Trek to Choquequirao 4D/3N
The Trek Choquequirao goes through an amazing canyon, and some native communities with their beautiful farms, along the trail we have the chance to enjoy the amazing wild life like Condors, Pumas, foxes, deer, Andean Bears and many others proper from this area.
Choquequirao trek is located in the northeast of Cusco city, among Apurimac river and the mountainous range of Vilcabamba, where the amazing glaciers of Padreyoc and Pumasillo stands out with a height of 6,000m / 19,575 ft.
Trek Choquequirao – Overview
- Starting altitude – 10,856ft. / 3,320m
- Highest altitude – 14,768ft. / 4500m
- Walking distance – 15.5miles / 25km
- Longest day – Day 2, 8,730miles / 11km
- Coldest night – Day 2 around 5°
- Overall difficulty – moderate
- Crowds: Few to None
Trek Choquequirao – Itinerary
Day 1 Cusco- Cachora – Capuliyuq – Chikisqa – Santa Rosa
On the first day of the trek to Choquequirao, we leave Cusco at 4:30am in our private minivan and drive for 3 hours to the charming village of Cachora, situated on the left bank of the Apurimac canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks.
We will stop in Cachora to get our first breakfast and to purchase some supplies for our Choquequirao trek. Then we continue still on our minivan all the way to capuliyoc 2915m/9561ft where we are going to meet our muleteers and have our first spectacular views of the Apurimac canyon stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora.
Just after few minutes’ walking we will get the first view of Choquequirao ruins far in the distance. From here we descend steeply into the Apurimac Canyon, taking in the spectacular views as we descend for 3.5 to 4 hours to Chikisqa 1836m/6023ft, place where we are going to eat our lunch, then we continue descending with breathtaking drops to our side.
1 hour after Chikisqa we arrive at the roaring Apurimac River 1550m/5084ft. Finally, after the river we start climbing to the Santa Rosa Campsite, which is located at 2095m/6873ft. This is a tough climb of 2 hours but makes the next day easier!
Walking Distance 14 km
Day 2: Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao
After an early breakfast we will get ready for the day hike, we start with 2 hours of uphill and along the way we get to pass by some sugar cane farms and as we are ascending great views of the valley from the opposite hill, possibly some condors over the canyon and beautiful flora and and fauna. This climb is one of the most challenging part of the Choquequirao Hike, so we will have an emergency horse in case you get tired or you want to ride.
Once we arrive in Marampata, we will be done with the uphill portion and before we continue our last stretch of the Choquequirao trail, you can enjoy your snacks and the spectacular view of the surrounding area and then we will continue on the last two hour section until Choquequirao. This will be the most impressive section of your entire trek Choquequirao because we will have amazing views from the summit to the canyon of Apurimac, you will also be able to see Choquequirao, orchids, flowers and black bears.
Upon our arrival to the campsite, our team will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch. Today’s afternoon focus is on the Choquequirao tour, we’ll head off on a guided tour of the site during which you’ll be shown the most important and interesting sections of the city and get to learn about the Inca culture and the close relation between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
Enjoy the sunset from Choquequirao Inca site.
Walking Distance: 16 km /9.16 m
Meals Included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, happy hour and dinner
Day 3: Choquequirao – Marampata – Chiquiska
If you have still energies left, we can trek to Choquequirao ruins to see the sunrise and then turn back following the route we came before, until we reach Chuiquiska. Our campsite for tonight is Chiquiska 1800m/ 5905ft. in the other side of the valley by the Apurimac River.
Day 4: Chiquiska – Capuliyuq – Cachora – Cusco
Today is the final stretch of the trek Choquequirao as we make our way back to Cachora. Winding our way back up the side of the valley we’ll have our last views of Choquequirao in the distance before we arriving to Capuliyoq and before we catch our van back to Cusco, we will be back in Cusco 3 to 4pm.
Included on the trek Choquequirao
Professional Tour Guide.- We have professional tour guides in our staff with many years of experience on the trek to Choquequirao and all of them with university degree in tourism and English. They all are passionate in the history, archeology, and also in the astronomy, they always will be happy teaching you about their heritage.
Briefing.- The night before the trek Choquequirao your guide will give you all detailed information about your Choquequirao trek schedule, an also you will get your duffel bag, which is to fix your personal belongings no more than 7kg / 14lbs you have to include your sleeping bag and air matt in case you have or rented.
Entrance fee.- Inka Trail Explorer include all the entrance fee to the Choquequirao trail and to the ruins.
Horses.- We do use horses on the Choquequirao route and we work with the horsemen from Cachora a little town located on the way to Choquequirao trek, Horses are going to carry all camping equipment, food supplies and your duffel bags. Also we include an emergency horse on this trek, if you feel tired or need a break, so an emergency horse is waiting for you.
Transportation.- We include the transportation on the trek Choquequirao, from the beginning of your trek to the end of your trek. We pick you up from your hotel and at the end of your trek we leave you in your Hotel.
Camping Equipment.- Our camping equipment is from the best quality and very comfortable, each Tent will be shared by 2 people, except if you request for a single tent, we provide spacious dining tent and kitchen tent.
Meal.- Our amazing and experienced chefs, they prepare all the meals and they make magic happens during the trek in a small tent over a single stove. Always taking care of our trekker’s health we provide all natural and fresh vegetables and selected meat proper from the Peruvian Andes. We honor all food restrictions, but you should mention as soon as you are booking your Choquequirao trail. Food is served family style and you will enjoy our traditional dishes from Peru and Cusco.
Water.- Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast on the Choquequirao trail we will supply all the water you need. The water you will get from us is straight from the glaciers and streams, it will be boiled, filtered and cooled before it will be distributed. You must bring your own water bottles or camel back. Highly recommended carrying about 3L wort, you have the chance to refill your bottle every day at each meal.
Not Included on Choquequirao Trek
Sleeping Bag.- You really need one when you choose the camping option. Most of our campsites are above (3,000m /9,790ft) it can be cold. We highly recommend
bring -10C (it can be rented from us).
Air Matt.- It is an optional but it helps in getting a good sleep, (it can be rented from us).
Hiking Poles.- Highly recommended. It helps to keep your valance especially when you go steep downhill and it must have a rubber tip when bringing your own, if you do not have (it can rented from us)
Choquequirao Trail – Price
Inka Trail Explorer warmly welcomes to you on the Trek Choquequirao, and we really want to make the best experience for every one of you on this adventure. Our departure to the Choquequirao trek can be any days of the week, 12 months a year.
Price for March 2017 Group Tour Service USD 525
A group Service means that it is open to other trekkers to join you. Your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities. All our Guides are experts on how to keep moving the trek to Choquequirao and happy no matter how fast you go.
Private tour Service is available and priced by party size.
2 Hikers US$600 per person
3 HikersUS$570 per person
4 Hikers US$540 per person
5 Hikers US$510 per person
6 Hikers US480 per person
7+ Hikers US$450 per person
Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
All the students apply to discounts for the trek to Choquequirao. We do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to firstname.lastname@example.org
Optional Rentals on the Choquequirao Trail
Sleeping Bag US$25
Hiking Pole US$8
Inflatable Mattress US$25
Single Tent Supplement US$25
Additional Tours – special discounts
Sacred valley tour.- $150 per group of 6 if you booked with this trek
Maras Moray tour.- $140 per group of 6 if you booked with this trek
South Valley Tour.- $ 130 per group of 6 if you booked with this trek
Essentials on the Choquequirao trail
Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)
Daypack (Small one highly recommended)
Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with ankle support)
What do you need pack in your Duffle Bag?
Remember you are packing for 3 nights of camping. Horses will carry up to 8 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt.
3 wicking t-shirts
2 hiking pants
4 sets of undergarments.
4 sets of hiking socks
1 Warm, down jacket: this trek includes 1 cold nights camping
Comfortable shoes for camp
Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean
Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
Toothbrush and paste
What do you need pack in your Daypacks
Day packs can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend small one.
Passport Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student) Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
How to book The Choquequirao trek
It’s always better contact us directly and confirm with our team before your booking. Once you are ready, please fill in our Booking Form and pay the Deposit of $200 US per person. Our office will email you back that day with your confirmation. We always send out confirmations, so if you don’t hear from us, check your spam or contact our office and we will resend.
We are so excited to take you on the Trail and thank you for your trust in us.