8 Days
Duration
Peru
Location
6/10
Physicality
TreXperience Peru
Operator
$1,720
base price per person

Explore the best of Cusco City and Machu Picchu

The ancient City of Choquequirao “Cradle of Gold” was built by the Incas in an impossible mountaintop, overlooking the beautiful landscapes of the Peruvian Andes.

This trek navigates the region’s lush cloud forests and snowcapped mountains. During the 5-day trek, you may see less than a dozen trekkers every day making this place a unique, quiet retreat and will very soon become Peru’s hottest destination.

Explore the best of Cusco City and surroundings to later start a Magic expedition to the 2 most famous Lost Cities of the Incas.

Trip Highlights

  • Free airport Pick up and drop off
  • Travel Assistance 24/7 for any questions or recommendations
  • Live history shows: our new way to teach you Inca history full of Fun Spiritual ceremonies performed by our Andean healers
  • Cooking lessons and PACHAMANCA demonstration
  • Enjoy our hot showers after a long day of hike
  • Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides
  • Meet our multicultural team including women Porters and Chefs
  • We promote gender equality and Women´s empowerment
  • 2% of  the price you pay goes to support our Social Projects

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cusco: City Tour & San Pedro Market

Upon arrival at the airport of Cusco, you will be welcomed by a Trexperience representative who will drive you to your hotel. We will explore the amazing and historical city of Cusco, which was the capital of the great Inca Empire and is surrounded by the beautiful Andes Mountains. In the afternoon you will begin your trip by visiting the Plaza de Armas. We will continue our trip by exploring the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries. Just a few blocks away you will visit the famous 12 angle stone and Loreto Street. Nearby you will visit the Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun in the Incans’ time, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold.  As you return to the lower part of the city, you will stop off at the San Pedro Market, where you will be delighted by the variety of unique and traditional local products and discover new aromas and tastes.
Duration: Half day
Meals: Breakfast at Hotel
Accommodation: Hotel***

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Day 2: Sacred Valley: Cotahuasi Zoo, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray

Today you will experience a guided excursion to the enigmatic Sacred Valley of the Incas. While driving you to Pisaq, we’ll pass through the animal sanctuary of Cotahuasi where we’ll see pumas, condors, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. It’s then another 30 minutes’ drive to Pisaq, where we visit the archaeological site and the local market.  After visiting the handicraft market, we will continue our journey passing the Sacred Valley until we arrive at Ollantaytambo – “The Last Living Inca Town,” an old Incan fortified village where we will observe some of the best examples of Inca architecture in the region. While returning, we will go to the unique archaeological site of Moray, where we will learn about the ancient Inca farming technology. We will then return you to your hotel in Cusco.
Duration: Full day
Meals: Breakfast at Hotel
Accommodation: Hotel***

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Day 3: Cusco – Cachora - Capuliyoc – La Playa

We will depart from Cusco between 4:30cam-5:00 am. We’ll drive across the Andes towards Capuliyoc, arriving at approximately 8:30 am. In this place, we will enjoy the first breakfast and start our Trexperience to one of the legendary lost city of the Incas: Choquequirao.  It’s a 4-hour trek downhill from Capuliyoc (2.911 m /9.550 ft) to our lunch place at Chiquiska (1.893 m / 6.210 ft). Along the way, we will get the first views of the Apurimac canyon, one of the deepest ones in Peru. It offers us spectacular panoramas with different landscapes from the highlands of Peru to the dense vegetation of the clouds forest.
 After lunch, we will continue our journey for 2 more hours down to Playa Rosalina (1.478 m – 4.849 ft) Here we will camp for the night.
Distance: 10.8 km / 6.7 miles
Approximate Hiking Time: 6 hours
Highest Elevation Crossed: 2.911 m / 9.550 ft
Camp Elevation: 1.478m / 4.849 ft
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Difficulty: Moderate

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Day 4: La Playa – Marampata – Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will get ready for one of the most challenging but rewarding days on this Trexperience! First, we will cross a suspension bridge and take a 4-hour trek uphill to Marampata (2911 m / 9.550 ft.). Passing through sugar cane farms, we’ll see where the locals produce “Cañazo”, a local alcoholic drink that has been produced for centuries. We will stop for lunch at a beautiful spot with amazing views of the mountains and the river. After lunch, we will start ascending for another 2-hour trek uphill to Choquequirao (3.030m / 9.940 ft). A spectacular place perched in the Peruvian Andes, this was one of the last Incan cities built. It might have been one of the entrance checkpoints to Vilcabamba, the last capital city of the Incas.
cOur campsite today is right next to this archaeological site, allowing us to walk to this mysterious place back and forth whenever we want!
Distance: 10.6 km / 6.5 miles
Approximate Hiking Time: 8 hours
Highest Elevation Crossed: 2.911 m / 9.550 ft
Camp Elevation: 2.866 m / 9.401 ft
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Difficulty: Moderate

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Day 5: Explore Choquequirao Ruins

We will wake you up early in the morning with a nice cup of coca tea or coffee to witness the amazing sunrise in the mountains. After breakfast, we have the entire day to explore this magnificent archaeological site.
Your tour guide will take you to the most beautiful spots, explaining the history of this place and the Incas. You’ll learn that Choquequirao is considered the twin sister of Machu Picchu and is almost twice the size. We will return to the same campsite for dinner and spend the night.
Distance: 8 km/ 4.9 miles
Approximate Hiking Time: 4 hours
Highest Elevation Crossed: 3.066 m / 10.059 ft
Camp elevation: 2.073 m / 6.801 ft
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Difficulty: Easy

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Day 6: Choquequirao – Marampata – La Playa – Chikiska

We will wake up for the second time is this magical place. After breakfast, it will be a 3-hour downhill to Santa Rosa (2.230 m – 7.300 ft), our lunch spot. After lunch, we continue for 2 more hours downhill and 2 hours uphill until we arrive in our campsite at Chiquiska (1.800 m / 5.905 ft). This is a perfect day to enjoy the surrounding landscape with hundreds of different flowers, birds, and waterfalls in the distance.
Distance: 8 km /11.32 miles
Approximate Hiking Time: 8 hours
Highest Elevation Crossed: 3,100m/9,300 ft
Camp Elevation: 1,450m/4,350 ft
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Difficulty: Moderate

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Day 7: Chikiska – Capuliyoc – Cusco

On our final day on the mountains, we will get up, have breakfast, and prepare for our last 4-hour trek uphill to Capuliyoc where we will have lunch and say goodbye to all the team that accompanied us to this expedition.  Afterward, we will take our private transportation to the archaeological site of Saywite: a great mysterious rock. You’ll have plenty of time to explore it before drop off at your hotel in Cusco around 5 pm.
Distance: 8 km / 11.32 miles
Approximate Hiking Time: 5 hours
Highest Elevation Crossed: 2.85 0m / 9.407 ft
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: Hotel***
Difficulty: Moderate

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Day 8:Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will pick you up from your hotel around 4:00 am depending on your train schedule and go towards Ollantaytambo in our private van where we will board on the train towards Aguas Calientes, the city in the lower part of Machu Picchu. The train ride takes 1:30 hours. When we arrive we will take some time to explore the City. It’s another 30 minutes bus ride up to Machu Picchu. You will have 2 to 3 hours guided tour with your English speaking guide showing you the best of this legendary lost city build between heaven and earth surrounded by magnificent mountains. Then, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. When you are done exploring, you will catch the bus back to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). After, you will take the train and bus back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Duration: Full day
Meals: Breakfast, lunch at Machu Picchu
Accommodation: Hotel***

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Day 9: Departure Day Cusco

After having breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport according to your departure flight time. Meals: Breakfast 

Trip Dates This trip is available all year round Best time to visit Machu Picchu is from April to October
Arrival/Departure Location Cusco, Peru
Included Airport pick up and drop off 3 Nights in Hotel***
Pre-departure briefing the night before at 6.30pm
Pick up from your hotel for every tour
Entrance fee to all places we visit
All transportation from the beginning to the end
Personal porter for your personal belongings up to 7kgs
Porters to carry food and equipment
Chef to prepare all meals
Horse, horsemen and emergency horse
Professional English speaking tour guides
Second guide for groups of 8+
All meals included in our tours
4 man tents for every 2 people
Sleeping pad
Entrance ticket to all places we visit
Medical kit in all our tours (AED, Pulse Oximeter, Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff)
Drinkable water
Hot water for washing
Hand towels
Sheets
Pilows
Rain Ponchos
Expedition Train Round trip
Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
All Taxes included
Not Included Trekking poles (pair): $15 to rent
Sleeping bag: $20 to rent
Inflatable air mattress: $15 to rent
Tips for our staff: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip as you wish
Huayna Picchu -tickets cost an additional $75 per person
Machu Picchu Mountain – tickets cost an additional $75 per person
Vistadome train – to upgrade to this train costs an additional $55 per person

All hikers need a warm sleeping bag for camping during the trek. We recommend a sleeping bag that keeps you warm during temperatures as low as -10C. Air mattresses and trekking poles are optional but recommended. If you don’t want to bring all these bulky items from home, you can rent them from us.

Packing List

Absolute Essentials:

  • Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)
  • Valid, Student Card (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given to you on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Hiking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
  • A good quality daypack (light, small and comfortable)
  • Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)

For your backpacks:

Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your personal backpack. Remember you will be carrying this with you every day of the trek so we recommend you bring a good quality daypack which is both light and comfortable. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger backpacks cannot be taken into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.

  • Hat and sunglasses Rain gear
  • Warm layers (fleece / long sleeved tops)
  • Sun cream, bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Band-aids, moleskin
  • Camera, extra batteries
  • Head Torch
  • Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

Additional items for your duffel bags:

Trexperience will provide you with a duffel bag in which you can pack any items that you won’t need to keep with you during the day. Our porters will carry this bag for you throughout the trek. Please note this bag should weigh a maximum of 7 kg including the weight of your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring/rent one). When rented from us these two items weigh approximately 3.5 kg. During the Inca Trek you will travel through different temperatures as you climb/descend, it can also be cold at night when at the campsite. Therefore layers work best!

  • Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • 2-3 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts are best)
  • 1-2 hiking pants/trousers
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights
  • Quick dry towel
  • Soap
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Face moisturizer
  • Power bank/battery charger
  • Plastic bags to keep wet or muddy clothes separate

About TreXperience Peru

TreXperience Peru is a 100% local tour operator that aims to maximize the positive effects of tourism on local communities and the environment. They do this by hiring local staff (including porters, chefs, guides, suppliers) and involving them in a sustainable business model that benefits everyone. Additionally, they organize activities that support the development of local communities and promote environmental conservation. These include cultural exchanges, volunteering, direct donations, and clean-up campaigns. Their go by the “leave no trace” philosophy in every single place that they visit and encourage each and every one of their staff, guides, and guests to follow these principles in order to preserve all those magical places in Peru.

Why TOV loves TreXperience Peru

Better Treatment to their Porters: TreXperience Peru understands that in order to ensure 100% guest satisfaction, it is essential for them to take a good care of their workers, who will, in turn, take good care of the customers. During your hike, they will provide you with the best tour guides and chefs, but it is the porters who are more often forgotten. Porters are the backbone of their business and for so many years they have been fighting for better treatment and working conditions.

”This is a personal battle says the founder of Trexperience Peru –  I started out as a porter and my father was a porter before me. Working as a porter on the Inca Trail helped me to study, travel around the world, and start my own company. Therefore, Trexperience Peru pledges a number of commitments to our porters:

  • To provide a homestay in Cusco for those porters that travel from far away, leaving their families behind, to earn some extra income.
  • To provide all meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the least we can do given their tireless work and contribution to our company.
  • To provide all porters with proper, high-quality equipment including warm jackets, t-shirts, hiking boots, pants, back support, comfortable backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and this year we started to provide a basic insurance to cover against accidents.
  • We always make an effort to work with the poorest communities in which individuals have the greatest need for a job or extra income. These include Lares, Ocongate, and Paucartambo. These are farming communities and the opportunity to work as a porter allows families to offer a better future for their children by putting them through education.”

Environmental Commitment and Projects: They are extremely proud to work with local communities and to help protect the environment; they love the places they visit and are dedicated to preserving them.

To ensure this, Trexperience has partnered with other companies to build a greenhouse in the community of Parompampa; located 2 hours from Cusco. They are growing vegetables and native trees and they encourage you to come and visit us!

Some of the vegetables they grow in their greenhouse are: spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, beets , carrots, chives, and mint They then invite members from local villages to take one of each and plant them back in their communities. They also provide them with some basic farming training to ensure it is a successful and sustainable program.

Native trees such as Tara, Queuña, Molle, Chachacoma, Aguaymanto, and Retama: When you plant a new tree, you create new life. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the environment, attract native birds and help to maintain a clean water supply. They are working extremely hard to grow new trees that will later be donated to local communities. They also organize a group of volunteers to go and plant them.

Safety and Security: Safety and security is their absolute top priority. They have an excellent record in terms of safety throughout the operation of all their treks. Their team of professional guides has undertaken training with the AHA (American Heart Association) as well as NOLS Wilderness medicine.

Guides carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems and oxygen with them at all times. They are very experienced in dealing with common issues associated with the altitude or the environment and know how to make you feel better. In the extremely rare case that something unexpected happens and you no longer feel you can complete the trek, your guide will figure out the safest and quickest way to get you to the nearest clinic.

You will never be left alone and you will have a member of the team to escort you every step of the way until you are safe with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, they will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group, traveling comfortably by train.

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