Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most beaten tracks that we have around in the Cusco Region. A remote hilltop, protected by huge canyons and fierce rivers lies the lost Inca city of Chquequirao. The adventurous Choquequirao to Machupicchu journey connects a few of the fantastic Inca sites discovered by this Explorer Hiram Bingham early 19th century. It is a challenging alternative trek to the Inca Trail.
Supported by mules and horseman you trek old Inca trails to traverse the entire Vilcabamba mountain range. hike from the Apurimac river to the Urubamba River by the stunning Inca sites of Choquequirao, Llactapata, and Machupicchu. hike down into arid canyons and up over high mountain passes. Enjoying the biodiversity of Flora and Fauna. This 58 km. A journey is one of the most spectacular and diverse treks in Peru.
DAY 1: CUSCO CAPULIYOC TO CHIQUISKA
Our trekking crew lead by your private guide will pick you up from your Hotel. you will be driving for four hours during this journey we will pass by farm villages of potatoes, vegetables, avocado plantation, and fruits in Limatambo and Curahuasi valley. then Capuliyoc, where you will have lunch. After lunch, you will start your descend this wonderful Adventure Capuliyoc is a viewpoint to see the Apurimac canyon and the Apurimac river, plus you will be able to see Choquequirao from in front. Today you will hike for four hours to Chiquiska camp This terrain is a Stone path. overlooking the Apurimac canyon. Included L, D.
Note. Very important you have to bring good equipment like good hiking shoes and very good socks to avoid blisters.
Altitude: capuliyoc 2800m/ 8900fts to Chiquiska camp 2000m./6000fts, Distance: 12 km, Time: 4 to 5 hours.
DAY 2: CHIQUISKA MARANPATA TO CHOQUEQUIRAO
Today after a healthy breakfast we will start our descend to playa Rosalina’s where will cross the Apurimac river one of the biggest in the Peruvian Andes flowed into the Atlantic ocean. After we cross we start our ascent for five hours to Marampata where we stop for lunch amazing place overlooking the Apurimac canyons and surrounded áreas like Huanipaca village from in front after a break we will continue our hike up and down to Choquequirao basecamp, today’s hike is more ascent challenging in the lush green Bambu vegetation if you are lucky we can see the Andean spectacled bear.
Altitude: from 1600 to 3000mtrs. Distance: 16 km. Time: 8 to 9 hours.
DAY 3: EXPLORE CHOQUEQUIRAO AFTERNOON HIKE TO PINCHIUNUYOC
This Morning you will explore the hiding city of the Incas civilization CHOQUEQUIRAO. our guide will explain and explore with you the most important place a ceremonial, Residencial, and farming area where you can observe the llama in their figures in the farming terraces After exploring, and taking enough free time for you. you will have lunch. In the afternoon we continue hiking up for 30 minutes then we descend for two hours in a stone path in thick, lush vegetation, until Pinchiunuyoc, where we camp for the night this is a hot spot, but we can refresh and wash in this beautiful water stream.
Altitude: choquequirao 3000m/9500fts. Pinchiunuyoc 2100m./ 6600fts, Distance: 8 km, Time: 3 hours.
DAY 4: PINCHIUNUYOC TO MAIZAL
Today after breakfast we will descend approximately for two hours to Rio Blanco, the morning hike will be in a stone path thick lush vegetation, rich in flora and fauna after crossing the Rio Blanco river, here you can dip in very refreshing glacier water especially in a sunny day, then you will start to ascend for four hours through some beautiful native Banbu forest to Maizal camp for lunch. Maizal is a quiet place there are just two families who live over the years surrounded by beautiful mountains a place to see the sunrise and the sunset.
Altitude: 2100m./6600fts. / to Maizal 3000m/ 9500fts, Distance: 14 km, Time: 6 to 7 hrs.
DAY 5: MAIZAL TO YANAMA COMMUNITY
Today after breakfast. we will start our ascent the morning hike will be in a lush green forest and other native trees from the area as well this section is Muddy and wet highly recommendable to use gaiters in this part of the trail then we arrive at San Juan pass 4100mts This is one best viewpoint to enjoy the Vilcabamba mountain range as a Pumasillo glacier if we are very lucky we can see a Condor. After your free time and having lunch you will start ascending to Yanama local community for two hours where we will camp for the night.
Altitude: 3000m/9500fts. to Yanama 35000mts/ 11000fts, Distance: 15 km, Time: 7 to 8 hours.
DAY 6: YANAMA TO TOTORA
Today is the most beautiful and challenging day you will be trekking overlooking the Vilcabamba mountain range until Yanama pass 4600m/ 14600fts the highest point on the trek. where you will have a spectacular view of Salkantay and Humantay snowed capped mountains after your free time we will continue our hike with a switchback trail downhill into the Totora valley until the small village of Totora where we stay for a night.
Altitude. 3500mts/11000fts. Totora 3400mts/10800fts, Distance: 22 km, Time: 8 to 10hrs.
DAY 7: TOTORA TO LUCMABAMBA
Today is another beautiful day of the hike because you will see the change of the ecosystem from the high Andean mountains to a green lush cloud forest where we will end in a tropical area. After breakfast we will continue our descend following the Totora valley for two hours to Colpapampa is a small village where the Salkantay classic trekkers camp for their second night. we will continue up and down, through a very lush cloud forest, full of begonias orchids, and a huge variety of butterflies, and birdlife. also, you will pass by avocado and granadilla farms (family of passion fruit) Until Granadillayoc where the last part we will take transportation to our camp Lucmabamba. 2000mts. today will camp in this farm village where the main industry is coffee growing, will explore a tropical forest for a little while. if you are a coffee lover this will be the place to taste one of the best organic coffee in Peru. This afternoon you have a chance to visit the relaxing Hot springs Cocalmayo this is an extra activity with additional cost.
Altitude: 3400mts/10800fts. Lucmabamba 2000mts/6300fts, Distance: 20 km, Time: 8 to 9 hrs.
DAY 8: LUCMABAMBA TO AGUAS CALIENTES
We will wake you up early in the morning to have breakfast. Today we will continue the ascent for three hours to Qelloqasa 2700m/8,586ft. from where we have a spectacular view of the lost city of the Incas, the legendary Machupicchu, from a different angle. From this point, you will descend to Llaptapata archeological site where you can see both Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu mountains enjoying a good rest and explanation we will continue our descend to towards to Aobamba river if you are very lucky we will be able to see the cock of the rocks ( the national bird of Peru) crossing lush green forest and more avocado and coffee plantations bring us to the hydroelectric plant of Machupicchu, where we will have our lunch and we will have a thankful meeting and say good-by with our trekking crew, then we will take the train for 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes town where our guide will take you to the hotel you will stay for the night. Trekking distance: 18km, Time: 7 to 8 hours, Highest point: 2700m/8,586ft.
Altitude: 2000 to 2000 meters about sea level.
DAY 9: TOUR OF MACHUPICCHU AFTERNOON BACK TO CUSCO CITY
After Breakfast, your guide will pick you from your hotel for a short bus journey to the entrance of Machu Picchu, today you will explore this magical Inca city of the Inca civilization and enjoy learning about it was built and discovered. for 3 hours. You will then have free time to wander around and if you got a Ticket for Wayna Picchu you can climb. Note. There are just 400 visitors allowed per day. You have to book in advance the entrance with us to ensure your permit In the afternoon we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes. From here we take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy depending on the space and private transportation back to your Hotel Cusco.