If you are looking for an authentic Peruvian experience and would like to visit Choquequirao and MachuPicchu in one trip this is a great trek option for you. In this trek, you will combine scenic views with information about Peruvian history. The end of this trip ends at the Santa Teresa hot springs.
Price: US$ 870 per person
We leave Cusco around 5:00AM and drive for four hours towards the Andean community of Cachora. In Cachora, we will meet our wranglers and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. We begin our trek for two and half hours until we reach Capuliyoc Mirador (2915 m/9561ft). We will stop here for lunch and get our first beautiful views of the Apurimac Valley where we will see the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. Our hike will continue for four hours until we reach our campsite at Chiccisqa.
Day 2: Chiccisqa – Choquequirao
Early in the morning, we will have breakfast and start hiking downhill until we reach Playa Rosalina. During this strech, we will cross the Apurimac River that divides the Cusco region and the Apuric region. Then we will hike uphill for three hours passing through Santa Rosa and arriving at Maranpata for lunch where we will be able to view the mountain Choquequirao. Then we continue our hike for two more hours to get to the Choquequirao ruins (3110m/10120ft). We will have time to explore these ruins, see condors, and watch the sunset.
Day 3: Choquequirao – Pinchinuyoc – Rio Blanco
Day 3 is the easiest day of the trek which allows us more time in the morning to explore the ruins again before departing. In the afternoon, we will hike over the Choquequirao mountain ridge for two hours to arrive at our campsite Pinchinuyoto (3000m/9900ft). Depending on the group's progress, Rio Blanco is other possible campsite which would require an extra 2 hours of hiking.
Day 4: Rio Blanco – Maizal
If we camped at Pinchinuyoc, we will hike 2 hours to the Rio Blanco canyon (1990m/6527ft) to have lunch and rest. We will then continue a difficult 4 hour climb to the Maizal campsite (3000m/9900ft).
Day 5: Maizal – Yanama
Ater breakfast, we will start our uphill hike for about 3 hours through the subtropical-jungle to the Victoria Mines. We visit the ancient mines and some Inca Ruins before contining our climb for one more hour to the Abra Victoria pass (4130m/13546ft). The newly discovered Coryhuayrachina ruins are between Yanama and Maizal and we will follow the well constructed Inca steps at an area that the locals named "Mina Victoria." We will not visit Coryhuayrachina because it is not on out route, but you will get a view of this site from the trail.
As we decend for 2 hours to the village of Yanama, you will witness spectacular views from the pass. We will share a traditional Peruvian lunch (Pachamanca: potatoes and beef cooked in the earth).
Day 6 Yanama - Totora/ Qolpapampa
In this day we walk for seven hours and see many mountain peaks. We gradually ascend to the second pass which is the highest of our trek at 4850m/15908ft. After the pass, we descend for three hours to the Valley of Totora, where will spend the night.
Day 7 Qolpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa
We wake-up at 6:00AM to have breakfast and begin our seventh day of hiking to La Playa. We will have an easy downhill hike through the jungle highland of Ceja de Selva. In this jungle, you will be able to see coffee and several native plantation fruits. Then we will stop for lunch at La Playa. After lunch, we travel by bus for an hour to the village of Santa Teresa. We will take you to the Santa Teresa thermal spring (price included in package). After enjoying these hot springs, we will have dinner and relax for the night.
Day: 8 Santa Teresa - Aguas Caliente
We will have breakfast and hike for two hours to the hydroelectric train station along the Urubamba River. After lunch, we will hike for 3 more hours to the town of Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes, we will check into our hostel, dine, and rest up before the next day in MachuPicchu!
NOTE: If you do not want to walk after lunch, you can take a train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes. However, this train leaves only in the late afternoons and this can be a long wait.
We wake up at 5:30AM for breakfast and will take an early morning bus to MachuPicchu. Arriving early to MachuPicchu, allows you to witness the beauty and the magic of this ancient city. Once at MachuPicchu, you will have a guided tour of MachuPicchu for apprroximately 2 hours. Then you will have free time to explore the city on your own. If you still have energy and a ticket booked in advance, you can also climb HuaynaPicchu (2,720m/8,923ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of HuaynaPicchu.
You can expect to arrive back in Ollantaytambo by 8:30PM. From there we will provide you transfer back to your hostel in Cusco.
-Professional guide fluent in English
-Private bus to the start of the trail
-Machu Picchu entrance fee-
-Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts,lunches,dinners,
-Vegetarian/special diet options available
-Weight Allowance:8 Kilograms / 16 pounds per trekker
-Horse ( to carry the tents and cooking equipments
-First aid kit including oxygen bottle
-Bus from La Playa campsite to Santa Teresa
-Round trip bus from La Playa campsite to Santa Teresa Thermal springs
-Entrance to the thermal springs in Santa Teresa
-One way bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
-Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
-Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, -we stop at the town of Mollepata where you will have the chance to buy breakfast.
-Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
-Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
-Sleeping bags. These can be rented in our office for the entire trek (US$ 20)
-Tips for the guide, cooks, and wranglers
What you need to bring:
For students: ISIC card
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
Hat and gloves
3 pants (2 for hiking, 1 for camp)
Long underwear for sleeping
Sun hat or cap
Water and/or water purification tablets
Camera and film
Torch or headlamp
Cash (approximately 800 Peruvian nuevo soles)
Optional items to take:
Plasters and bandages
Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes (not included in the price )
We offer discount of US$20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC),