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Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Choquequirao Trek, was chosen as one of the 20 best tourist destinations by National Geographic Traveler magazine in 2015.

Choquequirao is a masterpiece art built by Inca people half a century ago; Its urbanistic distribution, its location and its architecture makes it comparable with the marvelous Machu Picchu. That is why some archaeologists called it, as the sacred sister of Machu Picchu citadel.

On this 5-day trek to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu; our hikers will have a hiking experience of a lifetime. This hike takes place in one of the deepest canyons on the planet, formed by the well-known Apurimac River; It crosses majestic snow-capped mountains and fearsome cliffs. This unique itinerary made by INCAS PATH allows you to visit the two most representatives archaelogical ruins of the Inca civilization.

Highlights of our Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu

  • We want to give you a great service, so we plan perfectly the distribution of our campsites. This will allow you to enjoy and acclimatized on a slow a steady pace.
  • Our guides, cooks and porters are obsessed for what they do. We provide top quality service.
  • Our camping equipment; Is of the highest quality, resistance and very spacious.
  • We provide a emergency horse, in case you need a little push.
  • Be part of our social and environmental projects.
  • Perfect combo to see the two sacred sisters; the Choquequirao and Machu Picchu Inca ruins.
  • We will prepare a traditional andean underground barbecue; called Pachamanca.
  • We are the only Choquequirao Hike specialist; that prepares food for our hikers and staff, using 100 % organic vegetables purchased from local producers.

Trip Overview of our Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu

  • Trek Type: trekking/hiking, scenery, cultural and informative
  • Good for: those in moderate shape or better
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Considerations:In order to give you the best itinerary and experience on this trek our program it is completely different from the other companies
  • Season: From March 1st to December 31th

Day 1. Cusco – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina – Santa Rosa.

  • Hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 km (6-7 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 2200 meters above sea level
  • Considered: moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: warm and humid

You are going to be collected at 4:00 am. from your hotel to then drive you for 4 hours to the trailhead of our Choquequirao trek & Machu Picchu; which is a hamlet called, Capuliyoc. Once there, we will delight a nutritious and delicious buffet breakfast. We hike downhill for four hours and a half; this section is full of great views of one of the deepest canyons on the planet; «the Apurimac canyon”. Also will see the imposing Padreyoc snow-capped mountain. Our cook will be waiting with a fresh fruit juice and a varied buffet lunch. After a little rest, we´ll hike uphill for two hours to our first campsite.

Upon arrival to Santa Rosa, our staff of porters will have the tents already pitched; they’ll provide you lukewarm water in buckets, so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest, after a little difficult but rewarding day in the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu. Then in the evening enjoy tea time with hot chocolate, crackers, popcorn and a delicious dinner.

** What an amazing day inside the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu, to be astonished by one of the deepest canyons on the planet and the Padreyoc snow-capped mountain..

Day 2. Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao – Marampata.

  • Hiking distance: 10 miles/16 km (6-7 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 3030 meters above sea level
  • Considered: challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: hot with mosquitoes

After a delicious buffet breakfast, we get ready for a challenging day inside the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu. We ascend for two hours towards Marampata, which is the closest town . Along the way we will see many tropical crops, among them; we highlight the sugar cane cultivations. We´ll sip a very famous alcoholic drink of this region. «The Cañazo» which is a sugar cane juice fermented and filtered; it is known by locals, as Inca tequila. Then we will hike for two hours to the Choquequirao ruins; this stretch will be with little uphills and downhills. Upon our arrival to the choquequirao ruins our team will be waiting with a cold fruit juice and a yummy buffet lunch.

After a little rest, we will explore all parts of this magnificent inca settlement. We will take awesome pictures for thousands of likes on instagram and also our tour guide will share interesting facts about the Choquequirao trek & Machu Picchu, the settlement and the people who made it. In the afternoon, we will hike back for two hours to the Marampata hamlet where we spend our second night.

At night We´ll enjoy a warm mug of tea or milk, biscuits, popcorn and a delicious andean dinner.

** A special day on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu, you will taste some local flavors and be amazed by the beauty of the Inca settlement.

Day 3. Marampata – Playa Rosalina – Chiquisca.

  • Hiking distance: 8.6 miles/14 km (6 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 2100 meters above sea level
  • Considered: moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: hot with mosquitoes

We will wake you up early, so you will have the chance to enjoy an incredible sunrise over the picturesque hamlet of Marampata.  After an incredible outdoor breakfast, we’ll start hiking down for four hours to our lunch area. Along the way your guide will point out different colorful birds, orchids and ferns. We’ll also have a privilege view of the rugged green lush mountains. After delighted a varied buffet lunch, we will hike uphill for two hours. At night we will stargaze and learn a bit more about the Inca constellations; then will have our tea time and buffet dinner.

** Perfect day inside the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu to birdwatch, taste tropical fruits and stargaze the andean sky.

Day 4. Chiquisca – Capuliyoc – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes. 

  • Hiking distance: 4.2 miles/8 km (4 hours)
  • Considered: moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch and dinner,! All served as buffet
  • Weather: hot and dry

This Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu day, will start with a hot coffee mug. Put your boots on and hike uphill for four hours to our lunch spot at Capuliyoc.

After our well deserved lunch we can say ¡The Choquequirao Trek is done!. We will be driven for fours hours to Ollantaytambo. Along the way we´ll pass through charming villages; such as Curahuasi where there is a famous tea mixed with anis and sugar cane brandy.! Our INCAS PATH driver, will do a stop to you´ll taste it.

Once we reach Ollantaytambo we will go to a restaurant to enjoy a yummy dinner; also you tour guide will coordinate the schedule to visit Machu Picchu the next day.  Then at 19:00 pm. we will ridden by train for one hour and 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the fourth night in a three star hotel. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes you guide will transfer you to the door of your hotel.

Day 5. Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Cusco.

  • Meals Included: On this Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu: Breakfast Only

In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and lessons at Machu Picchu. We suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. This will a ride of 30 minutes until reaching the inca citadel at 6:15 am more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnificent location.

Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu. Then we take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm. down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2 hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4 hours to Poroy (this is based on which train you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy an INCAS PATH driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if the is not car access until your accommodation.

Included on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grew up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our choquequirao trek & Machu Picchu

Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the choquequirao trek and the Machu Picchu citadel

Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the Ancascocha Trek. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.

Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this choquequirao trek and Machu Picchu. You will be picked up from your hotel at 4 am and brought to the trailhead to begin the amazing choquequirao trek. We also include mules and horses that will carry our equipment, private van from Capuliyoc to Ollantaytambo, round trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and a private van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Equipment: Incas path has the best equipment; we use Eureka Timberline 4 people tents, that are shared by only two hikers. You also will have a large dining tent to enjoy your meals.

Hotel: This Choquequirao Trek & Machu Pichu, includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.

 

Food: Our choquequirao trek & Machu Picchu includes expert hiking chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.

Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies; each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect your daypack while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.

Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the dead woman´s pass on the classic inca trail or from the choquequirao trek or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail

Rentals: Due we are hiking for 5 days, each trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:

  • Sleeping Bag: $20
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
  • Trekking Poles (Pair): $15

Additional options

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.

Vistadome Train 

Our Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail includes, the ExpeditionTrain class to come back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. departing from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is also the vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $75 per person.

Extra day at Machu Picchu

You will have from 6 am to 12 pm to enjoy Machu Picchu (it is not possible to be all day in Machu Picchu due to the new protection regulations developed by the Peruvian state), arriving at the citadel around 6 a.m. and leaving no later than 12 p.m. to take your train at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. If you also want to have a guided tour again the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.

  • The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is $ 55 per person.
  • The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is $ 25 per person.

Prices

We would love to tour the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the two sacred sisters. We can leave any day from March to January as the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu is always available.

Group Price (2020):

  • $750 per person

Private Tours are based on Group Size (2020):

Priced per person

  • Two trekkers: $1250 per person
  • Three trekkers: $1200
  • Four trekkers: $1100
  • Five trekkers: $950
  • Six trekkers: $775
  • Seven trekkers: $725
  • Eight, or more, trekkers: $690

Hotel:

We include a three (3) star hotel and we utilize, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers,breakfast and wifi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of potential upgrade choices, If you want any other hotel, just let us know

  • El Mapi:  +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)
  • Sumaq: +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)

Solo travelers:

  • + $ 50 US per person

For those who want a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 50 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for improved hotels.

Student Discount:

  • – $ 25 discount per person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.

Please send everything to incaspath@hotmail.com

Packing list

This Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this amazing Machu Picchu hike.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport.
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the choquequirao trek is entirely dirt soil

For Your Duffel:

Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

  • 5 wicking t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants
  • 5 sets of undergarments.
  • 5 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
  • 1 rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Hiking boots
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
  • Battery Charger: ¡There is no place to plug, on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
  • Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least

Toiletries:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some ítems you need to pack, are listed below:

  • Passport.
  • Sunhat.
  • Sun cream.
  • Sunglass.
  • Headlamp.
  • Rain gear.
  • Fleece.
  • Snacks, which contain a quick source of sugar or caffeine.
  • Electrolytes, which are very useful to replace mineral salts lost when hiking.
  • Camera.
  • Music (IPhone).
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips.

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

Pick up will be from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount for the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the choquequirao trek & machu picchu for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your trek.

Reserve for the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the choquequirao trek and Machu Picchu permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

Only tour operators licensed by the government, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your choquequirao trek and machu picchu permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel, because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.

Can I stay in the sacred valley?

Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the choquequirao trek does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.

During the trip, how challenging is the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

Remember that this choquequirao trek, it is challenging, because of the long hours of hiking; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy (don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) also this machu picchu 5 day trek is humid,hot and with mosquitoes all the time. so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at the choquequirao ruins and machu picchu, and so you will take your so awaited postcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about these incredible inca ruins.

Will I need extra money on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, reminders or for tipping, take about 500 soles with you; «also remember that along the days of hiking into the choquequirao trek just cash is accepted».

How many people will be in my group on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day; we can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the choquequirao trek & machu picchu citadel. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

Do you need hiking boots for the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the choquequirao trek can become a bit muddy and slippery; please make sure they have good soles.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

For the choquequirao trek we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people; there are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.

Are there any toilets along the Choquequirao Trek?

Along the choquequirao trek there are 3 places that has toilet; firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.

Can I use plastic bottles during the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

Due to New government regulations for the choquequirao trek it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the choquequirao trek

Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.

If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your choquequirao trek we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.

Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests. Also if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage

What should I expect from the weather on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold, we always recommend a short sleeve shirt due to the heat, however you going to need to have a bottle of mosquitoe spray ready. Long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and for the cold nights. Also you need a rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket

Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the choquequirao trek. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to choquequirao trek & machu picchu and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.

What type of outlet is used in Cusco?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output; however some local áreas, still use that of South America (that is why, power banks for the hike are encouraged to be brought).

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to choquequirao trek & machu picchu and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, we always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.

In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.

Is there a possibility to cancel my Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu?

There is no possibility to cancel the choquequirao trek & machu picchu. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the choquequirao trek; we will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to the trek in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco, rainbow mountain region or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the permits and logistic are already organized.