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4 Days / 3 Nights
Availability : Mar - Dec
Min Age : +12
Max People : 8

Choquequirao Trek overview

Our Choquequirao Trek is without a doubt one of the greatest treks in Peru, South America, and in the whole world. This is an alternative trek to the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. On your Trek Choquequirao you will wind along the hiking path until you reach the last bastion of the Incas in the Vilcabamba Mountain Range. As you take this challenge of following these incredible inca trails through canyons and over mountains you are sure to feel the adrenaline running through your whole body.

On our Choquequirao Trek 4 Days to this Inca site which they called the “Cradle of Gold”, your destination will be the largest archeological ruin in Cusco, Peru. These inca ruins are located between the Apurimac Valley and the Machu Picchu National Park. At 3050 masl., you will experience the wonderful clarity of the high andean atmosphere and feel the spirit of the Apus descending upon you personally.

The best time to hike the 4-day Choquequirao trek is during dry season. There is also a 9-Day Inca Trail Choquequirao to Machu Picchu adventure available and the supremely interesting Salkantay trek expedition. This Choquequirao South America trek is better than any other historical route that has been discovered so far in Peru.

All of the spectacular scenery along the Choquequirao Trail is very impressive. Upon your arrival at this massive Incan village you can begin exploring the great walls, terraces and plazas surrounded by the wonderful landscape. On our Tour Choquequirao you will learn how Choquequirao functioned day and night as a ceremonial site where the sun, the earth, water, and other Incan Deities were honored. Give yourself the once-in-a-lifetime chance of visiting this lost city of the Incas. Furthermore, you will trip through wild country that you won’t soon forget. Trekkers love Choquekirao!

Summary of our Choquequirao Trail:

  • Type of Tourism: Trekking, Hiking, Campimg.
  • Overnight: tents at campsite.
  • Duration: 04 days and 03 nights.
  • Service: private service – All inclusive.
  • Period: April through December is the best season.

As a socially responsible Tour Operator, we always care about the environment. For over 3 years we have offered discerning travelers authentic, Private Luxury Treks in South America. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and we use first-class trek guides. We operate our own treks with local people in this region. Therefore, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the first-class quality of our food and camping equipment.

For both your security and ours, all of our Choquequirao Trek are private tours. During January, February and March we do not operate the Choquequirao Trekking Tours because it is the rainy season. The high country is almost always cloudy at that time of year.

For 2019 – 2020 it is recommended that you book your Choquequirao Trek 4-Days as early as possible, especially if you are travelling during the high season (May – September). As long as you make your reservation early, we can guarantee you the best chef, the best guide and the finest transportation from Cusco to Cachora. That way you will be guaranteed the absolutely finest service.


  • Your briefing at your hotel the day before beginning the Choquequirao Trek Peru.
  • Pick up at your hotel in Cusco by your guide on the morning that your trek begins.
  • Private transportation provided from the city of Cusco to Cachora.
  • Professional local guide hiking along with you, who speaks English or the required language.
  • An assistant guide for a group of more than 9 people.
  • A chef trained for cooking on trekking trips, and an assistant cook.
  • Complete camping equipment including kitchen utensils.
  • Snacks appropriate for all hours, and hot and cold beverages.
  • Dining room equipment which includes tables, chairs, and a dining tent.
  • Purified water during the trek, (excluding the first 4 hours of hiking.)
  • We use one tent for every 2 people on all three nights. (If you would like your own personal tent for sleeping, there would be an additional charge).
  • Muleskinners and pack horses that will exclusively carry our equipment, i.e., camping equipment, tents, food, packs, kitchen supplies, dining tent.
  • Pack mules to carry your personal gear that weighs up to 7 kilos.
  • Boiled water provided by your chef to refill your water bottles.
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottles for emergency.
  • Breakfast on Day 1 will be served at the home of a family in Cachora. Lunch on day 4 will be served on the outskirts of the Saywite Archeological Center, and will vary depending on the season in which you are hiking.
  • Entry tickets into Choquequirao ruins, Saywite ruins, and the hot springs at Cconoc in the Curahuasi Valley.
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 suppers. (If you would like vegetarian food or a special diet, please let us know in advance).

Not Included:

  • Meals that are not specifically included in the Choquequirao Expediton 4-Days
  • Additional expenses such as treatment for altitude problems, flight cancelations, transportation purchased before your scheduled return to Cusco.
  • Extra charges incurred by the client during the excursions.
  • Damages caused by the client to the bus or to the camping equipment.
  • Extra charges incurred by the client while travelling.
  • Extensions of the tours made during the client’s stay in Peru.
  • Camping equipment such as sleeping bag or walking sticks.
  • The last dinner on the way back before arrival in the City of Cusco
  • Tips to our team members for the trek and for the local family in Cachora.

A great way to book your trek to Choquequirao including the horses to carry your equipment and local guides who speak English, Spanish, and Quechua, is through Travel 1. Travel 1 connects travelers with local people in San Pedro de Cachora, Huanipaca and Yanama. Everything is carefully screened for safety, quality, and honesty, so your money goes directly into benefitting these local communities rather than into the pockets of exploitive major tourism corporations.

Travel Recommendations:

  • Mandatory: Your passport (mandatory) and your student ID card, if you used your ISIC Card to make the purchase.
  • Mandatory: your information about your personal travel insurance.
  • Make sure that you bring your airplane flight information.
  • Cash money, as in many of the places you will visit debit cards or credit cards are not accepted.
  • Waterproof clothing for rainy days, and warm clothes for cold weather.
  • Long pants, and long sleeve sweaters and shirts. And comfortable hiking footwear.
  • Changes of clothes appropriate for the amount of days that you are traveling, preferably light weight clothes.
  • Warm gloves, wide brimmed hat, bathing suit, small towel, sandals and personal hygiene items.
  • Sun block, sun glasses, head mounted flash light, and belt pouch.
  • Insect repellent cream, and anti-bacterial towels or gel.
  • Personal first aid kit. Bring your doctor’s prescriptions if you are taking any medications.
  • Re-usable water bottle and water-proof backpack.
  • Personal camera with spare cards and batteries and a book to read in you want.
  • Rain Poncho. (You might be able to pick one up in Cusco).

We recommend that you let us know in advance about any special needs that you might have. Before taking the Choquequirao Tour, you should acclimatize yourself in Cusco for a couple days. You should be healthy when you begin the trek.

The Choquequirao Trek 4-Days is an adventure in the truest sense of the word. Sitting high in the Vilcabamba mountain range, the 15th-Century Choquequirao Archaeological Complex is only accessible by descending canyons and hiking through incredible scenery. And while Choquequirao closely resembles Machu Picchu with terraces, temples, plazas, and aqueducts, there is one very noticeable difference between the two: The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu gets around 3,300 visitors per day, while Choquequirao sees an average of only 50 to 100 visits per day.

Prices for Choquequirao Trek

Optional Extras
  • 02 travelers: $ 790.00
  • 03 – 04 travelers: $ 758.40
  • 05 – 06 travelers: $ 718.90
  • +7 travelers: $ 679.40

*Price in USD per Person.

  • Students (ISIC Student Card Required): $25.00
  • Adolescents from Ages 11 to 17: $25.00
  • Sleeping bag: $ 25.00
  • Walking sticks: $ 22.00
  • Additional horse for the entire trek: $143.00


Choquequirao Trek Itinerary

Day 1:Travel by bus from Cusco to Cachora. Next we will hike to Santa Rosa

We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning at 4 am, and you will head out to Cachora. This is where you will begin one of the most fascinating treks in Peru. First of all, we will share a very nutritious breakfast and meet your guide and his staff.

Next, you will go down to Capuliyoc where you will have a fantastic view of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range. Also, you can look down into the Apurimac Canyon. After just a short break, you’ll get together with our team and begin hiking toward your first campsite at Sta. Rosa. Walking along the zigzag trail, you will descend until you arrive at Chiquisca where you will have lunch.

Your next stop will be Playa Rosalinas on the Apurimac River. This is the lowest point of your whole trek which goes from Cachora to Choquequirao and back. From here the trek gets more challenging. Next, you head uphill for two hours or more until you arrive at Sta Rosa. Many years ago Santa Rosa was famous for its incredibly strong Cañazo. (Cañazo is an alcoholic beverage made from cane sugar and is 98 proof.). When you arrive at Santa Rosa, your camp will be set up so you can relax and enjoy your well-deserved rest.

Distance from Cusco – Cachora: 168 km.
Estimated time of travel: 4 hours approximately.
Distance of the hike: 15 km from Capuliyoc to Santa Rosa.
Average altititude: 1870 masl
Climate: sunny from April until December; cloudy with some rain from January until March
Meals: Buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, buffet dinner, boiled water, and snacks.

Day 2:Hike from Santa Rosa to Choquequiro. Next explore Choquequirao

At dawn our team will wake you up. Immediately after breakfast you will begin your hike to Marampata. Along the way you will be walking by native plants on a zig-zag uphill path through the incredible landscape until reaching Marampata.

From Marampata there is a very interesting view of the whole Vilcanota Mountain Range and of the Choquequirao Archeological Center. After a short break, you will arrive at the entrance of the Choquequirao ruins. When lunch is over, you will start your guided tour of Sectors I through VIII. The area of the city is much greater than the area of Machu Picchu. This was a major administrative center during Inca times.

On your Choquequirao Tour you will visit the main plaza, the terraces, and the colcas. After the guided tour you will have free time to take pictures and to enjoy the magnificent sunset here in the heart of the Andes. Before night you´ll return to your campsite and eat a fantastic buffet dinner. Finally, you can relax and pass the time trading stories of adventures with our team members before going to bed.

Hiking Distance of Peru Trek – Choquequirao: 12 km.
Average altitude: 3500 masl.
Climate: Sunny from May until October; cloudy with some rain from November until April.
Meals: Buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, buffet dinner, boiled water, and snacks.

Day 3:The hike back from Choquequirao to Chiquisca

You will wake up for the first rays of the sun, and after an early breakfast, you will prepare for the most amazing activities of your Choquequirao Trek. From your campsite it will take about 20 minutes to get there. Once you arrive, you’ll then begin exploring this magnificent Inca site.

On this 3rd day you will have a guided tour of Sectors X through XIII. The guided tour lasts around 3 hours. You´ll visit new excavations that are presently being dug out. During the tour you will see the waterfalls coming off Mt. Salkantay. Then you will return to your campsite for lunch. After lunch you will head back on the same road, we took the day before.

The first part is easy walking to the village of Marampata. From there you head down to Santa Rosa and on to Playa Rosalinas. From Playa Rosalinas, after crossing the Apurimac River, you’ll head up to Chiquisca where your last camp will be all set up and waiting for you. When you arrive you´ll be able to relax and enjoy a very delicious supper and a well-deserved rest. Here you’ll bid farewell to our team members because they will be leaving very early in the morning for Cachora.

Distance of the hike: 16 km.
Average altitude: 1870 masl.
Climate: Sunny from April until December; cloudy with some rain from January until March.
Meals: Buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, buffet dinner, bolied water, and snacks.

Day 4:Hike from Chiquisca to Cachora - Bus to the Stone of Saywite and Cusco

Bright and early the following morning, you will have breakfast and begin your hike back to Capuliyuq. It is an uphill hike. So, the sooner you wake up and get started, the sooner you will arrive at Capuliyuq. And if you get started early, you will be walking in the shade. When you arrive at Capuliyuq, our team will take care of all the equipment so you’ll be able to jump into our van after your hike in the back country of Peru. Then you will ride over to the Stone of Saywite which is part of the Saywite Archeological Site. This fabulous rock is located in the district of Curahuasi in the province of Abancay in the department of Apurímac. The site covers about 60 hectares.

Saywite is in front of Mt. Salkantay and it is geographically close to the great sites of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao and Vilcabamba. This giant rock has carvings made by the Incas representing animals from the jungle and from the high country. Also carved into the rock are representations of the Incan system of irrigation, and of the manner of how people lived during Incan times. After touring this incredible site, you will eat your farewell lunch which will include Novo Andino cuisine and a free Pisco Sour.

Before returning to Cusco, along the way you will visit the hot springs at Cconoc with your trekking guide. These hot springs are located in a pretty spot on the banks of the Apurimac River surrounded by algarroba trees, reeds, and cactus. The waters are odorless and slightly salty. Finally, after your Choquequirao Trek Peru is completed, you should arrive back in Cusco around 9 pm.

Distance of the hike: 12 km.
Average altitude: 3000 masl.
Climate: Sunny from April until December.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

Map and highlights of Choquequirao trek in Peru

Photos from Choquequirao Hike 4 Days

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Carol Jones

Couple Traveller

I thought just about everything on this was fantastic. The food was really great. Our guide was super-knowledge and very friendly. And the Choquequirao ruins are immense and intense. The area they cover is much larger than Machu Picchu. of course they are not all manicured like Machu Picchu. This seems like a much wilder place. Half of the site hasn´t even been touched, let alone been cleared and groomed. The hardest part was the walk up the canyon from the river below. I highly recommend this trek.

January 10, 2019

Carol Jones

Couple Traveller

I thought just about everything on this was fantastic. The food was really great. Our guide was super-knowledge and very friendly. And the Choquequirao ruins are immense and intense. The area they cover is much larger than Machu Picchu. of course they are not all manicured like Machu Picchu. This seems like a much wilder place. Half of the site hasn´t even been touched, let alone been cleared and groomed. The hardest part was the walk up the canyon from the river below. I highly recommend this trek.

January 10, 2019

Veronica Murray

Couple Traveller

The hike through the Andes was almost like heaven. Great people! Great food! Great friends!

April 13, 2018