Choquequirao, Vilcabamba, Machu Picchu Trek 13 Days Choquequirao, Vilcabamba, Machu Picchu - Trek

Choquequirao, Vilcabamba, Machu Picchu Trek 13 Days


Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca

We will leave Cusco at 5:30 in the morning. First we will go to the pretty village of Cachora (2850m) surrounded by mountains and the majestic glacier Padreyoc (5571m). Here we also meet the team of muleteers who will accompany us throughout this unforgettable trip. After crossing the village of Capuliyoc (2800m), we continue the descent to our camp, Chiquisca (1930m).

Walking time: about 6 hours
Warm climate
Altitude difference: Cusco (3400 m) - Cachora (2850 m) - Chiquisca (1930 m)

Day 2: Chiquisca - Playa Rosalina - Marampata - Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will start our tour to Playa Rosalína (1550m) and then we will go up the village of Marampata (2850m). From here we will have a beautiful view of the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m). If we are lucky, we will see condors. Our camp is located in Choquequirao, about 20 minutes from the ruins.

Market time: 7 hours
Climate: cold and hot
Altitude difference: Chiquisca (1930 m) - Playa Rosalina (1550 m) - Marampata (2850 m) - Choquequirao (3030 m)

Day 3: Choquequirao - Col de Choquequirao - Río Silvestre

Early in the morning we will visit the citadel of Choquequirao, "Cuna de Oro" (the golden cradle) to enjoy the silence. We will explore the archaeological site, of which only 30% has been restored. We will visit the palace sections, the fountains, the temple, the lamas section and the Usnu. Then we will continue our ascending path to the Choquequirao pass (3270m) and we will pass by the archaeological site of Pinchaunuyoc (2450m). Finally, we will arrive at the deepest point of the ravine, Río Blanco, or Río Silvestre (1900m), where we will spend the night.

Walking time: 6 hours
Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Altitude difference: Choquequirao (3030 m) - Col de Choquequirao (3270 m) - Rio Silvestre (1900 m)

Day 4: Río Silvestre - Maizal

After a full breakfast, we will begin the climb in the middle of the rainforest. This part of the road is relatively difficult and we will spend the night in the community of Maizal (3000m). Maizal is a recommended place to observe spectacular glaciers such as the Qori wayrachina (5512m).

Walking time: 5 hours
Climate: hot and cold with mosquitoes
Altitude difference: Río Silvestre (1900 m) - Maizal (3000 m)

Day 5: Maizal - San Juan Pass - Yanama

Our tour continues following the famous Inca Trail, which is unfortunately in bad summer due to erosion. First we will climb to the Col de San Juan (4170m). From here we will have a beautiful view of the valleys, mountains and glaciers. The ecosystem is constantly changing, so the Vilcabamba Mountains are located in one of the most complex areas of Peru. Our campsite will be in the small village of Yanama (3530m).

Walking time: 6 hours
Climate: cold
Elevation gain: Maizal (3000 m) - San Juan Pass (4170 m) - Yanama (3530 m)

Day 6: Yanama - Yutupa - Lazuna pampas

In Yanama we will experience the Andean life, the traditions and customs of the locals. Our path will go up and down among the tropical forest of Urpipata, Yutupata (3300m) and Tucarhuay, and will lead us to the Quellccamachay cave. Our camp is at Lazuna Pampa (3800m).

Walking time: 6 hours
Climate: cold
Altitude difference: Yanama (3530 m) - Yutupa (3300 m) - Lazuna pampa (3800 m)

Day 7: Lazuna Pampa - Col de Choquetacarpu - Huancacalle - Pillaupata

After our breakfast we start our ascent to the Choquetacarpu pass (4600m). Here we will take a short break to savor and explore the places. Then we will descend again to the village of Pillaupata (3200m), where our camp is located.

Walking time: 8 hours
Climate: cold
Altitude difference: Lazuna pampa (3800 m) - Col de Choquetacarpu (4600 m) - Huancacalle (3000 m) - Pillaupata (3200 m)

Day 8: Pillaupata - Vitcos, Ñustahispana (Yurac Rumi) - Azutina Pass - Inka Wasi

It is a delight to visit the archaeological sites of Vitcos Rosasapata (3080m) and Ñustahispana (Yurac Rumi) (3050m). After the visit, we will climb to the Azutina pass (4000m), then descend to our camping site, Inca Wasi (3600m).

Walking time: 7 hours
Climate: temperate and cold with mosquitoes
Altitude difference: Pillaupata (3200 m) - Vitcos, Ñustahispana (3080 m) - Col d'Azutina (4000 m) - Inka Wasi (3600 m)

Day 9: Inka Wasi - Raccachaca - Hatún Pampa

During this day we will find the remains of Inca Trail, which will take us to the Raccachaca community (3700m), where we will have lunch. This small village is very welcoming, people will come out to meet us to encourage us in this beautiful adventure. Our camp is at Hatum Pampa (4000m).

Walking time: 5 hours
Climate: cold
Difference: Inka Wasi (3600 m) - Raccachaca (3700 m) - Hatún Pampa (4000 m)

Day 10: Hatún Pampa - Yanacocha Pass - Mojón Pass - Mutuypata

This day will be both the most arduous and the most beautiful part of our adventure. We will pass Yanacocha passes (4420m), Tullu Tacana (4500m) and Mojón (4500m). Then we will descend to the Laco Cocha Lagoon (3600m). Our camp will be in Mutuypata cloud forest (3250m), the habitat of the Andean bear, called the spectacled bear.

Walking time: 9 hours
Climate: cold and temperate with mosquitoes
Elevation gain: Hatún Pampa (4000 m) - Yanacocha pass (4420 m) - Col de Mojón (4500 m) - Mutuypata (3250 m)

Day 11: Mutuypata - Yanatile - Santa Teresa

In the morning, we will enjoy the biodiversity of orchids, bromeliaceae and other plants of the region. We will also see coffee, avocado and papaya plantations. In Yanatile (2100m) we will take a transport to go to Santa Teresa (1850m). We will spend the night in a family hotel. You can enjoy the hot water pools if you wish.

Walking time: 5 hours
Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Altitude difference: Mutuypata (3250 m) - Yanatile (2100 m) - Santa Teresa (1850 m)

Day 12: Santa Teresa - Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes

From Santa Teresa, we will walk to the Hidreléctrica station. On the way we will pass the waterfall of Mayubamba and the mountain of Machu Picchu. Arrived at Hidroeléctrica, we will have lunch, then we will take a train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.

Walking time: 5 hours
Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Altitude difference: Santa Teresa (1850 m) - Hidroeléctrica (1950 m) - Aguas Calientes (2005 m)

Day 13: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will leave the hotel after breakfast at 5:30 and we will ride to Machu Picchu (2400m) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 06:00. After a guided tour of the archaeological site (including information about life and culture of the Incas), you will have time to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace, as well as the Huayna Picchu if you wish. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train at 14h55 or 18h20, until Ollantaytambo, then a bus will take you to your hotel in Cusco. While waiting for the train, you will have the time to have lunch in one of the restaurants of the city. In addition, you can enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax before your departure.

Visiting time: 2 hours
Warm climate
Altitude difference: Aguas Calientes (2005 m) - Machu Picchu (2400 m) - Cusco (3400 m)

Choquequirao, Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu 13 days (private service)


  • Information meeting in our offices with your guide 1 or 2 days before the start of the trek at 19h, to be confirmed when booking   
  • Private transport from the hotel to the village of Cachora   
  • Transport from Yanatile village to Santa Teresa (day 11)   
  • Transportation from Santa Teresa to Hidroeléctrica for camping equipment and personal belongings of the passenger   
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.   
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu return   
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco   
  • Entrance to the archaeological site of Choquequirao   
  • Entrance to Vitcos Rosaspata and Ñustahispana   
  • Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu   
  • Basic Hotel in Santa Teresa   
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes   
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes (day 12)   
  • Bilingual Spanish-English professional guide (for a French-speaking guide, please contact us in advance! )   
  • High quality camping equipment (professional tents Eureka! Timberline 4 , for two persons, floor mats, tent with tables and chairs, toilet tent)  
  • Food during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack / vegetarian option on request)   
  • A cook and an assistant as well as all cooking equipment   
  • Muleteers in charge of all the camping equipment and your personal belongings (maximum of 7 kilos per person)   
  • A rescue horse  
  • First Aid Kit, Oxygen Bottle

Not included:

  • Thermal baths in Santa Teresa (optional: 10 Soles)  
  • Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (optional: 10 Soles)  
  • Sleeping bag (If you do not have one, you can rent one from our agency)


(1) From the 1st to the 11th day (from Cachora to Yanatile), we will be accompanied by a team of muleteers and mules, who will carry all the camping equipment, food and personal belongings (maximum 10 kg per person). On the 12th day, luggage will be sent by car to the Hydro Station.

(2) Visit to Huayna Picchu: The ascent of Huayna Picchu requires to book a good time in advance. We take care of the reservation and guarantee your entrance to Huayna Picchu. The entrance fee to the mountain is US $ 15 (This new law came into force on July 18, 2011).

(3) Tips: For muleteers, cooks and guides are always welcome. The muleteers are also very grateful for a small donation, such as clothes or school equipment for their children.

(4) Student Card : To be eligible for the $ 20.00 student discount, you must have a valid ISIC student card when booking - not just when you arrive in Cusco! When booking, we will need a copy of your card.

(5) CANCELLATION: For any last minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense.


What is needed to bring? 

  • Backpack with a rain poncho   
  • Sleeping bag   
  • Clothing for hot and cold weather   
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants  
  • Trekking shoes   
  • Sandals or flip flops (for showers and thermal baths)   
  • Wool or synthetic socks and a sweater   
  • T-shirt with short and long sleeves   
  • Rain poncho and hat or cap   
  • Swimsuit and towel (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)  
  • Sun protection, anti-mosquito, hand sanitizer gel, water bottle and purifying tablets, toilet paper  
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), flashlight and spare batteries  
  • Bars of cereals, chocolate, dried fruits, etc.  
  • Original passport and student card "ISIC" (for entrance to Machu Picchu) extra money in Soles   
  • The climate can be quite cold and wet, in this case, your wet clothes will not have enough time to dry. Take some extra clothes.

Payments & Booking

Contact Us

* We will not be able to book and confirm your tour or trek without the following:

1. A deposit of $150 USD . Deposits are made through the PayPal link below.

Choquequirao, Vilcabamba, Machu Picchu Trek 13 Days / Tours - Xtreme Tourbulencia


Contact Us

  • 364; Plateros Street, Plaza de Armas; Cusco; Peru
  • (+51)(84) 225872 - (+51) 984610644


Dimas:  +51984610644

Marco:  +51984263576

Xtreme Tourbulencia is a leading tourism company in Cusco City that contributes Read More