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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 4D: Trekking to the last refuge of the Incas

Trekking to Choquequirao with professional tour guide; is the best alternative after Machu Picchu

Choquequirao Trek is fascinating combination of beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife and cultures; this trek is perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time, this adventure includes a trek along the Inca Trail to the last refuge of the Incas, situated in the “Vilcanota” mountain range near Machu Picchu. The route descends from the town of “Cachora” to the Apurimac River and ascends to the Inca ruins of “Choquequirao” from the south-eastern side of the ruins, along the border of the Urubamba canyon. The topography of the route allows a relaxing trekking and great camping places; the hikers generally do not suffer from altitude sickness because the altitude is lower than the city of Cusco.

The Choquequirao Trek, start from the zone of “Capuliyoc”, it will last for 4 days, one can check Choquequirao Trek Itinerary on detailed itinerary tab on below. Choquequirao Trek, passing via world’s deepest canyon: The Apurimac canyon, probably one of the most picturesque in Peru. Choquequirao Trek perfect blend of culture and adventure used to last for 4 days but however with possibilities of extent your trek for 8 days to Machu Picchu. The main highlight of the trip is exploring the mysterious Inca settlement of Choquequirao.

FOUR DAYS TOUR

From Cusco to Cusco
$ 450 Per Person
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide
  • Food

On our Choquequirao Trek Itinerary we will create enough room for acclimatization on the way up to Choqeuquirao; the trekking is all guaranteed departure with great ease and comfort. For further detail of the Trek Itinerary please visit out detail itinerary section as well as costing details, checklist of what to bring what not to bring. “SUNRISE PERU TREK” organize private tour for Choquequirao Trek; as the itinerary are highly customizable it can be tailor made with change in every perspective as well as can be elongated or shorten to suit time span.

The route to Choquequirao Trek is said to be one of the most grueling treks around, covering over 60km and climbing up to 3,545m, and none are more challenging than this deep canyon trek. Test yourself by trekking with us through the Capuliyoc pass which tower at over 3,000m.This once in a lifetime journey begins in Cachora, where you’ll drive to from the city of Cusco. The drive itself is incredibly long and rarely takes more than 3 hours.

The four-day Choquequirao Trek, was opened recently for visitors; it is a spectacular 60km trek through the Peruvian Andes. Choquequirao is an Inca site located in the stunning landscape of the Vilcabamba mountain range over the Apurimac Canyon; Choquequirao probably was visited by Mr. Hiram Bingham in 1910 after this he discovered Machu Picchu in 1911. This route offers us a formidable trek across diverse ecosystems.

Choquequirao is considered as the other Machu Picchu which means «Golden Cradle» in Quechua «Inca language», although this is probably not its original name. It is another «Lost City of the Incas» rediscovered officially later in the 20th century, it’s surrounded by towering Salkantay and Humantay snowcapped peaks.

TRIP STYLE

Adventure Trekking

MAX. ALTITUDE

4350 masl

ACCOMMODATION

Tents

DIFFICULTY

Moderate/ Challenge

AT A GLANCE

  • TIMING: 4 days and 3 nights.
  • STARTING POINT: Cusco hotel.
  • ENDING POINT: Cusco hotel.
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Challenging.
  • DISTANCE: 60 Km
  • WHEN TO GO: The best time to visit is from April until October, it’s the busy season (especially from June to August), but it’s also the dry season.
  • ALTITUDE: 3,300 masl to 1,450 masl
  • TEMPERATURES: From 7ºC to 28ºC
  • NOTE: If you require assistance to purchase your air tickets from Lima to Cusco, we can assist you on this issue.

BRIEF TREK ITINERARY

DAY 1: Playa Rosalina

We’ll leave Cusco at 05:00 a.m and travel to Capuliyoc zone from where we’ll start our lifetime trip.

DAY 2: Choquequirao

Arriving to Choquequirao in the afternoon, we’ll see the sunset over the Apurimac Canyon.

DAY 3: Choquequirao

Explore the mysterious Choquequirao Inca ruins and return to «Playa Rosalina».

DAY 4: Cusco

Enjoy the most difficult part of the trek before we return to Cusco and arrive there in the evening.

DETAILED TREK ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CAPULIYOC – «PLAYA ROSALINA»

The Choquequirao Trek begins once we pick you up from your hotel at 05:30 a.m and travel in our private transport for 5 hours approximately to Capuliyoc zone (starting point of the trek), here we will meet our trekking crew (chef, horses and muleteers – «Arrieros»).

On the way, we will make a stop to enjoy our breakfast admiring the wonderful and amazing Limatambo Canyon; during the trip, we will pass through picturesque and small towns like: Izcuchaca, Limatambo, Curahuasi and Cachora. We’ll start trekking and very soon, we will have a fascinating view of Choquequirao in the other side of the Canyon, then we’ll continue a long zigzag down to «Playa Rosalina» where we can observe different types of cactus and interesting wildlife; the campsite will be warm.

Meals: L & D.
Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents.
Maximum Altitude: 3,000 masl Capulichayoc.
Minimum Altitude: 1,500 masl «Playa Rosalina».
Distance Travelled: 16 Km.
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 Hours.

DAY 2: «PLAYA ROSALINA» – CHOQUEQUIRAO

After breakfast, we will leave early and cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take an approximated 2 hour-time, and it is important to leave early so that the high temperature does not make it more difficult than it has to be, After a good rest at Santa Rosa place, we’ll continue our trek slowly climbing for 2 and a half hours to Marampata zone; here our lunch will be served.

From here, we’ll walk another 2 hours and we’ll arrive at the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3,050 masl, here, we will set up our camp and enjoy the afternoon overlooking the Apurimac Canyon and seeing the sunset some times the Andean condors (the biggest flying birds) passing through.

Meals: B, L & D.
Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents.
Maximum Altitude: 3,050 masl in Choquequirao.
Minimum Altitude: 1500 masl in «Playa Rosalina».
Distance Travelled: 14 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 7- 8 Hours.

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – «PLAYA ROSALINA»

After a good breakfast, we will explore this extraordinary Choquequirao archaeological complex with our guide who will explain to us with all the details and lead us through every important place, we will then have extra time to explore and take pictures; after we finish our lunch, we will be served then, we’ll return to «Playa Rosalina» and set up our camp.

Choquequirao was one of the entrance checkpoints to the Vilcabamba and «Espiritu Pampa», and also an administrative center serving political, social and economic functions. Its urban design has followed the symbolic patterns of the imperial capital, with ceremonial places dedicated to the Sun (Inti) and the ancestors, to the earth, water and other divinities, with mansions for administrators and houses for artisans, warehouses, large dormitories or «kallankas» and farming terraces belonging to the Incas or the local people.

Meals: B, L & D.
Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents.
Maximum Altitude: 3,050 masl in Choquequirao.
Minimum Altitude: 1,500 masl in «Playa Rosalina».
Distance Travelled: 14 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 4-5 Hours.

DAY 4: «PLAYA ROSALINA» – CAPULIYOC – CUSCO

After breakfast, we’ll continue slowly up to Capuliyoc. We will still be able to enjoy the Apurimac Canyon as we follow a new trail that crosses the throat of the canyon. We will have an impressive view of the Canyon from Wayna Qalli; this canyon is considered to be one of the most spectacular in South America. Finally, we will arrive at Capuliyoc and take our transport and return to Cusco. We will arrive in the evening; you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meals: B & L.
Minimum Altitude: 1,500 masl in «Playa Rosalina».
Distance Travelled: 16 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours.

Choquequirao trek includes

  • Transportation: Private bus Cusco – Capuliyoc (starting point of the trek) and from Capuliyoc to Cusco (transfer to your hotel).
  • Guide: English-speaking guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people).
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 afternoon teas; delicious meals prepared by professional Chefs.
  • Chef and Chef Assistant.
  • Camping equipment: We provide four people capacity tent for two people, brand new four season tents, therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for guides and cooking gear.
  • Horses: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (7kg per person) in duffel bags that «Sunrise Peru Trek» provides.
  • Muleteers.
  • Others: First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle

Excluded

  • Sleeping bag: Can be rented in our office for $20 USD for the entire trek.
  • Tips for the staff.

Trek payment facts

For Choquequirao Trek 4 days, we require a non-refundable trek deposit of $150 USD per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT by money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru. The money transfer should be in the name of «SUNRISE PERU TREK» TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L. Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

COST OF THE TOUR

Price per person: US$ 450

PRIVATE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

2 people $600 USD pp
3 people $495 USD pp
4 people $460 USD pp

The Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu is available on any date that is best suited for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers
The price includes the extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7 kilos,  we will provide you with a duffle bag at the briefing time.

AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS

  1. Students with ISIC CARD: US$25 – Please send us the copy of your VALID ISIC Card at time of booking.
  2. Under 18 years old: US$30 – Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  3. Group of 5 people or more: US$25 – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

EXTRAS

  1. Good, clean and warm -15° sleeping bag: US$25. This is for the whole trek.
  2. Vistadome upgrade train for the way back: from US$57 per person.
  3. Walking sticks: US$10 for the pair for the whole trek

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