6-DAY CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of Peru on our 6-day Choquequirao to Machu Picchu expedition. This unforgettable journey will take you through stunning mountain ranges, ancient ruins, and hidden gems that few tourists ever get to see. Experience the magic of Machu Picchu and immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of this incredible country.
- Day 01: cusco – capuliyoc – marampata.
- Day 02: maranpata – choquequirao – choquequirao campsite
- Day 03: choquequirao – río blanco – maizal.
- Day 04: maizal – minas victoria – yanama – lucmabamba
- Day 05: santa teresa – hydroelectric – aguas calientes
- Day 06: aguas calientes – machupicchu – cusco
6-DAY CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU EXPERIENCE
DAY 01: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – MARAMPATA
Our pick up is quite early to start the journey to the sector of Capuliyoc (2800 masl / 9186 feet), we will enjoy a delicious breakfast and meet with the support team (muleteers and mules), then begins our initial hike to the first viewpoint where we already have a panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range also known as Pedrayoc and the popular Apurimac Canyon. We start from here our way down a path that is full of medicinal plants such as muña or chilca, our way will take us to the sector of Chiquisca (1800 masl / 3280 feet) where we have our scheduled lunch. Finally we continue our journey to reach Marampata (3500 masl / 11,482 ft) where our camp is scheduled.
Hiking time: 07 hrs / 15 km
Maximum altitude: 3500 masl / 11,482 ft.
Camp altitude: 3500 masl / 11,482 ft.
DAY 02: MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO – CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE
In the morning begins our biggest challenge, a complicated climb to reach the archaeological center of Choquequirao (3110 masl / 10 120 feet) we will enjoy free time to visit it calmly and take the best pictures, at the end we return by the same path to have lunch, as the team has prepared everything. Then continuing with our hike we will arrive to Choquequirao camp (3050 masl / 10 006 ft), there we will have dinner and spend the night.
Duration of trek: 06 hrs / 8 km
Maximum altitude: 3110 masl / 10 120 ft.
Camp altitude: 3050 masl / 10 006 ft.
DAY 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO – RÍO BLANCO – MAIZAL
After wake up, we will have a delicious breakfast, then we continue the trail again to reach our lunch point and in the afternoon we will climb the slope to reach the pass of Choquequirao (3500 masl / 11 842 feet), we will have some free time in which we can rest comfortably and then descend to the ruins of Pinchinuyoc (3000 masl / 9842 feet) place that will also be our campsite this day.
Hiking time: 09 hrs / 13 km
Maximum altitude: 3500 masl / 11,842 ft.
Camp altitude: 3000 masl / 9842 ft.
DAY 04: MAIZAL – MINAS VICTORIA – YANAMA – LUCMABAMBA
This day of the 6-day choquequirao to machu picchu begins in an artistic way, thanks to the songs of the birds and the natural environment. After breakfast we resume our hike uphill observing the beautiful landscapes and mountains that are becoming more noticeable as we advance in our journey, we will also see some Inca canals that withstand the passage of time without problem. We arrive at our lunch spot where our team has everything ready and we just enjoy. On our way we will pass by the Victoria pass (4200 masl / 13 780 ft) and then begin the descent towards our next point in Yamana (3800 masl / 12 467 ft) where we will take a transport that will take us to Lucmabamba (2062 masl / 6765 ft) where we have scheduled our camp.
Hiking time: 07 hrs / 22 km
Maximum altitude: 4200 masl / 13,780 ft.
Camp altitude: 2062 masl / 6765 ft.
DAY 05: SANTA TERESA – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES
After a good breakfast we take a transportation to get to Santa Teresa (1550 masl / 5085 ft) then we continue our way that will take us to the sector of the Hidroeléctrica plant (1890 masl / 6200 ft) here we will enjoy our lunch and then we will continue the hike next to the railroad track going deeper into the sanctuary, The hike lasts approximately 3 hours until we arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes (2040 masl / 6692 ft) where we will go to our designated hotel to rest comfortably.
Hiking time: 08 hrs / 14 km
Accommodation: Hotel Room (Ask for the type of room)
Maximum altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 ft.
Camp altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 ft.
DAY 06: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
In the morning we go to the bus station to board it, continue our journey and finally we have reached our destination, after passing a small control begins the fun part of the trip, touring the citadel of Machupicchu.
Upon entering begins the ascent to the top to reach the key point of the trip from the beginning and this is the watchman’s house from where we can take the most important classic photo of the trip. After free time to enjoy the view we continue our tour to visit other major sites such as the main square, the sundial, the royal quarters, intihuatana, temple of the 3 windows and the condor, among other important places. This visit as such has a duration of 2 hours in a regular way, however we extend it in a better way for you to enjoy the time and have a total of 3 hours approximately.
At the end we return to Aguas Calientes by the same way to enjoy a well deserved lunch (on your own), then about 14:00 pm we must return to the train station and board it to get back to Ollantaytambo where the tourist bus awaits us to finally return to the city of Cusco, we will arrive on average 18:30 pm. End of our 6-day choquequirao to machu picchu expedition.
Duration of hike: 03 hrs / 2 km
Maximum altitude: 2745 masl / 9005 ft.
- All accommodations per itinerary.
- All meals per itinerary
- All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
- All transportation and transfers by itinerary.
- Pre-walk information with guide for the walk
- Transportation by vehicle at the beginning of the walk.
- Bilingual guide on the walk, who will handle the first aid kit.
- Two men’s tents, including sleeping pads.
- Pack animals and muleteer
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Commissary team
- All meals during the walk.
- Portable bathroom
- Entrance and guided visit to the ruins of Choquequirao.
- Transfer, entrance and guided visit to Machu Picchu.
- Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
- Expedition by train back to Cusco
- When confirming the service you must carefully choose the date of travel because there is no option to change it due to the modality of the entrance ticket, nor it is transferable to a third person or refundable under any circumstances.
- Choquequirao spaces are similar to the Inca Trail, are very limited so it is extremely important to have an advance reservation at least 4 to 6 months in advance, the preparation is thorough and detailed.
Do I need to have previous experience or physical preparation?
Yes, to be able to carry out this 6-Day Choquequirao to Machu Picchu it is important to have an adequate physical condition since the trip itself is very demanding, being prepared helps you enjoy the experience in a comfortable way, the geography of the Inca trail is somewhat unusual since it’s a complete mix of everything between staggered climbs, trails, inclines and steep descents. The best way to prepare for the trip is to establish some routines that can be daily or weekly in terms of walks that help strengthen our resistance in the legs.
How should I prepare my luggage for this choquequirao to machu picchu trek?
The Inca Trail leads us directly to Machu Picchu by the traditional route used by the Incas, so the trail itself takes us into what we currently know as the jungle, for this reason the heat is imminent, light clothing is always the most recommended, to this we must add only 1 or 2 garments that are warm for the nights. Finally, personal items such as power banks, sunglasses, mosquito repellent, rain poncho and others are also important for the trip.
Can I do the choquequirao trek to machu picchu on my own?
No, because the trek choquequirao machu picchu has a particular condition and it can only be done with a formal company that has a special permit issued by Sernanp (Entity that regulates the natural parks). With these conditions, choosing PERU TOP EXPERIENCE is the best option because we are direct operators for this service.
How are the bathrooms on the choquequirao to machu picchu trail? Will we have access to showers along the way?
The services that we find along the way are basic, this is part of the management of the entities that regulate it, however they give us the comfort of being able to use them if necessary. As for the shower, the water is very cold, so it is not recommended on the road. Our team provides you with a warm towel and water so you can clean yourself every day. When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you can make use of the hot springs that are exceptional to rest your body after the adventure.
What to Bring
- Original passport (must be the same one used to book your trip)
- Valid university card (if booked as a student)
- Good backpack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: 2-3L (Camelbaks are recommended)
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle brace
- Sleeping bag
- Headlamp: essential
- Toilet paper
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of underwear
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Swimsuit for hot springs
- Polar / thermal lining
- Warm clothes, down jacket – temperature of the second camp around 3º C
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable camping shoes
- Quick drying towel. We offer small, you might prefer something bigger
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water every day to wash.
- Battery charger: there is no electricity along the walk
- Large plastic bags will be provided in the office. Ask for them.
- Sleeping bag: must be at least -15ºC. You can rent it.
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit: bandages, moleskin, etc.
- Sun hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Wool hat
- Rain clothes
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dried fruit.
- Coca leaves
- Plastic rain poncho (provided by SAM)
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and small plastic waste bag.
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tipS