Choquequirao Trail Peru 4 Days

Price from: $ 350.00 USD

This Choquequirao tour in 4 days is one of the most spectacular hikes for traveling through the third deepest canyon in Cusco. After two days of adventure, we are in the archaeological ruins of Choquequirao to explore the Inca residence.

Choquequirao Trek 04 Days

Choquequirao Tour 04 days trekking is along the Apurímac Canyon. This adventure hiking includes a visit to the mysterious Sayhuite boulder. Choquequirao trail Peru is famous among extraordinary hikers who like to hike. Enjoy the loneliness and mystery of the most arduous trek in Cusco. Choquequirao ruins means (Golden Cradle) built on a ridge of 1,600 m / 5,249 ft on the Apurimac River. Choquequirao is a broader site than Machu Picchu but with fewer buildings. Due to the preferred granite and andesite, the stone is different from the classic Inca architecture and masonry structure. Several well-known explorers and archaeologists, including Hiram Bingham, have studied the site. Experience this unparalleled Inca Choquequirao travel for four days through the peace and loneliness of the city.  Spend a lifetime adventure with a trekking expert. Join us!

Overview

Choquequirao Tour 4 Days / 3 Nights Overview

Is this trip right for me? AT A GLANCE

Day-1: Cusco – Capulilloc – Playa Rosalina camp
Day-2: Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao camp
Day-3: Choquequirao site – Chikisqa – Cocamasana
Day-4: Cocamasana – Saywite Stone – Cusco

-> BREAKING NEWS: We can complete this adventure route in five days to explore in-depth. Or organize the hostel service throughout the adventure! We can use local accommodation, enjoy comfortable beds, pillows, hot showers, local food, and more. Or extend to MachuPicchu. Please write to us, and we are happy to send you a quote for any of these three alternatives.

Tour Choquequirao Peru, Highlights

Why you will love this experience

  • Explore the remote Choquequirao ruins on off-the-beaten-path 2021.
  • Discover the second lost city of the Incas
  • We were trekking through the deepest canyon of Peru, the Apurimac.
  • Variation in landscapes thanks to the altitude ranges.

Itinerary

Choquequirao Hike 4 Days / 3 Nights, Detailed Itinerary

CACHORA TO CHOQUEQUIRAO TREKS
From Cachora, we take a road heading down, out of the village, through lush cultivated countryside and meadows. We follow the trail and cross a footbridge to the other side of a large stream. With a pair of binoculars, it`s just possible to recognize Choquequirao Tour, etched into the forested hill to the west. Beyond Capuliyoc, the Trail begins to descend towards the river. From this point, the river is visible. At Km 16 is Chiquisca, a lovely wooded spot with running water. On the other side, the path ascends very steeply for 1 ½ hour. Santa Rosa. Clean water is available. From Santa Rosa, continue uphill on a steep zigzag for two hours to the viewpoint of Marampata. From here, the trail flattens out towards Choquequirao.

Day 1

We travel for 4 1/2 hours from Cusco city to get to Capulilloc. At Capulilluc here, our muleteers are waiting for us. After meeting with them, we have to pack all the mountain equipment on mules and donkeys. As we pack, we can see the stunning close-up views of the Vilcabamba range.

A few minutes into the trek, we have the first glimpse of Choquequirao park. The trail path has a zigzag system that drops steeply towards the Apurimac River. There are mosquitoes all year round; beware!

Observe the panoramic views of the Andes and the third deepest canyon in Peru.

  • Pick up from your Hotel at 04:30 am private transport to Capulilloc, where the equestrians will meet.
  • Lunch: Capulilloc 2,975 meters / 9,760 feet. The views of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes across the farmlands are amazing
  • Camping: Playa Rosalina 1,447 meters /4,747 feet.
  • Hiking distance: 10 km/6.2 miles “The hiking is all zigzag downhill to the riverbank (APURÍMAC River)”
  • Hiking time: 4-hour “This trek is on some of the Inca trails, where hikers might prove their physical condition.”
  • Choquequirao adventure difficulty: Challenging. Descent: 1,075 meters /3,526 feet.
Day 2, Choquequirao Tour

We will try to start early to avoid the heat of the sun. We pass over a suspension footbridge (1,550 m/5,100 ft.). The mules and donkeys use the same hanging bridge. After some zig-zags on the trail, we reach a  green valley and the Marampata settlement. The vistas will be incredible for the rest of the way. We explore and visit the most outstanding parts of CHOQUEQUIRAO Peru; our camp is close to the INC camp.

Trekking from the Apurímac River to Choquequirao.

  • At 4:30 am, the activities begin. The explorers start to ascend the mountain in the shade; the temperatures in the Apurimac Canyon fluctuate between 25 to 39 degrees Celsius / 77 to 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit.”
  • Lunch: Marampata 2,890 meters / 9,481 feet.
  • Camping: Choquequirao ruins (INC).
  • Hiking distance: 11 km/6.82 miles.
  • Trekking time: 7-8 hours.
  • Difficulty: Challenging!
  • Acclivity 1,335 meters /4,379.91 feet. – Descent 235 m/770.99 feet.
Day 3

We return to the depths of the Apurimac canyon, and we start hiking back to COCAMASANA; from the River, we climb up the hotter area as we trek to Cocamasana base camp 2,400 meters /7,874 feet.

  • Lunch at Rosalinda or Chikiska.
  • Maximum altitude point: None
  • Trail distance: 14 km/8.68 miles.
  • Estimated time hiking: 6-7 hours.
  • Difficulty Acclivity: 900 m/2,952.74 ft. – Descent: 1,300 m/4,265 ft. – Challenging.
Day 4

We enter into the mountainous grasslands from the area of cactus and smooth-barked trees, which stretch toward the Capulilloc lookout. At Capulilloc is the time to say farewell to our trail and crew. Our Kondor vehicle waits for us to transfer us to the ruins of SAYWITE. The return trip lasts 3 hours to Cusco.

  • Explore the Monolith of Saywite.
  • Lunch [Chikisca].
  • Maximum altitude point: Capulilloc 2,975 meters / 9,760 feet.
  • Walk distance: 9 km/5.5 miles.
  • Estimated time hiking: 3-hour.
  • Difficulty: Challenging.
  • Difficulty Acclivity: 572 meters / 1,876 feet – Descent: 325 meters /1,066 feet. – Challenging and moderate
  • PM Private Transfer by Kondor van to Cusco.

Inclusions

Choquequirao Tour 4 Days Inclusions

  • English speaking tour guide (Local)
  • Choquequirao Tour entrance fee
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Capulilloc “round trip.”
  • 03 nights camping.
  • Donkeys to carry all Mt. Equipment
  • Donkeys for personal items to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb.
  • Professional Kondor chef.
  • Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Four Lunches, three Dinners.
  • Foam Mattresses.
  • Comfortable igloo tents.
  • Dinner and kitchen tent.
  • Wake up to coca tea in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Medical Assistance: First Aid Kit and Oxygen Bottle available for the whole trip!
  • Round trip train to Machu Picchu (Inca Rail).

Does Not Included:

  • Cusco Hotel or Airbnb.
  • Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 4, Lunch on Day 5
  • Sleeping Bags for the entire trail. Would you please bring your own or rent from us?
  • $150. Extra mule to carry more belongings that are personal for four days.
  • Walking Sticks: Available for Renting $ 20. For the entire trail.
  • Tips.
Choquequirao trail Peru, Checklist – Essentials:
  • Passport.
  • Insurance info.
  • Day-pack.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Flashlight / torch.
  • Fleece top/sweater.
  • Reusable water bottle.
  • Long-sleeved shirts or sweaters.
  • Small travel towel.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Toiletries.
  • Windproof rain jacket.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Walking poles.
  • Waterproof hiking boots.
  • Sandals / flip-flops.
  • Shorts/skirts.

Travel Facts

Read all frequently asked questions

HOW HIGH IS CHOQUEQUIRAO?

The lost citadel of Choquequirao does locate at 3,035 meters above sea level, and at the lowest point of the trek, you will be at 1,461 meters above sea level. The climate is similar to Cusco’s, so it is advisable to acclimatize to the altitude before the hike. Who should note that the road to Choquequirao is warm due to the Apurimac Canyon?

CAN YOU GET FROM CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU?

Of course, you can. That is why we offer you an exclusive tour package so that you can visit the ruins of Choquequirao as well as the citadel of Machu Picchu.

We assure you that this trek will last six days of pure connection with all that the Andean landscape offers you from the heights, the ultimate adventure for those addicted to altitude, with a love for history. Join us for this excursion to the mountaintop of Choquequirao, free of tourist crowds, before continuing to Santa Teresa, the back door to Machu Picchu. With guided tours, you will gain a greater appreciation of the Inca Empire and feel like you are traveling back in time.

IS THERE A CABLE CAR IN CHOQUEQUIRAO?

The construction project of a cable car that will connect Huañipaca with Marampata did not complete due to the frequent presence of landslides, and this plan was lost little by little.

Having the cable car would benefit the tourist activity. Still, we would also lose the hike, which is very significant because the route is enjoyable and full of landscapes, flora, and fauna to discover.

WHAT IS THE DISTANCE BETWEEN CHOQUEQUIRAO AND MACHU PICCHU?

There is 43.8 km separating the archaeological site “Choquequirao” from the citadel of Machu Picchu.

We also offer you an exclusive package for this trek: the “Choquequirao Trek 8 days”.

This adventure is definitely for those who are addicted to heights. The route is one of the most complex in Peru; it is full of winding paths, unique panoramic views, deep valleys, a great variety of plants (orchids, small forests), animals in their habitat, etc.

The Choquequirao to Machupicchu trek is unforgettable – KONDOR PATH TOURS is an agency specializing in this adventure.

WHERE IS CHOQUEQUIRAO LOCATED IN PERU?

Choquequirao is located in the Andes Mountains of Cusco, Peru, and belongs to the province of La Convención, in the district of Santa Teresa.

What is Choquequirao?

Choquequirao is an Inca archaeological site with similar characteristics to Machu Picchu. Its name means ‘Cradle of Gold.’ Because it resembles the ‘Inca City,’ it is known as the ‘Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu.’

Where is Choquequirao in Peru?

Choquequirao is in the Andes Mountains of Cusco, Peru. It belongs to the province of La Convención, in the district of Santa Teresa.

How to get to Choquequirao?

Choquequirao can get through Cusco or Abancay. The first destination is the town of Cachora and Capulilloc. From there, you ascend on foot to Choquequirao. The hike is one day. The return is the same way.

How high is Choquequirao?

Choquequirao is 3,033 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.).

What to see in Choquequirao?

Choquequirao houses Inca constructions as impressive as Machu Picchu, such as the Main Plaza, the Colcas, the Inca Cemetery, the Kallankas, the Ushnu, the Andenes, etc.

Choquequirao is still in the process of excavation. It does estimate that to date, only 30% of the original Inca precinct has done restored.

Who built Choquequirao?

According to research done at Choquequirao, it does estimate that who built the Inca site around 1536.

Due to its similarity to Machu Picchu, it denotes believed that the Inca Pachacutec founded the site. His son Tupac Inca Yupanqui would be the one who ordered the construction of Choquequirao.

What is the climate like in Choquequirao?

The Choquequirao archaeological site has a temperate climate. The hike to this place has warm weather due to the proximity of the so-called ‘Apurimac Canyon.’

How to hike to Choquequirao?

Who can do the hike to Choquequirao with an organized tour or on your own? In both cases, you need to hike from Cachora to the archaeological site.

How to buy tickets to Choquequirao?

Choquequirao tours are purchased online or at the Historic Center of Cusco. If you do the trip yourself, you must buy the entrance tickets when you arrive at Cachora or Capulilloc.

How much does the tour to Choquequirao cost?

The prices of the tours to Choquequirao vary according to the tour agency and the number of people.

Prices vary from US$500 to US$350 per person.

What does a tour to Choquequirao include?

The Choquequirao tour includes the following:

Camping equipment.

  • 3-4- days of meals.
  • A bus trip from Cusco to Cachora.
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao.
  • Tour guide service.
  • Luggage carrying service on horseback.
  • Trekking poles (sticks).

Price

Tour Choquequirao Trekking 4 Days / 3 Nights Prices

PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2021

  • Solo travel $1,205.
  • 02 tourists $695.
  • 03 visitors $525.
  • 04 travelers $430.
  • 05 explorers $400.
  • 06 explorers $375.
  • 07 adventurers + $350.

* Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.
** Student discounts $ 10 off per person.

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