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Choquequirao Trek 4 Days from Cusco

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4 Days / 3 Nights
Availability : Mar - Dec
Cusco
Choquequirao
Min Age : 12+
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Details of our Choquequirao Trek Peru

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 Choquequirao adventure you will wind along the hiking trail until you reach the last bastion of the Incas in the Choquequirao Vilcabamba Mountain Range. As you take this challenging trek you will follow the enigmatic Inca trails where you are sure to feel the adrenaline running through your whole body.

First of all, on our Choquequirao trek 4 days to the Inca site which they called the cradle of gold, you’ll walk through history until you reach the largest ruin in the Cusco region. These ruins are located between the Apurimac Valley and the Machu Picchu National Park. Its high elevation is 3050 masl. At this sacred altitude you can’t but help to experience the spirit of the Apus. The best time to hike the 4 day Choquequirao trek is in dry season. There is also a 9 day trail Choquequirao to Machu Picchu available and a Salkantay trek. Distinct from any other archeological site, the unique beauty of this Peru trek is majestic. 

All of the spectacular architecture along the Choquequirao trail is very impressive. You´ll see great walls with  terraces and plazas. But the architecture is not the only notable feature of the Choquechirao hike. The flora and fauna are also very important. On our Choquequirao Peru trek you will learn how Choquequirao functioned as a ceremonial site where the Sun, the Earth, water, and other Incan deities were honored. Give yourself the chance to live a wonderfull adventure and see amazing views of the Andes. Furthermore, you will trek through wild country that you won’t soon forget.

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 – December (best season), January – March (with restrictions).

As a socially responsible tour operator, we always care of the environment. For over 7 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.  In the year of 2019 it is recommended that you book your Choquequirao trek as early as possible. So our staff is proud to offer you the very best trekking experience through the mountains of Peru.

Included on this alternative Inca Trail

  • Briefing before the trek on Day 1 at the beginning of your trip to Choquequirao.
  • Private transportation provided from the city of Cusco on the trip to Cachora.
  • Professional 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.
  • Pack horses and muleskinners that will exclusively carry our equipment, i.e., camping equipment, tents, food, packs, kitchen supplies, dining tent, plates, pots and pans, etc.
  • Pack mules to carry your personal gear that weighs up to 7 kilos.
  • Boiled water under the control of our chef. This is to aid in good digestion of our food, and to refill our water bottles.
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • 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 program.
  • 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 walk.
  • Damages caused by the client to the bus or to the camping equipment
  • Extra charges incurred by the client during the tours
  • Extensions of the tours made before the client leaves Peru
  • Camping equipment such as sleeping bag or walking stick
  • The last dinner on the way back to the city of Cusco
  • Tips to our team members for the trek and for the local family in Cachora.

Travel Recommendations:

  • Mandatory: You’ll need to bring your passport, your student ID card, or your DNI for Peruvian
  • Mandatory: Information about your personal travel insurance
  • Make sure that you bring your airplane flight information
  • Cash money, as in many of the places we 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-inflamatory medication.
  • Anti-bacterial towels or gel
  • Personal first aid kit. Bring your doctor’s prescriptions if you are taking any medications
  • Re-usable water bottle
  • 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 at the visitor’s center.)

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. We can offer to take you on a warm up tour of 1 day or of half a day before you take the Peru Choquequirao trek.

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Optional Extras
  • 02 travelers: $ 790.00
  • 03 – 04 travelers: $ 758.40
  • 05 – 06 travelers: $ 718.90
  • 07 – 08 travelers: $ 679.40
  • 09+ travelers: $ 639.90

*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 stick: $22.00
  • Additional horse for the entire trek: $143.00

*Optional.

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 we will head out to Cachora. This is where we will begin one of the most fascinating treks in Peru. First of all, we will share a very nutritious breakfast and meet our guide and his staff.

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

Our next stop will be Playa Rosalinas on the Apurimac River. This is the lowest point of our whole trek which goes from Cachora to Choquequirao and back. From here the trek gets more challenging. Next we head uphill for two hours or more until we 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 which 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, bolied water, and snacks.

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

At dawn our team will wake you up. After breakfast we will begin our hike to Marampat. From Marampata you can see the whole mountain range and Choquequirao. Next you will arrive at Choquequirao Archeological Park. After lunch at the park, we will start our guided tour of Sectors I through VIII. During our tour we will visit the main plaza, the terraces, and the colcas. There will be time to take pictures and to enjoy the magnificent sunset in the heart of the Andes. In the evening we´ll return to our campsite and enjoy a fantastic buffet dinner. Finally we can relax and pass the time trading stories 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, bolied water, and snacks.

Day 3:The hike back from Choquequirao to Chiquisca

In the morning, after breakfast, we will have a guided tour of Sectors X through XIII. The guided tour lasts around 3 hours. We´ll visit new excavations that are presently being dug out. We´ll see the waterfalls coming off Mt. Salkantay. Then we will return to our campsite for lunch. After lunch we will head back on the same trail we took the day before.

The first part is easy walking to Marampata. From there we head down to Santa Rosa and on to Playa Rosalinas. From Playa Rosalinas, after crossing the Apurimac River, we´ll head up to Chiquisca where our last camp will be all set up and waiting for us. We´ll be able to relax and enjoy a delicious supper and a well-deserved rest. We will bid farewell to our team members because they will be leaving very early 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, we will have breakfast and begin our hike back to Capuliyuq. It is an uphill hike. So you’ll need to wake up early and get started, the sooner we will arrive at Capuliyuq. Our team will take care of all the equipment so we´ll be able to jump into our van after our trek inca and drive to the Stone of Saywite. This is part of the Saywite Archeological Site. It 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 geographically close to the great sites of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao and Vilcabamba. After touring the site, we will eat our farewell lunch. It will include Novo Andino cuisine and a free Pisco Sour on the edge of the site.
Before returning to Cusco, we will stop by the hot springs at Cconoc with our trek guide. These 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 our trek Peru finishes we should arrive back in Cusco around 9 pm.

Distance of the hike: 12 km.
Average altitude: 3000 masl.
Climate: Sunny from April until December; cloudy with some rain from January until March.
Meals: Buffet breakfast, Novo-Andino lunch, bolied water, and snacks.
Distance from Cachora to Cusco: 168 km.
Estimated time of trip: 6 hours

Map and Highlights of Choquequirao trail 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