This shorter trek is perfect if you’re looking for an adventure that’s as challenging as it is rewarding. Explore the ruins of Choquequirao, the lost city that’s even more remote than nearby Machu Picchu, but you’ll see that too. Because of its difficult-to-reach location, the site sees relatively few visitors. This means you’ll get to experience Incan history in near-solitude, surrounded by nothing but ancient architecture and spanning forests. Spectacular views of the Andes are all along the trek to Choquequirao, a journey filled with lush wilderness, breathtaking vistas, and a visit to Machu Picchu.
Day 1 Cusco
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Cusco/Playa Rosalinda (1B, 1L, 1D)
Transfer to Cachora and embark on the hike to the lost Incan city of Choquequirao. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Apurimac River and sweeping mountain scenery at every turn.
Day 3 Playa Rosalinda/Choquequirao (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue trekking through the Apurimac River canyon on the way to Choquequirao. Spot condors as you make your way up into the cloud forest, where you’ll camp for the night. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the ruins and marvel at your historical surroundings.
Day 4 Choquequirao/San Ignacio (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the ancient ruins of Choquequirao further on your morning guided tour. Comparable only to Machu Picchu in its beauty, grandeur, and architectural€complishment. Enjoy lunch near Choquequirao before the hike down to San Ignacio, the camp for the night.
Day 5 San Ignacio/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)
Leave early in the morning to make the way to Villa Carmen. Enjoy lunch before transferring to Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Aguas Calientes.
Day 6 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)
Wake up early to visit the breathtaking Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows before taking the train back to Cusco in the afternoon where the trip will end upon arrival.
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