Our 16-day journey in the Peruvian Andes takes in Machu Picchu and it’s lesser known sister city Choquequirao. This trip aims to give you the ultimate Inca experience. Our adventure starts with a trek around Cusco taking in the sites while adjusting to the altitude.
Our itinerary goes a lot further off the beaten path than the standard Inca trail tours from Ireland. See the trip itinerary below, or read our blog post about the new route.
From Cusco, we drive into the depths of the Andes and begin our trek to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is twice the size of Machu Picchu and receives a fraction of the visitors that Machu Picchu does. From Choquequirao, we trek along a stunning route for several days to reach Machu Picchu. We cross rivers, climb over two high passes (4,150m & 4,668m) and walk through jungle teeming with flora and fauna. Along the trek, we have epic views of the snow-capped peaks of Humantay (5,700 m) and Salkantay (6,271 m). We pass through a number of traditional villages, visit a coffee farm to brew coffee, and bathe in hot springs which work wonders for tired legs!
This itinerary is ideal for those who enjoy a challenging trek and want to immerse themselves in Inca and Peruvian culture. We have included an optional day trip to Rainbow Mountain and four nights in Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. The vivid sights and smells coupled with the interesting fusion of Spanish and Inca architecture make it a fantastic place to explore and enjoy some retail therapy.
If you want to listen to our guide Louise talk about this trek, you can watch this video to see what it’s like day-by-day!