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5-Day Choquequirao Trek via Huanipaca Route

Explore the lesser-known but equally mesmerizing Incan ruins of Choquequirao via the scenic Huanipaca route.


Cusco, Peru


5 Days




Year Round

Tour type



5-Day Choquequirao Trek via Huanipaca Route Overview

Embark on a journey like no other with our 5-Day Choquequirao Trek, meticulously designed to offer a distinct route that stands out from the classic treks. Unlike traditional routes that circle back to their starting point, our trek concludes at a different location, providing trekkers with a more expansive view of the Andes and its hidden gems. Experience the grandeur of Choquequirao, often dubbed Machu Picchu’s ‘sister city’, as you traverse through a tapestry of landscapes, from lush forests to awe-inspiring canyons, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Apurimac Valley.

The 5-Day Choquequirao Trek is not just about the destination but also about the journey itself. While hiking paths once walked by Incan royalty, our expert guides will immerse you in tales and mysteries of the vast Choquequirao complex. This unique, lesser-traveled route offers both adventure and a deep dive into ancient Incan heritage, ensuring an unforgettable experience for those seeking to explore off the beaten path.

Please Note:

During the dry season (May – October), our 5-Day Choquequirao Trek follows its main path. However, due to safety concerns like landslides in the rainy season, we switch to a safer, classic route. Regardless of the season, you’ll always enjoy a complete 5-day experience.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Capuliyoc Viewpoint, Apurimac River, Marampata Camp, Choquequirao, Saywite

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
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5-Day Choquequirao Trek via Huanipaca Route

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Embark from Cusco to Playa Rosalinas via Capuliyoc and Chiquiska

Join us bright and early at 04:00 am as we depart from Cusco. Our comfortable transport will take you on a scenic 4.5-hour drive to Capuliyoc. Here, our dedicated team of horsemen and well-trained horses await, ready to carry your gear for the next five days. We’ve got you covered – each guest can offload up to 6 kg of their gear onto our horses.

Our first day’s trek starts from Capuliyoc, descending for 3 hours to Chiquiska, where a delightful lunch spread awaits. The route promises awe-inspiring views of the majestic Apurimac Canyon. After lunch, we’ll continue our descent for another hour to reach Playa Rosalinas.

As the day winds down, relax while our team sets up your camp. Enjoy our special tea time featuring popcorn, coca tea, and other treats. After a sumptuous dinner, rest up in our spacious 4-season tents.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4 hours, 8.5 km

Wake up refreshed with our special coca tea, followed by a hearty breakfast. Brace yourself for an exhilarating day ahead. Our hike to Choquequirao commences with the crossing of a 100m pedestrian bridge. After ascending for 3 hours, we’ll reach the serene Santa Rosa, a perfect spot to catch your breath and rejuvenate.

Post Santa Rosa, our journey will lead us to a refreshing orchard where you can cool off with crystal-clear mountain waters. Another 2 hours of hiking, and we’ll be at Marampata, where a scrumptious lunch spread awaits.

Spend your afternoon unwinding, stretching, and soaking in the breathtaking surroundings. As the sun sets, we’ll gather for a delightful dinner, prepping for another exciting day ahead.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 14 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.

Start your day with a wholesome breakfast, gearing up to explore the wonders of the majestic Inca site, Choquequirao. Our knowledgeable guides will lead the way, sharing insights into the history and architecture of this colossal Inca marvel.

Midday, we’ll settle for a picnic lunch, giving you time to relax and soak in the ambiance. One highlight not to miss is the iconic white stone llamas, intricately carved into the mountainside.

As the day winds down, we’ll make our way back to our Marampata base. A sumptuous dinner awaits, followed by a peaceful night under the starry sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 2-3 hours, 4 km

Post an early breakfast, we’ll set our sights on Hacienda de San Ignacio. Our route will first take us towards Choquequirao, followed by a descent to the shimmering shores of the Apurimac River, ending at Playa San Ignacio.

Our next ascent to Hacienda de San Ignacio promises panoramic views of the Apurimac Canyon. Upon reaching, our culinary team will have a delectable lunch ready for you. The afternoon promises a treat – a short hike to the refreshing Waterfall of San Ignacio.

As evening dawns, join us for a special “happy hour” before indulging in a delightful dinner at our base camp.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 11 km

The final leg of our trek promises more adventures. Post breakfast, we’ll embark on a 3-hour hike from Hacienda San Ignacio to Villa de Loros. Here, we’ll transition to our transport, heading to the enigmatic Incan site, Saywite.

At Saywite, marvel at the intricate rock monolith boasting over two hundred carvings, showcasing the Inca’s architectural genius. After a guided exploration, we’ll settle for our farewell lunch.

Our journey culminates with a comfortable 4-hour drive back to Cusco. We’ll ensure you’re safely dropped off at your hotel, taking with you memories of an unforgettable trekking experience.

Accommodation: Not included (return to Cusco)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 3 hours, 9 km

Tour Highlights

5-Day Choquequirao Trek via Huanipaca Route Highlights

  • Unique Route Design: Unlike traditional treks that circle back to their starting point, our trek concludes at a different endpoint, offering a fresh perspective and a broader exploration of the Andes.
  • Majestic Choquequirao: Delve into the wonders of Choquequirao, often considered Machu Picchu’s ‘sister city’. It’s a less-traveled gem that promises awe at every turn.
  • Panoramic Vistas of Apurimac Valley: Traverse the heart of the Apurimac Valley, capturing breathtaking landscapes ranging from cascading waterfalls to terraced Incan farms.
  • Cultural Immersion: Engage with the local communities en route, gaining firsthand insight into their traditions, crafts, and daily life.
  • Rich Biodiversity: Marvel at the region’s diverse flora and fauna. From the vibrant orchids and bromeliads to the soaring Andean condor, nature’s spectacle is on full display.
  • Ancient Incan Trails: Experience history underfoot as you walk on authentic Incan paths, some sections of which are paved with original stones.
  • Expert Guided Exploration: Our seasoned guides will enhance your journey, sharing tales, facts, and legends of the Incan empire and its architectural wonders.
  • Starry Camp Nights: Relish the tranquility of the Andes with nights at our comfortable campsites, under a brilliant starlit sky.
  • Refreshing Waterfall of San Ignacio: A hidden oasis, this waterfall provides a refreshing break, perfect for rejuvenating mid-trek.
  • Mysteries of Saywite: Discover the enigmatic rock monolith at Saywite, adorned with over two hundred carvings that offer a window into Incan architectural and hydraulic brilliance.

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/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to the trailhead.
  • Return transportation from 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.
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao Park and Saywite.


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

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 5 dinner.
  • 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 & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/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.

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