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Choquequirao Trek

Get off the tourist track and explore a hidden gem

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.

Summary

DURATION

5 days

LOCATION

Peru

START & ENDS

Cusco, Cusco

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Explore the impressive and seldom visited site of Choquequirao
  • Totally off-the-beaten path experience with very few tourists
  • See the amazing flora and fauna of the Apurimac canyon

Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • day 2
  • day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISKA

FOOD

Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Camping

ACTIVITY

Hike 7km

ELEVATION

Cusco (3,350m) to Chiquiska (1,900m)

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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

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. 

What's Included

Included

  • Expert English-speaking adventure guide + assistant guide for groups of 8+
  • Full support crew, including a cook, muleteers, and mules to carry all equipment and 7 kg of your personal items
  • Camping tents for every 2 trekkers + dining tent with tables and chairs
  • All vehicle transportation
  • All meals as set out in the itinerary (4 x Breakfast, Lunches and Dinners)
  • Entrance permit for Choquequirao + a guided tour around the ruins

Not Included

  • Personal hiking gear and equipment
  • All drinks other than water
  • Support crew tips
  • Meals that are not described in the itinerary (i.e. Breakfast on Day 1, lunch Day 5)
  • Entrance to Conoc thermals
  • Travel insurance

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Pre-departure briefing

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.

Packing List

Clothing

  • 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

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 4 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for camp

Bags

  • 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

Other Essentials

  • Original passport (you need this to enter Machu Picchu)
  • Four season sleeping bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • Swimwear for thermals and showers at Conoc


Rental Gear

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Accommodation

camping tents machu picchu

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. 


Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

5.0 rating
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

5.0 rating
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

5.0 rating
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

5.0 rating
February 26, 2020

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.

James Roux

A great experience all round!

5.0 rating
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

5.0 rating
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

5.0 rating
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

Nick Swanson

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

Inkayni Peru Tours

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This tour is operated by Inkayni Peru Tours, 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!

We work with local guides to offer great value adventures at unbeatable prices