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Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

Choquequirao, Cusco, Perú
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Duration

4 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

English

Tour Overview

Visit the recent Inca discovery of the last golden refuge for 4 days/ 3 nights. The archaeological site of Choquequirao is very interesting and full of mystery. It is one of the most popular treks in the Cusco region.

Choquequirao is located in the foothills of the Salkantay mountain range, at 3,030amsl, surrounded by the Apus Yanama, Ampay, Chokecarpu, Pumasillo and Panta, on the left bank of the Apurimac river. In Inca times, it linked to Machu Picchu by an intricate network of trails. There are many reasons to visit: The valleys with impressive nature, mountains covered with snow and the great variety of plants and animals. Choquequirao is considered as “the last refuge of the Inca empire”.

Visitors can see a complex hydraulic system, most likely for domestic, ceremonial and agricultural use. The geographical location of Choquequirao, compared to other sites from the same period, indicates that it was an Inca territory in the valley of the Apurimac river. There are many similarities between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.

The latter was a sanctuary dedicated to the worshiping of the Inca king Pachacutec. Choquequirao was also a sacred place, used for purposes related to war or with the surrounding apus (holy mountains). Both are located next to Salkantay Mountain above a river: In the case of Machu Picchu, the Wilcamayu River and in Choquequirao, the Apurimac River.

Ecotourism, complying with all the regulations of conservation, helps with the sustainable development in the area. The Inca trail to Choquequirao is located in an area of nature that has no disturbances or pollution. The breathtaking landscapes along with endemic plants and wild animals makes it one of the most wonderful treks.

General information

  • Service Standard: Great value, reasonable prices, memorable experiences. Mix of public and private transport for the most comfortable and scenic views of the historical and fascinating sites of the Sacred Valley. All the main highlights are included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own.
  • Difficulty level: Moderate physical activity that involves a long walk to the Inca Trail (6/ 7 hours), the archaeological sites and the Amazonian jungle.
  • Type of journey: Perfect for people that love being outdoors. You don’t have to be an athlete for this active trip, just someone that enjoys to be active.
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Packages Itinerary

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DAY 01: CUSCO- CACHORA- CHIQUISQA
DAY 01: CUSCO- CACHORA- CHIQUISQA

Morning pick up from your hotel to start the trip to the town of Cachora. On the way there will be a short stop to appreciate the archaeological remains of Tarawasi from the bus, then we continue to the Cunyac bridge between the regions of Cusco and Apurimac. Driving through the districts of Curawasi and Saywite we will reach Cachora (4 hour trip approx.). From here we begin our walk along a gentle path to reach the Capuliyoc pass (2800mts) where, after 2 hours, we stop for lunch. After the break we descend for 3 hours to the town of Chaquisqa (1930mts), our first campsite. A place with warm climate and impressive landscapes.

DAY 02: CHIQUISQA– ROSALINA BEACH– SUNCHUPATA
DAY 02: CHIQUISQA– ROSALINA BEACH– SUNCHUPATA

After breakfast (5:00 am), we walk towards Rosalinas beach (1550mts), and then ascend for 3 hours the slope towards Santa Rosa (2100mts), the most challenging part of the journey. Here we enjoy lunch. Next, we go up to Maranpata (2850mts) which is an easier climb. In this part, we can see the path that we walked through on the first day and the endemic vegetation of the place. Then we travel along a 2 hour straight path towards Sunchupata, where our campsite is. From this point, it’s one hour to Choquequirao.

DAY 03: SUNCHUPATA- CHOQUEQUIRAO- CHAQUISQA
DAY 03: SUNCHUPATA- CHOQUEQUIRAO- CHAQUISQA

Early breakfast (5:00 am) followed by a 1 hour trek to Choquequirao to see the sunrise. We will have a 3 hour guided tour with detailed explanations of the importance of this Inca refuge. At an indicated time we return to Sunchupata and begin the descend to Santa Rosa, our spot for lunch. Next, we walk for an hour to Rosalinas beach and continue for another two hours to the town of Chaquisqa, our third campsite.

DAY 04: CHAQUISQA- CAPULIYOC– CACHORA
DAY 04: CHAQUISQA- CAPULIYOC– CACHORA

A delicious breakfast will be served in Chaquisqa (06:00 am). We return on the same road to Cachora, the slope that we descend on the first day, to reach Capuliyoc. From here it is a much smoother stretch to arrive in the town of Cachora at 12:00pm approx. On the way we can appreciate exotic flora, fauna, as well as landscapes of imposing snow-capped mountains and the impressive Apurimac canyon. In the afternoon we can relax in the medicinal hot springs of Qonoq and rest for an hour. We return to Cusco around 8:00pm.

Tour Included/Excluded

  • Round trip transfer from the hotel to the starting point of the trek
  • Transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the Trek.
  • Certified tour guide
  • Guide assistant (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao.
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 snacks, 3 dinners and different snacks throughout the day (it does not include breakfast on day 1 and meals after lunch on the last day)
  • Professional chef
  • Vegetarians and vegan options on request at no cost
  • Drinkable water along the Inca Trail at meal times.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First Aid Kit
  • 01 portable oxygen kit
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking utensils)
  • Duffle bag (You can put 6 kilos of personal belongings including a sleeping bag)
  • Waterproof 4 man tents (02 people per tent)
  • 01 sleeping mat per person
  • Meals after breakfast on the last day
  • Sleeping bags
  • Extra porters or horses to carry personal items (Optional US$ 60.00 for 4 days)
  • Entrance to the Sacred Mountain of Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu (US$ 15.00)
  • Entrance fee to the hot springs in the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) US$ 4.00
  • Other items or activities not previously mentioned.

What to take on the trip

  • Original passport (and International Student Card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Sleeping bags (not included but you have the option to rent)
  • Walking boots/ shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/ rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Reusable plastic bottle, metal water flask or a camel bag.
  • Water, water purification tablets, or money to buy water along the way
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (headlights are useful)
  • Shorts
  • Walking sticks
  • Bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Swimming suit for Aguas Calientes hot springs (US$ 4.00)

Prices

The prices of this package is based on 2 People. The more people in your group, the lower the cost.

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  • Discount of US $ 20.00 for students with a valid international student card (ISIC), Peruvians with an ID and minors under 18 years of age.
  • Vistadome train service USD $ 45.00
  • Special discounts for groups and travel agencies.
  • The prices are for group tours of 30 people in the Sacred Valley and 20 people in Machu Picchu. Please check prices for private tours.

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Tour's Location

Choquequirao, Cusco, Perú

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