• Availability: Available now
  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: trekking/adventurous/history
  • Max. Elevation: 3300 m

Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike 7D/6N

970 USD Per person

Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike 7D/6N

Choquequirao Trek was chosen as one of the best tourist destinations in 2015. Machu Picchu was chosen as one of the new seven wonders of the world in 2007. Mixing these top destinations in the world in one combo will be phenomenal. These twin sacred will show you; deep canyons, high snow-capped mountains, the green lush amazon forest start, the Machu Picchu´s overlook, and colorful birds. Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike is a trip beyond the beaten path; and in average is hiked by just, 300 people a year.

Highlights of our Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike

  •  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.
  • You will sleep a night in Llactapata; an amazing Machu Picchu´s overlook.
  • We will prepare a traditional andean underground barbecue; called Pachamanca.
  • Our Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.
  • We are the only Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu 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 Hike

  • Trek Type: Trekking/hiking, scenery, informative, cultural and amusing
  • 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

INCAS PATH will pick you up at 4:30 am. from your hotel. We will be driven for 4 hours to the Capuliyoc hamlet; which is the starting point of our hike. After a delicious and nutritious breakfast, we will descend for 4 hours to our lunch spot. This section will be fabulous, because we will hike through one of the deepest canyons on the planet; adorned by the imposing snow-capped Padreyoc.

Upon our arrival to Playa Rosalina, our team will be waiting with cooled fruit juice and a varied buffet lunch. After a short nap, we´ll hike uphill for two hours to Santa Rosa which is the place we camp.

Once in our campsite our team of porters will have the tents pitched, they will 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 Hike. In the evening we´ll enjoy a happy hour with hot chocolate, crackers, popcorn and a delicious dinner.

** What a day in Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike; to be surprised, by the beauty of the Apurimac canyon adorned by the imposing Padreyoc snow-capped mountain.

Day 2: Santa Rosa-Marampata– Choquequirao Ruins

  • Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 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 nutritious breakfast, we get ready for a challenging day inside the Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike. We ascend for six hours towards the Choquequirao ruins. 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» is sugar cane juice fermented and filtered; it is known by locals, as Inca tequila. Upon our arrival to the choquequirao ruins our team will be waiting with cooled fruit juice and a yummy lunch.

After a little nap, 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 and Machu Picchu Hike, the settlement and the people who made it.

Our tents will be pitched close to Choquequirao; so once you finished exploring the inca site with your guide. We´ll enjoy a warm mug of tea or milk, biscuits, popcorn and a delicious andean dinner.

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

Day 3: Choquequirao Ruins- Rio Blanco- Maizal

  • Hiking distance: 8.75 miles/14 km (8-9 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 2090 meters above sea level
  • Considered: challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: hot with mosquitoes

After an early morning wake-up and breakfast; We will ascend through Choquequirao ruins, for 30 minutes to a viewpoint. From this point, we can see a beautiful cloud forest valley.

To continue, with our Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike; We will descend for four hours towards our lunch place. This section is full of orchids, ferns and many types of mosses; once we arrive in Rio Blanco, our passionate support team will be waiting for us with a delicious buffet lunch. We will take a little nap and soak our feet in a crystal clear river. Then we will hike uphill for four hours to Maizal; a place where only one family lives and has an amazing panoramic view fo the region. After tea time and dinner, we observe the stars and learn about the Inca constellations.

** The third day on the Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike; It will be very challenging, but you know, without suffering there is no success.


Day 4: Maizal- Minas Victoria- Yanama

  • Hiking distance: 9 miles/15 km (8 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 3800 meters above sea level
  • Considered: moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: cold and windy

After a varied and nutritious breakfast, we will ascend for four hours to a place called Mina Victoria. This is an old disused mine, from which silver and copper were extracted in Inca and colonial times. The scenic view of the snowy Choquetacarpo and the Vilcabamba mountain range; makes this place look like something out of a fairy tale. Here we will recharge our energy, with a packed lunch that our horses will carry for us (There is no water supply in the area).

Continuing with our Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike; We will descend for four hours to the village of Yanama. This section is covered by a dense Andean grassland and adorned with rugged mountains.
Once at our camp, take a little nap and then enjoy our tea time and a delicious buffet dinner.

** Challenging but magical. Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike, does not stop surprising us.

Day 5: Yanama-Lucmabamba- Llactapata

  • Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (5 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 2.750 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Easy to moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather:  warm and very humid

Today after a delicious breakfast; we will take a private transport, owned by the community members. They will drive us for three hours to Lucmabamba. Here we will visit a family that has a coffee plantation; We will begin to harvest the coffee berries, peel them, dry them, roast them, filter them and finally take a sip.
After this extraordinary experience, we will ascend an original section of the Inca trail to Llactapata. This four-hour stretch to the Machu Picchu viewpoint is full of spectacular views and crops of oranges, avocado and coffee. Without a doubt, looking at Machu Picchu from Llactapata is something that you can tell your grandchildren. For me, this is the most beautiful camp on our Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike.
Once in our camp, we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in front of the citadel of Machu Picchu. You have the afternoon free, don’t think you will be bored; Llactapata is so beautiful that you will be very busy connecting with its beauty.

** This day in the Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike, will be moderate, humid, hot and magnificent at the same time. This is because we enter the outskirts of the Amazon jungle; We will be part of the coffee experience and we will be in an amazing Machu Picchu overlook.


Day 6: Llactapata-Hidroelectrica- Aguas Calientes

  • Hiking distance: 9.2 miles/15 km (5-6 hours)
  • Hotel altitude: 2.000 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Easy to moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather:  warm and very humid

After an early wake up, we will go to a platform to see the sun up over Machu Picchu. Let’s enjoy breakfast to then descend for three hours to Hidroelectrica; here will have a buffet lunch.
Afterward a small nap, we will do a ceremony to thank our tireless cook and porters. Then we’ll hike for three hours to Aguas Calientes; in this section the amazon jungle canopy is lush, so we´ll have a lot of chances of seeing beautiful colorful birds such as: toucans, eagles, andean motmots and the cock and the rock; which is the national bird of Peru.
Once we arrive to Aguas Calientes; you can say » The Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike is done». Your guide will drop you off at your hotel and coordinate the time for dinner and plan all details for the next day at Machu Picchu.

** Perfect itinerary on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike; to delight a sunrise from the Machu Picchu overlook, and hike in a slow and steady pace while birdwatching.

Day 7: Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Cusco

  • Meals Included: 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 untill reaching the inca citadel at 6:15 am more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnifecent 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.

** Our service is door to door.

Included on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike

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

Permits:  As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the choquequirao trek and 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 choquequirao trek. This duffle bag should not exceed 7kg / 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 Hike. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am and brought to the trailhead to begin your choquequirao trek. We also include mules and horses that will carry our equipment and the private van from Capuliyoc to Cusco.

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

Food: Our Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike, 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 advise you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 liters , 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 their belongings 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 and machu picchu hike 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 experience.

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, 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 Choquequirao Trek

Rentals: Due there we are hiking the choquequirao trek, 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: $35
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $30
  • Trekking Poles (Pair): $30

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 choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike includes the ExpeditionTrain class. 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.


We would love to tour the choquequirao trek with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to choquequirao trek. We can leave any day from March to January as the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain is always available 

Group Price (2020):

  • $970 per person

Private Tours are based on Group Size (2020):

Priced per person

  • Two trekkers: $1000 per person
  • Three trekkers: $995
  • Four trekkers: $990
  • Five trekkers: $985
  • Six trekkers: $980
  • Seven trekkers: $975
  • Eight, or more, trekkers: $970

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 the choquequirao trek of the government.

Please send everything to incaspath@hotmail.com

Packing list

This choquequirao trek, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the choquequirao trek. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during the choquequirao trek.


  • 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.

  • 4 wicking t-shirts.
  • 2 hiking pants.
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • 4 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.
  • one wool hat.
  • Headlamp: essential.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Comfortable shoes for camp.
  • Quick Dry 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!.
  • 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.


  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • 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 items are listed below

  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • 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 and Machu Picchu Hike?

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 and Machu Picchu Hike?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the choquequirao trek 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 choquequirao trek.

Reserve for the Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike?

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 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 and Machu Picchu Hike?

Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your choquequirao trek 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?

Remember that this choquequirao trek, it is challenging  because you will climb one very high mountain pass; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) also this 4 day trek into the choquequirao 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 so you will take your so awaited posdcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about choquequirao.

Will I need extra money on the Choquequirao Trek?

Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, reminders or for tiping, take about 400 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 and Machu Picchu Hike?

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. 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 and Machu Picchu Hike?

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

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

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 and Machu Picchu Hike?

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 and Machu Picchu Hike?

Due to New goverment 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, or 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 and Machu Picchu Hike?

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 for the choquequirao trek long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, 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 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 and also that of South America.

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to choquequirao trek 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 and Machu Picchu Hike?

There is no possibility to cancel the choquequirao trek. 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, choquequirao trek 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.