Choquequirao Trek: When possible we highly recommend hiking this trail, 58km, in 5 days; so that it gives you the opportunity to spend a full day (trek day 3) in the Choquequirao ruins.
The Inca city is situated in the vast landscape of the Vilcabamba Range above the Apurimac River Canyon. Thick forest has covered this Inca site for many years and it has only been discovered in relatively recent times.
Choquequirao was the dwelling of the last rebel Incas of Vilcabamba and similar to Machu Picchu; it is thought that the Spanish never discovered it. This is a challenging trek traversing different ecosystems, and it’s possible to also 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 you track out the same way you entered). Once through the tough 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 makes 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; which makes this a truly magnificent hike.