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Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day is a walk on the beaten path of Choquequirao up and down on the Apurimac Canyon “located north of Cuzco.” The journey includes a visit to the mysterious Sayhuite monolith, located before Cachora village and in the Apurimac region of Peru.

Choquequirao “the Cradle of Gold” because there was/is gold there. It is probably the last Inca refuge together with Machu Picchu in the Cusco region. Choquequirao is built on a promontory on the western flanks of the Vilcabamba mountain range, nearly 2,000 meters/6,562 feet above the raging Apurimac River (which means “the lord is speaking”). The Apurimac River is responsible for carving one of the world’s deepest canyons in Peru. Wedged in dense cloud forest and green Andean valleys, it is comparable in size to Machu Picchu. It is accessible only by foot, and is a demanding trail, which ascends and descends almost 1,500 meters/4,929 feet in a zigzag pattern. Within just a few kilometers/miles it offers us the extremes of Andean glaciers at over 6,000 m/19,685 ft to steamy tropical Andean valleys at 1,800 m/5,905 ft.

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Capulilloc to Playa Rosalina
  • Day 2: Playa Rosalina to Choquequirao
  • Day 3: Choquequirao Full Day Tour Activity
  • Day 4: Choquequirao to Cocamasana
  • Day 5: Cocamasana to Capulilloc and Cusco

Day 1: Cusco – Capulilloc to Playa Rosalina

This trek is on some of the Inca trails, where hikers might prove their physical condition. It is located on remote Andes Mountains with all their beauty, making for a spectacular nature vacation with canyons, glaciers, Inca sites, and camps. From Cusco city we start very early in the morning at 4:30 AM. We travel for 4 hours and a half by transport to get to the starting point of trek. We have professional drivers because the route has many winding roads, canyon sites, and high mountains, so an expert driver is required. The views of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes across the farmlands are amazing.

We travel across Izcuchaca (the land of the silver), Tarawasi (the resting place of the professional Inca runners called Chaskis), Limatambo (the land of the avocados), Cunyac bridge (border limit between Cuzco and Apurimac states), Carmen (delicious pink mangos area), Curahuasi (place of anise and flax seed), the Ramal (beginning of the dirt road), Cachora village and Capulilloc, at the end of the dirt road. 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 Vilcabamba range.

A few minutes into the trek, we have the first glimpse of Choquequirao park. In the distance we can also see the from the natural lookout of Capulilloc. The trail path has a zigzag system that drops steeply towards the Apurimac River. During the descending hike, the vistas are breathtaking. We also find dry cactus, Peru Tequila, and the Andes Canyon carved by the Apurimac River (the third deepest canyon in Peru country). Today we camp at the small oasis of Playa Rosalina near the Apurimac River and Choquequirao Inca Trail Tour Operator.

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day Summar

  • Early morning pickup from your hotel
  • Private transfer to the trailhead “Capulilloc”
  • Walking distance: 10 km/6.2 miles
  • Estimated duration: 4 hour trek
  • Highest point: Capulilloc 2,975 m/ 9,760 ft.
  • Campsite elevation: Chiquisca 1,900 m/6,233 ft.
  • Weather: hot, second night cold
  • Trail conditions are rocky, dusty, and slippery. Trekking shoes are definitely required.
  • Difficulty: Challenging and Moderate. Descent: 1,075 m/3,526 ft.
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

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Day 2: Playa Rosalina to Choquequirao

We will try to start early to avoid the heat of the sun. The rocky Mountains and the canyon make for a super hot hike. We pass over a suspension footbridge (1,550 m/5,100 ft.). The mules and donkeys use the same hanging bridge. From this dry canyon zone, the broad trail makes a zigzagging ascent towards Santa Rosa, a place where you can get fresh water and drinks, and where the local people have small sugar cane plantations. From this sugar cane, they obtain a juice called Cambrai. This super sweet drink can be super powerful. In fact, after a few seconds you might be drunk, but it is a nice experience to drink this ancestral and Colonial drink. After some zigzags on the trail, we reach a  green valley, and the Marampata settlement. The vistas will be incredible the rest of the way. The final trail of the day passes through the cool shadows of the native cloud forest as we approach the INC camp.

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day Summary

  • Trekking mainly up the mountain
  • Walking distance 11 km/6.82 miles
  • Estimated duration: 7 – 8 hour trek
  • Highest point: Choquequirao Incan site 3,035 m/9,957 ft.
  • Campsite elevation Inc. Camp:  2,800 m/9,186 ft.
  • Difficulty Acclivity: 1,335 m/4,379.91 ft. – Descent: 235 m/770.99 ft – Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3: Choquequirao Full Day Tour Activity

Hikers, today we have the entire day to explore the Mountain of Choquequirao Park, “the Cradle of Gold.” A French explorer, Eugene d’ Dartigues came here in the 19th century, and in 1909 Hiram Bingham also came here before he discovered Machu Picchu. In ancient times the Inca ruler, Topa, decided to build a personal spiritual retreat, where the magical sunrises and sunsets are amazing.  The ceremonial places were  occupied by the Inca nobility.

Today, for a half day we explore the upper side of Choquequirao: the main plaza, the twin ceremonial area, the Inca fountains, the house of the Inca Ruler, the House of the Condor, corridors, royal residences, the Inca channel of water, and the ceremonial platform (it has a 360° view). If  you have more energy, we might visit the llama wall with its unique designs, located in one side of the mountain. Then we return to INC camp to recover our energy with our Andean lunch. The rest of the day is leisure time for you to go exploring on the lower side of Choquequirao or for you to relax at our camp.

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day Summary 

  • All day exploration of the upper and lower Choquequirao Park by foot
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4: Choquequirao to Cocamasana

We return to the depths of the Apurimac canyon, gaining new perspectives as we face the immense multi-hued cliffs on the south bank of the Apurimac River. Already at Sunchu Pata we have the last view of Choquequirao; then we enjoy the full downhill towards Playa Rosalina. (We recommend that you have very good light hiking shoes and a pair of hiking poles are essential.) From Playa Rosalina we climb up the hotter area as we trek to Cocamasana camp.

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day Summary 

  • Walking distance 14 km/8.68 miles
  • Estimated duration: 6 hour trek
  • Highest point: Cocamasana 2,400 m/7,874 ft.
  • Campsite elevation Cocamasana: 2,400 m/7,874 ft:
  • Difficulty Acclivity: 900 m/2,952.74 ft. – Descent: 1,300 m/4,265 ft. – Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5: Cocamasana to Capulilloc and Cusco

Very early in the morning we hike up out of the Apurimac Canyon for approximately 3 hours a half to the end of the Inca Trail. From the area of cactus and smooth barked trees, we enter into the mountainous grasslands which stretch toward the Capulilloc lookout. At Capulilloc is the time to say farewell to our trail and crew. After that we start to drive back to Cusco city. On the way back we visit the Monolith of Sayhuite where we see some of the Inca models for plans to build an Inca city at that location. Lunch is provided as our Kondor transport and driver will bring us a box lunch from Cusco. During our ride back we stop at some of the magnificent roadsides to have the last picnic lunch.

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day Summary 

  • Walking distance 9 km/5.5 miles
  • Estimated duration: 3 hour trek
  • Highest point Capulilloc 2,975 m / 9, 760.47 ft
  • Difficulty Acclivity: 572 m / 1,876 ft – Descent: 325 m/1,066 ft. – Challenging and moderate
  • Explore: The giant Monolith of Sayhuite “Choquequirao Inca Trail Tour Operator”
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day Includes

  • Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day. Note: No permission is needed for Choquequirao trek we encourage our clients to book this trekking in advance.
  • Trek briefing with your guide
  • Professional Native guide (on hike)
  • Private transport and professional driver to the starting point of the hike at Capulilloc (round trip)
  • Choquequirao entrance ticke.
  • Horses or mules and indigenous horsemen to carry camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables.
  • Personal items to carry: 8 kg/17 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day of trek/ hike).
  • 4 nights camping/spacious tents/sleeping mat.
  • A duffle for personal items is provided for you.
  • One professional cook (Our Kondor cooks are excellent!)
  • Excellent meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners (Last day of the trek one box lunch per hiker is provided.)
  • Food includes foods rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice. (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request.)
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn)
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking)
  • Wake up with coca tea in your tent.
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Kondor Path Tours uses walkies on all treks.
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
  • All local taxes

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day Does Not Include

  • Tips for guide, cook, and horseman
  • Water on Day 1
  • Energy snacks (It would be useful to bring some snacks such as chocolate bars and dried fruits.)
  • Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 4, Dinner on Day 5
  • In an effort to reduce plastic waste on the trail we encourage our guests to use refillable water bottles.

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day Bring

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs (to carry your personal belongings).
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if it is applicable).
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 2 pairs of Trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which are just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent before the trip Choquequirao Inca Trail Tour Operator.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius / 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the rain jacket can be helpful, because there are raining days (even if we are in dry season!).
  • 1 warm / winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/ gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 3 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot Choquequirao Inca Trail Tour Operator.
  • 2 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 Good sleeping bag liner. It is super lightweight and easy to pack, so it definitely does its job!.
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so having some anti-itch medication could be helpful.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back
  • Water (Only for the first day hike. Then we will provide you with water for the remainder of the hike).
  • Camera and film
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!.
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (great for potential blisters on the feet), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses and supplies, hand sanitizer etc. Pack what you need, but pack light.
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after  8-10 hours of hiking each day.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, & tips for your staff.

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day

GROUP SERVICE: US$ 695. p/person.

* To open a new date of hike we need at least two hikers!

** Personal Porter Included In the Price! to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. for personal items (You just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day.)

*** Kondor Path Tours operates the Choquequirao Trail route; our groups are not shared with third parties.

**** Student discounts applies to students holding a valid Green ISIC card. “$ 10 off per person”

PRIVATE SERVICE: US$ 720 p/person.

RESPONSIBLE Choquequirao valley trek OPERATOR, we are Specialists, working with Cachora LOCAL PEOPLE (Sensitive & Sustainable Machu Picchu Company).

Add Optional Items

  • US$ 25. Sleeping Bag (4 seasons, Maximum size 1.95 m/6’4).
  • US$ 20. Pair of walking poles.
  • US$ 15. Air Mattress.
  • US$ 75. Single Tent Supplement.
  • US$ 150 Extra mule to carry 14 kg of personal items.

Kondor Path Tours HOW TO BOOK

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day WILL NOT BE CONFIRMED without a completed booking form and deposit sent to There is a $200 per person deposit needed. All deposits are fully non-refundable. We accept payments through PayPal which will incur a 6% merchant fee paid by the traveler, we will email you your booking invoice and confirmation once your information and deposit are received.

Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day


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Choquequirao Hiking Tours 5 Day

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Programed Departures

Depart. Date Group size Avail. Tour

Trip Details

Duration: 5 Day and 4 Night.
Sites to visit: The remote Andes mountains, ruins of an ancient Inca city with temples, Trails, palaces and terraces in Choquequirao.
Tour Style: Adventure (hiking and trekking), Archeological, Camping, Cultural and Ecological.
Recommended group size: Minimum 02 Passenger, Maximum 12 Passengers
Highlight: Visit the spectacular and challenging hike that will lead you to explore the one of the last refuges of the Incas “Choquequirao 3103 m / 10,178 feet” with amazing Peru landscapes.
Location: Choquequirao is situated at an elevation of 3,000 m above sea level on a southwest-facing spur of a glaciated peak above the Apurimac River. The region is characterized by mountain topography and covered with Amazonian flora and fauna. It is 98 km west of Cusco, in the Vilcabamba range.
Physical Level: 5 Day and 4 Night.
Total Travel Distance: 48 km / 29.8 mile
Departures: Any day with two people min.
Recommended age for the tour: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a Kondor Path Tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.