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Choquequirao Trek


Duration 5 Days
Difficulty Hard
Range of Altitude 1,850m to 3,103m / 6,070ft to 10,178ft
Distance Covered Approximately 60km

Unknown to many people, Peru is home to another lost city of equal importance besides the famous Machu Picchu, known as Choquequirao (3,103m/10,178ft) or “Cradle of Gold” in local Quechua.

Choquequirao is believed to yield similar importance to that of Machu Picchu, having served the same religious, political and agricultural functions. Yet, despite being larger than Machu Picchu, Choquequirao remains seemingly untouched and remote – drawing only about 30 people a day during the high season compared to almost 2,500 people a day at Machu Picchu. Nonetheless, its popularity is expected to rise.

Come and visit Choquequirao with us with our specially designed 4D3N (see here) or 5D4N trek, and see why it has been called “The Other Machu Picchu” (New York Times) or “Peru’s other lost city” (BBC).

The 5D4N version includes an extra day at the Choquequirao archaeological site.


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  • We depart Cusco early in the morning by private transport to Cachora (2,800m/9,184ft), a local community located four to five hours away. It serves as the starting point of the trek

  • We start our hike by climbing for two and a half hours towards Abra Capuliyoc (2,750m/9,020ft), where we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon

  • We descend for two more hours towards Chiquisca, where we set our camp and spend the night
  • Head down towards Rosalina Beach, which will take approximately an hour

  • We then cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will approximately two hours

  • We continue our hike with a sustained climb for the next two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata. From here we walk for another two hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3,103m/10,178ft), where we will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings
  • Enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex: we will visit the high parts (Hanan) and the lower parts (Urin), as well as some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and ready for restoration

  • We have the full day to explore the site, relax and enjoy the surrounding views
  • We start our walk back towards Santa Rosa, where we have lunch. We then continue descending for another two hours until we reach Rosalina Beach where we might have time to take a refreshing dip in the waters of the Apurimac River. We camp and dine here
  • We leave camp after breakfast to start the two to three hour climb to Chiquisca, and then to Abra Capuliyoc where we will stop for lunch nearby

  • In the afternoon, we continue on our two hour return route to Cachora. Our private transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time is around 9.00pm


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