Choquequirao-Machupicchu 6 Days / 5 Nights

Cusco, Marampata,Choquequirao,Santa Rosa,Ollanta,Machupicchu

  • Time 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Tour Type Hike
  • Altitude 3500 m.a.s.l.
  • Place Cusco
  • Difficulty Moderate
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Trip Description

n this unique expedition, you will have the opportunity to enter two of the most recognized and relevant archaeological sites in Peru: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. These ancient cities are of great importance to the Incas and were considered settlements of nobility and priests. During this incredible adventure, you will discover the legends left by the Incas and listen to the stories that the imposing mountains have to share with you. These villages were abandoned before the Spanish conquistadors could exploit their treasures, which marked the beginning of the decline of the Inca empire. Join us on this hike to explore the untouched beauty of these places and walk the last trails of one of the most influential ancient civilizations in the world: the Inca culture. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems, including deep canyons, cloud forests, majestic glaciers and rich biodiversity. Experience history, culture and nature in an exciting adventure and join us for an unforgettable experience!

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Cachora – Capuliyoc – Chiquiska

Start your hike in which you can delight yourself with breathtaking landscapes and enjoy panoramic views of the Apurimac River and the Apurimac Valley. Rest overnight in Marampata.

Day 02: Chiquisqa – La Playa – Santa Rosa – Marampata

In the morning, hike to Marampata and marvel at the amazing views this place offers before reaching the ancient Inca citadel of Choquequirao.

Day 03: Marampata – Choquequirao full day visit – Marampata

After breakfast, you will spend the whole day exploring every corner of the amazing archaeological complex of Choquequirao.

Day 4: Marampata – Santa Rosa – La Playa – Chikiscca – Coca Mazana

Say goodbye to Choquequirao and head to Santa Rosa to enjoy lunch. Then, walk to Chiquisca camp in the afternoon to interact with local families and get some rest.

Day 05: Coca Masana – Capuliyoc – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we head to Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes and stay at our hotel.

Day 06: Machu Picchu and return to Cusco.

In the morning, take a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in Aguas Calientes before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transportation will take you to your accommodation in Cusco.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Departure point Cusco Caserío de Huacawasi  Qelcanca “Patacancha”  Machu Picchu
Arrival point Caserío de Huacawasi  Qelcanca  Machu Picchu Cusco
Activities Transfer from Cuzco to the village of Lares Hike Hike – Arrival to Machu Picchu Visit Machu Picchu and return to Cuzco
Distance / duration 11 Km. / 6 h. 14 Km. / 8 h. 14 km. / 7 h.

Complete Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Cachora – Capuliyoc – Rosalina Beach – Marampata

The Rap Travel team will pick you up early, between 4 and 4:30 in the morning. The trip from Cusco to Capuliyoc takes 4 to 5 hours. Enjoy the mountain views along the way. Upon arrival at the trailhead, you will receive assistance from the team and enjoy breakfast. Today’s hike offers magnificent views of the valley and the Apurimac River. It starts with a 2-hour downhill trek to Coca Mansana for lunch. After lunch, continue for another 2 hours to the first camp, Chikiscca. Chikiscca is an agricultural village with good weather. Enjoy a happy hour with tea and popcorn, dinner and an early rest.

  • Time: 6 Hours Approx. hiking time.
  • Distance:
  • Climate: Temperate, Cold
  • Maximum Altitude: between 2, 920 – 3, 800 masl.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Overnight: Huacawasi
  • Meals: Lunch, DinnerDía 02: Exploración y visita de Choquequira – Marampata

Starting at 5 a.m., the Green Machine team will wake you up in your tent and offer you hot tea in your tent. After breakfast, you will hike downhill for approximately 1.5 hours until you reach La Playa, next to the river. The climate at this point is the warmest of the entire trek. You will cross the Apurimac River and climb for 2 hours to Santa Rose for lunch, although this section is challenging, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the canyon. After a short siesta, you will continue climbing for 2-3 hours until you reach Marampata, where you will enjoy panoramic views of the Andes and possible condor sightings. At night, don’t forget to observe the stars in this privileged place.

  • Time: Approx. 8 hours of trekking.
  • Distance: 14 Km.
  • Weather: Cold
  • Maximum Altitude: 3, 800 masl.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Overnight: Qelcanca
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Santa Rosa – Rosalina Beach – Cocamasana

Today, after an early breakfast, you will not have to pack up, as you will spend another night at the same campsite. During the day, you will be able to explore the impressive ruins of Choquequirao. Before departing, you will be given a packed lunch, which you can enjoy at the citadel. The drive to the ruins will take about 1.5 hours, where your guide will show you around the archaeological site. Choquequirao is the last Inca city and is similar to Machu Picchu. You will walk along with your guide, who will explain the highlights and then you will have free time to explore on your own. This experience is special because Choquequirao is not as well known or as crowded as Machu Picchu. After lunch, you will explore the lower part of Choquequirao, where the most recent agricultural terraces are located. Once you have finished exploring, you will return to camp on a 1.5 hour hike. There, you will enjoy a happy hour and dinner before retiring to rest in your tents.

  • Time: Approx. 7 Hrs. Hike
  • Distance: 14 Km.
  • Climate: Cold – Temperate
  • Maximum Altitude: 3, 800 masl. – 2040 masl
  • Difficulty: Moderate – Low
  • Overnight stay: Aguas Calientes Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Capuliyoq – Cachora – Cusco

Hope you had a good night’s rest, as today will be the longest day of trekking. You will wake up at 6 AM and enjoy a good breakfast. Your hike will start with 2 hours downhill from Marampata to Santa Rosa, followed by another hour to La Playa. Walking poles will be especially useful in this area due to the downhill slope. In the morning, you will climb for 1 hour to Chikiscca for lunch. After a siesta, it will take you only 1 more hour to reach Coca Mazana camp, where you can finally rest, enjoy happy hour and have dinner. The weather will be a bit warmer today, so make sure you have enough water to keep you hydrated.

Day 05: Coca Masana – Capuliyoc – Ollantyatmabo – Aguas Calientes

After an early breakfast, you will hike for 2 hours to the trailhead at Capuliyoc. Enjoy the views of the Apurimac River for the last time. Share lunch with the team before departing by car for 4 hours to Ollantaytambo. Enjoy the last dinner prepared by the trekking chef. Say goodbye to the team and take a train to Aguas Calientes and rest at your hotel with a hot shower and a comfortable bed.

Day 06: Machu Picchu and return to Cusco.

After that, you will take a 2 to 3 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. If you have booked the hike to Huaynapicchu Mountain, you will do it on your own. Otherwise, you will have free time to take pictures and enjoy the magic of this place. Then, you will walk to the exit and take a bus to Aguas Calientes, where you will have lunch on your own. Prepare to board the train at 2:55 p.m. to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Our AE drivers will meet you there and take you on a 2-hour ride to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel. If you have left any items with us, we will return them to you before you arrive at your hotel.

What's included

What’s Included :

  • Transfers In/ Out Hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the beginning of the trekking in our transportation.
  • Professional bilingual guide ( English – Spanish)
  • 03D-03AL- 03S -03C
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Oxygen Balloon.
  • Pack horses and muleteer.
  • Camping equipment “Triple waterproof tents for each 02 people and personal sleeping bags”.
  • Camping equipment for the guides, cook and muleteer.

What NOT Included :

  • Sleeping bag (rentals available at RAP Expeditions)
  • Inflatable air mattresses for comfort: 3 inches / 8 cm thick (rentals available at RAP Expeditions)
  • Trekking poles (rentals available at RAP Expeditions)
  • Last lunch
  • Tips for your crew



  • Original passport
  • CIIU (student discount card), in case you have it.
  • Small backpack
  • Rain poncho
  • Good hiking pants, hiking boots, sun, hat and sunglasses
  • Camera batteries and extra
  • 2 liters of water
  • Extra money
  • Insect repellent
  • Trekking poles
  • Snacks


We can assist you in renting certain equipment such as:

  • Sleeping bag US $ 25.00 for the whole trip
  • Walking poles US $ 15.00 for the entire trip
  • Extra horses to carry your personal equipment US $ 70.00 for 04 days.
  • Supplementary single tent for camping nights US $ 30.00.

What to bring

  • Day pack
  • Copy of your passport
  • Good trekking gear: hiking boots, warm jackets, gloves, hat, fleece lining and socks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / poncho, waterproof pants and gloves
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm clothing: layers for variable temperatures, especially at night
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Reusable plastic/metal water bottle or camelback bags
  • Water for the first four hours of the trek, then we will provide you with drinking water


  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Walking stick
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips.

Artículos De Aseo

  • Crema hidratante facial
  • Desinfectante de manos
  • Toallitas húmedas
  • Cepillo de dientes y pasta de dientes
  • Medicamentos personales
  • Botiquín de primeros auxilios: curitas, etc.

What to put in your backpack

We strongly suggest having a compact hiking backpack of 30 to 40 liters for the day, in which you can carry the following items:

  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: unpredictable
  • Woolen hat
  • Rain gear
  • Wool
  • Snack such as chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dried fruit.
  • Coca leaves
  • Plastic rain poncho
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
  • Water: Bring your own water to the first lunch point, then we will give you cold boiled water every hour during lunch. Don’t forget to bring your water bottles or containers.



Choquequirao Trekking Tour


Minimum 02 people

Private tour summary

  • Pick up at the hotel
  • Transfer to Cusipata for breakfast
  • Drive to Palccoyo
  • Start of the trek
  • Visit to Vinincunca Mountain
  • Visit to the red valley
  • Lunch in Cusipata
  • Return to Cusco

What is included:

  • Informative talk one day before the tour, it is optional, if you do not have time and have extra questions you can communicate with us via WhatsApp.
  • Pick up at the Hotel.
  • Private Tourist Transportation to and from Cusco (Minibuses of 15 or 20 passengers).
  • 01 breakfast and 01 lunch buffet (vegetarian and vegan options at no additional cost).
  • Entrance Tickets (for Cordillera).
  • Professional Bilingual Guide.
  • First aid kit (with Oxygen Balloon).
  • Wooden walking sticks.


Frequently Asked Questions from Travelers

Can I store my luggage in your office?

Of course you can! During the tour, we can store your main luggage for free at our office or at your hotel.

What is the weather like during the trek?

The weather can be very changeable and is difficult to anticipate. Therefore, it is advisable to dress warmly to adapt to different weather conditions, whether it is rainy, cold or hot.

What Happens With Altitude Sickness?

Generally, if you exercise regularly and spend a few days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to adapt adequately. Acclimatization usually takes 24 hours to 2 days.

To counteract altitude sickness, it is recommended to drink WATER, COCONUT MATE and, if necessary, OXYGEN. Our guides are trained to treat the symptoms of altitude sickness. You can get more detailed information about altitude sickness in our FAQ.


If you are satisfied with our services, a tip for our staff is appreciated but not mandatory. It is a common practice in the travel industry and shows your appreciation for exceptional service. The amount of the tip depends on your perception of the quality and length of the trip. Remember that it is not mandatory and should only be given in the case of receiving excellent service.

What does Choquequirao mean?

Choquequirao is an archaeological site located in the Peruvian Andes. Its name in Quechua means “Cradle of Gold”. Choquequirao is considered one of Peru’s archaeological treasures and is known as the “sacred sister” of Machu Picchu due to its similarity in structure and style. This impressive complex features agricultural terraces, temples, plazas and a privileged location in the middle of mountains and valleys, offering spectacular panoramic views.

Is there a cable car in Choquequirao?

The cable car at Choquequirao has not yet been built, so the only way to visit the site is by hiking. The tour usually takes about 4 full days and offers a magnificent experience through the Andean valley.

Is it advisable to do the Choquequirao trek without a tour?

Although it is possible to do the Choquequirao Trek without a tour, it is highly recommended to have the services of a guide or a specialized agency. Hiring a tour will allow you to enjoy the experience in a safer, more enriching and worry-free way.

How far in advance should I book the Choquequirao trek?

It is advisable to book the Choquequirao Trek in advance, especially during the high season from April to October. Booking a few months in advance secures your place on the tour and allows you to plan and prepare adequately. Availability may vary, so it is recommended to book as far in advance as possible to guarantee your participation and have an organized experience.

Do I need travel insurance for the Choquequirao trek?

It is highly recommended to obtain travel insurance for the Choquequirao Trek and other outdoor adventures. It protects you in case of injury, illness, cancellations and lost luggage. Make sure it covers trekking and high altitudes. Provides peace of mind and help in unexpected situations.

What to take for the Choquequirao trek?

For the Choquequirao Trek, it is advisable to bring the following items:

  1. Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack to carry your belongings during the trek.
  2. Appropriate clothing: Lightweight and breathable clothing for walking, including comfortable pants, long and short sleeved shirts, appropriate socks and a warm jacket for the evenings.
  3. Footwear: Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots that provide good grip and support for walking on uneven terrain.
  4. Sleeping bag: A sleeping bag suitable for night temperatures.
  5. Camping equipment: A sturdy tent, sleeping pad and inflatable pillow.
  6. Toiletries: Basic personal hygiene items, including toilet paper, wet wipes and toothbrush.
  7. Sunscreen: High-protection sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
  8. Insect repellent: To protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects.
  9. Water bottle: A reusable water bottle to keep you hydrated during the trek.
  10. Snacks and energy food: Bring snacks and energy food such as granola bars, dried fruits or chocolates to replenish energy during the trek.

Remember that it is important to travel light, carrying only the essentials. It is also advisable to consult with the travel agency or guide for a more detailed list of items needed for the Choquequirao Trek.

How much does it cost to enter the Machupicchu butterfly farm?

This is located near the Machupicchu campsite and is a charming place where you can appreciate a great variety of butterflies in their natural habitat. This wonderful sanctuary is home to hundreds of species of butterflies, providing a unique and educational experience.

Entrance fees to the Machupicchu Butterfly Sanctuary can vary, so I would recommend you to check the updated prices before your visit. Generally, prices range between S/ 10 soles and S/ 15 soles.

Does the entrance fee to the site museum 'Manuel Chávez Ballón' cost?

The Machu Picchu Museum is a must-see for those who wish to deepen their knowledge about the ancient Inca city and its history. This museum exhibits an extensive collection of archaeological artifacts and objects found in the area, providing a fascinating insight into the Inca culture and its relationship with Machu Picchu.

Entrance prices to the Machu Picchu Museum can vary, so I would recommend checking for updated prices before your visit. Generally, prices range around 22 soles for adult tourists and 11 soles for Peruvian tourists (free with the Machu Picchu entrance ticket).

What to see in the citadel of Machupicchu?

At Machu Picchu Citadel, you will find a variety of fascinating places to explore. Some of the sites you should visit in the citadel are:

  1. Intihuatana: Admire this carved stone structure, considered a sundial and a point of connection with the stars in Inca culture.
  2. Temple of the Sun: Explore this temple dedicated to solar worship, which features impressive architecture and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
  3. Temple of the Three Windows: Observe the three trapezoidal windows that characterize this temple and marvel at the precision of Inca construction.
  4. Main Temple: Tour the main temple, which is one of the central points of the citadel and shows the architectural and ceremonial skill of the Incas.
  5. Intipunku (Sun Gate): If you access Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail, you will arrive at this emblematic gate that offers an impressive view of the citadel.
  6. Main Plaza: Enjoy the central space of the citadel, surrounded by important structures and with a privileged view of the surroundings.
  7. Residential Zone: Explore the residential areas of Machu Picchu, which include dwellings, fountains and agricultural terraces.

What does Machupicchu mean?

Machu Picchu, which in Quechua means “old mountain,” is an ancient Inca citadel located high in the Peruvian Andes. It is considered one of the archaeological wonders of the world and is renowned for its impressive architecture and beautiful natural surroundings.

How much does it cost to enter the Machupicchu hot springs?

These baths are a popular attraction for visitors who wish to relax and enjoy the hot springs after their visit to Machu Picchu. Prices to enter the Aguas Calientes hot springs can vary, but generally range from 10 to 20 Peruvian soles per person.


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