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Choquequirao Trek - Choquequirao Peru Details

Experience the best of the lesser-known lost city of the Incas with our English-speaking local tour guide on this exclusive five-day Choquequirao Trek. Choquequirao Peru is recognized as the sister city of Machu Picchu.

The name Choquequirao in Quechua means “Cradle of Gold”. The archeological complex is built high up the Quriwayrahina Mountain Range. 

Both Choquequirao and Machu Picchu were built in the same era by the renowned Inca Emperor Pachacutec. Choquequirao’s archaeological complex is spread over six square kilometers. 

When the Spanish invaded the former Inca capital, they could not conquer Choquequirao because of its remote location. The Incas left it abandoned and took asylum in Vilcabamba. The whole complex was covered in lush vegetation. Just a third of the complex is excavated and is open for tourism. 

Choquequirao Tours are popular among travelers wanting to explore the lesser-known yet prominent Inca ruin. The trek takes you off the touristic track, through Apurimac Canyon offering stunning views of the Canyons of Apurimac.

The region is home to native flora and fauna. Often you will get to see the flight of Andean condors during the hike.

The trail involves plenty of uphill and downhill hikes. You will be experiencing different climatic conditions as the altitude changes. Due to its remote location, Choquequirao receives just a handful of visitors a day.

To enhance tourism, authorities are planning on installing a cable car. This will rapidly increase the number of visitors who wants to visit this Inca Masterpiece on a full-day tour from the city of Cusco. 

Why Do Adventures Peru?

Do Adventures Peru is a renowned Choquequirao Peru Tour operator. We have dedicated English-speaking local guides who are tourism professionals and are born and raised in the region. Our guides have extensive knowledge of Inca history and Andean culture. 

Please note that Choquequirao Trek is a high-altitude experience. You will be passing through many high mountain passes. We highly recommend that you spend at least four to five days in Cusco to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness. 

Although the hike to Choquequirao could be somewhat challenging, it offers a rewarding experience. It is one of the prettiest treks in South America. 

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Choquequirao Trek Itinerary at a Glance.

First Day: Cusco – Capuliyoc – La Playa
Second Day: La Playa – Marampata – Choquekiraw
Third Day: Exploring Choquekiraw – Chikiska
Fourth Day: Chikiska – Capuliyoc – Cusco

Itinerary: Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

Day 1Cusco - Capuliyoc - La Playa

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco between 0330 and 0400 AM. Then we will drive to Capuliyoc. It is a small town, a four hours drive away from Cusco. Here we will stop for breakfast.
While you would eat breakfast, we will organize your personal belongings and camping gear on mules.
After breakfast, we will hike for twenty minutes to a viewpoint. From here you will have a pristine view of the snowcapped peak of Padreyoc. It is a part of the Vilcabamba mountain range. You will also have a wonderful view of the Apurimac river and canyon.
Then we will descend for three hours through breathtaking views. In this section of the Choquequirao Trek, you will be able to see different herbal plantations. Our guide will give you a brief explanation of its use.
You may also get to see the flight of Andean condors here. We will then descend to the hamlet of Chiquisqa. Here we will stop for lunch.
After lunch, we will continue descending for 45 minutes to Playa Rosalina. This area marks the border between Cusco and Apurimac provinces.
From here we will be hiking up the hill to Marmapata. It nestles at 3500 meters above sea level. On our way, we will be crossing many Andean farms.
Here you will have the opportunity to meet and get an overview of the life of farmers. We will then reach our campsite.

Hiking distance: 15 Km. / 9.3 miles.
Hiking time: 7 hours approximately.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2850 metres / 9350 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1475 metres / 4839 ft.

Day 2Marampata – Choquequirao

This is the best day of the trek. We will wake you up to a cup of coffee or tea. Then we will serve breakfast. After breakfast, we will be hiking to Choquequirao.
Our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex.
On this tour you will be visiting prominent sites like the main plaza, ceremonial centre, farming terraces among others. The site still retains the original Inca walls.
The way up is beautiful. We will be crossing a zone with lush plantations. Our guide will explain its medicinal uses. After the tour, we will be returning to the campsite for lunch.
After relishing on a freshly cooked lunch, we will visit a lesser known waterfall snuggled between the tropical cloud forest.
In the evening, we will return to the campsite for dinner.

Hiking distance: 8 Kms. / 4.9 miles.
Hiking time: 6 hours approximately.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3106 metres / 10190 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2850 metres / 9350 ft.

Day 3Choquequirao - Marampata - Santa Rosa - Chiquiska

After an early breakfast, we will start our hike back to Chiquiska. This will be along the Apurimac Canyon. On the way, you may be able to see the flight of the Andean Condors again. You will also be able to see exuberant vegetation and a variety of flowers and orchids.
It will be a 10 hours full day hike. We will be passing thorough the same small settlements as on the way up. We will stop in Playa Rosalina for lunch.
After lunch, we will continue to Chiquiska. Here we will spend the night camping.

Hiking distance: 7 Kms. / 4.3 miles
Hiking time: 4 hour approximately.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2919 metres / 9576 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1475 metres / 4839 ft.
Approximate Walking Time: 10 hours

Day 4Chaquisqa - Cachora - Cusco

Our crew will be waking you up to a freshly brewed coca tea or coffee. After breakfast, we will begin our return trip to Cusco. We will embark on a last three hours hike up the hill to the trailhead. Here we will be serving you lunch.
After lunch, we will bid good bye to our support crew. Our transport will be waiting for us for the drive back to Cusco city.
We will be reaching Cusco by 0600 PM.

Hiking distance: 8 Km. / 4.9 mile
Hiking time: 4 to 5 hour approximately.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Maximum Altitude: 2862 metres / 9389 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1857 metres/ 6092 ft.

What is included?

Choquequirao Trek - Choquequirao Peru - Choquequirao Hike

Here is What is Included in the price.

  • Pre departure briefing.Pre departure briefing you will have a meet with your guide and group in our office a day before at 6pm.
  • Tour Leader or GuideYou’ll have an experienced trip leader with you for the entire journey.
  • Accommodations We include 3 nights of camping two per room or tent.
    For single room is an extra fee.
  • Entrance FeesIt is included in the entrance to the Choquequirao Trail, to the places to visit in the itinerary, as well as to the archaeological park of Choquequirao.
  • All Private TransportationTransportation from Cusco to Chiquisca on day 1, and from Chiquiska to Cusco on day 5.
  • Meals of our ChefAre included since the breakfast of the day 1, until the lunch of the last day. Also we include a snack per day and boiled, filtered and cooled water for your bottles. Those are prepared by our mountain chef.
  • Medical KitAll our team were trained in first aid, all our guides carry a kit to face emergencies as well an oxygen tank.
  • Trekking Equipment.During the trek we will transport 8 kg of your belongings for that will provide you a duffle bag, also a rain poncho, plus a backpack cover.
  • Campin EquipmentWe use the best possible equipment for mountain activities for your comfort and safety. Tents for up to 4 people, we use only for 2 people, as well as spacious dining tents.
  • Tour support team.We include staff that will make your trip unforgettable, such as the guide, cook, cook's assistant, porters and muleteers.

What is not included?

  • Single Roomif you require a single room has an extra cost.
  • Gratuities for the team.Tipping is a common tradition on any kind of tour, normally the group participants collect their tips to hand out to the muleteers, chefs and guides. Although we pay a good salary to all our team, always an extra is welcome for them.
  • Meals not mentioned.The dinner of the last day.
  • Trekking poles.

    Walking sticks with rubber tips are highly recommended to make easy your hilke. If you dont have, dont worry, we can rent them US$ 15.

  • Sleeping Bagfor this tour it is necessary to bring your -15°C sleeping bag, if you don't have them we can rent them for you US$ 20.
  • Travel insurance: It is not mandatory, but it is recommended that you purchase one to protect yourself financially from any lost excursions.


In Group Service

  • The tour can leave on any day of the week, from March to January. We do not travel in February because this is the rainy season
  • The departures are 100% guaranteed, because we operate with two travelers.
  • The Prices are per person in double, Marital or Triple accomodation (for a single room or solo Traveler there is an additional cost).
Price: US $ 450 Per person.
 Private Tour 
Price: US $ 520  Per person, minimun two trekkers.


Travelers under 17 will have a $40 discount. Groups of 6 or more will have a $40 discount each. Please advise us when you are going to book to give you the discount.

Required Deposit:  To book, you need to make a pre payment of US$ 100.00 per person.

After the booking and deposit send us an extra message. Only with this we will be able to confirm your pre-payment and booking.

Balance: The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival to Cusco with cash without tax before the tour, and we ask that this be paid at least 24 hours before your tour departure. If your are going to pay the balance with credit or debit car is a charges 5%, that have to be covered by the clients.


Extras and Upgrades

Here are some intens that you can include in this tour if you don’t have them, here are the rental prices.

  • Sleeping Bag: $20 USD each for the whole hike.
  • Air Mattress: $20 USD each for the whole hike.
  • Walking Poles: $15 USD a pair for the whole hike.
  • Personal Tent: $30 USD (for solo travellers)

Extensions on Offer

These extensions you can include before or after the tour, each one needs an additional day, to do these tours you need an extra touristic ticket.
the price depends of your group size.

  • Archaeological City Tour Cusco.
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas tour.
  • Vinicunca or Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain.
  • Humantay Lake.
  • Maras Moray, Salt mines.
  • Waqrapucara Tour.
  • Queswachaka inca Bridge Tour.
  • Chonta Condor Canyon Tour.


How to get to Choquequirao?

The route to Choquequirao starts in Cachora town, which is located 4 hours from Cusco city. The hike from Cachora to Choquequirao takes between 10 to 12 hours to complete. However, the most common way to visit Choquequirao is by taking a 4 days trek.

How does the Choquequirao Trek compare to the Inca Trail?

Like the Classic Inca Trail, the Choquequirao Trek lasts 4 days. Both treks go through the highland jungles of Peru, and end at an Inca citadel. The highest point of the Inca Trail reaches 4200 m.a.s.l. while the Choquequirao Trek has a maximum height of 3050 m.a.s.l.

How far is Choquequirao from Machu Picchu?

Choquequirao is located around 43 km from Machu Picchu. However, there’s not a direct route between both Inca citadels.

How hard is the Choquequirao Trek?

The Choquequirao Trek has a moderate difficulty. It has steep ascends and descends.

How long is the Choquequirao Trek?

The Choquequirao Trek has a length of around 62 km, including the hike from Cachora town to Choquequirao and viceversa.

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