Choquequirao Trek: When possible it’s highly recommend hiking the trail, 58km, over 5 days; so that you will have the opportunity to spend a full day (trek day 3) in the Choquequirao ruins.

The Incan citadel is situated in the vast landscape of the Vilcabamba Range; above the Apurimac River Canyon. As a result; thick forest has covered this Inca site for many years and have re-discovered the citadel in relatively recent times.

Choquequirao was the dwelling of the last rebel Incas of Vilcabamba and similar to Machu Picchu; and it is widely believed that the Spanish never discovered this last remaining fortress. This is a challenging trek traversing different ecosystems, and it’s possible to include Machu Picchu as part of the trek route.

The 4-day trek is a long slow descent into the Apurimac valley; followed by a relatively steep climb on day 2 (then tracking out the same way you entered). Once through the challenging parts of this route; you’ll get to experience one of the best Inca Trail & Machu Picchu alternatives in the surrounding Andes of Cusco. The relative solitude of the Choquequirao trek makes this a very unique and excellent alternative.

There are amazing views of the Vilcabamba Range and the trail descends deep into the Apurimac Canyon.

Day 1
Cusco - Cachora - Chikiska
Drive from your hotel in Cusco to the rustic Cachora village where your trek will begin. After having lunch, start your trek by following a switchback trail down into the Apurimac canyon. You’ll stay the night in Chikiska, a small mountainside settlement with beautiful views down into the Apurimac valley.
  • Start Elevation: 2900m / 9514ft.
  • Max Elevation: 2945m / 9648ft.
  • Approximate Walking time: 6 hrs
  • Distance travelled: 19km / 11.80 ml
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Overnight: Chikiska
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2
Chikiska to Choquequirao
Depart from your campsite at Chikiska and continue your trek across the Apurimac River and pass through the communities of Santa Rosa and Maranpata. The steep path passes through territory which can get humid and hot depending on the season. One of the more strenuous days, with dramatic views of the canyon as you approach the ruins of Choquequirao. In the evening, we will arrive at our campsite, located right near the ruins of Choquequirao.
  • Start Elevation: 2847m / 9340ft
  • Max Elevation: 3100m / 10170ft.
  • Approximate Walking time: 8 hours
  • Distance travelled: 14km / 8.69 ml
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Overnight:Choquequirao
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Explore Choquequirao
After breakfast at your campsite, head out to visit the ruins. With few other tourists around, explore the main plaza, ritual bath, and inlaid stone llamas at the ruins of Choquequirao. The site sits atop a hill rising 1,600m above the Apurimac and was hidden from the Spanish for centuries until Bingham stumbled upon it before Machu Picchu. The site is yet to be completely excavated, with much of it still shrouded by jungle and cloud forest. In the evening, return to your campsite near the Choquequirao ruins.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Overnight: Choquequirao
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Choquequirao to Chikiska
It will be a long yet slower & more leisurely hike back to the first campsite at Chikiska and after an unforgettable experience well worth the walk. Today you can really enjoy the trekking and take in the vast changes of the environment & landscapes.
  • Start Elevation: 2847 masl / 9340 ft
  • Max Elevation: 2941 masl / 9648 ft.
  • Approximate Walking time: 9 hours
  • Distance travelled: 19km / 11.80 ml
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Overnight: Chikiska
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Chiquisca to Capuliyoc
Setting off in the early morning light you'll begin the hard climb to Capuliyoc, from where you'll again be able to appreciate the impressive background of the Apurimac canyon and feel like you've earnt the view!.
The route begins to even out and it is only 2 hours back to the town of Cachora where private transport will be waiting to take you back to Cusco.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Price includes

  • Briefing one day before the trek
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure.
  • 3 nutritious meals per day (vegetarian options available)
  • Drinking water along the trek
  • Bilingual guide (Assistant Guide for groups over 6 passengers).
  • Chef (assistant chef for larger groups).
  • Quadruple tents to be used by two people, allowing more comfort and more space to store backpacks
  • Mules (for equipment and personal items) and muleteers
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Sleeping liner and pillow.
  • Saddled horse in case of emergencies or if you are making very little progress (this horse is with the group at all time)
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Kitchen tent and dining tent with camp tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent
  • Duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person). This will be provided by your guide at your briefing.
Price excludes
  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Sleeping bag. If you don’t want to bring your own, we can hire this for you.
  • Tips for guides and field staff.

Tour Info

Breakfast x 4
Lunch x 5
Dinner x 4
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Extension trips to Machu Picchu
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.
From June through to the end of September, we’re offering one person free on all of our treks for group sizes of 3+. If you are a group of 2 you can add one person for free, or if you’re a group of 3 the third person joins free and so on.

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