DURATION

DIFFICULTY

5 DAYS

DEMANDING

Prices 

2 Pax - $1,458

3 Pax - $1,075

4 Pax - $923

5 Pax - $800

6 Pax - $796

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5D/4N

When possible we highly recommend hiking this trail in 5 days, in order to be able to spend a full day (trek day 3) in the Choquequirao ruins. The Inca city is situated in the vast landscape of the Vilcabamba Range above the Apurimac River Canyon. Thick forest has covered this Inca site for many years and it has only recently been discovered. Choquequirao was the dwelling of the last rebel Incas of Vilcabamba and similar to Machu Picchu, it is thought that the Spanish never discovered it. This is a challenging trek traversing different ecosystems. There are amazing views of the Vilcabamba Range and the trail descends deep into the Apurimac Canyon, a truly magnificent hike.

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 - CUSCO TO CACHORA TO CHIQUISCA


From Cusco we take an early morning drive in our private transport to the small town of Cachora, our entrance to the Apurimac canyon. Once on the trail, the mountain range and glaciers in view will amaze and delight, providing strong motivation for this challenging trek. After few hours we will reach the mountain pass and the beginning of our long downhill for today. From this vantage point, if we have a clear sky, we will see our final destination from afar and our reason for being here, the magnificent Choquequirao. The downhill is very steep and quite unforgiving and can be painful for our knees (if you have knee problems we suggest to use “knee braces” or supports). We will hike down almost until the valley floor. Chiquiska will be our piece of green paradise to rest in for this night. As we are lower and near the Apurimac river a strong mosquito repellent is essential. Early dinner and early to bed, ready for the tough uphill tomorrow! Start Height: 2900masl / 9514ft. Max Height: 2941maslm / 9648ft. Approximate Walking time: 6-7 hrs Distance travelled: 19km / 11.80 ml Meals: L, D. Snacks




DAY 2 - CHIQUISCA TO CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE


After our first night on the trail, we ascend to the Choquequirao camp site (2847m /9340ft), which stands about 1500m above the Apurimac River. The ascent is steep and tough but along the way there are rewarding spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. From the top of this mountain at Marampata we will get our ‘birds eye view’ of the beautiful and powerful Apurimac river. We continue down until we reach our next campsite. If you arrive early and energy levels are high it may be possible to spend time at Pacchayoq, in the lower sector of the complex, where we will see ancient Inca water channels, ceremonial rocks and much more. We will return to the campsite for dinner. Start Height: 2847m / 9340ft Max Height: 3100m / 10170ft. Approximate Walking time: 8 hours Distance travelled: 14km / 8.69 ml Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 3 - CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE TO CHOQUEQUIRAO CITADEL


After a tasty breakfast we leave camp and hike up to the ruins. For now Choquequirao is a breath taking destination of an ‘unspoiled’ trek and you won’t see many tourists. You will find a sense of peaceful tranquility at the top of this mountain, and if you are lucky you may even see Condors soaring by. The best part is you get to spend the whole day here and after a guided tour, some self exploration, there will even be time for you to find a quiet space, lie down in the grass, relax and simply absorb the contemplative experience of being in an ancient Inca City. Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 4 - CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE TO CHIQUISCA


It will be a long yet much more leisurely hike back to our first campsite at Chiquisca with a great sense of achievement after an unforgettable experience. On this day we can really enjoy the journey and take in the vast changes of the countryside. Start Height: 2847 masl / 9340 ft Max Height: 2941 masl / 9648 ft. Approximate Walking time: 9 hours Distance travelled: 19km / 11.80 ml Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 5 - CHIQUISCA TO CAPULIYOC, BACK TO CUSCO


Setting off in the early morning light we begin our hard climb to Capuliyoc, from where we can again appreciate the spectacular backdrop of the Apurimac canyon and feel truly deserving of the view. The route finally levels out again and it is only 2 or 3 hours back to the town of Cachora where we will take our transport back to Cusco. Meals: B, L.





 

                      The sights were unforgettable. Incredible microclimates with endless kinds of flora and fauna, butterflies, waterfalls, wild strawberries, racing clouds, tree canopies. Thousands of years old aqueducts and.                              ancient Incan ruins, meeting local people along the way. We were awed by the numerous valleys, towering mountain ranges, glaciers, and our summit views. On our 1st night of camp, our bright view of                             the milky-way galaxy was incredible. We loved touring the coffee plantation, zip-lining and very much enjoyed the hot springs on our 3rd day. Our camping tents were perfectly comfortable. Our train ride on Peru Rail and accommodations in Cola de Mono and Aguas Calientes were also very nice. Machu Picchu and its history was unreal and climbing Huayna Picchu was totally worth it!

Laura M

DAY 1 - CUSCO TO CACHORA TO CHIQUISCA


From Cusco we take an early morning drive in our private transport to the small town of Cachora, our entrance to the Apurimac canyon. Once on the trail, the mountain range and glaciers in view will amaze and delight, providing strong motivation for this challenging trek. After few hours we will reach the mountain pass and the beginning of our long downhill for today. From this vantage point, if we have a clear sky, we will see our final destination from afar and our reason for being here, the magnificent Choquequirao. The downhill is very steep and quite unforgiving and can be painful for our knees (if you have knee problems we suggest to use “knee braces” or supports). We will hike down almost until the valley floor. Chiquiska will be our piece of green paradise to rest in for this night. As we are lower and near the Apurimac river a strong mosquito repellent is essential. Early dinner and early to bed, ready for the tough uphill tomorrow! Start Height: 2900masl / 9514ft. Max Height: 2941maslm / 9648ft. Approximate Walking time: 6-7 hrs Distance travelled: 19km / 11.80 ml Meals: L, D. Snacks




DAY 2 - CHIQUISCA TO CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE


After our first night on the trail, we ascend to the Choquequirao camp site (2847m /9340ft), which stands about 1500m above the Apurimac River. The ascent is steep and tough but along the way there are rewarding spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. From the top of this mountain at Marampata we will get our ‘birds eye view’ of the beautiful and powerful Apurimac river. We continue down until we reach our next campsite. If you arrive early and energy levels are high it may be possible to spend time at Pacchayoq, in the lower sector of the complex, where we will see ancient Inca water channels, ceremonial rocks and much more. We will return to the campsite for dinner. Start Height: 2847m / 9340ft Max Height: 3100m / 10170ft. Approximate Walking time: 8 hours Distance travelled: 14km / 8.69 ml Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 3 - CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE TO CHOQUEQUIRAO CITADEL


After a tasty breakfast we leave camp and hike up to the ruins. For now Choquequirao is a breath taking destination of an ‘unspoiled’ trek and you won’t see many tourists. You will find a sense of peaceful tranquility at the top of this mountain, and if you are lucky you may even see Condors soaring by. The best part is you get to spend the whole day here and after a guided tour, some self exploration, there will even be time for you to find a quiet space, lie down in the grass, relax and simply absorb the contemplative experience of being in an ancient Inca City. Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 4 - CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE TO CHIQUISCA


It will be a long yet much more leisurely hike back to our first campsite at Chiquisca with a great sense of achievement after an unforgettable experience. On this day we can really enjoy the journey and take in the vast changes of the countryside. Start Height: 2847 masl / 9340 ft Max Height: 2941 masl / 9648 ft. Approximate Walking time: 9 hours Distance travelled: 19km / 11.80 ml Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 5 - CHIQUISCA TO CAPULIYOC, BACK TO CUSCO


Setting off in the early morning light we begin our hard climb to Capuliyoc, from where we can again appreciate the spectacular backdrop of the Apurimac canyon and feel truly deserving of the view. The route finally levels out again and it is only 2 or 3 hours back to the town of Cachora where we will take our transport back to Cusco. Meals: B, L.





 

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