Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu (8 Days)

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Tour Details

Choquequirao is an Incan archaeological site located in the Peruvian Andes, near the town of Cachora. It is believed to have been built around the same time as Machu Picchu, and is thought to have been used as a royal estate and retreat by the Incan Emperor Pachacutec.

The site is made up of a series of terraces, plazas, and temples, all connected by a network of trails and staircases. It is estimated that the site was built over a period of several decades, beginning in the mid-fifteenth century. The site is a popular tourist destination, and is often visited by those wanting to explore the Inca past.

The site is known for its stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, as well as its unique architecture. The site is also home to some of the best-preserved Incan ruins in Peru, and is a must-see for anyone visiting the area.

Choquequirao is a fascinating archaeological site that is well worth the effort to visit. It is an important part of Inca history, and a great reminder of the incredible achievements of this ancient civilization.

Why visit Choquequirao with Peru Vive Travel?

Peru Vive Travel is an experienced tour operator that specializes in customizing unique and memorable trips to the region of Cusco, Peru. We offer a wide range of services, from planning personalized itineraries and providing knowledgeable guides to arranging transportation and accommodation. Our experienced team of travel experts are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and creating unforgettable journeys.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco hotel transfer

Departure Time

04:00 am


  • Cusco hotel transfer.
  • Transportation to the Choquequirao trail head.
  • Camping equipment.
  • Professional chef.
  • Mule and muleteers.
  • Breakfast during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th days.
  • Lunch during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th days.
  • Dinner during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th days.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao.
  • First aid kit.

Not included

  • Hotel in Cusco.
  • Dinner on the 5th day.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Duffel bags.
  • Any private expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips.

Recommended to carry

  • Original passport.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Water bottle and snacks.
  • Camera.

Day 1Cusco - Cachora - Playa Rosalina

We’ll pick you up from your Cusco hotel. After that, we’ll travel to San Pedro de Cachora. Before getting to Cachora, we’ll make a halt and eat breakfast.

We shall begin our journey once we get to Cachora. Walking to Capuliyoc will provide us breathtaking views of the Apurimac valley and the snow-capped Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora mountains.

We will next make our way down to Cocamasana and finally to Playa Rosalina, where our camping is. There, we’ll stay the night.

Day 2Playa Rosalina - Choquequirao

After breakfast on the second day, we will depart from our campsite rather early. Then, after a five-hour climb, we will arrive in Raqaypata, which is close to the Chunchumallyo river. There, we’ll make a pit stop for lunch.

We will then hike to Choquequirao. Once we are there, you will have a guided tour of the Inca ruins. We will return to our campsite to spend the night after the trip.

Day 3Choquequirao - Maizal

We’ll hike to Rio Blanco when we leave our campsite. We’ll go via various cloud forests as well as the archeological site of Pinchaunuyoc. We will climb to the Maizal sector, where we will spend the night, once we pass Rio Blanco.

Day 4Maizal - Yanama

Early in the morning, we will set off on foot for the San Juan mountain pass. Along the route, we’ll see the breathtaking cloud forests and Andean mountains. We’ll pause for lunch once we pass San Juan. After that, we will make our way down to the Yanama campground to spend the night.

Day 5Yanama - Totora

We will trek to the 4800 m.a.s.l. Yanama mountain pass after breakfast ( 15748 f.s.a.l). We will then take in the breathtaking views of the snow-capped Sacsarayoc peak from there. After that, we’ll make our way down to Totora Town, where we’ll spend the night.

Day 6Totora - Playa

We’ll get up early tomorrow. We will climb to La Playa town, which is situated at 2320 meters above sea level, after breakfast (7611 f.a.s.l.). We expect to walk for about seven hours. We’ll pass through coca and banana plantations on the way. We’re going to stay the night in La Playa.

Day 7Playa Sahuayaco - Aguas Calientes

The final day of the trek will be today. We will climb from La Playa town to Hydroelectrica, which is close to the Aguas Calientes train station. Until we arrive in Aguas Calientes town, we will stroll alongside the railroad. You will spend the night in a hotel room after we transfer you there. You’ll get some free time to look around the community and visit its well-known hot springs.

Day 8Machu Picchu - Cusco

At 5:00 am, we’ll eat breakfast. After that, a bus will take us to Machu Picchu. You will access the Inca citadel once you have passed through the security checks.

You will be given a guided tour of Machu Picchu’s most famous structures. You will go to places like the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Three Windows, and the Temple of the Condor. We will then head back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. The cost of the tour does not include lunch.

We will ride a train in the late afternoon to the Sacred Valley village of Ollantaytambo. We will then take a car back to Cusco. We plan to get to Cusco at 9:00 p.m.


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