4-Day Choquequirao Classic Trek: Explore the "Sister of Machu Picchu"

Unveil the secrets of Choquequirao, the lesser-known "sister" of Machu Picchu.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Discover the wonders of the Inca legacy on our 4-Day Choquequirao Classic Trek. This not-to-be-missed adventure invites intrepid souls to explore the rugged beauty of the Andes and uncover the secrets of Choquequirao, the ‘Sister of Machu Picchu’. Your trek will take you across awe-inspiring mountain vistas, down into the depths of the Apurimac Canyon, and through a landscape rich with history and natural splendor.

With each step, immerse yourself in the profound tranquility of the Andean wilderness. You’ll navigate the ever-changing terrain under the guidance of expert trek leaders, camp under the vast, starlit sky, and connect with the essence of an ancient world. This journey is an invitation to adventure enthusiasts who seek to blend the thrill of exploration with the reverence of cultural discovery.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Capuliyoc Viewpoint, Apurimac River, Marampata Camp, Choquequirao, Sayhuite
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
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  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
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  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
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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 odyssey through the Andean wilderness kicks off at the break of dawn. We whisk you away from your Cusco hotel at 4:30 a.m., embarking on a journey that will transcend the ordinary. As the city's nocturnal blanket lifts, you'll find yourself en route to Capuliyoc, with the promise of the Apurimac Valley's grand vistas unfurling before you.

The drive is a spectacle in itself, with the towering guardians of the Andes, Salkantay and Humantay, saluting your passage through their ancient domain. Upon reaching Capuliyoc, you'll have the opportunity to indulge in a local breakfast (at your own expense) before meeting the team who will become your companions on this extraordinary trek.

With every step descending through the ever-changing landscapes, your descent is a tapestry of flora and fauna, with the whispers of the Apurimac River guiding your path. The river, revered as the 'Speaking God,' offers a symphony of natural sounds and the thrill of class V rapids echoing in the canyon depths.

Your trek culminates at Santa Rosa, a tranquil haven where our private campsite awaits. Here, under the vastness of the Andean sky, you'll relish a meticulously prepared dinner and share stories of the day's descent, setting the stage for the adventures that lie ahead.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 15 km

Awaken to the serene hush of the early Andean morning. Today's chapter in your journey is a challenging ascent to the revered Choquequirao, a testament to Incan ingenuity and spirit. Your path is a living mosaic of cloud forests, with every turn offering panoramas that challenge the limits of your camera lens and the capacity of your wonder.

Choquequirao itself is an enigma, larger in expanse than its famed sister Machu Picchu, yet shrouded in the mystery of the 60% still sleeping beneath the earth. Here, you'll roam among plazas and temples, stand before the intricate terraces, and marvel at the precision of ancient stonework that depicts the mountain's sacred llamas.

As your guide weaves tales of history and myth, you'll dine amongst the ruins, the complex's silent stones standing sentinel as you break bread. The return to Marampata's camp is a reflective journey, preparing for a night under a celestial showcase, where the Milky Way stretches across the sky in a display of cosmic splendor.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 10 km

Important Notice:

In compliance with the new regulations established in Choquequirao, camping on the Choquequirao terraces has been prohibited since 2022. We are committed to respecting these rules to preserve the site’s heritage. While some operators may still advertise camping on the terraces, be advised that this goes against the official guidelines. To ensure an authentic and respectful experience, we have chosen Marampata, a picturesque location close to Choquequirao, as our official camping site. We strive to provide you with a memorable experience while upholding the integrity of this magnificent site.

Embrace the dawn with a sumptuous breakfast and prepare to retrace the steps of the Incas. The trail beckons you back through Choquequirao's embrace and towards Santa Rosa, where a sweet interlude at a local hacienda awaits. Here, the rich taste of Cambray distilled from the hacienda's sugar cane offers a moment of repose.

As the day unfolds, your descent to Rosalinas Beach is a journey back in time, with the Apurimac River offering a refreshing respite for weary feet. The ascent to Chiquisca is a narrative of endurance, rewarded by the warm embrace of our campsite. The evening's feast is a celebration of the day's conquests, where laughter and camaraderie stitch the fabric of shared memories under a canopy of stars.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7 hours, 11 km

The final day of your trek begins with an invigorating breakfast, fueling your ascent to Capuliyoc. The path upwards is a collage of breathtaking vistas, each step a closer return to civilization and a bittersweet farewell to the wilds of the Apurimac Canyon.

The triumph of reaching Capuliyoc is commemorated with a farewell lunch, a feast that marks the completion of your trek. But the journey is not over. On your return to Cusco, you'll unravel the mysteries of Sayhuite, home to the enigmatic monolith that whispers secrets of a bygone era through its intricate carvings.

As the adventure concludes and you find yourself back in Cusco, the spirit of the Andes lingers in your heart. The 4-Day Choquequirao Classic Trek is not merely a journey through trails and time but an indelible passage into the soul of the Inca world.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 4 hours, 8 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Ancient Ruins Exploration: Delve into the heart of the Choquequirao complex, an expansive archaeological site that rivals Machu Picchu and promises an exclusive glimpse into Incan history.

  • Breathtaking Landscapes: Traverse the scenic Apurimac Valley with panoramic views of majestic mountains, rolling terraces, and the vibrant, ever-changing Andean scenery.

  • River Encounter: Experience the power and beauty of the Apurimac River, known as the ‘Speaking God’, a vital waterway that offers a backdrop to our trek and a chance for rafting for the adventurous.

  • Cultural Immersion: Visit local haciendas and interact with communities along the trail, offering a taste of the regional lifestyle and traditional Andean hospitality.

  • Starry Nights: Camp in premium locations under the Andean sky, where the Milky Way is your canopy and the constellations tell tales of ancient lore.

  • Guided Insights: Benefit from the knowledge of our expert guides who bring the silent stones of Choquequirao to life, offering historical insights and stories of this mystical site.

  • Physical Challenge and Reward: Engage in a fulfilling trek that tests your endurance and rewards you with unparalleled views and a sense of accomplishment.

  • Sayhuite Monolith: Marvel at the enigmatic Sayhuite stone, an intricate rock carving that offers a unique window into the Inca’s understanding of hydrology and sacred geography.

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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.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 10 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 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 4-Day Classic Choquequirao Adventure. 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 4-Day Classic Choquequirao Adventure, 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.

Can I store my luggage somewhere during the trek?

Yes, any luggage not needed on the trek can be stored safely at our office or your hotel in Cusco.

How do the camp setups work? Do I need to pitch my own tent?

Our crew sets up the campsites, including pitching tents. You can relax and focus on enjoying the trek.

How much personal gear can I bring?

Each trekker is allowed 7 kg of personal gear, which will be carried by the horses. You will also receive a duffel bag to store your gear.

What is the accommodation like on the trek?

Accommodation is camping in tents. Our Standard package includes a 4-person tent shared by 2 people, along with an inflatable mattress. The Deluxe package offers North Face four-season tents for additional comfort.

How far in advance should I book the trek?

The Choquequirao Trek does not require permits which are limited in quantity like the Inca Trail, but it is still recommended to book several months in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak season.

Will I have access to electricity during the trek?

Electricity is limited to nonexistent on the trail. We recommend bringing additional battery packs or solar chargers for your electronic devices.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious and hearty meals that include local Peruvian cuisine as well as international dishes. Our professional chefs can accommodate a variety of dietary preferences upon request.

Can I extend my stay in Choquequirao or at any campsite?

Our itinerary is fixed to ensure a timely return to Cusco; however, we can discuss custom itinerary options if you’re interested in a longer stay.

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.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Are there age restrictions for the trek?

The trek is open to all ages, but it’s essential that participants are in good physical condition. For younger trekkers, parental discretion is advised.

Are there restroom facilities on the trek?

There are basic restroom facilities at the campsites. We also provide portable toilets for areas without established facilities.

What is the best time of year to do the Choquequirao Trek?

The trek can be done year-round, but the best weather is typically from April to October, which is the dry season in the Andes.

Are there any opportunities to bathe or shower during the trek?

Bathing opportunities are limited. Some campsites may have basic shower facilities, but they are not guaranteed. We recommend bringing wet wipes for personal hygiene.

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