5-Day Choquequirao Trek via Huanipaca: Hidden Incan Ruins

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

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 - 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, Saywite
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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.

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

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Tour 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.

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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 5-Day Choquequirao Trek via Huanipaca Route. 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 5-Day Choquequirao Trek via Huanipaca Route, 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.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What is the accommodation like during the trek?

We provide comfortable camping accommodations with spacious 4-season tents. Each tent is designed to accommodate two people, ensuring ample space and comfort.

Is travel insurance required?

While not mandatory, we highly recommend travelers get comprehensive travel insurance covering medical evacuation and trip cancellations.

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.

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.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

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.

How challenging is the trek?

The 5-Day Choquequirao Trek is of moderate difficulty, but participants should be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the experience.

What's the best time of year to do the 5-Day Choquequirao Trek?

The trek operates year-round, but the dry season (May – October) is recommended for the primary route. During the rainy season, we switch to a classic route for safety.

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.

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