Choquequirao Trek 5D/4N

Type of Service
02 people as minimum and 07 people as maximum (customized service)
Difficulty
Formidable
Frequency
The whole year
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Every day

Choquequirao Trek 5D/4N

The 5 day Choquequirao Trek will take you on an unforgettable camping adventure through the picturesque Apurimac valley to site of the ‘Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu’.

Although breathtakingly beautiful, the route to the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, is little known to tourists. Giving you more of an exclusive experience along the historic Andean mountain trail.

Along with the wonder of Choquequirao, the tour will treat you to a spectacular view of the deepest canyon in the world, the Apurimac Canyon!

Book your place now for the Peruvian adventure of a lifetime.

Places to visit :

  • Cachora
  • Mirador de Capulichayoq
  • Chiquisca
  • Marampata
  • Choquequirao
  • Rosalina Beach
From $450 / per person
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Duration 5 Days - 4 Nights
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Cusco – Cachora – Capulichayoq – Chiquisca
  • Day 2 : Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata
  • Day 3 : Marampata – Choquequirao – Marampata
  • Day 4 : Marampata – Rosalina Beach – Chiquisca
  • Day 5 : Chiquisca – Capulichayoq – Cachora – Cusco

DAY 1 – CUSCO – CACHORA – CAPULICHAYOC – CHIQUISCA

The Trek to Choquequirao starts with pick up at 5am from your hotel in Cusco.

Your private transportation will take you on a 3.5-hour drive through the lush valley of the Apurímac River, until we reach the mountain town of San Pedro de Cachora at 2,900 m / 9,514 ft. Here you will be greeted by your chef and horsemen and enjoy a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant.

After breakfast in Cachora, you will load the horses and follow your guide on a 3-hour trek to El Mirador Capulichayoc. From the viewpoint, you will be treated to your first panoramic vista of the archaeological park of Choquequirao, including its stunning Apurimac Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Amidst that beautiful backdrop, you will also rest and have lunch.

Continuing along the trail for a further 3-hours, you’ll descend through the canyon, accompanied by breathtaking views of the snow-capped peak of Pedrayoc, until you reach the campsite in Chiquisca at 1,869 m / 6,132 ft. Upon arrival, you will set up camp, enjoy a freshly cooked dinner, and sleep alongside the sound of the Apurimac River under a starlit Andean sky.

  • Food : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Estimated walking time : 6 hours
  • Total walking distance : 15 km / 9.3 mi
  • Altitude of our camp : 1,869 m / 6,132 ft

DAY 2 – CHIQUISCA– MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

Day 2 will begin with breakfast at the Chiquisca camp, prepared fresh by our personal chef.

After breakfast you will embark on a 4-hour hike, ascending up the valley to our camp in Marampata at 2,870 m / 9,416 ft. As this will be our resting point for the night, you will have an opportunity to get settled and take lunch before the afternoons’ hike to Choquequirai.

After refueling at camp, you and your guide will begin the 90 minute trek to the archaeological site of Choquequirai at 3,050 m / 10,010 ft, meaning ‘Cradle of Gold’ in Quechua. This spectacular complex is considered to be ‘the last refuge of the Incas’ and is famously referred to as the ‘Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu’ due its resemblence to the Inca Citadel. It is widely believed that 15th century site was one of the last bastions of resistance and refuge of the Inca royality, after the seige of Cusco by the Spanish.

In its entirety the complex of Choquequirai spans 1,800 hectares, making it larger than the citadel of Machu Picchu. However currently only 40% of the ruins have been excavated. Delightfully for you though, this leaves plenty for you to explore with your guide, whilst you unravel the mysteries hidden beneath its walls. The afternoon will be yours to investigate the sites urban sector, agricultural terraces and religious sector, before returning to camp in Marampata in the evening, for a hot cup of coca and a delicious dinner.

  • Food : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Estimated walking time : 9 hours inc. Choquequirao visit
  • Total walking distance : 17 km / 10.6 mi
  • Altitude of our camp : 2,870 m / 9,416 ft

DAY 3 – MARAMPATA – TOUR OF CHOQUEQUIRAO – MARAMPATA

Day 3 will begin with breakfast at dawn at the Marampata camp, whilst admiring the sunrise over Choquequirai.

After breakfast, you will follow the trail back to the archaeological complex of Choquequirao. After a 90 minute walk, your guide will take you on a journey through the rich history of the site and lead you along the archaeological terraces to a beautiful waterfall. All the while hoping to see the local Andean Condors in the skies above. Shortly after, you will return to camp for a wholesome lunch prepared fresh by our chef.

In the afternoon, your guide will give you an extensive tour of the lower section of the site that sits 300 meters below the main structure. These include the terraces of the restored llamas, the house of the Inca, the main temple, the house of the priest and the sacrificial platform. Afterwhich you will retrace your steps back to camp for dinner and rest.

  • Food : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Estimated walking time : 6 hours inc. Choquequirao visit
  • Total walking distance : 8 km / 5 mi
  • Altitude of our camp : 2,870 m / 9,416 ft

DAY 4 – MARAMPATA – ROSALINA BEACH – CHIQUISCA

Day 4 will begin with breakfast at dawn at the Marampata camp, whilst admiring the sunrise over Choquequirai.

Having befriended the ‘Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu’, you will now retrace your steps along the trail to the camp at Chiquisca. Descending first for 3-hours until you reach the lunch stop at Rosalina Beach on the banks of the Apurímac river at 1,550 m / 5,085 ft.

After lunch, you will steadily ascend for a further 3-hours up the canyon to the campsite in Chiquisca at 1,869 m / 6,132 ft.

  • Food : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Estimated walking time : 6 hours
  • Total walking distance : 12 km / 7.5 mi
  • Altitude of our camp : 1,869 m / 6,132 ft

DAY 5 – CHIQUISCA – CAPULICHAYOC – CACHORA – CUSCO

Day 5 will begin with breakfast at the Chiquisca camp, accompanied by the first rays of the sun as it rises over the Apurímac canyon.

After breakfast you will begin the challenging ascent back up the Canyon to the transport in Cachora. Depending on your physical abilities, the climb of 1,100 elevation, will likely take around 4-hours to reach the lunch stop at the Mirador Capulichayoc at 2,912 m / 9,554 ft. Followed by a further 3-hour hike along relatively flat terrain culminating at the finish line in Cachora. Here your driver will be waiting to transport you the 4-hour drive back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Food : Breakfast and Lunch
  • Estimated walking time : 7 hours
  • Total walking distance : 15 km / 9.3 mi

Included

  • 6:00pm Briefing at your hotel in Cusco the night before the trek
  • Pick up from hotel in Cusco
  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora
  • Private transport from Cachora to Cusco
  • Professional English/Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao 
  • Food : 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners (All prepared by our chef)
  • Vegetarian/vegan and special diets requested
  • All camping equipment: 2 person tents (with enough space for belongings)
  • Inflatable camping mattress and pillows
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Muleteers & horses to carry tents, food, cooking equipment : 7kg per person
  • Oxygen and first aid kit

Not Included

  • Food not included in the itinerary
  • Dinner on day 4
  • Sleeping Bag : Can rent from agency : $ 25 USD for entire trip
  • Trekking Poles : Can rent from agency : $ 20 USD for entire trip
  • Gratuities / Tips for the guide, porters and chef

Recommendations to bring

  • Original passport – expiration date no less than 7 months
  • Valid Student ID card (if student booking)
  • Good quality walking boots or shoes
  • Good quality sleeping bag for cold temperatures
  • Trekking poles – can be rented at agency
  • Sandals for down time (very important)
  • Baselayers of varying temperatures, especially for the night
  • Thermals, gloves, scarves, wooly hat
  • Good quality trekking socks to avoid blisters
  • Raincoat or long poncho (for rainy season)
  • Waterproof trousers (for rainy season)
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Long trousers
  • Shorts suitable for hiking
  • Wide-brimmed hat – UPV is strong at altitude
  • Canteen water bottle as you should drink plenty of fluid on the trail
  • Headlamp/Torch (very important)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Medicine/personal effects (eg. contact lense liquid)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Portable battery charger
  • Toilet paper (not usually found on trail)
  • Small travel towel
  • Cash/coins – small denominations – soles & dollars

Price and Options

OPTION 1
$450 REGULAR PRICE 450 PER PERSON
(Groups of 2 to 7 maximum)

STANDARD SHARED SERVICE

OPTION 2
$585 REGULAR PRICE 585 PER PERSON
(Minimum 2 people)

PRIVATE SERVICE

Packing List

ESSENTIAL ITEMS:

  • Original Passport
  • VALID STUDENT ID CARD (if booked as a student)
  • Immigration card (delivered on the airport upon entering Peru)
  • Good quality backpack (medium sized)
  • Water storage bottle or canteen: Camelbak bottles are recommended, but all need to be sufficient to hold 1-2 litres
  • Comfortable shoes, preferably light with good soles (waterproof goretex for rainy seasons)

FOR YOUR BAGGAGE:

The horses have a luggage limit of 7kg per person. We therefore recommend only bringing essentials with you to Choquequirao.

  • 5 Long sleeve shirts
  • 5 Breathable t-shirts
  • 5 Sets of underwear
  • 5 Pairs of socks
  • 2 Hiking trousers
  • 2 Shorts (suitable for hiking)
  • 2 Fleece
  • 1 Waterproof coat and pants (for rainy seasons)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals – In case you want to visit the hot springs in Machu Picchu town
  • Small quick-drying travel towel
  • Portable battery charger for your phone and cameras

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.

Additional Information

  • Departure dates: We have groups for the Choquequirao trek every day of the year. But it is more advisable to make this trek between the months of April to December, since the months of January, February and March are the rainy season in Cusco.

Where does the tour start and end?
  • All ours tours begins with the pick up to the tourists at the door of their hotels “We pick up to our clients from any hotel located in the city of Cusco”, We recommend to stay close to the historical center of the city of Cusco, it will make it easier to find your hotel.
  • All our tours ends at the door of the hotels, it means the tours will finish with transfer to your respective hotel located in Cusco.
How to prevent altitude sickness?
  • The altitude sickness or soroche can cause you some discomfort during your visit such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and fatty foods before the visit.
  • To reduce symptoms, try to acclimatize yourself one day before to the altitude of the city of Cusco. We recommend to drink infusions of coca leaf (natural plant used by the Incas) is an excellent option to avoid the actitude sickness.
How is the accommodation?
  • For all the tours which include hotels. We offer hotels of 3* and 4* category, it has spacious and comfortable rooms, bathrooms, hot showers and bueffet breakfast. If the tourist like, you can change the accommodation to a better service. You just have to request it via email for an additional cost.
Which season is the best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu?
  • The dry season months between April to December are the best time to come and visit Cusco. During those days the possibility of rain is very little, so the roads are not swampy and the landscapes can be better to enjoy and takes the best pictures. On the other hand, the months with the most rain are January, February and March.
What are the coldest months in Cusco Peru?
  • The coldest season in Cusco are in the months from May to July. During this time the sun is strong in the day, but once it goes down or you spend much time in the shade, it can get very cold. It can go below zero at night, so warm clothes and Jackets are necessary to bring during these months.
How long in advance can I request the tour?
  • We recommend to purchase the tours weeks or months in advance, this because the train and Machu Picchu tickets has a limit of spaces, dont wait until the lust minute to book your tour, other ways you will not be able to find spaces.
During the trip to Machu Picchu, where the big luggages will stay?

The train company that operates to Machu Picchu does not allow the traveler to carry a suitcase that weighs more than 7 kilograms. To go up and visit the city of Machu Picchu, it is recommended to carry a light and small backpack for your convenience; the rest of the luggages you can leave them without any problem at the storage of your hotel in Cusco, or you can also leave at our office in Cusco city, we have an storage too.

Very Important in case you want to book the Inca trail to Machu Picchu:
  • CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS: If you want to book the Classic Inca Trail 4 days, you must to book early to get your desired date. Depending on the month you prefer to do the hike, you may need to book 6 months or more in advance, the limit of spaces for the inca trail 4 days is 400 people per each day.
  • SHORT INCA TRAIL: If you are booking the 1 or 2 day Inca Trail, it is preferred that you also book in advance, however 2 to 4 month in advance would be good, the limit of spaces for the short inca trail is 200 people per each day.
When is the best season to hike the Inca Trail?
  • The best time of year to do the inca trail is between May to October, with August and September being the best months of all. The trail is dry and the weather is lovely. During the rainy season between November to April  the trail will be wet and can make it more difficult.

What will you live in the Tour Choquequirao 5 Days

  • We will visit the sister city of Machu Picchu.
  • We will discover every corner of the archaeological complex of Choquequirao.
  • The walk offers magnificent views of landscapes and the Apurimac canyon.
  • You will find a great variety of orchids that you will only find during the walk.
  • You will paddle through local communities surrounded by mountains and snow-capped peaks of the Andes.

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