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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.



5 days




Cusco, Cusco


Easy Moderate Challenge Hard


  • 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


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



Lunch, Dinner




Hike 7km


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


  • 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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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.


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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

  • 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
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.


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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. 


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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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

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