Conquer the Apurimac Valley on this picturesque trek to Choquequirao, Peru’s other Lost City
Escape the crowds and delve into the wilds of the Peruvian Andes on this challenging, but deeply rewarding trek to Choquequirao. Believed to be up to three times larger than Machu Picchu (the exact size is unknown as much of it is still covered in jungle), the road to Choquequirao takes you through the scenic Apurimac Valley. Hike steep paths and trails that zigzag through dense cloud forest, dusty desert and spectacularly scenic passes with views of dramatic landscapes and snow-capped peaks. Choquequirao’s secluded splendour will leave you in awe. A trip to Peru wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu; this adventure takes you to some of Peru’s other famous Inca ruins, and also provides time to explore historic Cusco.
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The trek through the Apurimac Valley to Choquequirao is challenging at times, but also incredibly beautiful and serene. You won’t find the crowds of the Inca Trail. Instead, see spectacular views the whole way without another trekker in sight
Tucked high in the Andes, Choquequirao, doesn’t get the same fanfare as Machu Picchu, but undeservedly so – these sprawling Inca ruins are up to three-times the size of Machu Picchu and incredibly well-preserved. Only a handful of visitors make the journey each day, meaning you often have the whole site to yourself!
This trek takes you past an incredible diversity of scenery - from cloud forests and canyons to high passes with views of pristine snow-capped peaks
Enjoy a guided tour of Peru’s most famous Inca city, Machu Picchu, as well as the Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley
Perched high in the Andes, Cusco is south America’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and an interesting blend of Inca and colonial influences. Spend time exploring its artisan markets, lively squares, historic sites and surprisingly thriving nightlife.
This full-service camping trek is graded as Challenging/Tough (Activity Level 6), with eight days point-to-point walking and full porterage throughout. Please refer to our activity level guidelines.
Significantly more strenuous than the classic Inca Trail, this demanding trek takes you up to high altitudes on steep but well-defined trails, mostly following mountain switchbacks as you move from valley floor to mountain pass on your journey through the Andes. This trail follows ancient Inca pathways the same as the Inca Trail, but without the restrictions of trekking permits and human porterage. Expect early starts and long days (up to 11 hours) with steep gradients throughout, all rewarded with breath-taking views across the Andes. This trek is not technically difficult and is suitable for all walkers with a good level of fitness and some experience of multi-day trekking. There are some steep drops and narrow paths which makes this trek unsuitable for vertigo sufferers or those without a head for heights.
You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.
As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes. We spend two days in Cuzco (3400m) acclimatising before starting the trek. the maximum altitude reached on this trip is approximately 4,660m (Yanama Pass).
Protest action/strikes are not uncommon in Peru, and whilst these are generally peaceful, they can involve roadblocks and cause disruption to travel. Occasionally your leader may have to adapt your itinerary in response to this.
Walking hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.
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On June 30th Peruvian authorities released a new list of regulations for visiting Machu Picchu, which came into effect from July 1st
The main points impacting our visits are:
1. Tickets are now only valid only for one entry, that means that passengers cannot leave the site and re-enter as we have in the past.
2. Once the passengers begin on a chosen circuit (there are 3 different ones) they cannot walk backwards and once they finish the circuit they must leave the site. They cannot explore afterwards.
3. The two allotted times to visit are 6am-12pm/ 12-4.30pm
4. It will be mandatory to have a guide (Machu Picchu guide, not our Leaders) to visit the site. However, this rule can’t be applied as there are not enough official guides to cover the large amount of people visiting so authorities are being flexible.
These new regulations are affecting how much time our passengers can spend in Machu Picchu, in the past, after a 1-2.5 hour tour passengers could stay longer to explore the site unguided, this is not possible anymore.
Our only alternative is to make passengers explore the upper part of Machu Picchu (Sun gate and Inka Bridge) before their guided tour starts (so about 2 hours before meeting the guide). Your Tour Leader will provide more information on what the group options are at the Welcome meeting.