- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: trekking/hiking/historical
- Max. Elevation: 3300 m
Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N
Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N
The Choquequirao Trek, was chosen as one of the 20 best tourist destinations for 2015 worldwide, by the prestigious National Geographic Traveler magazine.
The ancient city of Choquequirao shows the vestiges of the Inca ancestors and their culture. It is located exactly in the province of la Convencion and its ruins are so majestic that they are easily compared to Machu Picchu. It is even given the name of «the sacred sister of Machu Picchu» for its similarity in architecture and landscapes that surround it.
On this 4 day trek, our hikers will have a wonderful trekking experience, that takes place in one of the deepest canyons on the planet formed by the well-known Apurimac river; our hiker travels majestic snowy mountains and fearsome cliffs, you can see great landscapes and vegetation, with the respective specialized and authorized guidance, of our Choquequirao Trek tour guide.
Highlights of our Choquequirao Trek
In order to give you the best experience and try avoiding the crowds on this Choquequirao Trek our schedule and campsites are different than the other companies; hike with us and let us provide you with the best of the Choquequirao Trek, with guides, cooks and porters with enormous quality of service, passion for what they do and excellent human beings within the technical and professional, all this with camping equipment of the highest quality, resistance and very spacious tents, in addition to selecting the camps with the best views.
We are the only Choquequirao trek specialist that prepares food for our hikers and staff using 100 % organic vegetables purchased from local producers and also we do a demostration of a typical peruvian dish called Pachamanca which is an underground hot stone barbecue.
Trip Overview of our Choquequirao Trek
- Trek Type: trekking/hiking, landscape, experiential, adventurous, and cultural, colors and flavours
- Good for: those in moderate shape or better
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Considerations:In order to give you the best itinerary and experience on this trek our program it is completely different from the other companies
- Season: From March 1st to December 31th
Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina- Santa Rosa.
- Hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 km (6-7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 2200 meters above sea level
- Considered: moderate
- Weather: warm and humid
We pick you up at 4:30 am from your hotel to drive you for 4 hours to the trailhead of our Choquequirao trek, a hamlet called Capuliyoc located at 2850 m.a.s.l. Once at Capuliyoc we will delight a nutritious and delicious buffet breakfast; following we will hike downhill for four hours and a half through an area full of great views of one of the deepest canyon on the planet called «the Apurimac canyon” and the Padreyoc snowy mountain with its 5571 m.a.s.l.
Upon our arrival to our lunch spot, a place called Playa Rosalina our team will be waiting with cooled fuit juice and a fantastic buffet lunch; after lunch and 30 minutes of digest we will hike uphill for two hours towards our first campsite located in the hamlet of Santa Rosa.
Upon arrival to our first campsite our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after a llitle difficult but rewarding day in the choquequirao trek, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and dinner.
**Perfect itinerary to have plenty of time to hike in a slow and steady pace, take pictures and to be pleased by one of the deepest canyons on the planet, the Padreyoc glacier, the choquequirao trek and its landscapes avoiding the crowds
**Hike in a moderate pace, connecting with the colors and sounds of the choquequirao trail and mother earth
Day 2: Santa Rosa-Marampata– Choquequirao Ruins
- Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (6-7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3030 meters above sea level
- Considered: challenging
- Weather: hot with mosquitoes
We come to your tents at 5:30 am with a hot coca tea to wake you up and after 5 minutes we provide you with warm water in buckets so you may washed up and wake up in a better way, then we give bewteen 30 to 40 minutes to pack essentials and then have breakfast for another 30 minutes.
Following with our choquequirao trek itinerary, we ascend for six hours towards the choquequirao ruins; along the way we will see fields of sugar cane and also we will try the local famous alcoholic drink called «cañazo by the locals» and better know as inca tequila by us; upon our arrival to the choquequirao ruins our team will be waiting with cooled fruit juice and a yummy buffet lunch.
After lunch and digest time, we will explore all the parts of this magnificent inca site, we will take awesome pictures for thousands of likes on instagram and also oue tour guide will share interesting facts about the choquequirao trek, the choquequirao ruins and the incas with us.
Our tents will be pitched right a the foot of the choquequirao ruins, so once you finished exploring the inca site with your guide, we will provide you a bucket of warm water to you wash up and rest after a challenging but beautiful day, on the choquequirao trek; later get ready to enjoy our happy hour with popcorn, wantons, hot chocalate and our buffet dinner.
** This day on the choquequirao trek will be challenging but fantastic due we explore the pretty choquequirao ruins.
Day 3: Choquequirao Ruins- Playa Rosalina- Chiquisca
- Hiking distance: 11.3 miles/18 km (8 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 2100 meters above sea level
- Considered: moderate
- Weather: hot with mosquitoes
We will wake you up at 5 am and after bringing you a hot coffee cup our tour guide will bring us to fantastic inca platform to enjoy an amazing sunrise inside de choquequirao ruin and the amazing vilcabamba mountain range; following we will delight our buffet breakfast to then hike downhill for six hours through a region crowded of farmed fruits that you could taste and also colorful birds that your guide will point out while hikin g.
After those six hours of hiking we will get our lunch area where our team will be waiting for us with a cooled fruit juice and a lovely buffet lunch; after lunch and digest time we will hike uphill for two hours towards our last campsite.
Upon arrival to our basecamp our staff of porters will have the tents and duffels already pitched for you, providing you also warm water in buckets so you may washed up, be comfortable and rest after another fantastic day in the choquequirao trek, then in the evening enjoy happy hour with hot chocolate, popcorn and our yummy dinner.
** Perfect itinerary on the choquequirao trek to delight on a slow a steady pace the birdwatch, and the flavour of the organic farmed fruits.
Day 4: Chiquisca- Capuliyoc- Cusco
- Hiking distance: 4.2 miles/8 km (4 hours)
- Considered: moderate
- Weather: hot
We wake you up with hot coca tea and after a nutritious and delicious breakfast we hike uphill for four hours towards the choquequirao trek trailhead; once here our team will be waiting for us with cooled fruit juice and our last buffet lunch.
After lunch you can finally say » the choquequirao trek is done» and then continue with your tour guide to Cusco for about four hours in our private van; we will drive through the curawasi village, where there is a famous local tea mixed with anis, if you like your guide may stop for a bit and you could try it.
We will arrive in Cusco at around 6 p.m. and we will drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if the is not car access until your hotel.
** Our service is from the door of your hotel to the choquequirao trek and then back to the door of your hotel again.
Included on the Choquequirao Trek
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our choquequirao trek
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the choquequirao trek
Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the choquequirao trek. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this choquequirao trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am and brought to the trailhead to begin your choquequirao trek. We also include mules and horses that will carry our equipment and the private van from Capuliyoc to Cusco.
Equipment: Incas path has the best equipment; we use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a large dining tent to enjoy your meals.
Food: Our choquequirao trek includes expert hiking chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.
Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters , as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies; each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.
Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the dead woman´s pass on the classic inca trail or from the choquequirao trek or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the choquequirao trek, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on the Choquequirao Trek
Rentals: Due there we are hiking the choquequirao trek, each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping, inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort; if you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
- Sleeping Bag: $20
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $15
We would love to tour the choquequirao trek with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to choquequirao trek. We can leave any day from March to January as the ausangate trek & rainbow mountain is always available
Group Price (2020):
- $650 per person
Private Tours are based on Group Size (2020):
Priced per person
- Two trekkers: $1250 per person
- Three trekkers: $1200
- Four trekkers: $1100
- Five trekkers: $950
- Six trekkers: $775
- Seven trekkers: $725
- Eight, or more, trekkers: $690
– $ 25 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger; for those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of the choquequirao trek of the government.
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This choquequirao trek, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the choquequirao trek. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during the choquequirao trek.
- Original Passport ,
- STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the choquequirao trek is entirely dirt soil
For Your Duffel: Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
- 4 wicking t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
- 1 rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Hiking boots
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug, on the choquequirao trek!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
- Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Where do we pick up the hikers for the Choquequirao Trek?
Pick up will be from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.
Where to pay the remaining amount for the Choquequirao Trek?
Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the choquequirao trek for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your choquequirao trek.
Reserve for the Choquequirao Trek?
We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the choquequirao trek permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.
Permissions for the Choquequirao Trek?
Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your choquequirao trek permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.
Passport Number Update?
The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.
Where to stay in Cusco?
You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.
Can I stay in the sacred valley?
Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the choquequirao trek does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.
During the trip, how challenging is the Choquequirao Trek?
Remember that this choquequirao trek, it is challenging because you will climb one very high mountain pass; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) also this 4 day trek into the choquequirao trek is humid,hot and with mosquitoes all the time, so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at the choquequirao ruins, and so you will take your so awaited posdcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about choquequirao
Will I need extra money on the Choquequirao Trek?
Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, reminders or for tiping, take about 400 soles with you;«also remember that along the days of hiking into the choquequirao trek just cash is accepted».
How many people will be in my group on the Choquequirao Trek?
We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day; we can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the choquequirao trek. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.
Do you need hiking boots for the Choquequirao Trek?
We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the choquequirao trek can become a bit muddy and slipery; please make sure they have good soles.
Are trekking poles really necessary on the Choquequirao Trek?
For the choquequirao trek we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people; there are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.
Are there any toilets along the Choquequirao Trek?
Along the choquequirao trek there are 3 places that has toilet; firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.
Can I use plastic botles during the Choquequirao Trek?
Due to New goverment regulations for the choquequirao trek it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the choquequirao trek
Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.
If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your choquequirao trek we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.
Where do I store my luggage?
All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage
What should I expect from the weather on the Choquequirao Trek?
Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold, we always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the choquequirao trek long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.
Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the choquequirao trek. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to choquequirao trek and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.
What type of outlet is used in Cusco?
Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.
What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to choquequirao trek and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, we always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.
In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.
Is there a possibility to cancel my Choquequirao Trek?
There is no possibility to cancel the choquequirao trek. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the choquequirao trek; we will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to the trek in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco, choquequirao trek or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the permits and logistic are already organized.