From $ 1450.00 Per Person

Known as the "Sister Machu Picchu," the Choquequirao is preferred by serious hikers who enjoy an off the beaten track adventure Enjoy the solitude and mystery of the region’s most difficult trek. The ancient city of Choquequirao, which is only accessible by foot, offers a chance to see unspoiled archaeological ruins and witness the elusive condors in flight. At over 2,900 meters tall, the challenging hike is sometimes called “Machu Picchu’s sister,” but remains undiscovered by most tourists who visit the region. The steep ascents and descents through the Apurimac canyon provide glimpses of contrasting landscapes dominated by snowcapped peaks, cliff sides covered in cactus, and lush rainforest vegetation.
The ultimate adventure for altitude junkies with a love of history, this challenging 9-day journey snakes its way between the most incredible Inca sites in Peru. Conquer a mind-blowing trek to the mountaintop fortress of Choquequirao — free of tourist throngs — before continuing onto Santa Teresa, the backdoor to Machu Picchu. Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, you'll gain a greater appreciation of the Inca Empire. And because we operate our own treks in this region, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment.

- Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Capuliyuc – Chikisca.
- Day 2: Chikisca – Santa Rosa – Marampata.
- Day 3: Exploring
- Day 4: Choquequirao – Pinchiunoyuc – Maizal.
- Day 5: Maizal – Highpass Mina Victoria – Yanama.
- Day 6: Yanama – Abra Apacheta – Totora.
- Day 7: Totora – Collpapampa – Playa – Lumabamba.
- Day 8: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes.
- Day 9: Machupicchu – Cusco.

Day 1: Cusco- Cachora- Capuliyuc- Chikiska

We will pick you up at 4 am from your hotel in Cusco and drive to the village of Cachora, approx. 4 hours. After a short rest we drive 30 more minutes to Capuliyoc lookout point (2,941masl / 9649 ft). Here we meet our staff of horses and horseman and begin our hike. Before we begin our adventure, we will have a nutritionally lunch in this wonderful lookout point where we can appreciate the Apurimac canyon and the chance, we may see an Andean condor.
After lunch, we begin our descent on a zigzagging footpath, crossing scrub and later a forest of native trees called Phaty, in approx. 5 hours we arrive at Chikisca (1836m / 6023ft) for lunch and campsite awaits us. We can expect a warm night in the valley, at our campsite.
- Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
- Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl / 9514 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 1860 masl / 6102 ft
- Distance Travelled: 8 km / 4.97 ml
- Walking Time: 5 hrs

Day 2: Chikisca – Santa Rosa – Marampata

We leave very early in the morning to avoid the blazing midday sun. We descend to the Apurimac River to cross over the Playa Rosalina Bridge. Here our climb to Choquequirao begins. We pass by Santa Rosa, and stop for a rest at a small shop own by a local family. Here we can purchase water or rehydrating drinks.
We continue uphill until we reach Marampata. Here we will have lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon visiting the local family land and sharing with them their daily activities. We will have a chance to learn from the local families how to grow vegetables, raise chickens, and guinea pigs. We will have a chance to harvest some of these vegetables which are grow without any fertilizer just all organic. We will harvest some of these vegetables for us to Prepare in the rest of our trek, this is a great way for us to support the local community of Marampata. Overnight at Marampata campsite.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Maximum Altitude: 2950 masl / 2815 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 1836 masl / 6024 ft
- Distance Travelled: 10 km / 6 miles
- Walking Time: 6 hrs

Day 3: Exploring Choquequirao.

After a good rest and a delicious breakfast, we will have the whole day to explore the ruins of Choquequirao, led by your native and local certified tour guide. This magical remote Inca city was part of the last capital of the Incas and is still not 100% uncovered! You will have a chance to adventure by a small trail system only known by your guide, exploring Inca remains recently uncover. This is a lifetime experience! On this day we will set up our campsite in Choquequirao.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Maximum altitude: 3000 masl/ 9957 ft
- Minimum altitude: 2900masl/ 9514 ft
- Distance travelled: 5 km / 3 miles
- Walking time: 6 hours

Day 4: Choquequirao – Pinchiunuyoc – Maizal.

We will have a short extra visit to the principal complex, and then continue our hike towards Pinchiunuyoc. After a small uphill stretch climbing through a wood of native trees we get to the highest point of this day, then we descent until to arrive at Pajunal. We keep going to Pinchiunuyoc Inca remains, where we will have lunch, then decent to the Río Blanco stream. After crossing the bridge, we start hiking uphill until to get to Maizal where we have a chance to observe various species of birds and set up our camp.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Maximum Altitude: 3300 masl / 10826 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 1500 masl / 4921 ft
- Distance Travelled: 14.00 km / 8,69 ml
- Walking Time: 8 hrs

Day 5: Maizal – Highpass Mina Victoria – Yanama

After our big breakfast we leave our campsite and continue uphill, crossing a beautiful forest of native trees on a stone path before arriving at the high-pass Mina Victoria. Here we will have a spectacular view of the cordillera of the snow-capped peaks of Choquetacarpo and Pumasillo. We descend for our lunch spot and after a brief rest, we continue to the community of Yanama, where we will spend the night.
- Meals: B, L, D
- Maximum Altitude: 4150 masl / 13411 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 3800 masl / 12467 ft
- Distance Travelled: 11 km / 6,83 ml
- Walking Time: 7 hrs

Day 6: Yanama – Abra Apacheta – Totora

The Big Day! First in the morning we will have a delicious breakfast, then leave early and climb up the ravine of the Yanama River upriver. It begins as a gentle slope and becomes steeper and steeper as we reach to the high-pass (4660 masl/ 15288ft. We can appreciate a beautiful contrast of ecological levels as we arrive in the puna. Lunch right after the highest point, and then descend into the Totora River Valley, where we will have dinner and spend the night in the community of Totora.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Maximum Altitude: 4600 masl / 15091 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 3560 masl / 9383 ft
- Distance Travelled: 18.32 km / 11.38 ml
- Walking Time: 9 hrs

Day 7: Totora – Colpapampa – Playa – Lucmabamba.

An early wake up with a good breakfast. We will leave very early in the morning, following the Totora River towards the point where it meets the Chalan River. Exuberant vegetation and beautiful waterfalls line our path as you walk through the tropical valley with coffee plantations, banana trees and a blend flora and fauna. We arrive to La Playa community for our lunch spot. After lunch we head out to Lucmabamba, where we will camp. In the afternoon, we will have a coffee tour with a local family and at the end taste the best organic coffee of the region!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2860 masl / 9383 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2088 masl / 6850 ft
Distance Travelled: 11 km / 6,75 ml
Walking Time: 7 hrs

Day 8: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

After our delicious breakfast we start hiking uphill for 3 hours on the original Inca Trail and go through the Andean cloud forest to the Puncuyoc Pass. Another 15 minutes of hiking down we get to LLACTAPATA an old Inca City, which is located at 2,700 m / 8,906 ft. From here we can enjoy a beautiful view of Inca City of Machu Picchu, the spectacular views of Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. Your guide will share the history and Indigenous stories of this sacred place. After we start our hike downhill for 2 hours to Hydroelectric Plant where we will have lunch. After a rest we will wait for our train to go to Aguas Calientes, approximately 45-minute train ride. Arriving in Aguas Calientes and check into our hotel accommodations.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
- Maximum Altitude: 2000masl / 6842 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 1800 masl / 5905 ft
- Distance Travelled: 11 km / 6.75 ml
- Walking Time: 5 hrs

Day 9: Machu Picchu – Cusco.

Early the next morning, we take the bus from the town of Aguas Calientes to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The tour of Machu Picchu will allow us to understand the high level of development the Andean civilization achieved under the Incas. A supreme religious site, Machu Picchu demonstrates the superior knowledge achieved in astronomy and astrology. This knowledge is indispensable for measuring weather cycles (rainy and dry seasons) through the solstices, for the development of agricultural activity; the primary means of survival in the Andes. We will try to spend as long as possible in the archaeological complex. Afternoon transfer back to Aguas Calientes on time for our train check in and back to Ollantaytambo (1:50 min), from here we drive back to Cusco for about 2 hours.
- Meals: Breakfast.
- Maximum Altitude: 2437 masl / 7995 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 2070 masl / 6791 ft
- Distance Travelled: 1.50 km / 0.93 ml
- Walking Time: 3 hours.


Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions
Collection from your hotel in the morning
Private bus transport to the starting point of the trek
English speaking professional guide
Duffle bag for your stuff 8kg/17.6lbs
Dry bag in which to put your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty on the trail
2-person, 4 season tents
Extra-thick foam mattress sleeping pad to put under your sleeping bag
Dining and cooking tents with tables and stools.
Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
Full meals (3 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, and snacks on the trail)
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse
Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and afternoon.
Entry ticket to Choquequirao Archaeological Complex
Guided tour of Choquequirao ruins, plenty of time to explore in your own
Hydroelectric Train to Aguas Calientes
Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
Guided tour of Machu Picchu, plenty of time to explore on your own
Private Transport back to hotel in Cusco


Lunch and dinner on the last day
Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
Entrance to hot springs (20 soles)
Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (25 USD each)
Tip for your guide(s) and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek
Tips for the travel team for the tour guide, cook and porters
Inflatable mattresses

What you should bring:
Backpack waterproof layer
Loose pants and better long
Feather coat and waterproof jacket.
Gloves and skullcap.
Trekking shoes with thick orm.
Micro fiber or wool socks.
Walking sticks.
Sunscream and glasses.
Mosquito repellent.
Original passport.
Purifiying pills.
Personal higiene items.
Torch with replacement battery.
Sleeping bag.
Extra Money to tipping guides, cookers and porters.

2 persons
$ 1450 PP
3 – 5 persons
$ 1400 PP
6 – 10 persons
$ 1350 PP
All of our tours are private services
To make this amazing Adventure we need minimum 2 people
It there is 1 person we can start the tour but that person will pay $ 1860 USD for the private group.
Sleeping Bag –$30 USD per person per trek
Air Mattress – $30 USD per person per trek
Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek
Personal Tent- $40 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers)
Entrance fee to hot spring aguas calientes – $7 USD

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