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Choquequirao Trek – 6 Day

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Choquequirao Trek – 6 Day

Choquequirao, the sister city to Machu Picchu, was one of the last refuges for those Incas who continued to resist Spanish occupation after the conquest. Because of its remoteness, it is also one of the few large Peruvian archeological sites that you can enjoy without crowds of tourists. The trek to reach Choquequirao is difficult, but you will be rewarded along the way with spectacular mountains, the Apurimac River, and perhaps even some passing condors. This option gives you a chance to visit an extra site, the Stone of Saywite, on your way to Cachora, and an overnight in Cachora allows the first day of trekking to begin at a much more relaxed pace than the 4 and 5-day versions. You will also have plenty of time to explore Choquequirao, including the main sites, the stone llamas that are unique to Choquequirao, and ruins not yet excavated that are still shrouded in jungle and mystery.

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora
Day 2: Cachora – Chikisca
Day 3: Chikisca – Playa Rosalina – Santa Rosa – Marampata
Day 4: Marampata – Choquequirao
Day 5: Choquequirao – Santa Rosa – Chikisca
Day 6: Chikisca – Capuliyoc – Cusco

Highest Point: 3,050m / 10,007ft
Distance: 44km / 27.3mi
Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 5

Day 1: Cusco to Cachora

We will pick you up from your hotel in a private transport at 1:00 pm to drive to the village of Cachora (2909 msnm/ 9544 ft) approx. 4 hours from Cusco. On the way we will stop at the enigmatic Stone of Saywite Inca archeological site. We will spend the night in a hostel in the village of Cachora to rest well before starting our trek the following day.

Meals: D

Day 2: Cachora – Chikisca

We will enjoy breakfast together at the hostel then drive 30 minutes to the Capuliyoc lookout where we will meet our staff of horses and horseman and begin our trek. On the way you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Nevado Padreyoq. Our path will wind downhill for about 5 hours, where we arrive at Chikisca, our first campsite. We can expect a warm night in the valley.

Meals: B, L, D
Maximum Altitude: 2,977m / 9,767ft
Minimum Altitude: 1,836m / 6,024ft
Distance Travelled: 8 km / 5.0 mi
Walking Time: 5 hrs

Day 3: Chikiska – Santa Rosa – Marampata

After breakfast we will continue downhill for around one hour to reach the Apurimac River. This is one of the longest rivers in Peru, over 7000km, coming from the very south of Peru all the way north to Iquitos where it joins with Amazon River. Apurimac is a Quechua word for “the God who speaks”. After crossing the Apurimac, we begin our uphill trek. 2 hours of hiking will bring us to Santa Rosa where we’ll have a rest, and after another 2 hours we will arrive at Marampata (2,950m). Here we will have lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon visiting the local family land and sharing their daily activities. Depending on the season, you may help harvest some food which will be used to prepare the remaining meals on our trek. This is a wonderful way for us to support the local families who live near Choquequirao. We will camp overnight in Marampata.

Meals: B, L, D
Maximum Altitude: 2,914m / 9,560ft
Minimum Altitude: 1,500m / 4,921ft
Distance Travelled: 9 km / 5.6mi
Walking Time: 6 hrs

Day 4: Marampata – Choquequirao

Two hours of hiking will take us to the principal archaeological complex of Choquequirao. We will visit and explore the Usnu, Priests House, Llamayoq, (stoned llama figures designed into farming terraces) and the Administrative Sector. We will have the whole day to explore and learn about the Inca people of Choquequirao, the remote city of the Incas. With your native certified guide, you will explore every area of this magical city. Only an estimated 50% of this Inca city has been excavated and restored, so the site is continually expanding as new areas are discovered. Late in the afternoon we will head to our campsite located just below Choquequirao.

Meals: B, L, D
Maximum Altitude: 3,050m / 10,007ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,914m / 9,560ft
Distance Travelled: 7km / 4.3mi
Walking Time: 7 hrs

Day 5: Choquequirao – Santa Rosa – Chikisca

After a leisurely morning, we return to Marampata for lunch. Continuing back on the same path we came in, we once again cross the Apurimac River and climb to Chikisca where we will spend the night

Meals: B, L, D
Maximum Altitude: 3,000m / 9,843ft
Minimum Altitude: 1,500m / 4,921ft
Distance: 12km / 7.5mi
Walking Time: 7 hrs

Day 6: Chikisca – Capuliyoc – Cusco

It will take approximately 5 hours to climb uphill to the Capuliyoc lookout point where we began our trek. After lunch we will return to the city of Cusco.

Meals: B, L
Maximum Altitude: 2,977m / 9,767ft
Minimum Altitude: 1,836m / 6,024ft
Distance Travelled: 8km / 5.0mi
Walking Time: 5 hrs

Services Included:

  • Guide service in English/Spanish
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Cachora to Cusco
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
  • Master cook
  • Food (5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, snacks)
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available at no extra cost
  • Cooking and dining equipment, including tents, chairs and tables
  • 4-season tents (3-person capacity but used for 2 people)
  • Thermarest (sleeping mattress)
  • Mules and horsemen to carry our camping equipment & food
  • 10 kilos of your personal gear will be carried on the mule (we provide you a duffle)
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • Pre-departure briefing

Services Not Included:

  • Tips for field staff and guide
  • Sleeping bag
  • Extra money for souvenirs or to buy Gatorade or beer along the trail
  • Emergency horse for the group (in case of injury or the need to rest), but this can be arranged for an additional fee
  • Note: If you need to rent any equipment such as a sleeping bag, water-proof poncho, hiking poles, etc. please let us know in advance. We will secure them for you – no deposit required.

We Recommend That You Bring:

  • Sleeping bag (-10 Cº)
  • Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
  • Waterproof jacket & pants or rain poncho
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts)
  • Sunhat & sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottles
  • Water filter (optional – boiled water will be available at all meals)
  • Personal medications
  • Walking poles
  • Towel
  • Personal items
  • Personal snacks
  • Headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Toilet paper
  • DNI/Original Passport
  • Insurance card

PRICE: $730 USD per person when booking 2 people
PRICE: $690 USD per person when booking 3 people
PRICE: $650 USD per person when booking 4 people
PRICE: $600 USD per person when booking 5-6 people
PRICE: $550 USD per person when booking 7-10 people


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