Landscape view of the Choquequirao Trek
Choquequirao Trek

4 days - 3 nights

$ per person

Choquequirao Trek

  4 days - 3 nights
  Cusco, Peru

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!

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Cuscco is usually sunny and slightly warm during the day, but gets really cold during the night. It has two seasons: rainy and dry. Rainy season goes from November until March, and dry season form April to October – the best time for treks. . Its sunny (blue bird skies), and gets cold at night. Tempature during the day ranges from 10-20, and nights can get as cold as 0°C. In the mountains, temperature can drop to -10°C.


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


Day 1:

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:

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:

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:

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.

Fitness Preparation:

All hikes involve intense hiking for various hours (4-8 hours), on more than 4 consecutive days, over rugged mountaint rails at high elevations (above 15,000 ft). Pre-trip preparation should include challenging cardiovascular exercise (including regular hikes on varied terrain) and a healthy, balanced diet. Well-worn-hiking boots and additional acclimatization nights in Cusco before the trek are both highly recommended. During the trek, all travellers are encouraged to hike at their own pace, taking breaks whenever needed, to ensure a successful and enjoyable trek for all.

What's Included:

A Reputable Guide:

All of the guides at Runnatrip are English speaking (fluently, not casually) and are officially certified guides which is important because a lot of tour operators will use non-certified guides because it is cheaper. Our guides are experts in these treks and will make you feel both safe and welcomed. You have the option to meet your guide in our office prior to your trek so you can learn more about what you should expect on your journey. This is very much encouraged, but not required.


Transportation is included from your hotel to the start of trek and from the end of trek to plaza de armas. This is usually a private van. Treks that include Machu Picchu also include the cost of the train ticket into the ruins.

All Fees:

All entrance/trek fees are covered. You are good if you bring no cash at all. However, tip is always appreciated by the guides/porters.

Evacuation Plan & Safety:

There will be at least one horse just in case of accidents, so people can be evacuated fast. We will also have a first aid kit and oxygen tank with us as well.

People per tour:

We operate with a minium of 3 and a maximum of 8 trekkers per tour. On the other hand, we also provide other options offered privately. Just send as an email.

All Food and Water:

The mules will be carrying all of the food we will need during the trek. The food is typical camping food like soup, noodles, chicken, beans, rice, fruits, vegetables, tea and coffee. We also provide vegetarian/vegan options – we just need to know in advance. We will also boil clean water to drink each morning and evening, but be sure to bring your own container.

Camping Equipment:

We spent the nights in campsites. We provide 4-season tents and sleeping mats, tables (varies between treks), chairs, and cooking equipment. Each night we will set up a community tent where we will have dinner and enjoy each other’s company before we head off to bed/go our separate ways for the night. Porters/cookes/mules to carry the equipments and handle logistics. (depending on the trek, mules can carry up to 10kg of your personal stuff (your tent will already be carried)).

Porters/cookes/mules to carry the equipments and handle logistics. (depending on the trek, mules can carry up to 5kg of your personal stuff (your tent will already be carried)).

What to Bring:

Comfortable and moisture wicking clothing, hiking boots, sleeping bag, toilet paper, trekking poles, lightweight sandals (to hang around campsite), bottle/container for water.

What Not to Bring:

Jeans, heavy books, laptop, knives, drugs, alcohol, and babies.


Peru´s official currency is the “Nuevo Sol” (S/.)”, which its exchange rate to US Dollars is US$1 = 3.3 soles. Both currencies are accepted in most places