- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: trekking/adventurous/history
- Max. Elevation: 3300 m
Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike 7D/6N
Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike 7D/6N
The Choquequirao Trek, was chosen as one of the 20 best tourist destinations for 2015 worldwide, by the prestigious National Geographic Traveler magazine and Machu Picchu is one the wonders of the world so to combine both tourist destinations will be a fantastic experience.
The ancient city of Choquequirao shows the vestiges of the Inca ancestors and their culture. It is located exactly in the province of la Convencion and its ruins are so majestic that they are easily compared to Machu Picchu. It is even given the name of «the sacred sister of Machu Picchu» for its similarity in architecture and landscapes that surround it.
On this Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu Hike itinerary, our hikers will have a wonderful trekking experience, that takes place in one of the deepest canyons on the planet formed by the well-known Apurimac river; our hiker travels majestic snowy mountains and fearsome cliffs, you can see great landscapes and vegetation, with the respective specialized and authorized guidance.
Highlights of our Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike
In order to give you the best experience and try avoiding the crowds on this Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike our schedule and campsites are different than the other companies; hike with us and let us provide you with the best of the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike, with guides, cooks and porters with enormous quality of service, passion for what they do and excellent human beings within the technical and professional, all this with camping equipment of the highest quality, resistance and very spacious tents, in addition to selecting the camps with the best views and the overlooking of Machu Picchu from Llactapata.
We are the only Choquequirao trek & Machu Picchu Hike specialist that prepares food for our hikers and staff using 100 % organic vegetables purchased from local producers and also we do a demostration of a typical peruvian dish called Pachamanca which is an underground hot stone barbecue.
Trip Overview of our Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike
- Trek Type:trekking/hiking, landscape, experiential, adventurous, and cultural, colors and flavours
- Good for:those in moderate shape or better
- Considerations: In order to give you the best itinerary and experience on this trek our program it is completely different from the other companies
- Season:From March 1st to December 31th
Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina- Santa Rosa.
- Hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 km (6-7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 2200 meters above sea level
- Considered: moderate
- Weather: warm and humid
We pick you up at 4:30 am from your hotel to drive you for 4 hours to the trailhead of our choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike, a hamlet called Capuliyoc located at 2850 m.a.s.l. Once at Capuliyoc we will delight a nutritious and delicious buffet breakfast; following we will hike downhill for four hours and a half through an area full of great views of one of the deepest canyon on the planet called «the Apurimac canyon” and the Padreyoc snowy mountain with its 5571 m.a.s.l.
Upon our arrival to our lunch spot, a place called Playa Rosalina our team will be waiting with cooled fuit juice and a fantastic buffet lunch; after lunch and 30 minutes of digest we will hike uphill for two hours towards our first campsite located in the hamlet of Santa Rosa.
Upon arrival to our first campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after a llitle difficult but rewarding day in the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and dinner.
**Perfect itinerary to have plenty of time to hike in a slow and steady pace, take pictures and to be pleased by one of the deepest canyons on the planet, the Padreyoc glacier, the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike and its landscapes avoiding the crowds
**Hike in a moderate pace, connecting with the colors and sounds of the choquequirao trail and mother earth
Day 2: Santa Rosa-Marampata– Choquequirao Ruins
- Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (6-7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3030 meters above sea level
- Considered: challenging
- Weather: hot with mosquitoes
We come to your tents at 5:30 am with a hot coca tea to wake you up and after 5 minutes we provide you with warm water in buckets so you may washed up and wake up in a better way, then we give bewteen 30 to 40 minutes to pack essentials and then have breakfast for another 30 minutes.
Following with our choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike itinerary, we ascend for six hours towards the choquequirao ruins; along the way we will see fields of sugar cane and also we will try the local famous alcoholic drink called «cañazo by the locals» and better know as inca tequila by us; upon our arrival to the choquequirao ruins our team will be waiting with cooled fruit juice and a yummy buffet lunch.
After lunch and digest time, we will explore all the parts of this magnificent inca site, we will take awesome pictures for thousands of likes on instagram and also oue tour guide will share interesting facts about the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike, the choquequirao ruins and the incas with us.
Our tents will be pitched right a the foot of the choquequirao ruins, so once you finished exploring the inca site with your guide, we will provide you a bucket of warm water to you wash up and rest after a challenging but beautiful day, on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike; later get ready to enjoy our happy hour with popcorn, wantons, hot chocalate and our buffet dinner.
** This day on the choquequirao trek will be challenging but fantastic due we explore the pretty choquequirao ruins.
Day 3: Choquequirao Ruins- Rio Blanco- Maizal
- Hiking distance: 8.75 miles/14 km (8-9 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 2090 meters above sea level
- Considered: challenging
- Weather: hot with mosquitoes
We go to your tents at 4:30 am with a hot coca tea to wake you up, after 2 minutes we bring you warm water in buckets to you wash up your face and wake up in a better way. then you have between to 30 to 40 minutes to pack your essentials and then have breakfast for another 30 minutes to then hike uphill for 40 minutes to the choquequirao mountain pass located at 3300 m.a.s.l. once on the pass we will be impress by the enigmatic overlooking of the rio blanco valley that usually looks misterious due to its foggy location into forest.
Following our choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike we will descend for four hours towards our lunch spot through an stretch crowded of orchids, ferns and thick layers of moss; once we arrive to rio blanco located at 1200 ma.s.l. our team will be waiting for us with a cooled fruit juice and a delicious buffet lunch.
After lunch, refresh for a bit your feet soaking them into the river to the hike uphill for four hours towards our campsite located at 3000 m.a.s.l.
Upon arrival to our basecamp our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after another fantastic day in the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and our yummy dinner.
** Today will be another challenging day on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike.
Day 4: Maizal- Minas Victoria- Yanama
- Hiking distance: 9 miles/15 km (8 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3800 meters above sea level
- Considered: moderate to difficult
- Weather: cold and windy
Today we wake you up with a cup of hot coffee, then we pack our essentials for 30 to 40 minutes and then we enjoy our breakfast for another 30 minutes; following we hike uphill for 4 hours untill we reach a place called mina victoria which used to be a silver and cooper mining area in the inca and colonial times that is not use anymore nowadays.
Upon our arrival to the silver and cooper mine we will enjoy a packed lunch provided by our porter and chef (we provide a packed lunch due on this area, due there is no water supply), also from this area we will be able to observe the imponent Choquetacarpo snowy mountain and the Vilcabamba mountain range.
Following with our choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike itinerary we will hike four hours downhill through the dense alpine forest until we get to the Yanama hamlet; upon arrival to our campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after a llitle difficult but fantastic day in the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and our delicious dinner.
** unbeatable day on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike to interact and learn about the lifestyle of these andean people.
Day 5: Yanama-Lucmabamba- Llactapata
- Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (5 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 2.750 meters above sea level
- Considered: Easy to moderate
- Weather: warm and very humid
Today after a yummy breakfast, we will catch a local transport for three hours until Lucmabamba where we will visit a family that has a coffee plantation to make the coffee experience. This consists in harvesting the berries of coffee, peel them, dry them, toast them, filter them and finally take a sip.
After this extraordinary experience and our lunch we will ascend through an original stretch of inca trail for 4 hours towards Llactapata from where we will overlook Machu Picchu in the distance; what makes the overlooking of Machu Picchu from Llactapata spectacular is the spectacular set of mountains around the Inca citadel, the back side of the snowy mountain of Salkantay and the entire Aobamba valley in front of us; without doubt, one of the best views of the whole choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike; after enjoying the view, we descend for 30 minutes to our campsite.
Upon arrival to our campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after a llitle difficult but fantastic day in the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and our delicious dinner.
** This day on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike will be moderate, humid, hot and magnificent at the same time due we get inside the amazon forest outskirt; we will also be part of the coffee experience, and the overlooking of Machu Picchu.
Day 6: Llactapata-Hidroelectrica- Aguas Calientes
- Hiking distance: 9.2 miles/15 km (5-6 hours)
- Hotel altitude: 2.000 meters above sea level
- Considered: Easy to moderate
- Weather: warm and very humid
We come to your tents at 5:30 a.m. with a hot coca tea to wake you up and after 5 minutes we provide warm water to you wash face and wake up better and enjoy an incredible sunrise over Machu Picchu that usually happens by 5:45 am, when it is winter solstice; after this incredible experience, we have breakfast and get ready to descend on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike itinerary for 2 hours to the Aobamba river and from there we hike 40 more minutes on a flat surface to our lunch spot.
After lunch we will have 30 minutes to digest and then we hike for 3 hours next to the railway line with direction to the town of Aguas Calientes which is the closest town to Machu Picchu; in this final stretch of hike we will have the chance to observe the most beautiful birds of our entire itinerary due to the fantastic canopy of the amazonian forest and also we will see the the retaining walls of Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu itself above us, in many diferent angles while we hike.
Once we arrive to Aguas Calientes, we can say, » the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike is done» your guide will accommodate you at your hotel and coordinate the time for the last dinner and plan the next day at Machu Picchu.
** Perfect itinerary on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike to delight a sunrise in front of Machu Picchu and hike in a slow and steady pace observing birds and the town located at the foot of Machu Picchu
Day 7: Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Cusco
- Meals Included: on this choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike: Breakfast Only
In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and lessons at Machu Picchu We suggest you to wake up by 5:00 am in the morning get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu, this will a ride of 30 minutes untill reaching the inca citadel at 6:15 am more or less which will give you the chance to see the sunrise on this magnifecent location.
Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Incan city, share lessons about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu; then We take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets so if you opt to skip this, please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving him at Machu Picchu. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, We will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2 hour train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy (based on which train you get), where an Incas Path driver will meet you and drive you back to the city on our van, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if the is not car access until your hotel.
** Our service is from the door of your hotel to the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike and then back to the door of your hotel again
Included on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike
Hotel: This choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.
Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am and brought to the trailhead. The train back from Aguas Calientes will be on the train called Expedition Class and will be included in your trip. You also have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome class train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, our van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. In addition we included your round trip bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu
Equipment: Incas path has the best equipment; we use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a large dining tent to enjoy your meals.
Food: Our choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike includes expert hiking chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.
Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies; each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.
Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the dead woman´s pass on the classic inca trail or from the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the choquequirao trek, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike
Rentals: Due there we are hiking the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike, each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping, inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort; if you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
- Sleeping Bag: $35
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $30
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $30
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.
Our choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike includes the ExpeditionTrain class. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. departing from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is also the vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $75 per person.
Extra day at Machu Picchu
You will have from 6 am to 12 pm to enjoy Machu Picchu (it is not possible to be all day in Machu Picchu due to the new protection regulations developed by the Peruvian state), arriving at the citadel around 6 a.m. and leaving no later than 12 p.m. to take your train at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. If you also want to have a guided tour again the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.
- The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is $ 55 per person.
- The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is $ 25 per person.
We would love to tour the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to December as the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike is always available
Group Price (2020):
- $900 per person
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: $980 per person
- 3 Trekkers: $925 per person
- 4 Trekkers: $870 per person
- 5 Trekkers: $815 per person
- 6 Trekkers: $760 per person
- 7 Trekkers: $705 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $650 per person
We include a three (3) star hotel and we use, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers,breakfast and wifi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of potential upgrade choices, If you want any other hotel, just let us know
- El Mapi: +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)
- Sumaq : +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)
- + $ 50 US per person
For those who want a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 50 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for improved hotels.
- – $ 35 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.
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This choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during the choquequirao trek and at the lost city of the Incas; the great Machu Picchu.
- Original Passport ,
- STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike is entirely dirt soil
For Your Duffel: Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
- 6 wicking t-shirts
- 2-3 hiking pants
- 6 sets of undergarments.
- 6 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
- 1 Rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Hiking boots
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
- Bathing suit
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug, on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
- Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25 litters will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside in the Machupicchu check point. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Where do we pick up the hikers for the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.
Where to pay the remaining amount for the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike.
Reserve for the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the Machu Picchu permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.
Permissions for the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Machu Picchu permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.
Passport Number Update?
The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.
Where to stay in Cusco?
You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.
Can I stay in the sacred valley?
Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.
Can I stay an additional night in Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes?
Of course, if you agree to take the same train from Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is usually at 3.20 or 4:22 pm, then there is no additional charge for the train to be booked one day. after. If you need us to insure your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain this will have an additional cost. If you decide to spend another night in Aguas Calientes, be sure to inform the Incas Path office at least one month in advance, so that your train ticket is purchased for the correct day.
Can I book my hotel on my own in Aguas Calientes?
You can choose any hotel to stay in Aguas Calientes. It is a small and very safe town. If you decide to book your hotel, be sure to tell us where you plan to stay so we can take you there safely.
During the trip, how challenging is the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
Remember that this choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike, it is challenging because you will climb two very high mountain passes; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) also almost all days into the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike is humid and hot all the time, so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at Machu Picchu, and so you will take your so awaited posdcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about Machu Picchu
Will I need extra money on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, along the way or reminders in the citadel of Machu Picchu or go to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes, take about 400 soles or if you do not want to take cash with you there are ATMs in Aguas Calientes and You can also make almost any payment using your credit or debit card, «also remember that along the days of hiking into the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike just cash is accepted».
How many people will be in my group on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.
Do you need hiking boots for the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike can become a bit muddy and slipery. Please make sure they have good soles.
Are trekking poles really necessary on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
For the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.
Are there any toilets along the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
Along the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike there are 3 places that has toilet. Firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.
Can I use plastic botles during the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
Due to New goverment regulations for the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the choquequirao trek and in the Machu Picchu citadel.
Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.
If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.
Where do I store my luggage?
All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage
What should I expect from the weather on the Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold. We always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the choquequirao trek and Machu Picchu, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.
Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to Machu Picchu and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.
What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machu Picchu?
Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.
What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to Machu Picchu and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, We always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.
In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.
Is there a possibility to cancel my Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu Hike?
There is no possibility to cancel the choquequirao trek & machu picchu hike. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the choquequirao trek; We will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to Machu Picchu in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, train and bus tickets have already been purchased.