CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU
8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS
Our 7 day Choquequirao trek is one of the most challenging and spectacular hikes in the region. This Peru trek connects two of the most famous Inca cities, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
The Choquequirao Ruin site is one of the ancient lost Incan Cities that Hiram Bingham discovered in 1909. Considered the last Inca refuge that resisted the Spanish invasion for decades, Choquequirao is located in the canyon of the Apurimac River at an altitude of 3,050 m (10,006 ft). The ruins are positioned in a strategic geographical area between Andean mountains and the edge of the jungle.
This is an excellent alternative trek to see a spectacular Inca Ruin site that is larger than Machu Picchu. Is 101km/63 miles, ascends to 4500 m (14,764 ft), and is far less touristy than other treks.
Strenuous, lengthy, high altitude
Quiet, off the beaten path
Best Time to Visit
Best from March to November
Cost Per Person (USD)
6-10 trekkers: $1,280
3-5 trekkers: $1,300
2 trekkers: $1,500
Is This Trek Customizable?
Private, custom, add-ons all available.
Glacial peaked mountains
Two Inca Ruins
Multiple high passes
3 day acclimatization and multi-day trekking experience recommended
8 Days 7 Nights
101 km (63 miles)
1500 m (4,921 ft) to 4500 m (14,764 ft)
Daily departures with 2 or more people
The Choquequirao trek is not as high altitude as others in the region, therefore the weather is warmer overall. The nights on this trek are usually around 50 F (10 C). During the day it can get quite warm if the sun is out; anywhere from 60-80 F (15-26 C). Keep in mind if the weather is rainy or cloudy it will be colder. As with any high-altitude trek you’ll want to bring plenty of layers to adjust to the fluctuating temperatures and appropriate sun/rain protection.
Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions
Collection from your Cusco hotel in the morning of the first day
Private bus transport to the starting point of the trek
English speaking professional guide
Personal porter to carry your overnight gear up to 8 kg (17.6 lbs)
Duffel bag in which to put your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty on the trail
3 person tents (2 people in large and comfortable Mountain Hardwear Expedition tent)
One inch thick foam mattress pad
Dining tent with tables and stools
Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
Full meals on the trek (3 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, and snacks on the trail)
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse
Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
Hot water every morning and evening for hand washing purposes
Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and afternoon
Toilet tent, toilet, and toilet paper
Entry ticket to Choquequirao Archaeological Complex
Guided tour of Choquequirao ruins, plenty of time to explore in your own
Hydroelectric Train to Aguas Calientes
Round trip tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
One entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex (First entrance time: 6am to 10am)
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
Hotel (double room) in Aguas Calientes
Private Transport back to hotel in Cusco