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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 4-DAYS

Tour sister city of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao

The most beautiful and spectacular trek in the Cusco region

For those not wishing to trek to Machu Picchu

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Overview of Choquequirao Trek Tour:

Guiding Peru offers a guided and well-planned itinerary for Choquequirao trek tour to trek the ruins of one of the Peru’s remarkable Inca sites- Choquequirao. On this Choquequirao trek tour, you will get an opportunity to explore archaeological ruins of Choquequirao (Cradle of Gold), which is also known as “Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister” (due to the similarities in the architectural structure of both sites. Our guided Choquequirao trek tour is a truly spectacular hike that plunges down deep into the Apurimac Canyon and then up again to the fascinating ruins of Choquequirao. This challenging trek will offer your rewarding and spectacular views high above the Apurimac on a unique and isolated trail (located high in the Andes). The Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited, which is surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge.

Choquequirao Trek Tour in Brief:

* Tour the mysterious Choquequirao ruins
* Visit the Apurimac Canyon (which is twice as deep as USA Grand Canyon)
* Condors over the Apurimac canyon at sunset
* Explore the Saywite ruins, majestic glaciers, and Andean landscapes
* A bit challenging trek

Tour Price

Pricing: $725.00/person

  • Student (only with active green ISIC card): $695.00
  • 25% deposit required at time of booking

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Choquequirao Trek Tour by Guiding Peru

Choquequirao Trek Tour Details

The Choquequirao Trek Tour is perfect for those guests who want to get away from the crowds and enjoy trekking to a destination other than Machu Picchu. Our guided trekking tour takes you to the sister city of Machu Picchu- Choquequirao (The Cradle of Gold) that sits high above the Apurimac Valley. This 4 Day Choquequirao Trek Tour is a challenging, amazing experience that is recommended for those who are used to long treks and are in excellent physical shape with strong endurance.

*One day before the trek: Your tour guide will brief you in the hotel lobby. Time to be determined at the time of booking.

Day 1: Cusco – Capuiliyoc – Chiquishca

Walking Distance: 8 kms  
Walking Time: 3-4 Hours  
Highest Elevation:  2915m  
Difficulty: Easy  
Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner  
Accommodation: Deluxe Camping

On the day 1 of your Choquequirao Trek Tour, we will pick you up from your Cusco hotel at 530am in our private van driving for 4 hours until we reach Capuliyoc town(2915M). This is the starting point of the Choquequirao Trek. Upon arrival you will enjoy a warm brunch with hot drinks. You will then meet your trekking team, horseman, horses, and staff that will carry the equipment and your personal duffel bags (up to 10 Kg) for the next several days. Here, we will enjoy views of the mountains of the area, the Apurimac Canyon, and the Apurimac River (which is twice as deep as the USA’s Grand Canyon). After brunch, we will descend for 3 hours to our first campsite at Chiquisca (1,900m) to spend our first night.

Day 2: Chiquisca – Maranpata – Choquequirao

Walking Distance: 14 kms  
Walking Time: 6-7 Hours  
Highest Elevation:  3150m  
Difficulty: Challenging  
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner And Snacks  
Accommodation: Deluxe Camping

On the second day of the Choquequirao Trek Tour, you will wake up early, at 6 am. Your porters will wake you up with a hot cup of coca tea followed by a nutritious hot breakfast that will prepare you for the day’s trekking adventure. We will then descend into the magnificent Apurimac (1,550m) and hike uphill to the village of Maranpata (2,850m). Here we will enjoy lunch and some spectacular views of the archaeological site of Choquequirao (3,150m), which is considered to be bigger than Machu Picchu (although most of it is still hidden in the forest). Upon our arrival, we will enjoy a private guided tour in the afternoon to explore all the important sections of the complex: palaces, temples, agricultural terraces, ritual water fountains, llama’s, ceremonial platform and much more. After this informative tour, we head to our second campsite, located 20 minutes from the Choquequirao ruins. Here we will be greeted by our team and enjoy appetizers and and a delicious dinner.

Day 3: Choquequirao – Maranpata – Chiquisca

Walking Distance: 14 kms  
Walking Time: 3-4 Hours  
Highest Elevation: 3150m  
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate  
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Celebration Dinner  
Accommodation: Deluxe Camping

Do not worry, on the third day of your Choquequirao Trek Tour, you will be able to sleep in a little later. Your beautiful morning will start with a warm cup of cocoa tea followed by a full breakfast. Then we will head back to further explore the magnificent Choquequirao Ruins. Today your guide will help you explore the most important and “hidden” sections of the site and explain the close relationship between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. After this tour, we will enjoy a delicious lunch then hike for about 3 hours back towards the Apurimac River. Here we will enjoy some rest before reaching the Chiquisca campsite for the evening.

Day 4: Chiquisca – Capuiliyoc – Cusco

Walking Distance: 8 kms  
Walking Time: 3-4 Hours  
Highest Elevation: 2850m  
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate  
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch  
Accommodation: N/A

On the 4th day of your Choquequirao Trek Tour, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast in the morning and then gradually hike uphill towards the Capuliyoc pass. Here we will get an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac Canyon. After this, we will continue our hike for two more hours towards Capuiliyoc, where the path finishes. This is one of the best places to have our lunch. Here you will get the last views of the Apurimac Valley and Choquequirao, which also marks the end of our Choquequirao Trek Tour. Here you will have to say goodbye to your team of horseman, cooks, and porters. After lunch you will be driven in our private van to the archaeological site of Saywite, allowing plenty of time to explore. Lastly, our driver will take you back to your Cusco hotel, where we will arrive at around 7 pm.

When to Travel

  • High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
  • Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
  • Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
  • The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.

Suggested Packing List

  • Original passport
  • Original ISIC international student card if applicable.
  • Daypack for personal items
  • Trekking Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, long sleeve tops, t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket, beanie)
  • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes, personal medications
  • Sun block
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Two 1 litre water bottled or 2 litre water reservoir
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bug repellent
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles

What’s included in our Choquequirao Trek Tour?

* Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
* Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel
* Professional Chef
* Meals as per itinerary
* Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
* Horse to transport up to 10kg of your personal gear
* Duffle bag for your personal gear
* Emergency horse
* Pick up and return from your Cusco hotel
* Hot water for washing
* Daily drinking water
* Four-person tent for every 2 people.
* Sleeping bag, deluxe air mattress, and pillow
* Kitchen tent
* Dining tent with tables and chairs
* Toilet tent.
* Oxygen bottle
* First aid kit

Options:

* Travel insurance and tips  
* Solo fee – private tent ($35)