This Archeological Complex is very interesting and one of the most popular treks in the Cusco area. This trail is situated in the spur of the mountain range of Salkantay, over 3030m surrounded by the Apus of Yamana, Ampay, Chokecarpu, Pumasiyo, and Panta, on the left bank of the Apurimac River.
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This Archeological Complex is very interesting and one of the most popular treks in theusco area. This trail is situated in the spur of the mountain range of Salkantay, over 3030m surrounded by the Apus of Yamana, Ampay, Chokecarpu, Pumasiyo, and Panta, on the left bank of the Apurimac River. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails. With a wide variety of flora and fauna, beautiful scenery, and a visit to a major Inca site.
What you need to bring
- Original Passport
- Student Card (if you are a student and have booked in advance to qualify for the discount)
- Sleeping bag (can be hired from us).
- Walking sticks (can be hired from us).
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat & sunglasses
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries
Private Service prices.
Important: Price is based on a DOUBLE room accommodation.
- 2 people US$ 975 per person
- 3 people US$ 875 per person
- 4 people US$ 775 per person
- 5 people US$ 685 per person
- 6 people US$ 645 per person
- 7 people US$ 615 per person
- 8+ people US$ 595 per person
- Sleeping Bag US$35.00
- Walking Pole US$12.00
- Inflatable Mattress US$25.00
- Single Tent Supplement US$35.00
Zero plastic bottles on the Choquequirao Trek
Time : 6:00 am
Cusco to Santa Rosa
Our first day starts out from the village of Cachora, a 4 hour drive from Cusco. Leaving Cachora the path works it's way down in to the Apurimac Valley and we will have
fantastic views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the Apurimac Valley spread out before us throughout the day, also after a few hours walking we'll get to have our first views of Choquequirao sat on the far side of the valley. The area around Choquequirao is rich in life and we will see a wide variety of flora and fauna as we make our way down in to the valley.
Our campsite for the night is at Santa Rosa (2200m / 7215ft.) which is on the other side of the Apurimac River. As the campsite is a little further along the trail than most groups go it is one of the quietest places to camp on the whole trek so we can enjoy the beautiful scenery around us without distraction.
Time : 6:00 am
Santa Rosa to Choquequirao
Today is probably the hardest day of the trek. To get to Choquequirao we need to make our way back up the opposite side of the Apurimac Valley, which involves ascending about 800m / 2624ft. over a distance of 14km / 8.7 miles through hot and humid conditions. It's quite tough going but the views we get today mixed with the wide variety
of flora and fauna you find on this side of the valley make it worth it.Throughout the day, we will see a wide variety of bromeliads, orchids, and stands of bamboo; we will also hopefully see birds such as Quetzals, Toucans, and a variety of hummingbirds. After about a 5-hour walk we will arrive at our campsite close to Choquequirao (3050m / 10,005ft.) and settle in for the night - if the weather is clear the views of the sun setting from here are amazing and we may be lucky enough to spot Condors soaring over the valley below.
Time : 6:00 am
Choquequirao to Chiquiska
After breakfast, we will visit the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao. Waking up early you'll head off on a guided tour of the site during which you'll be shown the most important and interesting sections of the city and get to learn about the Inca culture and the close relation between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Compared to Machu Picchu little is known about Choquequirao even though it has been known about for much longer. Originally discovered in the 17th century by the Spanish it lay abandoned and forgotten until recent years when tourism raised the profile of the city and exploration began. Even with this increased interest, only 25% of the city has been explored and many of its secrets still wait to be discovered. After your tour, you'll begin the trek back to Cachora along the route we came. Our campsite for tonight is Chiquiska (1800m/5905ft.) at the base of the valley by the Apurimac River.
Time : 6:00 am
Chiquiska to Cusco
Today is the final stretch of the trek as we make our way back to Cachora. Winding our way back up the side of the valley we'll have our final views of Choquequirao in the distance before arriving at Cachora in the late afternoon and traveling by bus back to Cusco.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
- Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
- Pick-up from your hotel
- Transportation by bus to and from Cachora
- Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
- 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
- Sleeping mattress
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
Note* About Choquequirao trek Campsites:
Campsites may change depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4
- Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip
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