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Day 1

Time : 6:00 am


This incredible adventure begins at 5am when your guide picks you up at your hotel in our private van. We embark on a 4-hour drive to Capuliyoc, situated on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks. Along the way, there are views of picturesque villages and spectacular valleys. Once at Capuliyoc, we meet our horsemen and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. You will only carry a small daypack with the essentials you will need on the trail. Then, we hike down for 2 hours until we arrive at Chikiska where we have lunch. Afterwards, we continue our hike for 1 more hour to Playa Rosalinas (1,550 m/5,084 ft), where we will spend the first night. Hot drinks and appetizers will be waiting when you arrive at camp and your tents will already be set up. You will have time to settle into your tents before your hearty and delicious dinner.

  • Meals included: Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2

Time : 6:00 am


Your guide will wake you with a hot mug of tea or coffee to enjoy in your tent before you get up for breakfast. Departing early, we ascend to Santa Rosa and then on to Maranpata, where we will have lunch. The climb from the river takes about 4 hours and is relatively steep. From our lunch spot, we get our first good view of just how extensive Choquequirao is. Then, we have 2 more hours to hike to reach the Choquequirao Archeological site (3,110 m/10,120 ft). Drinks, appetizers and tents will be ready for you when you arrive. Take a well deserved relaxing evening, watching the sunset and soaring condors.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 13km/8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

Day 3

Time : 6:00 am


After breakfast, we will do a thorough exploration of the archeological site of Choquequirao and have a little rest before lunch. In the afternoon, we will leave camp to hike up over a ridge, then 2 hours down to the fascinating site of Pinchiunuyoc, where we will camp for the night. This is definitely the easiest day of the trip.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4

Time : 6:00 am


After another hot drink in your sleeping bag, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Leaving camp, we hike downhill for 2 hours and arrive at the canyon of the Rio Blanco (1,990 m/6,527 ft), where we have our lunch. Take some time for a rest before starting a difficult climb to our campsite of Maizal. The climb takes about 3- 4 hours.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

Day 5


We leave at 7am, and walk uphill for about 3 hours through a sub-tropical jungle towards the Victoria Mines. We visit them as well as some Inca Ruins before climbing 1 hour more to the pass of Victoria (4,130m/13,546 ft). There are spectacular views from the passas we descend to the charming village of Yanama(about 2 hours walk) following a section with some well-constructed Inca steps.

Once we get to Yanama, we take the local transport all the way to Lucmabamba. Along the way, we get to enjoy the gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains and waterfalls.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

Day 6


On this day, we walk for 3 hours by the original Inca Trail and through the cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass then onto Llactapata Inca remains, an Inca site (2,700m/8,907ft), which is located straight in front of the Citadel of Machu Picchu.

Once there, we enjoy the unique perspective of Machu Picchu from far away. Then, we hike downhill for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we have lunch. We continue to walk to Aguas Calientes through the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, enjoying the surroundings of the iconic Machu Picchu.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
  • 3* Accommodation: Hotel Ferre´ Machu Picchu
  • Distance: 18kms/11.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

Day 7


This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu, so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! Your guide will give you a tour, which takes about two hours. You will see most of the important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel. You will also learn about how Machu Picchu is divided into three sectors: agricultural, residential and religious.

After your tour, those who have booked in advance for an extra hike up Huayna Picchu will have time to enjoy those views on their own. When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. You can also see Wiñay Wayna from the train, if you look up high on the steep canyon wall! Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 7:00pm.

  • Meal included: Breakfast


  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $67 USD.
  • Early trains can be organized by request and it has to be done by booking time.


  • Pre-trekking briefing with your guide in your hotel
  • Pick-up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Capuliyoc
  • Entry fees to Machu Picchu and Choquequirao
  • English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Guided tours of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu
  • Comfortable and 4 season roomy tents (only 2 people in a 4 person tent)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen and toilet tent
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the train station back to your hotel
  • Celebration dinner in an Aguas Calientes restaurant
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
  • Pack horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen – 8 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our horses
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
  • Clean water to fill your bottles at each mealtime
  • Taxes



  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°C $25
  • Air Mattresses $25
  • Trekking Poles $20
  • Entry fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain $75
  • Additional horse for extra personal luggage in addition of the 7kg allowance
  • Optional upgrades (train and hotel)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide

*Huayna Picchu is an optional trek within Machu Picchu Citadel which does not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.


The Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 7 days is available on almost any day that suits your schedule! We only need a minimum of two people in order to book! 

Group trek -$970 USD per person

Private trek -$1,250 USD per person

* If you are ONLY 1 person, please ask for the price. 

*This price includes the extra pack horse which will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs. We will provide you a duffel bag that you can put your things in.

*We provide large comfortable tent 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.  


18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.

Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

Under 11 years old: $40 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.


.Sleeping Bag: $25 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)

.Air Mattress: $25 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)

.Walking Poles: $20 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)

.Personal tent: $30 USD – (Tent for solo trekkers only)

.Vistadome Train Upgrade: $67 USD per person (For the return to Poroy/Cusco at 4:43pm)

.Huayna Picchu Mountain  : $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)

.Hotel single supplement: $40 USD 3* for solo travelers

**Huayna Picchu is an optional trek within Machu Picchu Citadel which does not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour. 


.TRANSFER – from the airport to hotel (Cusco only)

.DUFFLE BAG AND LINER BAGS – included in the trekking price!

.EXTRA PACK HORSE is included in the price, the horse will carry your belongings up to 8 kgs /16lbs like sleeping bag, mattress, clothes etc

.BOILED WATER is included along the Trail

.OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek

.EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price which can be ridden if you get tired or sick




  • Original passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3 liter reusable, not disposable bottles
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from Nomad In Peru)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet Paper


We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40Litres for hiking in the day. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.

  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

Please read carefully the following information;. It will help with your questions about our services and the Choquequirao 7 Day Trek to Machu Picchu.

You will be greeted at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look for our representative holding logo of Nomad In Peru at the exit from the arrival terminal.

The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm or 7pm in your hotel.

Of course! During the Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.

FIRST, to book your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu , we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (From Each Participant in your group). We cannot purchase an Inca Trail permit without the following information:

Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):

  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality
  • We require copies of every participant’s passport, in order, to book Inca Trail permits!

    SECOND, we require a deposit of $200.00 USD per person, in order, to purchase a permit for the Classic Inca Trail. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page.

    If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPALaccount and use our email address info@nomadinperu.com

    According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek or tour to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you must have a valid university ID card to qualify for the student discount.

    University students must provide a copy of their ID card showing a photo, University name and card expiration date. Cards must be valid for the current academic year only.
    All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $25 USD.
    For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40 USD.
    Children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.
    All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount. Send us a copy at info@nomadinperu.com

    Yes, but with some restrictions. Once the tickets for Machu Picchu have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date. If you cancel your Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!

    Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu, other entrances and reservations. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number.

    The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you plan to always dress in layers to facilitate adjusting to the quickly changing weather conditions.

    In general, if you exercise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to acclimate normally. It usually take between 24 hours to 2 days.

    The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are usually between 2-6 persons. Nomad In Peru specializes in small, private groups and provides a personalized service.

    The evening before you start your Choquequirao 7 days trek to Machu Picchu, you will be given a small duffel bag to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14lbs. Your team of pack horses will carry your duffel bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the horses will always be ahead of the group.

    This trail is certainly not easy. You do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it, but you do need to be an experienced hiker. Fitness is important for the trek, and obviously the more fit you are, the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way.

    This has been highly appreciated by most of our clients, especially by our trekkers who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet! Nomad In Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat.

    In the unlikely scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Nomad In Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

    It will depend on the train availability (high season it could book out) but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore, we usually book the train at 14:55 or 15:20.

    If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Nomad In Peru destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

    Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff fo Nomad In Peru to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

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