Alternative Inca Trail to Machupicchu Choquequirao Trek 7D-6N

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Choquequirao means "cradle of gold" in Quechua although this is probably not its original Inca name. It is another "lost city of the Incas" located high on a ridge spur almost 1750m above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks.
The Other Machu Picchu”, as a 2007 article in the New York Times called it) is an amazingly preserved Inca outpost, dramatically perched on a promontory nearly 1800 m / 6000 feet above the roaring Apurimac River Gorge.
The ruins were first visited and described to the western world by a French explorer during the 18th century. Hiram Bingham visited the site in 1910. This was his first experience of "lost cities" prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911. The remoteness and inaccessibility have discouraged visitors until fairly recently when COPESCO constructed a footbridge over the Apurimac River below the ruins. Even today the ruins are still rarely visited although, with the enforcement of new regulations on the Inca Trail, Choquequirao is destined to replace the traditional hike as the serious trekkers alternative.
Choquequirao Complex is very interesting and one of the most popular treks in Cusco area. Choquequiraw is situated in the spur of the mountain range of Salkantay, over 3030m surrounded by the Apus of Yamana, Ampay, Chokecarpu, Pumasiyo and Panta, on the left bank of Apurimac river. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails. The reasons are many: The fantastic nature with valleys, snow-capped mountains and great variety of plants, birds and animals. Choquequiraw is considered as "The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire". Visitors can view a complex hydraulic system, most likely for domestic, ceremonial and agricultural use.
The geographic location of Choquequirao in reference to other complexes of the same period would tend to indicate that its function was that of an Inca enclave toward the valleys of the Apurímac River. There are many similarities between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The latter was a sanctuary dedicated to the worship of the Inca Pachacútec; Choquequirao was also a sacred site, but one dedicated to other functions that could have had to do with war or with the surrounding apus. Each is located beside Mt. Salcantay and both are situated above, far above, a great river: in the case of Machupicchu, the Urubamba and in that of Choquequirao, the Apurímac.

Detailed Itinerary


We leave Cusco at 7:30 am in the morning for the 4 hour drive in our private transportation that will take us to the town of Cachora where our mule wanglers, mules and horses are waiting. On the way we will admiring the wonderful and amazing Limatambo Canyon, to the right the great Apu –Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, then we will continue to the little village of Cachora. We will be ready to start the hike through this unknow mystery and very historically rich territory. It is a 3 hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below. As well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. We then descend toward Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Essential to bring a high deet mosquito repellent. Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550m beside the raging “ The Speaker God “ Apurimac River, famous for Class 5 Rafting rapids. Here we will set up camp and spend the night. Your guide will introduce you to this amazing Inca land. Walking poles or wooden sticks are very highly recommended.
Meals:B L D Distance Travelled:17 Km
Approximate Walking Time:7 - 8 Hours


After a good breakfast we start our strenuous hike up hill for about 5 hours to our lunch spot at Maranpata, Apurimac River (1500 m), where we will cross a typical holding bridge then a forest of cactus, agaves and exotic local fruit trees. Here we start a gentle 3-4 hours gradual climb of 1,400 meters from the shores of the Apurimac river to Marampata (2900m). Here we stop for lunch surround by this beautiful landscape. At the end of this path we will see for the first time, the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, easy walk for 2 hours to Choquequirao ruins (3035 m). On route you will also see a variety of plants and flowers. As soon as we arrive to this Inca complex we will visit the farming terraces of Paqchayoc and the house of the waterfall, then we will return to our camping set near Choquequirao. Meals:B L D
Distance Travelled:14 km
Approximate Walking Time:7- 8 Hours


All day visit Choquequirao ( Golden Cradle ) is considered the Sister city of MachuPicchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1,500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon , MachuPïcchu hang above the Urubamba canyon. It was a religious and administrative center. It is at the same latitude and it is a large citadel with more of 8 hectares , only one third has been uncovered and every day the archeologist find something more. (B,L,D)


Early in the morning we leave for the short climb to the pass. Then it is downhill 1400m (4600ft) past the recently discovered ruins of Pincha Unuyoc to the Rio Blanco where you can dip your feet in the cool waters. Just beware of the biting sand-flies. Known as “Pumahuacachi” their name means “makes the puma cry”. Refreshed, you climb steeply again, 1,200m (3900ft) to the small and beautifully located campsite of Maizal at an altitude of 3,000m (9840ft). This is probably the toughest day of the trip but if you have prepared well and are determined, you will succeed.
trail continues through some agricultural terraces or ( Andenes) called Pichiyoc which means (water jumping forward ) This terraces have some curious ritual fountains .
Also this terraces in the Inca Times where cultivated to provide food for the locals. We will continue up toward the Rio Blanco for lunch. In the afternoon we enter another Inter Andean valley to the hamlet of Maizal. Where we camp.
Meals:B L D


Early morning trek around the Corihuarachina glacier, important due to some archeological remains such as Inca channels . Then we pass through Minas Victoria , a place that during the colony , silver was extracted from a mine. Continuing the trek to the valley and town of Yanama. At the shadow of the Pumasillo . Then take a delightful and at times precipitous path down to the charming Andean village of Yanama. Here you say good bye to your muleteers and climb aboard the waiting vehicle for the spectacular drive on dirt road over the Totora pass to the town of Santa Teresa and if pools of hot springs.


Short but spectacular train ride, or hike two to three hours along the rail track to the bustling tourist town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and your hotel for the night.



Early in the morning will take the bus up to Machupicchu, leaving the bus take a walk to the IntiPunko (sun gate) to see the sun rise, take pictures. After that we will have a guided visit visiting the most important and amazing places at Machupicchu national Sanctuary 3 hours ,then you will have free time to explore ,take more pictures.
Then we have take the bus back to Aguas Calientes Town to take the train back to Cusco.
Arriving in the evening and then transfer to your hotel. Overnight by your own



  • Transportation to the head of the trail.
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Mule Wanglers and mules for your equipment
  • All the meals during the Trek 
  • One or two emergency saddle horses.
  • Double occupancy tents, Dining tent and latrine tent
  • Tables and stools plus all the plates and silver ware
  • Cook and assistant 
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu
  • Train back from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

You should to bring

  • Landry, liquor, meals while in the city , Tips
  • Acomodation in Aguas calientes and Cusco
  • Sleeping bags
  • Personal equipment and clothing


NOTE: If you want to ride, saddle horses are available for us $ 20 a day.



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