Choquequirao + Salkantay + Inca Trail 12 Days
Choquequirao ruins, remote Yanama, hiking alongside the magnificent apu Salkantay, the varied and amazing ruins along the Inca Trail, arriving at the Sun Gate over Machu Picchu. This trek combines the best of all treks – stunning high mountain trekking and also the ruins of the Classic or Traditional Inca Trail.
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Choquequirao + Salkantay + Inca Trail 12 Days
Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca (L)(D)
We depart Cusco at early in a private car for a 4 hour drive to the charming village of Cachora, situated on the edge of the Apurimac canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks. After lunch, it is a 2 hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915 metres/ 9561 feet) 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. Our total hiking time today is about five hours. Accommodation: Camping at Chiccisqa 1950 m. 16 km descending 1200m in altitude - Cachora to chiquisca.
Day 2: Chiquisca - Choquequirao (B)(L)(D)
Departing early, we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1550 metres/ 5084 feet) before beginning our climb to Santa Rosa and then onto Maranpata where we will have lunch. The climb from the river takes about 4 hours and is tough. From our lunch spot we can see the ruins of Choquequirao, from here we have two hours more hike to the ruins. (3110 metres/ 10120 feet) We will spend the late evening in the ruins, where we will watch the sunset and have the chance to see condors. Accommodation: Camping at Choquequirao campsite 3033 m.a.s.l ( 13 km ascending 1600 m in altitude - Chiquisca to Choquequirao).
Day 3: Choquequirao to Rio Blanco (B)(L)(D)
We have a chance to more fully explore the ruins and have a little rest in the morning. In the afternoon we will climbing over a ridge hike to the ruins Pinchinuyoc, where we will camp the night. This is definately the easiest day of the trip! Accommodation: Camping at Pinchinuyoc about 3000m/ or depending on the group at Rio Blanco, a further 1.5 to 2 hours descent. 10 km descending 1450 m in altitude – Choquequirao to Rio Blanco
Day 4: Rio Blanco to Maizal (B)(L)(D)
After 2 hours of walking, we will arrive at the canyon of the Rio Blanco (1990 metres/6527 feet) where will have a rest before starting a difficult climb to our campsite of Maizal. The climb is 3- 4 hours. Accommodation: Camping at Maizal 3000m 8km ascend 2000 m in altitude – Rio Blanco to Mina Victoria
Day 5 : Maizal to Yanama (B)(L)(D)
We depart at 7am, and walk uphill for about 3 hours through semi-jungle, to the Victoria Mines. We visit the ancient mines and some Inca Ruins before climbing an hour more to the pass of Abra Victoria. (4130 metres/ 13 546 feet). The newly discovered Coryhuayrachina ruins are between Yanama and Maizal and we do follow well constructed inca steps at an area that we call Mina Victoria (we started calling it this because that's what the muleeteers called it). There are spectacular views from the pass as we descend to the charming village of Yanama. (about 2 hours walk). Accommodation: Camping at Yanama 4100m. 12km 500m descend and ascend 600m in altitude - Mina victoria to Yanama
Day 7: Colpapampa to Ichupata (B)(L)(D)
A day of botany and glaciers. Today´s hike is mostly up, as we will climb from Totora or Colpampa, upwards, to the Salkantay pass (4600m). You will clearly note the changing scenery as you pass through different varieties of plants typical of the high jungle - known in Spanish as the eyebrow of the jungle. You finally arrive at the pass after 5 hours of hiking. This is the second highest point of the trip. (4,600 metres/13451) All day you will have been going “against the flow” as this is a popular trekking route, but in reverse. So expect to meet a lot of people along the trail during this day. From the pass you will descend about 2 hours to Salkantaypampa (4100m) where the group may camp, depending on how well you have progressed during the day. You might continue onwards to Ichupata. 18km 1700m ascend, and descend 500m Colpapampa to Ichupata
Day 8: Ichupata – Pampacahuana (B)(L)(D)
Alter a cold night, we continue our hike to start the 3-4-hour steep climb towards the Incachiriasca pass (4850m/15908ft), the equal highest of the entire route, offering impressive views of the Salkantay snow peak. After a celebratory rest on the pass we will then descend towards our lunch spot at Sisaypampa, a flat area from which one can observe the Salkantay´s neighboring valleys (it is possible that you will see condors in this area). After lunch we continue towards the Pampacahuana community, located next to an original Inca canal, where we set our second camp and spend the night.
Day 9: Pampacahuana – Ayapata (B)(L)(D)
In the morning you will see that the valley begins to narrow and the river becomes a canal. The Incas frequently cut canals through valleys to increase the agricultural land. From Pampachuana it's a 3 hours hike down the narrow, steep valley to the Inca fortress of Inkaracay (also known as Paucarcancha). This is a site well worth exploring and little known to the vast majority of visitors to Peru. It's about another ½ to 1 hours walk down to the small village of Wayllabamba which is the point that we join the Traditional (or Classic) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. As mules are not allowed on the Traditional Inca Trail, at this point we say goodbye to our mules and muleteers and welcome our porters who will accompany us for the next few days In the afternoon, we leave Wayllabamba behind to start our way up the Warmihuañusca mountain pass (Dead Woman’s pass) through an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. We only climb part way up the pass, stopping at Ayapata, where we camp and spend the night. (also known as Yuncachimpa)
Day 10: Ayapata to Chaquicocha (B)(L)(D)
Today we continue our trek up to the highest point in the Inca Trail (but not on this trek), reaching the mountain pass of Abra Warmihuañusca (4200m/13776ft) after about 2 hours. Immediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), from which we then continue to climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft), stopping halfway to visit the very impressive archaeological complex Runkurakay. This site, located at 3800m/12464ft, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction. Only 20 minutes away is Chaquicocha – 3400m (dry lake in Quechua), where we will camp
Day 11: Chaquicocha to Wiñaywayna (B)(L)(D)
An excellent day to trek through the cloud forest on the original Incan paved stone way. We’ll visit Phuyupatamarka ruins observing many flowers and a variety of birds such as Hummingbirds. Also we’ll have a splendid view of the snowcapped mountains of the Pumasillu Mountain Range. Lunch will be served at the campsite after this we will visit Wiñayhuayna Archeological Site which is considered the most beautiful temple on The Inca Trail. We have the afternoon free to enjoy this magical place among the mountains. This will be a 10km hike that will take about 5 hours.
Day 12: Wiñaywayna to Machupicchu (B)
This journey is the most prospective for all, our effort will be rewarded, we walk 2.00 hours aproximately toward Inti Punku, where we will have a splendid panoramic view of Machupicchu,then, we will continue our trek to enter to Machu Picchu Sanctuary, where we will have a guided visit, having a free time to take pictures an walk around, subsequently we will descend to the station of the train to return to the city of the Cusco.
All departure and arrival times are approximate.
Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
- Pick-up from your hotel
- Transfer from your hotel in our tourist bus to Cachora Village (starting point of the trek).
- Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu complex to Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance fees to tourist sites.
- A local experienced English - Spanish tour guide.
- Return train ticket on the last day from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Collection from train station (Ollantaytambo) and transfer to Cusco city.
- All meals included (breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner)
- Vegetarian food available upon request with no extra charge
- Camping gear: Double waterproof tents ( 4 person capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and keeping the backpacks ) + dining tent with tables and chairs + kitchen tent + toilet tent + tent for our guides, and staff.
- 24 hours emergency oxygen assistance.
- First aid kid.
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps and detergents.
- Hot water every morning and evening after the trek for washing purposes + filtered and boiled water to fill up your water bottle every morning, night, and at lunch time if requested.
- Professional chef, Chefs helper, cooking equipment ( surgical steel )
- Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment.
- Horses to carry the camping equipment.
- Assistant Tour Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
- Drop-off at your hotel
What is not included
- Personal expenses
- Tips or gratuities for guides, drivers, cooks, porters, etc.
- Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes
- Breakfast (first day) and the last lunch( last day).
- Sleeping bag and walking sticks
Prices in U.S. dollars are based on per person, departures are guaranteed.
Private Trip for similar itinerary with much flexibility.
This tour includes the Expedition Service. The Expedition train has fully covered wagons with panoramic windows to allow travelers to immerse in the beauty of the natural landscape, and make your experience at Machu Picchu begins on the train.
- EARLY BIRD SAVING: 90 days prior to the trip: 10% off.
- Inca Trail Student Discount, $ 40.00 per person (Requires ISIC Card to qualify, you will need to e-mail us a copy of your ISIC)
- Inca Trail Children, $ 40.00 per person (Passengers under 18 years old receive the same discount as a student. If you are claiming a child discount you must send us a scanned copy of your child's passport by email).
- Inca Trail - Andean Community: Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador : $ 30.00 per person.
NOTE: INCA PLANET TRAVEL GUIDE reserves the right to make the final decision regarding amount of discount. Also we offer special discounts for groups.
Extensions and additional services
- Upgrade to Vistadome train (one way): $65.00 per person
- Huaynapicchu mountain ticket: $60.00 per person
- Machupicchu mountain ticket: $60.00 per person
- Walking Pole: $20.00 per person
- Personal Porter to carry extra 15kg of your belongings: $60.00
- Single Tent Supplement (long trek): $80.00 per person
- Extra horse to carry extra 15kg of personal items (long trek):$120.00
- Sleeping Bag (long trek): $65.00 per person
- Inflatable Mattress(long trek): $45.00 per person
Things to bring
- Hat or cap to protect from the sun.
- Sun cream (factor 35 recommended), lip salve, sun glasses.
- Money belt + emergency money
- Water bottle (mineral water can be bought throughout Peru)
- Camera + Batteries (Batteries can easily be bought in Peru and is of excellent quality).
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Original passport.
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs.
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable walking boots with good ankle support.
- Sleeping bag.
- Backpack (65 litres should be quite sufficient).
- Clothes: long trousers (lightweight), T-shirts, short-sleeved shirt, long-sleeved shirt, pair shorts, Underwear and socks (thermal underwear is highly recommended, being light, warm and makes good nightwear on cold nights), Fleece jacket.