Choquequirao Trek

    What's Included?

  • Pre-departure briefing in your hotel.
  • Transfer from your hotel to Cachora, starting point of the trek.
  • Choquequirao entrance fee for visitors and agency staff.
  • 3- people-capacity-tents, that will be used by 2 persons only, for a more comfortable overnight.
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (1 guide for a group of 6 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons.
  • Wranglers.
  • Accommodation for all our staff.
  • Meals (03B, 04L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day).
  • Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment.
  • Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Private transport from Cachora to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
  • 24 hours guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit.


Choquequirao (3.103m/10178ft), is considered to be a sister city of similar significance to that of Machu Picchu and built along similar lines and styles, although harder to reach, was also presumed to have had about the same size and to have served the same religious, political and agricultural functions. However, because archaeologists long underestimated the importance of Choquequirao, the city’s existence was known for almost 300 years before the first restoration was begun in 1993 and it has only recently been accessible to non-academics, since then quickly joining the ranks of the world's great Lost Cities.

In this spectacular 60-km trek we drive to the charming village of Cachora, our starting point, and reach this huge archaeological complex still under cleaning and restoration process located in the surroundings of the Salkantay sacred mountain (6.271m/20569ft) and the Apurimac River canyon. The beauty of the Inca citadel, still partially covered by the weeds cumulated by the passing of centuries, its astonishing location and surrounding mountain scenery, as well as lots of Andean flora and fauna, with the chance to spot condors in its natural habitat, are some of the most important and appreciated attractions of this really adventurous program.

Day 1: Cusco to Chiquisca Inc L.D

We leave Cusco at 6.00 am in our private transport and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5h from Cusco at 2800m/9184ft, the starting point of the trek where we meet our horsemen and horses. We start our hike climbing for two and a half hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m/9020ft, where may we enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. We then continue descending for two more hours towards Chiquisca, where we set our camp and spend the night.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner.

Overnight: Camping in Chiquisca.

Day 2 - Choquequirao Trek - Chiquisca to Choquequirao Inc B.L.D

We leave Chiquisca as early as 6.00am to go down to Rosalina Beach, which will take about one hour. We then cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope that seems never-ending at times. This climb will take approximately 2 hours, and it is important that we leave early so that the heat does not make it more difficult than it has to be. In Santa Rosa, we make a half an hour break, where those who wish may try Cambray, a local sugar cane extract. Afterwards, we continue our hike climbing slowly for two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata. From here we walk another two hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103m/10178feet, where we will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings. When the sun starts to set, you might want to sit and contemplate the canyon, where elusive condors are sometimes spotted.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner.

Overnight: Camping in Choquequirao.

Day 3: Choquequirao Trek to Rosalina Beach Inc B.L.D

This morning we enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex: we will visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and ready to be restored into the way it was when the Incas owned it. After the tour, we start our walk back towards Santa Rosa, where we have lunch. We then continue descending for another 2 hours on an easy road, until we reach Rosalina Beach at 1450meters/4756feet, where we might have time to take a dip in the refreshing waters of the Apurimac River. We set our camp here and prepare for dinner under a marvelous starry night.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner.

Overnight: camping in Rosalina Beach.

Day 4 - Choquequirao Trek - Rosalina Beach to Cachora Inc B.L

After a hearty breakfast, we leave camp to start our walk to Chiquisca, this path may take around 2 or 3 hours, depending of the pace, the road may get a bit hard at some spots, but the marvelous views that we will enjoy are the best source of encouragement. Then we make our way back to the Abra Capuliyoc, close to which we have our re-energizing lunch. In the afternoon, we continue on our 2 hours return route to Cachora, where a private transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. The estimated arrival time is around 9.00pm.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch.

    Exclusions

  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Dinner on the last day.
  • Optional guide and staff gratuities.
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