Choquequirao Trek 6D/5N
- Tour Type: Trekking
- Departure city: Cuzco, Perú
- End city: Cuzco, Perú
- Price: $693 USD
Choquequirao is one of the largest and best preserved Inca archaeological fortresses in South America.
The fortress of Machu Picchu is known worldwide, but what few people know is that the Incas also built another very similar and equally impressive citadel called “Choquequirao”, of which only less than 50% has been discovered and which receives a very low number of visitors.
One of the reasons why few people visit Choquequirao is because to get to this citadel you have to walk 13 miles (26 miles round trip), which involves descending from 9,186 ft above sea level to 4,921 ft, and then climb back up to 9,843 ft, quite a challenge!
|Key Tour Data|
|Tour Name:||Choquequirao Trek 6D/5N|
|Tour Type:||Hiking & Trekking|
|Days walking:||5 Days|
|Total tour time:||6 days (from Cuzco to Cuzco)|
|Total trekking distance:||26 miles (42km)|
|Elevation:||18,045 ft ±|
|Technical difficulty:||4 of 7|
|Maximum Altitude:||9,842 ft (3000m)|
|Minimum Altitude:||4,921 ft (1500m)|
A spectacular experience awaits you in the Andes Mountains; immerse yourself in the Inca culture, you will be impressed by its imposing mountains, roads and dreamlike trails, the hike to the fortress of Choquequirao is perfect for nature, culture and trekking lovers.
- Visit one of the most emblematic fortresses of the Inca Empire.
- Hike along the Andean-Amazonian border of the Andes mountain range.
- Pure contact with nature.
What you get
4 nights Accommodation
4 nights camping.
Travel easily from A to B (Bus)
4 Breakfsat, 4 Lunch, 4 Dinner, 4 Snack(s) in the walking.
Professional bilingual guide (End-to-end accompaniment throughout your tour package)
Handy extras and accessories (Sleeping bag / tent / mat) / Entrance ticket to Choquequirao.
What is not included
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Accommodation in Cuzco and Lima
- Travel insurance
- Meals in the city
- Personal expenses
- Single accommodation (available on request)
Day A: Cuzco 11,155 ft (Walking around the city)
Departure Time: Usually in the afternoon
We will give you a guided walking tour of about 04 hours approx. by the center of the city, this will depend on your availability at the time you arrive in the city of Cuzco. This tour is usually in the afternoon.
Activity: We will walk through the most emblematic streets and squares of Cuzco, we will learn about its history and customs.
Day 1 of 5: Cuzco 11,155 ft (3400m) – Chiquisca 6,693 ft (2040m)
One day before the trek, be sure to make all the necessary preparations.
Today you will be picked up at your accommodation between 6:00-7:00 am. Please be fully prepared with all your personal gear and have consumed your breakfast before boarding our transportation.
Now, before starting this amazing adventure, we will take you by bus (04 hours) to the town of Cachora, where we will have lunch and you can buy some last minute snacks, water and cookies, etc.
After lunch in Cachora, our transportation will continue its journey ten kilometers more until we reach the town of Capuliyoc; this will be the starting point of our dream adventure, the hike begins here.
In Capuliyoc is where we meet our muleteers and horses that will help us all the way. This day we start our hike, it will be 4.3 miles (7km) of pure descent (03 hours approx) to Chiquisca, where we will have dinner and spend the night.
Difficulty: Slightly gentle because it will be seven kilometers of pure downhill.
Day 2 of 5: Chiquisca 6,693 ft (2040m) – Marampata 9,350 ft (2850m)
Early after breakfast, from Chiquisca we continue descending until we reach 4,921 ft (Playa Rosalina), then we cross the Apurimac River and begin a very demanding ascent to Santa Rosa Baja where lunch awaits us.
After lunch recharged with energy, we continue ascending through a steeper slope, zigzagging the trail, this climb takes about 4 hours approximately to the town of Maranpata, where we will have dinner and spend the night.
Difficulty: A very physically demanding day, we are in for a great ascent.
Day 3 of 5: Marampata 9,350 ft (2850m) – Choquequirao 10,171 ft (3100m) – Marampata 9,350 ft (2850m)
This morning we start our 02 hour hike to reach the fortress of Choquequirao; this is one of the most anticipated days because we will have the whole morning to enjoy a guided tour of the majestic architectural complex, here we will take a guided walk through this spectacular stone citadel, twin sister of Machu Picchu, its enigmatic squares and rituals that are still a mystery to researchers.
After lunch we will return in the afternoon to Marampata to spend the night and return to Chiquisca the next day.
Difficulty: Today will also be a very exhausting day, 6.2 miles (10km) of hiking between ascents and descents.
Day 4 of 5: Marampata 9,350 ft (2850m) – Chiquisca 6,693 ft (2040m)
After breakfast we start our return, now with an intense descent to Playa Rosalina and then climb about three kilometers to Chiquisca, where we will spend the night to finish the last stretch the next day.
Difficulty: Relaxing at first because it will be about 3.7 miles (6km) downhill, but then 1.8 miles (3km) more uphill await us.
Day 5 of 5: Chiquisca 6,693 ft (2040m) – Cachora 9,514 ft (2900m) – Cuzco 11,155 ft (3400m)
We start early to arrive at the starting point “Capuliyoc” where our transportation will be waiting for us to return to Cuzco.
Once again on the way we will observe the exotic flora and fauna, as well as the views of majestic snow-capped peaks and the impressive Apurimac canyon. In Capuliyoc our transportation will be waiting for us to take us to the town of Cachora where we will have lunch, and then we will continue our journey to the city of Cuzco. You will be transferred to your hotel of origin.
Difficulty: The body is already tired, but we have to be strong for the last 4.3 miles (7km) climb.
Visa and passport information
Citizens of the United Kingdom, citizens of Western Europe, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities do not require a visa. If you have any doubts, please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.
Once your reservation is confirmed, we guarantee that the price will not increase, regardless of the circumstances. Before booking, please make sure you have read our important Information About tour prices.
It is a condition of booking with Made In Mountain that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to take out adequate travel insurance and to ensure that you have read and understood all the terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake during the tour, including all optional activities. Your insurance policy should fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country.
In case of medical emergencies, illness or injury your insurance should cover the entire duration of your vacation. If you are trekking at high altitude, make sure there is no upper altitude limit that may limit or exclude coverage for your trip.
In this adventure you will reach 3000 meters above sea level, cold and tropical climate typical of the Peruvian Andes, in most of the day you can reach temperatures around 15 degrees Celsius on average.
This trip is at an altitude where there is a risk of being affected by acute mountain sickness (AMS), a common and generally harmless condition caused by reduced air pressure and lower oxygen concentration. While the itinerary has been specifically designed to allow your body to acclimatize gradually, the rate of onset and severity, as well as the altitude at which AMS develops, can vary greatly among individuals; being physically fit offers no special protection. If symptoms develop during your trip, you should report them to your Made In Mountain leader immediately.
Travelers with heart or lung conditions, anemia, asthma, high blood pressure, or who are taking the birth control pill should seek advice from their primary care physician and specifically mention the maximum altitude the trip reaches (refer to the trip itinerary). Bring your travel notes to your medical appointment so that your physician has all the details of your trip.
You should have adequate travel insurance for your trip. Make sure that your insurance policy covers you up to the maximum altitude indicated above.
Important for travel to Cuzco City
During the high season of visitors from April to October (Andean summer) our reservations sell out quickly, so we recommend that you book your vacation well in advance of your planned travel date, at least 5 to 6 months in advance when possible.
About flight delays
Made In Mountain does not currently include international flights from your home city in its itineraries, so it is very important that you schedule your arrival in Lima, Peru 1 or 2 days prior to the start of your tour to avoid delays with your itinerary.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and you should inquire before traveling.
At present, in the current year 2022, the Peruvian Government requires to show the vaccination card for access to public places.
In Peru, in addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, no other vaccines are mandatory, but we recommend protection against typhoid fever, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on malaria, dengue fever and Zika virus. Take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites, which include mosquito repellent, as well as long pants and long-sleeved shirts to cover up when necessary.
About camping tents
You will be assigned a space in a shared tent of two, three or four people as organized by the main guide, but if you want more privacy and want a personal tent, this will have an additional cost of $ 40 dollars as a single payment for all the days of camping that we will have on the route.
If you come as a couple or with friends a private tent can be assigned according to availability, so it is very important that you reserve the tour well in advance.
Food in camping
The food is varied, prioritizing good nutrition to keep you active throughout the trip.
Your tour leader will contact you to ask you about your dietary preferences.
Travel Lima – Cuzco – Lima
To travel from the capital city of Lima to Cuzco (round trip) you must arrange your flights in advance, we suggest you arrive in the capital city of Lima one or two days prior to the start of your tour to avoid delays and inconveniences.
The present itinerary only counts from your arrival in the city of Cuzco.
If you require additional flight services, please contact our travel agents.
Expand activities in Cuzco
If you plan to stay a few more days in the city of Cuzco and wish to extend your experience to other emblematic places of the Inca empire, we can offer you other activities, but it will be important to let your main guide know in advance.
Basic services in Cuzco
Cuzco is a small city, but with a wide variety of hotel and gastronomic services due to the great touristic affluence it has. We always make the best effort to give you the best comfort and food when you are in this place; you will have a good internet access and the comforts with the primary services; our partners are the best that you can find in that city. You can find more information about Peru here.
Drinking water is provided. Tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; boiled and filtered drinking water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your leader will purchase large water containers so you can refill your bottle.
Lodging, meals, flights or additional services
If you have problems to book your lodging, flights from Lima to Cuzco, food, etc. or any additional service we can assist you, it is only important that you make your tour reservations well in advance. Cuzco is a city with very high demand for tourist services, the basic services are full almost all year round.
Remember that any additional service that is not included in this tour will have an additional cost.