Choquequirao Trek

4 Days /  3 Nights

Choquequirao Trek

4 Days / 3 Nights
Departures: March - December 2024

From $1,272 AUD
Trip Style
Group Travel

Hiking & Trekking

Departure city: Cuzco, Peru
End city: Cuzco, Peru

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Tour Leaders / Guides
Someone local to show you around
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Group Travel
Meet like-minded people and new friends

This is an excellent trekking option for those who are looking for a tranquil low altitude trek with unforgettable views. Explore the mystical ancient Inca city of Choquequirao, trek along the beautiful Apurimac Canyon and see Andean condors flying overhead.

Trip

Highlights

  • Trek along the Apurimac canyon & enjoy stunning views
  • Marvel at Andean condors cruising the sky
  • Explore Choquequirao, a sacred hillside Inca site
Trip

Inclusions

accommodation style
3 Nights Accommodation
Hostel and camping in tents
Meals
3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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Extras
Choquequirao entrance fee, Horses to carry cooking and camping equipment, Tent for 2 people with Foam sleeping mat + First aid kit & Emergency oxygen bottle
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Transport
Cuzco accommodation pick-up + Round trip tourist bus Cuzco - Cachora (starting point of trek)
Guide
Professional English/Spanish/Quechua speaking guide
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off (please make your own way)
  • Day 1 meals, day 2 breakfast, day 5 lunch & dinner
  • Sleeping bag (rental $15 USD for the trek)
  • Bottled water
  • Tips: we recommend each trekker to give 50 soles per guide, 30 soles per horseman and 40 soles per cook (this recommended amount is optional and ultimately your decision, depending on the service you received. Please keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America and would be greatly appreciated by the hard-working team of horsemen, cooks and guides.)
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
Trip

Itinerary

Departure Time: 05:00 hrs

 

Depart Cuzco and camp at Chicquisqa (1836m)

 

We depart Cuzco around 5:00 am in a private car. If there is time, we will visit the archaeological site of Saywite before descending to the mountain village of Cachora (2909m), a last-minute opportunity to buy supplies. After lunch, it is a 2-hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora.

 

Meals: L, D

Hike to Choquequirao archaeological site (3110m)

 

After an early departure, we descend to Playa Rosalina and the magnificent Apurimac River (1550m) about 1 hour of hiking where we begin our steep climb to Santa Rosa (2095m). Here we can take a refreshing break, rest and buy water. Then we continue upwards, towards Marampata (2913m), a plateau where we will eat lunch and rest enjoying a splendid view of Choquequirao. After lunch, we will hike for about 2 more hours to reach the archaeological site of Choquequirao (3110m) where we will spend the evening exploring the site and watching condors fly overhead at sunset.

 

Meals: B, L, D

Explore Choquequirao archaeological site and hike down to Santa Rosa (2095m)

Today, we will have a chance to explore the Inca site more in-depth and with some free time to rest in the morning. In the afternoon we return along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, descending to our tropical campsite at Santa Rosa.

 

Hiking time: 5 hours

 

Meals: B, L, D

Hike to Cachora village and return to Cuzco

 

Early in the morning, in order to escape the heat of the Apurimac Canyon, we descend to the raging river and then begin an arduous climb that is rewarded with spectacular views. We climb for about four hours and have lunch in Capuliyoc (2915m). The final two hours of our hike we will continue the trail into the village of Cachora along a refreshingly flat and picturesque trail through the pretty farming countryside where our private car will be waiting to take us back to Cuzco (4-hour drive). We will arrive in Cuzco between 7 or 8 pm.

 

Meals: B

4 Day Choquequirao Trek Map

Additional Information

Daily Departures with a minimum of 2 people.

Bring or rent in Cuzco: sleeping bag, hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sunblock, sunglasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card, charger (limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitiser, personal first aid kit, water bottle, water purification tablets or filter. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, Gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail.

Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.

We search for the best cooks who put forth their best effort to provide you with the best tasting meals on the mountain.

 

All of our cooks pride themselves on their delicious specialty menus with the freshest local ingredients available. Every meal is prepared fresh with plenty of variety and an abundant quantity of food including a vegetarian option for every meal (please advise prior to departure). Here is an idea of what you will be eating during your trek.

 

Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request (please advise at least 2 days in advance).

 

BREAKFASTS:
Hot porridge, quinoa or oats, fried eggs, egg omelette or pancakes with fresh bread, fried bananas and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk.

 

LUNCH & DINNER:
First Course: Quinoa, corn, noodle, asparagus, mushroom or vegetable soup, stuffed avocado or potatoes
Second Course: Chicken breast, beef stew, quinoa, fried rice, hamburgers, fried chicken, spaghetti bolognese, typical dishes: aji de gallina (chilli pepper chicken), escabeche de pollo (marinated chicken) or ajiaco de olluco (spicy potato stew).
Deserts: Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk.

 

SNACKS:
Boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk with popcorn, cookies, crackers.

Terms and conditions apply.  Subject to change and availability.  Prices are per person twin share and subject to currency fluctuation. (ba)