Choquequirao Trek (4 Days)

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Choquequirao Trek 04 days / 03 nights

$660 per person
Tour Details

The southern approach to Choquequirao from Cachora requires a steep descent from almost 3,200 meters down to the Apurimac River at 1,200 meters, followed by an even steeper ascent up to the ruins. The site is perched a magnificent 1,150 meters above the Apurimac, surrounded by densely-forested mountain slopes in the shadow of the huge, snow-capped Salkantay massif. In recent years, the ruins have been partially-cleared by Peruvian archaeologists, and can be easily explored by those intrepid enough to undertake the demanding trek required to get there.


Type of Tour

Archaeological, cultural, ecological, hiking and camping


04 Days – 03 Nights

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GROUP SERVICE: (2 to 8 people MAX): Our most popular Ausangate Trek is recommended for everybody who likes the adventure, families, honeymooners and couples.

PRIVATE SERVICE: All inclusive for families with children, honeymooners and couples. Special trek program just for you, and you can depart any day you wish and choose the group size, we don’t add any people, is arranged just for you. All private groups include additional services, such as: extra porters, horses to ride and to carry your personal gear (for alternate treks).


  • Transfer from your hotel
  • Tourist Transportation from Cusco to the town of Cachora
  • Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 10 people
  • Horses and muleteer
  • Professional Chef and Assistants
  • Food: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know.
  • Vegetarian food option
  • Camping Equipment Tents for 2 people ,dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Emergency Horse
  • Oxygen bottle, first aid kit
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao Park
  • Transport back to Cusco

Not Included

  • Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to the guide and support staff, city services.
  • First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.
  • Last lunch at the end of the tour on the 4th Day.
  • Single tent supplement: $20 USD
  • Sleeping bag (optional): $20 USD

We Recommend that You Bring

  • Trekking daypack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Sandals or plastic slips on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal wear is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block cream
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water, sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend swimming in hot springs )
  • Enough cash for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day).

Day 1Cusco – Cachora Town – Santa Rosa Campsite

We’ll leave Cusco at 05:00 a.m in the morning travelling to the small village of Cachora. On the way, we will have an opportunity to visit Saywite which is a limestone outcrop about four meters in diameter on which the Incas carved a model of their empire, Tahuantinsuyo. The stone, upon which images of the flora, fauna, topography and customs of the empire, then we will arrive after four hours to the town of Cachora, we will meet our mules and muleteer then we begin our first day’s hike, we will head along the edge of the Apurimac Canyon, with the river almost 2,000 meters below us. About half-way through the day, we will begin our winding descent to the river. As we’ll descend the heat becomes intense, and we will arrive hot and tired at the bridge which crosses the river where we will be able to bathe to refresh ourselves camp in Santa Rosa.

Day 2Santa Rosa – Choquequirao Inca city

This is an amazing day, we will make the steep in ascent up to the ruins of Choquequirao. The path will lead us through dense cloud forest for about two hours, when we will finally get our first view of the citadel on a spur ahead of us. Another two-hour walk, with Choquequirao now almost constantly in sight, leads us to our destination, exploring the ruins and hopefully seeing some condors. These Andean birds with a wingspan of up to three meters tend to rise up from the floor of the canyon on the afternoon thermals, providing visitors on the Central Square of Choquequirao with a magnificent show. That night, after an unforgettable sunset and a good meal, we will camp close to the ruins.

Day 3Choquequirao – “Playa Rosalina” Campsite

After exploring the entire archeological complex of Choquequirao and studying all the sectors in detail, we’ll head towards to “Playa Rosalina” descending back along the same path to Santa Rosa. We’ll continue our gradual descent from 3,033 masl close to Apurimac River at 1,550 masl today’s hike ends at “Playa Rosalina” where we will spend the night.

Day 4“Playa Rosalina” – Cachora – Cusco

An early start today will help us to avoid the worse of the heat in the canyon and guarantee us some magnificent views of the Apurimac and the surrounding peaks. On our journey, we’ll reach the lookout at Capuliyoc one final time where we’ll say goodbye to the fabulous views of the Choquequirao ruins. We will also see the majestic snow-covered peak of Padreyoc overlooking the Apurimac Canyon while surrounded by the flora & fauna, then climb to our final destination of San Pedro de Cachora to return to Cusco by bus.


Note: Horses will carry the heavy gear; you will hike carrying only your personal pack, sleeping bag and pad.

If you are considering to bring special photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don’t want to carry anything, please request an additional horse and muleteer ($100 USD) to carry your personal belongings, this way you will freely enjoy the hike (this is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10,000 ft.). Chefs will deal with all the kitchen chores.

Frequently Asked Questions-(FAQ)

How difficult is the Choquequirao Trek?

You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. Choquequirao Trek is considered as a moderate hike; not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some people.

Are trekking poles or sticks necessary?

We recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails.

Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Choquequirao Trek?

It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2-day trip spent in Cusco (3,399 masl), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here! The highest point you will reach while hiking the Inca Trail reaches 4,280 masl on the 2nd day.

Will I need to bring water?

We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters. Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.

Is the Choquequirao Trek still good during the rainy season?

Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we’ll say, please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment. Possibly snow, so be prepared for a possible change of route if a pass is deemed impassable by the guide. We do not recommend this trek in the months of January, February and March.

Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Choquequirao?

You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impressive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome.

Will I need any extra money?

Yes or yes we recommend taking extra money, tips for the trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks, bottled water, drinks, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money.

Do Tour guides speak English?

Completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours, some of them were historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage.

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