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Choquequirao Trek Classic 5 Days

The Quechua name “Choquequirao” means “Cradle of Gold” and this Inca site is located high above the raging Apurimac River, surrounded by lush tropical cloud forest. This was one of the last refuges of the Incas after the Spanish invasion. The route to Choquequirao will take you through breathtaking scenery, from arid slopes dotted with cacti to dense cloud forest inhabited by many bird species, watched over throughout the trek by the great snow peaks the Incas believed were gods. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to explore one of Peru’s remotest mountain regions and least well-known Inca cities.
This packages is create for the hikers who is looking to enjoy and stay plenty time in Choquequirao, during the 5 days the distance is considerable with 6 to 7 hours hike, the land scape and wild life takes more time to make enjoyable and unforgettable journeys.

Tourist Package: Choquequirao Trek Classic
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Type: Culture, Adventures and Trek on the Andes
Group Size: Maximum 10, no minimum required
Level of difficulty: Moderate, scale (0 to 10) it is 8 relative
Departures Day:Any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.
Highlight: Doing a Peru famous trek! Family trips recommended for nature passionate and adventure.
Acclimatization: Minimum 2 days at altitude recommended.
Open season: The dry season (April to December)
Location:Apurimac and Cusco area, vilcabamba valley and sta Teresa valley 5 hrs. drive from Cusco to start point.

$450.00 $585.00 30% off



Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquiska

An early morning scenic bus ride of approximately four hours through high Andean plains will bring us to the village of Cachora, where we will meet our mule drivers. Leaving the village, we will begin with a gentle hike along an old mining road to Kapulyoq Pass (2800 meters / 9,240 feet). From this pass we will have our first mesmerizing view of the deep Apurimac canyon and the surrounding snow peaks. After resting and enjoying the scenery, we will continue our descent of approximately three hours along a dusty trail, zigzagging down the arid wall of the canyon, to our first camp at the Chiquiska oasis (1800 meters / 6000 feet)
Distance : 17 km
Climate : warm and sunny
Hiking time : 7 hours

Day 2: Chiquiska – Choquequirao

After a nourishing breakfast we will continue our descent to the valley floor, where we will cross the Apurimac River (1495 meters / 5000 feet). From here we will start to climb the long, steep trail (approximately five hours) to our destination: the impressive archaeological complex of Choquequirao, where we should arrive just in time to enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the deep canyon and the surrounding mountains (3000 meters / 9,900 feet).
Distance : 14 km
Climate : warm and windy
Hiking time : 7 hours

Day 3: Choquequirao

During the morning we will visit the restored section of Choquequirao and explore some of the ruins that are still covered by lush cloud forest vegetation. Much work has been done in recent years to excavate, clear and restore the site. After lunch, those who choose to can visit the Cascade House (restored buildings and terraces some 300 meters (1000 feet) below the main structures of Choquequirao). Later, our evening meal will consist of a typical Peruvian “pachamanca” (traditional Andean ingredients cooked in the earth). Volunteers to help with the preparation will be welcome! From the highest point of the archaeological site (the “usno”, or ceremonial platform) there are fine views of the Apurimac canyon far below, and if we are fortunate we may even see a great Andean condor soar above us.
Distance : 5 km
Climate : warm and hummed
Hiking time : 7 hours

Day 4: Choquequirao – Cocamazana.

After breakfast and a last chance to explore independently the main structures of the archaeological site, it will be time to begin the long descent to the Apurimac River, where we will stop for lunch and a rest, before the three hour climb to our last camp at Cocamazana (2300 meters / 7,600 feet). On our last night together we will enjoy an excellent meal with spectacular views of Choquequirao and the Apurimac Canyon. 
Distance : 17 km
Climate : warm and sunny
Hiking time : 8 hours


Day 5: Cocamazana – Cachora – Cusco.

In order to avoid the intense sun, we will start our day early with the climb up to Kapulyoq Pass (2800 meters / 9,250 feet), from where we will continue along a flat country road to the village of Cachora, arriving before noon.
After a well-deserved rest we will say goodbye to the mule drivers and begin our return bus journey to Cusco. If there is time, along the way we will stop and visit Saywite, an enormous rock carved by the Incas into a 3-dimensional representation of their empire, complete with flora and fauna. We will arrive back in Cusco in time for a hot shower, before heading into town for a night out! 
Distance : 14 km
Climate : warm and windy
Hiking time : 7 hours

  • Collection from your hotel in the morning
  • Transportation by bus to the start of the trail (Cachora)
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Igloo tents - 2 persons
  • Double thickness foam mattress
  • Kitchen tent, Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Choquequirao Inca Site entrance fee
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
  • Cook and Cooking equipment
  • Excellent Meals (04B,05L,04D + 05 morning snacks)
  • food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
  • We supply boiled water to fill in your water bottle all the time,(while hiking) if you may need more, please request it with enough time ahead to your crew.
  • Teatime the first three days (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • Horses days 1-5 (for equipment and personal items, actually your main heavy stuff, will be carried by the horses, it means you only will carry a small day bag, day by day, we included  
  • Private Bus returning from Cachora Town to Cusco City
  • Transfer to your hotel
Not included:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Walking stick
What to bring:
  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping back.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho cold and sun hat.
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card
  • Extra money in soles (s/ 400.00 soles) emergency case and tips.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and mostly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
Optional service hired:
  • An extra horse to carry your personal items: US$ 20.00 Per Day. A horse can carry up to 30 kg.
  • Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5.00 Per Day. Our sleeping bags are –18ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner.
  • Walking stick lightweight aluminum ($2.00 per day, per stick) two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
  • Thermarest inflatable mattress - $4 per trip day
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent) $25.00 per person
Price: $450.00 per person(Group Services)

We only need 2 paxs
2 person group US$ 600.00 each
3 to 4 person group US$ 550.00 each
5 to more person group US$ 450.00 each

To book any tour/trek through with Choquequirao Trek, we do require a $200 deposit per person. PayPal does charge us a fee of 7% which we ask the client to cover. This does add $14 to each deposit, so a total of $214. This taxes is just for deposits, the remaining, you will pay in cash(briefing day) without taxes.



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