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<Hike to Choquequirao (5 days/4 Nights)

¡Come with us... Discover a territory of immense canyons and imposing snow-capped peaks, in the foothills of Mount Salkantay, along with Machu Picchu the spectacular Inca ruins of Choquequirao!

Built in a territory of immense canyons and imposing snow-capped peaks, in the foothills of Mount Salkantay, along with Machu Picchu the spectacular Inca ruins of Choquequirao are one of the Andean world’s great attractions. This is a remarkable archaeological complex, where the architectural skills of the Incas can be fully appreciated. Located on the edge of an enormous precipice, the site offers visitors spectacular views. Choquequirao composed of an extensive complex of palaces, ceremonial plazas, agricultural terraces and residential buildings. The ruins occupy an esplanade situated 1605 meters (5264 feet) above the Apurímac River, and the vertical drop from the site measures a breathtaking 1315 meters (4314 feet). 

The exploration and excavation projects being carried out in the forests around the ruins are revealing many more structures, and with each passing year new information is adding to the picture we have of the Inca city’s scale and importance. Explorers in the 19th century, conscious of the significance of the site, visited the Inca city, crossing the Apurímac River with the help of an “oroya” (a basket attached to a rope bridge, in which passengers and goods are hauled across). Today, the Apurímac River can be crossed via a modern footbridge, built in 1992. 

The start of the trek is located in Capuliyoq, 178 kilometers / 111miles from Cusco, a location that offers spectacular views north towards the rugged glacial peaks of the Vilcabamba range. From this point we will descend 1420 meters (5000 feet) as far as the banks of the Apurímac River, where enormous granite blocks have been worn into smooth forms by the endless action of the fast flowing waters, the roar of which will accompany us at our campsite. After spending the night near the river, the next morning we will hike upwards for approximately six hours, ascending some 1500 meters (4921 feet) and covering a distance of 9.7 kilometers as far as our next campsite, located below the ruins at an altitude of 3033 meters (9950 feet).

The trail is well-maintained and the degree of difficulty of the ascent is moderate. This is a physically demanding route, but the rewards are considerable for those who make the trip to Choquequirao. During the afternoon of the second day we will have spectacular views of the archaeological complex and the surrounding landscape. We will spend a whole day exploring the ruins. 

During the morning of the final day, we will descend along a newly built trail as far as the San Ignacio Bridge, where we will cross the Apurímac River and enter the final stretch of our hike, in the Tambobamba valley. After a six hour walk, we will reach the spot where our vehicle will be waiting to take us to our accommodation nearby, where we will spend our last night. On the fifth day of our trip, during the return journey to Cusco, we will visit the Saywite Stone. 

The support group for the trek is composed of wranglers, cooks, assistant guides and the group leader. Using horses, the wranglers will transport the heavy equipment to each campsite, and the cooks will be responsible for preparing all meals during the entire trip. All the members of the support team are specialists, tasked with ensuring that your experience with us will be an enjoyable and unforgettable adventure. 

We provide high quality tents for you to spend the nights in, along with sleeping bags and all the details required to ensure that you will pass peaceful and restful nights during the entire trip, so that you will be in good condition each day to continue with the trek.  

We are one of the most experienced and reliable travel companies operating in Peru, and we work to ensure that you are provided with the very best service at all times.

Important: Participants should be fully accustomed to the altitude before beginning the trek.

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You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Discover breathtaking scenery of the Andes. 
  • Explore the citadel of Choquequirao, composed of an extensive complex of palaces, ceremonial plazas, agricultural terraces and residential buildings 
  • Discover the flora and fauna. 
  • Altitude maximum 3050m/10006ft.

 

Walking Profile

Dayly distance in km/miles

  • Day 1   9.5 km/6 miles   
  • Day 2    11 km/6.9 miles   
  • Day 3    2 km/1 miles   
  • Day 4    8 km/4 miles   

Number of days walking: 4

Pace: Approximately 6-8 hours walking per day

Terrain: Good paths, lots of steps

Explore the more impressive landscapes and the new citadel inca recently outdoor.

Built in a territory of immense canyons and imposing snow-capped peaks, in the foothills of Mount Salkantay, along with Machu Picchu the spectacular Inca ruins of Choquequirao are one of the Andean world’s great attractions.

Service Overview:

  • 4 nights camping with sleeping, dining and toilet tents.
  • 5 days walking with support the wranglers
  • 12kg personal weight limit.

Cusco to Chiquisqa Cusco to Chiquisqa

Day 1: Cusco to Chiquisqa

We will pick you up from your hotel and transport you in our private vehicle to Cachora-Capuliyoc (2905 meters / 9550 feet), where we will be met by our support team of wranglers. From here, we will hike downhill as far as Chiquisca (1890 meters / 6200 feet). We recommend the use of walking poles on the trail. 

Distance covered: 9.5 kilometers / 6 miles 

Loss in altitude: To Chiquisca 1015 meters / 3330 feet 

Meals included: Lunch and evening meal. 

Choquequirao Camp Choquequirao Camp

Day 2: Chiquica - Choquequirao Camp:

We will continue the descent as far as Rosalina Bridge (1510 meters / 4950 feet), where after crossing the river we will begin the ascent to the Choquequirao Camp (below the archaeological site, at 2865 meters / 9400 feet). 

Distance covered: 11kilometers / 6.9 miles 

Gain in altitude: 975 meters / 3198 feet 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

Choquequirao Choquequirao

Day 3: Choquequirao

Today we will ascend to the archaeological site (3050 meters / 10,006 feet), where we will have the whole day to visit the complex. You will find the visit to Choquequirao a spectacular experience. 

Distance covered: 2 kilometers / 1 mile 

Altitude gained: 185 meters / 606 feet 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

San Ignacio Bridge - Villa los Loros San Ignacio Bridge - Villa los Loros

Day 4: San Ignacio Bridge - Villa los Loros

After leaving the camp, we will start the descent to the San Ignacio Bridge (1800 meters / 5905 feet). After crossing the river we will continue as far as the Tambobamba valley (2185 meters / 7168 feet), where we will spend the night in the “Villa de los Loros” hostel. 

Distance covered: 8 kilometers / 4 miles 

Gain in altitude: 740 meters / 2427 feet 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

Saywite Saywite

Day 5: Saywite - Cusco.

We will set off on the return drive to Cusco in the morning, making a stop along the way to visit the Saywite archaeological zone. Upon arrival in the city, we will escort you to your hotel.

First aid kit
Tables
Chairs
Dining tent
Set of cutlery for each participant
Sleeping tents
Thermarest ®
Duffel bags
Water filter
First aid kit
Oxygen bottle
Radio Communication equipment
Meals
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 1
Lunch
Dinner
Day 2
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 3
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 4
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 5
Breakfast
Lunch
Support Team
1-8
participants
9 or more
participants
Guide
Guide
Guide
Assistant Guide
Assistant Guide
Cook
Cook
Cook
Kitchen Assistant
Kitchen Assistant
Kitchen Assistant
Porters
Porters
Porters
Transport
Train
Bus
Outbound
Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo
Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
Return
Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Machu Picchu - Poroy
Poroy - Cusco

Vaccinations

While no vaccinations are required by law when entering Peru, we recommend that you consult your physician to check whether or not any type of protection is required before your trip. In general, we recommend vaccinations or booster shots for tetanus, typhoid / diphtheria, hepatitis A and polio.

If you are traveling to the rainforest (including Tambopata Reserve and Manu National Park), although the risk is not great, we advise you to take anti-malarial precautions and strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. You should also be aware that Dengue Fever is present in the Amazon region - this is a non-preventable disease caused by daytime biting mosquitoes. You should always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten

Important information for vegetarians, participants with allergies or other dietary restrictions:

In major cities vegetarian food is readily available in most restaurants. A variety of dishes prepared with fresh ingredients are offered. During the trek, we will have all the ingredients needed to meet the food requirements of all participants, whatever their dietary needs may be.

However, those participants with particularly strict dietary restrictions may have to bring certain dietary supplements with them from home, particularly in the case of products which are not available in South America. 


If you are allergic to certain foodstuffs, you must provide us with detailed information when you make your booking and register for the trek. This type of information must be communicated to the guide and operations personnel during the orientation meeting.

Eating & drinking

Breakfast: while trekking, breakfast consists of a hot drink (milk, chocolate, teas, coffee) accompanied pancake, sandwich, bread, butter, jam, etc.


Lunch: while trekking, lunches consist of a picnic, with hot drinks where possible.


Dinner or Evening meal: dinners on trek are always cooked, and usually consist of soup or starter, a main course and dessert.


Water: drinking water (boiled and filtered) is provided in the mornings and at lunch during the trek so that you can refill your bottles.

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