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Choquequirao Trek 5 Days

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  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure, Off The Beaten Path

Choquequirao Trek 5 Days by Tambobamba

Book your Choquequirao trek 5 days with an official local tour operator in the city of Cusco – Peru, we offer you this great new itinerary of 5 days, so that your adventure to Choquequirao will be different than the traditional 4-day trek. We will finish our hike at Tambobamba or Villa de Loros which is a different ending point, while the 4-day trek ends in Capuliyoc, the same point where the hike starts.

The best thing about this 5-day itinerary is that on the third day you will explore Choquequirao all day long since Choquequirao is very large and has different sites located in different points and to move to each one takes about 30 minutes.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (4:00 am – 4:30 am).

Choquequirao Trek 5 Days availability: 
The availability for Choquequirao Trek 5 Days is unlimited; there is no limit yet from the Peruvian government.

Choquequirao Trek 5 Days highlights:

  • Choquequirao trek 5 days finishes at a different point from the start, while the classic route of 4 days starts and finishes at same point.
  • Trek to the hidden incan site that not many people go.
  • Like Machu Picchu, Choquequirao has structures that mark solar events such as solstices and equinoxes.
  • You will be practically alone with an archeological site very spectacular like Machu Picchu.
  • The few tourists who visited Choquequirao agree that it was worth it.
  • Learn a lot about the Inca culture.
  • Discover the second lost city of the Incas.
  • The Choquequirao ruins receive less than a dozen visitors a day.
  • Explore Choquequirao more deeply
  • Chance to see local flora and flora, including the Andean condor.
  • You will savor the Peruvian cuisine prepared by our master chef.

Please Note:
This tour will be operated normally in the dry season; however, we will change the itinerary to the classic route in the rainy season but still in 5 days. The campsite may vary due to the climate or health status of the trekkers.

Acclimatization:
We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.

About us:
We are Huaynas Expeditions, a direct local tour operator in Cusco; we do not share service with any other agency, as most of them do. We will make the Choquequirao Trek 5 Days even if you are 2 people only. We won’t cancel your trip! We are a responsible company with vast experience in the tourism industry; we have the best professional team to make your journey unforgettable.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Capuliyoc - Chiquiska - Playa Rosalinas.

At 04:00 am, we come to pick you up from your hotel in Cusco; we drive to Capuliyoc for about 4.5 hours; at this point, our horseman will be waiting for us with the horses that will carry the gear of our 5 days trek. You will have 6 kg available to put on the horse. We will start our hike from Capuliyoc to Playa Rosalina’s, an expedition of 4 hours, enjoying the dramatic views of the Apurimac Canyon, and the Condors will welcome us to their home.

After 3 hours of descent, we have lunch in Chiquiska. In this place, we will cold down from the intensive sun that hits on the trek, so it is very important to be well hydrated; the beauty of this trek is few people come, that makes you feel unique and special, you will see bromeliads which is the food for the spectacled bears, subsequently we descent for 1 more hour to Playa Rosalinas.

At Playa Rosalinas, our horseman will set up your camping tent with the mattress to sleep very comfortably, here the weather is warm with mosquitoes and a refreshing heat after coming down from the Andean area, later on, we will have our tea time which consists having popcorn, coca tea, Chocolate, Coffee, etc. And at the agreed time, dinner will be served.

Accommodation: Tent (4 season tent, 4 people made a tent for 2 people, allowing greater comfort).
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner.
Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours approx.
Hiking distance: 8.5 km / 5.28 miles.
Highest elevation: 2,760 m / 9.055 ft.

Choquequirao Capuliyoc
Choquequirao – Playa Rosalinas

Day 2: Playa Rosalinas - Marampata.

This day is considered as the most challenging day of the entire trip, but with a delicious breakfast we will make it without any problem, at an agreed time our cook will wake up everyone with a hot coca tea to then have a nutritious breakfast, very early we begin the ascent to Choquequirao for it we cross the pedestrian bridge of more than 100 meters in length, and we begin the ascent by winding road to then reach in 3 hours to Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa is the first section of this day and a place that allows you to rest to regain strength; here we will see corn crops whose greenery contrasts with the sharp and rugged nature of this area. Then we continue with the ascent and arrive at an orchard, a small plain where it is possible to cool off with the crystalline waters that descend from the snow; this gives us enough energy to make it the ascent and reach Marampata (2 hours from Santa Rosa).

At Marampata, our Master Chef will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch to recover our energy

In the afternoon, you will enjoy the impressive surroundings and feel the energy that this spectacular place has near the citadel of Choquequirao. In addition, you will take the time to stretch your muscles and enjoy a beautiful sunset that floods the endless valleys and white glacial mountains with its soft orange light.

When it starts to get dark, we will see the beautiful sunset accompanied by a sky full of thousands of stars covering the landscape and the vegetation around us. Then it will be time to have dinner before going to bed to rest.

Accommodation: Tent (4 season tent, 4 people made a tent for 2 people, allowing greater comfort).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner.
Hiking time:  6 – 7 hours approx.
Hiking distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles.
Highest elevation: 2,950 m / 9,676 ft.

Choquequirao Trekking View
Playa Rosalinas – Choquequirao

Day 3: Marampata - Choquequirao (Full Day) - Marampata.

We’ll start the day with a delicious breakfast that will give you a boost of energy. Then, we’ll take the day to explore every detail of this wonderful Inca site located in the mountains and very close to the deepest canyon of the entire South American continent. You can already imagine the incredible landscapes that surround this colossal Inca construction. We’ll visit the most impressive corners of this place and our guide will share with you the fascinating stories of the past and the reason why it was built.

Choquequirao (3,050 m / 10,007 ft) is much larger than Machu Picchu, with plazas, temples, and impressive platforms that will make you constantly ponder the question: How could the Incas build this on top of the mountains? You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at noon and have time to rest and recover your energy.

Don’t miss the famous white stone llamas that adorn the platforms built on the hillside and are located in the direction of the mountain that protects this sector known as the Apu Qoriwayrachina. According to experts, only an average of 40% of the entire site is visible and, in many ways, Choquequirao remains a mystery. We are sure that we will learn even more about this amazing complex in the coming years.

At the end of the day, we will return to our camp at Marampata (2,900 m / 9,514 ft) and enjoy a delicious dinner. Afterward, you can go to bed to contemplate the incredible day you have just had and rest.

Accommodation: Tent (4 season tent, 4 people made a tent for 2 people, allowing greater comfort).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner.
Hiking time:  2 – 3 hours approx.
Hiking distance: 4 km / 2.4 miles.
Highest elevation: 3,050 m / 10,006 ft.

Choquequirao Trek
Choquequirao Full Day

Day 4: Marampata - Playa San Ignacio - Hacienda San Ignacio.

After having a very early breakfast, we head to the Hacienda de San Ignacio; for this, we will first hike for 1 hour again with the direction to Choquequirao to then descend by the new road until we reach the shore of the Apurimac River, which winds through amidst vegetation and an increasingly hot climate. We walk down for 3 until Playa San Ignacio, located on the left side of the Apurimac river. A water pipe that descends from the nearby snow-capped mountains, the cold and clear water of this pipe, is like a blessing from the apus to refresh and relieve the soul in the middle of the rugged mountains of Choquequirao.

We will then hike up to Hacienda de San Ignacio, it takes 1 hour to reach it, we will have great views of the Apurimac Canyon, we will take as many breaks we want to finally get to Hacienda San Ignacio, at this cozy place, our cook and horseman will be waiting for us with lunch. After lunch, we’ll have a great time to relax, and late in the afternoon, we will hike for 20 min to the Waterfall of San Ignacio.

Afterward, we will go back to our base camp to enjoy our happy hour and end the day with a good dinner.

Accommodation: Tent (4 season tent, 4 people made a tent for 2 people, allowing greater comfort).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner.
Hiking time:  6 – 7 hours approx.
Hiking distance: 11 km / 6,83 miles.
Highest elevation: 2,950 m / 9,676 ft.

Apurimac Canyon
Apurimac Canyon

Day 5: San Ignacio - Tambobamba - Sayhuite - Cusco.

This is the last day of our beautiful hike; wake you up early in the morning with a tea to then have breakfast; later, we hike from Hacienda San Ignacio to Villa de Loros, a hike of 3 hours by a gently uphill. At Villa de Loros, we will say goodbye to our horseman, since we will take our transport to Sayhuite, which has an incan site to explore it, while our cook prepares our last lunch.

Sayhuite, is a rock monolith that contains more than two hundred hypomorphic, zoomorphic, geographical, and human constructions figures, carved in an apparent disorder and taking advantage of the natural reliefs and depressions of the stone, considering that many figures represent human constructions, canals, stairways, ponds, they propose that the rock of Sayhuite was a kind of plan or stone sketch made by Inca architects to take control of the hydraulic works they performed.

After exploring this beautiful Incan site, we will enjoy our last lunch with the team to then back to the city of Cusco, we will drive for about 4 hours to reach Cusco, and we will drop you off at the main gate of your hotel in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
Hiking time:  3 hours approx.
Hiking distance: 9 km / 5.59 miles.
Highest elevation: 2,350 m / 7,709 ft.

Saywite
Sayhuite

Inclusions

Price Includes for Choquequirao Trek 5 Days:

  • Pre trek Briefing (briefing at the Hotel/Office).
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the hike by private car.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide for groups over 12 people.
  • Tents – 2 people.
  • 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Cook and assistance of the Cook.
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Daily tea service.
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet.
  • Food service in the campsites (4 breakfast, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, 5 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu.
  • You will savor the Peruvian cuisine which our master chef will prepare.
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • Horseman and Horses. (To carry our camping equipment, food and 8 kilos of your stuff like sleeping bag and mat as well as clothes) We Never overload our Horses (well Animal Welfare).
  • Choquequirao entrance fees.
  • Camping spots fees.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Private transportation (Tambobamba – Cusco).

Price Excludes for Choquequirao Trek 5 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Breakfast – on 1th Day.
  • Dinner – on 5th Day.
  • Not detailed meals.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you).
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 30 for the entire trip).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 20 for the entire trip).
  • Tips (optional).

Items to bring for Choquequirao Trek 5 Days:

  • Original Passport.
  • Original Student Card (if you book as a student).
  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to take them.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sunblock.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 40% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Choquequirao Trek 5 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Choquequirao Trek 5 Days private service, includes additional items such as:

  • Extra Horse to ride and horse Controller.
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • Sleeping bag / Silk Liner included.
  • 02 Waking Poles per person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad, as well as your clothes.
  • Private round trip transportation.
  • Tour Guide to explore Choquequirao all day. And of course, we pay a little more to our Staff and Guide.

Prices

We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.

We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.

We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.

LARGE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

USD
720
Per Person

SMALL GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

USD
740
Per Person

PRIVATE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: Upon Request)

USD
940
Per Person

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FAQs

Can I be picked up from the Sacred Valley?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick-up time (there is an extra cost).

Is there a cable car in Choquequirao?
The project to make a cable car that connected the town of Cachora to Marampata was not completed due to the frequent presence of landslides, and this plan was gradually lost.

What is Choquequirao?
Choquequirao is named after Quechua Chuqi K’iraw, the cradle of gold. Located just over 3,000 meters high, they are Inca terraces and buildings, very similar to the citadel of Machu Picchu, in terms of its architecture. Some call it the “Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu” or “Second Machu Picchu.” The site is not as large as Machu Picchu, but travelers much less crowd it; since it can only be accessed on foot, it is the longest and most complete road in Peru with a tour operator.

Why Huaynas Expeditions?
  • High quality services
  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We Never Pass you onto another operator.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
  • TripAdvisor recommended!
2 Reviews
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Mark Andersen

Couple Traveller

An unknown wonder of the world. Much better than Machu Picchu.

October 17, 2019

Stephanie Marcus

Couple Traveller

Realy impressive site and though but great hike. Where Machu Picchu is overwhelmed with tourists. Its so easy in Choquequirao to walk alone and emphasize the history of the site.

August 16, 2019
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