choquequirao trek peru

Above the roaring Apurimac River on the far west end of Cusco region, the Incas built a city, that to this day, various sectors remain yet uncovered. Choquequirao is the name given to this magnificent archeological place, meaning the cradle of gold, and settled half the mountain slope in the Vilcabamba mountain range. Locally, it is also called the sister of Machu Picchu. To get to Choquequirao, one has to have enough physical endurance yet more if you are planning to complete the Choquequirao trek independentlyNow, read the guide and go for the adventure


Based on the Choquequirao trek 4-day hike:

  • Top elevation: 10 000 ft. / 3 050 m.
  • Trailhead elevation: 9 500 ft. / 2 900 m.
  • Distance: 39 mi. / 64 km.
  • Difficulty: high (Grade 5).
  • Permits: S/. 60 / $ 15
  • Horse rentals: Payment insoles (cash), 45 per muleteer a day and 40 per mule a day.
  • Ampay bus from Cusco to Ramal: 25 soles. 
  • Taxi from Ramal to Cachora: 30 – 50 soles
  • Taxi from Ramal to Capuliyuc: 60 – 70 soles

Things to Know

  • There are no hostels at the Santa Rosa campsite. There are only campsites área to pitch your tent
  • Wifi service is available at Chikiska and Maparampata hostels. It is 10 soles an hour.
  • You can find Hostal in Capuliyuc, Chikisca, and Maranpata Campsites.
  • You should book in advance your accommodations in Cachora if you are thinking to stay there. Many hostels are closed because of Covid-19.

Choquequirao ruins

It seems the Inca first flatted the area to build the basement of the main square at Choquequirao. Then, they dug the soil and assembled all the rest of the terraces and structures leaning the mountainside. Thereafter the set of buildings found in Choquequirao feature a very different architectural style and techniques, more rudimentary and simpler. What is particularly interesting and a must-see is the herd of Llamas designed in such a way with particular white stones in a terrace wall.