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Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Availability : Every Day
Depart: Capuliyoc
Destination: Choquequirao
Min Age : 10
Max People : 12

About the Choquequirao Trek

The Choquequirao Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail. Escape the crowds and enjoy 4 days and 3 nights of adventure, ancient ruins and spectacular scenery. You’ll plunge deep into the Apurimac valley and then climb back up again to reach the impressive Choquequirao ruins, making this 4 day Choquequirao tour one of the best treks in Peru. 

Considering doing the Choquequirao Hike? Read this review.

 

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The Choquequirao trek is the perfect option for someone who wants to do a difficult hike in Peru and who is looking for an alternative to Machu Picchu. Perched atop a ledge, high above the Apurimac river, Choquequirao – which means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua – offers a fascinating glimpse into Inca history.

Known as Machu Picchu’s “sister city”, the Choquequirao ruins are even more intriguing given their remoteness. These Inca ruins are just as – or even more – impressive than Machu Picchu, and they are still only partially uncovered. And the best way to experience this magnificent site is by joining a Choquequirao trekking tour.

See why we think Choquequirao is the Best Hike in Peru!

The route is a wonderful challenge for hardy hikers. Our Choquequirao trek (4 days) starts in Capuliyoc and then descends steeply toward the Apurimac River. We camp at alternative campsites so you can enjoy the hike in relative solitude, in the company of fewer fellow trekkers.

On Day 2, you climb back out of the Apurimac valley until you reach the Choquequirao ruins. You will have a full afternoon and part of the next morning to explore these incredible ruins. Day 3 sees you start the journey back. This Choquequirao trek is a circuit and you will return the same way you came.

Want an alternative? Check out the Choquequirao Huanipaca route!

Fun extras you can do on the 4 day Choquequirao Trek

Choquequirao Trek Highlights

  • Escape the crowds on this largely untouristed Choquequirao trek
  • Visit Machu Picchu’s “sister city”, Choquequirao, the Cradle of Gold
  • Enjoy a serious physical challenge – steep uphills and downhills through the beautiful Apurimac Canyon
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Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people

$1200

4-6 people

$655

7-8 people

$555

9-12 people

$515

WHY BOOK WITH US?

High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About the Trek

What is Included?

Accommodation

  • Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent, allowing for greater comfort and backpack storage throughout your Choquequirao tour!
  • Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress. See Optional Extras & Upgrades below.
  • Toilet tent

Meals

  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, and kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • Cook and cooking equipment, plus assistants for larger groups.
  • Meals as indicated in our Choquequirao trek itinerary. Our professional cooks prepare a combination of traditional Peruvian and Western cuisine. Talk to your guide if you have certain preferences! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. When served, salads are washed in boiled water.
  • Lunch on the last day is included in this itinerary

Transport

  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of the Choquequirao trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and return at the end of the trek

Trekking Team

  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide who will lead the Choquequirao tour, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Horses and horsemen, who carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 8kg/17lbs per person).
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses for our staff to sleep in, plus a budget for their meals

Safety

  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

Additional inclusions

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Entry fees

What is Not Included?

Meals

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Dinner on the last night.

Equipment

  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you.
  • Additional horses for your personal luggage

Other

  • Tips for the guide, cook and muleteers
  • Flights to/from Cusco
  • Travel Insurance

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your Choquequirao 4 day trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Equipment Available for Rent

  • Extra horse to carry your own things
  • Extra horse for you to ride, and horseman to lead it
  • Sleeping Bag suitable for -5˚C
  • Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -15˚C
  • Light-weight aluminium walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
  • Thermarest inflatable mattress
  • Thermarest Inflatable pillow

Service Upgrades

Optional Activities

  • See options below under FAQs > Is it possible to customize the Choquequirao tour?

Important!

  • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire Choquequirao tour, not just the number of trekking days.
  • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
  • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

What to Pack

See What to Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for your trek.

Weather & Trail Conditions on the 4 Day Choquequirao Trek

Weather in the Andes is highly changeable, but then you throw in the complications of a steep canyon and changing 1500m altitude every day, and you need to be very well prepared.

Unlike many of the other treks in the Cusco region, it can get really quite hot and humid down in the Apurimac canyon. But – conditions can be freezing at the Choquequirao Ruins! Therefore, it is very important to be prepared for vastly changing temperatures throughout your Choquequirao trek. Nights 1 & 3 can be quite warm, but night 2 can fall below freezing.

Being flexible and layering is vital. (Let’s say doing an outfit change behind a bush on a mountainside is memorable, but not easy!)

Clothing, Footwear & Other Essentials!

Make sure you have thermals, a winter hat (toque or beanie), mitts and scarves for the night at Choquequirao, but much lighter clothes for while down in the canyon.

We recommend convertible trekking pants made of quick-dry fabric for the hike. These usually zip off at the knee – great for those really hot parts deep in the canyon. Their special design also allow for a great range of motion, and the many pockets can be quite handy!

When it comes to footwear, water-resistant trekking boots with a high top are the best hiking boots to take on this 4 day Choquequirao trek. If you’re not ready to invest in specialist hiking boots, at a minimum hiking shoes will suffice.

Bug spray is also a must! The warm weather makes it ripe for insects, especially at the campsites near the river.

There are cold showers at some of the campsites along this route so you may also want to bring a flip flops and a towel!

For more help with what to pack, check out our blog How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Choquequirao Trek Map

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Available Discounts

  • Students: USD $30 off, in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details about eligibility.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.
  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru

Guides & Safety on the Trail

As the leading Choquequirao trek operator, our guides are all chosen for their detailed knowledge of the route, and of Inca culture, as well as for their personality. In addition to being professional guides, they receive frequent training from Apus Peru such as handling group dynamics and mountain rescue.

As the Choquequirao region is inaccessible by car, and the terrain very steep, it’s of benefit to have a trek guide with you who is experienced, knowledgeable and quick-thinking, able to alter routes at a moment’s notice if necessary.

Get to know our team!

At Apus Peru, we put people before profit. Safety is paramount and we have a comprehensive risk assessment policy that covers a wide range of details, from vehicle maintenance to illness and evacuation on the trail.

There are many treks, including our Choquequirao tours, that have special safety considerations during the rainy season. As heavy rains can make the trail unsafe, Choquequirao is one of the treks which we will not operate in the wet season under any circumstances.

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join the Choquequirao 4 day trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read more about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this 4 day Choquequirao trek itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
  • Wondering about the Choquequirao trek difficulty? This trek to Choquequirao is probably the toughest hike in the region. This trek should not be attempted by those who do not have some experience in trekking, plus a solid level of fitness! See more details below under FAQs > How difficult is the Choquequirao Trek and What fitness or training do you recommend?

Ready to Book?

  • Does our Choquequirao trekking tour sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

Choquequirao Trek 4 Day Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Capuliyoc - Chiquisca - Santa Rosa

  • Total Walking Distance: 12 km
  • Total Walking Time: 6-7h
  • Minimum Altitude: 1520m (4986 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 2970m (9744 ft)
  • Altitude of camp: 2095m (6973 ft)
  • Approx. night temperature: 8°C

It’s an early start on the first day of the classic 4 day Choquequirao trek: after picking you up from your hotel early in the morning, we head for Capuliyoc, leaving the hustle and bustle of Cusco behind. After about an hour and a half of driving, we will have a short stop at Tarawasi (2675m / 8776 ft).

Tarawasi gets its name from two Quechua words: tara, a type of tree native to the Andes (latin name: caesalpina espinosa), and wasi, which means “house”. So Tarawasi is “the house of the Tara tree”. Tara is a multipurpose tree that produces large bean pods that turn orange when ripe. The seeds inside are used as a natural dye, and also have medicinal purposes.

Tarawasi is a ceremonial centre that dates to Incan times. One of the most striking features of this archaeological site is the presence of an usnu, a ceremonial structure where ritual offerings would be prepared.

From Tarawasi to the Trailhead

From here, we continue another 3 hours until we arrive at Capuliyoc (2970m / 9744ft) where we’ll have our first breathtaking views of the Apurimac Valley below, as well as the impressive Padreyoc and Huayna Cachora peaks.

We’ll meet our arrieros (muleteers) here and after a short 15 minute walk, we’ll stop to have our lunch at the Capuliyoc lookout point. Refueled and refreshed, we’re ready to start the steep 4 hour descent into the Apurimac Canyon until we reach Chiquisca (1950m / 6397ft), with incredible drop-offs at our sides.

After another hour of hiking, we reach the roaring Apurimac River (1520m / 4986ft) where we’ll begin the climb to the Santa Rosa campsite (2095m / 6873ft). This is a tough, 2-hour climb but you’ll be thankful for it the next day! This campsite on day one of our Choquequirao tour is further along the trail than the most popular camp, making for a more restful evening where you can soak up the stars.

This day is flexible and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here. Walking times depend on the time of departure and on the nature of the group. The guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.

Please take note that there might be biting insects on the trail, thus repellent will be needed! It can get very hot on the trail (not just in the canyon!), going up to 30-35ºC (86ºF – 95ºF). It can get as hot as 40ºC (104ºF) in the canyon.

Day 2Santa Rosa - Marampata - Choquequirao Ruins - Marampata

  • Total Walking Distance: 16.2 km
  • Total Walking Time: 7-8h
  • Minimum Altitude: 2095m (6873 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 3050m (10,007 ft)
  • Altitude of camp: 2940m (9646 ft)
  • Approx. night temperature: 5°C

It’s another early start today as we aim to get the best out of day 2 of our Choquequirao tour. After an early breakfast at around 5:30am, we head out at 6am and continue steeply upwards for 3 hours until we reach Marampata.

Once we get going again after our well-deserved break at Marampata (2940m / 9646 ft), we will have our first glimpses of spectacular Choquequirao. From this point, it’s another 2 hours of hiking up gentle, undulating terrain until we reach the ruins, a welcome respite compared to what we’ve just accomplished!

Arriving at the ruins, we can enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds and have a well-deserved break. After lunch we will start to explore the ruins (3050m / 10,007 ft). Only about 30% of the Inca remains at Choquequirao have yet been excavated, the rest remains shrouded in mystery. As we explore, we keep our fingers crossed for the chance to see some condors!

After about 3 hours touring the site – including the religious sector and central part of the ruins – we start our two-hour hike back to the campsite of Marampata. This is a very long but rewarding day as we aim to maximise our time in Choquequirao.

Day 3Marampata - Playa Rosalina - Chiquisca

  • Total Walking Distance: 8.9km (12.3km if camping at Cocamasana)
  • Total Walking Time: 4-5h (6-7h if camping at Cocamasana)
  • Minimum Altitude: 1520m (4986 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 2940m (9646 ft)
  • Altitude of camp: 1950m (6397 ft) (or 2450m (8038 ft), if camping at Cocamasana)
  • Approx. night temperature: 5°C

Today we will leave the beautiful Marampata campsite and start our descent towards the Apurimac River and the so-called Rosalina Beach (1520 m/4986 ft). From there we will continue hiking upwards until we reach our campsite of Chiquisca (1950 m / 6397 ft).

If you have a good pace or if you have added the Machu Picchu Trek Extension, we may camp instead at Cocamasana (2450m / 8038ft).

Day 4Chiquisca - Capuliyoc - Cusco

  • Total Walking Distance: 7km (or 3.6km, if you camped at Cocamasana on D3)
  • Total Walking Time: 3-4h (or 2h, if you camped at Cocamasana on D3)
  • Minimum Altitude: 1950m (6397 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 2970m (9744 ft)

This morning, we finish our Choquequirao trek with a 3 to 4-hour climb upwards to Capuliyoc. When we reach our destination, we’re once again rewarded with spectacular views. Our car will be waiting here to pick us up to start the 4.5-hour drive back to Cusco.

On the way we have the option of visiting Saywite (3500m / 11,483 ft) which is a pretty archaeological site located in the district of Curahuasi. It’s an Incan complex that probably was built in the 16th century. Saywite occupies an area of around 2 hectares which houses important examples of Inca stone art, as well as religious-ritualistic spaces.

On the other hand, if all we want to do is relax, we can instead visit the Cconoc hot springs (1780m / 5840 ft). Its waters reach temperatures of 26°C and 35°C with a pH of 6.9, and are surrounded by carob trees, reed beds and cactus. It’s a wonderful place to relax. The medicinal properties of the thermal baths and their pleasant temperatures offer the perfect place to rest our muscles and feet after this amazing 4-day Choquequirao hike. After a quick dip, we can enjoy lunch surrounded by the beautiful views of the Apurimac River valley.

Finally, we hop in our private car to continue the journey back to the City of Cusco, where we will be arrive around 6pm.

FAQs About Hiking Choquequirao

How difficult is the Choquequirao Trek?

We rate the Classic 4 day Choquequirao trek as difficult.

(See how we rate all of our treks in the Cusco region!)

We often get asked about the Choquequirao trek difficulty and it’s important to be realistic about what to expect. In comparison with other treks in the Cusco region, the Choquequirao tour is not what we’d describe as a high altitude trek. The highest point of the whole route is the Choquequirao ruins themselves, at 3050m (10,007 ft).

That said, this is by far one of the most challenging treks in the region as you descend 1500m the first day, climb over 1500m on the second day, and then after reaching the ruins, turn around and do it all over again on days 3 and 4!

It should also be remembered that while this is not “high” by Cusco Standards, the starting point at Cachora and the ruins of Choquequirao are still high altitude (nearly twice the altitude of Denver, Colorado!)

If you are trying to assess whether the Choquequirao trek is right for you, take a look at this review, or check out our blog on Choquequirao trek difficulty.

Remember all treks in the Cusco region are difficult for most people due to the high altitude and extremely steep mountains.

What fitness or training do you recommend?

    • Even the fittest person will find the hike to Choquequirao a test! Everyone who plans to tour Choquequirao should embark on a training plan. We do have a many older people who successfully complete this trek, but they are extremely fit and well prepared.

Without doubt, anyone who is not fit should train in consultation with a medical and fitness professional. What this will entail depends on each person and their own abilities. Remember the difficulty of the Choquequirao trek is the steepness of the trail.

In short, the better your fitness, the easier and more rewarding the trek will be.

See our Trekking Tip #3 for how to get ready for your trek.

How can I prepare myself for the altitude & avoid altitude sickness?

    • There is one simple and easy way to prepare yourself for the high altitude around the Cusco area: Spend at least 3 nights at high altitude, like Cusco city, Lake Titicaca or the Sacred Valley.

As Choquequirao is not super high altitude, most people can get away with just 2 nights’ acclimatisation prior to heading out on the trek.

Not only is there so much to do and see around Cusco, but especially if you are able to get out and do several hours’ hiking, it will get your body prepared for the challenge facing it!

Also, be kind to your body! Get lots of rest upon arrival at Cusco, stay away from alcohol, and eat healthily. This will help your body to be as prepared as it can be for the difficulty of the Choquequirao trek.

Read more about Altitude and How to Acclimatize before starting your trek.

What is the best time of year to do the 4 day Choquequirao trek?

    • The Choquequirao trekking tour is best done in the dry winter months in the Andes, from May to August. During this time, there is little rain but temperatures are low. Cold nighttime temperatures are not as much of a problem on this trek as they are on other, higher altitude treks, but you should be prepared for a cold night at the ruins.

December through March is the rainy season in Peru and we do not operate any of our Choquequirao tours during this time.

Given the steep sides of the Apurimac canyon, the heavy rainfall can loosen the mountainsides and there is a high risk of landslides. This has resulted in death and injury of tourist groups in the past and for this reason we won’t trek in the wet season.

The shoulder seasons for trekking Choquequirao are the months of April, September, October and November. Trekking during these months is weather-dependent. For example, April can still be very slippery and wet if it was a particularly wet rainy season; by the same token November can be hazardous if heavy rains come early.

In general September and October should be ok, though with some rain encountered.

Read more about the best time to hike and take note of our wet season trekking policy.

What are the average hours of trekking per day?

    • The average daily hiking time is about 6-7 hours per day, for an average person. In reality, the daily number of hours trekking depends on your fitness, the other members of your group, and also the habits of those in your group (for example, avid photographers can take longer).

Our Choquequirao trekking guides are also experts in planning around the personal needs of groups and so for fitter groups many do about 8 plus hours on day 3, but then just a couple of hours on day 4.

Can I charge my devices en route?

    Yes! Our guides take solar-powered chargers with them on all Choquequirao treks so that you can charge your electronics along the way. That said, take every battery fully charged before you leave Cusco!

What kind of food and accommodation can we expect on the Choquequirao Trek?

    • The Classic Choquequirao trek (4 days) includes 3 nights of camping. You are accompanied by a trained field team who set up our North Face tents, lay out the beds and boil water for you to wash your hands and face. Having good quality, well maintained equipment that keeps out the rain and mosquitos is important to having an enjoyable trek experience!

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Go luxe! You can also choose our Comfort Camping option for a full-on luxury camping experience.

Also on your Choquequirao tour will be a chef and at least one assistant. It’s quite fascinating to see how our chefs whip up nutritious quality meals on the trail! Our chefs receive annual training in order to offer you some really impressive meals. This is not basic trail food, but fully catered for trekking.

We can cater for all types of dietary requests with adequate preparation and clear communication. We receive a lot of vegetarian guests and our cooks have become quite adept at preparing vegetarian and vegan options!

Read more about What to Expect on the Trail, including more about meals and equipment.

What permits are required?

    There are no pre-purchased permits required. However, you are required to have an entry ticket to Choquequirao ruins, which we have included in our Choquequirao trek cost.

Is it possible to customize the Choquequirao tour?

    Without doubt, the Choquequirao route is amongst our favourites, and as our founder loves the area, we already offer a number of unique Choquequirao tour routes available!

    • Turn this into a 5 day Choquequirao trek by adding an Extra Day at the Choquequirao Ruins.
    • If you don’t want to return along the same trek route after visiting Choquequirao, we offer a new route, known as the Choquequirao Huanipaca route. This route is not good for those who have issues with heights or vertigo, but is a great way to leave Choquequirao via another trail.
    • Or, how about trekking across the entire Vilcabamba range by following original Inca Trails to Machu Picchu? As alternative trek specialists we offer 7, 8 and 9 day variations of our epic Choquequirao to Machu Picchu hike. For those short of time the 7 day trek provides the best option, and the most amazing experience! (and let’s face it, if you are going to visit Machu Picchu after Choquequirao it would likely take you 6 days so why not trek there in 7 days! Major bragging rights!)
    • You can also combine your Choquequirao trek with the Short Inca Trail. Tick off your bucket list the experience of walking through the famous Sun Gate for your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.
    • Extend your trek by two or three days and head to the Condor Lodge for a chance to spot condors and enjoy a comfortable stay in gorgeous surroundings
    • You can also customize your Choquequirao tour by adding a Machu Picchu Extension. The Machu Picchu Trek Extension includes one night in a Standard Aguas Calientes hotel. For added comfort, you can also choose one of our upgrade packages which includes not only an upgraded hotel but also a luxury train service and meals at the top restaurants in Aguas Calientes.

Is it true they are going to build a Choquequirao cable car?

    • Indeed it is! They’ve been talking about it for years, but it seems like it is finally going to happen. The latest information from the government is to expect the cable car to Choquequirao to be operational sometime in 2022.

So, if you want to experience Choquequirao in the relative absence of other tourists, you better go now! For more, read our blog about why you should trek to Choquequirao now.

What do you carry during the trek?

    • Apus Peru treks are organised so that all you carry on the Choquequirao tour is a light day pack. In your day pack, you should carry things like your water bottle, some extra layers, camera, sun hat, beanie, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Water is very important on the trek. You should start the day with 2L; you will have a chance to refill at lunchtime, and again in the evening. If you are the type of person that gets thirsty, start the day with 3L! We also provide an ample range of snacks which will fill up the average person – if you have hollow legs, you might need to bring some of your own!

At your briefing, you will be supplied with a duffel bag that you can pack with up to 8kg (17 lbs). All of the camping equipment needed on the trek is also carried by mules.

Is the 4 day Choquequirao trek right for me?

In order to answer whether this trek is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have time to acclimatize well? – While not at the highest altitude around Cusco, this is still a high altitude trek, with the campsite on Day 2 located at 2900m (9514 ft), so you must be well acclimatized before beginning the trek. For most people 2 days acclimatisation should be sufficient, but 3 days or more would be better.
  • Am I prepared to climb and descend steeply – Each day of the Choquequirao trek involves approximately 1500m (4921 ft) of descent or ascent. This is a very steep trek and requires a lot of stamina and mental fortitude, not to mention fitness!
  • Am I looking for solitude on the trail and a unique experience? – If so, Choquequirao is a reasonable option for you. It’s not the quietest trek in the region, or the busiest. If you are looking forward to meeting fellow trekkers on the trail or at campsites and make new friends, you might prefer a more popular trek such as Salkantay or the Inca Trail.
  • Am I most interested in stunning mountain landscapes and Andean wildlife? – The Choquequirao tour has some truly incredible mountain landscapes, and in the middle there are even snow-capped peaks all around. There is not a lot of Andean wildlife, but you do have the chance of seeing the Andean condor flying on the thermals out from the Choquequirao ruins!
  • Am I looking for a trek that includes Machu Picchu? – The 4 day Choquequirao tour does not include Machu Picchu. You can add a Machu Picchu Extension to your itinerary, or consider hiking there yourself in 7 days!
  • Is visiting Incan Ruins important to me? – This is a fantastic route for the Inca enthusiast – Choquequirao is said to be larger than Machu Picchu itself with new discoveries being made all the time. This is most definitely a good trek if you want to learn more about the Incas.
  • Am I interested in learning about contemporary Andean culture? – If so, then one of our Lares treks might be a better option.

For more information about what this region has to offer, check out our Choquequirao homepage.

How to get to Cusco?

    • The 4 day Choquequirao Trek begins and ends in Cusco. Travel to/from Cusco is not included in the price of your trek.

Travel Direct…

      • By Plane – Most international flights land in Lima, Peru’s capital. From here, you can take a domestic flight to Cusco. Some international flights go through other South American capitals, like Bogotá, Colombia, which also has connecting flights to Cusco.
      • By Bus – You can take an overnight bus from Lima to Cusco (it takes about 20-23 hours). One of the benefits of travelling slowly up from the coast is that you are automatically acclimatising as you travel. Not to mention you get an idea of the stunning landscape and mountains as you travel! The top recommended buses are Cruz del Sur, Palomino and ExcluCiva.

…or Take the Long Way

    • Via Arequipa and/or Puno – If you have the time, spend a day or two in Lima and then head to Arequipa or Puno (or both!) to gradually acclimatize to the altitude over the space of several days before you arrive in Cusco for your trek. We offer 3 and 4 day package tours to Arequipa and Puno that you can add onto to your trek.

Elevation Map

Choquequirao Trek Difficulty

More Resources on Trekking Choquequirao, Peru

    If you’re still not sure if Choquequirao is right for you, or want to read more about the area or other people’s trekking experiences, check out these helpful articles from our blog:

 
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Vicki

Group Traveller

The trek was marvellous and we all loved it and the unending knowledge Arturo has of Cusco, the Inkas, times to be at places to avoid the crowds, etc, made for a really lovely time and it’s quite obvious this is his passion.

It would be great if he could go and experience the Condor Lodge so he knows the set up, the program etc, as we would thoroughly recommend that as an add on to all interested parties.

Hope to be back trekking with you in the near future

24 May, 2019

Lynda Paju

Group Traveller

Trek: Ran like clockwork. Arturo and the support team were wonderful. Enjoyed the views. Did not really expect the heat in the canyon, but otherwise very enjoyable. Seriously, loved the ruins, the cloud forest, interaction with locals, and also the Condor Lodge.

Before the trip: Claire was wonderful. Always responded quickly, kept us well-informed.

The guide: Arturo is a wonderful guide. I particularly liked his ability to make plans to avoid the crowds or make the best of the weather. Very thoughtful and considerate. [I especially noticed] Arturo’s social conscience and values and what he told us about Apus. Good environment care by the trek team.

24 May, 2019

Ken L.

Group Traveller

Apus Peru put together a wonderful trekking experience for us. I travelled with a friend, both of us in our 60s, and with 5 other trekkers from various places. The scenery was spectacular, the hiking difficult but as expected, our guide was very good, and the food was outstanding. I would highly recommend Apus Peru.

23 October, 2018

Eric A. from US

Group Traveller

Four of us hired Apus-Peru to guide us on a day trip in Cusco, a four day trek to Choquequirao and a one day trip to Machu Picchu. Everything was done smoothly and professionally from the transportation to the meals to the hiking arrangements. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared personal experiences with us so that the surroundings and history came to life. The trek was indeed challenging as they warned, but the destination at Choquequirao was worth the effort.

19 October, 2018

Rufus H.

Group Traveller

I’ll start with the good.

Organization: Apus Peru, and our sales representative, were outstandingly helpful. Emails were answered promptly and information given freely. Our sales representative even accommodated for things outside of their control in ways they didn’t need too in order to not disappoint us last-minute. All of these things are RARITIES when dealing with Peruvian tourism companies. Start here!

Trek: The trek was more stunning than can be described. Go now to beat the inevitable tourist crowds that will flood in when they finally get that cable car up and running.

Difficulty: The trek is as hard as you’ve heard. be very honest with yourself about your fitness, but don’t be scared off. Average fitness means you’ll struggle but you can get it done. The fitter you can be when you start, the better.

Guide: was excellent. You will have no communication problems and he is always thinking about your pace to determine the best next course of action. You’re in good hands.

Did I say I’ll start with the good? Well, I’ll end there as well.

22 August, 2018
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