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6-Day Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Journey

Go from the lost city of Choquequirao to the world-renowned Machu Picchu in this 6-day, once-in-a-lifetime journey.


Cusco, Peru


6 Days




Year Round

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6-Day Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Journey Overview

Embark on a captivating journey from the mystic ruins of Choquequirao, often dubbed as Machu Picchu’s sacred twin, to the world-renowned citadel of Machu Picchu itself. Traverse through pristine landscapes, witnessing the raw beauty of the Andes and immersing yourself in rich Incan history.

As you venture deeper into these ancient trails, let the stories of civilizations past come alive under the guidance of our expert team. Every step promises new discoveries, from soaring condors to terraced ruins echoing tales of a bygone era. Join us for an adventure that seamlessly blends nature, culture, and history.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Capuliyoc Viewpoint, Apurimac River, Marampata Camp, Choquequirao and Machu Pichu

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
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  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
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6-Day Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Journey

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: Embarking from Cusco to the Serene Playa Rosalinas

Your adventure commences with a dawn departure from Cusco. As the city’s early morning tranquility gives way to the day, you’ll journey towards Capuliyoc, the threshold to the magnificent Apurimac Valley. The drive itself is a prelude to the wonders ahead, passing under the watchful eyes of the Salkantay and Humantay peaks, timeless guardians of the Andes.

Arriving at Capuliyoc, a brief pause allows for a hearty local breakfast, energizing you for the descent that lies ahead (cost not included). The trek to Playa Rosalinas is a descent through an ever-changing canvas of Andean beauty, with the Apurimac River, known as the ‘Speaking God,’ providing a melodious soundtrack to your journey.

Your day concludes at the peaceful Playa Rosalinas. Here, beside the gentle flow of the Apurimac, you’ll camp under the expansive sky, dine heartily, and share tales of the day’s descent, all while being enveloped in the grandeur of the Andes.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4-5 hours, 8.5 km

Greet the new day in the calm of Playa Rosalinas, and prepare for an ascent to Marampata, a journey filled with the raw beauty of the Andes. The trail to Marampata is a series of switchbacks, offering a challenging yet rewarding climb. Along the way, the landscape unfolds with rustic charm, and you may catch sight of Andean condors gracing the skies.

Reaching Marampata, you are rewarded with stunning views and the first glimpse of the Choquequirao ruins. As evening descends, the campsite at Marampata provides a warm welcome. Here, you have the option to refresh with hot showers offered by the locals, a perfect way to rejuvenate and prepare for the next day’s explorations of the enigmatic Choquequirao.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

As dawn breaks at Marampata, a short trek brings you to the legendary Choquequirao. This day is dedicated to exploring the sprawling ruins of this ancient Incan city, often considered Machu Picchu’s sacred twin. Choquequirao, set against a backdrop of breathtaking Andean mountains, is a treasure trove of history waiting to be discovered.

Your exploration of Choquequirao is a journey back in time. Wander through its vast complex, admiring the intricate stone terraces and ceremonial sites that have stood the test of time. Our guides will enrich your experience with tales and insights into the lives of the Incas who once thrived here. Midday, enjoy a unique lunch experience within the ruins, allowing you to dine amidst the echoes of ancient civilization.

As the afternoon sun casts long shadows over the stone structures, return to the campsite at Marampata. Spend the evening under the stars, pondering the day’s rich historical discoveries and the silent stories told by the ruins.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Moderate exploration of Choquequirao’s vast expanse, approx. 3-4 hours

The fourth day of your journey begins with a reflective breakfast at Marampata, followed by the trek back towards Chiquiska. This return path presents the landscape in a new light, offering fresh perspectives and insights. The descent from Marampata to Playa Rosalinas reveals different angles of the valley, while the ascent to Chiquiska challenges and rewards you with panoramic views.

Throughout the day, our guide will highlight the unique aspects of the Andean ecosystem, deepening your appreciation of the region’s natural beauty. Reaching Chiquiska, you’ll find a welcoming campsite where stories and experiences from the journey are shared around the campfire, fostering a sense of camaraderie under the night sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 14 km

The fifth morning at Chiquiska dawns with the promise of new adventures. After breakfast, begin your ascent to Capuliyoc, reflecting on the remarkable journey through the Choquequirao region. This part of the trek, mostly uphill, is a testament to your endurance and offers a final embrace of the stunning vistas of the Apurimac Canyon.

Upon reaching Capuliyoc, celebrate the conclusion of your trek through Choquequirao with a hearty farewell lunch. The journey then transitions to a train ride from the quaint town of Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. This train journey unveils a different facet of the Andean landscape, gently ushering you towards the next highlight of your adventure.

Arriving in Aguas Calientes, the anticipation for Machu Picchu builds. Check into your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening, preparing for the exploration of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

On the final day, an early bus ride takes you to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. As daylight unfolds, witness the ancient citadel come alive in the morning light, an experience that captures the essence of its wonder and mystique. Explore the nooks and crannies of Machu Picchu with a comprehensive guided tour, delving into the history, architecture, and mysteries of this iconic Incan site.

Following the exploration, return to Aguas Calientes for a reflective lunch, pondering over the incredible experiences of the past days. In the afternoon, board the train back to Ollantaytambo. From there, a private transfer will take you comfortably back to Cusco, concluding a journey that has not only traversed landscapes but also bridged history and culture.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu with guided narratives.

Tour Highlights

6-Day Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Journey Highlights

  • Choquequirao Ruins: Experience the magic of Machu Picchu’s lesser-known twin, an archaeological marvel lying undisturbed amidst the Andean peaks.
  • Majestic Machu Picchu: Stand in awe before the world-famous citadel, witnessing its ancient structures bathe in golden hues as dawn breaks.
  • Capuliyoc Panorama: Start your trek with the breathtaking vistas of the Apurimac Valley, a sight that sets the tone for the adventure ahead.
  • Playa Rosalinas: Find tranquility by the mighty Apurimac River, a serene location that promises the thrill of the journey to come.
  • Marampata Village: Nestled high in the mountains, this village offers the first tantalizing glimpses of the Choquequirao ruins and a chance to rejuvenate in cozy homestays.
  • Apurimac River: Follow the whispers of this river as it winds its way through valleys, accompanying you during significant parts of your journey.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Return transportation from trail’s end to Ollantaytambo.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao Park and Machu Picchu.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip Expedition Train tickets between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.


Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 6 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.


Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max



Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max



Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.


This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our Packing Tips:

  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

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