Choquequirao Tours

We have two option to discover the Choquequirao lost city, a 5 Day, 4 Night tour and a 4 Day, 3 Night tour. Choquequirao is a lost city where the Incas took refuge in 1536, it is located in the Valley of Vilcabamba amongst rain forest to 3300m (metres above sea level). The archaeological site is considered as important as Machu Picchu and it is still being uncovered. 


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Choquequirao: 5 Day, 4 Night tour

We leave Cusco and travel on an asphalted road before turning off along a dirt road to reach the town Cachora and then into the canyon to Capuliyoc. The route is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and we can appreciate the flora and fauna of the Apurimac Canyon before reaching the impressive archaeological site of Choquequirao, “Cradle of Gold” to the Incas. The trail is quite steep and challenging but taking a tour with a guide, cook and mules makes it so much more enjoyable.

Choquequirao, Cusco, PeruDAY 1: CAPULIYOC (2900M) – PLAYA ROSALINA (1500M) – SANTA ROSA (2100M)

In the morning (7:00am) we will pick you up from your accommodation for the drive to the town of Cachora, and then on to Capuliyoc where we will have a panoramic view of the Apurimac valley and meet our horses and horsemen to begin our trek. The first day is majority downhill, we will stop in Chiquisqa for lunch before crossing over the river and heading uphill for a couple of hours to our camping spot for the night at Santa Rosa. Toilet and cold water shower available at the campsite.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: SANTA ROSA (2100M) – CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE (2870M)

Choquequirao, Cusco, Peru

After breakfast, with fresh legs we will start a challenging climb uphill which then flattens out to a gentler climb at Maranpata (2850m), where we will be able to look back on how far we have come and appreciate the vegetation and views along the trail. There is no rush today and we can relax after lunch. Toilets and cold water shower available at the campsite.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE (3040M)

Choquequirao, llama wall, llamas, Cusco, PeruGuided tour of the Choquequirao archaeological site and free time to explore further. We will visit the more recently discovered llama wall on the opposite from the campsite and marvel at the steep terraces which are still being revealed by archaeologists. Toilets and cold water shower available at the campsite.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate


DAY 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE (2870M) – CHIQUISQA (1930M)

After breakfast we will start our descent back down into the canyon to Santa Rosa where we will have lunch, and cross back over the river to Playa Rosalina. The last part of the day will be an ascent to the town of Chiquisqa where we will camp (toilet and cold water shower available).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult


DAY 5: CHIQUISQA (1930M) – CAPULIYOC (2900M)

Choquequirao, Cusco, Peru, llama wall, llamas

After a fortifying final breakfast, we depart Chiquisqa early to avoid the strength of the sun and walk uphill to Capuliyoc where we will arrive around midday. While walking, we can appreciate the native flora and fauna, as well as the stunning views of snowcapped peaks and the impressive Apurimac canyon (and pat yourself on the back for completing this challenging hike!). After lunch we will drive back to the city of Cusco, arriving in the afternoon to your accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Difficulty: Moderate

Note:
That this is a typical itinerary and may be subject to change depending on speed of the group and availability of camping spaces. Alternative campsites may be used.

INCLUDES:

  • Private transportation from Cusco to Capuliyoc return
  • Qualified, fun and experienced bilingual guide (1 guide per 8 customers)
  • Noted meals during the trek (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners) and some snacks
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • An experienced and hygienic cook (1 cook per 8 customers)
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Horsemen and mules to carry food, cooking and camping equipment (around 1.5 mules per person and 1 horsemen per 3 mules)
  • Horsemen and mules to carry 5 kilos per person passengers personal items; a returnable duffel bag will be provided at your briefing
  • Emergency mule where there are 5 or more passengers in shared service; or an emergency mule for private service
  • Entrances to Choquequirao
  • First aid kit
  • Boiled water to fill your water bottle (please request prior to meals)
  • Water for washing hands and face

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast day 1, Dinner day 5
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for $5 USD per day)
  • Walking sticks (can be rented for $3 USD per day)

WHAT TO BRING:

    • Day backpack
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sweater, jacket (something warm)
    • Camera, batteries, film and extras
    • Water bottle, ideally non disposable canteen (boiled drinking water provided)
    • Walking sticks / poles (rubber covers required).
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • Caps or hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Toiletries and toilet paper, and a small towel
    • Sandals (for showers and airing out your feet at the end of the day)
    • Some of your favorite snacks e.g. chocolate, nuts, cookies, energy bars
    • Cash in soles and/or U.S. dollars (you can buy snacks and energy drinks along the way, and for tips if you want to for the horsemen, cook and/or guide)
    • Original passport

Prices for this Choquequirao 5 Day Tour: (Per person)

2 People – $670 USD
3 People – $580 USD
4 People – $480 USD
5 People – $410 USD
6 People – $370 USD

*Price is based on a minimum of 2 people. Groups of other sizes, please contact us for a free no strings attached quote.

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CHOQUEQUIRAO: 4 Day, 3 Night tour

Choquequirao is a lost city where the Incas took refuge in 1536, it is located in the Valley of Vilcabamba amongst rain forest to 3300m (metres above sea level). The archaeological site is considered as important as Machu Picchu. We leave Cusco and travel 145km of asphalted road and then 10km along a dirt road to reach the town Cachora. The route is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and we can appreciate the flora and fauna of the Apurimac Canyon before reaching the impressive archaeological site of Choquequirao, “Cradle of Gold” to the Incas.

DAY 1: CUSCO (3350M) – CACHORA (2850M) – SANTA ROSA (2100M)

In the morning (7:00am) we will pick you up from your accommodation for the drive to the town of Cachora, and then on to Capuliyoc where we will have a panoramic view of the Apurimac valley and meet our horses and horsemen to begin our trek. The first day is majority downhill, we will stop in Chiquisqa for lunch before crossing over the river and heading uphill for a couple of hours to our camping spot for the night at Santa Rosa. Toilet and cold water shower available at the campsite.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 7 km
Estimated time: 9 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: SANTA ROSA (2100M) – PLAYA ROSALINA (1500M) – CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMPSITE (2870M)

After breakfast, with fresh legs we will start a challenging climb uphill which then flattens out to a gentler climb to Maranpata (2850m), where we will be able to look back on how far we have come and appreciate the vegetation and views along the trail. We will have lunch at the campsite as long as we are making a steady pace. From this point it is only about an hour to the Choquequirao campsite where we will have lunch before a guided tour of the archaeological site and the recently uncovered llama wall on the other side of the site (please note your legs will be weary at the end of this day wandering around the steep site). Toilets and cold water shower available at the campsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 14 km
Estimated time: 8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO (3270M) – CHIQUISQA (1930M)

Option to visit Choquequirao again early to appreciate the sunrise and a little bit of free time at the site. After that we then descend to Santa Rosa where we will have lunch, and then Playa Rosalina. The last part of the day will be an ascent to the town of Chiquisqa where we will camp (toilet and cold water shower available).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 14 km
Estimated time: 8 horas
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

DAY 4: CHIQUISQA (1930M) – CAPULIYOC (2900M) – CACHORA (2850M)

After a fortifying breakfast at 6:00am, we depart Chiquisqa and take the same path as we walked on day 1, until the passage of Capuliyoc and then another two hours to the town of Cachora which is a smoother stretch and we will arrive around midday. While walking we can appreciate the native flora and fauna and stunning views of snowcapped peaks and the impressive Apurimac canyon. We then drive back to the city of Cusco, arriving in the afternoon to your accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Total distance: 7 km
Estimated time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Note:
That this is a typical itinerary and may be subject to change depending on speed of the group and availability of camping spaces. Alternative campsites may be used.

INCLUDES:

  • Private transportation by bus from Cusco to Cachora return
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Noted meals during the trekking (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners) and some snacks
  • Camping equipment, cook, helpers
  • First aid kit
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing
  • We provide boiled water to fill your water bottle (please request prior to meals)
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Emergency horse where there are 5 or more passengers in shared service; or an emergency horse for private service
  • Horses and mules to carry food and camping equipment
  • Horses and mules to carry the passengers personal items; (5 kilos per person in shared service / 7 kilos per person in private service (a returnable duffel bag will be provided at your briefing)
  • Entrance to Choquequirao

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast day 1, Dinner day 4
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for $5 USD per day)
  • Walking sticks (can be rented for $3 USD per day)

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag (suitable for temperatures down to at least -5C)
  • Walking sticks / poles (rubber covers required).
  • Sweater, jacket (something warm)
  • Camera, batteries, film and extras
  • Water bottle, ideally non disposable canteen (boiled drinking water provided)
  • Flashlight, extra batteries as well
  • Caps or hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries and toilet paper, and a small towel
  • Sandals (for showers and airing out your feet at the end of the day)
  • Some of your favorite snacks e.g. chocolate, nuts, cookies, energy bars
  • Cash in soles and/or U.S. dollars (you can buy snacks and energy drinks along the way, and for tips if you want to for the horsemen, cook and/or guide)
  • Original passport

Prices for this Choquequirao 4 Day Tour: (Per person)

2 People – $590 USD
3 People – $480 USD
4 People – $400 USD
5 People – $340 USD
6 People – $310 USD

Groups of other sizes, please contact us for a free no strings attached quote.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR