Choquequirao Trek Adventure 9D/8N
In this Adventure, you will have the opportunity to visit the two most important archaeological sites in the region of Cusco, Peru. Choquequirao is a hidden archaeological gem that is considered as the second Machupicchu because of its strong similarity to the famous citadel. You will find a different type of rock architecture used by the Incas that has managed to stay upright all these years. Just like Machupicchu, the Spaniards never discovered this site. Along with this Adventure, you’ll discover the only blueprint stone left by the Incas in all of Peru. After your tour in Choquequirao, you will head towards Machupicchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In between this trip Choquequirao and Machupicchu expedition, you will see great biodiversity of Flora and Fauna and more Inca remains along the way. A portion of various Inca Trails will be trekked upon. These trails are only traveled through this route. If we are lucky we will be able to spot the Andean Condor and definitely be able to see great biodiversity of birds. At night you will be able to view the stars up at 3,600m/11,811ft or more. The view is breathtaking and you will feel as if you were in a Planetarium using our Telescope.
For you coffee lovers a coffee plantation will be visited and you will have the pleasure of tasting Peru’s renowned coffee. Do not let others tell you about how great this tour is, come and do it yourself. This tour includes a 5-star meal in the famous Indio Feliz restaurant in Aguas Calientes town and entrance fees to Santa Teresa Hot Springs. You will sleep for the first 7 nights in the top of the line REI equipment and have personalized service in your hands the whole trek. Come and join us on this Adventure and discover the hidden treasures of Peru for yourself.
Price: $ 1,160 per person
Why Join Us? What makes us different than others?
Tour Leaders Peru truly cares about its Customers, Staff, and our Environment. We are Eco-friendly.
100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, we never put you with other tour operators.
Pick up from Airport and Hotel
Top of the line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two Persons Learn more
8 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
Hotel Aguas Calientes Hot Shower, Wifi private room (base on tree stars
Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machupicchu
Bus Ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes 35 minutes ride.
Private Camping sites. We avoid the crowds from other explorers
Cocalmayo/Santa Teresa Hot Springs and hike an original short Inca trail along Salkantay Trek- other tour companies offer only 1 option we include BOTH
Early Train from Aguas Calientes, 2: 55 pm. We arrive in Cusco by 8 pm in case you have other tours os fly back from Cusco to Lima.
Dinner in one of the most renown restaurant
Day 1: Training Day: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca
You will have a pre-departure briefing the night before your trek. Here you will meet your Tour Leader and have all your questions answered prior to your adventure. Your Tour Leader will also give you any tips for your trip and give you a duffel bag where you can take your belongings. On the following day pick up from your hotel will be at 5:00 am. You’ll go on a 5-hour drive in our private transportation until we reach the first stop of the famous and impressive stone of Saywite. This stone is a remnant of an Inca blueprint of an unknown location. We will have a brief stop here so you can have breakfast and take pictures. We’ll continue our ride until we reach Cachora**. We make a brief stop in this village to pick up our horsemen for the tour and then set off towards Capuliyoc. Here you’ll have lunch and commence your downhill hike until you reach Chiquisca campsite where you will sleep overnight.
- Minimum Altitude: 6102ft / 1860m
- Maximum Altitude: 9514ft / 2900m
- Distance Travelled: 4.97mi / 8km
- Walking Time: 5 hrs
**Cachora village is the first town and point of entry to Choquequirao with a population of approximately 5,000 people. Tour Leaders Peru Adventure works with this population by giving employment to people of this village and involving them in the tourism sector. People from Cachora hold jobs such as horsemen, assistant chefs, horse rental and much more. In this manner, we support our local economy and social work.
Day 2: Challenging Day: Chiquisca- Marampata -Choquequirao
We will wake you up gently at 5:00 am with hot coca tea and enjoy some delicious breakfast. We will then head out on the trail. Today is one of the most challenging days. Your hike will be one of the steepest uphill hikes of the trek. Halfway through the trail, you’ll have a brief rest and snack stop. You’ll resume your hike until you reach the small community of Marampata where you’ll enjoy lunch. After 3 more hours of walking, you’ll reach Choquequirao. Prior to reaching Choquequirao, you will have a beautiful panoramic view of the Apurimac Canyon and various farmlands along the path. Dinner will be served and enjoy a much deserved good night’s rest.
- Minimum Altitude: 6023ft / 1836m
- Maximum Altitude: 9679ft /2950m
- Distance Travelled: 8.7mi/14km
- Walking Time: 6 hrs
Day 3: The Hidden Citadel: Full Day Choquequirao
On this day you will have the opportunity to visit the entire archaeological citadel of Choquequirao. After an early breakfast, you will head towards Choquequirao and begin your guided tour. Your tour leader will explore with you and guide you to the most recent excavations and findings in the last years. The Temple of the Llamas, Temple of Water, Ceremonial Platform, Storehouses and much more will be seen on this day. For lunch, you’ll return to your campsite and then head off again to explore this site. As sunset is approaching your tour leader will take you to the highest platform of Choquequirao. You’ll observe a beautiful sunset and absorb all the magical energy Choquequirao offers. Dinner is served at your campsite followed by a good nights rest.
- Minimum Altitude: 9514ft / 2900m
- Maximum Altitude: 9843ft / 3000m
- Distance Travelled: 3mi / 5km
- Walking Time: 6 hrs
Day 4: The Bamboo Path: Choquequirao – Pinchaunuyoc – Maizal
After waking up call and a good breakfast, we will leave the archeological site of Choquequirao. We begin hiking for an hour in a path that will lead us to the humid subtropical Andean forest. You will observe a variety of vegetation and paths filled with Andean bamboo. We will continue on a narrow path but impressive path where we might have the opportunity to observe the largest bird of the Andes, The Condor. We then begin descending to Pinchaunuyoc complex where lunch is served. Afterward, you will have a short tour in this recently discovered archaeological site. Your trek continues downward towards a river called “Rio Blanco.” After crossing the river you will begin an ascent hike for a period of 3 hours to Maizal campsite. Here you will have dinner and camp overnight.
- Minimum Altitude: 4921ft / 1500m
- Maximum Altitude: 10827ft / 3300m
- Distance Travelled: 8.7mi / 14km
- Walking Time: 8 hrs
Day 5: The Puma Path: Maizal – Minas Victoria Trail – San Juan Pass – Yanama
Early in the morning we will leave Maizal campsite and begin an uphill hike towards San Juan Pass. We walk along a path that today is used by mule drivers and miners from previous years. We’ll pass a lot of mine tunnels. You will walk an original Inca path until you reach San Juan Pass. Lunch is served here. Impressive views of the surrounding glaciers are appreciated here amongst the high Andean valleys. After a break, we begin walking to the last part of the trail to the community of Yanama. Here we have dinner camp overnight.
- Minimum Altitude: 12467ft / 3800m
- Maximum Altitude: 13615ft / 4150m
- Distance Travelled: 6.84mi /11km
- Walking Time: 7 hrs
Day 6: The Condor Pass: Yanama – Abra Apacheta – Totora
Like every Morning after wakeup call and a good breakfast, we will continue the route from Yanama to Totora camping site. Yanama is a Quechua speaking community that still continues a bond of traditions and customs of our Inca ancestors. On this day we will appreciate the farmland as people from these communities cultivate organic products such as potatoes and their variants as is Chuńo, and Moraraya (dried potatoes). You will be surrounded by beautiful nature views such as glaciers, flora and fauna, and wildlife.
Today will be the ascent to the highest point of our adventure. We will gradually walk uphill for approximately 4 to 5 hours to the Yanama pass. This pass is over 15,000ft or 4600 meters above sea level. Lunch will be served along the way prior to your descent hike. After reaching the highest point we will continue downhill for approximately 3 hours to Totora. Here we camp and enjoy dinner.
- Minimum Altitude: 11680ft / 3560m
- Maximum Altitude: 15091ft / 4600m
- Distance Travelled: 11.2mi / 18km
- Walking Time: 9 hrs
Day 7: Cloud Forest Path: Totora – Colpapampa – La Playa Hotsprings – Lucmabamba
Today you will walk for half a day as you view Peru’s beautiful ecosystems and microclimates. In this path, you can appreciate a variety of wildlife flora and natural landscapes. A diversity of nature such as orchids, birds, hummingbirds, toucans, waterfalls, and rivers will be seen along this route. Our destination is to reach the community of La Playa where we will have lunch and camp overnight. In La Playa, we are officially in the high jungle of Peru. The high jungle means we will see different vegetation as well as farmlands of Coffee, Avocado, passion fruits, Bananas, Coca leaves, Pineapples and etc. We will try to eat the fruits grown in the place according to their season. Afterward, you will go to the beautiful Santa Teresa Hot Springs by bus. When you return back to La Playa after a few hours of the Hot Springs you will have dinner followed by a campfire with warm drinks.
Note: Round trip transportation and the entrance fee to Santa Teresa Hot Springs is Included in your tour at No extra cost to you!!
- Minimum Altitude: 6850ft / 2088m
- Maximum Altitude: 9383ft / 2860m
- Distance Travelled: 6.84mi/ 11km
- Walking Time: 5 hrs
Day 8: An Inca Path: Coffee Plantation – Lucmabamba – Llactapata- Hydroelectric Town – Aguas Calientes
We’ll have breakfast around 7:00 am and then begin our trek to Llactapata. On the way you will walk through coffee plantations, visit a local family and taste the world renowned Peruvian Coffee (coffee lovers you are in for a treat!) You will continue your hike until you reach the balcony view of Machupicchu. After some photos and rest, you will continue on a two-hour downhill hike to hydroelectric town. There you will be served lunch. Once your energies are recharged, you will continue your hike for 3 more hours to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night. Enjoy a nice warm shower and we will meet up for dinner at the famous Indio Feliz restaurant. You will have a delicious dinner at this 5-star restaurant. Afterward, you can explore this small town on your own as it is very touristy or you can head back to your hotel. Make sure to have a good night’s rest because you will get up very early the following day to visit Machupicchu.
Note: The 5-star restaurant Indio Feliz is Included in your tour at No extra cost to you!!
- Minimum Altitude: 5905ft / 1800m
- Maximum Altitude: 6562ft / 2000m
- Distance Travelled: 6.84mi / 11km
- Walking Time: 5 hours
Day 9: Magical Day: Machupicchu Tour – Return to Cusco
To avoid large lines and crowds we highly suggest you have a very early breakfast (5:00 am) at your hotel before taking the earliest bus to Machupicchu. We recommend everyone to try and be the first ones in line because it fills up incredibly quick. Enjoy the first view of Machupicchu and the sunrise (depending on the weather). Your tour leader will guide you throughout this magnificent site for about 3 hours. If you book well in advance and have a Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain ticket, your tour leader will take you to the main entrance where you can explore these sites on your own. Not everyone explores these sites, if interested be sure to mention this when you book your trip. If you choose to not purchase these extra sites, the Inca Bridge or Sun gate are free options located within Machupicchu. Be sure to return to Aguas Calientes on time to board your train. Your tour leader will specify the time after your guided tour. The train ride back to Ollantaytambo is approximately 2 hours followed by a 2-hour drive to Cusco. We will drop you off at your respective hotels in Cusco.
Note: If you wish to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes let us know when booking your tour. We will organize your transportation back to Cusco. If you decide to change your train ticket or hotel stay at the last minute, TLPA does not cover any price change or transportation back to Cusco.
- Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
- Minimum Altitude: 6791ft / 2070m
- Maximum Altitude: 8005ft / 2440m
- Distance Travelled: 1mi / 1.61km
- Walking Time: Approx. 3 hrs
only 2500 people a day are permitted in Machupicchu. Don’t miss your adventure!
How to Book
We are available to speak to you by phone, chat, email or any other form of communication. We highly suggest you contact us directly and confirm with us before your booking. Please fill out our Booking Form and pay the $400 deposit of your tour. TLP Adventure will email you back that same day with your confirmation. We always send out confirmations. If for some reason you do not hear from us, contact us and we will resend. We are so happy and ready to take you on this exciting adventure. Thank you for putting your trust in us.
If you want to climb Huayna Picchu make sure to book in advance as there are only 400 permits allowed daily to this location.
$40 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade
Machupicchu Mountain offers even more magnificent views than Huayna Picchu. There are also only 400 permits allowed daily to this location. A 360-degree view of Machupicchu and the surrounding valley and glaciers are seen from this mountain.
US$35 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade
If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is an hour and half round trip hike.
If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is a two-hour round trip hike.
From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: Prices vary from $57.00 to $73.00 per person one-way
Additional Night in Aguas Calientes hotel
Price depends on the season and Hotel availability
Items for rent
- Single Tent $40 (if you wish to sleep alone)
- Sleeping Bag $20 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
- Air Mattress $20 per person (REI mattress)
- Walking Poles $20 per pair (Professional ones that can be extended)
- Extra kilograms $15/kg (Example 3kg=$45)
We are excited to be part of your adventure and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance. Only 2500 people a day are permitted in Machupicchu. Don’t miss your adventure!
From $1160 per person
Our group tours personalized and customized for you. Our Tour Leaders have years of experience guiding tourists with different hiking abilities. You can expect a wonderful time with TLP Adventure!
Price per person $1160.00
- 2 Trekkers: $1,810
- 3 Trekkers: $1,660
- 4 Trekkers: $1,460
- 5 Trekkers: $1,310
- 6+ Trekkers: $1,160
Note: An initial deposit of $400.00 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit in order to buy train and bus tickets, entrance to Machupicchu and to reserve your hotel. The remaining balancing is due 21 days prior to your trek departure. Please see our Terms and Conditions.
This tour includes a three-star Hotel in which wifi, private bathroom, and a hot shower are included. Prices are based on shared room occupancy. Single rooms are available for an extra fee ($40). Please inform upon your booking if you wish to have a single room otherwise you will share with another member of the group. Other hotels are available upon requests such as Sumaq hotel, La Cabana, Tierra Viva, Casa Andina, El Mapi and etc. Prices vary depending on the season. If you want a luxurious hotel that is located right next to Machupicchu then the BELMOND SANCTUARY LODGE MACHUPICCHU is your best option.
*If you book your own hotel there is a $40 discount per person*