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Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nights

Choquequirao is another lost city of Incas, some people called Sister of Machu Picchu, this arqueological complex is very interesting and one of the most popular treks in Peru. This trail is situated in the spur of the mountain range of Salcantay, over 3030m surrounded by the mountains of Yamana, Ampay, Chokecarpu, Pumasiyo and Panta, on the left bank of Apurimac River. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails.

Choquequirao is considered as “The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire”. Visitors can view a complex hydraulic system, most likely for domestic, ceremonial and agricultural use. Its geographic location in reference to other complexes of the same period would tend to indicate that its function was that of an Inca enclave toward the valleys of the Apurímac River.

Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nights

This lost city fascinated 19th century explorers and Hiram Bingham visited it two years before he discovered Machu Picchu. Difficult to reach, the ruins are rarely visited by travellers.

The southern approach to Choquequirao from Cachora requires a steep descent from almost 3200 metres down to the Apurimac river at 1200 metres, followed by an even steeper ascent up to the ruins. The site is perched a magnificent 1150 metres above the Apurimac, surrounded by densely-forested mountain slopes in the shadow of the huge, snowcapped Salkantay massif. In recent years, the ruins have been partially-cleared by Peruvian archaeologists, and can be easily explored by those intrepid enough to undertake the demanding trek required to get there.

Itinerary For Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nights

We leave Cusco in the early morning to journey by road to the small village of Cachora. On the way we will have an opportunity to visit Saywite, a fascinating and unique Inca site some 47 kilometres from Abancay. Saywite is a limestone outcrop about four metres in diameter on which the Incas carved a model of their empire, Tawantinsuyo. The stone, upon which images of the flora, fauna, topography and customs of the empire of the sun were traced, was used in ceremonies dedicated to the worship of water. Several other similar rock outcrops lie scattered across the surrounding area, along the vestiges of an Inca highway.where we will arrive after four hours.

On arriving in Cachora we will be met by our mule drivers, who will load our gear on the horses and mules before we begin our first day's hike. With the great Salkantay massif in front of us on the other side of the canyon, we will head along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, with the river almost 2000 metres below us. About half-way through the day we will begin our winding descent to the river. As we descend the heat becomes intense, and we will arrive hot and tired at the bridge which crosses the river where we will be able to bathe to refresh ourselves. We will camp at the river's edge that night at our campsite in Santa Rosa.

Distance Travelled: 22 km

Approximate Walking Time: 8 hrs

Meals provided:

  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsLunch
  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsDinner
Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nights

After an early and energetic breakfast, we´ll climb a steep trail to Choquequiraw, a 7 hours hike to Maranpata beside the Chunchullymayu River, on the way we have lunch in Santa Rosa and a good time to rest. Along the way you will observe many orchids and wild flowers as well as many types of birds from Rayanpata(cradle of Gold) 3035m. there is a two hours hike. Arriving at the archaeological site(cradle of gold) in time to enjoy the sunset and maybe an opportunity to see a Condor flying, the campsite overnight.

Meals provided:

  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsBreakfast
  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsLunch
  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsDinner
Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nights

After exploring the entire archeological complex and studying all the sectors in detail we head of towards Chiquisca descending back along the same path to Santa Rosa. We continue our gradual descent from 3033 meters to the beaches of the Apurimac River at 1550m Today’s hike ends at Chiquisca where we will spend the night.

Distance Travelled: 14 km

Approximate Walking Time: 8 hrs

Meals provided:

  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsBreakfast
  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsLunch
  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsDinner
Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nights

An early start today will help us to avoid the worst of the heat in the canyon and guarantee us some magnificent views of the Apurimac and the surrounding peaks. On our journey we reach the lookout at Capuliyoc one final time where we say goodbye to the fabulous views of the Choquequirao ruins. We will also see the majestic snow-covered peak of Padreyoc overlooking the Apurimac Canyon while surrounded by the flora & forna special to this area. We will then climb to our final destination of San Pedro de Cachora to return to Cusco by bus.

Distance Travelled: 17 km

Approximate Walking Time: 6 hrs

Optional: If you would like to spend an extra day in Choquequirao, please let us know so we can change the date on your return Bus to Cusco.


Meals provided:

  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsBreakfast
  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsLunch
  • Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nightsDinner
Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nights


  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation Cusco - Cachora. (Start walking)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide English /Spanish.
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners. ” Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost!
  • Cook. (Professional)
  • Drinking water along the Choquequirao Trek, only on meal times.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 1st Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen Ball
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Horse man
  • Quadruple & waterproof Camping tent “02 people only”
  • 01 Sleeping Mattress per person “therma rest”


  • 1st Breakfast, Last Lunch
  • Other not mentioned

What to bring for your Tour?

  • Original passport
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have a student discount
  • Trekking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket (Rain jacket)
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 50 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Extra money for personal expenses, tips, lunch on last day, snacks, etc. We recommend that you bring around 300 Peruvian Nuevos Soles

Optional items to bring for your Tour

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes

Notes for your Tour

  • Itinerary may change according to the climate and health status of the trekkers.
  • Train times for the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo may change according to the train company's availability and will be confirmed close to the time of the trek. If someone books later than most of the group, we may not be able to provide the same train as the rest of the group.
  • Change to earlier/later train time at time of booking (price depending on train availability)
  • Tips/gratuities not included but are optional according to the services rendered

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Package Name: Choquequirao trek in 4 days / 3 nights
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Departures Dates: Every day (please check availability in our groups).
Altitude: 1950 - 4600m. / 6398 - 15092 f.
Visited Places: Cusco, Choquequirao
Type of Tour: Archaeological, Trekking, Landscape, Camping, Inca Trail Alternative Trek
Meals provided:
Coffee Lunch Dinner

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