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Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

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  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Difficulty: 8/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure

Choquequirao Trek 4 Days - Classic Route

If you want to live a different experience and get to know the Inca culture, Choquequirao trek 4 days is the perfect trek for you.

Through this spectacular walk (Choquequirao Trekking) surrounded by the most important snow-capped mountains in the Cusco region, live the experience of knowing one of the last bastions of the Inca Empire, Choquequirao (3033m.s.n.m). An archaeological center in complete discovery, a magical place that made the Spanish conquerors think it was a city completely built-in gold because its name refers precisely to this, discover Choquequirao in the light of sunset.

Also, experience the great variation in biodiversity, altitude levels, forest, flora, and fauna.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (4:30am – 5:00am).

Choquequirao Trek 4 Days highlights:

  • Trek to the hidden incan site that not many people go.
  • Like Machu Picchu, Choquequirao has structures that mark solar events such as solstices and equinoxes.
  • You will be practically alone with an archeological site very spectacular like Machu Picchu.
  • The few tourists in the world who visited Choquequirao agree that it was worth it.
  • Learn a lot about the Inca culture.
  • Discover the second lost city of the Incas.
  • The Choquequirao ruins receive less than a dozen visitors a day.
  • Chance to see local flora and flora including the Andean condor.
  • You will savor the Peruvian cuisine which will be prepared by our master chef.

We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.

About us:
Peru Tripper is a direct local tour operator in Cusco – Peru; we never share our tours with other companies as most of them do to minimize operating costs. We don’t work with intermediaries or have hidden prices; we have the best local guides and professionals. We guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of local Peruvians, due to the simple reason we are a local business!


Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalinas - Santa Rosa.

Leaving Cusco, we’ll first drive for about four hours to the village of Capuliyoc, where we begin our trek, which on Day 1 should take about five hours. Our route works its way down in to the Apurimac Valley, where we have spectacular views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the Apurimac Valley spreading out before us. After a few hours of walking, we’ll have our first glimpses of Choquequirao, sat on the far side of the valley.

The entire area around Choquequirao is a paradise of flora and fauna, a largely untouched region where human activities are relatively scarce. In this pristine wilderness is where we’ll make our campsite for the night, at Santa Rosa (2,200 m / 7,215 ft above sea level) on the other side of the Apurimac River. This campsite is a little further along the trail than the most frequented campsite, making it one of the quietest and prettiest places to camp on the whole trek. Settling down for a well-earned dinner, we can enjoy the views and regain our strength for the next day’s hike.

  • Total Walking Distance: 12 km
  • Total Walking Time: 6-7h
  • Minimum Altitude: 1520m (4986 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 2970m (9744 ft)
  • Altitude of camp: 2095m (6973 ft)
  • Approx. night temperature: 8°C

Day 2: Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao Park - Marampata.

We start this day as early as possible, we will have breakfast at 5:00 am and then we will continue the Santa Rosa Walk to the town of Marampata 2900 masl – 9514 fasl this section is 4 km -2.4 miles but has a drop of 800 meters to the point higher and it will be a great challenge that we will surely also take advantage of to get the best views of the canyon and be able to measure our resistance, when we reach Marampata we will take a short break and get our things ready to continue to the next point, Choquequirao we are only 6 km – 3.7 miles it will take us 2 hours to get to the next point, remember that we will return to Marampata in the afternoon so we will take only what is necessary, we will arrive in Choquequirao 3033 masl – 9950 fasl, with an average of 10:30 am depending on the pace we have and we will start the Visit to the most important points: Plaza de Armas, Hanan Sector, Terraces of the Giants or Inca Laboratory, Pikiwasi Sector and the Ushnu.

We will have lunch in the Choquequirao park, our support staff will bring lunch at 13:30 pm to have lunch and rest a little and then have free time, to explore the archaeological park on our own we still have a lot to explore the llama sector could be a good option, and then we prepare to return to Marampata where our dinner awaits us and it will also be the place where we will spend the night. 

  • Total Walking Distance: 16.2 km
  • Total Walking Time: 7-8h
  • Minimum Altitude: 2095m (6873 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 3050m (10,007 ft)
  • Altitude of camp: 2940m (9646 ft)
  • Approx. night temperature: 5°C

Day 3: Marampata - Playa Rosalinas - Chiquisca.

After our delicious breakfast at 06:00, we will start this day descending into the deep canyon.

From MARAMPATA camping we will be walking for 1 hour and 30 minutes to SANTA ROSA the first place where we will have a stop for a refreshing break, after this stop, we will continue descending for another 1 hour and a half towards PLAYA ROSALINAS, where we will have our lunch.

Here we cross the Apurimac River (m. 1550/5084 ft.). After our lunch and a break, from here we will continue our trek with the 2-hour climb to CHIQUISCA (1930m./6332ft), where we will spend the night in our comfortable tents, here we will find some water, soft drinks, and beers in a humble thatched house offered by local people.

  • Total Walking Distance: 8.9km (12.3km if camping at Cocamasana)
  • Total Walking Time: 4-5h (6-7h if camping at Cocamasana)
  • Minimum Altitude: 1520m (4986 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 2940m (9646 ft)
  • Altitude of camp: 1950m (6397 ft) (or 2450m (8038 ft), if camping at Cocamasana)
  • Approx. night temperature: 5°C

Day 4: Chiquisca - Capuliyoc – Cusco.

On our final day, we’ll wake early and have breakfast before completing the rest of the return trek to Capuliyoc. As we wind our way back up the side of the valley, we’ll have our final views of Choquequirao in the distance and a chance to say a final goodbye to this fantastic Inca ruin. We’ll get to Capuliyoc at noon, where we will enjoy our last lunch with our chef, and then we’ll board our transport for the drive back to Cusco, with visions and theories of the mysterious Choquequirao still swirling in our minds.

  • Total Walking Distance: 7km (or 3.6km, if you camped at Cocamasana on D3)
  • Total Walking Time: 3-4h (or 2h, if you camped at Cocamasana on D3)
  • Minimum Altitude: 1950m (6397 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 2970m (9744 ft)


Price Includes for Choquequirao Trek 4 Days:

  • Pre trek Briefing (briefing at the hotel or office).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the hike by private car.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide over 12 people.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort and storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Cook and assistance of the Cook.
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Snacks.
  • Daily tea service.
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet (The Pett).
  • Foodservice in the campsites (3 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, 4 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu.
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • Personal trekking food – nutritionally balanced menu(Buffet).
  • Horseman and Horses. (To carry our camping equipment, food and 8 kilos of your personal stuff like sleeping bag and mat as well as clothes) We Never overload our Horses(well Animal Welfare).
  • Choquequirao entrance fees.
  • Camping spots fees.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle.

Price Excludes for Choquequirao Trek 4 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Breakfast – Day 1.
  • Dinner – Day 4.
  • Pillows.
  • Not detailed meals.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you).
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 30 for the entire trip).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 20 for the entire trip).
  • Tips (optional).

Items to bring for Choquequirao Trek 4 Days:

  • Original Passport.
  • Original Student Card (if you book as a student).
  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to take them.
  • Warm clothes include jackets, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanies. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 40% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We recommend bringing water purification tablets if you pick up water from streams.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Choquequirao Trek 4 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Choquequirao Trek 4 Days private service, includes additional items such as:

  • Extra Horse to ride.
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • Sleeping bag / Silk Liner included.
  • 02 Waking Poles per person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as clothes.
  • Tour Guide to explore Choquequirao all day. and of course, we pay a little bit more to our Staff and Guide.
  • Private round trip transportation.


We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.

We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.

We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.


(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

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(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

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(Group Size: Upon Request)

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Can i be picked up from the Sacred Valley?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick up time (there is an extra cost for it).

Is there a cable car in Choquequirao?
The project to make a cable car that connected the town of Cachora to Marampata was not completed due to the frequent presence of landslides and this plan was gradually lost.

What is Choquequirao?
Choquequirao is named after Quechua Chuqi K’iraw, the cradle of gold. Located just over 3,000 meters high, they are Inca terraces and buildings, very similar to the citadel of Machu Picchu, in terms of its architecture. Some even call it the “Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu” or “Second Machu Picchu.” The site is not as large as Machu Picchu, but it is much less crowded by travelers, since it can only be accessed on foot, with a tour operator, it is the longest and most complete road in Peru.

Why travel with Peru Tripper?
  • High quality services
  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We never pass you on to another operator or third party.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
  • TripAdvisor recommended!
2 Reviews
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Bruce Salamon

Couple Traveller

Amazing experience, such an interesting history and a great journey to get to the site, almost deserted in terms of tourists which makes it much more intimate.

June 25, 2022

Mark Bezemer

Group Traveller

Very interesting but hard to get to… Atmosphere is better than Machu Picchu since there are very few people.

June 3, 2018

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