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The Classic Choquequirao Trek

5 Days & 4 Nights | Starting From: $ per person

Cusco - Capuliyoc - Playa Rosalina - Santa Rosa - Marampata - Choquequirao
The Classic Choquequirao Trek

The Classic Choquequirao Trek

5 Days & 4 Nights

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Activity Type
Hiking, Camping & Cultural
Max Altitude
3,050 m / 10,007 ft
Activity Level
Challenging (Strenuous, lengthy, high altitude)
Group Size
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl

Choquequirao Trek 5 Days - Adventure Tour & Hiking

Trek to the Last Refuge of the Incas

Choquequirao trek 5 days – This amazing Choquequirao trek is truly one of the most spectacular and off-the-beaten-path treks in the Cusco region and a great alternative to Inca Trail. Located high atop the Apurimac Valle, in utter isolation and cloud forest, surrounded by a fascinating landscape created by the Vilcabamba mountain range. Choquequirao trek is a remote, rarely-visited and has been nicknamed the “Twin Sister of Machu Picchu”. Besides, Choquequirao ruins is believed to be the legendary last city of the Incas and larger than Machu Picchu.

This stunning 5-day trek to the fascinating Incan city of Choquequirao is challenging but amazing experience, where you hike down to the depths of the Apurimac Canyon and have some chance to spot some condors soar through the skies, surrounded by dramatic vistas through steep farmlands and then hike up to reach the ancient ruins of Choquequirao “Cradle of Gold”.

  • Location/Terrain: Choquequirao is located in the canyon of the Apurimac River at an altitude of 3,050 m/10,006 ft. and in the spurs of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The ruins are positioned in a strategic geographical area between Andean mountains and the edge of the jungle; with amazing views of snow-capped peaks, multiple high passes, plateaus, and rocky terrain.
  • Accommodation: 4 nights camping facilities along the Choquequirao Trek, we use four-person tents which are shared by only two people, come with one-Inch thick foam mattress pad, and pillow. Therma-Rest and sleeping bags are provided upon request.
  • Acclimatization: We recommend 2 to 3 days acclimatization before your Choquequirao trek 5 days, and multi-day trekking experience recommended.
  • Adventure Rating ★★★★★ Strenuous, lengthy, and high altitude with an averaging 10,000 feet above sea level. This trek is designed for very experienced active travelers in excellent physical and health condition. Full-day hikes (8-9 hours), mountainous, some very steep terrain (hiking up or down)
  • Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Camping, Archaeology and Cultural Adventures
  • Altitude: 1500m/4,921ft to 3050m/10,006ft
  • Group size: A minimum of 2 trekkers required for this trek, family group, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure tour to Choquequirao of 5 days. Price is per person.
  • Considerations: This trek does not visit Machu Picchu
  • Customizable: Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available

What's it like

choquequirao trek 5 days

On this tour to Choquequirao of 5 days, you will have a full day to explore the Choquequirao archaeological site, including the famous stone llamas and some unexcavated sites still hidden in the jungle. Also, you’ll be awestruck as you take in the beautiful natural surroundings, while in the distance you can hear the roar of the mighty Apurimac river. You will also see native animals such as Andean Condors and native flora and fauna such as orchids and so much more.

Come and be one of the first adventurers to make this Choquequirao tour with us and enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, great valleys, and amazing canyons. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at +51 957 326 998 or shoot us an email at to learn more or book your spot today.

  • Get off the beaten path to discover Choquequirao Citadel, the “Twin Sister of Machu Picchu”
  • Trek through remote, and big mountain scenery into one of the deepest canyons of Peru, the Apurimac
  • Enjoy a serious physical challenge – steep uphill and downhills through the beautiful Apurimac Canyon
  • Learn the history of the last days of the Inca Empire and explore the Choquequirao archaeological site with an expert guide
  • Marvel with the fantastic views of the Apurimac Canyon and snow-capped Andean peaks
  • Embark with direct and official local tour operator, managed by locals & accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism
  • Small groups, Big Adventures (min 2 – max 8 / average 4)

Itinerary At a Glance

  • DAY
    Cusco – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina

    On this day we meet our horseman and other staff members. We will begin our trek at Capuliyoc (2,900m / 9,512ft) along the edge of the Apurimac canyon and follow the trail, enjoying the dramatic landscapes and a variety of plant and animal life until we reach our campsite at La Playa Rosalina.

  • DAY
    Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao Ruins

    We will cross the suspension bridge and then we’ll ascent for 4½ – 5 hours on a switchback trail to Marampata. Following this, we will hike through a thick cloud forest towards the Inca site of Choquequirao we then have some time to relax and enjoy the archaeological zone, plants, animals (hopefully condors), and views of nearby canyons and snow-capped mountains. We will camp in Choquequirao Inca site (3050m/10,006ft)

  • DAY
    Full Day Choquequirao Exploration

    We’ll take the day to explore in great detail this incredible Inca site that’s located on the mountains and very close to the deepest canyon in the entire American continent. Where we’ll visit the most impressive corners of this fascinating place included inlaid stone llamas at the ruins of Choquequirao.

  • DAY
    Choquequirao Ruins – Santa Rosa – Chiquisca

    After the delicious breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to the Choquequirao ruins and make our way back along the Choquequirao trail. we descend to Chiquisca campsite.

  • DAY
    Chiquisca – Capuliyoc – Cusco

    After breakfast, we’ll start our last day of hiking and leave as early as possible to avoid the midday sun hindering our walk. It’ll be 3 to 4-hour climb upwards to Capuliyoc, and a bus back to Cusco.

Choquequirao Trek 5 Days Itinerary

Pre-Trek Briefing: The night before your Choquequirao Trek 5 Days, your guide will provide a full pre-trek briefing at your hotel, and you can take this opportunity to ask questions about the trek itinerary and make any final preparations. You will also be given your duffle bag so that you can pack your gear for the tr

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – La Playa Rosalina

This incredible trek to Choquequirao begins at 4 am, Peru Spirit Adventure will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to ride in our private van with your tour guide and drive about four hours to the trailhead, called Capuliyoc (2900m/9,512ft). Along the way, there are picturesque views of villages, spectacular valleys and snow-capped mountains. Upon arrival to the beginning of the trail, we will meet up our muleteers and horses, and pack all of our equipment onto the horses and get ready for the trek, you will only carry a small daypack with the essentials you will need on the trail.

After a group photo, we will start our expedition to Choquequirao, enjoying the spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains of the Vilcabamba range, great Apurimac Canyon and the stunning snow-capped mountains like Padreyoc (5,571m/18,387ft). Then we hike down for three hours to Chikisca (1,900 m / 6,213 ft) for lunch. The trail can be dusty and slippery, but with good trekking shoes and trekking poles, you won’t have a problem. Along the way, there will be spectacular views of the Apurimac river, landscapes, and beautiful flora and fauna.

Following lunch, we continue for another 1½ – 2 hours until we reach the first night’s campsite called La Playa Rosalina located at 1,500m/4,920ft. Once at the campsite, you will have time to settle into your tent, which are already set up, in the late afternoon we will have tea time, subsequently dinner. All meals included, breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Hiking distance: 16km / 9.9 miles
  • Hiking time: 5½ – 6 hours
  • Overnight accommodations: camping facilities.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea time and dinner.
  • Maximum altitude: 2,900m/ 9,512ft.
  • Minimum altitude: 1,500m/ 4,920ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather: Hot

Day 2: La Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

We will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. We will have an early start since it will be our tough day. After delicious breakfast, we will cross the suspension bridge and then it will be 4½ – 5 hours uphill on a switchback trail to reach to the little village called Marampata where we will have lunch. Along the way, we will pass by some sugar cane farms, more great views of the valley from the opposite hill, possibly some condors above and beautiful flora and fauna. This climb is one of the most challenging part of the Choquequirao Trek.

Once we arrive at Marampata, we will be done with uphill portion and then we will enjoy our lunch enjoying the view of Choquequirao Inca ruins in a further direction. After lunch, we will continue hiking for two hours to our second evening’s campsite Choquequirao located at 2,950m/ 9,676 ft.

This section of the Choquequirao trail will be the most impressive of our entire trek because we will have amazing views from the summit to the canyon of Apurimac. We will also see orchids, among other flowers and black bears. If you still have some energy left, that afternoon, you will able to take 30-minute walk to enjoy the beautiful sunset from the Choquequirao ruins. In the evening we’ll have tea time, followed dinner.

  • Hiking Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles.
  • Hiking Time: 8 hours approx…
  • Overnight Accommodations: Camping facilities
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea time and dinner.
  • Highest point: 2,950m/ 9,676 ft
  • Lowest point: 1,500m / 4,920 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Hot with mosquitoes

Day 3: Full Day Choquequirao Exploration

This day will be the long awaited tour for all because we will visit and explore the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, the “sister city” of Machu Picchu, and learn more about its history and architecture! After breakfast, we will prepare for the most spectacular exploration of the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao, there is so much to see. We will hike for about 30 minutes to get there. Once we arrive, enjoy a private guided tour and explore the main plaza, ritual bath, administrative sector, granaries, etc…

Choquequirao is considered to be bigger than Machu Picchu, although most of it is still hidden in the forest.

This Inca site is extremely spread out because the Incas had to study which areas of the mountain to build several buildings, terraces, and houses on. Moreover, the most impressive parts of this Choquequirao Inca site are the temples, astronomical observatories, water channels and inlaid stone llamas at the ruins of Choquequirao.

Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua Inca’s language although this is probably not its original name. It is an Incan City built during the late 15th and early 16th century, it is another “Lost City of the Incas” rediscovered officially late in the 20th century. It is located high on a ridge spur almost 3,100 meters above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and is surrounded by the towering Salcantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks. Excavations and restoration of the 1810 hectares site began in the 1990s, and it is estimated that only 30% of the site has been restored to date. Every day archeologists are finding new things.

After our thorough explorations of this impressive Inca site, we will head back to our same campsite to enjoy our lunch. In the afternoon, we will have time to relax and take a nap. Enjoy your last night next to these magical ruins, under an incredible sky of the southern stars. All meals included.

  • Highest point: 3,100 m/ 10,168 ft
  • Lowest point: 2,950 m/ 9,676 ft
  • Overnight Accommodations: Camping facilities.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea time, dinner

Day 4: Choquequirao – Marampata – La Playa – Chiquiska

After early breakfast, we will pack our equipment and prepare for our journey back to Cusco. As soon as we are ready we start hiking two hours back to Marampata. Along the way, our tour guide will point out the beautiful flora and fauna of the area, we will also have an impressive view of the Canyon of Apurimac and waterfalls in the distance, as well as the clouds lifting from the bottom of the canyon. Also, if the weather is pleasant, we will get to enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the Andes.

From Marampata, the trail is steep downhill hike to La Playa that requires trekking poles. Halfway down, you will have a break to enjoy some fruit farmed in the area. Cactus fruit is the main attraction.

Finally, we will reach La Playa for lunch. After lunch, it will be another two hours, uphill to Chikiska Camp, which is in the backyard of a family’s home. Besides, you will have a chance to see some black bears, condors, hummingbirds and so on. There you will have the last dinner prepared by our trekking cook of Choquequirao trek.

  • Hiking Distance: 16km / 9.9 miles.
  • Hiking Time: 6 hours approx…
  • Overnight Accommodations: camping facilities.
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea time and dinner.
  • Campsite Elevation: 1,836 m / 6,023ft.

Day 5: Chiquiska – Capuliyoc – Cusco

After our breakfast, we start our last day hiking and leave the camp site as early as possible to avoid the midday sun, which is so exhausting. It will be a four-hour uphill hike until we arrive at the end of the expedition. Once we arrive, we will enjoy our last lunch, and have a farewell time to our muleteers, cook and tour guide who were part of our team for 5-day trek to Choquequirao.

After that, we’ll take our private transport back to Cusco for about three more hours with some stop offs on the way, we will drive through Curawasi, where the famous local tea Anis is farmed. We will arrive in Cusco at around 6 pm. We will drop you off at your hotel.

  • Hiking Distance: 8km/ 4.9 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3 hours approx
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

  • Pre-Trek briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your Choquequirao Trek 5 days (to go over the itinerary and answer any questions)
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pick up from your hotel and private transportation to Capuliyoc
  • Return transportation from Capuliyoc to your hotel in Cusco on day 5
  • Trekking Chef to prepare fresh meals
  • A duffel bag in which to put your personal items, and will only be available at your campsite each day (morning and evening)
  • Horses and muleteers (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment, and your duffel bags of 8-kg / 16-pound personal items).
  • One-Inch thick foam mattress pad
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Meals: Four breakfasts, five lunches, four dinner, and snacks on the trail (Special dietary options available)
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao Archaeological Complex
  • Guided tour of Choquequirao ruins
  • Camping equipment (for 4 nights) that are shared by only two people each tent
  • Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Toilet tent
  • Hot water every morning and evening for hand washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and afternoon
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.

  • Flights
  • Hotel before/after trek
  • Day 5 dinner
  • Items of a personal nature and souvenirs
  • Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
  • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide)

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Travel insurance (and some copies)
  • Down or synthetic sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Deep or mosquito repellent
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash
  • Book to read (you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Day Pack: We provide a duffle bag, to put in some personal belonging that will no use during the day, and it will be carried by pack horses, and you will need a small daypack for carrying your water, snacks, camera, rain gear, and layers, sunscreen and bug spray, meds every day.
  • Rain gear (you need to have a rain gear. From April- Oct is dry season and from Nov-Mar is the wet season. Just keep in mind that it can rain anytime of the year in the cloud forest and in the Peruvian Andes the weather is very changeable and unpredictable, it’s also good to have rain pants, as well, as a poncho will not suffice)
  • Personal first-aid kit. We recommend you bring anti-inflammatory tablets (ibuprofen), aspirin for headaches or muscle pain and blister kit.). Also, some recommendations meds of the doctor for parasites and stomach bacterial infections (tablets like Ciprofloxacin for bacteria and Metronidazole, Tinidazole) and for high altitude (altitude sickness) Diamox and Ciprofloxacin.

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    • For the Cusco Half Day Tours, we require a deposit of $50 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For large groups, we accept wire transfer for deposits and final balances due. If you would like more information about the wire transfer option, please email us at

    FINAL PAYMENTS: We accept cash and PayPal for final payments. A client may not depart for the tour or trek until payment in full is received, either in cash or by PayPal.

    • Cash payments are due the day before tour or trek departure and can be paid at the pre-tour or trek briefing. We accept US dollars and Peruvian soles for cash payments. If you will pay in US dollars. Take note. The Peruvian banks are extremely strict about the “quality” of dollars they will accept. Therefore, we have to request that your bills are what they call “unbroken”. Broken bills will not be accepted. Broken means — any tear (even as small as 3 mm) or excessive wrinkling
    • PayPal payments are due one week before the tour or trek departure. a) There is an 8% fee on balance due payments using PayPal. b) If the balance via PayPal is not paid by 3 days prior to trek departure, the PayPal fee will be 10%. Our PayPal email is:
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    • Notification of cancellation must always be made in writing by the person that made the booking and paid the deposit to


    • Your deposit for the tours and treks are 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are no exceptions due to the fact, that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE expends a great deal of expense purchasing permits, entrance tickets, and making deposits for reservations or services, most of which are non-changeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable by government regulation. We also do not accept medical notes of any kind, as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.


    • Cancellations made 30 days in advance have no charge (with the exception of the non-refundable deposit) with the following exception:
    • Inca Trail treks
    • In the case of cancellation, the customer will not receive a refund of their deposit
    • If the customer cancels between 30 and 10 days before their trek, they must pay 50% of the total trip cost.
    • If the customer cancels between 10 and 3 days before their trek, they must pay 80% of the total cost.
    • If the customer cancels 2 days or less before their trek, they must pay 100% of the total cost.
    • In the exceptional case that a customer decides to leave once they have started the trek, no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional expenses they incur such as food, lodging, and transportation. On the last day, the customer will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
    • If after the tour has started a client cannot participate in the trek or tour (due to sickness, physical problems, etc.) no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional costs they incur for transportation, lodging, and food. On the last day, the tourist will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
    • In the case of natural disaster that prevents a service being completed, the customer will receive a 50% refund.
    • In the case of a natural disaster that requires a change in the trek route, but the trek is still completed, there will be no refund.
    • In the very unlikely circumstance that your service is not completed due to a fault of Peru Spirit Adventure, you will receive a full refund (including your deposit).


    • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Peru Spirit Adventure (or any agency).
    • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
    • Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.


    • Please note that for the Inca Trail, permits are not-changeable, not-transferable, and not-refundable. Dates can never be changed by government policy.

    With the exception of the Inca Trail treks, we are generally able to change a trek date.

    • To change the date of your non-Inca Trail trek, there is a fee of US $75 per person if the change occurs more than 30 days prior to trek departure.
    • If the change occurs 21 to 30 days prior to trek departure, the fee is US $100 per person.
    • If the change occurs 10 to 20 days before trek departure, the fee is US $150 per person.
    • Changes less than 10 days prior to trek departure will have varying fees, which can be discussed at the time the change is being made.
    • Changes made must be to another group trek for a minimum of 2 individuals. If a single traveler needs to change dates, and there is not an existing option for that date, the change will not be possible.


    • We highly recommend travel insurance for all of our customers.
    • Coverage should include baggage loss, accident, emergency air rescue and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance should reimburse you for non-recoverable air or land expenses should you cancel your trip due to personal or family illness, as well as covering any medical or emergency evacuation expenses if you become ill during your trip.
    • In the case of illness or injury on one of our treks or tours, we are trained to provide emergency first aid and arrange transportation to a proper medical facility. However, we are not responsible for the cost of those transportation services or the cost of medical care.


    • Once you book your tour, we send your information immediately to “Machu Picchu Park” in order for permits to be issued as soon as possible.
    • You will need to bring your actual passport for all services. A photocopy will not be accepted.
    • The information we will to Machu Picchu Park includes your full name, passport number, nationality, gender, and age. That information cannot be modified.
      • The only exception is in the case of a changed passport number due to renewal.
        • If your passport number changes between reserving your spot and the start of your trek, you will need to bring your old as well as your new passport to the start of the Trek.
      • If any of the information on your passport does not match the information we were previously provided, you won’t be able to start the trek.
    • If you arrive in Cusco and did not advise us that you have a new passport number, and that your information has changed, Peru Spirit Adventure will not be held responsible. In this situation it will be the responsibility of the customer to pay the extra expense of returning to Cusco or Machu Picchu (transportation, food and other expenses).

    TRAVEL IN PERU: Peru Spirit Adventure operates in regions, where standards of accommodation can vary. Transportation and other services might not be like those you would normally have back home. However, we strive with all due care and skill, to provide the best service for our clients. Traveling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humor and an understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances or occurrences beyond our control. For example: a strike, protest, landslide, bad weather, etc. (Force Majeure). By booking any of our tours & treks, you agree to allow Peru Spirit Adventure to make necessary changes without liability.


    Force Majeure is any event that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE cannot with all due care foresee, control or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat of war, riot, civil strike, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel trips. (This is a last option, of course!)


    By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquequirao, Rainbow Mountain trek and more) you assume the risks associated with personal accidents, medical emergencies, air travel problems etc. For these treks, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE Agency accepts no responsibility.


    • You must advise Peru Spirit Adventure of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
    • You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
    • All balances need to be paid in either cash or PayPal (see “FINAL PAYMENTS” section above).
    • In order to receive a student discount, you must send your valid University ID to Peru Spirit Adventure at the time of booking. ID must have your name, photo and valid expiration date. Any card without an expiration date will not be accepted. You will then be required to bring your student card with you on the trek – they will not allow you to pass through the checkpoint without this original card.
    • You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
    • Cancellations: Your deposit is 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are absolutely no exceptions (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us (see “CANCELLATION FEES” section above).
    • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE (or any agency).
    • All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
    • If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter airlifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment.
    • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Peru Spirit Adventure cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
    • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
    • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.


    • We strongly suggest spending time at high altitude (above 3000 meters / 9842 feet)- in Cusco or another high altitude area for a minimum of 2- 4 days before undertaking your trip. This is in order to minimize the possible effects of altitude sickness. By drinking plenty of fluids, adding sugar to your drinks, eating food high in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and drinking coca tea (ancient traditional leaf) will help your body acclimatize.
    • We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure because occasionally we need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see ‘Force Majeure’ section below)


    You accept and grant to Peru Spirit Adventure – Tour Operator the right to use your images, photos, and videos that show or describe during your participation in any tour, trekking or adventure, in any advertising of any type, without payment of any additional consideration.

    Thanks again for choosing us and we look forward to seeing you in Cusco!

    Peru Spirit Adventure Team!

    Peru Spirit Adventure

    Who is Peru Spirit Adventure? We are a small tour operator company owned by a local Peruvian experts with more than 10 years of experience as a guide. Our office is based in Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes and is located near the central square, Plaza del Armas. Our team is made up of knowledgeable and passionate tour guides from Cusco and Andes with many years of experience Read more



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