4 days/3 nights
Daily Departures Year Round
Adult $ 695.00 / Child $ 650.00
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Choquequirao or Choquekiraw means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua Inca’s language, although this is probably not its original name. It is another “Lost City of the Incas” officially rediscovered late in the 20th century. Located high on a ridge almost 1750mts above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River; it is surrounded by towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks.
Choquequirao was build during the last days of the Inca Empire during the government of the Inca Pachacutec and probably after the Spanish invasion in 1532. Almost 40 years the Inca’s held stand against the Spanish conquerors (between 1536 – 1572). The construction of the different levels of temples, palaces, canals and aqueducts is extraordinary. It is a city dedicated to worship the “Pachamama” the Andean mother earth “the Apus” mountain gods and divinities, the river and the elements of nature.” Choquequirao finally burned down and was left deserted sometime after the execution of the last Inca, Tupac Amaru I in 1572.
• Distance: 62 km
• Duration: 4 Days
• When to go: Best from April to November
• Altitude: 2,200 masl to 3,100 masl
• Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
• Modality: Trekking, scenic and Cultural, Archaeological
• Location: Mountain range Vilcabamba – Cusco
• Daytime Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC / Nighttime temperature: 1ºC to 4ºC
• 1- 2 days of acclimatization required.
*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: Deluxe Thermarest mattresses and -10 °C goose down sleeping bags are included!
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.
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camping (3 nts)
(3B, 3L, 3D)
Choquequirao Trek Notes
1. Last minute bookings of this trip will be on an "on request" basis only. To make a booking request for a tour that includes the Choquequirao Trek, Adventures to Peru requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and correct passport number
2. A good-strong fitness level is recommended on this tour.
Day 1 Cusco – Cachora – Playa Rosalina
Day 2 Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao
Day 3 Choquequirao – Chiquisqa
Day 4 Chiquisqa – Cachora – Cusco
Day 1 (L,D) Cusco – Cachora – Playa Rosalina
We depart Cusco at 6:00am for the 4-hour drive to Cachora. On the way we will make a stop to enjoy panoramas of the spectacular Limatambo Canyon, situated between the great Apu Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, then continue to the little village of Cachora. After joining our expedition support team know as ‘arrieros’ or ‘horsemen’, we start a soft hike through this mystical and rich historically territory. It is a 3-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. We then descend toward Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. After a long decent we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550m beside the raging Apurimac River, famous for its’ rafting, where we will set up camp and spend the night.
Day 2 Rosalina Beach – Choquequirao (B,L,D)
After breakfast, depart our campsite at 06:00am to cross the Apurimac River. We’ll climb switchback trails to Santa Rosa (2100m).
It is a 5-hour hike to Raqaypata beside the Chunchullumayo River where we will have a late lunch and a much deserved rest. Along we way we will observe many orchids, wild flowers and birds. From Raqaypata to Choquequirao (3035m) is a 2-hour hike. We will arrive at the archaeological site in time to enjoy the sunset and maybe the opportunity to see a Condor flying nearby. Our campsite will be just outside the ruins.
Day 3: Choquequirao – Raqaypata (B,L,D)
Today is dedicated to exploring this incredible sacred town of Choquequirao. Here you will see more elaborate buildings and solid 15th century Inca architecture. Our guide will explain the history and importance of the Site, followed by free time to visit the Complex. Late afternoon departure for return trek, stopping to camp for the night at Raqaypata.
Day 4 Raqaypata – Cachora – Cusco (B)
Today we leave the camp early and start the two or three hour climb to the Chiquisca, then we will make our way back to the Capuliyoc Pass, having another great opportunity to enjoy the canyon. After lunch we will continue our fairly flat return route to Cachora. From here we’ll catch our bus back to Cusco
Round trip private transport from Cusco to Cachora trailhead
Entrance fees to Choquequirao Archaeological Park
Excellent Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Potable water for your bottle during the trek
Food options for veggies
Bilingual English speaking guide
Horses to carry camping equipment, kitchen gear, and an emergency horse
Camping Gear: Double waterproof tents (3 person capacity tent, to allow for top comfort and storage of your gear)+ dining tent with tables and chairs + kitchen tent + toilet tent + tent for our guides and porters
Accommodation: 3 nights camping
-10 °C goose down sleeping bag and deluxe inflatable Thermarest sleep mattress included for all treks in Peru
Hot water every morning and evening after the trek to keep clean + filtered and boiled water to fill up your water bottle every morning, night, and at lunchtime if requested
Security: first aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
What’s Not Included
First breakfast (you should to have breakfast at the hotel in Cusco before departure day 1)
Lunch the 4th day
Gratuities or Tips
Original passport and copy
Warm sleeping bag
Garbage bag to store personal items, waterproof for stuff
Flashlight and batteries
Sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent
Sweater and jacket (layers, something warm)
One complete change of clothing (t-shirt, short, long pants)
Small towel and bathing suit (hot springs) Sun hat
Snacks during hike (candies, chocolate, energy bars, etc.)
Comfortable hiking shoes and sandals
Walking stick (optional)
Personal items, medications
Some extra spending money