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Choquequirao Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu 10 Days

Created with Sketch. Choquequirao, Yanama, Vilcabamba, Machupicchu, Cusco, Peru.
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8D/7N

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10 people

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Overview

Choquequirao Vilcabamba is a 15th and 16th century Inca settlement nestled among the mountains of the spectacular Vilcabamba range. Our trek begins in the village of Cachora, a beautiful village next to Aguas Caliente.

The hike to Choquequirao passes through the Vilcabamba mountain range, descending into the Apurimac River Canyon. For people with time, the Choquequirao-Vilcabamba trek is a fantastic alternative to hiking the more well-known Inca Trail, providing you of a more exclusive view of the cultural and natural highlights of Peru. En route, you will be rewarded with amazing views of the peaks of the Pumasillo and Salkantay mountains, and you will descend to the base of the deep, impressive canyons carved out by the Apurimac and Blanco rivers.

And of course, you will get more than enough time during the hike to get an extensive view of Machu Pichu, the touristic highlight in the area by far. Of the archaeological complexes you will visit during this strenuous but rewarding trek, Choquequirao is the main site, although it is relatively unknown to tourists.

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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Shuttle to Capulioc: 3½ hour by bus from Cusco.
    Difficulty Levels: 4 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 4350 masl. / 14271 ft.
    Accommodation: 1 Day Lodge, 1 Days Hostel, 5 Days Camping
    Optional Activities: Horse Reading, Zipline, Hotspring.
    Locations: Choqueauirao, Machupicchu.
    Departures Day: Daily Departures.
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at Cusco around 22:15 PM

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco — Capuliyoc — Marampata.
We will pick you up from your hotel between 3:30 to 4:00 AM to start our trip in a private van for 4 hours to northeast of Cusco city, through small towns until Capuliyoc town (2.800masl) where we have a delicious breakfast and where also we will meet with our trip staff (muleteers and horses).

After breakfast we begin with our hiking for about 20 minutes and will arrive to our first viewer where we have a panoramic view, in front of us we can see the vilcabamba mountain range called ( padreyoc) and the famous Apurimac Canon, after having an amazing view we will start our descend for 3 hours through beautiful landscapes where you will be able to see different medicinal plants which were used by our ancestors ( muña, chilca and different varieties of plants) If we are lucky we will be able to see the majestic Condor, we descend until Chiquisca Hamlet (1800masl) where we have a delicious tipycal Cusco Lunch Buffet.

After having Lunch we will have a 30 min break to continue with or hiking, Descending 45 minutes more until Playa Rosalinas (1700masl), located in Apurimac River separated by two important Peruvian regions CUSCO and APURIMAC

After passing the famous Apurimac river we continue descending for 4 hours until Marampata (3500masl) on the way we will see bird dance, at sunset we will see andean people, how they live in the mountains with a style of life that maybe you wont believe compared to the city. We will arrive to our private Choquequirao trek Lodge approximately at 5:30 pm, after a small break its time for dinner, approximately at 7pm and overnight in our LOGDE, during the night you will be able to see constellations according Andean or Inca religión.

Hiking distance: 15 Km. / 9.3 mile.
Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge: Choquequirao Sanctuary Lodge.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2850 masl. / 9350 ft. (Marampata)
Minimum Altitude: 1475 masl. / 4839 ft. (Playa Rosalinas)
Day 2: Maranpata — Choquequirao — Choquequirao Camp Site.
In the early morning you will be woke up with a coca tea and have enough time to organize our stuff. Approximately at 7:30am we will have a delicious typical Breakfast. Then we will continue with our hiking to Marampata, on this day the hiking is going to have a high level physically, where we will be able to see an amazing view of the Archeological Choquequirao Complex (3900masl) through our hiking we will have amazing canon views where our tour guide will explain about the flora and fauna, we´ll have 3 hours to explore all the Choquequirao Complex (cradle of gold) also knew as the lost city where you will visit plazas sector, llamas sector, astronomic sector and other important places.

After to visit all of this places we will start our descend until Choquequirao Camping where our picnic Lunch is waiting for us, after having lunch we will take a 30min break and continue to an amazing place that only us know about it, this place is called cataratas de Pachayoc (water falls) a place where you will be in touch with the nature. Finally we will return to Choquequirao Camp where dinner is ready and is time to stop over.

Hiking distance: 8 Km. / 4.9 mile.
Hiking time: 5½ to 6 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge: Choquequirao Sanctuary Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3106 masl / 10190 ft. (Choauqueiaro)
Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl / 9350 ft. (Marampata)
Day 3: Choquequirao — Choquequirao Pass — Pinchinuyoc.
The native community of Yamana surrounds the base camp. We begin another long day with the big smiles of local children, the sun is shining on camp ground, the noise of a grand waterfall, and breakfast on a table outside to appreciate everything around us.
We then start hiking uphill to the highest pass in this trek (5 hours). This is Yamana pass (4700 MASL – 15419 FASL).
During the day, it is common to observe the Andean farmers growing potatoes in their fields and possibly even some frozen potatoes. Again, the view will be amazing from here as we will be surrounded by the mountain ranges of Saqsarayoc and Pedreyoc.
Once again, we have the chance to see condors flying about, and this morning’s smooth climb brings us through new landscapes - especially the wet grass fields under the snowline and water stream.
In the pass, we may be walking through snow in a new entrance to the Santa Teresa Valley. Here, we can observe one of the Incan Gods – Salkantay Mountain.
Afterward, we descend on a long, foggy path through grassy fields and bush areas, crossing bridges on the way to the community of Totora. where we will have lunch

After a short break we continue back down to warmer climes again and our path will eventually converge with in Colpapampa (2900m / 9514 ft.) where we will camp for the night.

Hiking distance: 26 Km. / 16.1 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: we start with a cold weather and we end up in a tropical climate.
Acomodation: Hostel: Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl. / 9514 ft. (Chaullay)
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl. / 6692 ft. (Aguas Calientes)
Day 4: Pinchinuyoc — Rio Blanco — Maizal.
Today you will have a guided tour to all the main sites of interest throughout Choquequirao and then you will have some free time to explore such as Parectapata, Paqchayoc, the farming platforms, and the llama sector. Choquequirao is one of the most extensive Inca sites that was discovered and a large part of it has not yet been excavated.

After lunch, we will start our way to the citadel of Machu Picchu. From the Choquequirao pass, we will descend to the Río Blanco valley below and camp on the Pinchinuyoc terraces.

Hiking distance: 19 Km. / 12.3 mile
Hiking time: 6 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Camping: Soraypampa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4200 masl / 13779 ft. (Laguna Humantay)
Minimum Altitude: 1475 masl. / 4839 ft. (Playa Rosalinas)
Day 5: Maizal — Minas Victoria — Yanama
Waking up on the hillside with the sounds of the forest and birds is a truly great experience! Recharging our energy with a good breakfast and following the trail upward, the landscape is lush green vegetation.
If we keep up our motivation and the gods give us a clear sky, we will be able to just sit and appreciate the snow-capped mountains around us. The uphill climb today is around 7 hours to the summit, and this trail is historically important due to some archaeological remains and Inca channels along the way.

We will pass by the impressive Incan mines called Minas Victoria, from which silver used to be extracted. and head toward the Victoria Pass (4200 MASL – 13773 FASL).
This is a long climb, but we will walk through an absolutely breath-taking area, first with cloud forest and then over the Andean Puna with its well-known Ichu grass.

As we approach the top, we can appreciate original paved Inca trails. We will have lunch on the pass with views of the mountains Choquetakarpo and Pedrayoc.
While we have lunch, we will hopefully be able to appreciate the flight of the condors, depending on the climate.
Finally, we will descend to our campsite at Yamana, a small village settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains (3800 MASL – 12467 FASL).

Hiking distance: 22 Km. / 13.7 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: we start with a cold weather and we end up in a tropical climate.
Acomodation: Camping: Soraypampa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4630 masl / 15190 ft. (Paso Salkantay)
Minimum Altitude: 2900 masl. / 9514 ft. (Chaullay)
Day 6: Yanama — Yutuypata — Quellqua Machay
We’ll have a relatively easy morning today, walking for about 4 hours through the Quellqua Machay valley over gentle terrain and surrounded by dramatic mountain views until we reach our lunch spot. After lunch, we climb another 2 hours to our highest point along the Choquequirao to Vilcabamba route, the Choquetacarpo Pass (4600m / 15,091ft). Surrounded by craggy mountain peaks, this is a spectacular pass with an incredible view, a definite high point – literally and figuratively! – of the trek.
At this point, we have the chance to walk an almost perfectly preserved Inca trail. Following in the footsteps of the Inca chaskis or runners, you’ll marvel at the engineering skill of the ancient Incas who created these unique trails. We head down for about a 1.5h over original Inca steps, observing many ancient Inca dwellings along the way. This is an incredible immersion into ancient Incan history as we’ll have constant opportunities to admire their ingenuity. How did they manage to build in such remote places??

We end our long day at a beautiful, isolated campsite where we will rest our weary legs and absorb the tranquility and awe-inspiring scenery.

Total Walking Distance – 17km
Total Walking Time – 9h
Minimum Altitude – 4000m/ 13,123ft / Maximum Altitude – 4600m / 15,091ft
Altitude of camp – 4000m/ 13,123ft
Approx. night temperature – -10°C

Hiking distance: 26 Km. / 16.1 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: we start with a cold weather and we end up in a tropical climate.
Acomodation: Hostel: Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl. / 9514 ft. (Chaullay)
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl. / 6692 ft. (Aguas Calientes)
Day 7: Quellqua Machay — Inca Machay — Huancacalle
We continue downwards this morning, following a gentle slope and passing some small roads no longer used for transportation along the way. After about 4 hours, we arrive at the village of Huancacalle (2900m / 9,514ft) where we will have lunch.
From here, we will climb up to visit the interesting ruins of Vitcos-Rosaspata and Ñustahispana for the afternoon before returning to Huancacalle for the night. The route from Huancacalle to the ruins and back again is around 3.5 hours.

Total Walking Distance – 17km
Total Walking Time – 8-9h
Minimum Altitude – 2900m / 9,514ft / Maximum Altitude – 4000m/ 13,123ft
Altitude of camp – 2900m / 9,514ft
Approx. night temperature – 0°C

Hiking distance: 26 Km. / 16.1 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: we start with a cold weather and we end up in a tropical climate.
Acomodation: Hostel: Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl. / 9514 ft. (Chaullay)
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl. / 6692 ft. (Aguas Calientes)
Day 8: Huancacalle — Vitcos Rosaspata — Santa Teresa
After a good night’s rest, once more our day will begin early, at approximately 7:30 am. It is around a 4 hour walk to the fascinating and seldom visited archaeological sites of Rosaspata and Ñustajispana (White Rock).

After lunch, we will provide you with private transportation to the village of Santa Teresa (1800 meters / 5900 feet), where we will have plenty of time to bathe at the natural hot springs of Cocalmayo. We will camp at Santa Teresa.

Distance Travelled: 8 Km. / 4.9 mile
Hiking time: 2 hour approximately.
Optional: Shuttle to Machu Picchu:25 minutes from Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2½ hour.
Climate: tropical warm.
Shuttle to Cusco:3 hours by train and bus from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 3399 masl / 11151 ft. (Cusco)
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl. / 6692 ft. (Aguas Calientes)
Day 9: Santa Teresa — Hidrioelectrica — Aguas Calientes.
After breakfast, we will board our transport to the hydroelectric plant, where the government control is located and the entrance to Machu Picchu National Park (Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary).

At this point we will start our trekking to the town of Aguas Calientes, passing through the area called Intihuatana, a small archaeological site where the guide will share an explanation to better understand the site.

Then we will continue to Inka Rakay, where we will enjoy our lunch. During the journey, we will enjoy and contemplate the majesty of the Machu Picchu mountains, Huayna Picchu as well as other agrological sites in the heights of the mountain.

We will finish the hike in the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the third night of the tour.

Hiking distance: 26 Km. / 16.1 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: we start with a cold weather and we end up in a tropical climate.
Acomodation: Hostel: Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl. / 9514 ft. (Chaullay)
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl. / 6692 ft. (Aguas Calientes)
Day 10: Aguas Calientes — Machupicchu — Cusco.
Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hostel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. We will hike up to Machu Picchu (a bus ride is optional and included if you do not want to walk) and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas.
Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!

After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip).
Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride at 6:45 PM to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hostel in Cusco at about 11:00 PM. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

Distance Travelled: 8 Km. / 4.9 mile
Hiking time: 2 hour approximately.
Optional: Shuttle to Machu Picchu:25 minutes from Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2½ hour.
Climate: tropical warm.
Shuttle to Cusco:3 hours by train and bus from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 3399 masl / 11151 ft. (Cusco)
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl. / 6692 ft. (Aguas Calientes)

Include:

  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora trail head
  • Transport from Capulioc to Soraypampa (for all camping and personal luggage)
  • Transport from La Playa to Hidroelectrica
  • The north face or Eureka tents- 2 persons
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Hostel Basic in Aguas Calientes
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao
  • Entrance fees to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment, tents are big enough for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / option vegetarian
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping equipment and customer’s luggage (Up to 7 kg)
  • Emergency horse over 6 persons
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Tips: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Choquequirao, Yanama, Vilcabamba, Machupicchu, Cusco, Peru.

Tour Map Choquequirao Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu 10 Days

FAQs

What Should I Bring for the Tour?
– Original passport
– For students: ISIC card
– Insurance card/certificate
– Walking stick ( Highly Recomemded )
– Hiking boots
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
– Warm jacket
– Hat and gloves
– 2-4 t-shirts
– 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
– Long underwear for sleeping
– Hand sanitizer
– Comfortable trousers
– Sun hat or cap
– Sunscreen
– Insect repellent
– Water
– Toiletries/ Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Camera
– Flashlight or headlamp
– Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.
How is the weather in the inca jungle tour?
Weather in the Inca jungle trail change a lot special the first day. however the weather is very warm in Santa Maria, Santa Tereza and Aguas Calientes. all this towns are located lower then Cusco and they are not higher then 2400 meter about the see level.
Temperature during all year is between 10°C and 25 °C.
Only in the biking portion you will need warm jacket and rain jacket.
when is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
Best time to visit Machu Picchu by inca jungle trail is between march and December.
How hard is the biking tour ?
It is not that difficult and not that challenge however we recommend passenger have some king of experience with the bike. then with our tour guide recommendation you will have a great time with our tour.
Do I need experience for the tour?
Actually you don't need that expert experience on biking, rafting, or zipline. In any moment you fell these activities is to much for you. You can decide to not continue with this activities and take and optional way.
When should I book inca jungle trek?
Never is to early to book you tour with us, It is because you will have enough time to book in advance updates like Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña. This tickets are sold out very fast and you need to book approximately 2 months before departure.
How much is to enjoy hotspings?
In Santa Tereza - Cocalmayo, You will find the best hotspings in the area, it only cost 10 soles or 3.5 USD dollars.
How hard is the hike on the second day?
It is not that hard. It is a medium exercise hike, However we recommend bring just belongs you will really need in the hike. Lite back pack is more confortable for hike this area.
How much money do I have to take in the tour?
We recommend 200 soles or 70 USD dollars. This is because sometimes you can need money for water, snacks, extra drinks, any kind of emergency.
How hard is hike from Aguas Calientes o Machu Picchu?
It is 1:30 hours hike . The first part is 30 minutes flat and then 1 hour steps up to Machu Picchu.
When Machu Picchu open and close ?
Machu Picchu Open at 6:00 am and Close at 5:00 pm.
How long people usually take in machu picchu?
Usually people stay in Machu Picchu for 5 hours then they prefer to go to Aguas Calientes for lunch or spend sometime in the town.
Do you serve vegetarian food in machu picchu jungle tour?
Yes we do . Please when you book this tours don't forget to tell us if yu are vegetarian or you have any kind of allergy.
Huayna Picchu VS Machu Picchu Montaña
Many people ask about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña and few people know the difference about this 2 climbing hike mountains in Machu Picchu.

Huayna picchu: It is located at the northeast area and it is famous because since the summit you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and Machu Picchu.

huaynapicchu have a steep road and people arrive to the summit in approximately 45 minutes hike up. In the summit you can enjoy and take picture for not longer then 20 minutes. This is because huaynaPicchu pick do not have a big space and not to of people can login there.

if you plan hike up to Huayna Picchu You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Huayna Picchu altitude: 2789 masl.

Montaña Machu Picchu: It is the taller Mountain. You need at list 3:30 hours to enjoy the hike up to this Montaña. This mountain ofer different altitudes view of Machu Picchu and also a amazing panoramic view of all machu picchu, Aguas calientes, hidroelectrica and others areas around.

In the summit you can spend longer time. this is because not lot of people go to this mountain yet because the new accest it is.

if you plan hike up to Montaña, You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Montaña altitude: 3240 masl.

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