This Choquequirao Trek 4 Days combines scenic landmarks, lush forest and some spectacular mountain on one of Peru’s less explored trails. We will guided you to the magical, last retreat of the Incas, perched high above the Apurimac river Canyon. Choquequirao, which means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua, is a ancient and mysterious archaeological site which contains some amazingly well preserved Inca archaeological remains in Peru.
During your Choquequirao Trek adventure you will be well cared for by our professional team of experienced, English speaking guides, cooks and horseman with mules. We also have some supporting saddle horses available for those of you who would rather ride than hike on the route.
This is a Choquequirao Route that is destined to be even more popular than the traditional Classic Inca Trail and a site that could eventually become even more significant than even Machu Picchu itself, after all of the excavations have been completed. Choquequirao is a must for all true adventure lovers seeking something a little more off the beaten path.
After your hike through stunning deep valleys and mountain ranges visit Machu Picchu to complete the whole journey in Peru with one extra day tour to Machu Picchu by train and compare the different between little sister Choquequirao and Machu Picchu inca site.
We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning at 4 am, and you will head out to Cachora. This is where you will begin one of the most fascinating treks in Peru. First of all, we will share a very nutritious breakfast and meet your guide and his staff.
Next, you will go down to Capuliyoc where you will have a fantastic view of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range. Also, you can look down into the Apurimac Canyon. After just a short break, you’ll get together with our team and begin hiking toward your first campsite at Sta. Rosa. Walking along the zigzag trail, you will descend until you arrive at Chiquisca where you will have lunch.
Your next stop will be Playa Rosalinas on the Apurimac River. This is the lowest point of your whole trek which goes from Cachora to Choquequirao and back. From here the trek gets more challenging. Next, you head uphill for two hours or more until you arrive at Sta Rosa. Many years ago Santa Rosa was famous for its incredibly strong Cañazo. (Cañazo is an alcoholic beverage made from cane sugar and is 98 proof.). When you arrive at Santa Rosa, your camp will be set up so you can relax and enjoy your well-deserved rest.
Estimated time of travel: 4 hours approximately.
Distance of the hike: 15 km from Capuliyoc to Santa Rosa.
Average altititude: 1870 masl
Climate: sunny from April until December; cloudy with some rain from January until March
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, boiled water, and snacks.
At dawn our team will wake you up. Immediately after breakfast you will begin your hike to Marampata. Along the way you will be walking by native plants on a zig-zag uphill path through the incredible landscape until reaching Marampata.
From Marampata there is a very interesting view of the whole Vilcanota Mountain Range and of the Choquequirao Archeological Center. After a short break, you will arrive at the entrance of the Choquequirao ruins. When lunch is over, you will start your guided tour of Sectors I through VIII. The area of the city is much greater than the area of Machu Picchu. This was a major administrative center during Inca times.
On your Choquequirao Tour you will visit the main plaza, the terraces, and the colcas. After the guided tour you will have free time to take pictures and to enjoy the magnificent sunset here in the heart of the Andes. Before night you´ll return to your campsite and eat a fantastic buffet dinner. Finally, you can relax and pass the time trading stories of adventures with our team members before going to bed.
Hiking Distance of Peru Trek – Choquequirao: 12 km.
Average altitude: 3500 masl.
Climate: Sunny from May until October; cloudy with some rain from November until April.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, boiled water, and snacks.
You will wake up for the first rays of the sun, and after an early breakfast, you will prepare for the most amazing activities of your Choquequirao Trek. From your campsite it will take about 20 minutes to get there. Once you arrive, you’ll then begin exploring this magnificent Inca site.
On this 3rd day you will have a guided tour of Sectors X through XIII. The guided tour lasts around 3 hours. You´ll visit new excavations that are presently being dug out. During the tour you will see the waterfalls coming off Mt. Salkantay. Then you will return to your campsite for lunch. After lunch you will head back on the same road, we took the day before.
The first part is easy walking to the village of Marampata. From there you head down to Santa Rosa and on to Playa Rosalinas. From Playa Rosalinas, after crossing the Apurimac River, you’ll head up to Chiquisca where your last camp will be all set up and waiting for you. When you arrive you´ll be able to relax and enjoy a very delicious supper and a well-deserved rest. Here you’ll bid farewell to our team members because they will be leaving very early in the morning for Cachora.
Distance of the hike: 16 km.
Average altitude: 1870 masl.
Climate: Sunny from April until December; cloudy with some rain from January until March.
Meals: Buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, buffet dinner, bolied water, and snacks.
Bright and early the following morning, you will have breakfast and begin your hike back to Capuliyuq. It is an uphill hike. So, the sooner you wake up and get started, the sooner you will arrive at Capuliyuq. And if you get started early, you will be walking in the shade. When you arrive at Capuliyuq, our team will take care of all the equipment so you’ll be able to jump into our van after your hike in the back country of Peru. Then you will ride over to the Stone of Saywite which is part of the Saywite Archeological Site. This fabulous rock is located in the district of Curahuasi in the province of Abancay in the department of Apurímac. The site covers about 60 hectares.
Saywite is in front of Mt. Salkantay and it is geographically close to the great sites of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao and Vilcabamba. This giant rock has carvings made by the Incas representing animals from the jungle and from the high country. Also carved into the rock are representations of the Incan system of irrigation, and of the manner of how people lived during Incan times. After touring this incredible site, you will eat your farewell lunch which will include Novo Andino cuisine and them back to Cusco.
Distance of the hike: 12 km.
Average altitude: 3000 masl.
Climate: Sunny from April until December.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.