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Choquequirao Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights

Choquequirao Trek 4 Days 3 Nights, is an excellent alternative to Machu Picchu. Choquequirao trek is thought to be larger in area than Machu Picchu but with fewer buildings. Only 30% of the site has been uncovered to date, so it is a true adventure!  Be one of the first to visit! Choquequirao Trek 4 Days 3 Nights of amazing pictures and unforgettable memories.

Choquequirao Trek 4 Days 3 Nights was voted by Lonely Planet as one of the must-visit destinations for 2017! Known as Machu Picchu’s little sister, Choquequirao site is just as spectacular as its older sibling, yet truly undiscovered and off-the-beaten-path.

Overview

Overview:

Choquequirao trek 4 days 3 Nights takes you to the last refuge of the Incas considered as such for all the vestiges that exist in the place, such as ceremonial plazas, warehouses, houses and many agricultural terraces that suggest that it was inhabited by many people who fled of the Spanish conquerors. With a wide variety of flora and fauna, beautiful scenery and a visit to a major Inca site, the Choquequirao Trek 4 Days 3 Nights is the adventure of a lifetime.

By booking your Choquequirao Trek 4 Days 3 Nights with Cusco Journeys & Adventure you are choosing the best. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews on Tripadvisor!

Useful Information:

  • Starting Altitude – 2900m / 9515ft.
  • Highest Altitude – 3050m / 10,005ft
  • Walking Distance – 64 km / 40 miles
  • Longest Day – Day 1, approximately 25 km/15.5 miles
  • Overall Difficulty – Difficult

Itinerary

Itinerary

Pre-trek briefing:

You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Choquequirao Trek 4 Days 3 Nights. Your guide will meet you at our office in Cusco and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca.

We will leave Cusco (3350m/10991f) approximately at 5:30 am. First, we will head for the village Cachochoquequirao_cachorara (2850m/9350f) to meet our horsemen and the mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition. Thereafter, we will continue our journey towards the pass of Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f). The trek offers a beautiful view of the mythical mountain Padriyoc, of the deep canyon and of the river Apurímac, meaning “speaking river”. Thereupon, we will descend towards the canyon’s interior named Chiquisca (1950m), where we will spend the night.

  • Meals: Brunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping at Chiquisca
  • Lowest Elevation: 1,900 m/ 6,270 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,915 meters/9,564 feet
  • Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Sights: Apurimac canyon, Padreyoc mountain

Day 2: Chiquisca to Choquequirao.

After an early breakfast we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,550 m/5,117 ft) and then walk uphill to the rural village of Marampata (2,850 m/9,350 ft) where we have lunch whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the archaeological site of Choquequirao (3,150 m/10,397 ft). Then we will walk through a myriad of flora and fauna to the brilliant archaeological site of Choquequirao where a private guided tour awaits us in the afternoon.

During the tour we will explore all the important sections, such as: palaces, temple, ritual water fountains, amazing Usno (ceremonial platform), agricultural terraces, llama´s section and much more. Finally we head back to our second evening’s campsite located just 20 minutes from the Choquequirao inca site, where we will have our dinner. At our campsite you will be able to relax surrounded by the beauty of the nearby canyons and snow-capped mountains (Soray 5,428m/17,808 ft and Tuncarway – 5,910m/19,389 ft) and hopefully have the opportunity to see the condors.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Lowest Elevation: 1,550 m/ 5,117 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,150 m/ 10,397 ft
  • Distance to walk: 14 km / 8 ¾ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Demanding
  • Sights: Apurimac river, Soray and Tuncarway mountains

Day 3: Choquequirao to Chiquisca.

After an early breakfast we will continue to explore some of the stunning sections of the choquequirao inca site, and then we head back towards the Apurimac River (1,550m/5,117ft) for three hours. Finally we walk up a moderate hill for one hour to our third evening´s campsite at Chiquisca (1,990m/6,270ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Lowest Elevation: 1,550 m/ 5,117 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,150 m/ 10,397 ft
  • Distance to walk: 14 km / 8 ¾ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Sights: Choquequirao Inca Site.

Day 4: Chiquisca – Cusco.

After a delicious breakfast, we walk up a moderate hill towards the Capuliyoc pass. Once there we may enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac Canyon. At Capuliyoc, our private transport will be waiting for us. On the way home, we will visit the archaeological site of Saywite and have time to explore. Finally our private transport will bring us back to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel when we arrive in the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Lowest elevation: 1,900 m / 6,270 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,850 m/ 9,407 ft
  • Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Sights: Saywite ruins

Machu Picchu Extensions:

Choquequirao Trek 4 Days 3 Nights, do not include a final day at Machu Picchu. However, Cusco Journeys offers several Machu Picchu extensions that can be added either before or after your trek.

Our Machu Picchu Tour is an excellent way to relax in comfort after a beautiful yet challenging multi-day trek.
The Machu Picchu and Moray-Salt mine extension combines authentic, off the beaten path experiences along with a visit to Peru’s wonder of the world.
The Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley extension fits all the highlights of the area in a few quick days.
The Machu Picchu and Short inca trail 2 Days / 1 Night extension fits all the highlights of the area in a few quick days.

Includes

What’s Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Capuliyoc, starting point of the trek
  • Choquequirao entrance fee for visitors and agency staff
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. 
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 8kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag)
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons
  • Wranglers
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Meals (03B, 04L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Private transport from Capuliyoc to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit

What’s Not Included

  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  •  If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day
  •  Tickets to hot springs in Conoc
  • Horseback for riding + horseman $60 (1 day)
  • **Tips (the amount you tip (or if you tip)  is a personal decision and it is NOT an obligation.

What we recommend that you bring

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
    Water container and water for the first morning
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route.
  • Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the river)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

Prices

Prices:

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2020 through January 2021. All prices quoted are $USD

  • 2-3 Trekkers:  $489 per person
  • 4-5 Trekkers: $459 per person
  • 6 or more Trekkers: $409 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).

Discounts:

  • Student Discount: US$20.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.Please send all to info@cuscojourneys.com.

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles – US$20.00
  • Sleeping bag – US$25.00
  • Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ Pillow & Liners) US$35.00
  • Private Tent – US$30.00
  • Horseback for riding + horseman $60 (1 day)

Terms & Conditions

By booking or participating in a tour and any related products or services (a “Tour”) with Cusco Journeys, you agree to these Terms & Conditions.

Booking:

  1. Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount. Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
  2. You will pay a deposit which is completely non-refundable in any situation. There are no exceptions.
  3. You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  4. The only acceptable ID to receive a Student Discount is your University Card with a clear expiration date that must be the same year as trek. IDs with expiry dates the following year, even though clearly valid, will not be accepted by the Peruvian government. You must submit a copy of this card at time of booking.

Cancellations:

  1. Cancellations: In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 40% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:

ONCE BOOKED, DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. CHART BELOW OUTLINES WHAT FURTHER FEES WILL BE DUE.

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91 days or more before departure we will retain 50% of your deposit.
90 – 30 days before departure we will retain 75% of the total tour cost.
29 – 0 days before departure we will retain 100% of the total tour cost.

Inca Trail Tours:

  1. Permits: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Cusco Journeys (or any agency).
  2. In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Cusco Journeys will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  3. Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

Medical Information:

  1. You must advise Cusco Journeys of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  2. You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. The Tour Operator does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.
  3. Cusco Journeys reserves the right to deny you permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a Tour at any time and at your own risk and expense where the Tour Operator determines that your physical or mental condition renders you unfit for travel or you represent a danger to yourself or others.
  4. Pregnancy is considered a medical condition and must be disclosed to the Tour Operator at the time of booking. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry pregnant women over 24 weeks. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry anyone with certain medical conditions if reasonable accommodation or alternatives cannot be arranged.
  5. It is strongly encouraged to purchase Travel Insurance to protect you in case of medical emergency or any tour cancellations.

Tours and Treks:

  1. All balances need to be paid in either cash, Western Union, Transfer Bank or PayPal (in full) prior to the briefing which will be held the night before your tour. Visa incurs a 5% service fee and if you need to use another card, it must be through PayPal which incurs a 5.5% service fee.
    You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  2. All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  3. If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment. However, we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be presented for your travel insurance.
  4. Cusco Journeys will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Cusco Journeys cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  5. Cusco Journeys does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  6. Cusco Journeys may modify your itinerary where reasonably required in its sole discretion.
  7. Group tours might be as large as 16 participants. Groups are open to everyone no matter skill or age. By accepting a Group Tour you acknowledge that others might change the speed and timing of the tour.
  8. All tours are done in English.

Delays:

  1. Any costs, whether direct or incidental, incurred by the Customer as the result of delays caused by bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, sickness, government intervention or other contingencies which are beyond the control of southern explorations will not be reimbursed.

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