Trek to Choquequirao, the lost city of the Incas 4 Days

NOV 2021 - DIC 2022 Price from $ 650 USD pp
Trip Type Walking & Treking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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The Choquequirao trek is an adventure in the truest sense of the word. Sitting high in the Vilcabamba mountain range, the 15th-Century Choquequirao Archaeological Complex is only accessible by foot. And while Choquequirao closely resembles Machu Picchu with terraces, temples, plazas, and aqueducts, there is one very noticeable difference between the two: Machu Picchu gets around 3,300  visitors per day, while Choquequirao sees an average of only 15 to 20.

The Choquequirao ruins are all of the things you want in an archeological site: beautiful, mysterious, extensive, unique, fascinating, etc. They have been classified successively as a fortress, a ceremonial center, a city and the last residence of the Inca.In Quechua, Choquequirao means “cradle of gold” and many theorize that there were gold mines nearby that were exploited during the Inca Empire. However, as with so much Inca history, the original name of the site is still lost in the time.

Like all Inca cities, it includes a main plaza, royal quarters for when the Inca visited, a temple for the sun, large buildings called kallankas, storage buildings called collcas, platforms called ushnu, barracks for soldiers, a prison, walled-off houses separate from the rest of the site for priests, an administrative center and lots and lots of terraces for agriculture and hillside stabilization.The most famous part of the ruins are terraces with white quartz llamas built into the walls.

INCLUDED IN THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 4 DAYS:

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Private transport from Cusco to Capuliyoq trail head (round trip)
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment, tents are big enough for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
  • Meals during the excursion ( 03 breakfast, 04 lunch, 03 dinner and snacks / available vegetarian option
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping equipment and customer’s luggage (Up to 7 kg)
  • Emergency horse over 6 persons
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag
  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Tips: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
  • Visit the impressive lost citadel of the Incas, the majestic Choquequirao, which in Inca times was one of the most powerful cities of the Empire.
  • Stroll through the gardens, temples, royal houses, agricultural terraces and the great altar or Ushno, where the Incas carried out their rituals for the mountains and mother earth.
  • Explore the great canyon of the Apurimac, which is lost in the immensity surrounded by great snow-capped mountains, next to the dense cloud forests.
  • If you are a lover of bird watching, this site is perfect since you can enjoy different microclimates, where different species of hummingbirds, tanagers, eagles, and the condor of the Andes live.
  • Enjoy the best sunrises and sunsets in the Andes, at night you can also appreciate the sky full of stars and constellations next to the Milky Way.
  • Savor the best gastronomy in the world, Peru is one of the countries with the best culinary art, in this expedition you will delight your palate with our typical dishes prepared by our experienced cooks.

The hike to Choquequirao is challenging, especially because of the rugged geography where the winding road crosses, uneven slopes with little oxygen from 3,000 meters above sea level down to 1,500 meters above sea level and again rising above 3,000 meters above sea level. And this adds to the distance, since the path passes through places where there is no presence of people. This walk demands a good will and important physical activity to be able to face it, you must be accustomed to daily exercises, walks, bike riding, in a nutshell this route is considered as difficult. The way to get there is walking a lot and camping, you will challenge climates from cold in the heights or walking in the intense Andean sun.

Choquequirao Trek Camping Tents: 03 nights

The overnight stays during the Choquequirao Trek are made in double-roofed tents, which are installed by the accompanying team. The tents are equipped with thick foam mattresses that are carried by the horses. On your Choquequirao trek you will have a tent with your portable toilet, in the camps, these are always clean and you can use at any time. A dining tent offers enough space to eat together and end the evening in peace.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2900 m
Hiking Distance 15 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

We will pick you up from your hotel between 3:30 to 4:00 AM to start our trip in a private van for 4 hours to northeast of Cusco city, through small towns until Capuliyoc town (2.800masl) where we have a delicious breakfast and where also we will meet with our trip staff (muleteers and horses).

After breakfast we begin with our hiking for about 20 minutes and will arrive to our first viewer where we have a panoramic view, in front of us we can see the vilcabamba mountain range called ( padreyoc) and the famous Apurimac Canon, after having an amazing view we will start our descend for 3 hours through beautiful landscapes where you will be able to see different medicinal plants which were used by our ancestors ( muña, chilca and different varieties of plants) If we are lucky we will be able to see the majestic Condor, we descend until Chiquisca Hamlet (1800masl) where we have a delicious tipycal Cusco Lunch Buffet.

After having Lunch we will have a 30 min break to continue with or hiking, Descending 45 minutes more until Playa Rosalina (1700masl), located in Apurimac River. After passing the famous Apurimac river we continue hiking uphill a zigzagging road for 4 hours until Marampata (3500masl), at sunset we will see andean people, how they live in the mountains with a style of life that maybe you wont believe compared to the city. We will arrive to our camping site at 5:30 pm, after a small break its time for dinner, during the night you will be able to see constellations according Andean or Inca religión.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 3100 m
Hiking Distance 10 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

After breakfast, we will continue with our hiking to the ruins of Choquequirao, on this day the hiking is going to have a high level physically, where we will be able to see an amazing view of the Archeological Choquequirao Complex (3100masl) we will have amazing canon views. Choquequirao is also knew as the lost city of the Incas, we will visit the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao for the entire day.These ruins are three times the size of Machu Picchu and new sections, hidden under the dense jungle, are constantly being discovered. Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all of the beautiful sections of the temples, terraces, palaces, the llamas’ section, and much more.

After to visit all of this places we will start our descend until Choquequirao Camping where our picnic Lunch is waiting for us, after having lunch we will take a 30min break and continue to an amazing place that only us know about it, this place is called cataratas de Pachayoc (water falls) a place where you will be in touch with the nature. Finally we will return to Marampata where dinner is ready and is time to stop over.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 10 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

This morning we say goodbye to the Choquequirao ruins, and have a chance to spot condors soaring through the morning air as we make our way back along the Choquequirao trail. We’ll go downhill for about 2 to 2 ½ hours to the Apurimac River (1520m / 4986 ft) which we’ll cross. From here we’ll go up to Chikisca (1950m / 6397ft) for lunch. After a short break we continue with our hiking to Cocamasana (2450m / 8038ft) you will arrive around 4:00 pm. Here we’ll also have our tea and dinner and the rest of the time to relax a little.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2900 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

This morning, we finish our Choquequirao trek , after early breakfast you will get ready to return to Cusco. It will be the last 2 hours uphill to arrive to the end of the trek. When we reach our destination, we’re once again rewarded with spectacular views. You will say goodbye to your team, and then we return in our private car to Cusco 4.5-hour drive, dropping you at your hotel. Today we have lunch on the way.

WHAT  YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK  4 DAYS

warm jackets
Hydration bladder
wool socks
camera
scarf
first aid kit
hiking shoes
Dry bags
Trekking Poles
sun cream
Snack
sun hat
bathing suite
rain coat
Sandals
insect repellent
Passport
Down Jackets
toilet paper
daypack
Wool cap
head lamp
gloves
sun glasses
cap
extra cash
Trekking pants

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

NOV 2021 - DIC 2022 Price from $ 650 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 650USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 620USD Per Person
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Why travel with Andean Great Treks

LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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