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3-Day Choquequirao Trek

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


Cusco, Peru


3 Days




Year Round

Tour type



3-Day Choquequirao Trek 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
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 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
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 03:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:30
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:30
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:30
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3-Day Choquequirao Trek

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Cusco to Marampata – An Early Start to a Scenic Trek

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

Tour Highlights

3-Day Choquequirao Trek 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.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to the trailhead.
  • Return transportation from the trail’s end.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entry fees to Choquequirao archaeological site.
  • All camping spot fees.


Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Breakfast on Day 1.
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.


Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max



Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max



Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport and student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes suitable for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots and extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including a jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch or flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Camera, film, and batteries.
  • Sunblock and after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (minimum 20% DEET, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen and water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (including special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel or sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Earplugs for noise reduction during sleep or windy conditions.
  • Walking sticks or poles.


This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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