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5-Day In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration

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

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

5-Day In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration 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
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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5-Day Choquequirao Trek

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Setting Out from Cusco to Playa Rosalinas – The Journey Commences

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

Tour Highlights

5-Day In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration 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.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Return transportation from trail’s end.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao Park and Saywite.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 5 dinner.
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

720

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

740

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

780

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

940

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1320

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1480

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

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, Huaynas Expeditions 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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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our 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.

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