CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 4DAYS/3NIGHTS

Your Journey our Passion

Choquequirao trek. It is another amazing alternative trek because of nature and the Inca site called Choq’equiraw, this is the other face of MachuPicchu, here it’s the perfect place to see Condors (the biggest birds). And you will go through the valley, to see it one of the highest canyon in Peru and wonderful glaciers. This trek is challenge and magical. You will hike 64 kilometers distances from the beginning to the end. Our highest point in all hike is at the Inca site CHOQUEQUIRAO (3100m). Most of the place it is lower elevation than Cusco city 3400m.

Choquequiraw was the last Inca refuge, the Incas had to stay here because all the Inca cities were destroyed by Spanish and Incas were killed by the same people. Choquequiraw used to be one of the most inaccessible places back in the Incas time which was allowed only for royalty people.

You will hike with the best team made of our guides, chefs, porters and horsemen. You will be proud of the people in our team for their hard work. We treat our team very well and provide them with everything they need to work well and respond to your needs. We have the best equipment to camp in each camping sites.

Pre-Trek Briefing:

The tour guide will meet you at your hotel one day before your tour to give you a briefing. They will tell you all about your tour, and answer any questions you may have. It is important to us that you ask any questions you may have so the tour guide will get you ready for your amazing tour.

Extra porter is included to carry your personal stuff (8 kg duffle bag).

Price: U.S.$ 590.00 per Person

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DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – PLAYA ROSALINA

We will pick you up from your hotel with our private transportation at 4:30am. Then we will drive 4 hours to get the starting point of the hike Cachora (2950m/9440ft). Along the way driving you will appreciate amazing views and passing through villages and towns. In cachora you will have the first breakfast prepared from our Chef, and also you will meet the horsemen and the horses. You will start to hike around 9:00am. The first part of the hike is gently descending for 2 hours to Capuliyoq, the path is surrounded by flowers, plants, and many species of birds with the spectaculars views of the valley.

Once you arrive to Capuliyoq (2900m/9280ft look out point), we will have one most spectacular views of this hike, you will be able to see Padrayoq snowcapped Mountain 5500m /17600ft. and you will have the impressive views of the Apurimaq valley, canyon, and the Apurimaq River, and also here you will enjoy your snacks. Afterwards we continue descending zigzag into the Apurimaq canyon for 2 hours in direction to our lunch place.

After lunch you will keep descending zigzag for 3 hours all the way to the first camp Playa Rosalina (1550m/4960ft). We will reach camp around 5:00pm. Later enjoy the happy hour.
Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, happy hour, Dinner.
  • Lowest Elevation: 1550m/ 4960ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 2950m/ 9440ft.
  • Distance of walking: 16 km/ 10 miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 8 to 10 hours.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate and challenging.
  • Area: dry Mountain.

DAY 2: PLAYA ROSALINA – MARAMPATA – CHOQuEQUIRAO INCA SITE.

Our challenging day. You will get up early with amazing Coca tea. Have breakfast and start hiking approximately 6:30am. Today it will be mostly uphill all the way to Choquequirao. We will start our steep ascending for 2 hours to get the official resting place called Santa Rosa (2100m/6720ft), on the way you up will have more chance to see more views of the Apurimaq Valley, not worry about the time, take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery, this part of the hike is dry Mountain.

After resting you will continue the steep ascending for 2 more hours towards Marampata 3000m / 9600ft. At marampata you will have more incredible views of the canyon and also the spectacular ruins of Choquequirao 3200m/10240ft. After we continue walking up and down for 2 more hours to get our camp spot Choquequirao (3100m/9920ft) which is not far from the Incas ruins, this is also our lunch place. This part of the trail has more vegetation because is already jungle (cloud fotres), and also it is humid.

After lunch in the afternoon we will visit the spectacular Choquequirao Inca ruins 3200 m/ 10240 ft. you will have a full tour with our professional Tour Guide and spend all afternoon to watch the sun set. Sometime there are Condors nearby. Afterwards you go back to camp. Later happy hour.
At this camping has good cold showers and good toilets. 

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, happy hour, Dinner.
  • Lowest Elevation: 1550m/ 4960ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 3200m/ 10240 ft.
  • Distance of walking: 14 km/ 8miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 8 hours.
  • Level of Difficulty: challenging.
  • Area: dry and humid Mountain.

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – CHIQUISCA – COCAMASANA.

Wake up time will be with the mazing coca tea at 6:00am. Then you will pack your belongings and have breakfast. After breakfast you will go back to Choquequirao to take more photos and explore more places. Later on you will we return to the trailhead to begin our hike.

In the morning we will walk around 4 or 5 hours in order to get lunch place Playa Rosalina, so the trek will be up and down and downhill. Walk depends of your pace, definitely you will take your time, our tour guide will be ready to support you, and along the way you will be able to see flora, fauna and the great vegetation.
After lunch you will continue ascending for 3 hours to get our camp site called Coca masana.  This camp site offer amazing views too. Arrival to camp around 4:30pm.

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, happy hour, Dinner.
  • Lowest Elevation: 3200 m/ 10240ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 1550m/ 4960 ft
  • Distance of walking: 16 km/ 10miles
  • Approximate walking time: 10 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate and challenging.
  • Area: humid and Dry Mountain.

DAY 4: COCAMASANA – CACHORA – CUSCO.

We will get up very early in order to go back to Cusco and it’s because in the morning the air is fresh for walking.

You will start to trek around 5:30am. We will keep ascending to the trailhead for 3 hours back to Capuliyoq, where you will have one more time to appreciate the views of the canyon, the valley, the amazing Padriyoq Mountain and much more. If you are lucky you will see more Condors above us. Afterwards you will continue walking gradual up for 2 more hours to Cachora town.

After lunch you will say good bye to your team chef, porter and horsemen. Afterwards we will board our private transportation back to Cusco.

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2200m/ 7040ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 2950m/ 9440ft.
  • Distance of walking: 13 km/ 8miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate and easy.
  • Area: dry Mountain.

WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE.

  • Original passport.
  • International Student Cart (if pay as a student).
  • Immigration card.
  • Sleeping bag (not included but you can rent here)
  • Walking boots.
  • Walking stick.
  • Good backpack or daypack.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves.
  • Recyclable water container or camel bag.
  • T-shirts.
  • Comfortable trousers.
  • Sun hat + sunglasses.
  • Sun protection cream.
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper.
  • Torch.
  • Personal medication.
  • Sandals.
  • Towel.
  • Extra money for extra drinks or any emergency.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Professional Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Guide (for more than 9 people).
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Transportation to the starting point of the trek and return to Cusco.
  • Entrance feet to Choquequiraw ruins.
  • Guiding tour at Choquequiraw.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Chef and assistant chef.
  • Drinking water (boiled and filtered).
  • Hot water for washing.
  • 4-man tent (only 2 people enter).
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 Snacks, 4 lunches, 3 happy hours, 3 dinners.
  • Sleeping mattress (foam).
  • Pillow.
  • Rain covers for your backpacks.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Toilet tent.
  • First Aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • Horses for carry all the camping equipment.
  • Horse as emergencies in case you need.
  • Duffle bag for your personal belongings 8kg.
  • Pre-Trek Briefing at your hotel.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Tips for guide, chef, porters and horsemen (tips are opcional).

RENTALS

  • Hiking poles U.S $20.00
  • Sleeping bag US $25.00
  • Inflatable mattress US $25.00
  • Private Tent U.S $30.00

Equipment

Every camping tour includes a spacious 4 man tent that will be shared by only two people so you can spread out a bit. These are all King Camp Tents made for all seasons. Our rentals are top of the line: Inflatable mattress, Black Diamond Adjustable Walking Sticks . Sleeping Bags rented from us are mummy style down bags for -15C and liners are always included.

Food

Every trek includes a chef that has been trained in culinary school. They have learned the magic of mountain cooking and you will be amazed. You will enjoy full breakfast, lunch and dinner all served hot and tasty. We also include Happy Hour with snacks and some hot tea before dinner. The key to feeling good on a trek like this is eating well and staying hydrated.

Meals are all served family style - large plates for everyone to take what they like. And all food restrictions are honored. No matter if you are vegetarian or gluten free, you will always be well fed.

Prices

Price: $590 USD Per person(Group Service)

Price: $750 USD Per person(Private Service)

Discounts

  • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$25.00
  • Under 18 years will pay as student: US$25.00

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