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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:4 Days
Destination:Cusco - Cachora - Choquequirao (CAMPING)

CHOQUEQUIRAO DESCRIPTION

The surrounding area of Cusco Peru has plenty of attractions, including the extensive Inca Trail network made by the Incas and pre-Incas. One of these Inca Trails is a spectacular 60 km / 38 mile trail leading to the mysterious Inca refuge of Choquequirao (3,103m/10,178ft). Delightfully off the beaten path, Choquequirao (“Cradle of Gold”) sits on a promontory nearly 1800 m / 6000 feet above the roaring Apurimac River Gorge.  Considered to be a “sister” city of similar significance to Machu Picchu and built along similar lines, Choquequirao was also presumed to have had about the same size and to have served the same religious, political and agricultural functions.

Choquequirao City

Choquequirao is Undergoing Restoration & is Still Covered by Vegetation

However, because archaeologists long underestimated the importance of Choquequirao, the city’s existence was known for almost 300 years before the first restoration was begun in 1993 and 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

Trail to Choquequirao

The Inca Trail to Choquequirao Zigzags Along the Andes

of Cachora and head towards this huge archaeological complex still under the cleaning and restoration process located in the surroundings of the Salkantay sacred mountain (6.271m/20569ft) and the Apurimac River canyon. You will be rewarded by the beauty of the Inca citadel, still partially covered by the weeds accumulated by the passing of centuries, its astonishing location and surrounding mountain scenery, as well as lots of Andean flora and fauna, and the chance to spot condors in their natural habitat.

Choquequirao receives far fewer tourists than Machu Picchu but the archaeological site is no less delightful and is a good alternative to the sometimes overcrowded traditional Inca Trail to 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.

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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK ITINERARY

DIFFICULTY: CHALLENGING

Day 1

Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca

Leave Cusco at 6.00 am in private transport and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5 hrs from Cusco at 2800m/9184ft, the starting point of the trek where you will meet the horsemen and horses. Begin the hike climbing for two and a half hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m/9020ft, where you may enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. Continue descending 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 as early as 6.00am 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 so that the heat does not make it more difficult to cross. In Santa Rosa, there is a half an hour break, and those who wish may try Cambray, a local sugarcane extract.

Choquequirao Main Esplanade

Main Esplanade of the City of Choquequirao

Afterwads, continue the hike slowly climbing for two and a half hours until the lunch spot of Marampata is reached. 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

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

Day 4

Aqueduct at Choquequirao

The Impressive Aqueduct Surrounding the City

Choquequirao – Rosalina Beach

This morning enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex: visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and

some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and ready to be restored. After the tour, start your walk back towards Santa Rosa, where you will have lunch. Continue descending for another 2 hours until you reach Rosalina Beach at 1450m/4756ft, where there might be time to take a refreshing dip in the waters of the Apurimac River. 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 two to three hour climb to Chiquisca, to then make your way back to the Abra Capuliyoc, close to 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 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?

Included in 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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