Double Occupancy: $820 per person

Single Occupany: $920 per person

Duration: Five Days

Minimum No. of Travelers: 4

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Season: April-October

Give yourself two to three days to acclimate to Cusco before starting this trek.

A rugged, remote trek leads you through a diversity of climates to reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao – a stronghold of Manco Inca. The rough terrain makes this a physically challenging but rewarding trek. Legend has it that the Incas rebelled against the Spaniards and took all of the gold and treasure that they could lay their hands on, and set off into the jungle to establish a new nation. The site of Choquequirao (9668’) offers impressive views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, the recently discovered terraces. The depths of the Apurimac canyon will make you feel that you have reached a land that has everything to offer…

DAY 1: Cusco – Cachora - Chiquisca

We have an early start by minibus to Cachora. Your guide meets you at your hotel before 6 AM, and you drive past the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo. Then, you cross the Apurimac River at Cunyac, the limit of the regions of Cusco and Apurimac. We stop for a short visit to the Stone of Saywite, then we continue to Cachora, and finally to the end of the road.
After meeting our horse and driver team, we begin our hike towards Capuliyoc (viewpoint) where you can spot Choquequirao in the distance, as well as the mountains of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. You then start a long descent into the valley to Capuliyoc. The terrain and vegetation changes dramatically as we reach our campsite in Chiquisca, 6324’.

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Lunch, Dinner Bus ride: 3 hours Trekking distance: 9.32 miles Approximate time: 4 to 5 hours hike Gradient: Easy – Mostly Downhill

DAY 2: Chiquisca – Apurimac - Maranpata

We have an early start (before 7 AM) in order to avoid the heat while climbing up to Santa Rosa. There we meet a family who distils alcohol out of sugar canes. The trail then continues climbing to Maranpata, and along the way we see some orchids, and if we are lucky, we can spot some condors, foxes and surely many species of birds. Today you are camping at Maranpata camp 9320’.

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance: 9.94 miles Approximate time: 6 to 7 hours Gradient: Difficult

DAY 3: Maranpata - Choquequirao

After our breakfast (not so early this morning), we start the hike to the ruins of Choquequirao. Along the path, not far from Maranpata, there is a lookout called Sunchupata where the views of the ruins and the many terraces on the mountain can be seen. Looking at the many terraces and their location, we can only imagine the work and skill demanded for such task. We arrive to Choquequirao in less than two hours, and have all day to explore and visit the complex. Our camp is set near the site.

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance: 2.32 miles Approximate time: 2 hours Gradient: Easy – Moderate

Day 4: Choquequirao - Chiquiska

We have an easy start with no need to rush this morning! You can enjoy an early stroll towards the site before we break camp and start the descend through the same way we entered. We have a long descent to Santa Rosa, where we stop for lunch before we continue to the Apurimac River and our campsite in Chiquisca. Our last dinner with our team of Horse Handlers provides an opportunity to share together in our communal dinner tent.

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance: 12.26 miles Approximate time: 5 -6 hours Gradient: Easy - Moderate

Day 5: Chiquiska – Cachora – Cusco

On our last day of hiking we have a long climb to get back to Cachora where our transportation awaits to take us back to Cusco. From there, we must drive for 165 km back to the capital of the Inca Empire, with an arrival by the late afternoon.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch Trekking distance: 10.26 miles Approximate time: 4 -5 hours Gradient: Easy - Moderate

The meals we provide while in the Inca Trail are shown below:

DAYS 1 2 3 4 5
Breakfast X X X X
Boxed Lunch / Lunch X X X X X
Dinner X X X X
  • 4 nights camping on the trail
  • Transfer to start of trek and back to Cusco
  • All necessary camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • Tents
  • Pack animals and their Handlers
  • Mattresses
  • Private guide
  • Entrance fees to Saywite and Choquequirao
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented in our offices in Cusco for $25)
  • Flights to Cusco
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Medical or Life Insurance
  • Other Entrances fee
  • Any other expense due to delays because of natural causes, landslides, political strikes, etc.
  • A 60 litre Duffel sac (18 lbs max weight)
  • Small daypack
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Rain jacket & pants
  • Gloves & wool hat
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton/breathable fabric, not too thin)
  • Sun hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Personal items & medication
  • Torch, binoculars
  • Personal documents (Passport Mandatory to present at control gates)
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