Discover Inca’s Lost City: 5-Day Choquequirao Trek

Delve into the depths of Choquequirao, Machu Picchu's mystical sibling, on an extensive five-day exploration.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Set off on an exclusive journey to one of Peru’s most extraordinary hidden gems with our 5-Day In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration. This adventure is specially curated for those who seek to immerse themselves in the grandeur and intricacy of Incan architecture, far from the well-trodden paths. Choquequirao, larger and less explored than its famous counterpart Machu Picchu, demands time and patience to truly appreciate its vastness and historical significance. Our carefully crafted tour is designed to allow ample time for thorough exploration, enabling you to fully absorb the essence of this magnificent site.

This exploration stands out as an unparalleled experience, offering more than just a glimpse into Incan history. Choquequirao, or the ‘Cradle of Gold,’ remains a bastion of the past, perched high in the Andes and shrouded in mystery. Our extended stay in the area ensures that you don’t just visit but genuinely connect with the site. You’ll have the rare opportunity to explore its expansive plazas, sacred temples, and intricate terraces in depth, each revealing a different story about the Incan civilization. This tour is an invitation to step into a world preserved in time, offering a unique perspective on Peru’s rich heritage, away from the crowds, deep in the embrace of the Andes.

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 and Choquequirao
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
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  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
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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.

Embark on an unforgettable journey starting at the crack of dawn from Cusco. A 4-hour scenic drive will transport you to Capuliyoc, a breathtaking vantage point sitting at 2,900 meters. Here, at the gateway to adventure, we'll meet our muleteers and horses, essential companions for our trek.

Your first day on the trail is a descent into beauty, with a 3-hour downhill hike leading you to the charming Chikiska, nestled at 1,900 meters. As you traverse, the awe-inspiring views of the Vilcabamba range and the grand Apurimac canyon unfold before you. In Chikiska, we'll pause for a lunch made fresh on the spot, giving you time to soak in the panoramic vistas.

The afternoon's hike, an additional hour-long journey, takes us to our first campsite at Playa Rosalinas, located at 1,500 meters. As the evening sky paints itself with stars, we gather for a warm cup of tea, followed by a sumptuous dinner, setting the stage for the nights under the Andean sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4-5 hours, 8.5 km

Greet the day with a hearty breakfast at Playa Rosalinas, preparing you for the day's challenge. The trail ahead is a test of spirit and strength—a 5-hour switchback ascent that leads to the welcoming community of Marampata. As we ascend, keep an eye out for sugar cane farms dotting the valleys and, if fortune favors, the soaring majesty of condors.

Reaching Marampata signals the completion of our uphill trek. Here, at an ideal vantage point, we'll indulge in another freshly prepared lunch, with the distant Choquequirao Inca ruins in our sight. Settling at Marampata for the night, you'll have the afternoon to relax. For those desiring a touch of comfort, a hot shower is available for a small fee. As dusk settles in, we come together for an evening tea and a delightful dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

The adventure intensifies on day three as we delve into the heart of Choquequirao after a nourishing breakfast. The hour-long trek to the park is just a prelude to the day's revelations. Choquequirao, known as the “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua, is a testament to Inca ingenuity and mystery. Larger than its famed sibling Machu Picchu, this site offers a unique glimpse into Inca history.

We’ll spend the day traversing through the remnants of a once-thriving civilization, exploring temples, terraces, palaces, and the unique llama sector. Each corner of Choquequirao unveils a story, connecting you to the past in a profound way. Our exploration is made even more special with lunch served within the park, allowing us to dine amidst these ancient wonders.

After lunch, we continue to the lower areas of Choquequirao, including the terraced fields of Pacchayoc, witnessing the advanced agricultural methods of the Incas. The day culminates with our return to the campsite at Marampata, where tea and dinner await, along with a sky full of stars.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Moderate exploration of Choquequirao's vast expanse, approx. 3-4 hours

Day four begins with the breaking dawn over Marampata, as we bid farewell to Choquequirao. The trail today takes us back through the stunning Apurimac Canyon, offering a new perspective on the familiar path. Keep an eye out for the region’s rich flora and fauna, and perhaps another chance to spot the Andean Condors in flight.

This 6-hour hike is a journey back in time, retracing steps and reliving memories from the past days. We’ll pause for lunch at Playa Rosalinas, then continue our descent to Chiquiska. As we set up camp for the night, the serenity of our surroundings provides the perfect backdrop for reflection on the experiences shared and the knowledge gained.

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

Our final day dawns with a sense of accomplishment as we wake up in Chiquiska. After enjoying our last breakfast together in the midst of the Andes, we prepare for the concluding chapter of our trek. Eager to embrace the day, we start our hike early, aiming to ascend before the midday sun climbs high.

The 3-hour uphill trek to Capuliyoc is not just a physical journey but a time for reflection on the incredible experiences of the past days. At the trail’s end, we come together for a celebratory lunch, sharing gratitude and farewells with our muleteers, cook, and tour guide, who have been integral to our adventure.

The afternoon sees us boarding our private transport for the 5-hour drive back to Cusco. En route, we make a significant stop at Saywite to explore the intriguing Saywite monolith. This granite boulder, adorned with over 200 carved figures, offers a unique insight into Incan cosmology and their reverence for water. After delving into this last piece of history, we continue our journey back to Cusco, marking the end of our extraordinary adventure.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 3-4 hours, 8 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Marampata Village: Reach the quaint Marampata, a serene village offering breathtaking views of the Choquequirao ruins in the distance.

  • Comprehensive Exploration of Choquequirao: Spend a full day discovering the sprawling and less-explored Choquequirao, delving into its temples, terraces, and unique llama sector.

  • Inca History and Architecture: Immerse yourself in the rich history and impressive architecture of the Inca civilization, evident in the ruins and terraced fields.

  • Spectacular Andean Vistas: Throughout the trek, enjoy ever-changing and awe-inspiring vistas of the Andes, including the chance to see Andean condors.

  • Saywite Monolith Visit: On the final day, visit the intriguing Saywite archaeological site, known for its fascinating carved monolith.

  • Cultural Immersion: Engage with local communities along the way and gain insights into the current Andean way of life while reflecting on its ancient past.

  • Physical Challenge and Reward: Embrace the physical challenge of this trek, rewarded with unparalleled views and a profound sense of accomplishment.

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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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Discounts

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 In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration. 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 In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration, 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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

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 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 difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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