Choquequirao Trek - 4 Days

Get ready for a difficult but life changing experience on the Choquequiraw trek. Also known as “Machu Picchu’s Sister City” sharing similar structures and architecture, Choquequiraw is an excellent choice for someone who wants a challenge and to complete a trek that has far fewer tourists and a more intimate experience. Choquequiraw is a sprawling complex for those that wish to have a more personal experience while exploring the ruins which are only 40% excavated. In the peak season, while Machu Picchu has 3000 visitors daily, Choquequiraw is much more exclusive having maybe 30 visitors daily with only 4,500 visitors for all of 2016. The time to accomplish this trek is now because part of the untouched natural beauty and exclusivity of this trek is due to the isolation and difficulty in accessing the site due to the need to trek in on foot which takes approximately two days.

Día 1
DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – PLAYA ROSALINA

We will pick you up from the hotel at 5:00 am to start our trip to the town of Cachora (2, 800 m.a.s.l.). On route, we will go through different typical towns and also the anta’s pampa (3, 391 m.a.s.l.). This area is known for its agricultural and livestock production, as well as its’ wide pampas, prairies, fertile valleys, and long rivers. All of this makes the area an extraordinary landscape. Upon arrival to Cachora, we will meet with our trekking team, muleteers, mules/horses, and our staff that will carry all of the camping equipment and your personal duffel bags (up to 8 Kg.). After a brief rest and a light breakfast, we will start our trek. The first hours of the trek will be on mostly flat terrain until we reach the lookout point and pass of Capuliyoc (2, 800 m.a.s.l.). Here we will see exquisite views of the mountain chain of the area, the Apurimac Canyon, and the Apurimac River which is twice as deep as the famous “Grand Canyon” of the United States. This river is long and abundant and is the source of the world’s largest river system, the Amazon. It goes through all of the Andean mountains until it arrives at the Atlantic Ocean. We also will be able to spot Choquequiraw in the distance. After lunch we will continue with the trek, descending to our campsite Chiquiska (1,930 m). We will spend the night here, in the longest canyon of the Andes.

Meals: Lunch/Dinner

Accommodations: Camping at Chiquisca

Lowest Elevation: 1,900 m/ 6,270 ft

Highest Elevation: 2,915 meters/9,564 feet

Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles

Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Día 2
DAY2: PLAYA ROSALINA - MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAW

After breakfast, we will continue our trek towards Rosalina’s beach (1,550 m.a.s.l.) Afterward, we will descend through the Apurimac Canyon until we reach the river. Here, we can take a dip in the water to freshen up. Afterward, we will cross over to the other side of the river using the hanging bridge. Right after that, the hardest part of the route will begin. We will ascend using a winding trail which will take us away from the Canyon in the direction to the area of Santa Rosa (2,290 m.a.s.l.) This is approximately a 3-hour walk with a brief rest stop. Later we will continue ascending towards Marampata (2,850 m.a.s.l.) During our trek, we will view the vast and enchanting vegetation of the area in which the orchids take the first and most important place. There is a chance to see deer and anteaters in the distance and different varieties of birds. At this place, we will spend the night.

Meals: Lunch/Dinner

Accommodations: Camping at Chiquisca

Lowest Elevation: 1,900 m/ 6,270 ft

Highest Elevation: 2,915 meters/9,564 feet

Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles

Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Día 3
DAY3: CHOQUEKIRAW – MARAMPATA – PLAYA ROSALINA– CHIKISHCA

After breakfast in Marampampa (2,850 m.a.s.l.), we will begin our trek to the Inca’s last refuge place: Choquequiraw or “Gold Crib” (3,033 m.a.s.l.) which was abandoned in 1572. This route will be approximately 1.5 hours of walking.

Choquequiraw is made up of 9 areas. These areas were built as small towns surrounding a square to which all the streets from each town will end up. The following areas have been identified: The upper areas (Hanan), the storage areas (Qolqa), main square (Huaqaypata), the lower square (hurin), the Andenes system where crops used to grow (Shaqra Anden), the ceremonial platform (Ushno), and the priest houses on the lower part of the hill.

After this exciting visit and exploration of Choquequiraw, we will return to Marampata (2,850 ma.s.l.) where we will have lunch. Afterward, we will descend to the Apurimac Canyon crossing over the river through the Rosalina beach area (1,550 m.a.s.l.) later we will continue to Chiquiska (1,930 m.a.s.l.). Here we will have dinner and spend the night.

Meals: Lunch/Dinner

Accommodations: Camping at Chiquisca

Lowest Elevation: 1,900 m/ 6,270 ft

Highest Elevation: 2,915 meters/9,564 feet

Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles

Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Día 4
DAY 4: CHIKISHCA – CAPULIYOC – CACHORA - CUSCO

At 8 am, after breakfast, you will get ready to return to Cusco. It will be the last 4 hours uphill to arrive at the end of the trek where you will enjoy your last lunch with your guide, porters, and horseman. You will say goodbye to your team other than your guide and then continue for about 3 hours, this time by car, drive back to Cusco along the nice landscape. You will get to pass Curawasi where people farm the famous Anis (local tea) then you will be arriving in Cusco around 6 pm in total with some stops on the way and we will drop you off at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accommodations: Camping at Choquequirao

Lowest Elevation: 1,550 m/ 5,117 ft

Highest Elevation: 3,150 m/ 10,397 ft

Distance to walk: 14 km / 9 miles

Approximate walking time: 8 – 9 hours

Level of Difficulty: Demanding

Included

  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora (starting point of the trek) and Cachora to Cusco
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao and other Inca sites
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Comfortable tents with two people in a four-person tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • Emergency horse which can be ridden if you’re feeling exhausted or ill

  • All camping equipment such as: dinning tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and portable toilet tent
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen
  • Basic foam sleeping mattresses.
  • 8 kilos of your personal items such as extra clothes and sleeping bag will be carried by mules
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing.

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c ($20 for the duration of the trek)
  • Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide. (tips are optional but of great appreciation for them)

What to bring

  • Backpack & Daypack (if you hire personal porter Samari provide a duffle bag)
  • sleeping bag
  • insect repellent
  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking Poles
  • Clothes layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for a comfortable day walks
  • Head torch
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Sunscreen / hat and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit
  • Rain Gear: poncho/ a good rain jacket for wet season
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • 2 litre water bottle water purifying tablets optional
  • copy of your passport
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc ( soles or dollars
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs. Optional

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2 trekkers: $600.00 per person
3 trekkers: $600.00 per person
4 trekkers: $560.00  per person
5 trekkers: $560.00  per person
6 trekkers: $520.00  per person
7 trekkers: $520.00  per person
8+trekkers: $490.00 per person

DISCOUNTS

According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time you do tour, or visit Machu Picchu, students 18 and above, need the ISIC card to qualify for the discount. Students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount. Email us a copy at info@viajesla.com

  • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$ 10.00
  • Students from 12 to 17 years, a discount of  US$ 10.00
  • Children from of 5 to 12 years, a discount of US$ 10.00

GROUP BOOKINGS

*More details will be available if you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, such as free tours in Cusco city, free items for camping activities, and personal discounts. contact us at info@viajesla.com

RENTALS & EXTRAS

The following list of prices fixed in the items, are adjusted to the Choquekiraw 4Days/3Nights. However, we consider discounting the price for each item, for more than 10 participants in the group.

  • Hiking poles – US$ 15.00
  • Sleeping bag – US$ 25.00
  • Inflatable mattress – US$ 15.00
  • Extra Tent supplement– US$40.00

UPGRADES

Viajes LA includes 3 stars hotel room in Aguas Calientes town and Expedition train service back to Ollantaytambo, however, you can upgrade your the services for an additional cost shown below.

Applicable only if you are doing Machu Picchu by train.

  • Vistadome Train (back to Ollantaytambo) + US$65.00
  • Single Accommodation at Machupicchu town + US$40.00
  • 4 stars hotel at Machupicchu town + US$ 75.00

DETAILS

Viajes LA provides the best quality of items for our customers, for a better experience during the trekking, we concern about the safety, comfort, and satisfaction in every trekking activity.

  • Four season (Eureka k-2 tx) tents, for two people in each.
  • Black Diamond Trekking Poles.
  • Sleeping bags according to route requirement.
  • We use 3* hotels in Aguas Calientes, if you don’t want to share the twin bedroom, select Single Accommodation when Booking.
  • If you are nature lover and landscapes, vista dome train service is the choice, wider windows, and glass ceilings to see the mountains.

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Choquequirao Trek
From $ 490.00
per Adult

Características del Viaje

  • Bus
  • Weekly Departure
  • Deman - Challen
  • 2,915 m/9,560 ft