Enjoy a life-changing experience as you hike from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu. You will have a great time in Peru as you hike, interact with locals, and explore fantastic, remote Inca sites. Walk through the Amazon jungle and appreciate views of incredible canyons.
Your comfort and enjoyment are our primary responsibility and the trek includes porters. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape and connect with the nature of the Andes while we take care of all the details, carrying your gear, preparing your meals, and setting up the tents. Our experienced tour guides will tell you all about the history of the Incas and a professional chef will cook you delicious, traditional, organic meals.
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Start and end location: Cusco
Availability: Year-round, recommended between April and November
Day 1 – Enjoy a Beautiful Drive to Capuliyoc, Walk to Chikiska, and Camp at Playa Rosalinas
You will start your Choquequirao to Machu Picchu tour with a 5:00 am pickup and 4-hour drive to Capuliyoc, on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon, surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks.
Then, you will walk for 3 hours to Chikiska, where you will have lunch. Afterward, you will continue hiking for another hour to Playa Rosalinas (5,084 feet / 1,550 meters), where you will camp for the night. The total hiking distance today is 8 miles (13 kilometers).
Day 2 – Have a Challenging Hike and Enjoy Stunning Views from the Lookout at Marampata
The second day of your Choquequirao to Machu Picchu tour starts as we wake you up with coca tea and breakfast. Then, you will have a challenging 4-hour uphill hike beside a river to Santa Rosa and Marampata, where you will have lunch. From the lunch spot, you can see the Inca remains of Choquequirao.
Then, you will have a 2-hour hike to reach the archaeological site, at an elevation of 10,120 feet (3,110 meters). In the evening, you can watch the sunset and spot some Andean condors. These birds are the biggest in the world, with a wingspan of up to 10 feet (3 meters)! The total hiking distance today is 8 miles (13 kilometers). You will camp near Choquequirao.
Day 3 – Explore the Archaeological Sites of Choquequirao and Pinchinuyoc
After breakfast and coca tea, you will have more time to explore the archaeological site of Choquequirao and rest for a bit before lunch. In the afternoon, you will start the journey from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu as you climb over a ridge and hike to the Inca site of Pinchinuyoc, where you will camp for the night. Today is the easiest day of the trip in terms of hiking, with only 2 hours of hiking down, 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).
Day 4 – Hike Rio Blanco Canyon and Climb to your Maizal Campsite
After a delicious breakfast, you will hike for 2 hours down to the canyon of Rio Blanco, elevation 6,527 feet (1,990 meters). There, you will rest before starting a difficult climb to your campsite at Maizal. This climb is 3-4 hours long. The total hiking distance for the day is 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).
Day 5 – Trek through Victoria Pass and Drive through a Breathtaking Valley to Lucmabamba
Today, you leave the campsite at 7:00 am, after breakfast, and walk uphill for about 3 hours through a semi-jungle environment. Then, you will visit some Inca sites before climbing an hour more to Victoria Pass, elevation 13,546 feet (4,130 meters). Enjoy the spectacular views of the pass as you descend for about 2 hours on some well-constructed Inca steps to the charming village of Yanama.
Once you get to Yanama, you will take a car to Lucmabamba through gorgeous valley, which is the beginning of the Amazon jungle. Look for waterfalls, local villages, and granadilla fruits along the way. Finally, you will stop to camp and enjoy a taste of the coffee cultivated nearby. The total hiking distance for the day is 7.5 miles (12 kilometers).
Day 6 – Discover a Hidden Inca site above Machu Picchu and Hike to Aguas Calientes
First, you will wake up by 5:00 am and have a nice breakfast. Afterward, enjoy a lovely 3-hour uphill hike through the green Andes mountains. When you arrive to the mountain ridge, you will come to the end of the hike from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu as you see the iconic archaeological site from a lookout point. You will be able to visit a hidden Inca site named Llactapata at an altitude of 8,907 feet (2,700 meters).
Then, you will hike downhill for 2 hours, seeing some nice waterfalls, then arriving to the train station. There, you will have lunch, then hike through Machu Picchu valley to Aguas Calientes. Tonight, you will have a comfortable stay in a hostel in Aguas Calientes with a private room, private bathroom, and Wifi. The total hiking distance today is 11 miles (18 kilometers).
Day 7 – Experience Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco
After waking up at 5:00 am and enjoying a buffet breakfast at the hostel, you will take the 30-minute bus to Machu Picchu. As soon as the bus arrives to Machu Picchu, we will take you to an amazing viewpoint where you can take photos. You will have a guided tour and 2 hours to explore this iconic site.
In your free time, you can climb up Huaynapicchu mountain (if you arrange tickets in advance) or hike a gentle uphill to the Sun Gate for a classic view. The Sun Gate hike is 2 hours round-trip and is free, with unlimited access. Then, your Choquequirao to Machu Picchu tour will come to an end as you go back down to Aguas Calientes, take the train to Ollantaytambo, and are dropped off at your hotel in Cusco.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.