9 day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds or who are looking for something other than Machu Picchu during their trip.
Overview of the 9 Day Choquequirao Trekking to Machu Picchu
Choquequirao trek 9 day to Machu Picchu the lost city of the Incas, is one of the most amazing & interesting route which combines visits to two biggest archaeological sites of Peru. Choquequirao (Gold cradle) is fascinating adventure for adventurers that love unspoiled wilderness areas and specially with organic healthy food on the way to Machu Picchu. Along the walk you get to see spectacular views, experience different microclimates and camp right in front of Machu Picchu to appreciate the wonder of the world from different angles. Hke with experts and check our reviews on the largest site TripAdvisor!
Experience all our special dishes in 9 days to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
Trip Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture and organic food.
Good For: Moderate physical fitness.
Overall Difficulty: Difficult.
Starting Altitude: 2900 m – 9515 ft.
Highest Altitude: 4840 m – 15,879 ft.
Hiking Distance: 107 km – 65 miles
Accomodation: 07 nights in tent and 01 night hotel in Machu Picchu pueblo
Coldest Night: Day 2 around 0º Celsius
Recommendation: We recommend you to arrive to Cusco 48 hours before your trek departure in order to acclimate at high elevation.
Itinerary of the 9 Day Choquequirao Trekking to Machu Picchu
Day 1 Cusco – Cachora Village – Santa Rosa
Pick up from you hotel to take the bus to Cachora village, where the hike starts onto Apurimac canyon. On the way we have beautiful landscapes, amazing view points, the huge dry valley spread out throughout the day and wide variety of flora and fauna. Then comes the delicious lunch in the middle of the canyon. The campsite for tonight is in Santa Rosa at 2200 m / 7215 ft. is on the other side of Apurimac river. It is the quietest and beautiful spot around us without distractions
Day 2 Santa Rosa – Choquequirao
After breakfast, we have uphill hike to Marampata approx. 4 hours which is the hardest part of the day. Today we have amazing views, in the middle of variety of flora such as bambooies, bromelias, orchids, etc. with some luck we get to see Condors flying on the Apurimac canyon. The lunch is in Marampata Quechua village, after lunch we have 2 more hours to arrive our campsite Choquequirao at 3050 m / 10,005 ft.
Day 3 Choquequirao – Pinchinuyoc
After breakfast, you have the guided tour in the citadel, visiting the most important sectors of Choquequirao site, then you have free time to explore on your own which is bigger than Machu Picchu. After the walking tour comes the lunch in order to continue with our hike of 4 hours to the next campsite Pinchinuyoc at 2487 m / 8160 ft. which is warm place
Day 4 Pinchinuyoc – Maizal
Today, we carry on down into the valley to reach the river far below. During the dry season the river is perfect to have a refreshing bath to ease the tired muscles. After swimming we will continue our way back up the opposite side of the valley. Along the walk there is amazing views, native plants, native birds, etc. then comes the organic lunch, after lunch we go heading for our campsite Maizal spectacular place.
Day 5 Maizal – Yanama
After organic breakfast, we will start hiking on the way to Yanama small Quechua Community. Along the hike the views is once again amazing, the variety of native plants and hummingbirds, the path pass by abandoned silver mine from colonial time and walk along “The great original Inca Road” to lunch point.
Tonight the campsite is at Yanama village 3520 m / 11549 ft. where we will spend the night in one of the land of local family. (Chance to visit their house to learn about their daily living and traditions).
Day 6 Yanama – Colpapampa
Today, we begin to make the way back up out of the valley as we head for the highest point on the trek. The summit is at 4840 m / 15879 ft. having been hiking through most lush dry valleys up to this point, you will notice the scenery that changes to the high puna, where grows only straw “andean grass” as we head to the summit. After enjoying the fantastic views from the top, the trail leads back down to warm climate again in order to join to Salkantay road at Colpapampa campsite at 2900 m / 9514 ft. where we stay overnight.
Day 7 Colpapampa – Sahuayaco – Llactapata
After breakfast, we hike down the for 4 hours to the village as known “La Playa” where we have the lunch, along the walk we get to see, water falls, coffee and fruit plantations, etc. After lunch we have another 3 hours of hiking to the most beautiful campsite of the expedition, Llactapata right in front of Machu Picchu amazing place to enjoy the sunset and walk around the Inca site.
Day 8 Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
After healthy breakfast, we will explore the Inca site of Llactapata, then we have the final stretch of the trek before to reach Aguas Calientes town at the base of Machu Picchu citadel. Today we’ll hike downhill for 3 hours before to get the lunch place Hydroelectric. After lunch we will follow the train track to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the last night in a hotel.
Day 9 Machu Picchu – Cusco
Breakfast in the hotel, we will start very early in the morning in order to take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to visit the site, where you have the 2 hours of guided tour, during this walking tour, we will explore the most important temples of the citadel. Then you’ll have free time to walk around the site on your own. In the afternoon you will have the train back to Ollantaytambo, where you catch the bus back to Cusco
Prices for the 9 Day Choquequirao Trekking to Machu Picchu
Private Service Prices:
Minimum of participants 02 persons
US$1475.00 per person
Student Discount: US$40 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18’s Discount: US$40
- Sleeping Bag US$90
- Walking Pole US$20
- Inflatable Mattress US$80
- Single Tent Supplement US$95
- Entrance fee for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain US$25
- Personal Porter to carry extra 8kg of personal items US$150
Inclusions on the 9 Day Choquequirao Trekking to Machu Picchu
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- Assistant tour guide for groups of 9 to 18
- Professional chef
- Horses to carry all camping equipments and 8kgs of your personal items
- Pick up from your hotel/hostel
- Private bus to Cachora village
- Bus round trip (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu)
- Drinkable water, bring your own water for the first morning
- 8 breakfast, 8 lunches, 8 afternoon snacks, 8 dinners (If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian, vegan, etc please let us know at the moment of booking time)
- Dining tent with chairs and table
- 4 men tent for only 2 trekkers
- 3 nights in tents
- Foam sleeping mattress
- Oxygen bottle tank
- First aid-kit
- Entrance fee to Choquequirao citadel
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
Does not Include
- Sleeping bag (rentals available from Happy Gringo Tours)
- Inflatable sleeping pads for extra comfort (3 inches/8 cm thick) (rentals available from Happy Gringo Tours)
- Walking poles (rentals available from Happy Gringo Tours)
- Optional tips for the crew
- Travel/health insurance, you are highly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your journey
What you need to take
- Hiking boots
- Waterproof jacket and rain poncho
- Warm jackets
- Isic-Card (if you are a student to qualify for your discount)
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sandals for the night
- Sun cream (recommended 35 better if is higher)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Personal medications
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries
- Small day pack for the day