Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek
Peru, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,620 (land only) - from $2,265 (land only)
- A fantastic trekking holiday on the alternative Inca Trail
- Trek between the premier Inca sites of Peru
- Visit the lost Inca fortress of Choquequirao
- Hike through the amazing Apurimac Canyon
- Including Machu Picchu, this is the ultimate Peru holiday
Sitting astride a high ridge amongst the snow-capped peaks of Peru, the Inca outpost of Choquequirao is one of the most important discoveries of Inca antiquity. Already a rival to Machu Picchu in terms of its size and splendour, more buildings and llama-decorated terraces are being exposed in Choquequirao each year. Choquequirao is more difficult to access and much less visited than Machu Picchu. Our fully supported trek to this so-called 'Cradle of Gold' in Peru is by way of the awe-inspiring canyon of the Apurimac River, involving a descent and ascent of almost 2000 metres to reach our camp beside the citadel of Choquequirao. We have a full day to explore the Choquequirao site before setting off on a 5-day trek through the rugged and beautiful Cordillera Vilcabamba, a region dominated by impressive 6000 metre peaks including Pumasillo and Salcantay. Following a rarely-used Inca trail which once connected Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, we 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, this great trip concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a welcome free day in Cusco. This is a superb holioday in Peru for everyone who loves to follow in the footsteps of the early explorers and for those who want the genuine Inca trail experience but without the crowds.
Is this holiday for you?
This walking holiday to Choquequirao in Peru is a classic trek and offers a variety of conditions. Most of the walking is on fairly well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone in places. There are occasional river crossings and some steeper sections of trail. It is possible that the highest passes might have a light covering of snow. The descent and ascent into the Apurimac Canyon is steep downhill and uphill, and it can be hot in the lower parts of the canyon proper. Overall, the trekking is straightforward and not very sustained. There are, however, several long trekking days, some high pass crosings and we do accumulate more than 5000 metres of ascent and descent during the course of the trek. Crossing the remote Cordillera Vilcabamba, this is a simply superb trekking holiday - probably the best in Peru.