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7-Day Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek

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This program has you trekking past the Apurimac river canyon, into the amazing ruins of Choquequirao, through the Cordillera Vilcabamba to finally reach Machu Picchu from its south side. This unique program is perfect for those who want to combine archaeology and mountains. Some of the trail is following the footsteps of Hiram Bingham!

Way off the beaten track, Choquequirao (the “Cradle of Gold”) is an amazingly preserved Inca outpost. Only accessible by a tough trek, it is comparable in size to Machu Picchu and dramatically located on a promontory nearly 1,700m above the roaring Apurimac River. Our seven-day mule supported hike to Choquequirao and beyond takes in high passes, perfectly preserved Inca Trails and awesome Andean peaks, and ends with a spectacular and rarely seen view of Machu Picchu, complete with a fully guided tour of these incredible ruins.

This is a long, spectacular and strenuous hike crossing the entire Vilcabamba mountain range from the Apurimac to the Urubamba watershed. It is approximately 75km long with almost 5,000m of both ascent and descent, passes up to 4,100m and river crossings as low as 1,450m.

This is your chance to be amongst one of the few adventurers to visit this incredible site and complete this rewarding trek to Machu Picchu.

A 10-day package is available, including 3 nights in Cusco, Cusco city walking tour and transfers.

Please contact us for 2017 set departures dates for the 7-day trek. Prices are for set departures; contact us for private treks, to start on any date.

NEW FOR 2017! We have an 8-day Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek with set departures on the second Tuesday! Please contact us for the itinerary. The price is US$1665 per person, double occupancy, minimum four.

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Drive from Cusco to trailhead at Cachora, hike to Chiquisca, camp overnight.
  • DAY 2: Hike to Marampata, camp overnight
  • DAY 3: Explore the archaeological site of Choquequirao, return to Marampata, camp overnight.
  • DAY 4: Hike to Maizal, camp overnight.
  • DAY 5: Hike to village of Yanama, camp overnight.
  • DAY 6: Hike to hydro-electric station, short train ride, overnight in Aguas Calientes
  • DAY 7: Tour of Machu Picchu Citadel and train return to Cusco


  • Choquequirao ruins
  • Awesome views!
  • Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Challenging hiking!

LOCATIONS: Cusco, Choquequirao, Machu Picchuq

ACTIVITIES: Mountain Trekking

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