Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

This ‘lost city’ Choquequirao (meaning ‘cradle of gold’) was discovered in the 18th century by a French explorer, it fascinated 19th century explorers and was also visited by Hiram Bingham prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu. Grandiose and mysterious, this abandoned city has lots of parallels with Machu Picchu and there are a variety of theories about its function. It is only relatively recently, however, that COPESCO (the official body responsible for tourism in Peru) has partially cleared the site and there remains a lot more to be discovered.Lying in a cloud forest, a dramatic 1150 metres (3772 feet) above the Apurimac River and surrounded by a fascinating landscape created by the Vilcabamba mountain range, Choquekirao has everything to offer a trekker. However, due to its remote location, few tourists visited this site in the past. Fortunately, COPESCO, have now also constructed a footbridge over the Apurimac River, below the site, making it more accessible to reach.It is a challenging but amazing experience to hike down to the depths of the Apurimac Canyon and then up to the site in the clouds
  • Package / Tour: Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N
  • Price 2018: USD$ 380.00
  • Locations Visited: Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N
  • Frequency: 3 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
  • 2 People: 600 USD$ (Per Person)
  • 3 People: 500 USD$ (Per Person)
  • 4 People: 380 USD$ (Per Person)
  • 5-6 People: 350 USD$ (Per Person)
  • 7-8+ People: 300 USD$ (Per Person)

Day 1: Cusco – Playa Rosalina

We have an early start to get on the road for a 5 hours drive to the town of Cachora, which offers you wonderful views of the Snow Mountains of Salcantay, Humantay, Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica. We then descend into the town of Limatambo where we find an Inca site named Tarawasi. From here we continue to the small village of Curawasi where we find the Saiwite Stone which is said to be a carved map of the Inca Empire. Upon arrival in Cachora we have late breakfast, meet our wranglers and arrange our equipment on mules and horses. We take our day-packs and start walking along the edge of the mountains towards Capulliyoc from where we get our first view of the Apurimac Canyon and glimpse the trail that lies ahead of us. Slowly we begin our descent towards Coca Masana where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally, we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) which lies beside the raging Apurimac River. This will be our campsite for the night. L.D

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Maranpata – Choquequirao

After an early breakfast, the start of the second day is marked by our crossing of the Apurimac River via a footbridge. A difficult climb awaits us on this day, and after approximately 5 hours hike we reach Marampampa, beside the Chunchulmayo River, where we stop and have lunch and a much deserved rest. The afternoon hike is not as steep as the morning one and along the way we observe a variety of orchids and wild flowers as well as several species of birds. After 2 hours of walking we arrive at the archaeological site of Choquekirao, in time to enjoy the sunset and maybe an opportunity to see condors flying nearby. We set up camp just outside of the ruins in the cloud forestB.L.D

Day 3: Maranpata – Choquekirao – Coca Masana

We spend the morning visiting the central complex of Choquekirao. Our guide will explain the historical importance of the site. After exploring, we will have lunch and then in the afternoon we continue our journey back, descending down from the mountains for about 2 hours to Raqaypampa, where we will camp for the evening and enjoy dinner and a hot beverage. B.L.D

Day 4: Coca Masana – Cachora – Cusco

After breakfast we continue our descent all the way down to the Apurimac River where we will stop and have lunch. In the afternoon we continue for approximately 3 hours to Coca Masana where we take a short break and have some food, before continuing on to Capulliyoc where we started our adventure a few days ago. We say good-bye to our wranglers and take our private bus back to Cusco. After a luxurious hot shower it will be time to enjoy a much deserved beer and a good meal! B.L
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Collection from hotels in Cusco
  • Return bus transportation (Cusco – Cachora – Cusco)
  • 3 breakfast,4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek
  • will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
  • Dinning tent with tables and chairs
  • Professional cook
  • 4 man tent is provided for 2 people only
  • Sleeping mattresses
  • Horse man and horses
  • Extra oxygen
  • First aid kit
  • Original passport and (student card if is applicable)
  • Insurance card is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Hand sanitazer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect Repellent
  • Water
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)