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Trekking to Choquequirao: Uncovering the Lost Incan City

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Peruvian wilderness as we explore the Choquequirao Trek, a trail leading to the hidden Incan citadel of Choquequirao. Discover the secrets of this lesser-known archaeological gem.

Nestled deep within the rugged terrain of the Peruvian Andes, the Choquequirao Trek offers intrepid explorers a chance to step back in time and uncover the mysteries of an ancient Incan city. In this article, we will embark on a virtual journey along the Choquequirao Trek, providing you with insights, tips, and answers to common questions about this remarkable trekking experience.

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Our Mules and Horses in Choquequirao trek

Animals deserve to be treated with kindness and compassion. GO TREKS PERU treats their packing horses and mules with dignity and respect. (We work with mules and horses for our alternative treks ONLY).

No one is more concerned about animal welfare than our company. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about mules and horses,  if you have any other questions – please ask!

The Choquequirao Trek Guides

Once at the starting point of the Choquequirao trek, your well-equipped guides and cooks will come second only to your mental determination, in terms of important factors that contribute to a successful trek attempt. During your trek from Ausangate trek, your guide will be your advisor, take you to famous Ausangate trek with Rainbow Mountain, and bring you back safely. . It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.


Our chefs on Choquequirao trek

Walking through the Peruvian mountains  is a once in a lifetime experience. This will not be possible without our staff. But the staff wouldn’t get anywhere without an expert cook. Cook is the star of our trekking,

Being a cook for the Choquequirao trek or any alternative trek to Machu Picchu is not easy. Our cooks must bring all the necessary ingredients for each day’s meals, begin the process to provide the best meals you can imagine.

All meals are prepared within established points on the Choquequirao trail and follow the most detailed protocols so that the food is tasty and safe to consume. Our chefs can address any dietary restrictions or allergies without losing any of the flavors that these meals will have. Hiking is better when you know the best food is waiting for you!

Meals on the Choquequirao Trek

All of our Choquequirao trek food is prepared with fresh ingredients purchased at the local market in Cusco. Everything is carried by our horses and then prepared by our incredible chef. We do not use any rehydrated or canned foods. Everything is fresh, healthy and tasty!

We train our chef every year in the low season to prepare delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, all served with a smile! After completing each day’s trek, you will enjoy our happy hour before enjoying a tasty dinner, which will undoubtedly exceed all your expectations about food on the Salkantay trek.

The best equipment and camping on Choquequirao trek

For those who are not used to having a bad time for a few days, we offer an the best tent  service to have a much more comfortable experience. , meals are prepared and served and the GO TREKS PERU staff does the washing. This leaves you more time to enjoy your surroundings and is ideal for first-time campers who may be concerned about the challenges such a trip can entail. When camping we are exposed to the elements, and while there are times when the weather is good and temperatures are pleasant, there can be days when it is foggy, rainy, and cool.

In certain locations, there may also be multiple errors. These factors, however, should be seen as minor disadvantages of a camping experience that will allow you to get closer to the beautiful nature that Peru has to offer. All camping equipment is supplied (except sleeping bag and pillow). We supply tents which have mattresses approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable

All camping equipment is supplied. All meals on the mountain will be prepared by your group’s cook.


Must-Have Packing List

Hiking Boots: Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots are essential for navigating challenging terrains.

Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Layered clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions.

Backpack: A durable backpack to carry essentials.

Water Purification: Ensure access to clean drinking water.

Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for sun protection.

Camera: Capture the breathtaking scenery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a permit required for the Choquequirao Trek?

Yes, a permit is necessary to trek the Choquequirao route, and it’s typically arranged through tour operators.

How physically demanding is the Choquequirao Trek?

The Choquequirao Trek is considered challenging due to its steep terrain and high altitudes. Good physical fitness is essential.

Can I trek to Choquequirao independently?

While it is possible, it is recommended to go with an experienced tour operator for safety and cultural interactions.

Are there opportunities to interact with locals during the trek?

Yes, you will encounter local communities along the trail, providing insight into their customs and daily life.

What is the highest point of the Choquequirao Trek?

The highest point is Choquequirao Pass, standing at approximately 14,764 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level.

Is Choquequirao as impressive as Machu Picchu?

Choquequirao holds its own charm and archaeological significance, making it a must-visit for history and adventure enthusiasts.