8 Day Inca Trail Choquechaca to Machu Picchu Trek

  • 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 millennial 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, above 14,000 feet above sea level. You will then decend into the Choquechaca valley following the Yuroq Mayu (White River), eventually arriving to a high valley plateau which is both your camp for the evening and the homes 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 horseman.

  • 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 highlights include a visit to the historical center, the Larco Archeology Museum and Casa Aliaga, the longest continually owned colonial home in the Americas.

This trek developed by the SA Expeditions takes you through the remote Andes Mountains along old less traveled Inca routes to Machu Picchu. You will experience not only native forests, lost ruins and glacier clad peaks, but you will also learn and understand what life is like for the indigenous cultures of the region, spending an evening with the families of your porters and guides in route.

1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 2 nights on the trail, 1 night in Machu Picchu town


  • Three days of privately guided trekking in remote Andes roads
  • Personalized support for maximum camping comfort
  • Fresh mountain air and stunning landscapes
  • Hike with the residents of a remote Andean village that you’ll visit in route

This fully customizable 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 will cater for your every whim.

Day Tour from $2,590 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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