Choquequirao Trek 4 Days/ 3 Nights

  • Destination: Choquequirao, Peru
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price per person: $500

Price is based on 4 people.
Over 5 people US$ 450 per person


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The Choquequirao ruins were most likely built during the reign of the Inca king Pachacuti, Inca Yupanqui and are considered to be the last bastion of resistance and refugee of the Sons of the Sun, who fled from the city of Cusco when it was under siege in 1535. Led by Manco Inca Yupanqui, they took refugee in Choquequirao. Presumably, it was used both as a check point to access the Vilcabamba Area as well as a cultural and religious center. Choquequirao played an important role as it was a connection between the Amazon Jungle and Cusco. The region has a lot of microclimates and a landscape full of snow-covered peaks of about 6000 meters (19685ft).
Doing this trek, you will discover the great citadel of the last Inca kings and also reach the beautiful ecosystem.

Altitude: 1500 – 3030 m/ 4921 – 9941ft
High season: whole year
Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights or 5 days/ 4 nights
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Itinerary

Day 1

Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca

We will leave Cusco (3350 m/10991ft) approximately at 05:30 am. First, we will head to the village Cachora (2850 m/9350ft) to meet our horsemen and the mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition. Thereafter, we will continue our journey towards the pass of Capuliyoc (2800 m/9186ft). Here, the trek offers a beautiful view of the mythical mountain Padreyoc, of the deep canyon and of the river Apurimac (“Speaking River”). There upon, we will descend towards the canyons interior named Chiquisca (1930 m/6332ft), where we will spend the night.

Climate: Warm
Hiking time: 7 hours

Day 2

Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will descend to the Playa Rosalina (1550 m/5085ft). From there, we will continue heading for Marampata (2850 m./9350f), where we will have a beautiful view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033 m/9951ft). Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the settlement.

Climate: Both cold and warm
Hiking time: 7 hours

Day 3

Choquequirao – San Ignacio – Carmen

At sunrise, we will first visit the archeological site of Choquequirao. By now, only 30% of this golden cradle has been exposed. Thereafter, we will descend to the Apuri­mac canyon’s deepest part called San Ignacio at 1500 meters and have lunch. After that, we will ascend to our camping site in the beautiful gardens of Carmen (2000 m/6562ft).

Climate: Moderate climate with mosquitos
Hiking time: 6 hours

Note: Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, this day is considered to be the most beautiful! Nevertheless, the route from Choquequirao to San Ignacio is very slippery at some parts. Therefore, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. Moreover, we recommend carrying sufficient water with you.

Day 4

Carmen – Tambo bamba – Huanipaca – Cusco

The gardens of Carmen are situated close to the manor of Tambo bamba (2500 m/8202ft), a region having been governed by landowners during the 19th and 20th century and considered to be one of the most fertile valleys to cultivate maize and a great variety of potatoes. We will pass little villages such as Pacobamba and Huanipaca (3150 m./10335f) and after that return to Cusco by bus.

Climate: Moderate, warm
Hiking time: 5 hours
Transport time: 5 hours

Included:
  • Private transport from your hotel to Cachora
  • Local cellphone
  • 24-hour-support from company owner
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao
  • Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both are big enough for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/ vegetarian option)
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal luggage
  • Emergency horse
  • First-aid-kit and oxygen bottle
Not Included:
  • Sleeping bag (you can lend one with us)
  • Insurance of any kind
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Backpack with rain shelter
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants
  • Trekking shoes
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
  • Long- and short-sleeved polos/ T-Shirts
  • Rain poncho and a hat
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruits
  • Original passport and extra money in Soles
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change

 

Notes:

(1) On our clients recommendation, we suggest spending an additional day in the settlement of Choquequirao to enjoy this beautiful archeological site in more detail. On our way back to Cusco, there is also the possibility of visiting the thermal baths in Cconoc. Ask us for further information.

(2) The trek to Choquequirao must not be underestimated. Especially the second day involves great physical exertion – combined with high altitude and extreme weather (it can get very hot) the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to be well acclimatized, in a good shape and healthy.

(3) From the first to the fourth day (from Cachora to Huanipaca) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 8 kg).

(4) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothing or school equipment for their children.

What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a scan copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Price US$ 500 per person.
Price is based on 4 people.
Over 5 people US$ 450 per person

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Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We are looking forward to create an unforgettable experience for you.