Choquequirao Trek 5D/4N

Overview

The Choquequirao known as the other Machu Picchu, The ‘lost city’ Choquequirao (meaning ‘cradle of gold’) was discovered in the 18th century by a French explorer. It was also visited by Hiram Bingham prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu

Grandiose and mysterious, this abandoned city has lots of parallels with Machu Picchu with temples, agriculture terrazes built in the steep sections of mountain similar to Huayna Picchu mountain terrazes, a whole city built over 4000 feet over the Apurimac River, high up in the mountains but covered in the jungle.

Apart of Choquequirao ruins it offers you spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, deep canyons, native families along the way, wild life and magnificent Andean Condors that are the biggest flying birds, it is a perfect adventure for you who is looking for less crowded treks and amazing adventures of life.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina

We will pick you up at 5:30am for about 4 hour drive in our private transport to Capuliyoc 2915m / 9563 ft). We will stop in the town of Curawasi for breakfast, The views along the way are spectacular that will make the journey enjoyable as well as appreciate heards of cows, cheeps, mountain villages.

Once at Capuliyuc we meet our horsemen and horses and pack all our equipment onto the horses, including food, tents and our gear for the night

We then start by walking in up and down terain to Capuliyoc view point from here we will have great views of the deep Apurimac canyon, snow capped mountains and the majestic Choquequirao way far on top of the mountains.

After reaching Chuiquica qe will stop for lunchbased o organic and nutricious meal. Our food is a definition of deluxe, while we eat we get to enjoy great views of Apurimac Canyon, snow-capped mountains such as Padreyoc. After lunch we then descend for two hours to our first campsite at La Playa Rosalida that is the base of the canyon where we will spend the night.

  • Lowest Elevation: 1,475m / 4839ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2915 m/ 9563 ft
  • Distance to walk: 10.3 / 6.4 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao Campsite

We will wake up by 5am and have early breakfast, so to ascend 1400m / 4,600ft, we will reach the small town call Maranpata for a delicious lunch, after meal and NAP, and then we will walk towards the campsite of Choquequirao that near the ruins, and the 2 hours hike will be much easier than the moorning hike.

One we make to camp tents will be set ready, because the up hills we will be probably swety so, if you want to take shower you have a change to tak cold one for free or just sit and relax watching the sun set.

  • Lowest Elevation: 1,475m / 4, 839 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,817m / 9,242 ft
  • Distance to walk: 10 km/ 6.2 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Demanding

Day 3: Choquequirao Ruins Exploring

The day arrives to see the ruins of choquequirao, after a nutrisious breakfast we will walk up to the main area to visit the main plaza, usno or ceremonial platform, store houses and others.

We will definitely go to Llamas and snakes part, did we say snakes? Don’t be scared, the inca buil agricultural terrazes and decorated with Llamas and snakes in stones. Then we head back down to lunch followed by our nap.

After lunch we will head down to terrazes section or Pacchayoc that has a huge number of agricultural terrazes in very Steep Mountain that almost look hunging off the mountain, we will be back in camp by 4 pm for a good tea time before dinner.

  • Highest Elevation: 3,010 m / 9,875 ft
  • Distance to walk: 7.3 km / 4.5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours with breaks
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Choquequirao – Playa Rosalina – Chiquisca

Today will be very long and we will head back down down to Apurimac river, we will drop down about 2,000 feet to the river where we will stop for lunch and of course our propper nap.

The views that trek offers us is pretty espectacular especially our camp with the view of the canyon and sunsets are often beautyful.

As the night falls our lst dinner with our cooks will be ready

  • Lowest elevation: 1,475m / 4839ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,010 m / 9,875 ft
  • Distance to walk: 12 km / 7.4 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to demanding

Day 5: Chiquisca – Trail Head – Cusco

On our last day on the trek, we climbed back up to the start of the trail of Papuliyoc, this will us about 3 hours up with great views where ou cooks will have lunch ready waiting.

This our very last time with our horse riders, so its good time to shake hands with our incredible crew that made this trek happend. Then we settled in for a scenic ride back to

Inclusions & exclusions

Inclusions on the Choquequirao Trek

  • Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • Organic meals (5B, 5L, 4D)
  • Entrance tickets to the Choquequirao
  • Horse riders that will load the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
  • Cook for preparing our awesome meals everyday
  • Boiled drinking wáter for whole trek
  • Professional trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora. Our guides are trained in Wilderness firts responder in USA standars, we believe your safety is our priority
  • First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
  • Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air pads)
  • Duffle bag for putting your belongings for the horse be carried
  • Sleeping bags (you dont need to bring your sleeping bag, Peru by locals provides yuo a free charge sleeping bag, they are washed after every use

Exclusions on the Choquequirao Trek

  • Lunch on day 4 at Aguas Calientes
  • Gratitudes for porters and guides (please check our FAQs section of this site for more details)

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$660$750

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What to bring

What to bring on the Choquequirao Trek

  • Good hiking shoes – they should be breaked already; if you have acquired new ones, make sure to break them down before you come. They should be comfortable for your feet and possibly have ankle support. Also considere bringing extra shoose so, you can wear then at camps
  • Down warm fleece – jacket has to be warm enough for the nights and the jacket that is a wind breaker and/or waterresistant.
  • Few t-shirts – made for hiking; as you will sweat a lot, you may consider bringing at least 3 or 4 of them
  • Socks – bring at least 3 pairs ore ven one pair per days is ideal
  • Sun hat – as some days can be hot and sunny, we recommend you to bring a sun hat that can keep the sun off your face.
  • Light long pants – trekking pants are the best ones, especially those that you can zip off the legs, plus they dry fast.
  • Clothes for sleeping – warm long underwear; you can use your fleece to sleep in and you may consider bringing gloves especially for the camp site
  • Head lamp – all the camps are dark so you will need to bring your head lights for organizing your stuff in your tent or going to the bathroom at night
  • Sunscreen – SPF 35+ recommended
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking poles – they are very helful, they can take 30% of you weigh (if you don’t have them, you can rent them from us for $10 per pair for 5 days hiking)
  • Camera with spare batteries or just phones take great pictures nowadays (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Bug repellent – there are mosquitos all year round so make sure you pack your bug spray
  • Book to read – you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book or those that are about Machu Picchu that may make you journey more interesting (the following books are recommended by us: Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie, Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sisters: Choquequirao & Llactapata by Gary R. Ziegler

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