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Our Choquequirao Trek 5 days is one of our signature treks. Trek to Choquequirao from Cusco is an off the beaten track experience. Choquequirao, which in Quechua means “Cradle of Gold”, is often referred to as the “The Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu”.
The Choquequirao could be hiked in four days. However, we have added an extra day to ensure that you don’t see this awe-inspiring site in a rush and get the most from your trek.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).
Choquequirao Trek 5 Days highlights:
This tour will be operated normally in the dry season; however, we will change the itinerary to the classic route but still in 5 days in the rainy season. The campsite may vary due to the climate or health status of the trekkers.
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.
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!
This incredible adventure begins at 4:30 am when your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive for the next 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (2,850m/9,407ft). Along the way, there are picturesque views of villages, spectacular valleys and snow-capped mountains. Once at Capuliyoc, we meet our horse riders and pack all our equipment onto the horses.
You will only carry a small daypack with the essentials you need on the trail. From here, we can enjoy the spectacular view of Choquequirao Inca ruins, the Apurimac canyon and the stunning snow-capped mountains like Padreyoc (5,571m/18,387ft).
Then we hike down for 3 hours to Chikisca for lunch. After lunch, we continued downhill for two more hours to our first camp at Playa Rosalinas (2061m/6762ft). Hot drinks and appetizers will be waiting for you, and you’ll have time to settle into your tents, which are already set up, before dinner.
On our second day, we will begin with an early breakfast at the campsite and start hiking as the sun rises in order to beat the heat on the sunny trail along the Apurimac valley. In 2 hours, and after crossing the Apurimac River, we will arrive at Santa Rosa where you will take a refreshing break and try local Chicha (royal drink of the Inca), or another beverage, and a snack.
After your break with a local family, we will walk uphill for 2 more hours and arrive at Marampata where our cook awaits you with lunch. In the afternoon we will explore Marampata and learn about Quechua farming and lifestyle, or you can spend time on your own. After dinner, we will stay overnight in our tents.
We arrive early to Choquequirao, a day to explore and one of the best. We will start the day and we will know Choquequirao, we will explore the Archaeological center with the guide and we will have free time, take the energy we need and have the best visit, we will sleep in Marampata.
We start this day as early as possible, we will have breakfast at 5:00 am and then we will 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 in the afternoon to Marampata so we will take only what is necessary, we will arrive at Choquequirao 3033 masl – 9950 fasl, at an average of 8:30 am according to the rhythm we have and we will start the visit to the most important points: Main square, Hanan sector, Terraces of the giants or Inca Laboratory, Pikiwasi Sector and the Ushnu, we will be the only ones and we will have almost all day to visit.
We will have lunch in the archaeological 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 sector of the flames could be a good option, and then n We prepare you to return to Marampata where our dinner awaits us and it will also be the place where we will spend the night.
After breakfast, we will begin our hike, first, we will head again in the direction of Choquequirao for 1 hour, and after we will descend to cross the Apurimac River over the San Ignacio Bridge. The descent is very steep and therefore we must take our time, descending slowly. This path will demonstrate the degree of inclination of the valley of this river, as well as the exposure to impressive and unforgettable views (approximately 4 hours to descend). We will rest on the beach of San Ignacio, where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will go up a hill until we reach La Hacienda San Ignacio, where we will spend the last night.
This is the last day of our beautiful hike, wake you up early in the morning with tea to then have breakfast, later we hike from Hacienda San Ignacio to Villa de Loros, a hike of 3 hours by a gently uphill. At Villa de Loros we will say goodbye to our horseman since we will take our transport to Sayhuite, which has an incan site to explore it, while our cook prepares our last lunch.
Sayhuite is a rock monolith that contains more than two hundred phytomorphic, zoomorphic, geographical, and human constructions figures, carved in an apparent disorder and taking advantage of the natural reliefs and depressions of the stone, considering that many figures represent human constructions, canals, stairways, ponds, they propose that the stone of Sayhuite was a kind of plan or stone sketch made by Inca architects to take control of the hydraulic works they performed.
After exploring this beautiful Incan site, we will enjoy our last lunch with the team to then back to the city of Cusco, we will drive for about 4 hours to reach Cusco, and we will drop you off at the main gate of your hotel in Cusco.
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 5 Days private service, includes additional items such as:
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.
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).
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 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.
An unknown wonder of the world. Much better than Machu Picchu.
Realy impressive site and though but great hike. Where Machu Picchu is overwhelmed with tourists. Its so easy in Choquequirao to walk alone and emphasize the history of the site.