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Choquequirao trek 5 days


Choquequirao trek 5 days

Choquequirao trek 5 days – This incredible Choquequirao trek is undoubtedly one of the most stunning and off-the-beaten-path hikes in the Cusco region, and it is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Located high above the Apurimac Valle, amid complete seclusion and cloud forest, surrounded by the Vilcabamba mountain range’s spectacular beauty. Choquequirao hike is a secluded, seldom-visited destination that has been dubbed the “Twin Sister of Machu Picchu.” Also, the Choquequirao ruins are said to be the Incas’ most famous last city, even more so than Machu Picchu.


This stunning 5-day trek to the fascinating Incan city of Choquequirao is a challenging but amazing experience, where you hike down into the Apurimac Canyon and have a chance to see condors soar through the skies, surrounded by dramatic vistas through steep farmlands, and then hike up to reach the ancient ruins of Choquequirao “Cradle of Gold.”


You will get a full day to visit the Choquequirao archaeological site, including the famed stone llamas and several unexcavated ruins still buried in the bush, on this 5-day tour to Choquequirao. You’ll also be stunned when you take in the stunning natural surroundings, while the huge Apurimac river roars in the background. You will also encounter native wildlife such as Andean Condors, as well as natural flora and fauna such as orchids, among other things.


Come be one of the first explorers to join us on our Choquequirao trek 5 days, and see one of the most stunning vistas of snow-capped mountains, wonderful valleys, and amazing canyons. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime journey.



Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – La Playa Rosalina

This magnificent hike to Choquequirao trek 5 days, begins at 4 a.m., when Magical Peru Expeditions, will pick you up from your Cusco hotel and transport you in our private van with your tour guide for a four-hour drive to the trailhead, Capuliyoc (2900m/9,512ft). There are lovely vistas of villages, stunning valleys, and snow-capped mountains along the road. When we get to the trailhead, we will meet up with our muleteers and horses, load all of our stuff onto the horses, and prepare for the trip; you will only carry a small daypack with the necessities you will need on the path.



After a group shot, we will begin our journey to Choquequirao, taking in the breathtaking vistas of the Vilcabamba range’s snowcapped summits, the huge Apurimac Canyon, and stunning snow-capped mountains such as Padreyoc (5,571m/18,387ft). Then it’s a three-hour climb down to Chikisca (1,900 m / 6,213 ft) for lunch. The terrain can be sandy and slick, but you’ll be OK with proper trekking shoes and trekking poles. There will be wonderful views of the Apurimac River, sceneries, and stunning flora and animals along the way.


We continue for another 1 – 2 hours after lunch till we arrive at our first night’s camping, La Playa Rosalina, at 1,500m/4,920ft. When you arrive at the campground, you will have time to settle into your tent, which has already been set up. In the late afternoon, we will have tea and then supper. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.


  • Hiking distance: 16 kilometers (9.9 miles).
  • Time spent hiking: 5 – 6 hours
  • Meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and supper.
  • Maximum elevation: 2,900m/ 9,512ft
  • The minimum altitude is 1,500m/4,920ft.
  • Moderate difficulty
  • The weather is hot.


Day 2: La Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

To get you ready for the day, we’ll wake you up early with a nice cup of coca tea. We’ll get an early start because it’s going to be a long day. After a nice breakfast, we will cross the suspension bridge and then hike for 4 – 5 hours uphill on a switchback path to Marampata, where we will have lunch. Along the journey, we’ll see more sugar cane plantations, more spectacular valley views from the opposite hill, probably some condors above, and stunning flora and animals. This is one of the most difficult parts of the Choquequirao Trek.


When we get to Marampata, we will have completed the uphill stretch and will have our lunch while looking out at the Choquequirao Inca ruins in the distance. After lunch, we’ll hike for two hours to our second evening’s campground, Choquequirao, which is located at 2,950m/ 9,676 feet.


This stretch of the Choquequirao route will be the most stunning of our entire journey since it will provide us with breathtaking views from the peak to the Apurimac Canyon. We’ll see orchids, as well as other flora and black bears. If you have any energy left, you may take a 30-minute stroll to witness the stunning sunset from the Choquequirao ruins that afternoon. We’ll have tea time in the evening, followed by supper.


  • Hiking distance: 14 kilometers (8.7 miles).
  • Hiking time: around 8 hours…
  • Meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and supper.
  • The highest point is 2,950m/ 9,676 ft and the lowest point is 1,500m/ 4,920 ft.
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Weather: hot and humid.


Day 3: Choquequirao Exploration for the Entire Day

This day will be a long-awaited trip for everyone since we will visit and explore the ancient remains of Choquequirao, Machu Picchu’s “sister city,” and learn more about its history and architecture! We will prepare for the most breathtaking investigation of the wonderful ancient site of Choquequirao after breakfast; there is so much to see. To get there, we’ll trek for around 30 minutes. When we arrive, we will take a private guided tour of the main plaza, ritual bath, administrative area, granaries, and so on.


Choquequirao is larger than Machu Picchu, although most of it is still buried in the jungle.


Because the Incas had to analyze which portions of the mountain to build multiple structures, terraces, and dwellings on, this Inca site is very dispersed. Furthermore, the most magnificent aspects of the Choquequirao Inca ruins include the temples, astronomical observatories, water conduits, and inlaid stone llamas.


Choquequirao Cradle of gold.

Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua Inca, however, this is unlikely to be its original name, by the other hand is known as the “Lost City of the Incas” uncovered officially late in the twentieth century. It is an Incan City erected in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Perched on a ridge spur over 3,100 meters above the torrent glacier-fed Apurimac River, encircled by the towering snow-capped peaks of Salcantay and Humantay. Excavation and restoration of the 1810-acre complex began in the 1990s, and only 30% of the site is expected to have been restored to date. Archaeologists discover new things every day.


After thoroughly exploring this amazing Inca site, we will return to our original campground for lunch. We’ll have time to rest and snooze in the afternoon. Enjoy your final night close to these beautiful ruins, beneath an incredible southern starry sky. All meals are provided.


  • The highest point is 3,100 meters/ 10,168 feet.
  • The lowest point is 2,950 meters/ 9,676 feet.
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and supper


Day 4: Choquequirao – Marampata – La Playa – Chiquiska

After an early breakfast, we will collect our belongings and prepare to return to Cusco. As soon as we are ready, we begin the two-hour hike back to Marampata. Our tour guide will point out the lovely flora and wildlife of the region along the route, and we will also have an incredible view of the Canyon of Apurimac and waterfalls in the distance, as well as clouds lifting from the canyon’s bottom. In addition, if the weather permits, we will be able to experience the stunning Andes views.


The path to La Playa from Marampata is a steep downhill climb that requires trekking poles. You will take a pause halfway down to eat some locally grown fruit. The biggest draw is the cactus fruit.


Finally, we’ll arrive at La Playa for lunch. After lunch, it will be another two hours upward to Chikiska Camp, which is on a family’s property. You may also encounter black bears, condors, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. There, you will enjoy your final Choquequirao trip meal cooked by our trekking cook.


  • Hiking distance: 16 kilometers (9.9 miles).
  • Hiking time: around 6 hours…
  • Meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and supper.
  • The elevation of the campsite is 1,836 meters (6,023 feet).


Day 5: Chiquiska – Capuliyoc – Cusco

After breakfast, we begin our final day of trekking and leave the campsite as early as possible to escape the punishing noon sun. We’ll continue hiking upwards for four hours till we reach the finish of the excursion. When we arrive, we will have our final meal and say goodbye to our muleteers, cook, and tour guide who were part of our team for Choquequirao trek 5 days.


After that, we’ll take our private transportation back to Cusco for around three hours, with various stops along the way, passing through Curawasi, where the famed local tea Anis is grown. We plan to arrive in Cusco at about 6 p.m. We will take you to your accommodation.


  • Hiking distance: 8 kilometers/4.9 miles
  • Hiking time: around 3 hours
  • Breakfast and lunch are served.


Included for the Choquequirao trek 5 days

  • Pickup from your accommodation on the morning of the trek’s departure.
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Capuliyoc is available (starting point of the trek)
  • Choquequirao and other Inca sites have admission fees.
  • English-speaking professional guide with years of expertise
  • Each archeological complex has a private guided tour.
  • In a four-person tent, there are two comfortable tents for two people.
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • 1 emergency horse that can be ridden if you are weary or ill
  • All camping gear, including the dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent, and toilet tent
  • First Aid gear, including an emergency oxygen bottle, a tent for our workers to sleep in
  • Horses (for personal things and equipment) and horsemen to care for them
  • Our mules will transport 7 kg of your personal things, such as additional clothing and a sleeping bag.
  • Boiling water for drinking and cleaning
  • The hot springs have an admission fee.
  • Taxes

Not Included.

  • Sleeping bag with a temperature rating of -10°C – $20 Air mattresses – $20 Trekking poles – $15
  • More horses for additional personal baggage above the personal item limit
  • Crew, guide, cook, and porter tips



  • Original passport
  • Current University Student Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for a discount price).
  • Mountain boots/trekking.
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • Poles (fast drying).
  • Swimwear and sandals
  • Comfortable trekking pants.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 35+).
  • Insect repellent (We highly recommend a NATURAL repellent).
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and video camera.
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (or an environmentally friendly option).


$650.00 Dollars Per Person