Epic Journey to Choquequirao: 5-Day Adventure via Huanipaca

Journey through the heart of the Andes on a 5-day trek to Choquequirao, experiencing untouched natural beauty and ancient mysteries on the less-traveled Huanipaca route.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Embarking on the 5-Day Choquequirao Trek via the Huanipaca route offers a journey unlike any other, providing an intimate connection with the ancient Inca civilization and the unspoiled beauty of the Peruvian Andes. This trek is a hidden gem for adventurers seeking paths less trodden, where the echoes of history blend seamlessly with the tranquility of nature. The route unfolds through breathtaking landscapes, from the depths of the Apurimac Canyon to the mystical ruins of Choquequirao, often referred to as the ‘sister city’ of Machu Picchu. Each day brings new discoveries, from the intricate stone terraces of Choquequirao to the captivating wildlife and lush vegetation of the Andean highlands.

This trek is meticulously designed for those who relish a challenge and cherish the reward of experiencing one of the world’s most extraordinary archaeological sites in relative solitude. As you traverse this path, the journey transcends a simple trek, evolving into a profound exploration of Incan heritage and natural wonders. With a blend of arduous hikes and moments of serene reflection, this experience is more than just a trek; it’s an opportunity to journey through time, uncovering the secrets of a bygone era while forging a deep connection with the majestic Andean landscape. Each step is a testament to the endurance of both the hiker and the ancient civilizations that once called these mountains home.

Please Note:

Please note that our 5-Day Choquequirao Trek adapts its route to align with seasonal weather conditions. During the dry months from May to October, the trek follows its primary Huanipaca path, offering the full breadth of its scenic and historical richness. However, in the rainy season, for your safety and to avoid potential landslides, we switch to a safer, classic route. This alternative path still promises a complete and enriching 5-day experience, ensuring that your adventure through the Andes remains both safe and memorable, no matter the season. For more details on the classic route, visit our dedicated page: 5-Day In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Capuliyoc Viewpoint, Apurimac River, Marampata Camp, Choquequirao, Saywite
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your adventure commences with an early morning departure from Cusco at 4:00 am. Our comfortable transportation will whisk you away on a picturesque 4.5-hour drive to Capuliyoc. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by our expert team of horsemen and well-trained horses, who will be your steadfast companions, carrying up to 6 kg of your gear throughout the trek.

The trek begins with a descent from Capuliyoc to Chiquiska, a 3-hour journey offering breathtaking views of the Apurimac Canyon. After a satisfying lunch in Chiquiska, we'll continue descending for another hour to reach our camp at Playa Rosalinas. Here, you can unwind as our team sets up camp, and enjoy a special tea time with popcorn, coca tea, and other delightful treats. A delicious dinner under the stars will mark the end of this exhilarating day.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4 hours, 8.5 km

Greet the new day with our special coca tea, followed by a nourishing breakfast. Prepare for an exciting ascent as we head towards Choquequirao, starting with a 100m pedestrian bridge crossing. The 3-hour hike to Santa Rosa is both challenging and rewarding, with ample opportunities to rest and rejuvenate.

Post Santa Rosa, a refreshing stop at a nearby orchard allows you to cool off with pristine mountain waters. Continuing for another 2 hours, we'll arrive at Marampata, where a delectable lunch spread will be waiting. The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings. As evening sets in, gather for a hearty dinner, gearing up for another day of adventure.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 14 km

Important Notice:

As of 2022, camping on Choquequirao terraces is prohibited to protect this heritage site. We adhere to these rules and have selected Marampata, a beautiful and nearby location, as our new camping site. This change ensures an authentic experience while respecting the site’s integrity. We’re committed to offering a memorable journey while preserving Choquequirao’s legacy.

Awaken to another beautiful day on the trail with our signature coca tea, setting the tone for a day filled with discovery and wonder. After a hearty breakfast, we set out to delve into the heart of the Choquequirao Inca site. Our experienced guides will lead you through this less-explored marvel, sharing insights into its rich history and impressive architecture.

As we explore the sprawling ruins, a highlight awaits – the iconic white stone llamas, masterfully etched into the mountain. Midday calls for a relaxing picnic lunch amidst the ruins, allowing you time to absorb the serene ambiance of this ancient site.

The afternoon journey takes us back to our base at Marampata. Here, another delicious dinner under the stars awaits, along with the tranquility of a night spent in the embrace of the Andes.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 2-3 hours, 4 km

Your day begins with an early breakfast, fueling you for the trek ahead. Today's route first leads us back towards Choquequirao, followed by a descent towards the shimmering Apurimac River, culminating at Playa San Ignacio.

The ascent to Hacienda de San Ignacio is a journey filled with picturesque views of the Apurimac Canyon. Upon arrival, our culinary team will be ready with a mouthwatering lunch to replenish your energy. The afternoon adventure includes a short hike to the San Ignacio Waterfall – a refreshing treat in this serene setting.

As evening approaches, join us for a special "happy hour" before indulging in a delightful dinner. This peaceful evening at our base camp offers a chance to reflect on the day's journey and prepare for the final leg of our trek.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 11 km

The final day of our trek dawns with the promise of more adventures. After enjoying a nutritious breakfast, we embark on a 3-hour hike from the serene Hacienda San Ignacio to Villa de Loros. This trek offers one last opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the region.

Once at Villa de Loros, we transition from the trails to our transport, taking you to the enigmatic Incan site of Saywite. At Saywite, you will be amazed by the intricate rock monolith adorned with over two hundred carvings, a testament to the Incan architectural and artistic prowess. Our knowledgeable guides will provide a captivating tour of this site, helping you to understand its significance in Incan history.

After exploring Saywite, we gather for a farewell lunch, a moment to reminisce about the unforgettable experiences of the past five days. Our journey then concludes with a comfortable 4-hour drive back to Cusco. We ensure a safe and pleasant drop-off at your hotel, leaving you with memories of a trek that not only challenged you physically but also connected you deeply with the rich history and stunning landscapes of Peru.

Accommodation: Not included (return to Cusco)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 3 hours, 9 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Scenic Drive to Capuliyoc: Start with a picturesque 4.5-hour drive from Cusco to Capuliyoc, offering stunning views of the Andean landscapes.

  • Capuliyoc to Chiquiska Descent: Experience the thrill of descending into the majestic Apurimac Canyon, with panoramic views that set the tone for the adventure ahead.

  • Challenging Ascend to Marampata: Gear up for a rewarding hike from Playa Rosalinas to Marampata, a journey marked by breathtaking vistas and lush greenery.

  • Explore the Mystical Choquequirao: Delve into the heart of the Choquequirao ruins, an ancient Inca site filled with history, hidden amidst the mountains.

  • Unique White Stone Llama Carvings: Witness the iconic white stone llamas carved into the mountainside, a remarkable example of Incan craftsmanship.

  • Tranquil Camping at Marampata: Enjoy peaceful nights camping at Marampata, offering stunning views and an authentic outdoor experience.

  • Journey to Hacienda San Ignacio: Traverse from Marampata to the serene Hacienda San Ignacio, soaking in panoramic views of the Apurimac Canyon along the way.

  • Refreshing San Ignacio Waterfall Hike: Embark on a short hike to the San Ignacio Waterfall, a perfect spot to rejuvenate amidst nature.

  • Final Trek and Visit to Saywite: Conclude the trek with a hike to Villa de Loros, followed by a visit to the fascinating Incan site of Saywite, known for its intricate rock carvings.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

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In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Peru Tripper adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Peru Tripper is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 10 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 5-Day Choquequirao Trek via Huanipaca Route. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 5-Day Choquequirao Trek via Huanipaca Route, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Packing Tips:
  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What is the accommodation like during the trek?

We provide comfortable camping accommodations with spacious 4-season tents. Each tent is designed to accommodate two people, ensuring ample space and comfort.

Is travel insurance required?

While not mandatory, we highly recommend travelers get comprehensive travel insurance covering medical evacuation and trip cancellations.

How do the camp setups work? Do I need to pitch my own tent?

Our crew sets up the campsites, including pitching tents. You can relax and focus on enjoying the trek.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

How challenging is the trek?

The 5-Day Choquequirao Trek is of moderate difficulty, but participants should be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the experience.

What's the best time of year to do the 5-Day Choquequirao Trek?

The trek operates year-round, but the dry season (May – October) is recommended for the primary route. During the rainy season, we switch to a classic route for safety.

Are there age restrictions for the trek?

The trek is open to all ages, but it’s essential that participants are in good physical condition. For younger trekkers, parental discretion is advised.

Are there restroom facilities on the trek?

There are basic restroom facilities at the campsites. We also provide portable toilets for areas without established facilities.

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