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    Visitors to Peru should be in good physical shape and feel comfortable walking, for long periods of time. Daily activities include City tours around sites such as historic ruins; visits from buses that may last up until nightfall when they’ll stop at either an outdoor market town before continuing on foot back home again (or vice versa) – Tour Leaders Peru

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    Choquequirao Trail tours demand a lot of physical activity and adequate preparation and very good physical condition are required.

    These tours are usually hikes that go from 4 days to 8 days, where you walk every day for between 6 and 7 hours which is done for more than 3.300 meters and likewise descends hundreds of meters by very steep steps.

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  • The Choquequirao Trek is an incredible 5-day journey that takes you through some of the most beautiful and untouched terrains in the Cusco region. It’s the perfect alternative to the Inca Trail for those looking for something a little different.
  • High in the Apurimac Valley, surrounded by the Vilcabamba mountain range’s picturesque landscape, lays an area of utter isolation engulfed in the cloud forest.
  • The Choquequirao trek is an infrequently-traveled and therefore isolated path that has been nicknamed the “Twin Sister of Machu Picchu”. Furthermore, the Choquequirao ruins are thought to be the legendary last metropolis of the Incas and are greater in size than Machu Picchu.
  • Take a 5-day trek to the gorgeous Incan city of Choquequirao and enjoy flights with condors while surrounded by stunning views. Hike down into the depths of Apurimac Canyon and explore ancient ruins.


      Choquequirao Trek Peru: The Second Machu Picchu 5D/4N is a hidden archaeological gem is considered the second Machupicchu because of its strong similarity to the famous citadel. Just like Machupicchu, the Spaniards never discovered Choquequirao. You will find a different type of rock architecture used by the Incas that has managed to stay upright all these years. Along the way, you’ll discover the only blueprint stone left by the Incas in ALL of Peru. This trek is one of the newest routes in the region and is recommended for people with good physical condition.

      Don’t worry about altitude sickness because the highest peak is at 3000m/9,842ft, which is lower than Cusco city. Also, tropical weather helps decrease symptoms. You’ll be able to see gorgeous flora and fauna while on the trek and have the chance to see Peru’s mythical condor. This site has not been fully explored by the National Culture Institute of Peru. Archaeologists are still currently working on this location. You will have personalized service at your hands for the whole trek. Be one of the first adventurers to explore this trail before it becomes famous!


      Day 1: Training Day: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca​

      Pick-up from your hotel is at 5:00 am. You’ll go on a 5-hour drive in our private transportation until we reach the first stop of the famous and impressive stone of Saywite. This stone is a remnant of an Inca blueprint of an unknown location. We will have a brief stop here so you can have breakfast and take pictures. We’ll continue our ride until we reach Cachora**. We make a brief stop in this village to pick up our horsemen for the tour and then set off towards Capuliyoc. Here you’ll have lunch and commence your downhill hike until you reach Chiquisca campsite where you will sleep overnight.

      • Minimum Altitude: 6102ft / 1860m
      • Maximum Altitude: 9514ft / 2900m
      • Distance Traveled: 4.97mi / 8km
      • Walking Time: 5 hrs

      **Cachora village is the first town and point of entry to Choquequirao with a population of approximately 5,000 people. Tour Leaders Peru Adventure works with this population by giving employment to people of this village and involving them in the tourism sector. People from Cachora hold jobs such as horsemen, assistant chefs, horse rental, and much more. In this manner, we support our local economy and social work.

      On the following day, between 5 am to 5:30 am your tour leader will pick you up from your respective hotel. You will go on a 3-hour drive towards Kilometer 82. A hearty breakfast will be served to you right before KM 82 checkpoint and any last-minute snacks can be purchased during this stop as well. Here you will have the chance to repack any personal belongings and then head to the checkpoint for the classic Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

      Hiking Miles

      You will begin this trail hiking a gentle up and down path until you reach the first Inca remain called Llactapata. Your tour leader will give you information about this site and also begin their guiding introduction about the Incas and the many remnants left.

      You will continue to hike for two hours and stop for your gourmet-style lunch. If there is extra time on our hands we can stop for a short nap, if not, we can continue our 3-hour hike towards the Yuncaypata campsite. A happy hour of hot drinks and popcorn awaits you here followed by dinner. Afterward, we recommend you get a good night’s rest because the following day is the most challenging day of all.


      • Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
      • Maximum Altitude: 3,300m/10,826ft
      • Minimum Altitude: 2,700m/8,852ft
      • Distance Travelled: 14 Km/8.5 miles
      • Walking Time: approximately 8 hours


      Day 2: Challenging Day: Chiquisca- Marampata -Choquequirao

      We will wake you up nicely with hot coca tea before you begin your steep uphill hike. This is the steepest hike and also the toughest day of the 5-day trip. Halfway through the trek, you’ll have a brief rest and snack stop. You’ll resume your hike until you reach the small community of Marampata where you’ll enjoy lunch. After 3 more hours of walking, you’ll reach Choquequirao. You will have dinner and enjoy a good night’s rest.

      • Minimum Altitude: 6023ft / 1836m
      • Maximum Altitude: 9679ft /2950m
      • Distance Travelled: 8.7mi/14km
      • Walking Time: 6 hrs


      Day 3: Full-Day Choquequirao

      On this day you will have the opportunity to visit the entire archaeological citadel of Choquequirao. After an early breakfast, you will head towards Choquequirao and begin your guided tour.

      Your tour leader will explore with you and guide you to the most recent excavations and findings in the last years. After your lunch, you’ll have the chance to see Peruvian Condors flying amongst the mountains. You’ll return back to your campsite where you’ll have dinner and enjoy a good night’s rest.

      Hiking Details: Explore Choquequirao full-day tour

      • Minimum Altitude: 9514ft / 2900m
      • Maximum Altitude: 9843ft / 3000m
      • Distance Travelled: 3mi / 5km
      • Walking Time: 6 hrs


      Day 4: Journey Back Home: Choquequirao- Chiquisca​

      After breakfast, you will head back on the same route you took to arrive in Choquequirao. Your tour leader will organize your lunch stop. You’ll continue hiking downhill until you reach the Apurimac River and appreciate views of the Apurimac canyon.

      Afterward, you’ll continue walking uphill until you reach the campsite of Chiquisca. You will have dinner and sleep here overnight.

      • Minimum Altitude: 6023ft / 1836m
      • Maximum Altitude: 9679ft /2950m
      • Distance Travelled: 8.7mi/14km
      • Walking Time: 6 hrs


      Day 5: Chiquisca- Capuliyoc -Cusco​

      On this last day, you’ll begin your trek very early to avoid the hot weather. You’ll reach the Capuliyoc viewpoint where you will have lunch and end your hike.

      Transportation will be waiting for you here to take you back to Cusco. You will be dropped off at your respective hotels.


      How Many Days Do You Need in Order to Hike In Peru

      The Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular combined routes. Each route varies in length from one to fourteen days, depending on the demand and availability of lodging along the way. All four journeys are one-way trips. You will generally travel back to Cusco using a combination of public and private transportation, depending on which tour company you use to make your trip reservations.

      The One-Day Inca Trail Hike (1-day trek)

      You can see Machu Picchu in one day if you’re short on time (but be prepared to wake up early!). You’ll take the train from Cusco to Kilometer 104, which is a location on the trail. Then, you’ll hike around 15 kilometers (9 miles) through the Sun Gate until you reach the Machu Picchu sanctuary. This option is great if you want to view Machu Picchu and experience a small section of the Inca Trail trek all at once.

      The Lares Trek (3-day trek)

      The Lares Trek, also known as the cultural alternative to the Inca Trail, is a three-day journey into the historical weaver communities on the eastern slopes of Machu Picchu. But don’t expect it to be a trip to the museum.

      To glimpse into time-honored villages, you must earn access by obtaining passes that soar to over 15,000 feet and zigzag across Pumahuanca’s peak. On day four of your Lares trek, you may add another stop at Machu Picchu ruins.

      Vilcabamba Traverse Route (1 – 2 week trek)

      The trek to Machu Picchu is not for the faint of heart. At 65 kilometers long, this is regarded as one of the most difficult ways to see Machu Picchu. The route starts in Cachora and winds a mile-deep canyon to Choquequirao, or “Cradle of Gold.” The Vilcabamba Trail follows the same route that Hiram Bingham took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911, albeit via more isolated towns.

      The Salkantay Route (1 – 2 week trek)

      The Salkantay Trek is the only Inca Trail option that lets you sleep in a comfy bed and take a hot shower at the end of every day’s hike! Though it still requires reasonably fit participants, The Lodge Trek runs along the Salkantay Trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range but permits nightly rest at fully serviced lodges placed along the route. Machu Picchu is reached by following the trail to an elevation of 15,000 feet.

      The Classic Inca Trail Route (3 – 5 day trek)

      The Classic Inca Trail Hike is the most popular trek of the four alternatives described in this piece. It begins at kilometer 82 along the route, at the village of Piscacucho. The first day is a moderate hike through the Andean foothills, crossing the Urubamba River and arriving at your campsite in Huayllabamba. On the second day, you’ll ascend what’s known as “Dead Woman’s Pass,” which is the highest point of the Inca Trail Elevation at 4200 meters (13,776 feet). After that, it’s all downhill to the Pacaymayo River campsite.


      You can expect an amazing experience full of culture and natural beauty.

      The Choquequirao Trail is a great alternative to the more popular Inca Trail since it’s less crowded.

      You will get to see some amazing scenery and learn about the local culture and traditions.

      Choquequirao Hike is perfect for those who want to avoid crowds but still want to see Inca Ruins like Machu Picchu.

      Preparing for the Choquequirao Trek Peru

      You should start preparing for this Trek a few months in advance.

      You will need to train for the hike and be in good physical shape.
      You should also pack light and bring all the necessary gear.
      The Lares Trek is a great way to see Machu Picchu and avoid crowds. With a little preparation, you can have an amazing experience.

      Cusco City

      Cusco is located at a high altitude of 11,200 feet. The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are lower, at 9,200 and 8,000 feet respectively.


      The Hike Adventure includes a stay in wonderful accommodations that have been chosen for their excellent quality, location, and personality. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!

      Our Private Team

      Throughout the Hike, you will be accompanied by a top private Tour Leader. You will also meet local experts as detailed in the itinerary.


      We have all of the transportation you need in Peru taken care of, as specified by your itinerary. If you want to go see something that’s not already on the agenda while you’re here, just let your private guide know. They will be more than happy to help recommend some options for getting there.


      With our private hiking tours, you get to design your dream trip – pick your departure date and we’ll do the rest. These specially crafted itineraries include guided excursions, cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, and luxurious accommodations so that you can make the most of your time abroad visit our Luxury Site Blissful Travel Escapes.

      If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, look no further than our Peru luxury tour packages. From Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley, our expert guides will show you the best that Peru has to offer. Contact us today to start planning your dream vacation!


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      Please click the “Learn More” button below for information about our new health and safety protocols—including what will be required of you and what you can expect from us on your trip. Please review these new protocols before your departure so you understand our policies. This includes information about personal health and hygiene and new measures we have put in place for physical distancing, face coverings, cleaning, and more.



      100% GUARANTEED

      • 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru. We never share you with other tour operators.
      • Pick up from Airport and Hotels
      • Top-of-the-line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only Two people
      • 6 kg per person, other companies offer you only 5 kg
      • Entrance Tickets
      • Best Tour Guides, We know Communication is very important on your trip.
      • Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
      • Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machu Picchu.
      • Private transportation
      • It perfect Tour For Sky Gazing Photographers
      • Emergency Horse
      • First Aid Kit
      • and More

      PRICE PP 699,00 - 8+GUESTS

      Price Group Service

      Our tours are personalized and customized for you. Our Tour Leaders have years of experience guiding tourists with different hiking abilities. You can expect a wonderful time with Tour Leaders in Peru!

      From: $ 740,00 per person Grou Service

      2 people minimum

      Private Service From $880

      Note: An initial deposit of 5%0.00 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit to buy entrance fees to Choquequirao, and for your return transportation. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your trek. Please see our Terms and Conditions.


      • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
      • Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
      • Private transportation (Start of our trek).
      • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
      • Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
      • Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Machu Picchu Sanctuary, (Request for Huayna Picchu your Entrance ticket)
      • Inca Trail Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
      • Drinkable boiled water for your container (We start filling from the second Days Morning)
      • 7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
      • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
      • 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
      • Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
      • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
      • 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
      • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
      • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
      • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
      • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
      • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
      • Bus Ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
      • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
      • Private Bus to Cusco From The Train Station


      Not Included

      • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC) (For rent in Our Office)
      • Hiking Poles (For rent in Our Office)
      • Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and Porters at your discretion.
      • Flight Ticket to Cusco (Contact Us)
      • Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation Contact US )
      • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)


      This is basic information about the Clothing packing list REI and all the information Here in this linK Comple Packing List to Peru


      1st Layer:

      • Underwear
      • Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
      • Thermal form-fitting pants

      2nd Layer:

      • Polar Fleece
      • Trekking pants
      • Thick socks

      3rd Layer:

      • Waterproof Jacket
      • Waterproof pants (optional)
      • Insulated Jacket
      • Scarf
      • Cold weather Hat
      • Gloves
      • Buff/ handkerchief
      • Sun hat


      • Backpack 20-30 L
      • Waterproof cover for backpack
      • Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
      • Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
      • Camping pillow
      • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
      • Sturdy water bottle
      • Trekking poles
      • Headlamp
      • Plastic bags for wet items
      • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
      • Swimsuit/ towel
      • Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
      • Sunscreen lip protector
      • Sunglasses
      • Insect repellent


      • Personal Medications
      • Motion sickness tablets for the van ride
      • Camera/ Extra battery
      • Personal snacks
      • Hand warmers (optional)
      • Leisure book for evenings
      • Cash and small coins


      Items For Rent

      • Single Tent $60 (if you wish to sleep alone)
      • Sleeping Bag $30 per person (minus -3 degrees Celsius)
      • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
      • Professional REI Walking Poles or other reputable Brand $20 per pair Hold Trip.
      • Backpacks $40 Hold Trip
      • Head Lamp $10
      • Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50) Per Day

      Read our Important information the booking process and confirmation

      General Information Trekking with Tour Leaders Peru

      The times Mentioned in this itinerary are approximations. Walking times depend on the group, and the Tour Leaders may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.

      Specific Information About the Trekking

      The Inca Trail is not open in February
      Campsites or itineraries are subject to change, depending on the time of booking and availability of campsites. The Ministry of Culture, the government institution responsible for operating the Inca Trail, allocates campsites to authorized trekking companies on a first-come, first-served basis, so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.

      How To Book Your Tours

      A scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking an Inca Trail hike. This is due to government regulations that require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands.

      If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking! If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.

      You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.

      If you booked an Inca Trail hike at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you. If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.

      Extras & Upgrades For Hiking

      Huayna Picchu

      If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.

      This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and vice versa Full service (Tourist Class), or equivalent Inca Rail service, followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

      Prices are based on two people sharing a room and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the Peru Tours. If you’re traveling alone, prices are available upon request but additional fees will apply. For groups larger than 8, please contact us as special pricing may be available for Family and Friend groups.

      Depending on the date, international and local holidays as well as festivals may result in a surcharge. All prices are subject to change and will be quoted in U.S. dollars. For more information, please consult the terms and conditions for this trip.”


      This Hiking Tour is available year-round. Please note the Inca Trail is closed in February.


        If you’re looking for a new adventure, our hiking tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are perfect for you! With restrictions in place due to max capacity, now is the time to book your trip.

        Our experienced guides will take you on an amazing journey through some of the most stunning landscapes in Peru. So don’t miss your chance to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Thanks for choosing Machu Picchu tours with Tour Leaders Peru


        The Choquequirao trek is a 58km return hike to the Choquequirao Ruins in Peru’s Sacred Valley near Cusco. It can be done as its own individual trek or combined with hiking to Machu Picchu, and it can be completed independently.


        Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain 4 days are considered the crown jewel of the Andes. This isn’t a trek for all, but those who want to get off the beaten path will find this an experience of a lifetime. 


        Hikers ascend two mountain passes over 13,000 feet Dead Woman Pass (3,962 meters) and then drop down to where Machu Picchu sits at 7,982 feet (2,430 meters). There are other route options.


        Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
        Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft
        Good for Hikers
        Difficulty: Quite Challenging
        Inca Trail: Permit Require
        Best Alternative Trail in Peru