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Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – La Playa
Day 2: Marampata – Choquequirao
Day 3: Choquequirao – Marampata – Santa Rosa – Chiquiska
Day 4: Chaquisqa – Cachora – Cusco
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Choquequirao is located around 43 km from Machu Picchu. However, there’s not a direct route between both Inca citadels.
The Choquequirao Trek has a moderate difficulty. It has steep ascends and descends.
The Choquequirao Trek has a length of around 62 km, including the hike from Cachora town to Choquequirao and viceversa.