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.
Duration: 12 Days
Activities: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Cusco, Peru
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Challenging
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 126752
End City: Cusco, Peru
|Duration: 12 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking||Physical rating: Challenging|
|Accommodation standard: Budget%||Traveller Tour Rating: 0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 126752|
|Starts: Cusco, Peru||Finishes: Cusco, Peru|
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Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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 the traditional weaving and dyeing practiced here. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs right from the source.
Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only) and a small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Here, have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch, the proceeds from which go directly back to the remote community.
Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Go on a guided tour of the large ruin site just adjacent to the town. Ollayntaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.
Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))
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.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 160km)
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.
Choquequirao Trek Day 2
Explore the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, comparable only to Machu Picchu in its beauty, grandeur and architectural accomplishment.
Choquequirao Guided Tour
Choquequirao Trek Day 3
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.
During the approach to Machu Picchu from the backside the vegetation slowly changes from high altitude brush to more tropical green.
Choquequirao Trek Day 4
Choquequirao Trek Day 5
Before descending to Totora, enjoy the snow-capped mountains that surround the area.
Choquequirao Trek Day 6
Trekking into the valley the temperature will be noticeably warmer and enjoy the variety of flora and fauna. Pass by lush groves of tropical fruit, cocoa, and coffee. After 6-7 hours arrive in a small village to relax for the evening.
Choquequirao Trek Day 7
Arrive at Santa Teresa. Transfer by train to Aguas Calientes for the night.
Choquequirao Trek Day 8
Local train (11km)
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.
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
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Trip Name: Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: 1199
Trip Code: 126752
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