Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek
Peru, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,815 (land only) - from $2,100 (land only)
Day 1: Arriving in Cusco, KE Land Only package services begin with a group transfer to our centrally located hotel. The afternoon is free to relax or explore this fascinating ancient city. Overnight in the group hotel in Cusco.
Day 2: A further acclimatisation day in Cusco. We will visit the historic centre of the city and the main archaeological sites including the monolithic fortress of Sacsayhuaman which overlooks the city. Overnight in our hotel.
Day 3: Today we drive to the start of our trek, stopping off at the incredible Inca carved boulder at Sayhuite. We set up camp for the night at Cachora, where we will meet our local crew.
Day 4: An early start to avoid the heat of the day in the lower part of the Canyon. Accompanied by our mule support, we trek 1500m down into the Apurimac Canyon and then up to our spectacular campsite at Santa Rosa.
Day 5: An early start again to hike up out of the canyon, to our camp just below the site of Choquequirao. We will be able to make our first visit to the site in the afternoon.
Day 6: A full day to explore the amazing ruins of Choquequirao, which are more extensive than Machu Picchu and occupy a much more dramatic location. Overnight at our campsite below Choquequirao.
Day 7: Beginning our trek out, we have a long and tough day, crossing a pass, descending into the Rio Blanco Valley and climbing to camp at Maizal.
Day 8: Today we cross the Abra San Juan passing the silver mines of Mina Victoria. Our overnight camp will be at the village of Yanama.
Day 9: Hiking up the Yanama Valley we climb towards our final challenge - the Totora Pass - highest point of the trip at 4500m with spectacular views of snow-capped Sacsayroc. We camp below the pass.
Day 10: A day of descent to our camp at the village of Lucmabamba. We follow the Rio Santa Teresa and enjoy views of waterfalls, birdlife and exotic vegetation.
Day 11: Our final day of hiking through pristine cloudforest continues on an ancient Inca Trail to Llactapata, a newly excavated Inca site. From Urubamba, we take the train to our hotel in Agua Calientes.
Day 12: A full day at Machu Picchu, with a guided tour of the site. We take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo from where we drive back to Cusco and check into our central hotel.
Day 13: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single-timed transfer to the airport in Cusco is provided. Most groups will take the early morning flight from Cusco to Lima connecting from there to international flights.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.