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Choquequirao Trek 5 Days

5 Days & 4 Nights
Starting from US$450 per person

Choquequirao Trek  5 Days

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Embark on an incredible 5 day choquequirao trek to the mystical and mysterious Inca ruins of Choquequirao. Located in the seclusion of the cloud forest at the top of the Apurimac Valley in the Cusco region, this off-the-beaten-path hike is an alternative to the Inca Trail. Dubbed the “twin sister of Machu Picchu,” Choquequirao is believed to be the legendary last city of the Incas and is larger in size. This challenging but rewarding experience will take you through rugged farmland and the deep Apurimac Canyon, where you may even spot a few condors soaring through the skies. Arrive at the majestic “Cradle of Gold” and explore the lost city of the Incas.

This incredible trek to Choquequirao Trek 5 days 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.

 Highlights of Choquequirao Trek 5 days

  • Embark on an unforgettable adventure to the mystical Inca citadel of Choquequirao, the “Cradle of Gold”, nestled in the Apurimac Canyon.
  • Challenge yourself with the steep ascents and descents and marvel at the exquisite landscapes and abundant flora and fauna along this trail.
  • Look to the sky and be mesmerized by the majestic condors that glide overhead in the evenings, although with a little luck but never lose hope.
  • Enjoy a less crowded and more genuine experience than the classic Inca Trail as you hike through small villages and witness the lives of locals in remote areas that you will remember for a lifetime.
  • Take in breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and awe-inspiring Inca ruins.
  • Enjoy local and Peruvian food along the trail.


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$ 450 per Person in group service

Trip Itinerary

Day 1


Highlight of the day: STUNNING CAÑON , CONDORS .

Choquequirao 5 trek days , Our transportation will pick you up at your hotel (4:00 a.m.- approx.).  Then drive northbound 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.

Afterward, will 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 Choquequirao.

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 a half, we’ll arrive at 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.
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CAMPING Accommodation
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MODERATE Difficulty
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9 KM / 5 MILES Walking Distance
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3050 MASL / 9482 FEETS Highest Elevation
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1500 MASL /5000 FETTS Campsite Elevation
Day 2



Choquequirao 5 trek days, 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 with 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
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CAMPING Accommodation
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CHALLENGE Difficulty
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11 KM / 6.82 MILES Walking Distance
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2900 MASL / 9014 FETS Highest Elevation
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2900 MASL / 9014 FETS Campsite Elevation
Day 3



Choquequirao 5 trek days , In order to witness and marvel at the extraordinary feats of the architecture of “Choquequirao”, 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 “Choquequirao 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
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CAMPING Accommodation
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EASY DAY Difficulty
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4 KM / 1.5 MILES Walking Distance
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3050 MASL / 9544 FEEETS Highest Elevation
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2900 MASL / 9054 FEETS Campsite Elevation
Day 4


Highlight of the day: SPEND TIME WITH A LOCAL PEOPLE .

Choquequirao 5 trek days is 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. Halfway, 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)

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CAMPING Accommodation
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MODERATE Difficulty
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10 KM / 6 MILES Walking Distance
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2900 MASL / 9050 FEETS Highest Elevation
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1700 MASL / 5000 MASL Campsite Elevation
Day 5


Highlight of the day: .

Choquequirao 5 trek days , 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, who 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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HOTEL IN CUSCO Accommodation
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DIFFICULT Difficulty
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8 KM / 4,97 MILES Walking Distance
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3400 MASL / 1058 FEETS Highest Elevation
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Choquequirao Trek 5 Days 

Incluyed treks

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Chef
  • Excellent meals:
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, foods that are rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coca, biscuits, popcorn).
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking)
  • Wake up to coca tea in your tent
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your gear
  • Duffle bag for your gear
  • Four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.

Not Included trek 5 days to Choquequirao

  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
  • Water on Day 1
  • First breakfast and last dinner


Prices to Choquequirao trek 5 days

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2023 through January 2024. All prices quoted are $USD

  • 1 Trekker:  $450 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).


  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Those under 15 years will pay as a student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.

Trip Details

Trip Details Choquequirao Trek 5 Days

Choquequirao trek 5 days Trip Details

  • Trek Name: Choquequirao Trek 5 Days
  • Tour/Trek Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Location/Terrain: Choquequirao Inca site
  • Accommodation: beautiful campsites
  • Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude, we recommend 2  days in Cusco before embarking on our Choquequirao trek 5 days hike
  • Adventure Rating  Very Strenuous trek
  • Activities: Trekking/ Camping
  • Altitude: 3305m/9957ft
  • Departures: every day  with 2 or more people
  • Customizable: Yes!

What to Pack

Packing List to Choquequirao Trek 5 Days

As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra horse who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress, and extra clothing.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcius.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  •  Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek

What To Bring

What To bring to Choquequirao Trek 5 Days

  • A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
  • 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
  • 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This does its job!
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
  • Water (Only for the first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
  • Camera
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
  • Toiletries
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money for drinks, tips in Soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
  • Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)


Choquequirao trek 5 days Faqs

How long is the Choquequirao trek 5 days?

This trail is 64 kilometers long, starts at an altitude of 2,900 meters and reaches a summit of 3,050 meters. Although there is only one trail to follow, it can be divided into a four-day trip. Here is the most used route, and also the possibility of 3 and 5 days.

Can you do the Choquequirao trek 5 days by yourself?

Hiking the Choquequirao Trek without a guide is a great option if you are looking to save money and enjoy the thrill of hiking alone. The Classic Route of the trail is very well marked, so you will never get lost. You can move at your own pace and enjoy the scenery.

Although you also have the option to do it with a travel agency to go safer and also learn more about the Inca culture and gastronomy.

How do you get to the Choquequirao trek 5 days?

Trekking is the only way to access the ancient Inca settlement of Choquequirao. You can hire a guide and some pack mules in the village of cachora to transport additional supplies. To reach the archaeological site you need two days of complete trekking, and the total trek takes four days. and the most relaxing and ideal is 5 days.

Is Choquequirao better than Machu Picchu?

Choquequirao is an ancient site nestled in the Vilcabamba mountain range in southern Peru. Travelers must endure a two-day hike to reach the site from the town of cachora and are rewarded with a more well-preserved, remote, and expansive site than Machu Picchu. it will be totally worth it.

what do I need to be able to walk the Choquequirao trek 5 days?

  • To visit the Inca archaeological site of Choquequirao located in Peru’s Cusco region,
  • you will need the following: Travel documents (valid passport and visa depending on nationality);
  • Physical fitness (the hike is strenuous and involves steep ascents and descents);
  • Hiking permit (can be acquired from Ministry of Culture in Cusco or authorized tour operator);
  • Experienced guide (can be hired through a tour operator or found in Cusco or Cachora town);
  • Trekking equipment (tent, sleeping bag, warm clothes, good footwear – can be rented or brought on your own; food and bedding can be found along the trek);
  • Acclimatization (spend a few days in Cusco to adjust to the high altitude).

Research and plan ahead for this remote and difficult destination.

When is the best time to hike to Choquequirao trek 5 days?

The best time to hike Choquequirao in Peru is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. At this time, the weather is usually sunny and dry, with low humidity and almost no rain. The dry season also coincides with Peru’s peak tourist season, so the trail can be quite crowded at this time.

If you prefer to avoid the crowds, you can visit Choquequirao in the April or October seasons, when the weather is still relatively dry but there are fewer tourists on the trail. However, you should be aware that the weather can be unpredictable and there is a possibility of rain during these months.

It is not recommended to visit Choquequirao during the rainy season, from December to March, as heavy rains can make the trail muddy, slippery, and difficult to walk. In addition, the trail may be closed during this time for safety reasons.

What animals are in Choquequirao trek 5 days ?

  • Choquequirao is located in the Andes Mountains in Peru, and the area is home to a great variety of animal species. Some of the animals that can be found in Choquequirao and its surroundings are:
  • Andean Condor: The Andean Condor is one of the largest birds in the world and can be seen flying over the mountains surrounding Choquequirao and also at the beginning of the hike.
  • Spectacled bear: The spectacled bear, also known as the Andean bear, is the only species of bear found in South America. They are known for their distinctive markings around their eyes and can be seen in the forests around Choquequirao. Specifically on the 2nd day up the slope at the place called Rosalina.
  • Viscacha: The viscacha is a rodent similar to a rabbit that lives in the rocky areas of Choquequirao and surroundings that people usually hunt because its meat has good taste.
  • Puma: The puma is a large feline species native to the Andes and, although it is rare to see, there is a small chance of spotting one on a hike around Choquequirao.
  • Andean fox: The Andean fox, also known as culpeo, is a species of small fox that can be found in the mountains around Choquequirao.
  • Hummingbirds: Several species of hummingbirds, known for their brightly colored feathers and their ability to glide through the air, inhabit the surroundings of Choquequirao.
  • Although these animals can be seen in the area, it is important to respect their habitat and observe them from a distance.
  • grass snake, some mice, owls, ants.

How high is Choquequirao?

The Choquequirao is 3050 masl , located between the jungle and highland

What to see in Choquequirao?

Choquequirao trek days 5 days will see diferent constructions such as the terraces of the llamas , the main temple , the platform of ceremonies, the water fountains , the storagefood , inca house

Who built Choquequirao?

It has been estimated that Choquequirao was built around 1536, likely by Inca Pachacutec, with his son Tupac Inca Yupanqui being the one who had it constructed. This Inca site has striking similarities to Machu Picchu, leading to speculation that it was founded by Pachacutec.

What is the weather like in Choquequirao?

Choquequirao is situated in the Andes Mountains of Peru, at an elevation of about 3,050 meters (10,010 feet). It typically has a mild and temperate climate with daily temperatures usually around 20°C (68°F). At night, the temperature drops to about 5°C (41°F). The rainy season in Choquequirao usually runs from November to March with January and February being the rainiest months. There can be heavy downpours and sometimes flooding during this season. From April to October is the dry season with June to August being the coolest and driest. During this period, the weather is generally sunny and cool, making it a great time for outdoor activities. Before planning a trip to Choquequirao, it is recommended to check the weather forecast to ensure you are prepared for the climate.

Packing List to Choquequirao Trek 5 Days

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcius.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  •  Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek

Choquequirao Trek Accommodation

Choquequirao Trek is a multi-day trekking route, the most popular are 5 and 4 days, which leads to the ancient Inca ruins of Choquequirao, in Cusco, Peru. Along the route, there are several lodging options, from campsites to rustic lodges.

Here are some of the main types of accommodation you can find along the Choquequirao route:

Camping: Many hikers opt to camp along the trail, as it is the most economical option. There are several designated campsites along the route, some with basic facilities such as toilets and showers, electricity, wifi. Some tour companies may provide tents and sleeping bags, but be sure to check in advance.

Hostels: There are some hostels scattered along the route that offer a more comfortable and practical option. They usually have basic rooms with shared bathrooms and dining rooms where you can enjoy a hot meal. Prices vary according to the hostel, but the price is higher than camping.

Homestay: In some areas, you will have the opportunity to stay with local families. This can be a great way to learn more about the local culture and support the community, but be aware that the accommodation will be basic and may not have modern amenities.

Luxury camping: For those who want a more luxurious camping experience, there are some tour companies that offer “glamping” or luxury camping options. These usually include spacious tents with comfortable beds and linens, as well as hot showers and gourmet meals.

In general, the type of accommodation you choose will depend on your budget, your preferences and the tour company you are traveling with. Be sure to look for options in advance and book early, especially in high season

choquequirao trek food

Food is an important factor when planning a multi-day trek like Choquequirao. You will need to make sure that you have enough energy to sustain you throughout the trip, and that you are able to stay hydrated and nourished along the way.

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to food on the Choquequirao Trek:

  • Bring snacks: You’ll want to bring plenty of high-energy snacks to keep you fueled throughout the trek. Some good options are nuts, trail mix, energy bars, and dried fruit. In general something ducle and salty.
  • Plan your meals: If you are camping or staying in lodges, you should plan meals in advance. Many tour companies provide meals but be sure to check what is included and bring any additional snacks or food you may need.
  • Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated is crucial on the Choquequirao Trek, especially at high altitudes. Bring a reusable water bottle and plan to drink at least 2-3 liters of water a day. or some rehydrating drinks such as Gatorade or others.
  • Try local food: Along the way, you will have the opportunity to try local Peruvian foods such as ceviche, lomo saltado and quinoa soup. Be sure to ask your guide or lodge hosts for recommendations.
  • Be aware of dietary restrictions: If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, be sure to let your guide or lodge hosts know in advance. They may be able to accommodate your needs, but it is always best to be proactive.
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