Choquequirao Trek – 5D / 4N

This Tour 05 Day Choquequirao Trek – Choquequirao trekking is a fascinating walk which goes into the Apurimac canyon. It is the distant and little-visited “Lost City of the Incas.” The meaning of the name... [...]

Highlights

This Tour 05 Day Choquequirao Trek – Choquequirao trekking is a fascinating walk which goes into the Apurimac canyon. It is the distant and little-visited “Lost City of the Incas.” The meaning of the name in Quechua is “the Golden Cradle” and is considered as the place where the last Inca rulers went after losing the city of Cusco during the Spanish conquest. This Inca archaeological site is considered as “The Sister of Machu Picchu.”

During the tour, you will appreciate beautiful landscapes and mountain, remote ancient villages celebrated in the last century by the ranchers, an exceptional Inca town built on the top of the hills by the Mitimaes of Chachapoyas to honor the great Pachacutec.

Overview Choquequirao Trek Difficulty

DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISKA (L)(D)

  • Walking Distance – 6km / 3.73 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 1900 m. / 6270 feet.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: CHIQUISKA – ROSALINAS BEACH – CHOQUEQUIRAO (B)(L)(D)

  • Walking Distance – 19km / 11.81 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 1900 m. / 6270 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 3150 m. / 10397 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3150 m. / 10397 feet.
  • Difficulty: Formidable

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO (B)(L)(D)

  • Starting Elevation – 3150 m. / 10397 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 3150 m. / 10397 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3150 m. / 10397 feet.
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO – COCAMASANA (B)(L)(D)

  • Walking Distance – 25km / 16.54 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3150 m. / 10397 feet..
  • Highest Elevation – 3150 m. / 10397 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation –
  • Difficulty: Formidable

DAY 5: COCAMASANA – CONOC – CUSCO (B)

  • Walking Distance – 2km / 1.24 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 1900 m. / 6270 feet.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISKA

Firstly, we will leave the hotel in Cusco early at 05:30 a.m. Consequently, we will travel around 4 hours to reach the town of San Pedro de Cachora, the place where we’ll have our breakfast. As well we will meet our muleteers who will take the mules. So, in the zone called Capuliyoc, we will begin our two-hour walk to the “Abra of Capuliyoc” (2894 masl / 9,495 ft.) where we will have lunch. As a result, we will continue with the descent of approximately 3 hours towards Chiquiska (1,900 masl), the place of our first camp where we will enjoy our dinner.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Chiquiska

DAY 2: CHIQUISKA – ROSALINAS BEACH – CHOQUEQUIRAO

After taking our nutritious breakfast, we will hike for 5 hours towards Maranpata to have lunch and enjoy the beautiful view of Choquequirao. After that, we will walk two more hours to reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao and spend the night near it. Certainly, in the afternoon, we will have tea time, then dinner.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Choquequirao

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO

Most importantly, this day is essential as we will tour the entire archaeological complex of Choquequirao and explore some places that are covered by the lush vegetation of the cloud forest. Then, our guide will be responsible for providing you all the relevant information about the site, its history, and the importance it had in the past. After that, you will have free time to explore the complex on your own. Therefore, lunch and dinner will be served in our camp, after nightfall, we will rest in the same place as the night before.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Choquequirao

DAY 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO – COCAMASANA

Certainly, we will start the long descent towards the Apurimac River, where we will stop for lunch. After that, we will begin to ascend gradually around 3 to 4 hours towards our last camp that is Cocamasana (2300 m.s.m.) to have our dinner. Here we will have spectacular views of the Choquequirao route.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Cocamasana

DAY 5: COCAMASANA – CONOC – CUSCO

After having obtained a delicious breakfast, we will walk around two hours to reach the Apurimac canyon and get amazing photos. Certainly, here ends our trek, which we will continue our trip by bus back to Cusco. Consequently, on the way, we will stop to observe the enormous stone of Saywite, carved by the Incas in the representation of their empire. Subsequently, after 2 hours, we can enjoy the thermal waters of Conoc to relax and have a delicious lunch. Finally, we will arrive in Cusco.

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).
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks, and 4 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 Headlamps.

EXTRA SERVICES.

SERVICE

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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