Choquequirao Trek 4D
4 days - 3 nights
Choquequirao is by many tourists considered one of the best places to go in Peru, some even dare to say better than Machu Picchu. The nicest part about this archeological site is that you can only reach it on foot since there are no roads or railways that can take you there. This trek is by many tourists considered a pilgrimage, a real escape from the busy and attention-seeking incentives of everyday routine. Since it is not as famous as Machu Picchu the route towards it is often empty, not much forgone.
Choquequirao, which means cradle of gold, is one of the last best-preserved Inca shelters, according to Lonely planet an adventure destination that one must visit. The 4 days of trekking that is required will allow us to see beautiful Andean landscapes and mountains with eternal snow, a challenge for the body.
Come and enjoy visiting one of the most impressive citadels, where many tourists do not manage to get, allowing you to enjoy the scenery almost all by yourself.
Frequency: every day
Best date: the dry season (April – October)
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisqa
The adventure to Choquequirao begins early in the morning from Cusco to Cachora (3100 m), which is the last place where you have the opportunity to buy supplies and water. You will be picked up from your hotel and be transported to Cachora. On the way, we will pass Limatambo which has some very picturesque archaeological sites to visit. From Cachora we begin our hiking towards Chiquisqa (2000 m) for 6-7 hours. Along the road, we will pass the two small villages Capuliyoc (2800 m) and Cocamasana, in one of these places we will enjoy our lunch. In Chiquisqa we will settle our camp, eat dinner together and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the forest of Chiquisqa and all its different types of fruits.
Good sleep is important so we can be ready for the hike to the important Inca site of Choquequirao the next day.
Day 2 : Chiquisqa – Choquequirao
This is an important day, where you will experience the amazing city of the Incas; Choquequirao, therefore it is important that we start our day in a good way with wake-up-tee and a solid breakfast. From our camp in Chiquisqa the route will take us to Choquequirao (3150 m) at the end of the day. On the hike, we will walk downhill for an hour until we reach the bridge of Rosalina. Thereafter the hike takes us uphill for two hours to Santa Rosa Baja, where we will have a little break to collect some energy before we will ascend the mountain for two more hours to Marampata, where we can enjoy the view of the beautiful landscapes of the valley. From there we hike for 1.5 hours to the archaeological site of Choquequirao.
At Choquequirao we will enjoy our lunch, set up our camp and eat dinner together. In the night we can experience the mystical atmosphere of Choquequirao where the gods of the Incas once ruled and their spirits still float around.
Day 3 : Choquequirao – Cocamasana
Early in the morning we can see the sunrise over the ruins and throw a wonderful light over the site. After breakfast we will visit the magnificent ruins of Choquequirao with its mystical atmosphere, its incredible surroundings and the unique llama-walls which were recently discovered in 2006. With some luck, we can also spot the amazing condor. From Choquequirao the route will take us back to Cocamasana, where we will overstay the night. First, we have to hike from Choquequirao to the bridge of Rosalina, where we will rest for a bit before we continue our hike to Chiquisqa, where we will enjoy a nice lunch in natural surroundings. From Chiquisqa we will hike to Cocamasana where we enjoy a nice dinner and settle for the night.
Day 4 : Cocamasana – Cusco
On the last day, we will hike from Cocamasana to Cachora. First, we will drink our wake-up-tee and eat breakfast at around 5.30. At 6.00 our last hike starts towards Cachora, where we will arrive around 11 – 12.00 at noon. At Cachora we will enjoy our last lunch together and a bus will be waiting for us to bring us back to Cusco, where our adventure will end around 3 – 4.00 in the afternoon.
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD
Shared Service (group): $ 450.00
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INCLUDED IN CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 4D
- Bilingual guide
- Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
- 3 breakfasts / 4 lunches / 3 dinners.
- Horses to carry personal items (max. 5 kilos).
- 0.5 liters of water every day
- First aid kit
- Oxygen bottle
- Car from Cachora to Cusco
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- The breakfast on the first day and the dinner on the last day
- More than 0.5 liters of water are not included (water can be bought during the trip.
- Extra horses for carrying personal items
- Tips for the guide, horsemen, and chef.
- Walking sticks (15 $ for a pair of sticks)
- Sleeping bag (30 $)
- Extra horse for carrying personal items (80 $)
- Extra money for buying personal expenses and for tips
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain jacket
- Warm jacket, hat, and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sunblock (factor 50 is recommended)
- Re-usable plastic/metal water container or camel bags
- Water for the first day, but on the other days it is possible to buy bottles of water from local families
- Insect Repellent
- Personal medication
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING
- Walking sticks
- Plasters and bandages
- Extra money for personal expenses and tips
AVAILABILITY FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK
The Choquequirao trek departs from our travel agency every day all year round. We recommend going on this trek from April to October, because of the dry season.