Choquequirao - Machu Picchu 8 Days/7 Nights

This trek includes visits to the two more important archaeological Inca sites and is also one of the last unexplored routes. Although nowadays there are more people exploring it more often for the landscapes, hot springs, and the close contact with the Andean settlers.

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Difficulty: Maximum Altitude:
Medium - Hard 4670 m / 15,410 ft

Season : Year Round
Departure Dates : On Request
Prices Start At :  $1100
Minimum :  2 Trekkers


Day 1: Cusco – Playa Rosalina

We leave Cusco around 5:00 AM and drive for four hours towards the Andean community of Cachora. In Cachora we will meet our muleteer and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. We then begin a fairly flat walk to La Colmena. After La Colmena we hike uphill through the high pass of Capuliyoc, and at the pass we will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon. We descend to Playa Rosalina (1,550 m/5,115 ft) to end the day on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River.

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao

Early in the morning we will have breakfast and start walking uphill through a long and narrow trail. We will stop for lunch and later arrive at Choquequirao (3,103 m/10,178 ft) around 4:00 PM. Here we will enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings. When the sun starts to set, you can sit and enjoy the canyon. Condors are often spotted here.

Day 3: Choquequirao – Maizal

We start the day ascending until we reach 3,300 m/10,890 ft. After we begin descending, we will pass through the archaelogical site of Pinchi Unuyoj (2,750 m/9,075 ft). At this site we will observe birds, orchids, and coca plantations. Afterwards, we descend to the Rio Blanco (1,900 m/6,270 ft), and then ascend to Maizal (3,000 m/9,900 ft) where we spend the night.

Day 4: Maizal – Yanama

We hike mostly uphill and observe along the way impressive Inca trails and Inca mines, also known as Minas Victoria. After we peak for the day at 4,150 m/13,695 ft, we will descend to our campsite (3,800 m/12,540 ft).

Day 5: Yanama – Colpa Pampa

After an early breakfast, we will ascend to the highest pass in the trail at 4,670 m/15,410 ft. The view from here will be amazing, and we will be surrounded by snowcapped mountains such as Sacsarayoj Padreyoj. After peaking, we will descend to our campsite at Colpa Pampa (3,630 m/11,979 ft).

Day 6: Colpa Pampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa

After breakfast at 6:00 AM we begin our day hiking until we reach our lunch site at La Playa. After lunch we will have a fairly easy descent where you will be able to experience Ceja de Sela, the jungle highland. Here, you will see coca, coffee, fruit plantations, birds, orchids, and begonias. We will then have a bus drive us for two hours down to the village of Santa Teresa where, we have dinner and spend the night in tents. In Santa Teresa, you can purchase a hot, quality shower for $4 USD.

Day 7: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes

You can choose from one of the two following options. Depending on your interest and level of fitness, you should discuss each option with your guide.

Option 1

We have breakfast and after an hour-long bus ride, we walk for two hours to get to the Urubamba River and the hydroelectric station for lunch.  We then continue on our three-hour walk towards the town of Aguas Calientes. There, we will check into our hostel, dine, and rest up before the next day in Machu Picchu!

NOTE: If you don't want to walk after lunch, you can take a train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes, but it leaves only in the late afternoons and can be a long wait.

Option 2

We will make our a three hour ascent to 2,810 m/9,273 ft. After our ascent we will have an excellent view of the lost Inca’s city of Machu Picchu. Then we will walk along the Urubamba River to the hydroelectric station. From here we will walk or take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hostel.

Day 8: Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast we will take the bus to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2,720 m/8,923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu. In the afternoon, we will take the train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco and arrive at 9:00 PM.

Trek Price Includes:

  • Professional, bilingual (English and Spanish) tour guide
  • Collection from your hotel on Day 1 to the start of the trail
  • Spacious, personal tents
  • Sleeping mat
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
  • Excellent meals (7 breakfast, 7 lunch, 7 dinner)
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Choquequirao site entrance fee
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Horsemen and mules (for equipment and 8 kg of your personal items)
  • Bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

What You Need to Bring:

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
  • Day pack in addition to your backpack
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for tips

*To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Please scan and email us a copy at the time of booking.

If desired, the train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+$20)

Optional Items to Bring:

  • Shorts
  • Walking sticks or trekking poles. Trekking poles used are required to have rubber tips.
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit for Aguas Calientes/Santa Teresa hot springs
  • Entrance fee for Aguas Calientes/Santa Teresa hot springs

Optional Services (Not Included):

  • Sleeping bag rental, $30.00
  • Breakfast Day 1, Lunch and dinner on Day 8
  • 1 extra horse to carry personal items, $30 per day
  • Walking sticks, $16.00

Prices for 2013:

Number of People 2 3 4 5 6-10
Price per Person ($ USD) $1100 $1050 $1000 $980 $950

Cusco Native is a company comprised of certified and licensed local tour guides. All tours booked with Cusco Native are led and staffed by Cusco Native employees. We will never pass you onto another tour company for your trek. We are a local company with professional employees and guides who are knowledgeable in all of the main (like the Inca Trail) and alternative (Lares to Machu Picchu) treks.


In the event of a cancellation we need to be informed in writing. Cancellation charges plus forfeiture of the non-refundable deposit will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by Cusco Native.

Our cancellation table is as follows:

Days Prior to Start of Trek Percentage Lost of Total Trek Price
29 to 22 60%
21 to 9 80%
8 to 0 100%

In the event of partial cancellations, the remaining passenger may have to pay any remaining charges (e.g. single room supplements or double-occupancy).