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US$ 1,120Price per person for the Choquequirao Trek based on 2 travelers in private service only. Airfares not included.
Duration:5 Days
Destination:Cusco - Cachora - Choquequirao (CAMPING)
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WHAT IS THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK?

The surroundings of Cusco Peru include the extensive Inca Trail network made by the Incas and pre-Incas. One of these Inca Trails leads to the mysterious Inca ruins of Choquequirao  (“Cradle of Gold”) at 3,103m/10,178ft. Delightfully off the beaten path, Choquequirao sits on a promontory nearly 1800 m / 6000 feet above the roaring Apurimac River gorge.  It is considered to be a “sister” city of similar significance to Machu Picchu and built along similar lines.

Choquequirao City

Choquequirao is Undergoing Restoration & is Still Covered by Vegetation

Surprisingly, because archaeologists long underestimated its importance, the city’s existence was known for almost 300 years before the first restoration was begun in 1993. It has only recently been accessible to nonacademics, quickly joining the ranks of the world’s great Lost Cities.

In this spectacular 60-km trek you will start in the charming village of Cachora and head

Trail to Choquequirao

The Inca Trail to Choquequirao Zigzags Along the Andes

towards the archaeological complex located in the surroundings of the Salkantay Sacred mountain (6.271m/20569ft) and the Apurimac River canyon. You’ll be rewarded by the beauty of the Inca citadel, still partially covered by the weeds accumulated by the passing of centuries. Admire its astonishing location, surrounding mountain scenery and abundant Andean flora and fauna, including condors.

The Choquequirao Trek has far fewer tourists than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. However, the archaeological site is no less delightful and is a good alternative to the overcrowded Machu PIcchu.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Challenging. We strongly recommend acclimatizing to the altitude by staying for at least two – three days in Cusco prior to the trek.

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK ITINERARY

DIFFICULTY: CHALLENGING

Day 1

Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca

Leave Cusco at 6.00 am in private transport and drive towards Cachora. This is an Andean community located 4-5 hrs from Cusco at 2800m/9184ft, and the starting point of the trek. Begin the hike by climbing for two and a half hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m/9020ft. Here, you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. Continue on a descent for two more hours towards Chiquisca, where camp will be set and you’ll spend the night.

Distance:15 km / 10.56 ml
Minimum Altitude:1800 masl / 5778 ft
Maximum Altitude:2800 masl / 9184 ft
Approximate Time:4-5 hrs
Gradient:moderate

Overnight at Campsite.
(S, L, D)

Day 2

Chiquisca – Choquequirao

Leave Chiquisca early to go down to Rosalina Beach, which will take about one hour. Cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take approximately 2 hrs, and it is important to leave early to avoid the heat. In Santa Rosa, you’ll take a half an hour break. You are welcome to try Cambray, a local sugarcane extract, if you’d like.

Choquequirao Main Esplanade

Main Esplanade of the City of Choquequirao

Continue on a slow hike towards Marampata (2.5 hrs.), where you’ll enjoy lunch. From here walk another two hours until you reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103m/10178ft.  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 condors are sometimes spotted.

 

Distance:15km / 9.32 ml
Minimum Altitude:1450 masl / 4756 ft
Maximum Altitude:3103 masl / 10178 ft
Approximate Time:7-8 hrs
Gradient:challenging

Overnight at campsite.
(B, S, L, D)

Day 3

Choquequirao

Aqueduct at Choquequirao

The Impressive Aqueduct Surrounding the City

This morning, enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex: visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and other areas still covered in foliage, ready to be restored.

Overnight at campsite.
(B, S, L, D)

Day 4

Choquequirao – Rosalina Beach

Start your walk back towards Santa Rosa, where you will have lunch. Continue your descent for another 2 hours until you reach Rosalina Beach at 1450m/4756ft. Take a refreshing dip in the waters of the Apurimac River, time permitting. Camp and dine here.

 

Distance:18 km / 11.18 ml
Minimum Altitude:1450 masl / 4756 ft
Maximum Altitude:3100 masl / 10170 ft
Approximate Time:7-8 hrs
Gradient:very challenging

Overnight at campsite.
(B, S, L, D)

Day 5

Rosalina Beach – Cachora

Leave camp after breakfast to start the climb back to Chiquisca. From here, you’ll make your way back to the Abra Capuliyoc, where you’ll have lunch. In the afternoon, continue on the two-hour return route to Cachora, where private transportation will be waiting to take you back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time is around 9.00pm.

Distance:18 km / 11.18 ml
Minimum Altitude:1860 masl / 6102 ft
Maximum Altitude:2800 masl / 9184 ft
Approximate Time:6-7 hrs
Gradient:challenging

(B, S, L)

LEGEND
BBreakfast
SSnack
LLunch
DDinner
BLBoxed Lunch

NOTE:

  • Recommended period: from April to October.

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK PRICING

Trek ChoquequiraoPrice per person / double occupancy tent
Private Service: 2 travelersUS$ 1,120
Private Service: 3 travelersUS$ 820
Private Service: 4 travelersUS$ 715
Private Service: 5 travelersUS$ 670
Private Service: 6 travelersUS$ 590
Private Service: 7 travelersUS$ 545
Private Service: 8 travelersUS$ 505
Single Supplement(additional to stay in a single tent)US$ 35

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK?

Included in Choquequirao Trek PriceNot included in Trek Price
Pre-departure briefingInternational and domestic flights
Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Cachora (starting point of the trek)Visas required to enter Peru
Choquequirao entrance feeAirport taxes
Campsite feesHotel accommodation
English speaking adventure guideDrinks
Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people capacity tent (4 seasons)Tips
Duffel bag to place your belongingsBreakfast on day 1, and dinner on day 4
One foamy and one inflatable sleeping pad per personBreakfast on day 1, and dinner on day 4
Dining tent with tables and chairsSleeping bag
Kitchen tentWalking poles
Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
Pack animals to carry camping equipment and your belongings
Cook and cooking equipment
One emergency horse every 6 people
Wranglers
Meals (3 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day) – vegetarian menu is available at no extra cost –
Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Transfer from Cachora to your hotel in Cusco
Sales taxes and payment transaction fees

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