Choquequirao to Machupicchu 8D/7N challenge


8 Days/ 7 Nights


2430 msnm


74,7 km


Level 3: Moderate

Tour Guide





Choquequirao is an archaeological site located in the Cusco Region of Peru. It was built by the Inca Empire during its heyday and is believed to have been a royal estate for one of the last ruling Inca emperors, Tupac Yupanqui. The site’s name means “cradle of gold” in Quechua, and it has often been compared to Machu Picchu due to its similar architecture and location high in the Andes Mountains. While Choquequirao may not be as well-known as Machu Picchu, it still offers a unique glimpse into Incan culture and history.

The ruins at Choquequirao have several structures including temples, storehouses, plazas, baths, irrigation channels, and other features typical of an ancient civilization such as this one. Some walls are over 10 m (33 ft) tall while others are decorated with intricate carvings depicting llamas and other animals that were important to the Incas’ religious beliefs.

Although much work has been done on restoring parts of Choquequirao since its rediscovery in 1909, there is still much left unexplored—including many areas that remain completely untouched since they were abandoned centuries ago. For those looking for something off-the-beaten path when visiting Peru, a visit to Choquequirao should definitely be included on their itinerary!

Why visit Choquequirao and Machu Picchu with Andean Trekking Peru?

We are a travel agency located in Cusco, Peru, that specializes in providing travelers with the best of local knowledge and experiences. We offer a variety of services, from trekking and camping to cultural tours and guided hikes. With our experienced team of guides, we can provide visitors with an unforgettable journey through the majestic Andes.

Whether you’re looking for a multi-day trek through the Andes, or a cultural tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, we have you covered. All of our tours are designed to provide travelers with an intimate experience of Peru’s unique culture, wildlife, and landscapes. Our knowledgeable guides will take you to places that you never knew existed, giving you an opportunity to explore this spectacular region in a safe and comfortable way.

Departure & Return location:

Cusco hotel transfer

Departure Time:

4:00 am

Recommended to carry

  • Original passport.
  • Heavy clothes.
  • Hiking poles.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Water bottle and snacks.
  • Camera.


  • Cusco hotel transfer.
  • Transportation to Choquequirao trailhead.
  • Camping equipment.
  • Professional chef.
  • Mule and muleteers.
  • Breakfast during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th days.
  • Lunch during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th days.
  • Dinner during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th days.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
  • Round bus trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition train ticket).
  • 1 night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • First aid kit.
  • Hotel in Cusco.
  • Lunch on the 8th day.
  • Dinner on the 8th day.
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Entrance ticket to Aguas Calientes hot springs (optional).
  • Vistadome train tickets (optional upgrade).
  • Hiram Bingham train tickets (optional upgrade).
  • Sleeping bags. Duffel bags.
  • Any private expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips.

Tour Plan

Day 1 Cusco - Cachora - Playa Rosalina

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then, we will drive to the village of Cachora. Before starting the trek, we will have a light breakfast there.

Then, we will hike to Capuliyoc, where we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Apurimac valley and the snow-capped mountains of Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora. Afterwards, we will descend to Cocamasana and finally to Playa Rosalina, where we will set up our tents to spend the night.

Day 2 Playa Rosalina - Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will leave our campsite early in the morning. Then, we will trek for around 5 hours to Raqaypata, which is located near the Chunchumallyo river. We will stop there to have lunch.

Then, we will visit the Inca ruins of Choquequirao. After the tour, we will set up our campsite near Choquequirao. We will have dinner and spend the rest of the night there.

Day 3 Choquequirao - Maizal

We will walk to Rio Blanco after leaving our campsite. We will pass via the Pinchaunuyoc archeological site and some cloud forests. After passing Rio Blanco, we will hike to the Maizal area. We will stop at Maizal to set up our campsite and spend the rest of the night.

Day 4 Maizal - Yanama

We will set off from Maizal early in the morning. Then, we will hike to the San Juan mountain pass. Along the route, we will enjoy the picturesque landscapes created by the nearby cloud forests. We will stop for lunch once we pass through San Juan. Then, we will make our way down to the Yanama campground, where we will spend the night.

Day 5 Yanama - Totora

After breakfast, we will trek to the Yanama mountain pass, located at 4,800 meters (15,748 feet) above sea level. From there, we will take in the breathtaking vistas of the snow-capped Sacsarayoc Mountain. Then, we will make our way to Totora, where we will spend the night.

Day 6 Totora - Playa Sahuayaco

After breakfast, we will hike to Playa Sahuayaco town, which is located at 2,320 meters (7,611 feet) above sea level. We will be trekking for around 7 hours. Along the route we will pass through numerous coca and banana farms. After arriving at Playa Sahuayaco, we will set up our campsite and spend the rest of the night there.

Day 7 Playa Sahuayaco - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

After leaving Playa Sahuayaco, we will walk to Hidroelectrica. From there, we will stroll down the railway till we get to Aguas Calientes town. After arriving there, our staff will take you to your hotel room. Then, you will have time to tour the area and visit the town's famed hot springs.

Day 8 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will eat breakfast at 5:00 a.m. Then, we will catch a bus to Machu Picchu. After clearing the security checkpoints, you will have a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel.

Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan city located in the Andes mountains of Peru. Built around 1450, it was abandoned by the time Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1532 and remained largely unknown until 1911 when American historian Hiram Bingham rediscovered it. The site consists of a number of structures built on narrow terraces cut into the mountain overlooking two deep river gorges, surrounded by lush vegetation and stunning views.

The ruins are made up of three main areas: agricultural terraces, temples, and residences. There are also numerous other structures such as walls, ceremonial fountains and stairways that help make Machu Picchu a unique archaeological wonder.

If you have purchased an entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain, our staff will guide you to the respective entrance. After the tour, we will return to Aguas Calientes town, where you will be free to have lunch at a local restaurant. The price of the lunch is not included in the tour cost.

In the afternoon, we will board a train to Ollantaytambo. After arriving there, our staff will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco city. You will be arriving there around 10:00 pm.

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