3-Day Quick Choquequirao Trek: Ancient Inca Sanctuary

A shorter, still thrilling, journey to the less-visited Inca ruins of Choquequirao.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

3 Days

Difficulty

9/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Step into the realm of the Incas on our 3-Day Quick Choquequirao Trek. This journey offers a captivating exploration of the lesser-known, yet equally majestic, Choquequirao ruins. Winding through the Andes’ diverse landscapes, the trek combines the allure of verdant cloud forests, deep canyons, and the tranquil Apurímac River. Choquequirao, standing secluded and impressive, provides a rare glimpse into the Inca civilization’s architectural prowess and enduring legacy.

This trek, beginning in Cusco, is a harmonious blend of adventure and cultural immersion. It presents an opportunity to traverse the Vilcabamba range’s rugged beauty and explore Choquequirao’s sprawling terraces and sacred sites in serenity. Nights under the stars in the heart of the Andes offer moments of reflection, making this trek not just a hike, but a journey into the heart of Peru’s rich history.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 3:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Choquequirao Ruins, Capuliyoc Viewpoint, Apurímac River, Playa Rosalina, Marampata Village, Andean Cloud Forests, Vilcabamba Mountain Range
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 03:30
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your trek to Choquequirao starts with an early morning journey from the ancient city of Cusco. As dawn breaks, you'll find yourself traveling towards Capuliyoc, where the Andes begin to unveil their grandeur. This four-hour drive is not just a journey through distance, but also a passage through diverse ecological zones, offering glimpses of Peru's stunning landscapes.

Upon reaching Capuliyoc, a breakfast at your own expense allows for a moment of relaxation and anticipation. Here, at the edge of the Apurímac canyon, the trek truly begins. The path to Chiquisca is a dramatic descent, where each zigzag offers a new view of the sprawling valley and distant snow-capped peaks. Lunch in Chiquisca provides a moment to rest and enjoy local flavors.

The descent continues to the bridge at Playa Rosalina, the lowest and perhaps the most challenging point of the day. The subsequent ascent to Santa Rosa tests your endurance, only to be followed by a more gradual climb to Marampata. As the evening approaches, the campsite at Marampata, perched at 2,900 meters, becomes a haven of tranquility, offering a spectacular end to an adventurous day.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 18 km

The second day greets you with the peaceful ambiance of Marampata and the promise of discovery. After breakfast, you embark on a two-hour trek to the remarkable Choquequirao. This journey is a visual feast, with each step revealing the ancient Inca pathways, terraced fields, and the vibrant flora of the region.

Arriving at Choquequirao, a site less traversed but no less majestic than Machu Picchu, you step into a world of Incan mystery. Here, the ruins speak volumes of an empire's history, spirituality, and architectural ingenuity. You'll explore its expansive plazas, sacred temples, and intricate terraces, while the guide shares tales of the past. A picnic lunch amidst these ruins allows you to soak in the site's serene energy.

In the afternoon, delve deeper into the site's hidden corners, perhaps catching sight of the elusive Andean condor. The walk back to Marampata under the setting sun is reflective, bringing a sense of connection to the ancient Inca civilization. A hearty dinner awaits at the camp, celebrating a day full of exploration and awe.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 11 km

The final day of the trek is a mix of melancholy and accomplishment. Starting with an early breakfast, you begin your descent from Marampata. The path back to the Rosalina Beach Bridge is a reverse journey through the stunning landscapes you've become familiar with, offering a new perspective in the morning light.

The ascent to Chiquisca is your final challenge, a testament to the journey you've undertaken. Once at Capuliyoc, a celebratory lunch marks the end of your trekking experience. The return drive to Cusco is a time to reflect on the incredible journey, the landscapes traversed, and the ancient wonders explored. As you arrive back in Cusco, the memories of Choquequirao remain a treasure, a whisper from the past that has become a part of your story.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 18 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Choquequirao Ruins Exploration: Discover the ‘Sister City’ of Machu Picchu, a hidden Inca gem offering a unique glimpse into ancient Andean civilization.

  • Scenic Andean Landscapes: Trek through diverse ecosystems, including lush cloud forests and dramatic canyons, with stunning views of the Apurímac River.

  • Cultural Immersion: Experience the rich history and legacy of the Inca Empire, walking paths laden with centuries of stories.

  • Wildlife and Flora: Encounter a variety of native flora and fauna, and possibly witness the majestic flight of the Andean condor.

  • Serene Camping Experiences: Spend nights under the stars at tranquil campsites, nestled in the heart of the Andes.

  • Physical Challenge and Reward: Embrace the rewarding challenge of this trek, suitable for adventure seekers looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience.

  • Capuliyoc to Marampata Trek: Begin the adventure with a descent from Capuliyoc to Chiquisca and ascend to Marampata, enjoying breathtaking views along the way.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 3-Day Choquequirao Trek. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 3-Day Choquequirao Trek, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Packing Tips:
  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

What fitness level is required for the trek?

The trek is demanding and requires good physical fitness. Participants should be comfortable with hiking for several hours over consecutive days, often on steep and uneven terrain.

Do I need to carry my own gear?

Horses will carry all communal equipment and up to 7 kg of your personal gear. You will need to carry a daypack with essentials like water, snacks, and extra layers.

What accommodations are provided?

Accommodations include camping in high-quality tents. Each 4-person tent is shared by 2 trekkers for added space and comfort.

Can I rent additional gear?

Yes, items like sleeping bags and trekking poles are available for rent. Please request these in advance.

How is the weather on the trek?

The weather can be quite variable, with warm days and cooler nights. Rain is possible, especially during the wet season (November to March). It’s best to prepare for all conditions.

Are permits required for the Choquequirao Trek?

Yes, permits are required and are included in the package. We handle the permit process for you.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

Can I store luggage that I don't want to take on the trek?

Yes, we offer secure luggage storage for items that you do not wish to take on the trek. Your belongings will be safely waiting for you upon your return to Cusco.

What is the terrain like on the trek?

The terrain varies from well-defined paths to rocky and uneven trails. Some steep ascents and descents are part of the trek.

How do I book the trek and what are the payment methods?

You can book the trek through our website or office. We accept various payment methods, including credit cards and bank transfers. A deposit is usually required to secure your booking.

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