Get off the beaten path with this trek to the vast and impressive Incan ruins at Choquequirao. This route offers hikers a quiet, yet challenging trek to one of the best hidden gems in the region.
Is this tour right for you?
The Choquequirao trek is ideal for those seeking a route seldom hiked by travellers. The trek is challenging and requires a good level of fitness.
START & ENDS
Easy Moderate Challenge Hard
- DAY 1
- day 2
- day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISKA
Cusco (3,350m) to Chiquiska (1,900m)
We will collect you from your hotel in Cusco at 05:30 a.m. and drive around 4 hours to reach the town of San Pedro de Cachora, where we’ll have breakfast, as well we will meet our muleteers. A little further along, at Capuliyoc, we will begin our two-hour hike to the “Abra of Capuliyoc” (2894 m / 9,495 ft) where we will have lunch. From here we will descend approximately 3 hours towards Chiquiska (1,900 m), where we will camp for the night
CHIQUISKA – ROSALINAS BEACH – CHOQUEQUIRAO
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hike 19 km
Chiquiska (1,900m) to Choquequirao (3,150m)
After a nutritious breakfast, we will hike for 5 hours towards Maranpata to have lunch and enjoy the beautiful view of Choquequirao. From here we will walk for two more hours to reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, where we will camp for the night.
CHOQUEQUIRAO (GUIDED TOUR)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Guided tour. Free day
Today we will tour the entire archaeological complex of Choquequirao and explore some places that are covered by the lush vegetation of the cloud forest. Our guide will be responsible for providing you all the relevant information about the site, its history, and the importance it had in the past. After this, you will have free time to explore the complex on your own. Lunch and dinner will be served in our camp.
CHOQUEQUIRAO – COCAMASANA
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hike 23 km
Choquequirao (3,150m) to Cocamasana (2,300m)
Today we will start the long descent towards the Apurimac River, where we will stop for lunch. After this, we will begin to ascend gradually around 3 to 4 hours towards our last camp at Cocamasana (2,300 m).
COCAMASANA – CONOC – CUSCO
Hike 23 km
Cocamasana (2,300m) to Cusco (3,350m)
After a delicious breakfast, we will walk for two hours to reach the Apurimac canyon where the views are amazing! From here are shuttle bus will drive us back to Cusco. On the way, we will stop to observe the enormous stone of Saywite, carved by the Incas as a representation of their empire. We will also stop to enjoy the thermal waters of Conoc to relax and have a delicious lunch (not included).
Dates & Prices
Below are our open group dates for the Choquequirao Trek. Single supplements apply.
Please note: January and February are the rainy season and we therefore don't operate treks during this period.
If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party.
Included in our price is a FREE full-day Sacred Valley or full-day Rainbow Mountain tour.
Travellers can choose to join one of these tours either before or after their trek.
When is the best time to complete this adventure?
This trek can be completed all year round, however, during the rainy season of January and February we recommend avoiding this adventure.
When should I arrive in Cusco prior to this adventure?
Cusco is situated at high elevation (3,350m). To properly acclimatise we recommend that all guests arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before their trip start date. Our local operator runs a pre-departure briefing in their Cusco offices the evening before trip departure. It is important you attend this.
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be in good health and relatively fit for this adventure. We recommend doing 4-6 weeks aerobic gym / hiking training before embarking on this adventure.
Do I need a visa for Peru?
Most country nationals, including the UK, US, Canada and the EU, can enter Peru visa-free for 183 days. Check eligibility and exempt countries here.
What immunisations should I get?
We recommend reviewing the UK NHS fit-for-travel website for Peru: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/south-america-antarctica/peru
What currency is used in Peru?
Peru uses Nuevo Sol (S), which has traded at 2.50 to 3.50 Sol for $1US dollar for several years, although you should keep an eye on current events.
Carrying cash, an ATM card or traveler's checks, as well as a credit card that can be used for cash withdrawals in case of emergency, is advisable.
When receiving local currency, always ask for small bills, as 100 Sol bills are hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. Carry as much spare change as possible, especially in small towns.
Public bathrooms often charge a small fee for use, and getting change for paper money can be challenging.
The best places to exchange money usually are "Casas de Cambio" (foreign exchange bureaus), which are fast, have longer hours, and often give slightly better rates than banks.
Many places accept US dollars. It is best not to change money on the street as counterfeits are a problem.
Are vegetarian, vegan and other special dietary needs available?
Of course! And without any additional cost! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!
Vegetarian foods will not include any meats, chicken, or fish. But we will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.
Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.
If there are any food items that you can not stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc., upon your request, we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.
We can also cater for lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets.
We can not accept individuals with severe allergic or life-threatening reactions.
How big are the groups?
Group size is limited to 12 people.
Can I do the trek privately?
Yes, if you would like a private trek just contact us and we can arrange this. There may be a single supplement charge.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Yes, the minimum age to join this adventure is 18. Children over the age of 10 can join this adventure but will need to be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian.
How much should I tip the crew?
Tipping is discretionary. But as a rough guideline you should budget 10% of your trek cost. Tips should be given to the guide at the end of the trek and can be given in US$ or Peruvian Sols. Your guide will distribute tips fairly to porters and the cook.
What are your cancellation terms?
Should you need to cancel the following terms apply.
- Less than 4 weeks from departure: No refund
- Between 4-8 weeks from departure: 100% refund less full deposit
- More than 8 weeks before departure: 100% refund less 3% refund transaction fee.
Cancellation fees are set our in our Terms and Conditions. You may be able to reclaim refund charges if your reason for cancellation is covered by your travel insurance policy.
The evening before departure we ask guests to visit the offices of Inkayni Peru Tours in Cusco for a pre-departure briefing. You will be sent details for this briefing once your trip is booked.
- 1-2 x hiking shirt + 1-2 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
- 1 x hiking shorts and 1 x hiking trousers
- Mid-weight fleece jacket
- Hard shell rain jacket
- Light insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet
- Light, but warm gloves
- Sun hat + Sunglasses
- Beanie for the nights
- Neck warmer
- Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
- 4 x hiking socks
- Trainers for camp
- 20-25L daypack
- 45-55L Backpack (carried by mules, needs to be no heavier than 7kg). Only pack what is necessary for the 5 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage can be left in a storeroom at your hotel/hostel in Cusco or our office.
- Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
- Original passport (you need this to enter Machu Picchu)
- Four season sleeping bag
- Hiking Poles
- Headlamp and spare batteries
- Water bottle / hydration bladder
- Water treatment tablets
- Sun cream
- Swimwear for thermals and showers at Conoc
There are a number of good rental gear shops in Cusco where one can rent / buy most items listed above. Sleeping bags and hiking poles can be rented from our local partner.
We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.
This adventure is a camping expedition. We use top quality camping equipment to ensure our travellers are comfortable and warm. Camping tents are for 2 trekkers sharing.
We also provide mess tents and camping chairs and tables for meals.
LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR
Inkayni Peru Tours
Inkayni Peru Tours are a fantastic local operator based in Cusco, Peru. The company is run by Edgar, Alex, and Percy, spiritual brothers and natives of the town of Chinchero in the Sacred Valley. Together they are united by their ambition of offering personalised services of great quality, aiming to make every experience unique and unforgettable. With Inkayni Peru Tours you can expect a professional tour to the highest standard!
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This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.
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