5-Day In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration

Venture off the beaten path and into the heart of the Andes with our exclusive 5-day Choquequirao exploration. As Machu Picchu’s lesser-known but equally enchanting sibling, Choquequirao offers a unique glimpse into the grandeur of the Incan Empire without the crowds.

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Cusco, Peru


5 Days




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Step into a world where history and nature dance in perfect harmony on our 5-day Choquequirao trek. Designed for the discerning traveler, this journey offers an immersive dive into one of the last bastions of the Inca Empire. Unlike the well-trodden paths of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao promises a serene encounter with Incan grandeur, set against the backdrop of awe-inspiring landscapes that stretch 30 kilometers from Cachora.

With every step, witness the architectural marvel of the ancient Andean blueprint, divided into the sacred ‘Hanan’ and the regal ‘Hurin’ neighborhoods. From temples echoing ancient chants to terraces kissed by the Andean sun, Choquequirao is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Our small, intimate groups ensure a personalized experience, making every moment, every view, and every stone tell its story just for you. Join us, and let Choquequirao unveil its secrets in a dance of history and nature.

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 and Choquequirao
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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
  • Deluxe 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.

Our journey begins with an early 4:00 am departure from Cusco. After a 4-hour drive, we’ll arrive at Capuliyoc (2,900m). This scenic spot marks the start of our trek, and here we’ll join our muleteers and horses, gearing up for the adventure ahead.

The trail beckons with a 3-hour downhill hike, leading us to the picturesque Chikiska (1,900m). Here, we’ll pause to enjoy a freshly prepared lunch, surrounded by the stunning vistas of the Vilcabamba range and the grand Apurimac canyon. Post-lunch, our journey continues for another hour, guiding us to our first campsite at Playa Rosalinas (1,500m). As night approaches, we’ll gather for a warm tea, followed by a hearty dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4-5 hours, 8.5 km

The morning at Playa Rosalinas starts with an energizing breakfast. Today’s trail promises to be challenging yet rewarding. We’ll embark on a 5-hour switchback ascent, aiming for the Marampata community. As we hike, the path offers glimpses of sugar cane farms, expansive valley views, and if luck is on our side, the majestic flight of condors.

Reaching Marampata marks the end of our uphill journey for the day. Here, we’ll relish a freshly prepared lunch, all the while gazing at the distant Choquequirao Inca ruins. Due to new regulations, we’ll set up camp at Marampata for the night. The afternoon is free for relaxation, and for those interested, a hot shower is available for a small fee. As evening descends, we’ll reconvene for tea and dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

Our day starts with a hearty breakfast, fueling us for the hour-long hike to the majestic Choquequirao Park. This ancient site, larger than even Machu Picchu, awaits our exploration. We’ll delve into its history, wandering through temples, terraces, palaces, and the unique llama’s area.

Choquequirao, translating to “Cradle of Gold” in the Quechua Inca language, is a marvel of ancient architecture. As we explore, we’ll learn about its significance and the ongoing archaeological discoveries being made. Midday, we’ll take a break as our cook and horseman bring us lunch within the park. Post-lunch, our exploration continues to the lower parts of Choquequirao, including the terraces of Pacchayoc. As the day winds down, we’ll return to our Marampata campsite for tea and dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Moderate exploration of Choquequirao's vast expanse, approx. 3-4 hours

As dawn breaks over Marampata, we’ll bid farewell to the majestic Choquequirao. Today’s trail takes us back to Chiquiska, journeying along the Apurimac Canyon. The path promises sightings of the region’s rich flora, fauna, and if we’re fortunate, another glimpse of the Andean Condors.

The hike, spanning approximately 6 hours, retraces some of our earlier steps, taking us through familiar settlements. We’ll break our journey at Playa Rosalina for lunch, before continuing on to Chiquiska. Here, amidst the serene surroundings, we’ll set up camp for the night.

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

Our final day begins with breakfast at Chiquiska. Eager to make the most of our last day, we’ll start our hike early, aiming to beat the midday sun. A 3-hour uphill trek awaits, leading us to the conclusion of our expedition. Here, we’ll celebrate our journey with one last lunch, expressing our gratitude to the muleteers, cook, and tour guide who’ve been integral to our adventure.

The afternoon sees us boarding our private transport, embarking on the 5-hour drive back to Cusco. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at Saywite, home to the intriguing monolith of Saywite. This granite boulder, adorned with over 208 carved figures, offers insights into Incan cosmology and their reverence for water. After soaking in the history, we’ll continue our journey to Cusco, marking the end of our adventure.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 3-4 hours, 8 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Capuliyoc Viewpoint: Begin the trek at a breathtaking 2,900m, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Chikiska Lunch Spot: Enjoy a freshly prepared meal amidst the stunning backdrop of the snowcapped Vilcabamba range and the grand Apurimac canyon.
  • Playa Rosalinas Campsite: Experience the tranquility of the first night’s campsite nestled at 1,500m, surrounded by nature’s beauty.
  • Marampata Ascent: Embrace the challenge and rewards of the switchback trail leading to the Marampata community, with potential sightings of Andean Condors.
  • Choquequirao Ruins Exploration: Dive deep into history at this ancient site, larger than Machu Picchu, wandering through its temples, terraces, and palaces.
  • Pacchayoc Terraces: Discover the lesser-visited terraces of Pacchayoc, with its mesmerizing waterfall and the symphony of the snowy Padreyoc’s waters.
  • Apurimac Canyon: Traverse the stunning Apurimac Canyon, with its rich flora, fauna, and majestic views.
  • Saywite Monolith: Delve into Incan cosmology at Saywite, home to a granite boulder adorned with over 208 carved figures, offering insights into the ancient civilization’s reverence for water.
  • Local Interactions: Throughout the trek, engage with muleteers, cooks, and local communities, gaining insights into their way of life and traditions.


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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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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 In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration. 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 In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration, 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 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 difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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Elena Gomez

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An unforgettable journey! The Choquequirao trek was challenging but incredibly rewarding. The views were breathtaking, and our guide’s knowledge of Incan history added so much depth to the experience. Highly recommend!

August 15, 2023
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