Choquequirao Trek 4D / 3N

The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” Located above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge, Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited ¨Lost City... [...]

Highlights

The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” Located above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge, Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited ¨Lost City of the Incas.¨  The Inca archeological site is considered to be the sister to Machu Picchu. It is less known and less visited but three times larger than Machu Picchu.  It was one of the last refuges for those Incas who continued to resist Spanish occupation after the conquest.  The site was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation and to this day archeologists continue to discover new sectors of the city.

Choquequirao is situated between the jungle and the Peruvian Andes, on a mountain at 3033m/9,951ft. Its secret to keeping away the crowds is also part of its charm: it is only accessible by footpath. It’s a relatively strenuous 40k/25 mile trek roundtrip, with highs and lows between 1400m/4,593ft. and 3100m/10,170ft.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – PLAYA ROSALINAS – SANTA ROSA

This incredible adventure begins at 4:30am, when your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive for the next 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (2,850m/9,407ft). Along the way, there are picturesque views of villages, spectacular valleys and snow-capped mountains. Once at Capuliyoc, we meet our horsemen and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. You will only carry a small daypack with the essentials you will need on the trail.
Then we start walking all the way down to Playa Rosalinas (1,475m/4,840ft) where we have lunch. Along the way, you will enjoy great views of the Apurimac Canyon, and mountain peaks such as Padreyoc at 5,571m/18,387ft.  After lunch, we ascend for two hours to our first campsite at Santa Rosa, (1900m/6234ft) where hot drinks and appetizers will be ready for you. You will have time to settle into your tents, which will already be set up, before dinner.

  • Meals included: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

Your guide will wake you with a hot mug of tea or coffee to enjoy in your tent before you get up. After an early breakfast, we start our adventure by walking uphill for 2 hours to the rural village of Maranpata (2,850m/9,350ft). We enjoy the scenery and then walk through a micro-climate of an astonishing variety of flora and fauna to the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao! We have lunch here and then we will have a private guided tour of the fascinating site in the afternoon.

During the tour, we will explore all the important sections, such as the palaces, temple, ritual water fountains, amazing Usnu (ceremonial platform), agricultural terraces, llama’s section and much more. Your guide will tell you all about the fascinating history of this amazing site! Finally, we head back to our second campsite located just 20 minutes from the Choquequirao ruins, where we will have tea and dinner.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 8km
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – CHIQUISCA

After an early breakfast, we explore even more enchanting sections of the Choquequirao ruins. The site is at least three times as large as Machu Picchu, with new ruins being discovered hidden under the jungle all the time. Having explored as much as we can, we then head back towards the rural community of Maranpata for lunch. You will see the traditional way in which these rural communities still live. Many aspects of their lives have changed little in the past 500 years!

After lunch, we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,550m/5,117ft) for two hours. This is a very sacred river in traditional Inca beliefs and you will understand why as you marvel at its strength and power. Finally, we walk up a moderate hill for one hour to our third campsite at Chiquisca  (1,990m/6,270ft). Once again, your tents will be set up, with hot drinks and appetizers ready for you.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,550m/5,117ft
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,990m/6,270ft
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

DAY 4: CHIQUISCA – SAYWITE – CUSCO

After a delicious breakfast, we walk up a moderately difficult hill towards the Capuliyoc Pass. Once there, we can enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac Canyon. Then we take our car to Cachora (2,850m/9,407ft) for lunch. Afterward we take our private transport to the archeological site of Saywite taking plenty of time to explore it. Finally, our van will take us back to Cusco to your hotel, arriving in the evening, around 6pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,990m/6,270ft
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,850m/9,407ft
  • Distance: 8km
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Include

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK INCLUDED:

  • A briefing at your hotel (6 p.m.) the night before you depart
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Mules carry cooking and camping equipment and 5kg of your items.
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks, and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Four-person tent for every two trekkers.
  • Foam mats.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Choquequirao.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • Lunch on Day 5.
  • Tips.
  • Entrance to Conoc
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

WHAT TO BRING FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Swimwear and slippers (for showers and hot springs).
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries or Headlamp

EXTRA SERVICES.

$VICE

PRICE

Sleeping bag adequate for the temperature of minus 10°C $25.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single supplement $70.00

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