Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking

Active, Cusco to Cusco

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

The ultimate adventure for altitude junkies with a love of history, this challenging 12-day journey snakes its way between the most incredible Inca sites in Peru. Conquer a mind-blowing trek to the mountaintop fortress of Choquequirao — free of tourist throngs — before continuing onto Santa Teresa, the backdoor to Machu Picchu. With guided tours of the Sacred Valley, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, you'll gain a greater appreciation of the Inca Empire. And because we operate our own treks in this region, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Trek to Choquequirao ruins with local guide, cooks, and porters (8 days)
  • Guided tour of Choquequirao archaeological site
  • Aguas Calientes stay
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Trek the strikingly beautiful andes
  • Explore the fortress of choquequirao
  • Discover the spectacular inca ruins of machu picchu


Day 1 Cusco Arrive early and spend some time exploring the city. Meet the group at the welcome meeting, check for the start time on the welcome note at the hotel. Additional Notes: Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative
Day 2 Cusco (1B, 1L) Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs directly from the women who made them. Continue on to watch a pottery making demonstration in another small village. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds from the meal go directly back into the remote community. Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Cuyo Chico Pottery Making Demonstration Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Transport: Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 94km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 3 Cusco/Chiquisca (1B, 1L, 1D) Even though the lost city of Choquequirao was discovered hundreds of years ago, it still feels as though you may be the first to discover it. The trek to this remote Incan city although challenging, is well worth the effort. Winding trails take you through the Apurimac River canyon with views of the snow-capped Salkantay mountains making a breathtaking backdrop. Included Activities: Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 1 Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Chiquisca/Choquequirao (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue trekking through the Apurimac River canyon on the way to Marampata. Keep your eyes open for condors as you make your way up into the cloud forest to Choquequirao, where you'll camp for the night. Included Activities: Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 2
Day 5 Choquequirao/Pinchiunuyocc (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, comparable only to Machu Picchu in its beauty, grandeur and architectural accomplishment. Included Activities: Choquequirao Guided Tour Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 3
Day 6 Pinchiunuyocc/Maizal campsite (1B, 1L, 1D) Pass through local communities and stunning Andean vistas. Enjoy delicious meals prepared by the cooks along the way and after settling into camp, stretch out under the stars. Included Activities: Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 4
Day 7 Maizal campsite/Yanama (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue upwards through the jungle towards the ancient Victoria Mines and visit the Coryhuayrachina ruins along the way. Included Activities: Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 5
Day 8 Yanama/Totora (1B, 1L, 1D) Before descending to Totora, enjoy the snow-capped mountains that surround the area. Included Activities: Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 6
Day 9 Totora/La Playa (1B, 1L, 1D) Trekking into the valley the temperature will be noticeably warmer, enjoy the variety of flora and fauna. Pass by lush groves of tropical fruit, cocoa, and coffee. Included Activities: Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 7
Day 10 La Playa /Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L) Head out on the last portion of the hike to Hidroelectrica train station and transfer by train to Aguas Calientes for the night. Included Activities: Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 8 Transport: Local train (11km)
Day 11 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B) Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Join the local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday. Later in the afternoon return by train to Ollantaytambo and transfer by van to Cusco, arriving in the evening. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 12 Cusco (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day