CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

Larger than Machu Picchu! Choquequirao rests practically desolate at the top of the deepest canyon in America. Here tourists do not arrive in comfortable trains, but real adventurers who, after days of exhausting trek, meet with the absolute silence of their mysterious ruins. Archaeologists have estimated that only 40% of the city has been exposed, with various government projects on the way to squeeze their tourism potential. That’s why you must trek to Choquequirao now, before the crowds rob you of an authentic encounter with our historical past.

  • Package / Tour: Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N
  • Price 2019: USD$ 450.00
  • Locations Visited: Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N
  • Frequency: 2 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
  • 2 People: 600 USD$ (Per Person)
  • 3 People: 500 USD$ (Per Person)
  • 4 a + People: 390 USD$ (Per Person)

SCHEDULE

Day 1 – Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca:

Early in the morning we will have breakfast in the Hotel around 5:30am then the bus will pick us up from the hotel around 6 a.m. we then start our journey to the village of Cachora, a 5 hour drive that brings us to the starting point of the trek at Cachora. During our journey we will stop briefly to observe the archaeological remains of Tarawasi from the bus, continuing thereafter towards the Cunyac Bridge between the departments of Cusco and Apurimac. Next we travel through the districts of Curahuasi and Saywite, Andean Communities, arriving at Cachora 2800 masl. At 10 a.m. approx. Here we will meet our donkey drivers and begin our 2 hour trek, along sloping paths leading to the Capuliyoc pass at 2915 masl. Here we will have lunch and enjoy our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora, from Capuliyoc we will have the first view of Choquequirao from afar. Then we descend toward Coca Masana 2330m where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally we arrive at Chiquiskä at 1900m closer to the Apurimac River where we will set up camp and spend the night in tents. Near the camping area there are humble huts where people from Cachora live offering soda drinks to the trekkers; they provide basic meals upon request.

  • Time walk approximately: 7 – 8 hours
  • Trip distance: 18 kilometers ( 11 miles)
  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch, dinner, coca tea.
  • Maximum altitude: 2.900 m.a.s.l. (Mirador Capuliyoq).

Day 2 – Chiquiska – Rosalina Beach – Maranpata – Choquequirao:

Early in the morning after the breakfast around 6:00 am, we continue our trek, walking for about 1 hour down to cross the Apurimac River over the hanging bridge, then we start climbing up the hill towards Santa Rosa (2115 m.a.s.l) where we stop few minutes to rest. This course is the hardest and we will take three hours after which we climb up to the Maranpata (2850 m.a.s.l) which is an easier climb. During our journey we will observe the vegetation in the area. Then we arrive to Maranpata were we stop for lunch, after that we are going 1 hour more, long the way we will see many orchids and wild flowers as well as many birds, We will arrive at the archaeological site in time to enjoy the impressive views of the deep canyons and maybe the opportunity to see a Condor flying nearby. On arrival at the Choquequirao archaeological complex, we enjoy a three hour guided tour during which our guide will explain all about the fascinating Inca site. At the scheduled time, around 3pm, we go to Maranpata, eat dinner and enjoy a beautiful sunset, camping overnight in Maranpata.

  • Time walk approximately: 5 – 6 hours
  • Trip distance: 14 kilometers ( 8.6 miles)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, coca tea.

Day 3 – Maranpata – Santa Rosa – Rosalina Beach – Chiquiska:

After breakfast, around 7am, we will start descending to Santa Rosa 2115 masl, where we stop for lunch. Thereafter we will continue descending to Rosalina beach 1550 masl. Upon our arrival at Rosalina Beach, we continue our trek to the village of Chiquiskä 1950 masl. Two hours away from Rosalina beach, where we spend the night in tents at Chiquishkä 1950 masl, here we will find soda drinks, beers and another commodities.

  • Time walk approximately: 5 – 6 hours
  • Trip distance: 14 kilometers ( 8.6 miles)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, coca tea.

Day 4 – Chiquiska – Capuliyoc – Cachora – Cusco:

After our last Andean breakfast in Chiquishkä around 06:00 am, we will return along the same route to Cachora 2800 masl., the slope we descended on the first day and an easy 2 hour climb to the Capuliyoc pass 2915 masl. From here, it will take us another four hours to get the village of Cachora 2800 masl., arriving at around 12:00 p.m. During our journey we will observe the exotic flora and fauna as well as majestic snow-capped peaks and the impressive Apurimac Canyon. After arriving in Capuliyoc where the path finishes we will have lunch, then we continue to Cachora, arriving around 3pm, in the afternoon we will travel to the medicinal thermal baths of Qonoq where we stay for one hour (optional) and continue with our trip to Cusco. Arriving around 8 p.m., passengers will be transferred to their hotel. End of the service.

 

  • Time walk approximately: 5 – 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

IMAGES CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

TOUR INCLUDED

  • 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

YOU SHOULD BRING

  • 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)

Frequently asked questions

What is Choquequirao?

Choquequirao is an Inca archaeological site with characteristics similar to Machu Picchu.

How high is Choquequirao?

Choquequirao is 3,033 meters above sea level (m.s.n.m.).

What to see in Choquequirao?

Choquequirao houses Inca constructions as impressive as Machu Picchu, such as: the Main Square, the Colcas, the Inca Cemetery, the Kallankas, the Ushnu, the Andenes, etc.

Who built Choquequirao?

According to the investigations made in Choquequirao, it is estimated that the Inca site was built around 1536.

Due to its similarity with Machu Picchu, it is believed that the Inca Pachacutec founded the place. His son Tupac Inca Yupanqui was the one who had Choquequirao built.

How to buy tickets to Choquequirao?

Tours to Choquequirao are purchased online or in the Historic Center of Cusco. If the tour is done on your own, you must purchase the entrance tickets when you arrive at the archaeological site.

How is the Choquequirao – Machu Picchu tour?

The Choquequirao – Machu Picchu tour is one of the most extreme and memorable adventures in Peru. It is a walk that connects Cusco – Choquequirao and Machu Picchu in 8 days. The total route is 115 kilometers.

Can I do the Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu without a guide?

Yes it is possible to make the route Cusco – Choquequirao – Machu Picchu by own. However, for this you need to have experience in trekking.

The proper luggage must be organized, and tickets to Machu Picchu must be purchased in advance.

When is the best time to go to Choquequirao?

The best time to visit Choquequirao is during the high season of tourism (from April to October). During those days, there is little possibility of rain so the walks are safer.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

    We had an unforgettable 4 days experience with an excellent guide: Darwin. Everything is well organized: lodges, rubber boots ( ah you will need them…!), delicious food, experienced guide, boat trips, bus rides, animals spots…. 

    lillypi1973

    TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

    Shortly said, it was a unique experience which i will never forget. It was the highlight of my 3-weeks journey through Peru. Being out there in the wild with nothing but nature & animals around is incredible and really intense…

    Marlene

    TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

    Being able to explore the amazon with Abel was such a pleasure. Abel taught us so much and showed us the beauty and art that lie within the amazon. Without Abel, our exploration of the amazon would never be the same…

    Kuan Ting L

    TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

    Contact Us