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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

Peru, Machu Picchu
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Available Departures: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

13 days from

US$2,475

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Walk & Trek
Guided Group
CHALLENGING CHALLENGING

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

Trip Code: CHQ
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Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

Highlights
  • A full day to explore the secluded Inca fortress of Choquequirao
  • Camp on Inca terraces and hike through the awe-inspiring Apurimac Canyon
  • Trek over high passes and beneath the dramatic 6000m peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba
  • Visit both of Peru's premier Inca ruins with a guided visit to Machu Picchu also included

At a Glance
  • Group Size 6 to 16
  • 9 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 4500 metres

Accommodation & Meals
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners
  • 4 nights Hotel
  • 8 nights Camping
Overview

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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This walking holiday to Choquequirao in Peru is a classic mountain trek and on which you will cover a variety of terrain, from sections of paved Inca highways and rocky mountain passes, to river crossings and cloud forest trails. It is possible that the highest passes might have a light covering of snow! Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks and there are some steep sections of trail, especially on the descents and ascents out of the Apurimac and Rio Blanco Canyons where it can also get quite hot.  There are several consecutive long trekking days and some reasonably high passes to cross and we will accumulate more than 5000 metres of ascent and descent during the course of the holiday. This is a fully supported trek, and you will only be required to carry your day pack each day. Our friendly camp crew will take care of all the camp chores, so whe in camp you can relax, rest and enjoy the views. A good level of fitness is essential, but this is an achievable challenge for any regular hill-walker and the rewards for our trekking efforts will be quiet trails, and chance to explore the ruins of Choquequirao in relative solitude.

Why KE?

KE have been running the Choquequirao trek for the last 10 years and it is now one of our signature "classic" treks.  Over this time we have refined the itinerary to work perfectly, breaking up some of the longer days and using campsites that enable everyone to acclimatise to the altitude and enjoy the visit to Choquequirao and the pass crossings. We also allow a full day to explore the ruins at Choquequirao, so that everyone can explore the main site, the llama terraces and the recently uncovered terraces below the site at Paqchayoc.

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Itinerary

Arriving in the former Inca capital of Southern Peru, we are met by our guide or a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group’s hotel. As we are now at an altitude of 3200 metres we spend most of today taking it easy in order to acclimatise to the rarefied air. Depending on arrival time, we have the afternoon to relax and explore at our leisure and we may want to sample the local altitude remedy, coca tea.

Accommodation

Hotel

We have a full day in Cusco to explore and acclimatise to the altitude. We have the option of taking a relaxing walking tour of the city. Every small street or alley-way that we enter and every corner that we turn, brings another surprise, in the form of superbly constructed Incaic walls or the rather more architecturally extravagant Spanish Colonial churches and palaces. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Pizarro took control of the city in 1535. The highlight of this tour is our visit to the impressive Inca fortress citadel of Sacsayhuaman, which is set high above Cusco. The afternoon is free for further independent exploration. In the evening, we can relax in one of the excellent restaurants close to the main square - the Plaza de Armas.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

After an early breakfast at our hotel, we will set off on the scenic drive westwards from Cusco. We pass to the south of impressive Andean peaks such as Huayanay and Salcantay and have the chance to visit the Inca ruins at Tarawasi. We also stop off at Sahuite, where there is an incredible boulder, which was carved by the Incas into the form of animals, plants, houses and streets. Turning off the main highway onto a dirt road, we arrive at the beautiful village of Cachora (2900m). From here we take the dirt road high above the Apurimac Canyon to Capuliyoc where we meet our muleteer team and have lunch. In the afternoon we’ll begin our trek by hiking down into the Apurimac Canyon to our first campsite at Chiquiska at 1875m. The path is straightforward with a few switchbacks and downhill all the way, and there are fantastic views of the surrounding snow peaks and Choquequirao in the far distance.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Descent

1100 M

Time

3 - 4 hrs trekking

Distance

8 KM

Our arrieros load the group's gear onto mules and after breakfast we set off towards Choquequirao, descending further into the Apurimac Canyon for the first hour on a switchback trail. The temperature increases as we lose height and close to the river we find ourselves amongst lush vegetation; trees, cacti and colourful flowers. We reach Playa Rosalinda in the bottom of the valley (1475m) and cross the small bridge over the mighty Apurimac. We are then faced with a steep climb up the other side of the canyon. The trail climbs upwards, again with sections of switchbacks, through lush vegetation and cloud forest up to Marampata (2930m) where we will stop for lunch after the long trek. The views to snowy peaks and across the canyon are a stunning diversion from the uphill walking. After lunch we traverse the undulating path to the campsite situated below the ruins at Choquequirao (2860m).

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

2190 M

Descent

1230 M

Time

8 - 10 hrs trekking

Distance

15 KM

It is a short walk to the site (45 mins), which is on a prominent spur between two tributaries of the Apurimac and situated at around 3000m above sea level. This is a spectacular spot, with views of snow-covered peaks to the north and east and southwards across the vastness of the Apurimac Gorge to the small town of Huanipaca. The Inca ruins here are extensive and only partly cleared of vegetation. In fact, it is anticipated that Choquequirao will be just as impressive as Machu Picchu when its full glories are revealed. Excavation of the site continues to unearth new archaeological surprises, some totally unique to this site. Amongst the ruins that have been unearthed are an enormous curving bank of fine terracing, a chain of ritual baths and a central plaza surrounded by ceremonial and high status residential architecture. In the morning we visit the main plaza, the unique llama terraces and the Usnu (altar) before returning to our campsite by an alternative route for lunch. In the afternoon there is the option to visit the most recently cleared section of the Choquequirao site at Pacchayoq, or "House of the Cascades" close to a waterfall below our campsite. The terraces here are thought to have been used for agriculture, whereas the llama terraces are likely to have had a more ceremonial purpose.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

600 M

Descent

600 M

Time

4 - 5 hrs trekking

Distance

6 KM

Today we ascend back to Choquequirao for another quick look at the ruin site. Arriving early in the morning, it’s possible we will have the site to ourselves and we can enjoy further exploration of the ruins. From the main plaza, we strike uphill, initially following an Inca aqueduct, to the Choquequirao Pass (3340m). There are great views from this point including down into the Rio Blanco valley, our next challenge. From here it’s a steep descent to the Inca terraces at Pincha Unuyoc, the “Water Shrine” where we set up camp either on or close to the terraces. We’ll take a late lunch at camp and enjoy some time to relax or explore this lovely Inca site in the late afternoon.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

530 M

Descent

900 M

Time

6 hrs trekking

Distance

8 KM

Today we begin by descending further into the deep valley of the Rio Blanco (shown on the IGN map as the Rio Victoria). We descend for almost 600 metres to the Rio Blanco, crossing the river on a rudimentary bridge in the rocky bottom of the canyon. After a short break here we will begin the tough 1200m climb through cloud forest and bamboo to the small campsite at Maizal (3000m). This is another steep pull uphill, but with glorious vegetation and views to enjoy on the way and there will be some time to relax at camp in the late afternoon.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1170 M

Descent

620 M

Time

5 hrs trekking

Distance

8 KM

A superb day's trekking as we climb to cross the Abra San Juan (4150m) and have spectacular views of the peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, including Sacsarayoc, Pumasillo and Choquetecarpo. Climbing up to the pass, we see in the distance another recently discovered Inca ruin, Corihuayrachina and the equally interesting old silver mines of Mina Victoria, thought to have been worked for over 1000 years. Descending to the north into the Rio Yanama Valley, we follow a high trail which traverses steep slopes and provides another excellent opportunity to spot condors. We camp at the charming Andean village of Yanama (3500m).

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1200 M

Descent

650 M

Time

7 hrs trekking

Distance

11 KM

A stunning days trekking up the Yanama Valley and bearing right towards the 4660m Totora Pass. Again we follow ancient Inca trails as we wind upwards steadily. From the pass spectacular views of the snow capped Sacsayraoc peak dominate, and once we’ve crossed the pass, the largest peak in the area, Salkantay comes into view. We descend from the pass on alternating sections of trail and dirt road until we arrive at Hornopampa. From here it’s a short walk on to the village community of Totora (3400m).

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1220 M

Descent

1400 M

Time

8 - 10 hrs trekking

Distance

19 KM

Today offers an incredible range of changing scenery as we descend almost 2000m from the high altitude trails down into the semi-tropical environment of the valleys below. We follow the Rio Santa Teresa for approximately 6 - 7 hours passing numerous waterfalls on the way. The variety of birdlife, the butterflies and differing vegetation make the trek down to Lucmabamba through the cloud forest quite special and continually interesting. We make camp on the outskirts of the village (2100m).

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

730 M

Descent

1920 M

Time

7 - 8 hrs trekking

Distance

23 KM

Our final day’s trekking on this outstanding Andean journey. Through the lush vegetation of coffee and tropical fruit plantations we are soon climbing through pristine cloud forest and join another ancient Inca trail leading to Llactapata, an Inca site that has only recently been excavated. We will also have a truly amazing view of Machu Picchu as we approach from the back of the Inca citadel, a sight very view visitors to the area are afforded. We then descend into the Urubamba Valley from where we will enjoy the spectacular train journey on the railway track which parallels the Urubamba river gorge to reach the bustling tourist town of Aguas Calientes. Here we check into our hotel and enjoy a hot shower in the afternoon before heading out to one of the excellent restaurants nearby.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

Ascent

940 M

Descent

1170 M

Time

5 - 6 hrs trekking

Distance

13 KM

Today we visit Machu Picchu, the site that was lost to the jungle but rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale academic, Hiram Bingham. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations. Perched high on an inaccessible hilltop the citadel is protected by huge cliffs and the raging Urubamba River. The bus transfer up to the site takes around 20 minutes and saves us from the relentlessly steep climb. A local guide will give us an interpretive tour of Machu Picchu and we will have ample time to soak up the mystical atmosphere of this incredible site. After the tour of the main buildings and structures with our expert guide, we can walk to the Inca Bridge, discover hidden corners of the ruins, or just soak up the atmosphere of one of the most famous places on earth. We return back down to Aguas Calientes in time to catch an afternoon train back to Cusco. We check into our hotel and have time to enjoy a final evening in the city.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Your holiday ends after breakfast. Transfers to the airport are provided. Why not extend your holiday in Peru to include a visit to the Amazon Rainforest, an excursion to Lake Titicaca or a trip to Colca Canyon to watch condors. We can also arrange flights to Ecuador and cruises around the Galapagos Islands. Contact our office for further details.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified tour leader
  • Cusco Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 13
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • When camping a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Inflatable sleeping mat while camping
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • A guided walking tour of Cusco
  • All activities/excursions/entrance fees mentioned except where specified as ‘optional’

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Some meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

CHANGES TO FLIGHTS

Please be aware that the flight industry is experiencing a high level of service fluctuation and changes to your flights may occur. This may also require amends to the transfers and joining arrangements. Thank you all for continuing your patience and understanding.


Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1 and departing on the last day of the Land Only itinerary. If you flight schedules do not fit with these airport transfers we can provide private transfers at an additional cost. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners are included in the holiday price. Where there are a wide range of dining options to suit all tastes and budgets it is sensible to leave this choice to you and therefore we have not included meals (other than breakfasts) while staying in Cusco and in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). You will need to pay for a total of 3 lunches and 3 dinners. While trekking a full trek service including all meals is provided.

On trek the food provided will be a mixture of local and worldwide favourites, with all ingredients purchased in Peru and cooked for us by highly trained staff cooks.  The food our cooks are able to produce on trek will be a taste sensation! We will usually be in camp in time for lunch to be served in the mess tent, or the crew will set up the mess tent en route. Both lunches and dinners will be three courses and the menus will be flavoursome and varied. There will be no problem catering for vegetarians.

In Cusco and in Aguas Calientes there is a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine! Meals, apart from breakfast, are not included here so you are free to make your own choice of restaurant and menu. If you are looking to sample some traditional Peruvian fare we can recommend trying Ceviche, a dish of raw fished marinated in citrus juice (the acid in the citrus juice effectively ‘cooks’ the fish), which is the unofficial national dish of Peru! The name Ceviche actually comes from the Quechua word ‘siwichi’, meaning fresh fish. Guinea Pig or ‘Cuy’ is also a common delicacy in the Andes and has been eaten at special occasions since the time of the Incas! Usually served roasted or barbequed, Guinea Pig meat has a gamey taste. It is very high in protein and low in cholesterol.

When it comes to drinks, before and during your trek we can recommend drinking Mate de Coca. It takes a little time to acclimatise to Cusco’s 3400m elevation and one of the things that is said to help acclimatisation is supping this mildly stimulating, greenish and unusual tasting ‘tea’ made by steeping fresh coca leaves in boiling water. Those looking to celebrate the end of their holiday with an alcoholic beverage (best saved till post trek when you are fully acclimatised!) should seek out a ‘Pisco Sour’. This classic South American cocktail, made by mixing the Peruvian liquor Pisco with lime juice, egg white and bitters, is incredibly moreish!

During the holiday there are a total of 3 nights in a comfortable and well located 3* hotel in Cusco, which is a beautifully converted old colonial house and just a short walk from the Plaza de Armas. We will also spend 1 night in a comfortable and well located 3* hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo).

Whilst trekking there will be a total of 8 nights camping where your will receive a full service from our friendly camp crew. You will sleep in roomy 2 man dome tents, with a porch, and inflatable camping mattresses are provided. All the camp equipment and luggage will be transported between camps by mules, so you need only carry your day pack each day. Our camp crew will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and take care of all the camp chores.

During walking days, having stayed behind to collapse camp, it is usual for the crew and the pack animals to overtake the group during the day and you will usually arrive into camp to find it already established and the kettle on!

In camp, as well as the tents used for sleeping, there will also be a mess tent, with chairs and tables, where the group will dine (and socialise into the evening) and a toilet tent. Hot water for washing will also be provided to you in the mornings and when you arrive at the camp each day.

All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. This must be arranged ahead of departure and is subject to availability (please note that single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels). Depending on availability, it may also be possible to pre-book single hotel rooms. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

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 on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

We estimate that $300 will be sufficient to cover your requirements including the above mentioned non-included meals, and incidental expenses such as tips for drivers, trek crew and local guides. There are a total of 3 lunches and 3 dinners which you will need to pay for directly and we recommend you budget $10 - $25 dollars per meal. There is no need to purchase local currency (Peruvian Soles) prior to travelling. It is possible to withdraw your money in local currency from ATMs in Cusco. If you are bringing your travel money with you we recommend you bring it in the form of US dollars in cash as this provides for the easiest exchange and in emergency can even be used to purchase goods. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and to pay for meals in Cusco and in Machu Picchu Pueblo. 

Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 1 or 2 soles per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 1 or 2 soles per bag is reasonable. Drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek (guides, cooks, porters etc.), it is recommended that each client contributes around £60 to £80 to a group tipping pool.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage and a daypack. Your bag on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals and should not weigh more than 10kg (NOT including your sleeping bag and thermarest), and you will be provided with a special duffel bag at the trek briefing in Cusco in which to repack for the trek. It is possible to leave clothes and other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Cusco. 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Visa Peru

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. When passing through immigration you will need to request a copy of your TAM Migration form. You will need to retain this document and keep it safe, as you will be asked to produce it before you depart Peru.

Getting some additional exercise before coming on an active holiday makes a lot of sense. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. You should be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking for 8 or more hours for consecutive days. Hill walking, with a good amount of ascent and descent, is the best training, and we would suggest that you try to fit in a number of long weekend walks before you depart. Running, cycling and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina.

There is little you can do to prepare for the altitude but if you have an excellent level of fitness this can help.

The Southern Hemisphere winter season in the Andes runs roughly from April through to October and this is the optimum period for trekking in this part of Peru. At this time we can expect the days to be warm and generally sunny. The major influence on regional climate is the altitude. On this holiday you will experience a wide variation in altitide in the initial part of the trek and consequently a big range of temperatures. It will be very hot in the bottom of the Apimurac canyon although we trek most of the lower canyon in the coolest parts of the day. For the majority of ythe holiday you will be near or above 3000 metres and daytime temperatures will range between with temperatures between 12 and 20°C. Evenings can be quite chilly and it is likely that night-time temperatures will fall below freezing at our highest camps.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

  • The last days of the Incas - Kim MacQuarrie

  • The Conquest of the Incas. J. Hemming.

  • The Andes are Prickly. Martin Slessor.

  • Exploring Cusco. Peter Frost (available in Cusco).

  • Inca Cola. Matthew Parish.

Cuzco Region & Peru South ITMB Publishing - 1:110,000 / 1:1,500,000

A detailed road map of the region around Cuzco with a clear street plan of central Cuzco. Road detail distinguishes paved and unsurfaced roads and includes dirt tracks. Elevation tinting and faint contours at 100m intervals represent the general relief, with spot heights for many peaks. Symbols mark ruins and archaeological sites, and an index has a separate list of Inca ruins. An insert shows Machu Picchu at 1:50,000 and on the reverse is an indexed road map of southern Peru at 1:1,500,000


Cusco Peru Trekking Map - 1:130,000 / 1:160,000

 

A topographic map from Lima-based publisher, Lima 2000, covering the Inca Trail as well as the Choquequirao trekking route. Full colour, with contours at 100m intervals and showing all main sights and major landmarks.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

YOU MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks & underwear

  • Trekking trousers*

  • Waterproof over-trousers

  • Base layer shirts (short sleeve and long sleeve)*

  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat including neck protection

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Lightweight thermal gloves

  • Warmer gloves 

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated to -5ºC)

  • Daypack 30 **

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2) – preferably wide-necked Nalgene refillable bottles (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)

  • Water purification tablets

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep kit bag contents dry)

  • Small padlock 

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), Diamox, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET or similar as sandflies and mosquitoes can be a problem), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL:

  • Trekking poles (strongly recommended)

  • Trainers or similar for travelling and camp use

  • Sleeping bag liner and pillow case

  • Spare laces

  • Thermal base layer - leggings

  • Shorts

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Travel clothes

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

NOTES

*We would highly recommend walking in full length trousers and packing at least one light weight long sleeved top to protect against biting insects whilst trekking and camping at lower elevations.

You will experience a wide range of temperatures on this trip. It will hot in the Apurimac Canyon, pleasantly warm on the majority of trekking days, and cooler in the evenings with overnight temperatures possibly below freezing at the highest camps.

Camping mattress - An inflatable camping mattress is provided. 

Whilst on trek you will be limited to 10kg (not including your sleeping bag or thermarest) and you will be provided with a suitable duffel bag at the trek briefing in Cusco in which to repack.

** Daypack - Perurail has a strict policy on hand baggage on the train to the Inca Trail and from Machu Picchu. The weight of your hand baggage on the train must not exceed 5kg and the sum of its dimensions (length + width + height) must not exceed 157 cm. If your daypack exceeds these dimensions it must be placed inside your trek bag for transportation on the train.

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Extensions

Extension Details

Peru Rainforest Extension

4 Days

Visit Tambopata National Reserve, a haven of pristine Amazon wilderness where the river provides access to an uninhabited and vast 2.5 million acre area, home to the Amazon’s five top predators – Jaguar, Giant Otter, Black Caiman, Harpy Eagle and Anaconda. It is a short flight to Puerto Maldonado, and then a ride in a motorised canoe to our jungle lodge. Highlights are the macaw clay-lick, otters, monkeys and an array of colourful birds.

Extension Code: RAIN
Sharing Price from
US$910
Single Traveller Price from
US$1,140
Single Room Supplement from
US$270
Deposit Per Person from
US$200

Extension Itinerary

Arrive in Puerto Maldonado. We transfer by road, boat (on Tambopata River), and on foot (4-5 hrs in total) to your jungle lodge. To account for this, you should land into Puerto Maldonado no later than 1pm.

Meals

L D

Wildlife Reserve. Jungle walks and river trips. Overnight at the jungle lodge.

Meals

B L D

Wildlife Reserve. Jungle walks and river trips. Overnight at the jungle lodge.

Meals

B L D

Transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport for return flight to Cusco or Lima. (Services end at Puerto Maldonado airport.)

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Associated transfers
  • All transport required by the itinerary
  • 3 nights accommodation at a jungle lodge
  • Full programme of guided walks and activities
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
What's Not Included
  • Internal fights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs etc.
Extension Details

Galapagos Islands Cruise

7 Days
Situated over 600 miles from the mainland of South America, the remote archipelago of the Galapagos Islands needs little introduction. The Galapagos Islands are considered to the crown jewels of the natural world, achieving near mythological status following visits by Charles Darwin. It was on his second visit aboard HMS Beagle in 1835 that Darwin's scientific studies introduced the world to the theory of evolution. The islands teem with life, much of which seem totally unphased and perhaps curious of visitors. Of the thirteen major islands, on five have any form of human habitation. The environmental footprint is kept to an absolute minimum, allowing you, the visitor, a chance to explore the incredible biodiversity of these famous islands untouched by human development.Expect close encounters with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, albatross, giant tortoises, seals, turtles and dinasaur-like lizards amongst many, many other examples.
Extension Code: GALP
Sharing Price from
US$5,105
Deposit Per Person from
US$2,400

Extension Itinerary

Arrive in Quito any time.

We take an early flight to San Cristobal Island, stopping off for refuelling at Guayaquil. In the afternoon, we board our boat, the Monserrat, and visit Isla Lobos, to be greeted by sea lions frolicking in the waves. We will explore this island on foot and perhaps by panga to view the sea and shore birds nesting and feeding. There will be an opportunity to snorkel in the waters of Isla Lobos too.

Meals

B L D

We visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island. Here we can observe sea lions, marine iguanas and seabirds. In the afternoon we visit the giant tortoise breeding area in the highlands. Later we set sail for Bahia Gardner, a sheltered cove off Espanola Island.

Meals

B L D

Today we visit the magnificent, white sandy beach of Gardner Bay, home to colonies of sea lions and birds. There will be a chance to snorkel the turquoise waters and spot large schools of tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish and bump-headed parrot fish. We may even be lucky enough to spot white-tipped reef sharks, napping on the bottom! We then visit Punta Suarez, one of the most wildlife-rich landing spots in the Galapagos. Here we can observe many nesting birds including the waved albatross.

Meals

B L D

Upon landing at Punta Cormorant and Floreana Island, we visit the amazing multi-coloured beaches. We observe flamingoes and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Penguins and marine iguanas can also be spotted on the water's edge. We then move on to Champion Islet where we have another chance to snorkel with sea lions and, if we're lucky, turtles and rays. Afterwards, we visit Post Office Bay where we learn all about its unique history. English whaling vessels placed a barrel here in the 18th centuary where it functioned as a rather unusual post office!

Meals

B L D

We disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here we can observe many species of tortoise and land iguanas at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre. We learn about the conservation work and scientific research that is undertaken on this remote archipelago. We than catch our flight back to the mainland, and Quito.

Meals

B

Depart anytime.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Return Internal flights from Quito to Baltra and associated airport transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • Double or twin berth cabin on full board basis (according to itinerary)
  • Cruise on a Tourist Class boat (according to itinerary)
  • Galapagos guide
What's Not Included
  • Galapagos National Park entrance $100 per person ($200 from 1 Aug 2024) payable locally in cash

  • Transit control card $20 per person (must be paid locally in cash)

  • Tips of local staff

  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

Extension Details

Lake Titicaca by Train

4 Days
Forming part of the border between Peru and Bolivia, this sacred lake of the Incas at an elevation of 3830 metres was where the god Viracocha rose and created the sun, moon, stars and the first people. It is the largest navigable lake in the world. There are several islands in the lake including the ‘floating’ Uros Islands which are man-made from reeds and are home to a pre-Incan people who live a simple traditional life.  We travel by luxury train across the altiplano from Cusco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Note: Train operates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only.
Extension Code: LAKA

Extension Itinerary

Transfer to Cusco train station 0700hrs for a full day PeruRail Titcaca train journey (which includes a lunch) to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We are met by our local guide and transfer to Hotel Casa Andina or similar.

Meals

B L

Our guide will meet you at your Puno hotel early in the morning. First we enjoy a 2hr motor boat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit 'floating' totoras reed islands home to the Uros people. We continue on to Amantani Island where we will stay overnight at the house of a local islander and enjoy the hospitality of a typical Amantani home.

Meals

B L D

After breakfast we have some time to explore this colourful island. In the later morning we take a motor-boat to Taquile Island, also inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives where we can learn about their fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations. To reach the town we'll have to climb a stairway of 567 stone steps! In the afternoon we return to Puno and check into our hotel.

Meals

B L

Early morning drive - approximately one hour - to Juliaca airport where KE extension package services end. Flight to Lima not included.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Train from Cusco to Puno
  • 2 nights at a 3-star hotel in Puno and 1 night home-stay
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking local guide
  • All land transport required by the itinerary.
What's Not Included
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs etc
Extension Details

Lake Titicaca by Bus

4 Days

Forming part of the border between Peru and Bolivia, this sacred lake of the Incas at an elevation of 3830 metres was where the god Viracocha rose and created the sun, moon, stars and the first people. It is the largest navigable lake in the world. There are several islands in the lake including the ‘floating’ Uros Islands which are man-made from reeds and are home to a pre-Incan people who live a simple traditional life.  We travel by comfortable tour bus across the altiplano from Cusco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. 

Extension Code: LAKT

Extension Itinerary

Transfer to Cusco bus station for the 0650am departure of the Inca Express deluxe bus service (which includes a buffet lunch en route) to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The bus stops on the way at several places of interest, including Andahuaylillas with its Baroque churches and La Raya, the highpoint of the route. We are met by our local guide and transfer to Hotel Casa Andina or similar.

Meals

B L

Our guide will meet you at your Puno hotel early in the morning. First we enjoy a 2hr motor boat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit 'floating' totoras reed islands home to the Uros people. We continue on to Amantani Island where we will stay overnight at the house of a local islander and enjoy the hospitality of a typical Amantani home.

Meals

B L D

After breakfast we have some time to explore this colourful island. In the later morning we take a motor-boat to Taquile Island, also inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives where we can learn about their fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations. To reach the town we'll have to climb a stairway of 567 stone steps! In the afternoon we return to Puno and check into our hotel.

Meals

B L

Early morning drive - approximately one hour - to Juliaca airport where KE extension package services end. Flight to Lima not included.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Bus from Cusco to Puno
  • 2 nights at a 3-star hotel in Puno and 1 night home-stay
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking local guide
  • All land transport required by the itinerary.
What's Not Included
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs etc

Reviews

5.0 out of 5 from 32 reviews

Monuments and Mountains - couldn’t ask for more ★★★★★

So glad we picked this route to walk to Machu Picchu. To have the trail to ourselves and camp in spectacular campsites and only see fellow travellers as we got near Machu Picchu was fantastic and meant we could walk at our own pace and enjoy the route and sights to ourselves. The terraces and constructions of the Incas are truly awe inspiring….and finally Machu Picchu…what can I say! Thanks indeed to Rolando (guide) who did a fantastic job keeping us happy, informed and laughing all the way. The support staff were phenomenal…the best vegetarian food I have ever had on a trek and the lads didn’t stop working making the whole trek run smoothly. And, as an animal lover, it was lovely to see the mules looked after so well. Ponchos are THOROUGHLY recommended!!!!
By Susan Lydney | 12 December 2023

Great ★★★★★

Everything about the trip was great. Communication from the office was excellent. Everyone I spoke to was very helpful. Special mention for Tom who was very patient over my flight luggage allowance anxieties! In country guide was excellent. Knowledgable, likeable, enthusiastic and helpful. I could go on... Exceptional guide/tour leader. Very thoughtful and enthusiastic to pass on his knowledge of his home and local culture. I learned a lot and he left me with a strong urge to go back and learn m ore. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Great choice of leader.
By Russell London | 09 June 2023

Spectacular, off the beaten track hiking, with a brilliant support team. ★★★★★

This extended trekking route to Machu Pichhu is well worth the extra effort. The terrain is steep, and merits its grade 8 score, but the scenery more than compensates. We were a small group brilliantly led by our guide Rudy, who was a local man who was always cheerful and enthusiastic. Rudy was very knowledgeable about the local customs and beliefs, as well as the history and geography of the area. The highlight of my trek was the Andean ceremony conducted in the Quechua language on the Totora p ass at 4600m, giving thanks to Pachamama. Both moving and involving, it was capped by three condors flying overhead as we finished. Rudy was supported by a fantastic team, with Diego and Saul creating wonders for the mess tent, and the mule handlers attentive and efficient. The roomy tents and comfortable airbeds were always up for us when we arrived in camp, and the food was delicious and plentiful. I would echo previous reviews and strongly recommend plenty of Deet and long sleeves/trousers to keep the mosquitoes at bay. We had no rain at all, and plenty of very strong sunshine, so use your Factor 50 and a big hat. It was still pretty cool at night, but we had no need for big Arctic-style down jackets, just 2-3 layers in the evenings. The finale of the trip at Machu Pichhu was impressive, as you would expect, but for me Choquequirao was just as good, and had the benefit of sharing it with only a handful of people.
By Dominic Ilminster | 22 August 2022

A wonderful time in the Andes ★★★★★

This is a wonderful trek across the Andes taking in sites that are away from the more peopled routes. There is a 3 day trek to Choquequirao, which takes in a decent sized climb on day 2. From there it is another 4 days across a number of passes, and we were the first group to do this route for 2 years which made it more special. They are still discovering more of Choquequirao under the rain forest and the terraces with llama figures were only discovered. There is a great deal of restoration bein g undertaken, including restoring and planting some of the terraces, which brings the site back to life. When we were there on day 3, there were only 5 or 6 other people in the ruins and on day 4, when we went through the site again, we were the only people in the main site. The advice I read from other travelers is relevant - especially taking steps against the mosquitoes. Day one I walked in shorts and a T shirt and spent the next 6 days itching from the bites around the elbows and legs. The little blighters do not necessarily appear evident at the time, but boy are their effects felt later. The catering was truly magnificent, the kitchen team provided substantial breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks for the walk too. If you enjoy soup, then this is the trek for you - with a bowl at lunch and tea. The quality and variety of the food, given our remote location was excellent. Our guide Elias and his #2 Rene were excellent and really brought the history of the area to life for us. They were exceptionally attentive to everyone's needs. The guys looking after the kitchen and Mules were exceptional too. The culmination of the trek coming over a ridge opposite Machu Pichu and then the morning in Machu Pichu the day after, made it all very special.
By Ian Leeds | 18 June 2022

WONDERFULLY AMAZING AND CHALLENGING TREK ★★★★★

This is a truly amazing trek and well worth the effort. As with all KE trips, every detail was well organised and flawlessly executed. Every aspect of the trip was outstanding, from the superb crew and fabulous food, to the unbelievable scenery. The crew was led by our fantastic guide, Henry, who oversaw everything with absolute professionalism and a great sense of humor. He, along with his assistant Christian, planned every day so that everyone in the group (of 16) could walk at their own pace and not feel under pressure. Henry's knowledge of his country's history and culture is impressive and his willingness to share this knowledge is inspiring. If you go on this trek you'd be lucky to have him as a guide. The trek itself is amazing and challenging. All the other reviews were right...day 2 is tough! But don't be put off by this, its worth the hard, long slog uphill! The scenery is stunning and seeing Inca ruins at every turn is spellbinding. Being able to explore the Choquequirao site in practical solitude is the highlight of the trip, followed closely by the majestic Machu Picchu. I traveled in October and the weather was very pleasant, sometimes hot. Be sure to bring insect repellent! Overall, this was an amazing holiday which was, in large part, due to the lovely and hilarious group of trekkers I ended up with! I fully recommend this trip...go, enjoy Cusco, meet random people, drink Pisco Sours and see a stunning corner of the world!
By Claire Dublin | 29 November 2019

Traveller Reviews
5.0 out of 5 from 32 reviews

Monuments and Mountains - couldn’t ask for more
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
So glad we picked this route to walk to Machu Picchu. To have the trail to ourselves and camp in spectacular campsites and only see fellow travellers as we got near Machu Picchu was fantastic and meant we could walk at our own pace and enjoy the route and sights to ourselves. The terraces and constructions of the Incas are truly awe inspiring….and finally Machu Picchu…what can I say! Thanks indeed to Rolando (guide) who did a fantastic job keeping us happy, informed and laughing all the way. The support staff were phenomenal…the best vegetarian food I have ever had on a trek and the lads didn’t stop working making the whole trek run smoothly. And, as an animal lover, it was lovely to see the mules looked after so well. Ponchos are THOROUGHLY recommended!!!!
By Susan Lydney | 12 December 2023

Great
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Everything about the trip was great. Communication from the office was excellent. Everyone I spoke to was very helpful. Special mention for Tom who was very patient over my flight luggage allowance anxieties! In country guide was excellent. Knowledgable, likeable, enthusiastic and helpful. I could go on... Exceptional guide/tour leader. Very thoughtful and enthusiastic to pass on his knowledge of his home and local culture. I learned a lot and he left me with a strong urge to go back and learn m ore. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Great choice of leader.
By Russell London | 09 June 2023

Spectacular, off the beaten track hiking, with a brilliant support team.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This extended trekking route to Machu Pichhu is well worth the extra effort. The terrain is steep, and merits its grade 8 score, but the scenery more than compensates. We were a small group brilliantly led by our guide Rudy, who was a local man who was always cheerful and enthusiastic. Rudy was very knowledgeable about the local customs and beliefs, as well as the history and geography of the area. The highlight of my trek was the Andean ceremony conducted in the Quechua language on the Totora p ass at 4600m, giving thanks to Pachamama. Both moving and involving, it was capped by three condors flying overhead as we finished. Rudy was supported by a fantastic team, with Diego and Saul creating wonders for the mess tent, and the mule handlers attentive and efficient. The roomy tents and comfortable airbeds were always up for us when we arrived in camp, and the food was delicious and plentiful. I would echo previous reviews and strongly recommend plenty of Deet and long sleeves/trousers to keep the mosquitoes at bay. We had no rain at all, and plenty of very strong sunshine, so use your Factor 50 and a big hat. It was still pretty cool at night, but we had no need for big Arctic-style down jackets, just 2-3 layers in the evenings. The finale of the trip at Machu Pichhu was impressive, as you would expect, but for me Choquequirao was just as good, and had the benefit of sharing it with only a handful of people.
By Dominic Ilminster | 22 August 2022

A wonderful time in the Andes
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is a wonderful trek across the Andes taking in sites that are away from the more peopled routes. There is a 3 day trek to Choquequirao, which takes in a decent sized climb on day 2. From there it is another 4 days across a number of passes, and we were the first group to do this route for 2 years which made it more special. They are still discovering more of Choquequirao under the rain forest and the terraces with llama figures were only discovered. There is a great deal of restoration bein g undertaken, including restoring and planting some of the terraces, which brings the site back to life. When we were there on day 3, there were only 5 or 6 other people in the ruins and on day 4, when we went through the site again, we were the only people in the main site. The advice I read from other travelers is relevant - especially taking steps against the mosquitoes. Day one I walked in shorts and a T shirt and spent the next 6 days itching from the bites around the elbows and legs. The little blighters do not necessarily appear evident at the time, but boy are their effects felt later. The catering was truly magnificent, the kitchen team provided substantial breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks for the walk too. If you enjoy soup, then this is the trek for you - with a bowl at lunch and tea. The quality and variety of the food, given our remote location was excellent. Our guide Elias and his #2 Rene were excellent and really brought the history of the area to life for us. They were exceptionally attentive to everyone's needs. The guys looking after the kitchen and Mules were exceptional too. The culmination of the trek coming over a ridge opposite Machu Pichu and then the morning in Machu Pichu the day after, made it all very special.
By Ian Leeds | 18 June 2022

WONDERFULLY AMAZING AND CHALLENGING TREK
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is a truly amazing trek and well worth the effort. As with all KE trips, every detail was well organised and flawlessly executed. Every aspect of the trip was outstanding, from the superb crew and fabulous food, to the unbelievable scenery. The crew was led by our fantastic guide, Henry, who oversaw everything with absolute professionalism and a great sense of humor. He, along with his assistant Christian, planned every day so that everyone in the group (of 16) could walk at their own pace and not feel under pressure. Henry's knowledge of his country's history and culture is impressive and his willingness to share this knowledge is inspiring. If you go on this trek you'd be lucky to have him as a guide. The trek itself is amazing and challenging. All the other reviews were right...day 2 is tough! But don't be put off by this, its worth the hard, long slog uphill! The scenery is stunning and seeing Inca ruins at every turn is spellbinding. Being able to explore the Choquequirao site in practical solitude is the highlight of the trip, followed closely by the majestic Machu Picchu. I traveled in October and the weather was very pleasant, sometimes hot. Be sure to bring insect repellent! Overall, this was an amazing holiday which was, in large part, due to the lovely and hilarious group of trekkers I ended up with! I fully recommend this trip...go, enjoy Cusco, meet random people, drink Pisco Sours and see a stunning corner of the world!
By Claire Dublin | 29 November 2019

Great trek in the highlands of Peru
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I completed the trek in October. It was a great trek with a great group of people. Our guide, Henry Mesicano and assistant Christian, along with a support staff of 9 for our group of 16, made an awesome team. The trek offers a lot of varied scenery from high mountains to rain forest, often on the same day. Some of the days are long and a “sleep in” day was until 5:30 or 6 as Henry wanted to get the worst of the day over before the heat of the day and often we didn’t get lunch until we were at our destination. 9 days without a break is tiring but the crew helped us to make it a memorable experience. For others considering this trek: - Most of the trek involves going either up or down. Bring trekking poles. Some days involve walking on narrow paths along cliffs. For those with problems with heights be aware. - I planned on wearing clothes for 2 days and washing one set of clothing. However, the first few days were so dusty that socks needed to be washed out each day. After the first few days, the humidity was so high that things did not dry easily. Bring a clothes line and possibly clothes pegs. I bought a nylon rain poncho in Cusco for 20 soles. It was worth it so that when it rained and was warmer, I could stay reasonably dry (along with my pack and things in my pocket) without getting too hot. - The food was delicious. 3 course meals most times. Snacks were provided before leaving each day. Those with large appetites may need more food. In our group, those with smaller appetites shared with those with larger appetites. Some of the campsites had small stores where you could purchase additional snacks. - Half the people in our group chose to pay extra for our own tents. All said that it was a good investment to have a small piece of privacy and a place to spread out at the end of the day. - If you have time, add a day or two extra. The Sacred Valley area has so much more to offer than the one day the tour allows before the trek. Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Rainbow Mountain are all places that are worth your time.
By Janice Coleman | 29 October 2019

Amazing life experience
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The whole trip was amazing, the tour leader Henry, assistant leader John and all the support staff. Was a fascinating time however day 2 of the trek was a killer, I’ll try and put it into context! Imagine climbing Burj Khalifa twice and then some more, whilst in 35 degree heat, 40% humidity, the stairs being uneven, dust flowing everywhere and carrying 10kg and after that climb, there’s a 10k walk (approx) all completed whilst at altitude... that is just for starters (thank god for Raul). It was like taking a vacation in hell on a summers day with Satan being particularly sadistic!, it’s fair to say I wasn’t a big fan of day 2! however after all that endeavour the views and distinctions are awe inspiring. Henry and the team were supportive as were my group mates. The whole trip was a wonderful life experience and would highly recommend this adventure.
By Terry Greenwich | 30 September 2019

Great Trekking trip
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The trip was everything you could hope for in a trekking holiday. Victor was a great guide , friendly , knowledgeable , and well organised. Let you go at your own pace, so you never felt under pressure. Excellent support crew , plenty of fantastic food every day , which considering the remoteness of the locations was impressive. There was even a huge cake on the last day ! The scenery was everything you could hope for , helped no doubt by great weather. The walking was hard , but not overly diff icult as , there was plenty of time allowed. Choquequirao was amazing , we had the entire site almost to ourselves.( The llamas terrace , just blew your mind !) With plans in place to build a cable car to near the site , I'm sure it won't be long until it will be a major tourist site , so we felt privileged at being able to experience it in such solitude. Machu Picchu was as it was claimed to be be , stunning building , amazing views , and imperious llamas who think they own the place ! You need to be reasonably fit to do this trip ( and properly enjoy it ) , though not necessary super fit , the altitude was noticeable at times , but nothing that that really slowed you down. Does get cold of an evening so a good sleeping bag essential .
By Christopher Chorley | 05 August 2019

Great Experience
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a wonderful experience on this classic trip. This was a real small-group experience (there were 6 of us, plus our guide Victor, plus a support staff of 7 and about a dozen horses - all of which were amazing). We really enjoyed every aspect of the trip but Choquequirao was perhaps the highlight. It felt like we had it all to ourselves and it really is an incredible site. A few tips for future travelers: Bring toilet paper. There will be some sort of shower facility at all campsites - most of them are however cold only. Be prepared for a range of temperatures as it gets quite cool at night and can be very warm in the sun, during the day and especially at the lower elevations. Bring good sunblock. There are biting insects at most sites so bring repellent - I didn't use any. I did get some bites but I'm used to Canadian mosquitoes so I didn't feel it was too bad. Long sleeves will of course be very helpful. Bring a good hat with a wide brim - the sun is intense. The terrain varies but I had reasonably good trail runners and they were sufficient. Light hiking boots would suffice. We got fed very well - four solid meals a day plus snacks - no need to pack any extra. Ear plugs may be helpful - the roosters get started very early. Other campers may be also getting up early to leave and it can get noisy.
By Thorsten Tillsonburg | 05 June 2019

Spectacular scenery and wonderful experience on Choquequirao to Machu Picchu
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Second time that we’ve chosen KE after a great trek last time. A brilliant trek with varied and beautiful scenery. The guide Victor made sure that we didn’t miss any of the views or the flora and fauna. The difficulty of the trek was exactly as described on KE’s website. Although the trip culminates at Machu Picchu which is fantastic the Choquequirao site was exceptional too, with a lot less people. Our guide Victor was excellent and made sure that we were informed and looked after. The cr ew were also brilliant and the meals were amazing thanks to the chefs Francisco (Pancho) and Samwel; they should be on Masterchef as the meals they could make up a mountain were unbeliavable. This trip was an amazing experience and was enhanced by Victor and the crew and our four other travellers. Definitely take 100+ Deet and I kept long trousers and a long sleeve shirt on because there are a lot of biting insects.
By Kenneth Consett | 04 June 2019

A great trek away from the crowds.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The trek was well lead by Henri & his assistant Marcella. Henri was excellent as was the pacing every day so that the group did not get split up and everyone could manage the steep hills. The logistics of the camping were well organised with the tents set up with our bags when we arrived, the tents were good quality & well sized (3 man tent for 2 people). The campsites were a variety of fields some with proper toilets and others with portable ones. The most stunning site was on old Inca Terraces overlooking the river & mountains. The food was excellent and the team of chefs achieved amazing things with a gas stove and what food they could carry. A 3 course lunch at 4,200m was also a highlight. This was the first trek of the season after the rainy season so more impacted by landslides. We had to traverse one serious landslide which was very well organised for our safety. The weather was varied a lot of people invested in poncho's to go over waterproofs as the rain can be in torrential downpours that can last a while. Thankfully after Cusco we didn't get caught out walking in one of these downpours and were able to shelter from the worst rain. The trek is through some wonderfully isolated areas with superb mountainous scenery. We met a handful of other visitors at Choquequirao which is a really impressive site, much bigger in area than Machu Pichu, but not as excavated. Until we joined the road on Day 8 we were largely on our own. Views of Machu Pichu on Day 11 were great & when we got the bus to Machu Pichu we were met with cloud, which eerily cleared to give an excellent view by 9am. We booked the extra ticket to go up Huayna Picchu which we did after the guided tour by Henri. This gave great views and a chance to escape some of the crowds. Note that it is a oneway system to tour Machu Pichu, so you cannot return to any of the ruins. On the last day we didn't get back to Cusco until 7pm (the direct train to Cusco doesn't run at this time of year) and as usual a team meal was organised for 8pm. We had booked on the Jungle extension which meant that we had 1 hour to get our washing/kit sorted out (which eventually the hotel agreed to organise), we then needed to be repacked ready for a 9am leave the next morning. We would recommend an extra day before the jungle extension or to bring enough spare clothing to avoid this rushed turnaround.
By Ann York | 02 May 2019

Demanding but highly rewarding trek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Extremely well organised trek, trekking crew well up to and beyond Nepalese standards. Henri was a superb guide, ably assisted by Marcella, and was a mine of information about the culture and history of Peru and its flora and fauna, as well as setting a sensible pace that kept us together. Possibly the best food I've ever eaten on trek. Keep the Deet handy, lots of biting insects. No need for a thermarest, the mattresses provided were thick and comfortable. Don't underestimate the 1400 metre cli mb to Choquequirao on the second day, it's a hard ascent but it's good to get the toughest day done early in the trek. Overall, if you want a challenging trek, beautiful scenery, culture and lots of Inka history, this trek's for you.
By Anthony TOTNES | 29 April 2019

Choquequirao, We were the only ones there!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was an excellent trip. While Machu Picchu was busy the path to get there was virtually empty. When we visited Choquequirao there was only a couple of other people there so you could experience the location. Machu Picchu was busy as you would expect but it was a special ending to a fantastic 9 day walk. The walking was mainly on good paths. There was a lot of steep zig zags coming out of humid valleys so it was a sweaty affair (day 2! in particular). The pace was well set but be prepared for long uphills and some thin air. Even though we were mainly above 2,000m mosquitos lived quite happily everywhere it seemed. Our group of 15 was supported by a fantastic team of 11. Henry was out guide and was very informative and attentive to the groups needs, as was Marcella his assistant. There were 4 kitchen people led by Santiago who miraculously made our meals while doing the walk themselves. Young Alex was a star for generally running around bring water for all, drinking and washing. The gear was shifted by Freulan and his team of 4 horseman and about 20 horses. Since the campsites varied in facilities they carried everything they needed. Each afternoon we arrived with tents erected. I cannot stress enough how well organised this team of 9 was in terms of setting up camp and keeping us fed and watered. There were a few campsites what had cold showers which were welcome, a couple towards the end had warm showers. I went on the late March departure so it was the tail end of rainy season. It rained several nights but not really during the day. Often it was cloudy but added to the mystique, and probably a little cooler. Cusco is a bustling place after relative isolation on the walk. I highly recommend the Rucula restaurant, near Inca Museum. Go with the quinoa risotto with grilled chicken! Also, just below Inca museum on way to Cathedral there is a store selling handmade woven items which had a good and varied selection. And as always, be fit to enjoy it!
By William Banbury | 09 April 2019

One of the best treks we've done!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is a great trip. There is a good mixture of long days walking, great scenery and historic sights along the way. While Machu Picchu is probably going to be a high light for most, having Choquequirao pretty much to ourselves was amazing. Equally, camping on the Inca terraces a few days later will probably rank amongst my favourite campsites in the world. The longer days walking are hard. lower down the weather was hot and higher up the altitude makes it harder. The trip is well planned with a few easier days thrown in to help. The crew were phenomenal, having a proper lunch each day helped break up the walking and allow for recovery. The food throughout the trek was also some of the best I've had. It felt authentic to the country. While we were given snacks for walking and three meals a day, if you have a big appetite then it may be worth taking some items of your own. Occasionally, events meant we ate very late with a big gap between meals. Henry our main guide was brilliant. Backed up by a superb team we always felt safe, even in some pretty precarious situations created by landslides. His knowledge was second to none explaining the history and talking about the local flaura and fauna. He was also fun, keen to engage with the group, joke and start the celebrations (with Pisco Sours!) once the trek was over. We read the previous reviews and I would emphasise the point about insects. We were surprised to find biting insects at 3000m. Long sleeves for hot weather and good insect repellent are a must. We travelled at the end of March. The back end of the wet season meant there was often cloud cover so we didn't always have the spectacular views. We got plenty of rain but this didn't diminish the trip as the views appeared periodically and we got to see more of the plants in flower. It was surprisingly warm. Normally I would carry a winter down jacket but it never came out of my kit bag.
By Jonathan Newcastle upon Tyne | 08 April 2019

Best trip ever. Words can't describe the experience of being with the locals.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Do your research with regard to bugs and weather. It can change alot depending upon when you go to an area. KE provide a good overview but you should be diligent in researching your specific situation. We were fortunate to have retired companions who took the time to look into specifics.

By Thomas Stillwater | 19 October 2017

Truly outstanding experience - very hard to beat!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I can't fault the trip. It was challenging but not impossible and allowed our group to witness outstanding landscapes, explore ruins without others tourists, sleep on Inca terraces and paddle in fresh springs. Our guides were outstanding and passionate about they do. The whole team had constant smiles and endless energy. And as for the chef/sous chef - never expected full whites and chef's hat half way up a mountain. I think flambleed pear and baked cake was beyond all our expectations. Peru is an amazing country and although only touched the surface, feel that I have come home with a greater understanding of the culture. The only disappointment (which no ones fault) was Machu Picchu. After being spoilt for the majority of the trek, it was a shock to see some many people. I recommend going up to the Sun Gate if you feel the same and look down on it - made me appreciate it a little more.
By Emma Brighton | 16 October 2017

marvelous trek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

All we had to do was put one foot in front of another, everything else was done for us. Hoping to be back in the Andes next year.

By Mark Stowmarket | 08 October 2017

More challenging then expected but exilerating experience not to be missed
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Wow what a trip, great views and experience. The trip was extremely well organised the guides were VERY Knowledgeable and caring the whole team worked very hard. It was a delight to be met at the airport and we were guided through every step of the journey. Don't forget that you are expected to tip and so make provision for that you will perhaps need a bit more money than is suggested, you tip the chefs, kitchen people, muleteers, and guides separately, it cost us twice as was suggested, it was optional however but well deserved on their part. The guides can be tipped in $ but the muleteers need to be tipped in Solos. The food was excellent and we were woken with coca tea and a bowl of hot water then a good breakfast, at lunch a 4 course meal, then tea at about 5.00pm then dinner at 7.00ish of 2 coursed. Always varied and ALWAYS GOOD. Also snacks were provided for on route as well. Water was boiled and wholesome not a problem. camp sites are ok however be prepared for a variety of toilet experiences and cold shower en route this can vary but are available. Some toilets on the journey when you come across them cost 1 solo. Our guides on the track were Ruben and Moses were excellent and I can recommend that they are a pleasure to be lead by. Some (Most) Mornings are a 5:00 am start so be prepared although you do go to bed early. USE bug spray and or DEET products there are biters out there which will give you some nasty itches, best avoided if possible. If you have an issue on the trip they follow up with a horse which you can make use of if needed on most sections (Named Justin - just in case :-) ) As a final note This is a great trip and well worth doing and experiencing however be aware that you are at a high altitude 4660 metres at the highest pass and usually above 3000 metres so best to take some medication with you just in case visit your travel clinic - ALSO BE PREPARED train and walk some hills / mountains before you go this is a tough trip, day 2 is particularly tough. Enjoy and have fun. We also took an extension to the Jungle as well which was great and very relaxing, again well organised and well planned with a guide all the way. Great to relax to.
By Robert Livingston | 01 October 2017

Beath taking trip, service and views.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Absolutely amazing trip, if I could give 10 stars I would. Reuben our main guide and Moises are the most lovely and brilliant guides, always smiling and expertly guiding us. They were both so lovely and full of knowledge!! We had the best tour guides!! All the service was unfaultable. The food was just incredible- you find yourself eating a restaurant quality 4 course meal most days. The staff were just absolutely lovey- I still don’t understand how they have the energy to complete the same tr ek before even starting to work, doing literally everything for us. the hot towels and tea every morning and hot water bottles were such extra special little things which made a massive difference to our experience. Although the trek and altitude was hard, it was 10000% worth it, with the feeling of accomplishment and views being breath taking. Bring extra deet though as the mosquitos are particularly annoying and extra money as the food and merchandise in Peru is so hard to resist!!
By Miriam | 25 September 2017

Wonderful Peruvian Trek full of Variety
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My Husband 17 year old daughter and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Peru walking the Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trail. From start to finish we have been so well looked after by Ruben our guide and his team. The trek is absolutely stunning ,quiet -we hardly met any other people- and challenging at the same time. The view on our first pass we will never forget and we were lucky enough to see condors as we arrived on the top. The food on trek was excellent and every day we were w oken with a cup of tea, washing bowl, facecloth and soap. On the cold nights we even had hot water bottles! We finished our time in Peru with a trip to the Jungle also to be recommended- my daughter and I were not so keen on the very large creepy crawlies on the night hike especially the extremely large terantulas!!! We have come back from our holiday with memories and experiences we will never forget and have also made some great friends and met some wonderful Peruvian people.
By Cara Chester | 05 September 2017

Inca Ruins
★ ★ ★ ★

Nice trek with marvelous Choquequirao ruins, sleeping on Inca terraces at Picha Unuyoc, etc. Weather did not cooperate, but the days with views were great. Guide Daniel was great. Trails at slippery when wet.

By Linda Olympia | 26 August 2017

A great trek. First with KE and very impressed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The trek was well organised from start to finish and we loved the little extras - hot water bottles (wahwahs) every night; flannels and soap with our washing bowls morning and evening and even the 'porta-potty'. The campsites were lovely, especially the one on the terraces at Pincha Unuyoc. The food was as much of a challenge as the walking at high altitude. Four good meals a day - breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner - which were tasty and welcome. Our guide, Daniel, the cooks and porters were all excellent and couldn't have done any more for us. Unfortunately we didn't have great weather for the two days over the high passes, so we didn't get those fantastic views, but other than that and only one condor sighting, the trek couldn't be faulted.
By Oliver London | 19 July 2017

awesome is too small a word
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A truly awe-inspiring trek. Not one for wimps as the paths are rarely anywhere near flat and days were full but totally worth the effort. The views were spectacular with flowers and butterflies adding colour to the amazing background. The campsites were varied but all special in their own way, who else can say they have camped on an Inca terrace? Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and experienced and backed by a superb camp team and cook. Having had such an amazing trek we were all conce rned Machu Picchu would be a let down by comparison, but it turned out to be the final Condor moment. A holiday that will not be forgotten.
By Royall Horsham | 03 May 2017

Every bit as good as I hoped it would be, and worth every pesky bug bite!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Our first trip to S. America, and we are completely smitten, thanks to the charms of Peru and its friendly people, Cusquena beer and Pisco sours! Cusco is full of colour and buzzing with activity. We took an extra night at the joining hotel in Cusco, which helped us to acclimatize to the 3400m altitude before setting off on the trek. Xavier, our chief guide, also gave us invaluable tips for the trek, e.g. get the local ponchos for the inevitable rain, and boy, did we need them! We had great weat her mixed with a couple of days with heavy rain, though that did not detract from the sheer pleasure of walking in the Andes. Every day, weather allowing, the views were magnificent, and the trekking was challenging but never unmanageable for us, so the grading of the trip was spot on. There were many memorable moments, but the day spent at Choquequirao, where we were the only people wandering around in this almost magical place, and the last day at Machu Picchu itself truly stand out. Xavier, Daniel and Juan guided us through some amazing landscapes, with swathes of purple lupin trees (yes, they grow to tree size in Peru!) and we even spotted a condor whirling lazily in the sky. Justo and the cooking team whipped up miraculous meals 3 times a day, and took endless trouble to keep us fed, clean, healthy and warm, while every day Frolain and his team of horsemen managed to pack and decamp after we left after breakfast, overtook us on the treks and had already set up for lunch when we arrived. It never failed to amaze me how quickly and efficiently they worked, and always with a smile! The whole group got on really well, and that coupled with Javier's easy charm, leadership and camaraderie, his perfect organisation (apparently he's a legend among the younger guides, and they all want to go on his trips!), the remarkable support crew, all made this a memorable trip. I can honestly say that I have never experienced such good service. Just a couple of tips: -walking poles are a good idea even if you don't normally walk with them. I didn't have them, but found a good, stout bamboo stick which was invaluable for the very steep and rocky downhills. -the local bugs are tiny, stealthy and ferocious, so either wear long sleeves and trousers at all times, like the locals do, or if you don't, then cover every inch of your skin with insect repellant. Even then you will be bitten, so pack anti-itch cream like calamine lotion.
By Manisha Bristol | 02 May 2017

Beautiful and fascinating scenery and sites.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was the best KE trip that I have been on. The guides were excellent; informative, accommodating and pleasant. Could not do enough for us. The equipment provided was very good. The food was excellent and varied. The degree of difficulty was as described (more difficult than a trek to Evererst Base Camp) and with a group of 14 with a wide range of ages and fitness the guides were able to keep us all on track to get to our destinations in reasonable time. Maybe not as quickly as the more able would have liked but close to projected times.
By Earl BOLTON LANDING | 19 October 2016

Wow what an amazing trek!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I can't recommend this holiday highly enough. Stunning scenery, fascinating history, varied landscapes flora and fauna and all without the crowds of more well known routes. A special mention to our fantastic guides Kantu and Ruben who were simply fantastic. If you want to go to Peru then this trip ticks all the boxes. Some pointers that may help you plan your trip: * You need a reasonably good level of fitness as you are basically walking up and down mountains. I personally found day two of the trek particularly hard due to the combination of a very steep long ascent and the 30-35C heat. Hill and mountain walking practice is essential before hand and also a good head for heights! * Insect repellent is an absolute must as we all got eaten alive even with copious amounts of deet. *The vast majority of the trek has no mobile coverage or electricity so take plenty of spare batteries/or power pack for your camera as the photo opportunities are limitless. *Take more cash than KE recommend and in small denominations as you will have the opportunity to buy refreshing drinks, the odd hot shower (take flip flops or crocs!) and souvenirs along the way. We had to buy quite a lot of water too and this all dwindles your cash reserves when you've still got to pay your tips when you are miles away from a ATM. * Clothes washing opportunities were a bit limited on the later part of the trek as we couldn't get things to dry so don't pack to light on the essentails (Pants!) *Take swim wear as there are a couple of opportunities for a dip. *The food cooked by Geronimo was outstanding and plentiful and snacks are provided so you don't need to take any with you. * The atmosphere was very dry when we visited so i used a moisturising lip balm constantly. * Take your own loo roll as it was not always available and for "emergency" situations keep it in your day pack. *it was incredibly dry and dusty in places, so a buff was useful to cover your nose and mouth if the dust got kicked/blown up and also doubled up as neck protection from the sun. *They provided a pillow and sleeping air mat.
By Alastair Ashford | 13 October 2016

Exhilarating combination of top-class walking plus Inca excitement.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is a seriously good and demanding trek and, the modifications to the route over the last 12 months generally improve it, by making it a little less punishing, though it was disappointing that the walk down the side of river on the last day is not possible owing to land slips. Maybe we were lucky but our food was outstanding and Peruvian cuisine generally is of a high standard so much better than Nepal and Bhutan for example. We hadn't expected this. We voluntarily chose to eat vegetarian bu t the omnivores definitely ate better with no concerns about health. Only criticisms would be that the stools in the Dining Tent lacked seat backs (quite handy when you just want to relax) and that the trekking tents were quite compact.
By Nigel EDINBURGH | 01 August 2016

BEST TREK YET
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I chose this trek on recommendation from Lucy one of the KE team and was not disappointed. From start to finish the trek was expertly managed both by the KE team and our lady guide Kantu Valor Nelgar backed by her assistant Guide Ruben. Kantu’s general knowledge, her friendly approach to her guests and honest desire to please made this trip very special. The kitchen team headed by Geronimo produced amazing food considering the facilities, each meal presented restaurant fashion, we were never disappointed nor hungry. Where possible local produce including eggs were used. The pace of the trek was correctly judged, based upon Kantu’s assessment of the general ability of the group. A back up horse was provided for those who needed it either to ride or to off load a heavy rucksack. The long days were never too much to cope with due the frequent drink and snack stops interspersed with lunch. Time was always made for photos and for questions. The camp sites were well chosen, my favourite situated on the terraces at Pincha Unuyoc which afforded fantastic views Rio Blanco valley coupled with cool spring water, ideal for a mid trek shower and laundry stop. The views especially at the Totora pass were breathtaking, something I will long remember. The trek up was through fields of giant Peruvian lupins that were in full flower. Each morning Ruben and his team provided a welcome hot drink and bowl of water to wash with prior to breakfast and an early start to avoid much of the heat of the day. The variety offered by this trek made it quite special, the knowledge of our guide Kantu making it all the more so. The hotels used and the transport were good as was the choice of restaurants, we chose not to try guinea pig! preferring the Lama steaks which were delicious. All in all this will be a trek to remember and to recommend to friends. Andrew Johnson
By Andrew ST. ANDREWS | 12 July 2016

Exceeded Expectatons
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Having spent the last 40 years trekking independently and burdened with a full pack, this excursion was pure luxury. All you have to do is walk (with a light daypack). Everything else was taken care of by the good-natured, competent, and unobtrusive support staff. And you couldn't ask for better food, served three times a day (and that doesn't include the daily afternoon tea). The hot water and towel delivered to your tent each morning and at the end of each day's walk was another welcome lu xury. The trek was further enhanced by the presence of a guide, in our case a young women by the name of Kantu, who gently orchestrated the whole show and instructed throughout, making the experience both carefree and educational. We were free to fully immerse ourselves in the spectacular Andean world around us. I could ask for no more.
By Bruce Victor | 09 June 2016

An Excellent Adventure
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This nine day trek was brilliantly guided and organized, beginning with excellent facilitation of all trip details, transfers, informational sessions and packets. It was an aggressive trek, but well planned. We felt safe and well cared for throughout. The trek offers stunning vistas, Inca ruins, diverse floristic ecosystems, bountiful glacier topped ranges, condors, and much more, including a chance to meet local Peruvians in the highlands and get a feel for a lifestyle like few others experien ce. A perfect trip, but recommend getting in good physical condition before hand. Lots of endurance and strength conditioning will make the trip a real joy.
By Nicholas Centralia | 06 June 2016

Great group, tough trek, good guide and all the arrangements went well
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
All the travel arrangements by KE went according to plan. Get fit before you do this trek but superb trek and up there with the top 3 we have ever done. Great mixture of culture and trekking. We were worried having a group of only 5 but it gelled well and we had a fantastic holiday. There was some stunning scenery and some Inca sites we wouldn't have otherwise seen if we hadn't trekked. Support staff on trek were excellent and they catered well for us vegetarians with loads of lovely nutritious food. Camping is not for everyone with its cold water showers dodgy loos on occasions but that is part of the trekking experience in wilderness situations. Seriously I am not sure I can think of any improvements I could make. Excellent!
By Mervyn BRISTOL | 27 September 2015

Great introduction to South America
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A great trek off the main INKA trail trekking routes. I really enjoyed this trek with several days away from the crowds and camping in some remote and spectacular Andes locations. The guide was very knowledagable about Peruvian history and the environment.

By Andrew PRESTON | 18 September 2015

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