Lost city of Choquequirao, Andes, Peru

The Lost City of Choquequirao

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Trip code: 
TPK
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Point-to-point Walking
Min age:
18
Group size:
5–16

Trek amidst Peru's Cordillera Vilcabamba to the lost Inca site of Choquequirao

Escape the crowds on this challenging, unusual trek through Peru’s mountainous region. This varied trek is constantly moving up and down the climatic zones, leading you up steep paths through dense cloud forest, over spectacular scenic passes and along ancient Inca paths to the Vilcabamba’s best kept secret: the lost Inca city of Choquequirao. Machu Picchu may draw the crowds, but Choquequirao will awe you in its secluded splendour. If you like being off the beaten path, are intrigued by rich history and crave dramatic landscapes dominated by lofty, snow-capped peaks, this is the trek for you.

Highlights

  • Quiet trekking trails (without the permit and other restrictions that are imposed on the Inca Trail)
  • Choquequirao - larger than, and one of the best-preserved Inca ruins after Machu Picchu
  • Diversity of scenery; from cloud forests and canyons to high passes and 6000m peaks of the Vilcabamba Range
  • Guided tours of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
  • Time to explore historic Cuzco

Key information

  • 5 nights en suite hotels and 7 nights full-service camping
  • 8 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min. age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4560m, average 3000m
  • Travel by private bus and train

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 5 nights en suite hotels and 7 nights full-service camping
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek 
  • Exodus kitbag (UK and Eire addresses)
  • Inflatible sleeping mat while camping

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) 
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Sleeping bag (hire locally from US$40)
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Trip Notes

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Pace:

Approximately  7-10 hours walking per day, with the occasional longer or shorter day.

Terrain:

High altitude mountainous terrain with steep and prolonged ascents and descents. Some narrow rocky trails.

Day by day breakdown
Day 47.0km/4.3miles
Day 511.0km/6.8miles
Day 63.0km/1.8miles
Day 714.0km/8.7miles
Day 816.0km/10.0miles
Day 919.0km/11.8miles
Day 1021.0km/13.0miles
Day 1112.0km/7.5miles
Lost city of Choquequirao, Andes, Peru

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Itinerary

London
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  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    The group flights depart London this evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Cuzco (3,400m); afternoon walking tour.

    The group flights usually arrive into Cuzco in the mid-afternoon. The Inca capital - though small enough to be easily manageable - is among the most attractive cities in South America, with much of the centre comprising colonial-era buildings with Inca foundations, and it is full of interesting museums, churches and pre-Columbian sites. We will have a short walking tour around the compact city centre to get our bearings.

    It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,400m).

    There will be a welcome briefing in the hotel lobby this evening.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 3

    Free day in Cuzco.

    Today has been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America's most beautiful cities. The Plaza de Armas is a fantastic spot for people watching, and Qorikancha (the ‘Sun Temple’), located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery is worth a visit. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves.

    If you fancy something more active then there are an array of other optional activities available from Cuzco, although you may wish to leave these until your return to Cuzco after the Inca Trail trek, by which time you will be fully acclimatised. These include paddle-boarding on a lake, mountain biking, or a combination of via ferrata and zip-lining in the Sacred Valley.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Drive to Capuliyoc Pass (2,915m); begin the trek with a descent to Chiquisca.

    We leave Cuzco early this morning, around 5am, and drive for approximately 5 hours to Capuliyoc Pass (approx. 2,915m) in time for lunch, stopping to explore the archaeological sites of Tarawasi and Saywite en route. From the top of the pass we enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Apurimac River and the surrounding snow‐capped peaks, as well as Choquequirao itself. Descending from the pass, the path zigzags its way through dry forest above the raging waters of the Apurimac River. Our camp tonight is at Chiquisaca (1,950m).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Cross Apurimac River then climb to Santa Rosa and Maranpata (2,850m); on to Choquequirao camp (3,035m).

    Another very early start for a long day’s trek. Just over an hour of walking downhill brings us to Playa Rosalina (1,500m), from where we cross over the Apurimac River before beginning the long and steep switchback climb up to the village of Santa Rosa. After a rest stop we continue climbing to a plateau above Maranpata (2,850m) where we usually have a lunch break in a small village. The gradient eases off a little here and the path undulates towards Choquequirao for a couple of hours. The forests here are home to spectacled bears, and we may catch sight of them as we approach the Inca citadel. After walking through the terraces, we set up camp close to the ruins themselves (3,035m). This campsite has cold showers and flushing toilets.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Full day to explore the magnificent Inca site of Choquequirao and the terraces of Pacchanta.

    We have ample time to fully explore the vast, sprawling ruins of Choquequirao. Larger than Machu Picchu, the site is made up of nine different areas which each had a distinct role covering religious, political and military functions. The quality of the stonework indicates that it housed important Inca officials or royalty, and in common with other important sites it features ritual baths and temples dedicated to the sun, moon and Pachamama, the earth spirit. Much of Choquequirao is unexcavated and many buildings are still hidden beneath the thick forest which surrounds the main site. There are incredible views of the whole site and the Apurimac Valley from the truncated hilltop of Sunch'u Pata, a short distance up from the main plaza. In the afternoon we will visit the terraces of Pacchanta.

    4.5 hrs (inclusive of the time for visiting the site itself)
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Cross Choquequirao Pass (3,215m) then descend to the Rio Blanco via Pinchinoyoc; continue to Maizal (3,000m).

    We cover a lot of ground today, starting with a short but steep climb to the top of the Choquequirao Pass (3,215m) from where we enjoy our last panoramic view over Choquequirao. After the pass we walk steeply downhill on a wide but dusty road to Pinchinoyoc (2,400m) where we visit Inca terraces that were previously covered in vegetation. We continue our descent right to the bottom of the valley, where we cross the Rio Blanco (1,800m) and begin our ascent up the other side of the valley. This is a long, steep climb up to Maizal at 3,000m. This is a strenuous day, descending over 1,500m and ascending over 1,500m over the course of the day.  

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Steep climb over San Juan Pass (4,170m) with impressive mountain views; descend to Yanama (3,400m).

    We start the day with a steep, switchback climb (approx. 5hrs) up the San Juan Pass (4,170m) - the effort of ascending the pass is balanced with incredible views of the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, including Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo and Sacsarayoc. On a clear day you can see the magnificent glaciers and enjoy a 360 degree panorama of these beautiful, serrated mountains. As we near the top, we stop at the 500-year-old La Victoria silver mines. Crossing the pass, we descend for roughly three hours to our camp at Yanama (3,400m), following an old miners track which glitters with silver dust. In May this path winds through landscapes filled with wild lupins in flower. Today you have good chances to spot a mighty Andean condor as it soars on the thermals.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Trek amidst Vilcabamba Range and over Yanama Pass (4,560m), surrounded by glaciers, to Totora.

    Stunning scenery abounds today as we trek deep in the heart of the Vilcabamba Range, climbing for approx.5 hours up to the highest point of the trek, the Yanama Pass (4,560m). There is a new road from Yanama village up and over the pass, however our trail avoids it wherever possible – and vehicles are few and far between. Our gravelly trail follows the river up the valley before it begins the climb, criss-crossing the new road until reaching the top of the pass and the high point of the trek where lofty Sacsarayoc dominates the skyline from the pass. A long (approx. 4hr) descent from the pass brings us through along the valley, passing small villages along the way and following the river to Totora campsite, were we spend the night.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Descend to Lucabamba.

    From Totora it is a descent (approx. 7hrs) to Lucabamba. We will notice more trekkers around today as we converge with a section of the Salcantay trail and pass enter a more inhabited area. We follow the road for a short section, then a gravel path beside the river; the surroundings are green as we are walking through cloud forest once again. We’ll also see lots of fruit trees and coffee plantations. Tonight’s campsite is particularly special: your tents will be pitched on Inca terraces, and the campsite is in the middle of a coffee plantation. Time permitting, there is the chance for a tour of the coffee plantation (for PEN10, or free entry should you purchase some coffee, PEN25 for a large bag). Also optional is a visit to the hot springs. 

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Follow Salcantay River to Santa Teresa (1,900m); train to Aguas Calientes.

    Rising early, we follow an original Inca trail which climbs uphill for three hours to the site of Llactapacta. After a final two hour descent we reach the hydroelectric station at Santa Teresa (1,900m) – a good spot for lunch. After lunch we cross the Vilcanota River and finish our trek at the train station. We board the train to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon and check into our hotel upon arrival for a well-earned rest and a shower!


    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Morning tour of Machu Picchu; train to Ollantaytambo.

    In order to beat the day-trippers coming from Cuzco, we wake early this morning and catch the bus (approx. thirty minutes) up the winding road to the greatest ruin in the world; Machu Picchu. The well-preserved Inca architecture, combined with its spectacular location on a mountain spur high above the Urubamba River, makes Machu Picchu one of the world's most impressive ruins. Your leader will give you a two/three hour guided tour of the ruins and afterwards there will be free time to explore at your leisure. There are some spectacular walks around the site that you may wish to do, including following the path to the Inca Drawbridge.

    Once you’ve had your fill, return to Aguas Calientes in time to catch an afternoon train which winds its way through the beautiful Urubamba River Valley back to Ollantaytambo (approx. one and a half hours).
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Sacred Valley tour; continue to Cuzco.

    We wake to explore the narrow cobbled streets and the colossal Inca stone terraces which dominate the hillside above Ollantaytambo town. The archaeological site at Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Inca Emperor Pachacuti as well as being of religious and defensive significance. Travelling by road we next visit the ruins of the Citadel at Pisac where Inca terraces are carved into the solid rock itself and there will also be time to walk around the colourful market. Afterwards we continue the drive to Cuzco, passing through high-Andean scenery dotted with old towns and villages dating back to pre-Columbian times.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Depart Cuzco.

    For land only travellers, the trip ends in Cuzco after breakfast today. Those who are travelling on the group flights will be taken to Cuzco airport this morning to catch your overnight flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Arrive London.

    The group flights arrive back into London today.

Trip Notes

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Extend Your Trip

Amazon Rainforest extension (from Cuzco)

Code: XPC

Easily accessible via a short flight to Puerto Maldonado from Cuzco, the Amazon is the world's largest rainforest and home to an astonishing array of wildlife, as well as countless plant species. Spending three nights at a lodge in the incredibly rich Tambopata Reserve, we use motorised canoes to explore its lakes and rivers, and follow jungle trails to discover its dense forests.The detailed itinerary can be found here.

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Lake Titicaca extension

Code: XPT

Journey across the spectacular high altiplano to Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable fresh water lake (3,800m). Explore its waters by boat and visit the descendants of the Uros Indians who live on floating reed islands, and are also known for producing fine textiles. Back on the mainland we visit the pre‐ Incan site of Sillustani, comprised of burial towers with fantastic views over the region. The Titicaca Extension is only available after your main tour as we do not recommend arriving straight into Puno due to the altitude. 

Essential Info

Visas

Peru

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in Peru. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners are included in the price of the tour.

Peruvian cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality and it’s well worth trying out a few of the local delicacies. Amongst these are ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and various hearty soups such as the delicious quinoa soup. Other dishes include roasted cuy (guinea pig), alpaca steak, and to drink, the national beverage: Pisco Sour.

Hotel breakfasts are normally simple buffet-style affairs, usually including bread/toast and jam, cereal, sometimes eggs or a cooked dishes, sometimes fruit, tea/coffee and fruit juice. Regrettably we can not guarantee that wheat/gluten free products will be available for breakfast in all locations - if you have an intolerance you may wish to bring your own breakfast food.

Where lunch and dinner is not included in Cuzco/Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo we'll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

During the trek hearty breakfasts are served and good quality cooked lunches and dinners are provided, and usually consist of soup or a starter, a main course with meat/fish and some form of carbohydrates, followed by a dessert. Some snacks between meals are also provided. Drinking water (boiled and filtered) is provided in the mornings and at lunch during the trek so that you can refill your bottles. Bed tea/coffee is brought to your tent each morning and juice or hot drinks are provided with all meals during the trek.

The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink. Your leader will buy large water containers for you to refill your bottles from for a nominal charge.

Weather

Peru's diverse geography results in a very varied climate. The coastal desert including Lima, is generally dry but cloudy through most of the year. The exception is January to March when the skies are clear and the temperatures rise.

In Cuzco and the Andes, April to November is the dry season; during these months the sky is generally bright and clear with strong sunshine in the mornings, sometimes clouding over as the day progresses. May to August departures are cooler and layers of warm clothing are recommended, whilst September-October departures can be very hot in the daytimes, with temperatures reaching the mid- to high- thirties. In the Andes, however, anything is possible at any time of year, including cloud rolling up from the Amazon basin, rain or even snow, and rapid and unexpected changes! During the dry season temperatures at night can dip to around the freezing mark (and sometimes below), particularly around Lake Titicaca and on the higher altitude sections of the trek. The weather chart only shows average temperatures; daytime and night-time extremes in the Andes, particularly in the dry season can be very different to these.

Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are in the Cloud Forest and as such attract large amounts of precipitation all year as clouds move up from the Amazon basin. Rain here can be heavy, but is seldom prolonged.

Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco, Peru

Is this trip for you?

This full-service camping trek is graded as Challenging/Tough (Activity Level 6), with eight days point-to-point walking and full porterage throughout.

Significantly more strenuous than the classic Inca Trail, this demanding trek takes you up to high altitudes on steep but well-defined trails, mostly following mountain switchbacks as you move from valley floor to mountain pass on your journey through the Andes. This trail follows ancient Inca pathways the same as the Inca Trail, but without the restrictions of trekking permits and human porterage. Expect early starts and long days (up to 11 hours) with steep gradients throughout, all rewarded with breath-taking views across the Andes. This trek is not technically difficult and is suitable for all walkers with a good level of fitness and some experience of multi-day trekking. There are some steep drops and narrow paths which makes this trek unsuitable for vertigo sufferers or those without a head for heights.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: https://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes. We spend two days in Cuzco (3400m) acclimatising before starting the trek.

Walking distances and hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Camping

We spend five nights in hotels during this tour (in Cuzco, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes). All of our hotels are small and locally-owned with en suite bathrooms and breakfast facilities. In Cuzco, all are located within walking distance of the central Plaza de Armas. Most hotels have a safety deposit box in the room but if not, there will be one at reception.

Please note that central heating is very rare in Peru, even in good standard hotels. Most hotels provide plug in heaters and spare blankets. Additionally whilst all of the hotels have a hot water supply, it can be temperamental when there is high demand.

A railway line runs straight through the centre of Aguas Calientes and whilst we try to allocate rooms away from it whenever possible, the trains might be heard from some rooms.

The seven night trek is on a full-service camping basis with full porterage, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and do all of the camp chores for you. You need only carry your day pack. There is a separate dining tent for meal times, as well as a toilet tent for use both in camp and during lunch stops. A bowl of warm water for washing with is provided each morning and evening, and boiled and filtered drinking water is also provided in the mornings and at lunch and dinner times so we can fill our water bottles.

We recommend the early booking of single supplements and of pre/post-tour accommodation. Single accommodation (including tents) can be arranged for a supplement from £280, subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

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  • Reviewed September 2017
    Eileen Cooper

    The Lost City of Choquequirao

    This trip challenges you physically, mentally and emotionally. It provides breathtaking scenery, camping in cloud forests, visiting Inca sites in beautiful and inaccessible places and the chance to observe how humbly people live in the harsh landscape. It fulfilled all of my expectations and more, spectacular scenery, challenging walking and indulging in the Indiana Jones experience. There was great camaraderie and our guides, Michael and Vladimir were just the best. They had infinite cheerfulness and patience and were determined that we would understand as much as possible about Andean culture, past and present. My only regret is that this trek may be 'it', the best one!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    One every day! Camping on Inca terrraces, learning about how the Incas viewed the Mayu, the Milky Way, standing on the usnu, the ceremonial platform at Choquequirao surrounded by mountains, ravines and sparkling rivers whilst clouds swirled around, the cardio workout exploring the Llama terraces, walking down to Yanoma amongst wild lavender with horses passing, sitting on a rock edge at San Abra pass at 4200m, surreal bathing in hot springs at Santa Teresa with bats flitting overhead.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael ensured we had the best time. He made everything as easy as possible for us. He was so patient taking photos of us at iconic spots and being an archaeologist, we were in the hands of an expert. He has a great approach to life and was always conscientious. A very genuine man who worked extremely hard on many levels to make sure our holiday was perfect, which it was.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For those who are not super fit, do some training, legs, core and walking of course. Take extra clothes, it is hot and sticky and not easy to wash or dry clothes or towels.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you have any doubts, do some training and go.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    PETER WATKINS

    Peru adventure

    A challenging trek in Peru that managed to combine quiet trekking, magnificent scenery, the remote city of Choquequirao and the spectacle of Machu Picchu. Walking in remote areas of Peru, at times surrounded by snow-capped mountaings, or maybe cloud forest, or then again coffee plantations. Very varied and interesting at all times. The guides and support staff added to the atmosphere, providing a friendly and informative company. Helpful at all times, providing surprisingly good food in very basic conditions and unexpected "extras" - like the very welcome visit to the hot springs! All-in-all and excellent trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having a wild condor effortlessly flying past us at a distance of only 20m!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent! Knowledgable about the Inca history, although sometimes a little to mystical. Always in control and adaptable to changing situations. Always felt safe with him, and the other support team around.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking poles essential. The bugs bite a lot so bug spray essential, recommend always wearing long sleeves and long trousers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Try the passion fruit smoothies!
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Rosemary Dan

    Excellent trip

    This is one of the best trips I have done. This was my first visit to South America - Peru is a beautiful country with fascinating history. The trekking is hard but well worth the effort.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were several, including Choquequirao where it was so quiet (only our group plus 3 other people) and Machu Picchu, which although crowded is spectacular. However, the most inspirational moment for me was the San Juan pass; the conditions were perfect, the 360 degree views breath taking and several Condors flying around when we arrived.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Frank was very passionate and knowledgeable about Peru and the Inca culture. Jonnie was a great and enthusiastic co-leader on the trek. The support team worked very hard to make sure we were comfortable on trek.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare for the trek - it is hard with long ascents and descents but very rewarding. Take plenty of insect repellent - mosquitos are prolific particularly on the trek. I was worried about arriving in Cusco and coping with the altitude, however, the time spent in Cusco at the start of the trip was ideal to acclimatise.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Gina Lawrence

    Lost City of Choquequirao Trek

    An incredible trek, away from the crowds and through the cloud forests and passes of the Andes.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved being at Choquequirao - but it's only when you get to Machu Picchu do you realise what a privilege it is to see Choquequirao with so few people there. When we visited our group shared the entire site with only a dozen other people - incredible. The comparison with the business of Machu Picchu is startling! For the trek itself, the San Juan pass was my favourite spot - a perfect 360 viewpoint over the Vilcabamba mountains. We went in May and were blessed with glorious sunshine and the valley filled with wild lupins.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rolando and Jonny were top notch, very funny and lovely to be around. Special mention must go to our amazing team of cooks and horsemen who were incredible and worked so, so hard to give us an amazing experience. We couldn't have done it without them!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a fantastic trek which gives you an unusual insight to Peru, away from the popular spots. It's so special to have somewhere like Choquequirao to yourself. Go now before everyone else does!
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Simonetta Taylor

    Lost City of Choqueqeirou - Adventure in the Andes

    This trip was an adventure of a lifetime for me. In places it was hard and very hard. The support from the trek staff team was superb making the effort worthwhile. Choquequeiro itself is like something from an Indiana Jones film in it's setting and to get there is hard.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This was the hardest physical achievement of my life and couldn't have happened without the trek team.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rolando (leader) and Jonny (assistant) worked hard to make the trip amazing. If you go you will learn so much about the people, plants and animals of the Andes

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare in advance with physical training. If possible, spend an extra day in Cuzco at the start to help get over altitude sickness if you are flying straight to Cuzco from Uk

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is an amazing trip - the sights are outstanding.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Kevin Wallace

    Choquequirao to Macau Picchu

    Top notch trip visiting two stunning Inca sites. One well publicised with 2500 visitors per day, while the other might only see 25! But you need to do some hard walking to reach that one........

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two really. Looking down from the 'bowling green smooth' viewpoint over Choq, in all its solitude. On this my second visit to MP, finally getting the classic view overlooking the city in all its glory.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Frank was very good at his job. Informative about all aspects of the Inca culture. Showed a love both for Peru and for the mountain people of the Andes. Crucially he also had a good sense of humour!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for testing walking conditions. My walk was in November but we experienced very hot sunshine. This made the steep zig zagging ascents and descents very hard. Walking poles extremely useful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Peru is one of my top destinations. Widely different parts to the country with so many Inca (and older) sites in good preservation.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Sarah Gooda

    Chocoquiero

    This was a wonderful holiday. We went as a family including 2 teenagers and we all had a fantastic time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at a beautiful lunch spot in an Inca site, with tables set up on the terraces on the mountain side, and water channels cascading down, built by the incas. The first view of Macchu Picchu glimpsed from across the valley.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rolando was amazing. Inspirational, fantastic attention to detail, devoted to his culture, friendly and resourceful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure your sleeping bag is warm, have a down or synthetic jacket as it gets very cold - below freezing - in the evenings and at night at altitude. My daughter used a metal water bottle with an insulating cover as a sleeping bag. It's warm during the day though.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food on this trip is worth a special mention. It was absolutely delicious, vegetarians were well catered for and the food hygiene was meticulous. It included a large breakfast, 2 course cooked lunch, afternoon tea and 3 course evening meal, as well as snacks. Boiled water was provided for our water bottles.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    John Halstead

    The Lost City of Choquequirao

    One of the best trips I have done. The food was the better than on any previos trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The earthquake resistant Inca stoework.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very experienced and professional

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walking is steep with extended periods of height gain and loss. Make sure you have done some training. A pair of poles help the knees considerably. The Lake Titicca (spelling?) extension is worth doing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would have liked more information about the extension. Just knowing what hotel I was staying in and a name and telephone number for the person meeting me would have helped. In the event everything went like clockwork, but I experienced some anxiety about what I would do if the rep. hadn't turned up. I had no plan B.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Nigel Trevor

    lost cities of choquequirao

    A must do trip. for most of the 8days on the choquequirao trail we hardly saw other walkers, and when we did it was in passing. and at choquequirao there was one other group, and we pretty much had the site to our self. the trails were tough at times, but the rewards of stunning views and totally amazing sites . and every time you turn a corner, they appeared to get better.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    their are many but having lunch on the terraces at pinchaunuyoc absolutely stunning , lunch and seeing condors at parador abra san juan. valentine and achillies prepared the most amazing food. every day something different macho picchu

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rolando saico excellent new his country and the history of the sites has a real passion for his country . this really came across then speaking with him. nothing was to much trouble. made the difference of this being not a good holiday but a brilliant holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    if your thinking about this trip do it now . I thin with new infrastructure going on this trail is going to get a whole lot busier. insect repellent don't forget it. their not about most of the time, but make up for it when they are.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    peru is a beautiful country full of culture. with great people . that respect your space and don't try to push you into buying things you don't want . this is a country to put on your bucket list.
  • Reviewed October 2012
    Anonymous

    THE LOST CITY OF CHOQUEQUIRAO

    Very enjoyable and well lead trip through some of Peru's less busy trekking trails. Some fairly tough climbs and descents but well worth it to find the tranquility of the Lost City of Choquequirao and explore Peru's beautiful and varied scenery. Was also good to be able to visit Machu Picchu on the last day - a great way to finish the trek!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    3 key mommnets stand out;- climing the hill from the camp site and entering the Lost City of C. Stunning.- the point where Machu Picchu first comes into view in the distance- the indiviudals in the group each reaching the top of the Choquequirao Pass - a great sense of achievement!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good. Really knew his stuff in terms of the history of the Incas and was a very approachable. Also had a very good sense of humour and interacted very well with the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring lots of insect repellant!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trip, loved every minute of it. Thinking about my next one already!

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    Please note that this review refers to a previous version of the trip which Exodus operated in the past.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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