Choquequirao

4 Days

Overview

Altitude           : 1500 – 3030 meters

High season    : Year round

Duration          : 4 days – 3 nights

Difficulty level: Medium – Difficult

Choquequirao, the “Sacred Sister” of Machu Picchu. The only way to reach this citadel is a 4-day trek, going along the deep canyon of Apurimac, in the middle of snow-capped mountains and humid forests with very rich flora and fauna.

Choquequirao from Cachora requires a steep descent from almost 3200 meters down to the Apurimac River at 1200 meters, followed by an even steeper ascent up to the ruins. The site is perched a magnificent 1150 meters above the Apurimac, surrounded by densely-forested mountain slopes in the shadow of the huge, snowcapped Salkantay massif. In recent years, the ruins have been partially-cleared by Peruvian archaeologists, and can be easily explored by those intrepid enough to undertake the demanding trek required to get there.

Do not miss:

  • Discover the archaeological site of Choquequirao, a wonder of Inca architecture still unknown to the general public.
  • Cross-varied and sumptuous landscapes and commune with the Andean nature.
  • Go and meet local people and discover their agricultural knowledge and traditions.

Trek Summary

 Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca

Day 2: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

Day 3: Choquequirao – Marampata – Playa Rosalina – Chiquisca

Day 4: Chiquisca – Capuliyoq – Cachora – Cusco

Itinerary

We leave Cusco at 05:00am in the morning traveling to the small village of Cachora. On the way we will have an opportunity to visit Saywite is a limestone outcrop about four meters in diameter on which the Incas carved a model of their empire, Tawantinsuyo. The stone, upon which images of the flora, fauna, topography and customs of the empire, then we will arrive after four hours to Cachora town we will be met by our mules and horse man then we begin our first day's hike, we will head along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, with the river almost 2000 meters below us. About half-way through the day we will begin our winding descent to the river. As we descend the heat becomes intense, and we will arrive hot and tired at the bridge which crosses the river where we will be able to bathe to refresh ourselves camp in Santa Rosa.

Time of transport : 4h30
Time of walking : 7 hours
Climate : hot
Elevation : Cusco (3400 m) - Cachora (2850 m) - Capuliyoq (2800 m) - Chuiquisca (1930 m)
Meals : lunch, dinner
Overnight : tents

This is an amazing day, we will the steep in ascent up to the ruins. After a nice breakfast, we will descend to the Playa Rosalina (1550m.) The path will lead us through dense cloud forest for about two hours, when we will finally get our first view of the citadel. Another two hours walk, with Choquequirao now almost constantly in sight, leads us to our destination. You can explore the ruins and hopefully see some condors. These Andean birds with a wingspan of up to three meters, tend to rise up from the klif of the canyon. Late in the afternoon, after an unforgettable sunset and a good meal, we will camp close to the ruins.

Time of walking: 7 hours
Climate: hot and cold
Elevation: Chiquisca (1930 m) -Playa Rosalina (1550 m) -Marampata ( 2850 m)-Choquequirao (3030 m) 
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: tents

At sunrise, we will visit the rest of the Inca archaeological site of Choquequirao, with the explanations of our guide. Currently, only 30% of the "Cradle of Gold" has been discovered and can be visited. The archaeological site still holds many secrets! We will take the time to learn more about the flora and fauna and the Inca culture by visiting the houses of the priests of the Inca religion. After this visit of one of the most interesting Inca citadels, we will resume the rhythm of our hike back to Marampata. We continue our gradual descent from 3033 meters close to Apurimac River at 1550m today’s hike ends at Playa Rosalina where we will spend the night.

Time of walking: 6 hours
Climate: hot with mosquitos
Elevation: Choquequirao (3030 m)-Marampata (2850m) -Playa Rosalina (1550m)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: tents

An early start today will help us to avoid the worst of the heat in the canyon and guarantee us some magnificent views of the Apurimac and the surrounding peaks. On our journey we reach the lookout at Capuliyoc one final time where we say goodbye to the fabulous views of the Choquequirao ruins. We will also see the majestic snow-covered peak of Padreyoc overlooking the Apurimac Canyon. A last climb will reach us to our final destination of San Pedro de Cachora, from where we will return to Cusco by bus.

Time of walking: 5 hours
Climate: moderate to hot
Time transport: 4h30 hours
Elevation: Chiquisca (1830 m) - Capuliyoq (2800 m) - Cachora (2850 m) - Cusco (3400 m)
Meals: breakfast

Included

  • Information meeting in our offices with your guide 1 or 2 days before the start of the trek at 19.00 hrs. This meeting will be confirmed at the time of booking
  • Private transportation from your hotel to the city of Cachora (same way back)
  • Entrance to the ruins of Choquequirao
  • Bilingual Spanish-English professional guide. For a French-speaking guide or other languages, contact us in advance (It applies additional charge)
  • Camping equipment (professional tents Eureka! Timberland 4, for 2 people, with mattresses, dining-room tent with table and chairs, tent toilets)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and snacks / vegetarian option on request)
  • Cooks and assistants
  • Muleteers and mules for all camping equipment and personal luggage (maximum 7kg per person)
  • Emergency horse
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle

Excluded

  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping bag
IMPORTANT

(1) We recommend our guests to spend the night of the 1st day at Playa Rosalina or a little further to enjoy the maximum of the archaeological site of Choquequirao. Depending on the possibilities (walking pace, weather …), the guide will give more information on the campsite. 

(2) The hike to Choquequirao should not be underestimated. Especially the second day, which involves a great physical effort to finish the day. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather (the climate can be very hot) hiking can be difficult. The path is strewn with constant ascent and descent. We strongly recommend that you first acclimatize to altitude and be in good shape.

(3) From the first to the fourth day (Go and Return) we are accompanied by muleteers and mules who will carry all camping equipment and personal luggage (maximum 7 kg).

(4) Gratuities: for porters, cooks and guides, tips are always welcome. Carriers are also very grateful for a small donation, such as clothes or school equipment for their children.

(5) CANCELLATION: For any last minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the supplier will not be refunded

What do you need to bring?

– Backpack with a rain poncho
– Sleeping bag
– Clothing for hot and cold weather
– Rain pants and lightweight pants
– Trekking shoes
– Sandals or flip flops (for showers)
– Wool socks or cotton and a sweater
– Short and long sleeve t-shirt
– Rain poncho and hat or cap
– Sun protection, mosquito repellent, hand sanitizing gel, water bottle and purifying tablets, toilet paper
– Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), flashlight and spare batteries
– Bars of cereals, chocolate, dried fruits, etc.
– Original passport and student card “ISIC” (for entrance to Choquequirao) extra money in Soles
– The climate can be quite cold and wet, in which case your wet clothes will not have time to dry. Take some extra clothes.

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Choquequirao
From $300
/ Adult

Availability

Please contact us first to check the availability of your trip. Especially trips to Machu Picchu are restricted due to permits and maximum amount of visitors per day and availability of train tickets. So please ask us first to confirm and you can go ahead and book your tour with us!