Lima, Cusco and Choquequirao to Machu Picchu in 8 days


DETAILS
Trip style: Archaeological, cultural, trekking, landscape, ecological and camping
Departures Dates: Every day, all year round (please check availability in our groups)
Visited Places: Lima, Cusco, Chikisca – Marampata – Choquequirao– Marampata – Choquequirao Pinchaunuyoc – Maizal - Yanama – Totora - Playa – Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Physical Grade: 1 2 3 4 5

Our excursion offers Lima's, Cusco´s best attractions. Continue with Choquequirao trek 5 days.

Availability for Choquequirao trek

The Choquequirao complex trek is very fascinating and one of the most popular trips in the Cusco area. And it's no surprise as it´s surrounded by fantastic natural landscapes with valleys, snow-capped mountains and an amazing variety of plants, birds and animals.

Detailed program of Lima, Cusco and Choquequirao to Machu Picchu


Meet on arrival at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Overnight

We start our tour through the ancestral Lima with the visit of an impressive ceremonial and archeological center created in the 4th century A.D. and considered as a "sacred village" by the Incas: The Huaca Pucllana. Back then, Peru was considered as the most influential country of the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital.
Then we continue with the colonial era by visiting the Historical Center of Lima also called "Cercado de Lima" located in the city centre and Rímac areas, where you will enjoy and discover plenty of monuments and Colonial edifications such as the Paseo de la República, the San Martín Square, the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and the City Council Palace…
We will continue our tour with the Peruvian Central Bank museum in Lima's downtown, where you will appreciate a unique exhibition of a pre-Colombian gold and selection of art collection as textile, ceramic…
Then we will explore the monumental SAN FRANCISCO CONVENT, which exhibit the largest collection of religious art in America. We'll discover the dome, Clementine Hall and different mystical places as the "Catacumbas" or Catacombs.
And finally, we will visit the contemporary part of Lima with its traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro Park where you can admire majestic trees, Miraflores well known for its shopping areas and garden.

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to selected hotel. Morning at leisure to acclimatize.

Afternoon tour of the city including the best of Cusco: the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquenian School. The tour also includes the surrounding ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko.

Overnight

We'll being our first day of the trek with picking you up from your hotel, early in the morning. We'll head out from Cusco to Cachora, a small town where we'll start our Choquequirao trek. On the way to Cachora we will visit Limatambo where we'll have the opportunity to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi as well as seeing Saywite, a large stone carved as a model by the Incas. On our first day, we don't have breakfast as part of our program, so you if you missed breakfast you can have a short breakfast in Cachora or buy enough snacks to get you through until lunch. Cachora will also be the last stop where you can buy your water, snacks, and other supplies you weren't able to bring beforehand.

From Cachara we will hike to Chikisca wich should take about 6 to 7 hours. We'll have lunch along the way in Capuliyoc or Cocamasana. Capuliyoc is a great a view point at 2800 meters where we'll be able to see the surrounding area. From here we'll continue on to Chikisca where we'll stay in our camp. Chikisca is a small community where you'll be able to see papaya, orange, cherimoya. We'll be in camp at around 5:00 to 6:00pm for tea and have our dinner 7:00pm. Afterwards you'll have a little time to rest and we'll stay there overnight.

On our second day of our trek to Choquequirao we'll be woken up by the cook and his helpers with a hot cup of coca tea. We'll have breakfast at around 5:00am and a half hour afterwards we'll start our Choquequirao trek and descend to the Rosalina Bridge (Puente Rosalina) which will take about an hour. From here we'll cross the Apurimac River and continue towards Rosa Baja which is an additional 2 hours away. Here we'll have a short break. Here there will also be a small store, one of the few along the Choquequirao route where you can buy your water and other supplies.

From here we'll continue our Choquequirao trek for another 2 hours up to Marampata. We'll be in Marampata at around 12:00 to 1:00pm where we'll have our lunch. We'll stay here the rest of the day to give you some time to rest from your trek so far, have dinner and get to know the rest of your group. We will also have a great view from this area and you'll have more opportunities to take some great pictures.

At around 6:00am we will wake up and have breakfast before starting our Choquequirao trek trying to stay in the shadow until we get to Choquequirao. In Choquequirao we will have a box lunch and a tour of the main areas and sacred sites as well as the Plaza Principal where most visitors take their classic pictures of Choquequirao. We will leave Choquequirao in the afternoon, trying to avoid the dark and since there are woods in the surrounding area, it does become dark early. We will return to Marampata where we'll have tea and then dinner and stay overnight in the camp again.

At around 6:00 am we'll have breakfast and after an additional half hour, we'll start our Choquequirao trek. We'll go downhill for about 2 to 2 ½ hours to the Apurimac River which we'll cross. From here we'll go up to Chikisca for lunch. After lunch we'll continue our Choquequirao trek to Cocamasana which will take another 1 ½ hours. Here we'll also be able to enjoy the view of the condors from this area. We'll be in camp at around 3:00 to 4:00pm. Here we'll also have our tea and dinner and the rest of the time to relax a little.

At around 6:00 am we'll have breakfast and after an additional half hour, we'll start our Choquequirao trek. We'll go downhill for about 2 to 2 ½ hours to the Apurimac River which we'll cross. From here we'll go up to Chikisca for lunch. After lunch we'll continue our Choquequirao trek to Cocamasana which will take another 1 ½ hours. Here we'll also be able to enjoy the view of the condors from this area. Here we'll also have our tea and dinner and the rest of the time to relax a little. At Cachora we will enjoy our last lunch together and a bus will be waiting for us to bring us back to Cusco, where our adventure will end around 3-4.00 in the afternoon.


  • Briefing for trek one or two days beforehand
  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation from Cusco to Cachora where we start walking
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners during the trek
  • Professional cook. All dietary requirements from vegans, lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip.
  • Drinking water only during meals
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First aid kit
  • 1 oxygen tank
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Duffle bag (in which you can put up to 5 kilos of your personal belongings - your sleeping bag included)
  • Quadruple and waterproof camping tent (cap. 4 fitting 2)
  • 1 sleeping mattress per person
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (see note about train availability, changes in times, etc.)
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Breakfast on 1st- 4th days
  • Lunch and dinner on 1st, 2nd and 3rd days and last day
  • Hotels, camps in 1st, 2nd, 3rd days and last day
  • Air transportation. For a round trip domestic tickets (for example LIM/CUS/LIM) the cost is USD$ 320. For a one way domestic ticket (for example JUL/LIM) the cost is USD$ 160.00. Rates are subject to change without previous advise. Airport departure taxes: USD 6.82 in Lima for domestic flight and USD 4.28 for Cusco, Arequipa, Juliaca, Puerto Maldonado approx. USD 31 for international departure tax in Lima.
  • Water for your water bottles. You can buy water along the way or bring water purification tablets
  • Activities and items not included in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Entrance fees for Thermal Baths in Aguas Calientes ($4)
  • Tips are not included but are optional
  • Walking sticks/trekking poles (rental: $30)
  • Extra horse ($160)
  • Sleeping bag ($40)
  • Personal tent (rental $50 for trek)
  • Extra money to buy snacks, water, tips, etc.
  • Upgrade in class from Expedition Train service to Vistadome (panoramic) Train service (upgrade $50)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance ticket ($35 per person). Make sure to book early since there are limited spaces available and they can sell out quickly!
  • Entrance fee for hot springs in Aguas Calientes ($4)
  • We can also provide great prices on hotels for all of Peru (Standard to Luxury)!
  • Itinerary and campsites may change according to the climate and health status of the trekkers.
  • Train times for the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo may change according to the train company's availability and will be confirmed close to the time of the trek. If someone books later than most of the group, we may not be able to provide the same train as the rest of the group.
  • Change to earlier/later train time at time of booking (price depending on train availability).
  • Tips/gratuities not included but are optional according to the services rendered.
  • Don't forget to bring your passport and ISIC (if applicable).
  • To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card. Scan the card and email us the copy at the time of your booking for a $20 discount per student!
  • For children younger than 17, we offer a $20 discount. Just scan and email a copy of the passports at the time of your booking.

  • Original passport (and International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us in our office)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain jacket
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block (factor 50 is recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic/metal water container or camel bags
  • Water for the first day, but on the other days it is possible to buy bottles of water from local families
  • Insect Repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Extra money for personal expensive, tips and entrance fees for hot springs (entrance fee for the hot spring is: 4 US $ / 10 Soles), (recommended 300 Peruvian nuevos soles for extra money)

Day 4: Cusco – Cachora – Chikisca

  • Meals: L/D
  • Accomodation: Camp
  • Maximum altitude: 3400m
  • Minimum altitude: 1500m
  • Distance travelled: 19km
  • Approximate walking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 5: Chikisca – Marampata

  • Meals: B/L/D
  • Accomodation: Camp
  • Maximum altitude: 2950m
  • Minimum altitude: 1500m
  • Distance travelled: 9KM approx.
  • Approximate walking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 6: Marampata – Choquequirao – Marampata

  • Meals: B/L/D
  • Accomodation: Camp
  • Maximum altitude: 3200m
  • Minimum altitude: 2950m
  • Distance travelled: 6KM approx.
  • Approximate walking Time: 3 hours

Day 7: Marampata – Chikisca – Cocamasana

  • Meals: B/L/D
  • Accomodation: Camp
  • Maximum altitude: 2800m
  • Minimum altitude: 1500m
  • Distance travelled: 12KM
  • Approximate walking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 8: Cocamasana – Cachora – Cusco

  • Meals: B/L
  • Accomodation: Camp
  • Maximum altitude: 3000m
  • Minimum altitude: 2800m
  • Distance travelled: 17KM
  • Approximate walking Time: 6 hours
  • Due to the altitude we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco at 3350m/9840ft.
  • We also recommend that you walk/trek at home before trying on the Inca Trail.(We advise you to practice walking longer distances)

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