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Choquequirao Trek – Trek to Choquequirao from Cusco

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Choquequirao Trek - Trek to Choquequirao from Cusco

Choquequirao Trek from Cusco is a four days off the beaten track trek experience. It is one of the lost cities of Incas. In Quechua, the word Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold”. 

Both Choquequirao and Machu Picchu were built by Pachacutec in the same era. The Incas refer to it as its Sacred Sister city of Machu Picchu. Choquequirao ruins sit high up in the Quriwayrachina Mountain range. 

When the Spanish invaded Peru, the Incas abandoned the complex. Due to its remote location, even the Spanish conquistadors could not find the exact location of the archaeological site. It was eventually covered by the encroaching forest. 

Although the archeological site was discovered in 1710 by Spanish explorer – Juan Arias Diaz, the excavation began in the 1970s. Infact, even it has not been excavated completely. The Inca site still makes you feel as though you are the first one to find it. 

Unlike Machu Picchu, Choquequirao attracts a handful of visitors a day. This is primarily because of its remote location. The only way to get there is by trekking for two days, each way. 

The route takes you along the Apurimac river and has many uphill and downhill hikes. Because of this, you will have the opportunity to experience the diverse weather conditions. 

The four days trek takes you through the Apurimac Canyon where you will be able to see different flora and fauna and also get a captivating view of the snowcapped Andean peaks. You will also get to see the flight of the Andean condors on your way.

Local authorities are planning to install a cable car from the nearby town. This would see a rapid boom in tourism here. 

Although trek to Choquequirao is somewhat challenging, it leaves you with an unforgettable experience of the lost city of Incas.

Please Note:

  • If you want to experience the best of both iconic lost cities – Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, check out our 7 days Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu.
  • This is a high altitude trek. We highly recommend you to spend at least four days in Cusco to acclimatise, before the trek. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0400 AM

Price Includes

  • Pre trek briefing
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Round trip transport
  • Entry fee to Choquequirao
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people)
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks
  • Basic foam mattress
  • Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Toilet tent
  • Meals (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes) Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg/15lbs per person)
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead

Price Excludes

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Dinner on the last night
  • Sleeping bags – If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain, and cold
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)

Day 1Cusco - Capuliyoc - Santa Rosa

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco between 0330 and 0400 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Capuliyoc, the starting point of the trek. 

It is four hours away from Cusco. Here we will be meeting our crew (muleteers and cook). So while our team will be organising your belongings, we will serve you breakfast. 

After breakfast, our trek expert will be sharing some tips and will give you a safety briefing. Then we will begin the trek with a gradual uphill climb to Capuliyoc view point. From here, you will get stunning views of the snow capped peak of Padreyoc mountain. 

We will then hike down the hill for two and a half hours to Chikiska. It is an Oasis. On our way we will be crossing many plantations. 

After a short break, we will be continuing for thirty minutes to Playa Rosalinas. Here we will be serving you lunch. 

We will be serving you an authentic Peruvian meal. After lunch, we will be crossing the Rosalina’s bridge. The bridge connects two states of Peru (Apurimac and Cusco). We will be entering Cusco.

From the Rosalina’s bridge we will be hiking two hours up the hill to our campsite in Santa Rosa. 

Day 2Santa Rosa - Marampata - Choquequirao

After a freshly prepared breakfast, we will begin the day with a hike to Marampata. It is at 2925 metres above sea level. From Marampata, the archaeological complex is just two hours away. You will get the first view of the complex from here. 

The trek to Choquequirao gets more interesting from here. The route passes through dense tropical vegetation. You will also have the opportunity to spot many distinct plants and animals in their natural habitat. 

Once we reach Choquequirao campsite, we will serve lunch. After lunch, we will spend the rest of the day exploring the complex. We will begin the tour at Pikiwasi sector, we will then visit the remains of the priest’s house, the main plaza, llama sector and more. 

The Llama sector is quite interesting. Here you will witness the creativity of Incas. The Incas used Llamas to carry crops and other things. To express their gratitude to the animal, they have adored the grey stone walls of agricultural terraces with 24 white stones which represent Llamas. 

After the guided tour of the complex, we will return to the campsite for dinner. 

Day 3Choquequirao - Marampata - Playa Rosalina's - Cocamasana Campsite

You will be waking up with a view of the lost city of Incas right in front of you. We will serve you a hot cup of coffee or coca tea followed by breakfast. We will then start hiking down the hill back to Cocamasana Campsite. 

On our way, we will be passing through the farming terraces in Marampata. Locals here cultivate potatoes, carrots and Quinoas. We will be hiking along the blackberry farms to Santa Rosa. 

Santa Rosa is popular for Avocados. You can also savour the local beverage – Chicha de Cambray. We will then hike to Playa Rosalinas. Here we will be serving you lunch. 

After lunch, we will continue with the last segment of the third day Choquequirao Trek to Cocamasana Campsite.

Day 4Cocamasana Campsite - Capuliyoc - Cusco

After breakfast, we will begin with the last segment of the Choquequirao Trek. We will be hiking three hours up the hill to Capuliyoc. 

Here we will be bidding goodbye to our Chef and muleteers. We will then take our transport back to Cusco. On our way, we will be stopping at Saywite and Taray. 

We will be reaching Cusco at around 0500 in the evening.

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Couple Traveller

My wife and I had an unforgettable experience with the travel Machu Picchu Amazon Peru! By the way the very beautiful city, we enjoyed the sunny day in the main square of cusco, we took the route to choquequirao of 4 days and 3 nights where everything was a wonder, like to know the incredible mountain and the canyon of Choquequirao that emotion to see it, the condors are flying over the mountains.my wife had no words to express her emotion to see the Spectacular Views.
our guide was very attentive and friendly, Richard made us feel like family, the food excellent at the right time our coca leaves tea and something special for Us the local drink was wonderfull the attention was very good. choquequirao a whole city that wonder to know and to be standing meditating for a long time.
we were at all times very happy to know this marvel Guided tour was spectacular. All this experience we will have in our hearts and we will recommend to our friends, relatives neighbors.

March 25, 2020


Family Traveller

This is one of the most memorable experiences I have had. The trip can be challenging physically and mentally, especially the second day.
My brothers and I have been blown away with the service Machu Picchu Amazon Peru have provided, from the office staff to the guides.
But also funny and made sure each and every one of us was comfortable and having a good time
which I’ve definitely experienced with other trekking companies. Would highly recommend!

March 3, 2020