6-Day Choquequirao to Machu Picchu: The Ultimate Journey

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

6 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

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 - 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 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
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00

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Tour Itinerary

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

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.

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Tour 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.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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.

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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Discounts

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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 6-Day Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Journey. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 6-Day Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Journey, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

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.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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Recently took the 6-Day Choquequirao & Machu Picchu tour with Huaynas Expeditions. From breathtaking landscapes to expert guidance, it was a mesmerizing blend of adventure and cultural depth. Highly recommend for an unforgettable Peruvian experience.

September 7, 2023
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