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Choquequirao Trek 5 Days / 4 Nights

Choquequirao Trek 5 Days 4 Nights, is the second most important archeological site in Cusco. It has a connection with the last Inca cities of Vilcabamba and with Machu Picchu and is in the middle of different Inca roads that traverse all of the Inca empire.

We can see on our journey, various villagers who live in all of the area of Yanama, as well as glaciers, valleys and mines of silver and lead from the past that were being exploiting until just a few years ago. You must join us on this beautiful Choquequirao trek unforgettable adventure.

Program Choquequirao Trek 5 Days 4 Nights
Availability March to December
Activity Type Cultural / Ecological / Adventure
Difficulty Difficulty – Moderate and Hard.

Overview

Overview:

Choquequirao Trek  5 Days 4 Nights, is the second most important archeological site in Cusco. It has a connection with the last Inca cities of Vilcabamba and with Machu Picchu is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds or who are looking for something other than Machu Picchu during their trip.

The Choquequirao Trek  5 Days  4 Nights, takes you to the sister city of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao (The Cradle of Gold) which sits high above the Apurimac Valley.

With a wide variety of flora and fauna, beautiful scenery and a visit to a major Inca site, the Choquequirao Trek 5 Days 4 Nights, is the adventure of a lifetime.

By booking your Choquequirao Trek  5 Days 4 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 trek. 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 – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina.

We will pick up from hotel at 5:30 am to have 4-hour driving to Capuliyuc (2,900m/9,512 ft), the beginning of the trail. At this place we’ll meet up our muleteers, and horses, where we’ll get ready for the Choquequirao trek.

We’ll start with our adventure, hiking for about 2 hours on a downhill trail to get the lunch spot called Chiquisca located at (1,900 m/6,213 ft), with stunning views of the snowcapped mountains of the Vilcabamba mountain range, and the great Apurimac canyon. At Chiquisca, we’ll enjoy our just prepared the delicious lunch.

After having lunch, we’ll hike for 1 more hour to get the first camp site called La Playa Rosalina (1,500m/4,920 ft), in which we’ll spend the first night. In the evening we have tea time, subsequently dinner.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner.
  • Accommodations: Camping at Chiquisca.
  • Lowest Elevation: 1,500m / 4,920 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 2,915 meters/9,564 feet.
  • Distance to walk: 8 km / 4.9 miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Sights: Apurimac canyon, Padreyoc mountain.

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao Camp.

After an early breakfast, we will begin our hike crossing the Apurimac River and then we will have 4 hours uphill with zigzags. On the way you will pass through some sugar cane plantations, it is also possible to see some condors and abundant flora and fauna. This climb is one of the most challenging parts of the hike to Choquequirao. Once we arrive at Marampata, where our lunch location will be, here we will have time to rest and enjoy our lunch.

After lunch, we continue the last stretch for 2 hours to the Choquequirao Camp. This section is one of the best because we will have incredible views from the summit to the Apurimac canyon, Choquequirao ruins and if we are lucky we can see the spectacled bear.

If you still have some energy left, you can walk 30 minutes to enjoy the sunset from the Inca site of Choquequirao.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
  • Accommodations: Camping.
  • Highest Elevation: 3,150 m/ 10,397 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 14 km / 8 ¾ miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours.
  • Level of Difficulty: Demanding.

 Day 3: Exploring Choquequirao.

After our breakfast, we will visit the magnificent archaeological site of Choquequirao throughout the day. These ruins are three times larger than Machu Picchu and new sections are constantly being discovered, hidden under the dense jungle. Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all the beautiful sections of the temples, terraces, palaces, the llama section and much more.

Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold” in the Quechua Inca language, although this is probably not its original name. It is considered another “Lost City of the Incas” officially rediscovered at the end of the 20th century. It is located atop a ridge nearly (3,150 m/10,397 ft) above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River and is surrounded by the towering snow-capped peaks of Salkantay and Humantay. Excavations and restoration of the 1,810 hectare site began in the 1990s and it is estimated that only 40% of the site has been restored to date.

After our exhaustive explorations, we will return for 1 hour to our Marampata camp. Enjoy your last night next to these magical ruins, under an incredible sky of southern stars.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Distance to walk: 7 km/ 4.3 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Sights: Choquequirao Inca Site.

Day 4: Marampata – Santa Rosa – Playa Rosalina – Chiquisca.

After an early breakfast, we will continue our return walk along the same way, we will make a steep descent to the Apurimac River (Playa Rosalina) for almost 2.5 hours, where we enjoy our lunch and after a break, in the afternoon we will have a 2 hours walk up approximately to arrive at the Chiquisca camp (1,900 m/6,213 ft). 

There, we will have our last dinner prepare by our trekking cook of the Choquequirao trek and rest peacefully.

  • 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.

Day 5: Chiquisca – Cocamasana – Capuliyoc – Cusco.

After breakfast, we’ll start our last day of hiking and leave as early as possible to avoid the midday sun hindering our walk. It’ll be 3 to 4-hour climb upwards to Capuliyoc (2,900m/9,512 ft), a place where we’ll end our adventure.

At Capuliyoc, we’re once again rewarded with spectacular views then enjoy our last lunch. Then, we’ll have a farewell time to our muleteers, cook and other members who were part of our team for 4 days, and then we’ll board our private transport that will take us back to Cusco for about 4.5-hour with some stop offs on the way (we will drive through Curawasi, where the famous local tea Anis is farmed), We will arrive in Cusco at around 6 pm and drop you off at your hotel. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch.
  • Lowest elevation: 1,900 m / 6,270 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 2,900m/9,512 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate.

Inclusions

Included:

  • Pre-departure briefing.
  • Private transport from Cusco to Capuliyoc.
  • Private transport from Capuliyoc to Cusco and transfer to your hotel in Cusco
  • Choquequirao entrance fee.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. 
  • Basic foam 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 7kg per person.
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons
  • Meals (04B, 04L, 04D). (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
  • Filtered boiled water from 2nd day.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Cusco Journeys uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit.
  • All local taxes.

Not Included:

  • Breakfast the first day.
  • Dinner the last day.
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office).
  • Walking Stick.
  • Tickets to hot springs in Conoc.
  • Horseback for riding + horseman $60 (1 day).
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • **Tips for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide).

What we recommend that you bring:

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs to carry your personal belongings.
  • Original passport.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Lighter trekking boots.
  • 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans): 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent before the trip.
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius/41 degrees Fahrenheit. The rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even if we are in dry season!
  • 1 warm/Winter jacket.
  • 4 pairs of underwear and 4 pairs of socks.
  • 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts.
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back.
  • Water (only for first day hike). Then we will provide you with water throughout the hike.
  • Camera and film.
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries.
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Flip flops to change into at night.
  • Toiletries.
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach. 
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes.
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, & tips to your staff
  • Additional Notes.

Prices

Prices are valid from March 2024 through January 2025. All prices quoted are $USD.

  • Group Prices $569 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:

  • Under 18 years old: $25 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $30 USD  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 4 or more: $30 USD – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles – US$20.00.
  • Sleeping bag – US$25.00.
  • Private Tent – US$30.00.

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.

Cancellation By

Terms

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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