This is a unique combination of Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek 5 Days; you will visit the most significant archaeological sites of Cusco. Choquequirao is impressive not only for the archaeological complex but also for the views offered along the route from the city of Cusco. The vegetation, the view of the Apurimac canyon, one of America’s deepest canyons, makes this hike an unforgettable experience.
Built on top of a mountain in the Andes of Peru, the Choquequirao Archaeological Complex can only be compared to the majesty of Machu Picchu in its beauty, its architectural grandeur, and accomplishment. The ruins of this Inca city are located at the height of 3050 m, A wonder of ancient stone walls that protect the palaces and temples. The fountains, canals, and aqueducts that feed the farming terraces are intact and can be clearly seen many kilometers away.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00 am – 4:30 am).
Choquequirao to Machu Picchu – 5 Days highlights:
A non-refundable deposit (varies depending on tour) is payable from the Client to Huaynas Expeditions when reserving any Product. If the reservation is made 7 days or fewer before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. Depending on the original booking method, the client should send the non-refundable deposit to Huaynas Expeditions or the authorized Agent through whom they made their reservation.
A pre-tour briefing is given to you, ideally two days before the start of the trek. This is comprehensive information on the tour schedule, required gear, altitude, weather, etc. Questions and concerns will be clarified so that you fully comprehend the tour schedule.
It is strongly suggested to be progressively acclimatized; thus, you should arrive in Cusco 2 days previous to trek departure. Altitude sickness causes you a headache, stomache, hands tingling, etc. There is certain medicine you may take to avoid altitude sickness, for instance acetazalomide; moreover, it is helpful to have coca tea; and hot liquids to not become dehydrated. You must descend as the ultimate emergency if you develop serious altitude sickness.
If your hotel is located in the Historical Center of Cusco, Huaynas Expeditions will pick you up there. Although your guide will schedule the pickup time during the briefing, please be aware that the pickup time could change by up to 20 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an ancient city, and there are lots of winding cobblestone streets there. It may be challenging to move luggage to some hotels and Airbnbs because they are situated on car-free streets or long, including inclines. Booking lodging with adequate access is something we strongly advise.
You’ll be given a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will transport them, and the horsemen will hand them to you as you arrive at each camp. They are 60 x 24 x 22 centimetres (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).
Each duffel bag can only contain a maximum of 7 kilogrammes (15.4 lb), which includes the weight of your clothing, sleeping bag, and other personal belongings.
Strikes and demonstrations are frequent in Peru, which may stop some of our tours. Roads can be stopped, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will attempt to keep your vacation as initially planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these conditions, trips may potentially be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, our operations department will manage everything with you. Your safety is our priority, and our decisions will be taken to protect it.
Because group trips are made up of various persons, physical states and ages may differ. You acknowledge that some persons may be faster or slower than you if you choose to participate in a group trip. As a result, everyone on the road may proceed at their own speed.
It is conceivable that a group may want to change the itinerary; however, after discussing with all participants, the guide will determine if such changes are allowed.
We highly advise you to buy comprehensive travel insurance before departing. A comprehensive travel insurance coverage that covers everything from high-altitude treks to unforeseen trip adjustments is a must-have travel gear. Please remember that your standard medical insurance plan will not cover some possibilities in your own country. We suggest searching for a plan that covers the following coverage:
While we try to be understanding when situations arise, the fact is that Trip Changes and Trip Cancellation incur penalties.
To book the below things in your name, we require a photo of your passport’s bio page (Peruvian Government Requirement). Please keep in mind that each traveler must be aware of the re-entry laws for their place of residence/citizenship. Some nations require a passport valid for 6 months beyond the travel date. Please confirm that your passport is current and meets your country’s and residency standards. We can purchase your flights with an expired passport, but we will require a copy of the current passport as soon as you receive it in order to update your tickets.
Most countries are permitted to obtain a visa at the point of arrival. Only a few nations require visas to be obtained in advance. Please remember that each tourist is responsible for determining whether or not a visa is required before admission. Please remember that tourist visas are usually valid for 90 days or less and require proof of return travel.
Please be aware of where you leave your belongings, and remember to take everything with you once you leave our transportation, tents, or restaurants. You are solely responsible for your items throughout the trip.
Our objective is to provide great treks, tours, and adventure experiences while adhering to environmental, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel practices. We make every effort throughout our excursions to avoid negative affects and enhance benefits to the local people and natural ecosystems we visit. We pay fair, livable rates to ensure that we employ and retain the best guides and support workers. We follow worldwide sustainable tourism criteria and have continuous community projects and charity activities that benefit four or more local Andean villages.
We take pleasure in offering five-star service before, during, and after your vacation. Huaynas Expeditions is committed to providing exceptional customer service and adventure experiences.
When walking over tough mountain terrain at high altitudes in unpredictable weather, it is critical to have the best equipment possible. We supply Mountain Hardwear 4-season tents (3 seasons for Inca Trail because of warmer weather), extra thick mattress mats, dry bags for your overnight gear, and other amenities to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.
Any hike or tour can be tailored to your travel, fitness, financial, and time constraints. Do you need a journey or tour for a business or work event, a charity organization, or any significant occasion? Get in touch; we can handle everything!
As it should be, our journeys leave nothing but smiles and footprints.
We care about the environment, which is why we reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our equipment is reusable (no paper or plastic plates/cups/utensils), we buy locally and avoid paper/plastic packaging, and we recycle anything we can. This is not the norm in Peru, but we intend to make it so one day soon!
All of our staff are enthusiastic about their jobs. Who wouldn’t want to work in an office surrounded by gorgeous mountains and endless vistas? We are happy to provide our guides and employees with the highest rates in the industry.
We will pick you up from your hotel at Cusco at 4 am, to drive in our private van for about three hours until to get the trailhead (Capuliyoc 3,200 m). before we stop at Cachora to have breakfast in a local restaurant (not included), at Capuliyoc, we meet our horseman who will be in charge of carrying our equipment and your stuff.
Before beginning our hike, we will take our first group photo with the views of the snow-peak. After that, we will start our expeditions by the Choquequirao trek; it is like a three-hour down hike with some breaks until the lunch stop. The trail is a little dusty and slippery, but you won’t have problems with good trekking boots and poles. Along the way, you will have fantastic views of the Apurimac Canyon.
After lunch we start the walk again towards Playa Rosalina 1,500 meters above sea level (4,921 ft), which is the lowest area of the route where we cross the Apurimac River, then we find a path where the route is only uphill, there is where the practice of agriculture is almost impossible but the inhabitants of the area take advantage of some water currents to grow sugar cane and with this, they produce EL CAMBRAY (produced from sugar cane).
On the most stunning Choquequirao trek day, you will arrive at Choquequirao when the sunrise is just happening and the birds are waking up and singing their magic chants. After a delicious Andean breakfast, you get ready to hike for 2 hours to the village of Marampata located at the mountain top. From here you will already see Choquequirao in the distance and it takes you 2 more hours hiking on a relatively flat surface to get there. This last stretch to Choquequirao has a very beautiful view of the cloud forest and rugged mountains around the Apurimac canyon.
Upon arrival, your tour guide will lead you around the most amazing spots of the Choquequirao Inca settlement. You will explore the main plaza, which is surrounded by huge two-floor buildings and sacred shrines, food deposits, astronomical and religious platforms, the agricultural terraces of Phaqchayoq, and the worshiping terraces of the llamas. Your guide will be a walking encyclopedia and will share interesting facts about Choquequirao, its archaeology, and its history. Around mid-day, your chef and our super porters will bring to you a cold apple juice and a delicious packed lunch. Currently, tour operators are not able to camp, sleep or cook in the ex Choquequirao basecamp that is located next to the Choquequirao ruins.
This is a new regulation of the Peruvian government made in 2021 and that is why our staff will prepare a box lunch that they will carry from Marampata to Choquequirao. Then in the afternoon and after a pretty sunset, you will start hiking back to Marampata. This night will be an amazing opportunity to stargaze and learn more about the constellations of the southern hemisphere.
Your tour guide will come very early to your tents with a hot coffee cup to wake you up just for an incredible sunrise over the Marampata hamlet. After having a delicious outdoor breakfast, you will hike 4 hours downhill through a winding trail to Playa Rosalinas, where you will have the chance to relax your feet in the cold Apurimac river waters, also here you will have a varied buffet lunch. After digesting for 30 minutes you will hike uphill for 2 hours to the Chiquiska farmhouse, where you will camp.
In the afternoon to take advantage of the free time, you will have, your tour guide will teach you how to prepare Cambray, which is an artisanal sugar-cane brandy. Also, you will have a Peruvian cooking class, where your expert hiking chef will teach you how to prepare Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, Quinoa soup, or perhaps an Arroz Verde con Pollo.
Your tour guide will wake you up very early to take advantage of the cooler hours of the morning and hike uphill for 4 hours to the Capuliyoc viewpoint. In the morning, the view of the snowy Padreyoc with the sunrise over its highest point is amazing. Once you arrive in Capuliyoc, your porter staff will be waiting for you with a cold fruit juice and a delicious buffet lunch. Afterwards, you will board our private van for 2 hours to the beautiful and crystalline thermo-medicinal waters of Conoc to relax those muscles that were demanded to the maximum in the Choquequirao trek.
Then you will board the van again for 2 hours to the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will have dinner at a local restaurant. At 7 p.m. you will board the Peru Rail Expedition tourist train for 1 hour and 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes, the closest town to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, your guide will leave you at your hotel and will also tell you the time you will go up the next day to visit and explore Machu Picchu. Finally, you can say that! the journey through the Choquequirao trek has ended and now the trip to the Machu Picchu destination begins¡.
During the morning, at the agreed time with the guide, we will walk for one hour to Machu Picchu. Once we arrive, we will have to follow our guide, who will take us on a tour of Machu Picchu for two hours. Then you will have free time to explore on your own Machu Picchu to take fantastic photos that will give you much to talk about among your friends.
After the excursion, we will return to Aguas Calientes, where you can have lunch. In the afternoon, we will return to Ollantaytambo by train, where we will board the private transport that will take us back to the city of Cusco.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Choquequirao to Machu Picchu – 5 Days private service includes, additional items such as:
Our prices for the Choquequirao to Machu Picchu – 5 Days are reasonable and are in different packages with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco, and discounts will apply automatically for groups of over 5 people when booking this tour together at the same time.
We are a local tour operator that never shares service with any other company in Cusco, most agencies in Cusco share their service to save operating costs with poor quality. We guarantee to make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Our booking process is simple and you can secure your trip with only a 30% deposit and pay the rest at the destination.
We want your vacation to Peru to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. This section contains answers to any inquiries regarding going with Huaynas Expeditions. Please read the following information; it will assist you if you have any queries regarding our services.
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You’ll pay your remaining balance once you arrive in Cusco and in cash in US dollars or soles (Peruvian currency) to the change of the day. If you prefer payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional 6% due to bank commissions. It is better to pay us with cash because there is no transaction fee.
Of course! During the tour to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel. Both of them are free.
Usually, it is not accepted since the permits, and the train tickets are not allowed to change the date or transfer to another name.
But if you need it, we’ll need to buy new permits and train tickets and the cost you’ll pay for it.
Yes! You must bring your original passport, which must be the same one you sent us at the booking time. Your passport will be checked at Machu Picchu checkpoint and when you board the train.
Updating passport numbers: If you are renewing your passport, go ahead and email us a copy of your old passport to book your Machu Picchu ticket. If you no longer have your old passport, any government issue ID will be accepted, as long as the name is the same. Once you receive your new passport, please email us a copy of your new passport ASAP to change the information about your permits and train tickets.
Yes, you can book your hotel. It will decrease the price of $30 per person. If you decide to book your own hotel, don’t forget to tell us where you plan to stay so our guide will take you there safely.
We receive reservations at least 1 week in advance. However, seats are limited and are always subject to availability. Both the permits for Machu Picchu and the train ticket and permits for the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are in high demand, sometimes selling out months in advance. For this reason, we recommend that you make your reservation as far in advance recommendable 2 or 3 months in advance.
The Expedition and Vistadome categories offer comfortable leather seats and include a snack and hot or cold drink per person. The first and main difference between both categories is that the Vistadome train has windows on the roof of the cars, which allows a panoramic view of the outside. The second difference is that the Vistadome train offers entertainment services on board, such as typical dances and parades.
If you want to get the student discount, the following requirements must be met:
The university card must meet the following requirements:
If you meet the requirements above, you will get the following discount:
All students have to send a copy of their passport and student card at the time of booking to get the student discount.
Tipping is not required, but it is appreciated if you are satisfied with the services. Even though it might not be familiar in your country, the people who will look after you during the tour place a lot of importance on it. Many Huaynas Expeditions’ destinations encourage top-notch service and are a foundational aspect of the travel and tourism sector. It’s up to you how much to tip based on how well you thought out the tour and how long it lasted. Remember that leaving a tip is optional and should only be done if you receive first-class service.
Yes, Huaynas Expeditions is a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator; for that, we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and appreciate the local places and their people.
Our guides make us so happy! Their English is excellent, and they are extremely professional. They have a great deal of knowledge and love for the history and heritage of the Incas. Constant professional and personal growth is a priority for our tour guides. They conduct research to make sure that the Inca and Andean cultural theories you are given are accurate and widely accepted. Our team members are smart, athletic, and fun-loving. All of them have academic backgrounds in archaeology, tourism, botany, history, or anthropology.
You should have at least 48 hours or more in Cusco. It’s recommended to enjoy these days in the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.
When making plans for a long-awaited dream journey, choosing the right travel agency or tour operator is the most crucial option you will make. Initially, some businesses might appear more affordable. But if you dig a bit further, you’ll discover why booking with Huaynas Expeditions ensures that your trip will be as remarkable as it can be.
More impressive than Machu Picchu and off the beaten trek.
Coś wspaniałego!!! Trudno dostępne miejsce co dodatkowo podnosi jego atrakcyjność i powoduje, że prawie wcale nie ma turystów (16.05.2018). Pod względem komercjalizacji przeciwieństwo Machu Picchu