Portrait of the Choquequirao Trek

   Cusco, Peru
   Challenging
   45 km
   1500 to 3050 masl

About the Journey:

Often called the less known sister of Machu Picchu, the Choquequirao ruins are a great place to leave the crowds behind. This trek is perfect for anyone looking for dramatic landscapes while avoiding the crowds of other popular hikes. You’ll plunge across the beautiful valleys of the Apurimac Canyon and pass through the Apurimac River and a few communities. Then you’ll head up the (steep) other side until you get to Choquequirao- all the while being able to look back on gorgeous views of the canyon. This trek is one of the most difficult treks in Peru as it has yet to be completely excavated so it is largely grown over by lush jungle and is only accessible by foot. The impressive views are worth the trek!

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Santa Rosa   +

12km, 7 hours

We will arrange for private transportation to arrive early to take you to the charming village of Cachora (about a five hour drive). In Cachora, you will have the opportunity to pick up any extra supplies before we continue on by car to Capuliyoc. Your guide will also give you a rundown of what to expect the next few days along your journey. Once we arrive, we will start the steep descent into Apurimac Canyon. After a three and a half hour journey, we’ll take a break in Chiccisqa before continuing on for another hour or so to the Apurimac River. From the river, we begin to climb to the Santa Rosa Campsite. This is a rather tough two hour climb, but makes tomorrow easier.
Day 2: Santa Rosa - Choquequirao   +

13km, 8 hours

Today is a tough 13km climb and is the hardest of all the days. The climb from Santa Rosa to Maranpata is a steep uphill stretch and takes about three to four hours. We’ll take a break in Maranpata before continuing on the last leg of the trip to Choquequirao- a rather gentle one and a half hour climb. We’ll arrive to the ruins just before sunset where we will be able to set up camp and explore the area.
Day 3: Choquequirao Santa Rosa   +

13km, 8-9 hours

We have a chance to more fully explore the incredible ruins of Choquequirao and rest before starting the trip back. In the afternoon we will travel along the edge of the Apurimac Canyon for about five hours, making the descent back to Santa Rosa.
Day 4: Santa Rosa - Capuliyoc - Cusco   +

7km, 6 hours

We’ll start our day early with a steep descent towards the Apurimac River and then begin a tough four hour climb up to Capuliyoc. From there, our private car will be waiting to take us back to Cusco.

What's included:

  • English speaking professional guide with many years guiding in Choquequirao; first-aid certified
  • Brief session before the trek
  • Private transportation to the start of the trek and back to Cusco
  • Entrance and camping fees
  • First-aid kit, oxygen tank and horse 'ambulance'
  • 4 person, 4 season tent for every two persons
  • Inflatable pad & pillow
  • Toilet tent
  • Dinning tent with tables & chairs
  • All meals
  • Boiled water to fill your water container
  • Cook, horsemen and horses (can carry up to 5kg of your personal stuff, apart from sleeping bag)

What's not included:

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (highly appreciated)

Reservation:   +

Once your payment is done, you spot will be automatically reserved. However, please keep in mind that we require at least three people for any departures to be confirmed. For more information please visit our Cancellation Policy




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