Choquequirao trek

Duration: 4 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: 250 - 500 m ascent per day

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> Spiritual ceremonies performed by our Andean healers
> Hike through sugar cane farms

Choquequirao Trekking to the “Cradle of Gold” is one of the few places that there are almost no people. This Incredible Citadel was built by the Incas in an impossible mountain top, overlooking the beautiful landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. This trek navigates the region’s lush cloud forests and snowcapped mountains. During the 4-day trek, you may see less than a dozen trekkers every day making this place a unique, quiet retreat and very soon will become Peru’s hottest destination.



Cusco – Capuliyoc – Santa Rosa

Duration: 05:50 h
Distance: 12.2 km
Ascent: 580 m
Descent: 1480 m
Lowest Point: 1480 m
Highest Point: 2950 m
Departure will be from Cusco between 4:30am-5:00am. We’ll drive across the Andes towards Capuliyoc, arriving at approximately 8:30am. In this place we will enjoy the first breakfast and start our Trexperience to one of the legendary lost city of the Incas: Choquequirao. It’s a 4-hour trek downhill from Capuliyoc (9550 ft. 2911 m) to our lunch place at Chiquiska (1893m – 6210 ft.). Along the way we will get the first views of the Apurimac canyon, one of the deepest ones in Peru. It offers us spectacular panoramas with different landscapes from the highlands of Peru to the dense vegetation of the clouds forest. After lunch we continue our journey for 2 more hours down to Santa Rosa (1478mts – 4849ft.) Here we will camp for the night.

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa – Maranpata – Choquequirao

Duration: 04:40 h
Distance: 8.2 km
Ascent: 1300 m
Descent: 130 m
Lowest Point: 2000 m
Highest Point: 3170 m
After breakfast we will get ready for one of the most challenging but rewarding days on this Trexperience! First we will cross a suspension bridge and trek uphill to Marampata (9550 ft. 2911 m). Passing through sugar cane farms, we’ll see where the locals produce “Cañazo”, a local alcoholic drink that has been produced for centuries. We will stop for lunch at a beautiful spot with amazing views of the mountains and the river. After lunch we start ascending to Choquequirao (3030mts – 9940ft.). A spectacular place perched in the Peruvian Andes, this was one of the last Incan cities built. It might have been one of the entrance check point to Vilcabamba, the last capital of the Incas. Our campsite today is right next to this archaeological place, allowing us to walk to this mysterious places back and forth anytime we want to relax…



Choquequirao – Chiquisca

Duration: 06:15 h
Distance: 12.8 km
Ascent: 540 m
Descent: 1830 m
Lowest Point: 1480 m
Highest Point: 3170 m
We will wake up watching the sunrise at this magical place. After breakfast, it will be a long downhill to Santa Rosa (2230mts – 7300ft), our lunch spot. Then later, we continue going downhill before the final climb to our campsite at Chiquiska (1800m / 5905ft). This is a perfect day to enjoy the surrounding landscape from hundreds of different flowers, birds, and waterfalls in the distance.


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  • Guides

    A well-trained English-speaking guide is included in the price. The guides all grew up in the Cusco region and are committed to sharing their history and culture with visitors. The guides are friendly and professional and will make sure you don't miss anything.

  • Camping during the trek

    During the trek, you will be staying on campsites. Your camp will be set up for you.

  • Satellite phones

    Guides are equipped with satellite phones and can organise anything on the fly.

  • Taxes and fees

    All tourist taxes and permit fees applicable are included in the listed price.

  • First aid

    Your guide has received training in first aid from a physician. Mandatory training sessions are conducted every year. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. You will be escorted off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and taken to a clinic for treatment.

  • Food and water

    Food and water are included and will be provided as per the itinerary. Water is boiled, filtered, and then cooled before distributing. You must bring your water bottles and or camelback. We recommend carrying about 3L worth per day. You will be able to restock your water supplies at each meal.

  • Getting to and from

    Getting to and from the start/end point of this trekking is included, as per the itinerary.

  • Gear

    All (camping) equipment will be provided, built up, and taken down again. This is included in your trekking package. Please note that a sleeping bag and air mattress are not included but are available for rent.

  • Duffel

    You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

  • Porters

    A personal porter will carry most of your belongings using a duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. You will have access to your duffel bag in the mornings and evenings.

  • Trekking Briefing

    The night before your trek, you will come to the local office for a briefing. The entire itinerary will be explained and the final logistics for the Choquequirao Trail Trek will be taken care of.

  • Permits

    Permits for both your Choquequirao Trail Trek trek and for the entry to Machu Picchu are included and will be taken care of.


  • Accommodation in Cusco including breakfast

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

  • Rentals

    Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent: Sleeping Bag: USD 20, Inflatable Air Mattress: USD 15, Trekking Poles (Pair): USD 15.

  • Huayna Picchu

    Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep if you are scared of heights. You would do this after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is USD 75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance due to popularity. Please understand that the weather is out of our control.

  • Travel Insurance Including Repatriation

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Peru.

  • Tipping

    Tips for guides, cook and porters are not included. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.


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