8 Day Inca Trail Choquechaca to Machu Picchu Trek
The 8-Day Inca Trail Choquechaca to Machu Picchu Trek is a unique and authentic experience developed by SA Expeditions in conjunction with the people of the Choquechaca Valley who have become lifelong friends with our founder. You’ll trek through remote and pristine landscapes accompanied by the men who have lived there for millennia, camp in spectacular locations and visit your guides’ ancestral village and meet their families. What’s more, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and spend a few days exploring Cuzco and imbibing its intoxicating blend of Spanish and pre-Colombian history.
This fully customizable, private tour can be crafted by a Destination Expert to match the vacation of your dreams. From the moment you contact us, until the day you return home, we cater to your every whim.
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- Wander the winding streets of Cuzco, the one-time capital of the Inca empire, and revel in the city’s Incan and colonial heritage.
- A guided tour of the imposing ancient Incan temples of Sacsayhuaman and Koricancha, to discover the history and might of the lost empire.
- Three days of privately guided trekking in a remote corner of the Andes which very few Westerners ever see.
- Hike with the residents of a remote Andean village that you’ll visit en route. Meet their wives and families and learn about their proud weaving tradition.
- Camp next to the spectacularly beautiful Azul Cocha (Blue Lake) and enjoy a celestial star-show before retiring for the night.
- Camp in ultimate comfort and warmth, with quality sleeping bags and Therm-a-Rest sleeping mats in your spacious two-man tent.
- Enjoy four wholesome meals (our afternoon teas are legendary) every day and make use of a private tented bathroom.
- A private, guided tour of Machu Picchu, the “lost city of the Incas”, where you’ll drink in the mesmerizing views and learn how the temples were built.
- Free time to explore Machu Picchu and absorb the awe-inspiring surroundings at your own pace.
- If time allows, take a private tour of the main sites of Lima, including the Larco Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and Lima’s historic squares.
- Hike with the residents of a remote Andean village that you’ll visit in route
Trip At A Glance
- Day 1 – Arrival in Lima, with an overnight stay in a comfortable hotel near the airport to minimize transfer times.
- Day 2 – A chance to acclimatize to the altitude in Cuzco – and the opportunity to explore, eat and shop your heart out.
- Day 3 – A private tour of Cuzco, erstwhile capital of the Incas. You’ll visit mighty Sacsayhuaman, the magnificent Koricancha and the fascinating cathedral.
- Day 4 – After driving to the trailhead your trekking adventure begins! Soak in the splendid surrounds as you hike to Azul Cocha (Blue Lake), your camp for the night.
- Day 5 – This is the toughest day of the trek, over a 14,000ft to Choquechaca village, the ancient home of your guides and horsemen.
- Day 6 –Hike to the little-visited Inca ruins of Pumamarka for a guided tour before driving to Ollantaytambo and catching a train to Machu Picchu town.
- Day 7 – Rise with the birds for an early morning tour of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, enjoy the ruins at your leisure before catching a train back to Cuzco.
- Day 8 – Fly from Cuzco to Lima and – depending on your flight times – enjoy a tour of the bustling capital.
Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru
Welcome to Peru! After gathering your luggage, simply exit the airport and walk across the street to your Lima hotel, Costa del Sol Ramada.
Day 2 - Lima to Cuzco
In the morning you will just need to walk back across the street to check in for your flight to Cuzco, the capital city of the former Inca Empire. Upon arrival in Cuzco, you'll be met at the airport by your guide and driver and escorted to your Cuzco hotel. Since you're going from sea level to 11,500 feet, you will want to spend today slowly adjusting to your new beautiful but literally breath-taking surroundings. Cuzco is one of the most charming towns in all of South America, and extremely pedestrian and visitor friendly.
Day 3 - Private Cuzco City Tour
During your tour of Cuzco, you'll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex with impressive stonework; Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!); and Cuzco's Cathedral where you'll learn about the Cuzco School of Art.
Day 4 - Cuzco to Azul Cocha
Heading out early from your Cuzco hotel, you will be driven to the village of Patacancha, where you will begin your trek. You will quickly become immersed into the Andean world passing through a stunning valley with ancient Andean cultures dispersed among the plateaus. You will eventually arrive to Azul Cocha (Blue lake) your camp for the evening where you will have a delicious lunch and dinner and spend the afternoon enjoying the lake and scenery.
Day 5 - Azul Cocha to Choquechaca
Today is the most challenging portion of the trail. You will climb to the Halancoma Pass (more than 14,000 feet above sea level) before descending into the Choquechaca valley following the Yuroq Mayu (White River) and eventually arriving to a high valley plateau which is both your camp for the evening and the home of your Andean support team. Following a delicious lunch, you will meet the families of your Andean hosts, experiencing ancient textile practices of the region with the wives and daughters of your local guides and horsemen.
Day 6 - Choquechaca to Machu Picchu
After breakfast, you will spend the morning descending to the Inca citadel of Pumamarka. These rarely visited ruins are perched high over the village of Pallacta with stunning views. After lunch below the ruins, you will go by vehicle to the town of Ollantaytambo and board your train to Aguas Calientes (6,230 ft), located at the base of Machu Picchu, where your hotel awaits you.
Day 7 - Machu Picchu to Cuzco
Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu during an early morning tour of this Incan citadel. You'll visit the most important parts of the ruins to learn how and why they were constructed. After the tour, you'll have time to further explore the ruins or sit back and enjoy the magic of Machu Picchu. Departing from Machu Picchu town, enjoy a train ride to Cuzco. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your Cuzco hotel.
Day 8 - Cuzco to Lima
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. Optional upgrade before international flight home: Private Lima City Tour which includes a visit to the historical center, the Larco Archeology Museum and Casa Aliaga, the longest continually owned colonial home in the Americas.
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners. Our specialty is private, customizable travel experiences.
8 Day Tour from $2,980 per person
- 5 nights in our preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality
- Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver
- All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance
- 2 nights on privately guided Inca Trail Choquechaca Trek
- All camping gear and nutritious meals, snacks and water
- Upgraded thermarest sleeping mats & sleeping bags
- Private portable bathroom to supplement camp-site restrooms
- Porter assistance to carry up your personal belongings
- All breakfasts
- 24hr support
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