Choquequirao 5 Day Trek

CUSCO - CAPULIYOQ - CHIQUISCA - CHOQUEQUIRAO - CUSCO

Overview

Also known as the Sister of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao is a mysterious place full of magic and beauty. It is located in the heart of the Andes of Cusco and Abancay and for this reason, it is one of the most precious jewels of the rest of the other archaeological centers.

From the beginning of the tour you feel the millennial history, which has been built over time and today you can feel and observe the essence of the Inca culture.

That is why the function that this place fulfilled was for several

purposes: as an administrative center between the jungle and the mountains, a religious center, and in each of its walls a clear influence of the Chachapoyas culture is evident and the Incas perfected it in its technique and perfection, including the famous terraces of the llamas and a series of temples and food warehouses that remain today, however only 30% is cleared of the lush grass.

Thanks to its privileged location surrounded by green and snowy mountains and the imposing Apurímac canyon, it is a destination cataloged by national geography, one of the dream trails for adventurers who want to embark on this adventure of this Choquequirao trail 5 days

Every corner you go through in Choquequirao will give you a first-class view, because of the extensive beauty and majesty of the region that, although unexplored, enjoys vertiginous canyons, adorned by flora with ferns and orchids, as well as fauna with foxes, toucans, and snakes, and much more.

Without further ado, allow us to take you by the hand towards a unique and unforgettable experience and discover with our Choquequirao trek Peru 5 days all the beauty and splendor that this place has for you.

CHOQUEQUIRAO TRAIL 5 DAYS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Choquequirao Archaeological Center: embark on one of the most hidden and mysterious trails in Cusco and explore the different Inca remains such as the main square, the terraces, the famous llamas, and much more
  • Flora and Fauna: great variety of flowers and also some orchids, very varied fauna from spectacled bears to the majestic Condor
  • Peruvian gastronomy: During the days you can taste Peruvian dishes among the most outstanding ceviche and Lomo Saltado and some very original soups from here
  • Incredible views: along the trail, you can see the snowy Padreyoq the imposing snowy Salkantay, and the incredible Apurimac canyon
  • Physical Challenge: Test your endurance and stamina on this challenging trek, as you navigate steep ascents and descents through the Andean mountains, pushing your limits and creating a sense of accomplishment

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 DAYS ITINERARY

DAY 1: Cusco – Capuliyoq – Playa Rosalina

DAY 2: Playa Rosalina- Marampata

DAY 3: Choquequirao – Marampata

DAY 4: Marampata – Chiquisca

DAY 5: Chiquisca – Capuliyoq – Cusco

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$ 450 per Person
Group SizeUP TO 10
Activity LevelCHALLENGING
Trip StylesHIKING
Lodging TypeCAMPS

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: DAY 1: CUSCO - CAPULIYOQ - PLAYA ROSALINA

After a good breakfast accompanied by a coca tea, day 1 begins at 5:30 am with a luxurious welcome, we will pick you up to transfer you to the Capuliyoc viewpoint (Kapuliyoc) in a journey of approximately 4 hours (it takes a backpack with only the essentials).

From this point, you will be able to see the most picturesque towns, the majestic Padreyoc mountain (5571 meters) and its snow-capped peaks, as well as the archaeological complex of Choquequirao and the canyon bathed by the Apurímac River.

Once the stay in Capuliyoc is over, we will set off towards Chikisca, a charming wooded town 3 hours away, where we will take a well-deserved break for lunch.

And with our energies repowered, we will walk for at least 2 more hours, until we go down to Playa Rosalina, where we will have a light dinner and prepare to camp on night 1, surrounded by the stars.

  • Meals included: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude: 2061m/6762ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3100m/9300ft
  • Distance: 9kms/5.6 miles
  • Time: 5hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Difficult

DAY 2: DAY 2: PLAYA ROSALINA - MARAMPATA

On this second day, you will feel closer to your desired destination. So after breakfast, we just have to take our backpacks and prepare our feet to continue the trail, which will take us to cross the bridge that connects the camp of Playa Rosalinas, with the road to the humble but beautiful village of Marampata.
The journey will take us about 4 hours, through the lush forest flanked by various refreshing streams. Upon arrival at Marampata, we will stop for lunch, and have a free afternoon where you can relax to visit the next day’s ruins of Choquequirao, in the evening you will have tea and then dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum altitude: 2061m/6762ft
Maximum altitude: 3100m/10170ft
Distance: 8kms/5 miles
• Time: 5hrs approximately
• Difficulty: Difficult

DAY 3: DAY 3: MARAMPATA - CHOQUEQUIRAO - MARAMPATA

Sure you had a comforting night, but wake up! It’s the 3rd and with it comes the promise of having the most incredible day of your life. So get ready because it is time to head towards the magnificent Choquequirao.

With breakfast ready, we propose to make the triumphant entrance to the archaeological ruins. There, while you take each step, the authentic beauty of the palaces and temples prevails before you while you absorb through your pores the cultural and historical wealth that each of these ancient corners contains.

The Choquequirao archaeological complex is immense, even tripling the dimensions of Machu Picchu, and on various occasions, more unexplored spaces have been found through the jungle. That is why the best way to enjoy it is through private guided tours since they show you the most interesting parts of the place in detail.

After a day of exploring in style, we must return to the base camp to take a break while our brains and hearts assimilate what we saw and felt on this great day. A small appetizer awaits us before closing the day and enjoying one last night contemplating the majesty and charm of the ruins of Choquequirao.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Altitude: 3100m/10170ft
  • Difficulty: Difficult

DAY 4: DAY 4: MARAMPATA - PLAYA ROSALINA - CHIQUISCA

Although it hurts us to leave, the fourth day arrived to start the farewell. Therefore, we start our walk to Playa Rosalina early.

With the return it is possible to contemplate everything that was overlooked in the initial tour; so keep your senses alert, as you will be able to feel things with a new perspective. We will continue like this until we reach Chikiska to have dinner and rest from our trip.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 11 KM/6 miles
  • Difficulty: Difficult

DAY 5: DAY 5: CHIQUISCA - CAPULIYOQ - CUSCO

We start the day with a nutritious breakfast because without a doubt the last stretch brings them. The 4-hour walk will be uphill this time, so encourage your body to continue, while you continue to capture beautiful memories of Choquequirao.

Enjoy a last lunch with the guides and fellow travelers before leaving for Cusco, while they share the best anecdotes of the 5-day, 4-night Choquequirao trek, which is undoubtedly an unprecedented trip.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch
  • Distance: 8km / 4.5m

Tour Inclusions

INCLUSIONS TO CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 DAYS

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will be meeting in your hotel/Airbnb for your breifing);
  • Early morning transfer by private bus to the initial point of the trek (Punta Carretera);
  • Accommodation: Campsites (7 nights); Hotel in Aguas Calientes (1 night)
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 8x breakfast, 8x lunch, 7x dinner and 7x afternoon hot beverages;
  • Snack every morning;
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide;
  • Trekking Professional Chef;
  • Horseman;
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger’s stuff;
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Camping equipment:  double tents, tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • Sleeping air mattress (Term-a-rest mattress)
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A Blanket;
  • A air Pillow;
  • A pair of hiking poles;
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • A T-shirt of the Salkantay Trek Map;
  • Food;
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day;
  • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes;
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras are not mentioned.
  • Solo Traveler: Please note that if you have booked the “Solo Traveler” option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
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$ 450 USD
Per person (Group service)

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5 Day Choquequirao Trek Packing List

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU 

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same one you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid university card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3L  (Camelbaks are encouraged)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Travel)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet Paper

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFEL BAG 

  • As a Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14lbs  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 C
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, but 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
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us
  • Swimming Suit

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc

PRICES: CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 DAYS: SEASON 2023

The pricing for the Choquequirao Trek varies based on the number of participants in a group. If you’re interested in joining an existing group, inquire about departure dates and availability. If you don’t find a suitable group for your preferred dates, you can start a new group, and the initial price will be determined by the number of registrants. The final price will be adjusted according to the total number of travelers in the group.

450 $ per person

Frequent questions abaut 5 day choquequirao trek

What is the 5-day trek to Choquequirao about?

It is a hiking route for adventure tourism through the jungle of the department of Cuzco (the southern zone of Peru), until reaching the archaeological monument of Choquequirao, which is made up of a series of ancient buildings (Inca culture) and terraces distributed on different levels.

How many kilometers does the walk cover?

The 5-day Choquequirao trek covers approximately 64 kilometers, in which you must cross valleys, mountain ranges, and small towns, among others.

What is the level of difficulty of the route to Choquequirao?

This route offers moderate to high difficulty levels, and it is due to the fact that a large part of the terrain that is covered is steep, finding in many cases narrow sections, therefore, it is necessary to have some previous experience in hiking and be in good physical condition.

What time of year can you go to Choquequirao?

The 5-day trek to Choquequirao is ideal to do in the driest period in the region, which is between the months of April and October.

Where do you spend the night on the Choquequirao trek?

The Choquequirao trek contains some points or areas specially designed for camping, where you can set up your tent; or in some cases, the tour agent will provide the tent or shelter.

Is it necessary to obtain some type of permit or purchase tickets to enter the archaeological complex of Choquequirao?

No special permits are required as tickets can be purchased directly before entering the complex, or the tour agent purchases them in advance and includes the cost in your contracted package.

Can I do the tour without a guide?

It is not recommended that you do the trek to Choquequirao Cusco on your own, since the route is complex both in terms of route and difficulty; This is why it is recommended that you go with a tour guide specialized in the area to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

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