Choquequirao Machu Picchu trekking, peru's challenge trek (7 days)
Choquequirao Machu Picchu trekking, takes us by a non-frequented path, you will see choquequirao Inca site and several remote villages. We decided to include this trek in our programs because we want you see both, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
The Choquequirao sits in the saddle of a high Andean ridge, 3000m. /10,000 ft. The area is ringed by spectacular snow-capped peaks and flanked by plunging, thickly forested slopes, the city is an inspiring example of an elite Inca ceremonial center, dedicated to the worship of the mountain gods, the river and the elements of nature.
Choquequirao has been called “Machu Picchu’s sacred sister”, because of the striking similarities of design and ceremonial architecture to its famous counterpart above the Urubamba Gorge. While Machu Picchu is the wonder of the world, let us to show you all this magnificent sites.
The trek is recommended for nature lovers, challenge hikes in the world, and for people who are looking to discover remote places where you can get in touch with nature and run away from the stress of the city.
Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchudaily departures in private service.
choquequirao machu picchu trekking
Day 01. Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca. This Choquequirao Machu Picchu adventure, starts at 05:00 hrs. Our guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you to Cachora village, it takes about 4 hours. Cachora is the last town, at arrival we will meet our local muleteer and while they set up the equipment will breakfast.
After it we begin our trekking, a nice view of the majestic padrayoc mountain will encourage us to hike, at the beginning we start on a gentle downhill towards, then a flat raod to huancacalle where will stop and lunch, on the way we will enjoy the beautiful changing landscapes, from precipices to snowy mountains view.
From capuliyoc lookout point we will observe Apurimac canyon with its impressive depth (the second deepest canyon in Peru), from here the trail follows a downhill trail up to Chikiska which is the campground. In this day we will pass the small settlement named la Colmena (2870 above sea level), after this there is Cocamasana (2330 above sea level), and finally chiquisca (1950 asl) a grove place where we can find water.
Day 02. Chiquisca – choquequirao: Wake up at 05 in the morning, then have breakfast and get ready for the hardest part of the trek. It begins with a downhill path for one hour, then we cross the Apurimac River.
From here the trail goes uphill by a switch back trail until maranpata. After several stops, on the way there is a place named Santa Rosa where we can find snacks and water to buy, and after we will reach Maranpata which is the lunch spot, it is at a wide view point, it is also the end of the hardest part.
After lunch, we follow a gentle section, then arrive in to a lookout point of choquequirao. Finally after 2 more hours we arrive to the second camp ground, our team will set up our tents, we spend the afternoon just relaxing and enjoying the nature. Dinner is served at 6.30.
Day 03: Choquequirao – maizal. After a nutritious breakfast we begin the day with sightseeing of choquequirao, we will see all the most important sector then we will reach the trail by an uphill section, the trail keeps uphill for about an hour up to 3299 meters, then all the trail becomes steep open prairie with open views of the Mountains and valleys.
After about 2 hours downhill we reach Pinchaunuyoc – these site is a nice inca buildings, the site has been recently restored and it shown all its beauty, then continue the walk for 1 more hour up to the rio blanco river, we’ll lunch at the river.
After lunch we re-start hiking on uphill trail ornamented by native trees, all the path is an steep climb up to the camp at Maizal. It is home for about 3 families that are leaving far away from the populations, they farm corn and potatoes. From Rio Blanco to the camp takes about 3 hours of climb, we camp at 3000 on a lookout place.
Day 04: Maizal – Yanama. From the camp the trail leads gentle for about 1 hours, then it turns in to switchback uphill section, the trail goes covered by native trees and goes towards the Victoria mines and Pass. The trail is amazingly beautiful, firstly we walk by the cloud forest, then over Andean Puna covered by icchu or grass.
At the minas Victoria we can see metal shining stones, these stones has a high concentration of minerals. At the summit we can be surprised by the impressive mount ranges such as choquetacarpo and puma sillu, we will have time to relax and if we are lucky we can be surprised by the soar of the condors, the summit is located over 4.400 meters, while we lunch we’ll enjoy the great scenery at both sides of the mountain.
After lunch we continue our walk towards yanama which is at 3.5 hours of walk, all the trail is downhill, we will see nice valley at the bottom of the mount, then suddenly the trail reaches a narrow section that look like a landscape scene from the lord of rings movie, in the middle there is a tunnel made by the miners, we pass it and arrive to a bushy sector and after 1 more hour we arrive to the village of yanama 3800m, where we camp at the backyard of our muleteer house.
Day 05. Yanama – Totora: After a nutritious breakfast, we re-start our hike towards the east, following a highland valley we can reach in 2 hours the bottom of the Mariana Llamoc pass, We mostly walk by a truck road that has been recently made for yanama villagers, there is an uphill road that from where at very close we can see snow coat mounts, we can stop at the mid uphill to have our snacks, the continue the trail and summit 4500m at around 11:00 hrs.
From here there is seeing another great scenery , the trail descend on a rocky path and after one hour and a half we arrive to the bottom and have lunch at a place very close to an stream. After lunch the trail is gentler, we follow the truck road and after 1.5 hours we reach a little town named Totora, Here we camp have dinner and spend the night over 3.500 meters.
Day 06: Totora – La playa – Hydroelectric plant – Aguas Calientes. After telling our muleteers good bye, we catch a local transport than can drive us for about 2 hours and a half we arrive to Hydro and relax for an about 30 minutes while our cook make us our box lunch, after lunch we take a trail that is beside the train tracks and walk the 6 miles, by a gentle level trail banking the Urubamba river, this section usually takes about 03 hours in slow walk.
We arrive to machu picchu town, the guide will take you to your hotel where you can relax. In the evening you meet the guide and go for dinner in a restaurant and spend the night. (optionally in the afternoon you can go to the hot spring or relax at your hotel).
Day 07: Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco. Early departure is needed and after that we take bus ride for 30 minutes to machu picchu entrance control, once we enter in to the archaeological park, we have the opportunity to have the sun rise in machu picchu, the guided tour will take you to visit all the most important sector of the place.
The usual guided tour takes 2 hours in a rush time, our guides will do it in 03 hour, we’ll learn about the importance, religious and historical of the place, place to appreciate the fine architecture of the incas after tour if have got a ticket for huayna picchu, you can climb up the mountain which is on the mountains saddle high over the Urubamba River that offers a good overview of the whole area, and the full site of Machu Picchu.
Another possibility is to walk to the inca bridge. After a great tour in machu picchu it is time to catch bus to aguas calientes, in order to catch train back to Ollantaytambo from where we catch bus to Cusco where our fantastic service ends.
- Transfer from hotel to start point of trek (private transport).
- Fee for choquequirao.
- Complete meals during trek (Lunch, Dinner, snacks, tea time).
- Tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and keep backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, new, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
- Inflatable sleeping mattress.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs, Kitchen tent, Toilet ten.
- English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people).
- Cook: Expert in traditional, gourmet, vegetarian food and cooking assistant.
- Cooking equipment. Clean and new.
- Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3.
- Muleteers to manage equipment and horses.
- Emergency horse.
- Accommodation for our guides, cook and Muleteers.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- 01 night hotel in Aguas Calientes town.
- Bus to Machu Picchu (up and down).
- Machu Picchu fee.
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantay Tambo (Vista dome or Similar).
- Pick up from ollanta and ride to Cusco city.
- Sleeping bag: (Available for hire at our office).
- 1st day breakfast, Lunch on the last day: after the guided tour at Machu picchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit to Machu Picchu and choose to have your lunch either in Machu picchu or in Aguas Calientes.