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Choquequirao Trek 8 Days

3 Days from $ USD 100.00

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Duration
Physical Level
Demanding
Altitude
5,200 metros / 17.060 pies
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Choquequirao Trek 8 Days

Choquequirao Trek 8 Days

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3 Days from $ USD 100.00

Cusco| Choquequirao

Overview

After the Spanish conquest, Manco Inca and his successors dominated the Vilcabamba region. It included several centers and settlements built in honor of the last Inca dynasty: Manco Inca, Sayre Tupac, Titu Cusi Yapanqui and Tupac Amaru I. Following the customs and traditions of other pre-Incan cultures, a neo-imperial state was established to preserve all knowledge in religion and astronomy. The Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu is the place where you will discover the great citadel of the last Inca kings and also have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful ecosystem. Choquequirao and Machu Picchu trekking.

Trip Details

  • Activities: Challenge, Adventure trekking.
  • Transfer to Capulioc: 3½ hours by bus from Cusco.
  • Difficulty level: 4 out of 5
  • Maximum altitude: 4350 masl / 14271 ft.
  • Lodging: 1 day Lodge, 1 day basic hostel, 5 days camping.
  • Optional Activities: Horse Reading, Zipline, Hotspring.
  • Locations: Yanama, Choquequirao, Machupicchu.
  • Departure day: Daily departures.
  • Start: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 AM.
  • Ends: Drop off in Cusco around 22:15 PM

Highlights

Due to its incredible location, Choquequirao (“cradle of gold” in Quechua, language of the Incas) is a relatively new and very interesting trekking circuit. This archaeological site has recently gained a high level of tourist and cultural importance and curiosity. There are few visitors due to its remoteness and difficult trekking. Located on a hill overlooking the abyss created by the Apurimac River, this mythical city has a rivalry with Machu Picchu in terms of beauty. Little is known about this site that is rarely visited, but in this opportunity you will get to appreciate the two greatness of Choquequirao and Machupicchu in a single program.

Day 1

Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca

We will leave Cusco early in the morning at about 5:30 am. First we will head for the little village Cachora (2850m/9350f), a nice place surrounded by beautiful mountains and the majestic glacier Padreyoc (5571m/18278f). Here, we will also meet our horsemen who will accompany us during the trip. After having passed the overlooking Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f), we will continue descending to our campsite called Chiquisca (1930m/6332f).

Climate: warm
Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours

Day 2

Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will first descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/4921f) and then climb up to the village of Marampata (2850m/9350f). From here, we will have a nice view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f). If we are lucky, we will even see a condor flying at nightfall. Our camping site in Choquequirao is about 25 minutes from the ruins at 2950m/9678f.

Climate: both warm and cold
Hiking time: 7 hours

Day 3

Choquequirao – Choquequirao pass – Río Blanco

At dawn, we will first head for the citadel of Choquequirao (3033m/9950) called “Cuna de Oro” – the ‘Cradle of Gold’ – and enjoy the quietness at this place. Beyond, we will explore this archeological site, of which only 30 % is restored, in more detail: we will visit the section of the palaces, the liturgic fountains, the temple of the high priest, the section of the llamas and the Ushnu. Thereafter, our trek continues towards the pass of Choquequirao (3270m/10728f) and passes the archeological site of Pinchaunuyoc (2450m/8038f). Finally, we will head down to the deepest point of the small canyon known as Río Blanco (1900m/6234f) or Río Silvestre where our camping site is situated.

Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 4

Río Blanco – Maizal– San Juan pass - Yanama

Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, this day is both the most ardous and the most spectacular one. In Maizal (3000m/9843f) we will have a short break to catch some breath and to enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape. Since the Inca trail in this region is not in good conditions during the rainy season, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. In San Juan (4170m/13681f) we will enjoy the beautiful view of the valleys, the mountains and the glaciers, from which some of the latter peak more than 5000m/16404f. Our camping place will be in the little village of Yanama (3530m/11581f).

Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 5 hours

Day 5:

Yanama – Yanama pass – Totora pampa

Early in the morning, we will head for the highest pass of this trip – the Yanama (4670m). If we are lucky we will even see a condor flying. During the day, we will enjoy frequently the view of snow capped mountains such as Salkantay (6264m) and Pintuyu (5450m). Our camping place will be in the valley of Totora pampa (3200m).

Climate: warm with mosquitoes.
Hiking time: 8 hours

Note: According to the group’s whishes, it is possible to change the itinerary a bit and visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa (1830m/6004f) this day.

Day 6

Totora pampa – La Playa

In Totora pampa we will get the chance to meet Quechua-speaking Andean people who live from agriculture and cattle breeding. The vegetation on our way gets more and more bizarre and reveals its diversity of orchids, bromelains and other plants. We will also see some plantations for coffee, papaya, passion fruit and avocado. Our camping site will either be in La Playa (2100m/6890f) or in Lucmabamba (2020m/6627f).

Climate: warm whit mosquitoes
Hiking time: 7 hours

Day 7

La Playa – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes

Our journey starts early in the morning. First, we will follow the Inca Trail till Llactapata (2650m/8694f). This archeologic site is situated amidst a bizarre vegetation and offers an exceptional view of the mountain Machu Picchu. Our trek continues towards the hydroelectric station (1950m/6398f) from where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m/6726f). In Aguas Calientes we will spend the night in a hotel.

Climate: warm
Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 8:

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:10 pm. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.

Climate: moderate warm
Hiking time: 02 hours

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Recommendations

OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

  • Original passport and migration card
  • Student card (valid for one year)
  • travel insurance

SLEEPING EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented at the agency)
  • sleeping mat (can be rented at the agency)

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

  • Warm clothing: several layers for temperature changes, especially at night.
  • Thermal pants / gloves / scarves: wool socks / wool hat for cold nights, T-shirts for the whole tour.
  • Rain gear: a good rain coat and rain pants and a plastic rain poncho.
  • Long hiking pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and casual socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Small towel.
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional).

FOOTWEAR

  • Sturdy, waterproof, lightweight hiking shoes.
  • Camping footwear, such as sneakers or sandals, or other footwear for use on our campsites.

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES

  • Lightweight backpack of 30-50 liters, light enough for hiking.
  • Trekking poles (can be rented at the agency)
  • Water bottle (water bottle or camelback)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Personal hygiene kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Toilet paper
  • Headlamp (very important)
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Extra battery charger
  • Sun protection/hat and sunglasses
  • Ear plugs

EXTRA MONEY

  • Extra money for drinks
  • Tips or gratuities for the work team
  • Souvenirs, etc. (soles or dollars)

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 socks and a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • 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 and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

Travel Guide

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Choquequirao tours are really the adventure you need. Because the archaeological site of Choquequirao is quite high, very close to the snow-capped Quriwayrachina, and has deep valleys and steep mountains on all sides. This incredible hike starts at the valley floor and is an alternative to the Inca Trail.

If you want to experience this choquequirao trek come to choquequirao tours, because we have the best equipment to make your choquequirao tour unforgettable. on this 4 day choquequirao tour you will see that this place is bigger than Machu Picchu and much less known so it still feels wild and remote, which is perfect for all those who want to experience a real adventure and even most of the Choquequirao mountains are not yet accessible. when you get to Choquequirao you can still feel as if you were the first to visit it.

Dare to know how to get to choquequirao and be part of this impressive choquequirao tour to the sacred city of Choquequirao (twin city of Machupicchu) located on top of a mountain that is part of the Andes mountain range, surrounded by spectacular views and endless roads where you can enjoy witnessing all the beauty of the environment framed by one of the deepest canyons, the Apurimac canyon, where there will be the possibility of being able to see some condors.

This tourist service of trekking choquequirao is similar to the Inca trail in terms of scenery and cultural richness and you do not need to walk at very high altitudes as in the case of the mountain of colors, do not worry about altitude sickness!

Where is Choquequirao located?

Choquequirao Archaeological Park is located in the district of Santa Teresa, province of La Convención, department of Cusco, Peru.

Surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks and flanked by steep, densely forested slopes, the city is an inspiring example of an elite Inca ceremonial center, dedicated to the worship of the gods of the mountain, the river and the elements of nature.

Geographical Location: North of the Apurimac River Valley in the province of La Convencion in Cusco. It is located approximately 47 km from the town of Cachora in the Apurimac region.

  • Altitude: 3,085 masl.
  • Latitude South: 13° 32′.
  • West longitude: 72° 44′.
  • Area: 1,810 hectares.
  • Short description of Choquequirao tour 4 days and 3 nights 2022
  • Type of tour: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture.
  • Total distance: 64 km / 40 miles.
  • Departure point: Cusco city we will pick you up from your hotel.
  • Place of Return: City of Cusco Transfer to your hotel.
  • Tour Time: 4 days 3 nights
  • Good for: Those who enjoy hiking and have an adequate level of fitness.
  • Difficulty: challenging
  • Acclimatization: Minimum 1 day of acclimatization to the altitude is recommended.Season: all year round.
  • Group size: 1 passenger minimum, 16 passengers maximum. x group
  • Best time to visit: daily departures throughout the year. April to December is the best season. January to March are rainy season months.

Faqs Choquequirao Trek 8 Days

At what altitude is it located?

hoquequirao is located between the jungle and the Peruvian Andes, is located on a mountain with an altitude of 3,033 meters, has a great feature: it can only be accessed on foot, 62 kilometers round trip and downhill sections, from 3100 to 1400 and vice versa.

How to get to Machu Picchu?

To get to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu you have to choose between two options basically the choice is to do it on your own and the other is to hire an authorized agency. Which was the way to get to Choquequirao below we detail the two ways to get to Choquequirao.

On your own

Doing the trek to Choquequirao on your own is a good alternative, however you will be committed to put together your own itinerary and get transportation and food since the regular trek to Choquequirao is 4 days, however you can do this tour in three days but you have to be in good physical condition.

By Agency

This is the simplest way to do the trek to Choquequirao, the agencies have everything organized such as transportation, porters, food, guiding, etc. It makes this trek unique for all travelers who visit the archaeological complex of Choquequirao.

Best time to travel to Choquequirao

The best time to visit this archaeological complex is from April to October during this period is dry season and it is advisable to make this trek.

What to bring on your trip to Choquequirao

It is essential to bring sunscreen and insect repellent and it would not hurt to bring sunglasses and a cap or hat to cover your head. In addition to your camping equipment (flashlight, tent, cooking utensils, medicines and purifying tablets, rain poncho, ventilated clothing and warm clothes) do not forget to bring trekking shoes, of course a good camera and extra money.

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Recommendations

OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

  • Original passport and migration card
  • Student card (valid for one year)
  • travel insurance

SLEEPING EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented at the agency)
  • sleeping mat (can be rented at the agency)

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

  • Warm clothing: several layers for temperature changes, especially at night.
  • Thermal pants / gloves / scarves: wool socks / wool hat for cold nights, T-shirts for the whole tour.
  • Rain gear: a good rain coat and rain pants and a plastic rain poncho.
  • Long hiking pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and casual socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Small towel.
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional).

FOOTWEAR

  • Sturdy, waterproof, lightweight hiking shoes.
  • Camping footwear, such as sneakers or sandals, or other footwear for use on our campsites.

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES

  • Lightweight backpack of 30-50 liters, light enough for hiking.
  • Trekking poles (can be rented at the agency)
  • Water bottle (water bottle or camelback)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Personal hygiene kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Toilet paper
  • Headlamp (very important)
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Extra battery charger
  • Sun protection/hat and sunglasses
  • Ear plugs

EXTRA MONEY

  • Extra money for drinks
  • Tips or gratuities for the work team
  • Souvenirs, etc. (soles or dollars)
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