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Choquequirao, Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu 13 Days

Choquequirao - Vilcabamba - Machu Picchu Trek

After the conquest by the Spanish, Manco Inca and his successors dominated the region of Vilcabamba. It included several centres and settlements built to honor the last dynasty of the Inca: Manco Inca, Sayre Tupac, Titu Cusi Yapanqui and Tupac Amaru I. According to customs and traditions of other pre-Incan cultures, a Neo Imperial state was created to preserve all knowledge in religion and astronomy. Trek to Choquequirao, Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu  is the place where you will discover the great citadel of the last inca kings and also you will reach the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful ecosystem.

Vilcabamba is located northwest of Cusco, in the province Convención, in the eastern mountain range of the Andes. It has a chain of snow-covered peaks and high forest mountains with constant climatologic changes. The region is bounded by two very deep canyons, the canyon of Apurímac on the left and Willcamayu on the right. Through both run very fast-flowing rivers which have carved and still carve one of the most beautiful and spectacular landscapes of our Andean region.

Overview - Trek to Choquequirao, Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu

Altitude: 1550 - 4600mm. / 5085 - 15092 f.
High season: Whole year
Duration: 13 days - 12 nights
Level of difficulty: Moderate / Challenge
*A minimum of 2 persons is needed for this trek

Trek to Choquequirao, Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu Itinerary:

1st Day: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca Choquequirao  Apurimac Canyon

We will leave Cusco early in the morning at about 5:30 am. First we will head for the little village Cachora (2850m/9350f), a nice place surrounded by beautiful mountains and the majestic glacier Padreyoc (5571m/18278f). Here we will also meet our horsemen who will accompany us during the trip. After having passed the village Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f), we will continue descending to our camping site called Chiquisca (1930m/6332f).

Climate: warm
Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours

2nd Day: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will first descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/4921f) and then climb up to the village of Marampata (2850m/9350f). From here we will have a nice view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f). If we are lucky we will even see a condor flying at nightfall. Our camping site in Choquequirao is about 25 minutes from the ruins at 2950m/9678f.

Climate: both warm and cold
Hiking time: 7 hours

3rd Day: Choquequirao – Choquequirao pass – Rio Silvestre

At dawn, we will first head for the citadel of Choquequirao called “Cuna de Oro” - the ‘Cradle of GoldChoquequirao Panoramic’ - and enjoy the quietness at this place. Beyond, we will explore this archeological site, of which only 30 % is restored, in more detail: we will visit the section of the palaces, the liturgic fountains, the temple of the high priest, the section of the llamas and the Ushnu. Thereafter, our trek continues towards the pass of Choquequirao (3270m/10728f) and passes the archeological site of Pinchaunuyoc (2450m/8038f). Finally, we will head down to the deepest point of the small canyon known as Río Blanco or Río Silvestre (1900m/6234f), where our camping site is situated.

Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours

4th Day: Río Silvestre – Maizal

After breakfast, we will begin the difficult ascent towards the tropical forest of Maizal (3000m/9843f). After four hours, we will arrive in the community of Maizal where we will spend the night. Maizal is a nice place to enjoy a spectacular view of mountains and glaciers, such as the Qori Wayrachina (5512m/18084f).

Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 5 hours

5th Day: Maizal – San Juan pass – Yanama

Our journey continues following the Inca Trail. Due to erosions, the road is not in good conditions, so wChoquequirao Mountainatch your steps carefully. First, we will ascend to the top of the San Juan pass (4170m/13681f). From here, we will have a beautiful view of the valleys, mountains and glaciers, from which some peaks are more than 5000m/16404f. Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, the mountain range of Vilcabamba is without any doubt one of the most complex regions. Our camping place will be in the little village of Yanama (3530m/11581f).

Climate: cold
Hiking time: 6 hours

6th Day: Yanama – Yutupata – Lazuna pampa

In Yanama we will experience the Andean life, its traditions and costumes. Our trek continues up and down through tropical forests such as Urpipata, Yutupata (3300m/10827f) and Tucarhuay and leads to the cave of Quellccamachay. Our camping site is called Lazuna pampa (3800m/12467f).

Climate: cold
Hiking time: 7 hours

7th Day: Lazuna pampa – Choquetacarpu pass – Huancacalle (Pillaupata village) Apurimac Terraces

After breakfast, we will walk up for a while until we get to the Choquetacarpu pass (4600m/15092f). Here we will have a short break and explore the area of the Andean hills. If we are lucky we will also see a Condor flying. After our break, we will descend to the little village Pillaupata (3200m/10499f), where our camping-site is situated.

Climate: cold
Hiking time: 8 hours

8th Day: Pillaupata – Vitcos, Ñustahispana (Yurac Rumi) – Azutina pass – Inka wasi

In the morning, we will visit the archaeological sites of Vitcos Rosaspata (3080m/10105f), Ñustahispana (Yurac Rumi) (3050m/10007f) and recent excavations. Thereafter, we will climb the Azutina pass (4000m/12975f) and descend to our camping site in Inca Wasi (3600m/11811f).

Climate: tempered and cold with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 7 hours

9th Day: Inka Wasi – Racachaca – Hatún Pampa vilcabamba_trek

During the day we will see parts of the Inca Trail that lead to the community of Racachaca (3700m/12139f), where we will have lunch. We will also meet some Andean families, which will tell us something about their customs and traditions. Our camping place will be in Hatún Pampa (4000m/13123f).

Climate: cold
Hiking time: 5 hours

10th Day: Hatún Pampa – Yana cocha pass – Mojón pass – Mutuypata

This day is characterized by constant up and downs and by changes of the ecosystem. We will first walk towards the pass of Yanacocha (4420m/14501f), Tullu Tacana (4500m/14764f) and Mojón (4500m/14764f). Thereafter, we will descend to the lagoon Laco cocha (3600m/11811f). Our camping site will be in the cloudy forest of Mutuypata (3250m/10663f), home of the Andean bear.

Climate: cold and tempered with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 9 hours

11th Day: Mutuypata – Yanatile – Santa Teresa Vilcabamba Trek

In the morning we will enjoy the biodiversity of orchids, bromelains and other plants, and will see coffee-, avocado- and papaya plantations. In Yanatile (2100m/6890f) we will take a public transport called “camion”  to Santa Teresa (1850m/6070f). In this town we will spend the night in a familiar hotel. If you want to, you can also visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa.

Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 5 hours

12th Day: Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric station – Aguas Calientes

In Santa Teresa we will cross the river Willcamayu by a typical transport called “oroya” – a cable car. Having arrived at the other shore, we will continue our walk passing the waterfall of Mayubamba and the mountain of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, we will continue towards the hydroelectric station (1950m/6398f) from where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m/6726f). We will spend the night in a hotel.

Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 4 hours

13th Day: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco Machu Picchu

We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head forwards Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:10 pm. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.

Climate: moderate warm
Hiking time: 02 hours Approx.

Trek to Choquequirao, Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu 13 Days (Private)


  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Cachora
  • Transport from Yanatile to Santa Teresa (11th day)
  • Transport from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric station
  • Bus up and down (between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu)
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and to Cusco by bus
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
  • Basic hostel in Santa Teresa
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu, continental or similar)
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment (We use professional 2-persons tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both are for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for our camping and personal equipment of customer
  • Emergency horse
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not included:

  • Sleeping bag (If you don´t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of lending one)


(1) From the first to the eleventh day (from Cachora to Yanatile) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 12 kg). On the twelfth day all luggage will be transferred to the hydroelectiric station by car.

(2) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional $ 15.00  and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law  began since the 18th of July, 2011).

(3) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.

What do I need to bring?

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping back.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night.     So take some clothes to change.

Conditions & Terms:

1) We require an immediate deposit of US $ 150 for all bookings

2) For all tours and treks the balance can be paid up to 48 hours prior to the start of the program. In case of paying the balance in the office of XTreme Tourbulencia we only accept cash payment. Failure to pay the trek balance will result in tour cancellation.

3) If a participant decides to cancel during the breefing 2 days prior to departure, he or she has to pay the full amount of the trek. XTreme Tourbulencia however, will cover the expenses (hotel and train ticket) made by that participant to visit Machu Picchu. This offer of ours must be confirmed at the breefing itself.

4) The Client may cancel the Package booking at any time provided that the cancellation is communicated to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  in writing. Cancellation charges will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All reservations cancelled less than 15 days prior to the departure date of the tour are subject to a cancellation fee:

Period before departure written notification is received

Cancellation fee as a percentage of the holiday price

15-10 days


9-7 days


6 days or less







5) The Choquequirao Trek is non-transferable, non-reimbursable and the participant cannot change the date of departure

6) If during the length of the program the traveler abandons the excursion as a decision made by him- or herself, no reimbursement will be made and no claim will be accepted. XTreme Tourbulencia does not cover the expenses made by the traveler for a hotel and the transport back to Cusco or to Aguas Calientes, as well as a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Also, the traveler will be accompanied by a co-worker of XTreme Tourbulencia back to the train station.

7) Certain Services might be interrupted or even cancelled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances. These are out of the control of hotels, Service suppliers, XTreme Tourbulencia or its partners and therefore, no refund will be given.

8) For the student discount of $ 20 UDS we require a copy of a university student card with valid expiration date and picture on it. It is very important bring with you your original student card  to valid the discount. In the event that we don't receive the scanned copy of the card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation with adult price.

9) If XTreme Tourbulencia doesn't confirm the reservation, the deposit will be refunded

10) In case of force majeur, when a trek cannot start or completed, XTreme Tourbulencia will find an alternative to go to Machu Picchu. If this alternative is of lower value than the originally booked excursion, XTreme Tourbulencia will refund the difference.

11) It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. XTreme Tourbulencia cannot be considered responsible for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her acts

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