8Day Choquequiaro Trek to Machu Picchu

This tour visit the best archeological sites of Cusco, the Choquequirao and Machu Picchu; in this trek you be able to walk through different ecological levels from the Andes to the Cloud forest. At the end of the trek you will visit Machu Picchu.

  • Tour Package:Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Group Size: Tour starting with 4 people
  • Departures Day: Daily departures are available during the year.
  • Difficulty degree of this Trek: Challenging due to the altitude, we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco -or over 3000m/9840ft.


Day1: Cachora – Coca masana – Playa Rosalina

We leave from Cusco early in the morning. Approx. at 7:30 we arrive in Cachora (2,900m asl), a typical Andean town where we meet the rest of our trekking team. After a well deserved breakfast we start a two-hour trek to Capuliyoc (2,915m). On the way we get our first views of the Apurimac Valley stretching below and of the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora (5,482m). Afterwards we descend through the eastern slopes of the Andes to reach Coca Masana (2,330m). The temperature becomes higher and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1,550m, where we camp beside the raging Apurimac River.

Day2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao

Again we get up very early to start, after the breakfast, our walk to reach Choquequirao.
Before midday we reach the archaeological site and we get to know it step by step, the great abilities and intelligence which had the people who constructed this archaeological site which makes us seeing again the glorious time of Inca Empire.
Admiring the beauty and with our heads full of ideas, we observe impressed the flyig condors, which around 3 p.m. appear in area of Choquequirao when they fly to higher zones.Later we take a route to Raqypata where we camp and after dinner we pass the night.

Day3: Choquequirao all day

That day we dedicate ourselves exclusively to enjoy all the magic of history and splendor of Choquequirao, with a guided visit and time to know whole the site with its 8 sectors, like food deposits, qolqas, houses, sun ceremonial houses, terraces. Again, in the morning and afternoon we have the opportunity to enjoy the majestic flight of condors which with big luck will pass very close to you. In the afternoon we will return to our campsite to have our lunch and then rest and enjoy the quietness of Choquequirao.

Day4: Choquequirao – Maizal

We leave early in the morning, crossing the ruins and we go out through the other part, walking in a humid forest till the Choquequirao Pass. Then we continue through terraces called Pinchiyoc which means “where the water jumps”. These terraces have an interesting ritual water channels. It seems that here the Incas used to cultivate their products for daily use in Choquequirao.
We continue descending till Rio Blanco where we stop for lunch. After that we start walking up till we reach our campsite in Maizal.

Day5: Maizal – Yanama

We leave our campsite and take the direction to the San Juan Pass. Again we walk uphill but the way is more and more beautiful, first we are in the cloud forest and then we find ourselves in the Andean high land with its grass called ichu. We take a brake in the silver mines of Victoria to start after that enjoying the fabulous Inca trail made of stones which shine in the sun and are in the perfect conditions, with the classical zigzag. we take a breakfast in the pass on 3900masl. with the view of the Mt. Choquetakarpo. From this place we descend till reaching Yanama where we pass the night, in the beautiful mountians.

Day6: Yanama – Collpapampa

After enjoying our breakfast we hike to reach the highest point of whole the trek, the Yanma Pass, which is located 4678m asl. We take a deserved rest there, we see on the right side a gorgeous snow-capped mountain and maybe we have luck to see condors again. From there we start descending till reaching Collpapampa where we camp.

Day7: Collpapampa – La Playa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

This day we continue the walk downhill crossing beautiful rivers and small waterfalls where the flora cahnges almost completely, we see banana and coffee plantations, where we also can buy fresh passion fruit as a snack, after reach la Playa we will go by car to Hidroelectrica from there we will take the train or walk to Aguas Calientes where we will spend our last night.

Day8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco

This day we walk up or take a bus to reach Machu Picchu where our guide tells us about the time and the history of Incas, about the religion and astronomy for about three hours, when we have a chance to admire Machu Picchu in whole its splendor.
In the afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Ollantaytambo. From there we continue our journey to Cusco.


  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private bus to Cachora (starting point of the trail).
  • Reliable, knowledgeable, and friendly guides, fluent in English and Spanish
  • Meals are full board. Including: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 8 dinners served with wine & other drinks.
  • Coca tea in your tent to wake you up every morning, fruit, pancakes, cookies, popcorn peaches, & more.
  • Vegetarian food by request.
  • Entrance fee.
  • Clean quality equipment, 3 people dome iglu tent only for 2 people, lots of space for your personal stuff.
  • Thick, comfy sleeping mats provided for free.
  • Dinning & toilet tents.
  • Cooking Tent
  • Pack mules for the company equipment & your personal staff.
  • Mules for emergencies.
  • Horsemen ( 1 for 3 mules )
  • Accommodation for our guides, cook and horseman
  • Guided tour in all archeological ruins & Machu Picchu.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Accommodation in Double Basis Room Hostel
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or back
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to Huaynapicchu (guaranteed if the tour is booked  2 months in advance)
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco. Transfer to the train station to the hotel.


  • First breakfast; last lunch.
  • Entrance fee to hot springs. (10 soles)
  • Sleeping bag. you can rent it USD $ 3 per day

Payment Methods

Why with US?

With Manu National Park Peru/Manu Explorers Peru you will meet professional tour guides who have lived by the jungle of the Madre de Dios river all of their lives.  Our guides are professionally trained and have extensive knowledge of the Manu area and the flora and fauna that abounds in the jungle.


Upcoming Tours

To find our fixed departures for the year please click on the month or months you will be traveling, if no one of the tour departures listed below fits in your plans please feel free to choose one.



Without doubt, Peru has one of the greatest biodiversity on earth, here we have great flora and fauna, amazing animals like Giant Otters and jaguars as well as beautiful and colorful birds. In all our jungle tours you will have great chances for photographing several species of animals as well as birds.