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Cusco I Cachora I Chiquisca I Playa Rosalinda I Marampata I Choquequirao I Cusco

3 Day Choquequirao Trek (Challenge)

Discover what makes the Choquequirao Trek the best Inca Trail alternative. Here, your well prepared guide will lead you on the trek to Choquequirao. Discover Inca sites. Find your way to the sister city of Machu Picchu.

This Arqueological Complex is very interesting and one of the most popular treks in Cusco area. This trek is situated in the south of the mountain range of Vilcabamba.

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Trip Length:
3 Days 2 Nights
Total Distance:
50.5 km / 37.5 miles.
Physical Level:
3300 m.a.s.l - 3400 m.a.s.l
Tour Type:
Trekking Nature & Culture
Group Size:
02 Min - 08 Max

Choquequirao Trek Overview:

  • TOUR NAME: Choquequirao Trek 3 Days Challenge
  • 100% LOCAL COMPANY: fully licensed Salkantay Trek Tour Operator, Highly Recommended! Check out our reviews on Trip Advisor & Youtube what our Passengers say about us
  • GROUP SIZE: 02 People Minimum (04 – 06 Average) and 08 People Maximum
  • STARTING POINT: Pick-up from Cusco Hotel/Airbnb. From 4:30 am to 5:00 am
  • ENDING POINT: Drop-off in Cusco at Hotel/Airbnb 6:30 pm
  • DEPARTURE: Daily. If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as large group service).
  • HIKING DISTANCE: 60.5 km / 37.5 ml
  • PHYSICAL LEVEL: Level 3. Choquequirao Trek requires some physical preparation and we Also recommend to Aclimatize 2 days before we begin the Choquequirao Trek
  • MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 3,050 meters (10,006 feet)
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private Van/Bus to Capuliyoq Trailhead (for our Passengers and staff) Bus back to Cusco
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: 02 Nights in Camping in 4 Season Tents/02 ppl per Tent (Therm-a-rest Self-Inflating air Mat is included)
  • PORTERING/HORSEBACK SERVICE: 7Kilos/14 Pounds Extra Portering service is included. We will provide you a duffel bag for your personal Stuff (This will be carried by the porter or Horses), Water Bottle, Rain Poncho & Salkantay T-shirt will be given at the briefing time,
  • MEALS: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 tea times + wake-up teas (Vegetarian, Vegan and Free Gluten with NO extra cost, Upon Request)
  • CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK: Choquequirao entrance fee Included.

Choquequirao Trek Summary:

  • Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca
  • Day 2: Chiquisca – Choquequirao
  • Day 3: Choquequirao – Chiquisca – Cusco

3 Day Choquequirao Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy the sunrise in Choquequirao
  • Enjoy the scenic of the Choquequirao
  • Make a small ritual for the Andean gods and learn about Incan religion
  • Enjoy our friendly customer service and experienced top guides
  • Hike through the different types of landscapes and Sceneries, such as cloud forests, highlands, grassy hills, and Andean valleys
  • Explore MachuPicchu and the surrounding area with expert and knowledgeable tour top guides
  • Please, Note: We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Inca Trail Permits. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of 30% and you are ready to go..



Cusco – Cachora – Capuliyoc – Chiquisca

For the choquequirao trek, is needed an early departure from Cusco at around 05:00 hrs, arriving to Cachora village in approximately 4 hours. Cachora is the last town in the trek, at this site we start our choquequirao trek. our equipment will be taken on the mules or horses. A nice view of the majestic padrayoc mountain is seen from the trail and Wayna Cachora snow capped peaks, the choquequirao trek give us the beautiful changing landscapes, from precipices to snowy mountains.

On the way, we will observe Apurimac canyon with its impressive depth, and the second day up hill which makes choquequirao trek, as of the hardest treks in Cusco, from this site also you can  see at very large distance the famous choquequirao inca site. from a place called capuliyoc the trail leads by down hill up to Chiquisca “camp ground”. The distance is about 8 hours of trek, and 19 kilometers of distance.  Along the choquequirao trek 1st day we will pass the small settlement named la Colmena (2870 above sea level), after this there is .
Choquequirao trek 1st day difficulty: medium challenge 19 KMs

Physical Level

1, Easiest


Chiquisca – Choquequirao

This is a hard section of the choquequirao trek, an early morning wake up is needed, where delicious breakfast will be waiting for, soon after the hike starts crossing apurimac river, at this section the choquequirao trek goes by  switch back trail uphill until choquequirao, but do not worry on the trail we make several stops to catch energy and enjoy the nature, santa rosa is a nice stop point were even some bear will be available to buy and drink, the choquequirao trek in this section provides some clear water spring inviting to get it, further up lunch is in a wide view point where also  we finish the hardest part of choquequirao trek. after lunch, there is coming enjoyable section leading to choquequirao, a trail with small ups and downs and after 2 more hours the group will arrive the second camp ground of choquequirao trek camp ground, our team
 will set up tents, from trail  nice terraces of the lower choquequirao are seen. if there is time  we may try to summit choquequirao inca site in order to wait and see if lucky the flight of condors. choquequirao trek highest camp (3.100 masl).
Choquequirao Trek 2nd day difficulty: hard work challenge 13 KMs.

Physical Level

1, Easiest


Choquequirao – Capuliyoc – Cachora – Cusco

After an early breakfast starts the guiding tour in choquequirao inca site, where all information is given by our native professional tour guide. after guided tour, we descend a deep canyon on switch back trail to the apurimac river and cross it, the descend is very hard and need good valance and strong legs, playa san Ignacio is a good spot for a relax, but too hot and mosquitoes, lunch at the place and continue a gentle uphill trail to reach Capuliyoc where our vehicle waits and drive back to cusco.

Physical Level

1, Easiest

Choquequirao Trek Includes:

  • Private Transportation To Cachora or Capuliyoq (Trailhead)
  • English – Spanish speaking guide for 4 days of the Salkantay and Machupicchu.
  • Guided assistance
  • Thermarest air-inflate Confortable sleeping pad
  • Cook and assistance of the Cook.
  • Cooking equipment
  • Snacks
  • Daily tea service
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet (The Pett)
  • Food service in the campsites (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu
  • Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • Personal trekking food – nutritionally balanced menu(Buffet)
  • Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles – Kayla Doite)
  • Horseman and Horses.(To carry our camping equipment, food and 7 kilos of your personal stuff like: sleeping bag and mat as well as cothes) We Never overload our Horses(well Animal Welfare). During Choquequirao and Salkantay Sector.
  • Porters to carry all our camping equipment as well as food.
  • Choquequirao entrance fees, valid for 4 days
  • Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our Cook and horseman
  • Return Expeditions train ticket to Ollantaytambo / according to the availability we will use the same category of train to Ollantaytambo
  • Private Transportation from the Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • Rain waterproof cover for your day backpacks
  • Pre trek Orientation – briefing (Hotel or Office)
  • Insurance policy for our porters and Cooks.

Choquequirao to Machupicchu Doesnt Include: (Please, No hidden costs or surprises)

  • Breakfast – Day 1
  • Lunch and dinner – Day 4
  • Tips (optional)
  • Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please):Quechuas Expeditions highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.


DISCOUNTS (to apply discounts. Please send us an email at

  • UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD (Students must be below 25 years) : US$20. Please send us a a scanned copy of the student card at the time of booking.
  • Under 17 years old: US$20 Please send us a copy of passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 12 years old: US$20  Please send us a copy of passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more: US$20 per person. All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.


  • Huaynapicchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
  • MachuPicchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train (First Class Train) (Includes Private Transportation From Ollantaytambo to Cusco) USUS$70
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes US$30 per person (Twin Bed room, 3 Beds room & 4 Beds Room with Private shower & Bathroom)
  • A night in Cusco at our Quechuas Guesthouse: from US$20 per person / Twin Bed room (Before we do the tour/trek or after the tour/trek)


  • Goose Down sleeping bag (Mummy style): US$60 for the entire trip
  • (Black Dimond) Walking Poles Rubber Tips Included: US$40 for the entire trip
  • Day Pack 20 – 30 liters (Rain cover included): US$30 for the entire trip


  • BRIEFING for all our treks is a Night before we do the trek at 6:30pm in our office, But if you want us to come to your Hotel let us know in advance.(You will get a chance to meet you guide and as well as to give you your duffel bags)
  • STORAGE Most Hotels have storage where you can leave the rest of your stuff while you hike to Machupicchu, But if they dont have a place you can leave your stuff in our storage with no extra cost. (Let us know at the time of briefing)

We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Inca Trail Permits. Send us the filled out booking form

3 Day Choquequirao Trek (Prices for 2023 & 2024)

Availability: Daily Departures All Departures are 100% Guaranteed. If You’re Booked, You are Going, We wont Cancel your Trip !!!

How to Book?: Send us all Your Personal information as well as a Deposit of 30% and the Final Balance will be paid once you are in Cusco.

Group Service: Price per person: US$550

(You will be joined into a formed group of people who come from different countries/Nationalities): (Group Size: 04 Minimum – 12ppl Average – 16ppl Maximum)

Private Service: Price per person: US$750

Recommended for Honeymooners, Families with children & Groups of Friends (02 Persons Minimum)

If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as GROUP SERVICE). We NEVER pass our people onto another operator as most agencies do here in cusco.

What you need to bring on Salkantay Trek:

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

List of things you must bring:

  • Original Passport (and some copies) If you have changed your passport Bring a couple of copies of the one that you have used to purchase the inca trail permit.
  • Travel insurance  is essential (and some copies)
  • Airline tickets (and some copies)
  • US$ cash and Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • Camera and Memory cards
  • Rechargeable batteries and adapters
  • Reading/writing material
  • Binoculars
  • Cover for backpacks
  • Pocketknife.
  • Fleece top
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Small towel and swim wear
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of long trousers *zipp off
  • 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
  • Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes (with ankle protectors)
  • Knee-length socks (to be used with rubber boots, if provided at the jungle lodge)
  • Sport hiking sandals
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Water bottle
  • Purifying tablets or filter (Micropur recommeded)
  • Insect Repellent (for mosquitos)25 % of deet at least you can also by in cusco.
  • Flashlight (head light recommended)
  • Money belt
  • Sleeping silk liner (for sleeping bags)
  • Wool hat, mitts or gloves (preferably waterproof)
  • Rain poncho, plastic bags for your personal stuff to keep dry
  • Sleeping bag (it can be hired form us) we have goose down or syntetic sleeping bag
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

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Formato de Reserva
Salkantay survivors We did the 5 days-salkantay trek to Machupicchu uin the rain season february, everything was awe-some, food, landscapes, tour services, the amazing guide Fernando, this guys Is actually amazing i recommend to him to every-body
Spencer O
Spencer O
5 Day Salkantay Hike to Machu Picchu It was a great time. Really enjoyed the experience with friends, something to cherish for the rest of my life. If you go I highly recommend you ask for Fernando. He was our guide for the entire trip. Extremely knowledgeable and made the experience that much more memorable. He started the trip as a guide and by the end became a friend, the time you spend on the trek, you really want someone who fits with your group and I can't imagine a better person who could fit better in anyone's group. As well, the trek itself was difficult but very enjoyable, something to push yourself to your limits. Every day was extremely rewarding, not to mention the hot springs was well worth it.
Best Peru Experience Had an amazing trip. Fernando the tour guide was the highlight, and made our experience fantastic. I would recommend the trip simply for the quality of the guide.
Tyrell T
Tyrell T
Spectacular hike We had the opportunity to do the Inca trail to Machu Picchu with (QUECHUA EXPEDITIONS). Fantastic and absolutely recommended. They offer a very interesting package both for the price and for the service. Our guide Fernando Illapa taught us a lot about Inca history and the Andean way of life. He and our cook were very attentive and cordial throughout the experience. Our food was amazing and the camping equipment in perfect condition.
D r
D r
an unforgettable experience It was a wonderful experience. From the beginning Wayra gave us all the information, always attentive and answering all our questions. During the trip we had Fernando Illapa as our guide. We must say that he is a great professional, thoroughly knowledgeable about the path and with a great sense of humor and a lot of patience, which made everything easier in the most demanding moments of the Inca trail. The accompanying team is very organized and I must say that the food exceeded our expectations. Dishes that could well be served in a restaurant and extremely abundant. We did the road with my husband and there were very difficult sections of great physical demand, but the impressive landscapes and discovering archaeological sites along the way make it worth it. We were also fortunate to have excellent travel companions. An unforgettable experience with the help of a professional team that paid attention to all the details.
Agnieszka Z
Agnieszka Z
A must in Peru The whole experience was amazing! The trek can be tough but it’s doable even for not super fit people. The views are breathtaking! Thanks a lot to our super nice guide Jose and amazing chef Armando who made the whole tour even better.
we would do it again The trip and itinerary that they organized for us was incredible! Very organized, excellent guide named Fernando Illapa, who made us feel at home. Very attentive, smiling and charismatic. Everything was a dream trip. We visited the mountain of seven colors, we did the 4-day Inca trail, we went to the Puerta del Sol, to MachuPicchu, wayna picchu, to the hot springs of Machupicchu town, gampling; Anyway, we did everything and it was an unforgettable trip.
Zach S
Zach S
Una muy buena experiencia, gracias Hay muchas opciones de trekking para el Camino Inka, ¡pero no busques más que aquí! Cada persona en la organización es amable, profesional y servicial. ¡Nuestro guía, Fernando, fue fantástico! Fue informativo, paciente y nos guió de manera experta a lo largo del hermoso Camino Inka a Machu Picchu sin un solo problema. ¡Tener un guía que hable perfecto inglés y español es extremadamente necesario y tiene la experiencia para hacer que tu experiencia sea inolvidable!
Zach S
Zach S
What an otherworldly experience. We had an amazing experiencies with a great team in the inka trail, in Cusco there are many trekking options for the Inka Trail, but look no further than here! Every person in the organization is friendly, professional and helpful. Our guide, Fernando, was fantastic! He was patient and expertly guided us along the beautiful Inka Trail to Machu Picchu without a single problem. Having a guide who speaks perfect English and Spanish is extremely necessary and has the experience to make your experience unforgettable!
Rachel Z
Rachel Z
INCREDIBLE!! This tour company is truly the best. They took amazing care of us ensuring that we had everything we needed and made sure to help provide what we forgot to bring. The guide - Fernando - was so kind and knowledgeable. If you’re looking to hike to Machu Picchu this is the place to book!!! I can’t recommend them enough we had and amazing time.

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