The ultimate adventure for altitude junkies with a love of history, this challenging 12-day journey snakes its way between the most incredible Inca sites in Peru. Conquer a mind-blowing trek to the mountaintop fortress of Choquequirao — free of tourist throngs — before continuing onto Santa Teresa, the backdoor to Machu Picchu. With guided tours of the Sacred Valley, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, you’ll gain a greater appreciation of the Inca Empire. And because we operate our own treks in this region, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment.
Day 1 Cusco
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Cusco (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women’s weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar) before returning to Cusco for the night.
Day 3 Cusco/Chiquisca (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 4 Chiquisca/Choquequirao (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue trekking through the Apurimac River canyon on the way to Marampata. Keep your eyes open for condors as you make your way up into the cloud forest to Choquequirao, where you’ll camp for the night.
Day 5 Choquequirao/Pinchiunuyocc (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, comparable only to Machu Picchu in its beauty, grandeur and architectural€complishment.
Day 6 Pinchiunuyocc/Maizal campsite (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue trekking past Choquequirao with the team of guides, herdsman, and cooks through the Andes following Inca pathways.
Day 7 Maizal campsite/Yanama (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue upwards through the jungle towards the ancient Victoria Mines and visit the Coryhuayrachina ruins along the way.
Day 8 Yanama/Totora (1B, 1L, 1D)
Before descending to Totora, enjoy the snow-capped mountains that surround the area.
Day 9 Totora/La Playa (1B, 1L, 1D)
Follow the trail down the slope of the Andes to the sub-tropical valley, camp for the night at La Playa.
Day 10 La Playa /Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)
Head out on the last portion of the hike to Hidroelectrica train station and transfer by train to Aguas Calientes for the night.
Day 11 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)
Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco.
Day 12 Cusco (1B)
Depart at any time.
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