The ultimate adventure for altitude junkies with a love of history, this challenging 12-day journey snakes its way between the most incredible Inca sites in Peru. Conquer a mind-blowing trek to the mountaintop fortress of Choquequirao ? free of tourist throngs ? before continuing onto Santa Teresa, the backdoor to Machu Picchu. With guided tours of the Sacred Valley, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, you'll gain a greater appreciation of the Inca Empire. And because we operate our own treks in this region, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment.
What's Included: G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay. Sacred Valley guided tour. Pottery making demonstration. Trek to Choquequirao ruins with local guide, cooks, and porters (8 days). Guided tour of Choquequirao archaeological site. Aguas Calientes stay. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Highlights: Trek the strikingly beautiful Andes, explore Choquequirao away from the crowds, discover the spectacular Inca fortress of Machu Picchu,
Group Size Notes: Max 16, Avg 8
Meals Included: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
Meals: Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.
Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.
For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Transport: Private van, hiking, train.
Minimum Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
Max Pax: 16
Physical Grading:5 - Challenging
➕ Day 1 Cusco
Arrive early and spend some time exploring the city. Meet the group at the welcome meeting, check for the start time on the welcome note at the hotel.
Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative
➕ Day 2 Cusco (1B, 1L)
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs directly from the women who made them. Continue on to watch a pottery making demonstration in another small village.
Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds from the meal go directly back into the remote community.
Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Cuyo Chico Pottery Making Demonstration
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
➕ Day 3 Cusco/Chiquisca (1B, 1L, 1D)
Even though the lost city of Choquequirao was discovered hundreds of years ago, it still feels as though you may be the first to discover it. The trek to this remote Incan city although challenging, is well worth the effort. Winding trails take you through the Apurimac River canyon with views of the snow-capped Salkantay mountains making a breathtaking backdrop.
Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 1
➕ Day 4 Chiquisca/Choquequirao (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue trekking through the Apurimac River canyon on the way to Marampata. Keep your eyes open for condors as you make your way up into the cloud forest to Choquequirao, where you'll camp for the night.
Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 2
➕ Day 5 Choquequirao/Pinchiunuyocc (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, comparable only to Machu Picchu in its beauty, grandeur and architectural accomplishment.
Choquequirao Guided Tour
Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 3
➕ Day 6 Pinchiunuyocc/Maizal campsite (1B, 1L, 1D)
Pass through local communities and stunning Andean vistas. Enjoy delicious meals prepared by the cooks along the way and after settling into camp, stretch out under the stars.
Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 4
➕ Day 7 Maizal campsite/Yanama (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue upwards through the jungle towards the ancient Victoria Mines and visit the Coryhuayrachina ruins along the way.
Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 5
➕ Day 8 Yanama/Totora (1B, 1L, 1D)
Before descending to Totora, enjoy the snow-capped mountains that surround the area.
Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 6
➕ Day 9 Totora/La Playa (1B, 1L, 1D)
Trekking into the valley the temperature will be noticeably warmer, enjoy the variety of flora and fauna. Pass by lush groves of tropical fruit, cocoa, and coffee.
Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 7
➕ Day 10 La Playa /Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)
Head out on the last portion of the hike to Hidroelectrica train station and transfer by train to Aguas Calientes for the night.
Choquequirao Full Trek - Day 8
➕ Day 11 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)
Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Join the local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday.
Later in the afternoon return by train to Ollantaytambo and transfer by van to Cusco, arriving in the evening.
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
➕ Day 12 Cusco (1B)
Depart at any time.