Early in the morning at 4:30 am. we will pick you up from your hotel in our private transportation, and drive to the starting point (Cachora community, 4 hours approx.), along the way we will be able to appreciate the beauty of the scenery, and several local villages, and districts of Curahuasi, San Luis, and Sayhuite until we get to Cachora where we will meet horsemen and horses, they will be packing our duffle packs and all our equipment on the horseback, getting time to get ready our backpacks for our adventure Choquequirao – Machupicchu for 8 days. Here we start our trekking to Chiquishca (1850m). From Cachora we are going to walk for about 2 hours and a half, where we’ll find a good place named Capuliyoc, where we will have our lunch enjoying the splendid views of the mountains Padrilloc and Ampay, then we will continue trekking downhill for about 3 hours to Chiquishca our campsite (1850m).
Accommodations: Camping at Chiquisca
Lowest Elevation: 1,900 m/ 6,270 ft
Highest Elevation: 2,915 meters/9,564 feet
Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles
Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
After an early breakfast, we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,550 m/5,117 ft) for 1 hour. We will cross the bridge to the other site of the Apurimac river from where we will start trekking ascending for about 4 hours and a half to the rural village of Maranpata (2,850 m/9,350 ft) where we have lunch while enjoying the spectacular views of the archaeological site of Choquequirao (3,150 m/10,397 ft).
After lunch, we hike for 1 hour and a half, with gentle up and down segments to our camp. It is a magnificent camp 45 minutes from Choquequirao. We will arrive at the camp around 4 PM. We will relax, have happy hour and then dinner.
Accommodations: Camping at Choquequirao
Lowest Elevation: 1,550 m/ 5,117 ft
Highest Elevation: 3,150 m/ 10,397 ft
Distance to walk: 14 km / 9 miles
Approximate walking time: 8 – 9 hours
Level of Difficulty: Demanding
Setting off for a beautiful hike today, we climb over a ridge for around 2 hours to Abra Choquekiraw (3,318 m / 10,883 ft). From this vista, we will see the Vilcabamba mountain range and the breathtaking snowcapped Choquetacarpo glacier.
This is followed by a 2 hours descent to the ruins at Pinchinuyoc, We will take a short break at these ruins to admire the majestic views. From there, we will descend to the Rio Blanco (1,990 m/ 6,527 ft), a further 1.5 hours steep descent. Here you can luxuriate in the river and take a bath if you would like. This is where we will have lunch.
Then we will start a difficult climb to a small cleared agricultural area on the mountain, Maizal. For many people, this is the most difficult section of the whole Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek. The climb is a difficult 3 to 4 hours zig-zag uphill. Maizal is located at 3,000m/9,842ft. Maizal is our camp for the night.
Accommodations: Camping at Maizal
Lowest Elevation: 1,990 m/ 6,527 ft
Highest Elevation: 4,000 m / 13,123 ft
Distance to walk: 18 km / 11 miles
Approximate walking time: 8-9 hours
After breakfast in Maizal, we climb 4 to 5 hour uphill through cloud forest to the Victoria Mines. This ascent takes you from an altitude of 3,000 m to 4,000 m! We’ll take a short rest here and admire the shine of the outcropped rocks illustrating the high concentration of minerals and metals, and the reason for the ancient mines. We will then continue our climb to the pass of Abra San Juan (4,130 m/ 13,546 ft). This is our lunch spot. This is also the best place to see Andean condors. We can also see the Vilcabamba Valley, which is the lowest city of the Incas, as well as the Pumasillo glacier.
After lunch, as we descend to the charming village of Yanama (4,100 m/13,541ft), a 2 to 3-hour walk. This is our campsite for the night.
Accommodations: Camping at Yanama
Highest Elevation: 4,130 metres/ 13,546 feet
Distance to walk: 12 km
Approximate walking time: 8 to 9
From Yanama, we begin a 4 to 5-hour ascent. The first 4 hours are gentle and the last hour is steep, to reach the Yanama pass at 4,672 m/15,324 ft, the highest point of our trek. We will see many waterfalls on the way up and meet local individuals. At the top, we will see Apu Salkantay and part of the Salkantay Trek. We will then descend for two hours and have lunch along the way. After lunch, we hike 2.5 hours downhill to our camp at Totora 3,398 m /11,445 ft.
Accommodations: Camping at Totora
Lowest Elevation: 3,398 m /11,445 ft
Highest Elevation: 4,672 m /15,324 ft
Distance to walk: 14 km / 9 miles
Approximate walking time: 8 to 10 hours
We will begin the day by taking our private van from Totora to Colpapampa. We will hike 5 to 6 hours on gentle up and down segments. We will be hiking through the rain forest, following the path of the Santa Teresa River. We will have the opportunity to see multiple coffee plantations, banana plantations, and fields of passion fruit. Along with this path, you will also see the most beautiful waterfall along the trek.
We will reach Lucmabamba, our campsite for the evening, around noon. Here we will relax and enjoy a delicious lunch! After lunch, we will do an incredible coffee tour at the plantation adjacent to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans, and picking our own beans. There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados. We will pick vegetables that the chef will use for dinner that night.
After picking our beans, we will roast them and grind them. Finally, we will brew and drink our own coffee! It is a truly unique experience.
Distance Covered: 14 km (8 miles)
Time: 5 to 6 hours
Lowest elevation: 2,050 m /6,725 ft
Highest elevation: 3,398 m /11,445 ft
Area: Rain Forest
We will wake up early and have breakfast. Today´s hike starts with a moderate 3.5-hour climb through the rainforest until we reach the Llactapata Inca site at 2,700 m/8,856 ft, where we will have a thorough tour. This is the location where you will have your first view of Machu Picchu in the far distance. You will also have a first look at the mountain you will hike tomorrow, Wayna Picchu!
Leaving Llactapata, we begin a 2.5-hour descent to Hydroelectric, where we will have lunch. At 3 pm we will board the train for a 40 minute trip to Aguas Calientes.
On arrival at Aguas Calientes, you will check into your hotel. Dinner will be at Indio Feliz.
Walking distance : 13 km /8 miles
Walking Time: 6 to 7 hours
Lowest elevation: 1,800 m /5,905 feet
Highest elevation: 3,100 m /10,170 feet
Area: Cloud Forest
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will take the bus up to visit Machu Picchu citadel. Make sure you are carrying your passport the one you have booked with, once in the citadel, your guide will give you a background information about the Inca city, then he will show you the most important sectors in the citadel, after 2 hours guided tour you will have plenty of time for further exploring.
Note: If you purchased the admission tickets to climb Wayna Picchu Mt or Machupicchu Mt, your guide will give you some instructions about where and what time you should be there, it could take 1.5 to 2 hours back and forth.
The guide will meet you at Aguas Calientes town for lunch. Afterward, we take our return train to Ollantaytambo, where our private transportation will be waiting for us, we drive 2 hours back to Cusco
Meals: Snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are not included today.
Estimated walking time: 2 guided tour in Machu Picchu.
Walking distance: Exploring in Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu Elevation: 7.874ft. /2.400m.
Accommodation: Back to your hotel in Cusco.