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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.


Cusco, Peru


5 Days




Year Round

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5-Day In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration Overview

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
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
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  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
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5-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 – Capuliyoc – Chiquiska – Playa Rosalinas

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

Tour Highlights

5-Day In-Depth Choquequirao Exploration 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.

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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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