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Choquequiraw To Machu Picchu (8 Days, 7 Nights)

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Join this 8-day trek to Machu Picchu for the experience of a lifetime. With the help of your expert guide, you'll navigate your way through the famous sights and hidden gems of this trek you are sure to never forget.
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Duration 8 days
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  • Marvel Machu Picchu and other sights along the Inca Trail
  • Learn about the history of the sites and region from your expert guide and meet local people
  • Enjoy nights by the campfire and spectacular sunrises each day
Full description
Trekking to Choqueqiraw and Machu Picchu will take on a 7-day adventure along the Inca Trail, offering you amazing views of snow-capped mountains, valleys, flora, and fauna. You will spend nights by the fire at your campsite and mornings with a perfect sunrise. 

Before the trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco.
Below, you will find a sample itinerary. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.

You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:00 AM and take a 4-hour drive to the starting point of the trail, where breakfast will be waiting for you. There, you will also meet the trek team, horsemen, and horses that will carry your duffel bags. After breakfast, your expedition to Machu Picchu will start. The first 4 hours are downhill and you will stop at the small village of Chikiska-Chikiska to have lunch. During the hike, you will have a great view of the Apurimac River and the valley, as well as the snow-capped peaks. Two hours later, you will reach the Apurimac River at the bottom of the valley. When you see a bridge that's your sign that it’s just 2 more hours of hiking uphill until you reach the campsite in Santa Rosa.
Walking Distance: 18 km
Campsite Elevation: 1,800 m
Weather: Hot and dry

After an early breakfast, you will continue the expedition with a 2-hour uphill hike to Marampata. This section has many zigzag paths, is at an altitude of 3,100m, and offers a great view of the canyon, as well as the surrounding snow-capped peaks. From this point, you will hike downward for 2 hours to the famous Choquekiraw Inca site. This is the perfect location for lunch and to visit the site. On this tour, you’ll visit the most important places: the religious sites, the observatory, and the llama terraced sections, before returning to the campsite for the night.
Walking distance: 10 km
Campsite elevation: 3,300 m
Weather: Hot and humid

After an early breakfast, your hike will start at 6:30 AM. To reach the first pass of Choquekiraw at 3,500m, you will hike 40 minutes uphill. Then you’ll hike on a flat trail for 30 minutes before starting to descend along the zigzag path for an hour and a half, which will take you to Pinchauniyoc, an agricultural Inca site and a resting spot for the Incas when they traveled for one of their expeditions to Machu Picchu. Then, you walk downhill for another hour and a half until you reach the Calle Rio Blanco River at 1,750m for lunchtime.
IMPORTANT: Always bring mosquito repellent, especially for this segment. After lunch, you will take a 4-hour uphill hike to Maizal, a campsite surround by Andean mountains.
Walking Distance: 14 km
Campsite Elevation: 2900 m
Weather: Humid

You’ll wake up early to a hot drink followed by breakfast. You’ll start the day by taking a rocky path for a 4-hour uphill hike, surrounded by green valleys and also some arid mountain peaks. Once you reach the top of the pass (at 4,200 m), you’ll get a lunch box. The view will include snow-capped peaks, valleys, and perhaps some condors (the largest bird of the Andes). After some resting time, you have 3.5 hours of downhill hiking to the campsite at Yanama, an indigenous village.
Walking Distance: 15 km
Campsite Elevation: 3,800 m
Weather: Humid, dry and cold

You’ll start your expedition at around 6 AM and hike through the famous Vilcabamba mountain range, the last city of the Incas. It will take about 5 hours to reach the pass with some stops along the way to rest and listen to your guide tell you about the area. Once you reach the pass at 4,500m, a lunch box will be provided for you. This is the last stretch of the journey to Machu Picchu, where you will get to view Salkantay and Humantay, the grandfather glacier peaks. Along the way, you may see some black bears and Andean birds, such as falcons, eagles, hawks, condors, and geese. Once you get to the campsite, you will have some hot drinks and a delicious dinner waiting for you.
Walking Distance: 16 km
Campsite Elevation: 3500 m
Weather: Cold, dry and humid

After breakfast, your trek will start with a 3-hour downhill hike to Ccolpapampa, where you will have lunch and say goodbye to your horsemen. From there, it will take about 5 hours to get to the campsite at La Playa. Along the way, you will see waterfalls and fruit plantations and may also visit some coffee plantations.
Walking Distance: 16 km
Campsite Elevation: 2,400 m
Weather: Hot and dry

Your last hiking day will end around lunchtime. The walk lasts about 6 hours, 3 of them uphill, along the hillside with a great view of the Santa Teresa Valley. Once you get to the top of this mountain, you will be at the famous Inca site Llactapata, an observation point built by the Incas to see the sunrise during the winter solstice. You will also see Machu Picchu for the very first time, including its valleys and mountains (Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains). Next, you will continue on a 3-hour walk, descending to the hydroelectric station.  After lunch, your train will leave at around 3:30 PM. After a one-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, you will be taken to your hotel for a hot shower. If you like, you can visit the famous Aguas Calientes hot springs (for an entrance fee of $3 per person) and enjoy dinner at a restaurant.
Walking Distance: 12 km
Aguas Calientes Elevation: 2,000 m
Weather: Hot and humid

You’ll start your day early to get to Machu Picchu for the sunrise. The day will start with breakfast at the hotel and then you can either take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu or you can walk up to the citadel with your tour guide (you must coordinate this with your trekking guide the night before). At Machu Picchu, you will visit the most famous sites of the trek. Then you’ll take a walking tour to visit the most important places in the Machu Picchu complex, such as the Temple of the Sun. The walking tour lasts 2-3 hours, if you have extra permits, you may climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain after the tour. This will be during the second time slot at 10 AM and it finishes around noon. Afterwards, you’ll still have time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. At around 3 PM, you should take the bus back to Aguas Calientes to grab lunch at one of the many restaurants. After lunch, it’s time to pick up your bags from the hotel and walk to the train station. The 2-hour train ride departs at 4:20 PM (tourist/Expedition class) and will take you to the town of Ollantayatmbo, where your guides will be waiting to take you back to Cusco. You will arrive at your hotel at around 8:30 PM.
Note: Lunch is not included on Day 8.
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Sleeping bag
  • Inflatable Mattress
  • Pickup from your hotel
  • Personal tents
  • English-speaking guide
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Saddled horse
  • Food
  • Service
  • 1-night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • First-aid kit
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • Train transfer from Ollantaytambo to hotel
  • 1 bag
What’s Not Included
  • Optional night in Aguas Calientes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Please bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• During travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of
• If you are vegetarian, please advise at time of booking.
• Please bring: your original passport, original ISIC (an international student card, if applicable), travel insurance, pocket money in Nuevos Soles, a small rucksack, rain gear (a rain-jacket and waterproof pants), durable footwear (waterproof trekking shoes are recommended), sandals (for comfort while at the campsites), warm clothes, such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended), hat or a cap, sunscreen, insect repellent (recommended minimum is 20% DEET), camera and its charger/batteries, flashlight/headlamp and batteries, small towel and toiletries, swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes), snacks (crackers, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.), bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refilled.