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Choquequirao Trek – Choquequirao Peru – 4 Days

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Choquequirao Trek – Choquequirao Peru – 4 Days

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Choquequirao Trek – Choquequirao Peru (Adventure) (Top-Selling)

Choquequirao Trek takes you to the lesser known yet a prominent Inca ruin of Choquequirao Peru. This four day trek with an English speaking local tour guide will give you an extensive insight into the Andean traditions and Peruvian history. 

Often referred to as the Sacred Sister City of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao holds plenty of mystery which you will uncover on this guided tour with us. 

Join us as a couple or in group to discover this fascinating Lost City of the Incas nestled high up in the Peruvian Andes. 

Trip Length:
4 Days 3 Nights
Total Distance:
40.5 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 4 Days Overview

Choquequirao Trek is one of the most popular alternative treks in Cusco. Although this four day Classic Choquequirao Trek does not take you to Machu Picchu, the trek has gained a lot of popularity among travelers in South America.

Choquequirao Peru, the Inca Ruin was built in the same era as Machu Picchu, also by the Inca Emperor Pachacuti. Both Choquequirao and Machu Picchu have similar architecture and are popularly known as “Sacred Sister Cities”.

The name Choquequirao in Quechua means “Cradle of Gold”. It nestles on a hill top at 3033 meters above sea level (9951 ft.).

When the Spanish invaded Peru, the Incas abandoned the complex and moved to the jungle. Due to its remote location, high up in the Quriwayrachina mountain range, the Spanish could not conquer it. 

The whole complex gradually got covered under thick encroaching jungle. Its existence was unknown until 1710 when a Spanish explorer, Juan Arias Diaz found it when he was resting his mules after a prospecting trek.

However, in the 1970s the local authorities began excavating the ruins. In fact till date, a third of the entire complex has been excavated and is open for visitors. Even today when you visit Choquequirao Ruins, you will feel like you are the first one to find it.

Best time to hike to Choquequirao Peru

Although Choquequirao Peru can be visited anytime of the year, the best time to visit is between March and November, during the dry season. 

Hiking to Choquequirao is challenging. The trek starts with a downhill hike and takes you up the hill. This follows with another set of downhill and uphill hikes to reach the complex. To enhance tourism to Choquequirao, local authorities are planning to install a cable car from the nearby village.

During the trek, you will be experiencing a diverse weather condition. Due to the difficulty in getting to the complex, it just attracts a handful of tourists a day.

The trek however, offers staggering views of the Apurimac canyon. The region is home to several distinct species of flora and fauna. All the way through the trek, you will be rewarded with picturesque sights of highland valleys and villages snuggled amidst the snow capped Andean peaks. You will also have the opportunity to see the famous “flight of the Andean condors”. 

Please note that this is a high altitude hike. We highly recommend that you spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to acclimate and avoid altitude sickness.

Choquequirao Trek Summary:

  • STARTING POINT : Pick-up from Cusco & Sacred Valley Hotel/Airbnb. From 4:00 am to 4:30 am 
  • ENDING POINT: Drop-off in Cusco at Hotel/Airbnb 10:30 pm
  • DEPARTURE: Daily. If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as large group service). We NEVER pass our people onto another operator.
  • HIKING DISTANCE: 40 Kilometres (25 Miles) Roundtrip
  • PHYSICAL LEVEL: Level 4. we Also recommend to Aclimatize 2 days befor we begin the trek
  • MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 5200 m.a.s.l
  • TRANSPORTATION: Bus Round trip Cusco – Capuliyoq – Cusco
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Camping Tent
  • MEALS: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    ENTRANCE: Entrance fee Included.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca
  • Day 2: Chiquisca – Choquequirao
  • Day 3: Choquequirao to Playa Rosalinda
  • Day 4: Playa Rosalinda – Choquisca – Cusco

4 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 can operate this trek on any day of your choice as long as we have a minimum of two trekkers. All departures are 100% GUARANTEED once your booking is confirmed. 

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalinas – Santa Rosa

Your epic Choquequirao Trek begins with an 0430AM transfer from your hotel in Cusco. We will embark on a 4.5 hours drive in our private transport to Capuliyoc. It is a remote Andean village at 2915 meters above sea level (9564 ft).

We will be meeting our support crew, horsemen, and chef here. We will be serving breakfast here, while our support crew will get things organized on a horseback. Our local expert will be briefing you on hiking the Andes and will share some tips. 

All set, we will begin the Choquequirao Trek with a gradual uphill hike to Capuliyoc viewpoint. The route will take us through some highland communities and farmlands. Once we reach the viewpoint, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Snow Capped Padereyoc peak. 

After contemplating the views and getting an introduction to the Andean mythology, we will begin with a three hour hike down the hill to an Oasis, Chiquisqa. We will then continue further down to Playa Rosalinas for lunch. 

Our chef and support crew will be hiking a little bit ahead of the group so they can have everything organized while you get there. After lunch, we will begin with a gradual uphill hike with more alluring views of the Apurimac Canyon to our campsite in Santa Rosa Baja. It is at 1900 meters (6234 ft).

As we reach the campsite, our crew will serve hot drinks and appetizers. Our guide will direct you to your respective tents which will be already set for you. In the evening, we will be eating a freshly cooked Andean meal under the clear skies.

  • 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: Santa Rosa – Maranpata – Choquequirao Peru

We will be waking you up to a cup of freshly brewed Peruvian coffee followed by a traditional Andean breakfast. We will then begin our hike up the hill to Marampata through Santa Rosa Alta. Marampata nestles at 2925 (9596 ft).

You will be getting the first views of Choquequirao from here. The archaeological complex is just two hours away from here.

On our hike to Choquequirao Peru, we will be hiking through the dense tropical jungle. Our tour guide will be explaining to you the features of different plants along the route. You will also have the opportunity of spotting Alpacas and Llamas in their natural habitat.

As we will reach the Choquequirao campsite, our crew will be serving you a traditional lunch. After lunch, we will enter the Inca complex for an immersive tour. Our local expert will be explaining the history and why the complex was built. You will understand how the Spanish conquest had an impact on its existence and how the Incas left the complex abandoned. 

On this guided tour, we will be visiting the Pikawasi sector. We will continue with a visit to the main plaza, remains of the ceremonial sites, Inca temples, and the priest’s house.

Once you have contemplated the views of the complex, we will be visiting the iconic Llama Sector. You will understand the prominence of these Andean camelids to the Incas. The Incas used Llamas to transport crops and other products.

To express their gratitude, they decorated the gray stones with an image of llamas with 24 white stones in between.

You will have plenty of time to soak in the views and also witness the sunset from Choquequirao before returning to the campsite for dinner and a well-deserved rest. 

  • 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 – Maranpata – Chiquisca

You will be waking up to the sound of chirping birds as the rays of the rising sun shimmer on the walls of Choquequirao. We will be serving you a hot cup of coffee. We will have your breakfast ready while you will be sipping in the coffee admiring the Incan masterpiece.

After breakfast, we will be hiking down the hill to Cocamasana.

Along the way, we will be crossing Maranpata. This time we will stop to tour some farms here. Locals here cultivate potatoes, quinoas and more. Our local expert will be explaining the process along with the head of the farm.

After witnessing this, we will be hiking through the blackberry farm to Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is well known for its Avocado plantations. You will see plenty of Avocado plants here.

You will have the opportunity of savoring their traditional beverage, Chicha de Cambray. It is a fermented beverage.

Once you have enjoyed this, we will continue with a hike to Playa Rosalinas where we will be serving you lunch.

After lunch, we will be hiking through a dense tropical region to Chiquisqa campsite where we will be spending the third night camping. 

  • 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 ruins

Day 4: Chiquisca – Capuliyoc – Cusco

After an early morning breakfast, we will be hiking for four hours, up the hill to Capuliyoc, where we started the trek.

Our support staff will be parting ways here. We will be meeting our driver for our journey back to Cusco. Along the way, we will be having a couple of stops and also have lunch before reaching Cusco. 

We will be reaching Cusco by 0500 PM.

  • 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-

Choquequirao Trek Includes:

  • Private Transportation To Cachora or Capuliyoq (Trailhead)
  • English – Spanish speaking guide
  • 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
  • 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 Trek Doesn’t Include: 

  • 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.


  • 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 your bags. However, if they cannot, then you can store your bags at our safe deposit for no additional cost. (Let us know at the time of briefing)

We can operate this trek on any day of your choice as long as we have a minimum of two trekkers. All departures are 100% GUARANTEED once your booking is confirmed. To Confirm and Secure the booking, kindly fill the booking form

4 Day Classic 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 Choquequirao 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.

Choquequirao Trek Packing List:

  • 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
  • Pocket knife.
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)
  • Water bottle 
  • Purifying tablets or filter (Micropur recommeded)
  • Insect Repellent (for mosquitos)25 % of deet at least you can also buy in Cusco.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
Clothes and Accessories: 
  • Fleece top
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • A small towel and swimwear
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of long trousers (Zip off)
  • 1 pair of 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
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Flashlight (headlight 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 from us) we have goose down or synthetic sleeping bag 
  • Thermal underwear
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

For a Momorable Lifetime experience…

  • We have Our Medical Emergency Equipped Rescue Mountain Car(This car will be available for all our passenger) and this will ready for any Emergency you need.
  • Local 100% Peruvian 13 years experienced Tour operator(Based in Cusco)
  • We treat our team of porters the best with a HOUSE for them to sleep and proper equipment, wages and health insurance for everyone
  • Best Tour guides(Fluent English)
  • Master Cheffs The best in the Cusco region
  • The food provided on our treks is the best( buffet Style and plenty of food)
  • The best Camping Equipment (spacious tents 4 season aluminum poles tents, Eating & Cooking tents, Portable table & chairs, comfortable air Thermarest mattresses and more…)
  • No hidden prices or Surprises/ We Never Pass you onto another operator as most travel agencies do here. We will depart even if you are a group of 02 persons.
  • We never share service with other companies as most travel travel agencies do here to Minimize cost.(that’s why porters are overloaded because they are forced to carry for 2 or 3 different companies)
  • Small groups & personalized services we also Cater Large groups
  • Sustainable and eco-friendly tour company
  • Committed to social projects and improving living conditions for the children of Peru. Lots of facilities to book any expedition in Peru.

Quechuas Expeditions is a travel agency in cusco which its first objective is the conservation the Inca Culture and the ecological preservation of the planet.
Our tours are extremely flexible according to what the client wishes to get out of his/her trip. They range regular between 4 to 8 days in length, but it can be extended for more days. Quechuas expeditions  have professional multilingual guides (including the manager), local guides working as tour assistants who also participate in the expeditions, professional cooks and very experienced boat and bus drivers.

Discover with Quechuas expeditions the Inca Culture, the Andes, the Amazon Jungle, Titicaca Lake, The Colca Canyon, Cotahuasi Canyon, Nasca Lines and Paracas in the South of Peru. You can visit with Quechuas Expeditions : Nasca, Arequipa, Cusco, Puno, the jungle of Puerto Maldonado, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Tambopata National Reserve and many attractive tours in the South of Peru like river whitewater rafting, horse-back riding, traditional tours and much more.

Quechuas Expeditions will work with you to plan your time in Peru. We can help you building your itinerary. Just give us your frame of time and your interests, and we will develop some proposals on the best way of using your time while visiting our country. We want you to get the most out of your trip and we will work our hardest to ensure you have an unforgettable experience in this special place.
We will include our advice about the cities to be visited, the tours and activities that will satisfy your interests and lodging options that will best meet your needs.
You do not need to purchase all inclusive tours or book complete itineraries. We allow you the freedom of choosing your best options and have the safety of booking the services you think are more important.

As natives and locals, we know these Inca trails like the backs of our hands and are passionate about protecting our natural and most treasured resources. Unfortunately some other companies are not so vigilant and we are concerned about the environmental impact. We hope to lead by example, by giving excellent service to you while conserving and respecting our natural resources and people.

At Quechuas Expeditions, we hold excellent service to you, our clients, and your interests and enjoyment as paramount. We also pride ourselves on being a company which holds the sacred nature of Macchu Picchu and the Inca trail of utmost importance.

All of us at Quechuas Expeditions are thrilled to have you as our guest and invite you to learn about our culture. We have a professional staff of mountain, jungle and cultural guides – all licensed to guide the Inca trail, salkantay trek,inka jungle ,lares trek,choquequirao to machupicchu,jungle amazon tours, cultural and archaelogical attractions in cusco,Peru and Bolivia. Our guides are dedicated professionals who lead our tours all year round, taking vacation only in February when the Inka trail is closed for maintenance and reforestation. All guides ar trained in first aid and rescue. We also have a professional staff of cooks who have done the incatrail for many years.

We are the Best Tour Operator in PERU

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