 m high.
  • From this place we will watch birds, flora and coca plantations.
  • The lunch will be near the Blanco River, where also we will stop to freshen up ourselves in its water.
  • Then, we will begin a 3 hours upwards trek to Maizal.
  • Dinner and rest in the camping area, at 3,000 m high.


Day 4: Maizal – Minas Victoria – Yanama

  • Early in the morning, we will traverse around the Corihuarachina Glacier.
  • From here we will begin an upward trek, passing by the Victoria mines towards the pass with the same name.
  • Almost in the top of this area, we will see original Inca trails.
  • The lunch will be at 4,200 m high, with a privileged view of the Choquetakarpo Mountain.
  • Then, we will descend towards the Yanama camping area, at 3,800 m high.
  • Dinner and rest in tent.


Día 5: Yanama – Tototora

  • We will wake up very early in the morning to organize our things and having breakfast.
  • With reloaded energy we will go towards the Yanama Pass, at 4,500 m above sea level.
  • From this place, we will be able to see the surrounding mountains: Saqsarayoc and Padreyoc.
  • Depending on the wheather, even we will be able to walk by the snow.
  • We will reach the Totora community, to have dinner and passing the night in the tent.


Day 6: Totora – La Playa

  • This day, the trekking will be of 7 hours, going 2,000 m down to the Totora river.
  • We will have the possibility to see birds like hummingbirds and woodpeckers, and orchids and begonias.
  • We will make a descent by the road to the Santa Teresa River, where there are bananas and coffee plantations.
  • We will be witnesses of the landscape change in relation to what we were seeing the previous days.
  • We will get to La Playa, where it will be possible to buy some snack and beverages.
  • Dinner and rest in the camping area, at 2,125 m high.


Day 7: La Playa – Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric Station – Aguas Calientes

  • After a good breakfast, we will continue our way until reaching Santa Teresa, crossing the Vilcanota River.
  • In this place we will board our transportation that will take us to Hydroelectric, from where we will have a different view of Machu Picchu.
  • Lunch and rest.
  • Then, we will walk for 3 hours Aguas Calientes.
  • We will have time to visit the thermal baths located in the town (not included).
  • We will spend the night in a local hostel.


Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

  • Breakfast in Aguas Calientes.
  • Then, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu.
  • In this place we will have a guided tour with explanations about the citadel.
  • Then, we will have some free time to traverse on our own and take photographs.
  • In the afternoon, we will go back to Aguas Calientes to take the train towards Ollantaytambo.
  • There, we will board our transportation to Cusco, ending the activity at 11:45 pm.


Visit to the archaeological site

 

To enter to Machu Picchu archaeological site, you must have the so-called Llaqta Machu Picchu entrance ticket. Remember that, in case you select a program without entrance fee, you can buy it in the Ministerio de Cultura website.

The entrance will give you access to the archaeological site following one of its 4 circuits, which you will have to choose once you are in the citadel entrance:

 

  • Circuit 1: high and low part of the archaeological site, as well as the platforms and terraces area for 3 hours.
  • Circuit 2: high and low part of the archaeological site, as well as the routes to the Inti Punku and the Inca’s Bridge for 4 hours.
  • Circuit 3: low part of the archeological site including the agricultural area, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, Sacred Rock, and Archaeological Reserve for 1 and a half hours.
  • Circuit 4: low part of the archeological site including the agricultural area, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, Sacred Rock, and water mirrors for 2 hours.

 

Our recommendation for you to tour the citadel is choosing the circuit 2, because it will allow you to visit a bigger number of attractions inside Machu Picchu and taking the classic pictures. On the other hand, in case you decide add the visit to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain as an optional service, you will have less time in the citadel, depending also on the time in which your visit to one of the two mountains is confirmed.

In case we cannot confirm the visit to the mountain as early as possible, the only possibility to visit the citadel will be with circuits 3 and 4.

Cancelation policy

  • The cancellation or reschedule of this tour does not have a 100% reimbursement.
  • If you cancel or reschedule with more than 6 days in advance, the amount refunded of the advance payed for the booking, will be only US$ 200 per person.
  • If you cancel reschedule with less than 6 days of anticipation, the advance payed to book will not be reimbursed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why there are prices for type of accommodations in Aguas Calientes?

    The idea is be able to offer an option according to what you want to pay by the tour, even giving you the possibility to choose the accommodations in Aguas Calientes on your own.

  • What are the differences between accommodations?

    • Mapi Hostel: triple or quadruple shared room, with shared bathroom. Includes box lunch for breakfast.
    • Presidente Hostel or similar: single or double private room, with private bathroom. Includes box lunch for breakfast.
    • Tierra Viva Hotel (3 stars) or similar: single or double private room, with private bathroom. Includes breakfast.
  • For the minor price, is it valid the age the children have at the moment of bokking or when we are going to do the tour?

    The discount for minors applies according to the age they have at the moment of making the tour. Separate from that, you have to send us the travel document at the moment of booking.

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