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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Overview

Trek the alternative 'Inca Trail' to the lost city of Choquequirao

Sitting astride a high ridge amongst the snow-capped peaks of Peru, the Inca fortress of Choquequirao is one of the most important discoveries of Inca antiquity; we invite you to discover the secrets of this abandoned city on this classic 2 week trekking holiday. Already a rival to Machu Picchu in terms of its size and splendour, more buildings and llama-decorated terraces are being exposed at Choquequirao each year. More remote and challenging to access than Machu Picchu, it is far less visited and still offers you the chance to wander freely amongst the evocative ruins and explore the terraces in relative solitude. Our fully supported trek to this so-called 'Cradle of Gold' is by way of the awe-inspiring canyon of Apurimac River, involving an exciting descent and ascent of almost 2000 metres to reach our camp beside the citadel of Choquequirao (3000m)! We will have a full day to explore the ruins before setting off on a 5-day trek through the rugged and beautiful Cordillera Vilcabamba, a region dominated by impressive snowy 6000 metre peaks including Pumasillo and Salkantay. Following a former Inca trail which once connected Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, we then cross the Totora Pass (4500m) then turn north to descend the Rio Colpa, passing untouched Andean villages whose Quechua inhabitants still wear traditional dress. Arriving at the cloud forest cloaked valley of the Rio Urubamba, our trek concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a welcome free day in Cusco. This is a fantastic holiday in Peru and a must for adventure seekers who want to follow in the footsteps of the early explorers and for those searching for a genuine ‘Inca Trail’ experience, but without the crowds. This could well be the best trek in Peru!
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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu by Ofer, 12 Jul 2018
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Me and my friends were very pleased to see that KE Adventures via Lima Tours made excellent choice selecting the best ever ... read more

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu by TrailRed, 16 Jun 2018
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Our trek to Machu Picchu via Choquequirao became more than a trek, a holiday but a totally encompassing experience. The ... read more

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu by Emma, 16 Oct 2017
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Truly outstanding trip. read more

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu by Travelgirl, 21 Jul 2017
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I can't recommend this trek enough to others. Like other KE Adventure trips I've been on, this adventure took us off the ... read more

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu by Nisha, 2 May 2017
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I chose the Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek because I wanted to avoid crowds and at the same time do some challenging trekking... read more

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu by Happy camper, 9 Nov 2016
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Brilliant trip in Peru. Leader guide chef and support crew were amazing. The best of my treks ever. Felt personally cared ... read more

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu by Andy, 18 Jul 2015
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I have recently returned to the UK having enjoyed KE's 9 day Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek. Hard trekking but thoroughly ... read more

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu by Stu. Auckland NZ, 11 May 2015
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Cannot say a bad word about this trip. Both KE and their ground agent in Peru Tambo Treks were fantastic. Nothing was ... read more

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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu by Ofer, 12 Jul 2018
Traveller rating:

Me and my friends were very pleased to see that KE Adventures via Lima Tours made excellent choice selecting the best ever ... read more

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu by TrailRed, 16 Jun 2018
Traveller rating:

Our trek to Machu Picchu via Choquequirao became more than a trek, a holiday but a totally encompassing experience. The ... read more