Choquequirao trek, 5 days

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  • Choquequirao trek to Machupicchu_-_author-Danielle Pereira
  • Choquequirao trek to Machupicchu_-_author-Rick McCharles
  • Choquequirao trek to Machupicchu_-_author-Martin St-Amant
  • Choquequirao trek to Machupicchu_-_author-Martin St-Amant
  • Choquequirao trek to Machupicchu_-_author-Harley Calvert
  • Choquequirao trek to Machupicchu_-_author-Danielle Pereira

One of most recent discoveries in Peru is Choquequirao.  This hike is one of the most beautiful that exists in South America – located in Cusco Peru.

The “Archeological site of Choquequirau” is now becoming a more recognized trekking route compared to the “Machu Picchu Trek”, because it hasn’t been excessively marketed, yet it’s larger and some even say that it’s superior to the Archeological site of Machu Picchu.

This incredible trek to CHOQUEQUIRAO is indeed for the more fit and experienced hikers, since it’s harder to reach compared to Machu Picchu.  However, it’s worth every penny because you’ll experience a whole package of microclimates and extraordinary sceneries Peru has to offer.

CAUTION:     Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Ausangate.

Overall Hike Degree of Difficulty: Challenging

Total distance trekked: 44 km (27 ½ miles)
Altitude range: 1,550 – 3,150 m (5,117 – 10,397 ft)


DEPARTURE TIME Early in the morning.

Choquequirau still preserve many traditions of the Inca time. Taking amazing 5 days and 4 nights that will surprise you.

 Trek briefing with your Guide.
 Professional local Guide (on hike)
 Second tour guide for groups of 9+
 Personal items to carry 8 kg/17 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
 Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
 We provide a duffle for personal items.
 Excellent Meals (4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners)
 Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
 Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn)
 Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
 Wake up coca tea in your tent.
 Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
 All local taxes

What Is Not Included
 First breakfast & lunch on the last day
 Optional up – grades (train and hotel)
 Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide


Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – La Playa

Our transportation will pick you up at your hotel (4:00 a.m.- approx.).  Then drive north bound through different herding and farming villages (3 hrs.) to reach the trailhead of our trekking adventure “Capuliyoc” (3,200 m).  Here, you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Afterwards, well do a brief presentation of our staff and you’ll have an opportunity to take a group photo of your newly acquired Peruvian Family.

We’ll begin our trek descending to the “Condor Lookout” point and if we’re lucky will be able to see Condors soaring.  Also, at this same Lookout, we’ll see, from afar, the archeological site of Choquequirau.

After trekking for 3 hours, we’ll reach our lunch spot, where our experienced chef will have prepared a delicious meal.  After resting for a bit, we’ll continue our hike to reach a small hunting community called “Chikiska”.  You can buy drinks and snacks here.  You’ll also have time to take in the different flora and fauna.

Finally, after trekking for about an hour and half, we’ll arrive to our first campsite called “La Playa” (Alt 1,800 m).  You’ll have time to organize your sleeping area, while our staff prepares hot drinks and snacks.  At dawn, we’ll have dinner and tuck-in for the night.


  • Accommodations:       Campsite “La Playa”
  • Level of Difficulty:      Arduous
  • Trail conditions:          Rocky, dusty, and some slippery spots. Trekking shoes are definitely required.


Day 2: La Playa – Marampata – Choquekirau

We recommend an early start (wake-up call 4:45 a.m.) and breakfast at 5:15.  We’re only 30 minutes away from the Archeological Site of Choquequirau.  Our trek leader will provide you the ancestral Incan history of the entire citadel.

We’ll also visit “Usno”, where you can enjoy the sunset over the mountains. We will then return to their camp, where we’ll have hot fusion drinks and a delicious meal for dinner.


  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodations:        Choquequirao campsite
  • Approx. Hike Time:      50 minutes
  • Level of Difficulty:        Easy to Moderate


Day 3: Exploring Choquequirau

In order to witness and marvel on the extraordinary feats of architecture of “Choquequirau”, we’ve set aside an entire day tour.  Our staff will provide a wake-up call by serving you hot coca tea at your tents (of course we’ll knock first!)

At approximately 6:30, we will have breakfast and start towards the Incan site (50 min.).  You’ll be surprised to know that only 30% has been excavated.  Archeological Scholars have estimated that “Choquequirau is 5 times bigger than Machupicchu.

Our guided tour includes visiting; temples, homes, warehouses, and many water channels.  At 2:00 p.m., we’ll break for a ‘picnic’ (lunch) at the same Archeological Site.

After lunch, we will descend to the lower section of Choquequirau to take in the beautiful waterfall and the incredible handmade experimental agricultural terraces.  At 3:30 p.m., we return to the camp for dinner and hot fusion drinks.


  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodations:        Choquequirao campsite
  • Hiking Distance:            7 km/4 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      3 to 4 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          3.525 m/11.562 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           2,792 m/9,158 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty:           easy


Day 4: Choquekiraw – Marampata – La Playa – Chikiska

Early breakfast and off to our hike to return to Cusco.  First, trekking for about two hours to Marampata. You will appreciate breathtaking views of the Apurimac Canyon along the way.

Your trek leader will highlight the beautiful flora and fauna while you’re descending. You will appreciate breathtaking waterfalls in the distance as well as clouds lifting from the bottom of the canyon.

In addition, depending on the weather conditions we can enjoy the incredible passages of the Andes. From Marampata, we will start our 4 hour hike downhill to the “La Playa” and depending on the weather we’ll view the incredible passages of the Andes. This section requires trekking poles. Half way, we will have time for a break to enjoy some fruits grown in the vicinity.  Cactus fruits are the main attraction.

Finally, we will arrive at “La Playa” for lunch. Then we will have another two hours, uphill to “Chikiska Camp”, which is in the courtyard of a family house.


Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Snacks)


Day 5: Chikiska – Capuliyoc – Cusco

Once again, we’ll start off with an early breakfast and prepare our gear to return to Cusco. We will have a walk of 4 hours, uphill to reach the end of our hike.

This will be the last day to say your farewells to our staff, whom have accompanied you throughout this hiking experience.

You’ll have a 3+ hour drive passing “Curawasi”, where the famous Anise (local tea) is grown. We will arrive in Cusco around 6:00 p.m.


Approx. Hike Time:      4 hours


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