Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N
This trek is perfect for anyone looking to experience something new – that most people will never see in their lives. This less touristic lost Incan city is off the beaten path for most of Peru’s visitors – which means more pristine views and private exploration for you! On this trek, you will also see many other amazing ruins and scared places of the Inca – including the Tarawasi in Limatambo, the great rock of Saywiti before Cachora village, and the majestic Padreyoc glacier peaks (5482m). These great places hold special meaning to all those inhabitants of the region and those who visit it. You will experience nature like never before – ancient ruins, mountain ranges, glaciers, and rare wild orchids will be on our path.
Choquequirao, the sister city of Machu Picchu, is known as the “Cradle of Gold” in Quechuan, although this is probably not its’ original name. It is another “Lost City of the Incas” rediscovered late in 20th century. It is located high on a ridge spur almost 1750m above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks.
Choquequirao was built during the last days of the Incan empire under the government of the Inca Pachacutec. Mostly likely, it’s construction was led by Tupac Inca Yapanqui, probably after the Spanish invasion in 1532. The Incans held strong against the Spanish conquerors for forty years (between 1536 – 1572). The construction of the different levels of temples, palaces, canals and aqueducts is really quite fantastic. Choquequirao is a city which demonstrates the fascinating example of an elite Incan ceremonial center. A city dedicated to worship “Pachamama” (Andean Mother Earth) “the Apus” (Mountain Gods and Divinities), the river and the elements of nature. Choquequirao finally was burned down and left deserted. This happened probably after the execution of the last Inca, Tupac Amaru I in 1572. Although similar in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu, the ruins are buildings and terraces at levels above and below Sunch’u Pata, the truncated hill top. The hilltop was anciently leveled and ringed with stones to create a 30 by 50 m platform. The entire complex is 1800 hectares, of which 30–40% is excavated. You will be able to explore all of this with our guide, as well as on your own with the ample time we have scheduled for you.
Day 1,CUSCO – CACHORA – SANTA ROSA.
We’ll leave from Cusco early in the morning by private transportation. Along the way, we will stop several times to enjoy the view and explore some Inca ruins, called Tarawasi in Limatambo. After, we’ll come into contact for the first time with the Apurimac river. Another stop is the great rock of Saywiti, with ancient carvings etched into it, just before Cachora village. Here we’ll meet out mountain crew, horse driver, mules and horses, who will carry our equipment. From the village of Cachora we can already observe the majestic Padreyoc glacier peaks (5482m). We’ll begin to notice the change of the landscape, from precipices to snowy mountains. From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc, we can begin to see part of Choquequirao, as the trail descends towards the Apurímac Canyon. We’ll have a lunch break at Apurimac river valley (1950m). From here we’ll continue the ascent towards Santa Rosa where we’ll see sugar cane plantations. It is here that we’ll set up camp for the night.
Day 2,SANTA ROSA – CHOQUEQUIRAO.
After breakfast, we’ll continue trekking up to Choquequirao. The trail will transform from being relatively flat to a steeper incline, where one can see beautiful vegetation including several varieties of orchids. We will arrive to the archaeological site Choquequirao. After a good lunch and a siesta break we will walk to the main square of Choquequirao. We can appreciate houses, terraces, altars, water canal and fountains, and if we’re lucky, we’ll be able to witness “the flight of the condors”. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the area and return to our campsite for dinner and rest.
Day 3,EXPLORE TO CHOQUEQUIRAO – RIO APURIMAC (PLAYA).
- Ceremony with your tour guide and locals.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
- Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7 kg of your personal items.
- Pick-up from your hotel.
- Transportation by bus to and from Cachora.
- Water. (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
- 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
- Oxygen bottle.
- First aid kit.
- Breakfast on day 1 and lunch and dinner on day 4.
- Tips for the crew–not mandatory but strongly recommended as a gesture of gratitude.
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to buy travel insurance for the trip.
What to bring
- Walking boots.
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho.
- Warm jacket.
- Hat and gloves.
- Comfortable Trousers.
- Sun hat.
- Sun cream. (SPF35 or higher)
- Insect repellant.
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
- Personal medication.
- Camera and film.
- Torch with spare batteries.
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At PumaPath, your comfort and safety are of our utmost concern. Therefore, we provide all necessary camping equipment for your trek. Included in prices are: sleeping tent, rollmat and pillow for your comfort. Please feel free to bring your own sleeping bag if you prefer.
Private Service Prices
- 2 people : US$675 per person.
- 3 people : US$635 per person.
- 4 people : US$565 per person.
- 5 people : US$485 per person.
- Sleeping Bag $ 25.
- Walking Pole $20.
- Inflatable Mattress $20.
- Single Tent Supplement $75.
- Extra 7kg of personal items $75.