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Choquequirao Trek (5 Days / 4 Nights)

It is located northeast of the city of Cusco, between the Apurimac River and Vilcabamba mountain range, where stands the snowy mountain “Padreyoc” with a height of 5,600 meters. The range offered by this walk is to see some species that are endangered such is the case of the Andean condor, puma and spectacled bear and others. This area served as a refuge and natural fortress for the sixteenth movement of Inca resistance sixteenth century, The area by the oral legend is called "DORADO" even hidden for archeology remains. There is another Inca road network that connects the areas of Vilcabamba, Vicos, Rosas Pata, Ñusta Hispana, Espiritu Pampa, Choquequirau (Aymara chuqui, gold, and Quechua k'iraw, cot, meaning "Cradle of Gold") are the ruins of an Inca city located between the foothills of Mount Salkantay, in the province of Anta, Cusco region, southern Peru. The archaeological remains of Choquequirau are comprised of buildings and terraces on different levels, from the lowest level to the top Sunch'u Pata truncated highest, which was leveled and fenced with stones to form a platform with an approximate area of ​​150 m.

Choquequirau (sometimes also referred to as Choquequirau or Choquequirao ) is known as the " sacred sister " of Machu Picchu by structural and architectural similarity. Recently, while partially excavated, has attracted the interest of the Peruvian government to recover even more the complex and make it an alternative more accessible for tourists interested in learning more about the Inca culture, has hundreds of platforms, rooms and irrigation systems.

Departure prior Booking, is not subject to space, there is total Disponibility. Enjoy the best Adventure trekking. Book and Travel now with Enjoy Peru Holidays and as a comity we offer you a Box Lunch for your trip.

Discount of USD 20.00 dolars.To the students with valid card International Student Identity Card (ISIC) In case to be a student the card must be properly scanned and send digitally to our e- mail before you pay the initial deposit for the reservation, in order to qualify for the discount .

Completely free of charge !! Sleeping bags and trekking poles for groups of 8 or more.

Salkantay Trek SatisfactionOverview of the Tour:

  • Price 420.00 USD$.
  • 04 Nights Camping.
  • Includes: guided, transportation and Entrances to the places that we will visit.
  • Food: 04 breakfasts, 05 Lunches, 04 Dinners.
  • Activities: Trekking by Cachora, Playa Santa Rosa and the visit to the Archaeological Center of Choquequirao.

Why Choose us, as your Operator on the route of Choquequirao?:

Important things that you have to carry to your travel to Choquequirao:

Validity and Conditions:

  • Valid from 01 January to 31 December of 2015.
  • Subject to Availability.

DAY 01: Cusco - Cachora - Chikiska

An early morning scenic bus ride of approximately four hours through high Andean plains will bring us to the village of Cachora, where we will meet our mule drivers. Leaving the village, we will begin with a gentle hike along an old mining road to Kapulyoq Pass (2800 meters / 9,240 feet). From this pass we will have our first mesmerizing view of the deep Apurimac canyon and the surrounding snow peaks. After resting and enjoying the scenery, we will continue our descent of approximately three hours along a dusty trail, zigzagging down the arid wall of the canyon, to our first camp at the Chiquiska oasis (1800 meters / 6000 feet) 

DAY 02: Chikiska - Marampata

After a nourishing breakfast we will continue our descent to the valley floor, where we will cross the Apurimac River (1495 meters / 5000 feet). From here we will start to climb the long, steep trail (approximately five hours) to our destination: the impressive archaeological complex of Choquequirao, where we should arrive just in time to enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the deep canyon and the surrounding mountains (3000 meters / 9,900 feet). 

DAY 03: Marampata - Choquequirao

During the morning we will visit the restored section of Choquequirao and explore some of the ruins that are still covered by lush cloud forest vegetation. Much work has been done in recent years to excavate, clear and restore the site. After lunch, those who choose to can visit the Cascade House (restored buildings and terraces some 300 meters (1000 feet) below the main structures of Choquequirao). Later, our evening meal will consist of a typical Peruvian “pachamanca” (traditional Andean ingredients cooked in the earth). Volunteers to help with the preparation will be welcome! From the highest point of the archaeological site (the “usno”, or ceremonial platform) there are fine views of the Apurimac canyon far below, and if we are fortunate we may even see a great Andean condor soar above us. 

DAY 04: Choquequirao - Chikiska

After breakfast and a last chance to explore independently the main structures of the archaeological site, it will be time to begin the long descent to the Apurimac River, where we will stop for lunch and a rest, before the three hour climb to our last camp at Cocamazana (2300 meters / 7,600 feet). On our last night together we will enjoy an excellent meal with spectacular views of Choquequirao and the Apurimac Canyon.

DAY 05: Chikiska - Cachora - Cusco

In order to avoid the intense sun, we will start our day early with the climb up to Kapulyoq Pass (2800 meters / 9,250 feet), from where we will continue along a flat country road to the village of Cachora, arriving before noon.
After a well-deserved rest we will say goodbye to the mule drivers and begin our return bus journey to Cusco. If there is time, along the way we will stop and visit Saywite, an enormous rock carved by the Incas into a 3-dimensional representation of their empire, complete with flora and fauna. We will arrive back in Cusco in time for a hot shower, before heading into town for a night out! 


US$ 420.00

Price per Person

2 PAX: US$ 650.00

Price per Person

4 PAX: US$ 600.00

Price per Person

6 PAX: US$ 550.00

Price per Person

More Participants, less price. 

Throughout to your journey, you will join to small groups and will be guided by our local guides. A great opportunity to meet people from around the world and share their experiences.

You will have guides and private transport throughout the trip for you and your companions. We will also include special tours that are not available in the group category.

  • Pick up from Hotel / Accommodation.
  • Bus from Cusco to Cachora.
  • Bilingual Tour Guide.
  • Chef.
  • Box Lunch (1 apple, 2 banana , chocolate, biscuit, juice " Frugos " granola bar) .
  • 1 Mineral Water, 1 Gatorade.
  • Food: 04 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 04 dinners.
  • Camping equipment: Sleeping tent for 4 people for every 2 people, mattress.
  • Kitchen, tables, chairs, dishes.
  • Porters.
  • Horses to carry equipment, food, and 5 KILOS OF PASSENGER BAGGAGE (includes sleeping and mattresses) only for 4 days.
  • Entrance to Choquequirao.
  • Bus from Cachora to Cusco.
  • First aid kit.
  • Vegetarian food option at no additional cost.
  • Transfer Airport - Hotel / Lodging
  •  Pick up from Hotel / Accommodation.
  •  Bus from Cusco to Cachora (Mini Bus Private).
  •  Bilingual Tour Guide (Private).
  •  Cook and assistant cook.
  •  Box Lunch (1 apple, 2 bananas, chocolate, biscuit, juice "Frugos" granola bar).
  •  1 Mineral Water, 1 Gatorade.
  •  Food: 04 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 04 dinners.
  •  Camping equipment: Sleeping tent for 4 people for every 2 people, mattress.
  •  Kitchen, tables, chairs, dishes.
  •  Porters.
  •  Horses to carry equipment, food, and 5 KILOS OF PASSENGER BAGGAGE (includes sleeping and mattresses) only for 4 days.
  •  Emergency horse.
  •  Entrance to Choquequirao.
  •  Bus from Cachora to Cusco (Mini Bus Private).
  •  First aid kit.
  •  Oxygen ball.
  •  Options for vegetarians and special requests are available.
  •  Extra horse to ride or for any additional backpack for children or for people who require it.
  • Breakfast on the 1st day (it must have taken at your hotel and / or accommodation in Cusco)
  • Lunch at the 5th day.
  • Extra horse to ride or for any additional backpack.
  • Expenses not mentioned.
  • International flights from your home country.
  • Domestic Flights:
    Lima - Cusco
    Cusco - Lima
  • Sleeping bag for the first night, the coldest and highest camping spot. (You can hire us to US $ 25.00 per person for 2 days).
  • Breakfast on the 1st day (it must have taken at your hotel and / or accommodation in Cusco)
  • Lunch at the 5th day.
  • Expenses not mentioned.
  • International flights from your home country.
  • International Flights:
    Lima - Cusco
    Cusco - Lima

OPTIONAL: If you need a hotel in Cusco, just let us know when you plan to stay and we'll do the rest. We can also include the transfer "Airport - Hotel - Airport" in Cusco the days of arrival and departure by an additional $ 7.00 per person.
*NOTE: Travel costs do not include international flights and domestic flights (Lima - Cusco - Lima). The tour starts and ends in Cusco.

We recommend that you carry the following items:

  • Backpack.
  • Trekking boots should be waterproof (recommended).
  • Warm clothing at night.
  • Rainwear.
  • Binoculars.
  • Flashlight batteries.
  • Cap or Hat.
  • Long pants not recommended with jeans.
  • So many T-shirts.
  • Small towel.
  • Swimwear.
  • Toilet paper, handkerchiefs.
  • Hand sanitizers.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Raincoatfor rain.
  • Medicine and / or personal items (liquid for contact lenses).
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruit, muesli, water, etc.
  • Water bottle should drink plenty of water on the trek.
  • Purification tablets.
  • Original passport (Choquequirao Entrance Control).
  • Have on hand checks in small denominations and coins dollars, euros or soles.
  • Walking sticks, optional.
  • Camera or camcorder.

Trekking to Choquequirao

“An exciting adventure that challenges your resistance”

Choquequirao, the lost city of the Incas, explored by Hiram Bingham two years before he discovered Machu Picchu. Difficult access, the ruins are rarely visited by travelers.

The access to Choquequirao is south from Cachora requires a steep descent of nearly 3200 meters to the Apurimac river at 1200 meters, followed by a ascent very difficult to climb but not impossible until to reach the ruins of Choquequirao. The site is surrounded by hillsides, in the shadow of the massive Salkantay .In recent years, the ruins have been rebuilt by 60 % by Peruvian archaeologists and can be explored by those intrepid travelers, adventure lovers who want to hike without much influx of tourists. For this hike you need to have experience in strong hiking to reach Choquequirao.

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