Choquequirao is known as the sister of Machu Picchu for being a city built in the Inca period after Machu Picchu, the name means "Cradle of Gold" and it is located at the top of the Apurimac canyon, surrounded by imposing snow-capped peaks, Choquequirao is a very remote and rarely visited Inca city since to get to this place it is necessary to carry out the original walk of this region since there is no other means of transport to this day.
Despite being less visited, it is important to mention that it is estimated to be 3 times larger than Machu Picchu, but many of its buildings are still tangled in the middle of the vegetation of the place.
Choquequirao was one of the last refuges of those Incas who continued to resist after the arrival of the Spanish, but it was finally abandoned and over the years it was covered by all the vegetation. Being quite a large place and presenting different enclosures, many of which are far apart, our 5-day trek will give you the option of visiting a full day to fully explore this incredible archaeological site.
During the 5 days of the tour we will appreciate beautiful high Andean landscapes and mountains near the Apurimac canyon. In addition, a unique architecture completely different from those already seen in Cusco, highlighting the llamas sector, in the same way, along the trail you will experience different microclimates and ecosystems as we descend through one of the deepest canyons in the world. as is the Apurimac.
Day 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – PLAYA
Our adventure will begin at 5 in the morning when our staff in charge of the trek go through their respective hotels to pick you up from your hotel and make the first stretch of trip by car for approximately 4 hours until you reach the Capuliyoc sector located at 2800 meters. above sea level.
It is here where the rest of our team will be waiting for our arrival to organize all our equipment that will be transported on horses during the following days. From this place, you can see part of the lost ruins of Choquequirao and the Apurimac canyon with its impressive snow-capped mountains such as Padreyoc (5,571 m/18,387 feet) on the mountain in front.
Now with our backpacks on our backs we will start the descent for approximately 3 hours until we reach the Chikiska area where our chef will not offer a buffet lunch. After lunch we will have some time to rest and then continue for approximately 2 more hours to our first camp called Playa Rosalina (2061m/6762ft).
Here we will spend the rest of the afternoon recovering our strength since the following day will be much more demanding.
Day 2: PLAYA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO
We will start our second day quite early with the intention of making the ascent avoiding the first rays of sun that could generate a much hotter and more exhausting environment. That is why we will leave our camp at 5:30 in the morning to cross the bridge to the other end of the river and start the ascent during the first 2 hours and arrive at Santa Rosa where we will take a break and take advantage of the place to use the bathrooms if required.
We continue the ascent for about 3 more hours through a steep path until we reach the town of Maranpata where we can take advantage of the place and the view to have lunch. We continue the walk for an approximate time of 1 hour until we reach the camp that is located in the same area of the Choquequirao archaeological park where we will spend our second night.
Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO
Our big day arrived, we have a whole day to explore this place that, as we mentioned at the beginning, is considered 3 times bigger than Machu Picchu, therefore, after breakfast, we will leave our things in the camp to only take what is necessary and together with our guide explore each corner of this wonderful place place by place.
As it is a fairly large place, we will begin our visit by visiting the main squares, the Usnu, which was a religious area where rituals were performed, water channels and our guide will inform us in detail of the history of how and why this was built. place high in the mountains.
Then we will continue our visit descending to what is called the sector of the llamas, it is named for the presence of figures of llamas carved on the agricultural terraces, making this place unique and special compared to what already exists in Cusco.
After having a day of exhaustive explorations, we will return to our same camp to enjoy dinner by our chef and finally be able to rest to return the next day.
Day 4: MARAMPATA- PLAYA - CHIKISKA
Our return begins after breakfast, leaving our camp and returning along the same path for approximately 6 hours, passing through the small towns of Maranpata, always having a view of the Apurimac canyon at all times. The descent will be quite exhausting until we reach Playa and then continue the walk to our Chikiska camp where we will have lunch and the afternoon free to rest and wait for the last day.
Day 5: CHIKISKA – CAPULIYOC – CUSCO
In the same way as previous days, after breakfast, we will start our last ascent early to avoid the heat wearing us out on the ascent. It will be approximately 4 hours of a fairly intense ascent where we will enjoy for the last time all the landscape that surrounds us, already in Capuliyoc we will have lunch and a farewell ceremony for our muleteers who helped us transport our equipment during the days of the trek.
Finally we will leave Capuliyoc in our private transport and return to Cusco in a trip of approximately 4 hours, arriving in the city at approximately 6 in the afternoon.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Pick up from your hotel to start the walk
- Private transportation from Cusco / Capuliyoc (starting point of the trek)
- Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
- Professional English speeking guide
- Private guided tour in Choquequirao
- 4 seasons Doite Kaylas Tents
- Sea to Summit Comfortable foam mattresses
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian meal with prior request)
- 1 emergency horse that can be ridden if you feel exhausted or unwell
- All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and bathroom tent
- First aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
- Horses (for equipment and personal items) and riders to care for them
- Our mules will transport 7 kg of your personal items, such as extra clothes and a sleeping bag
- Boiled water for drinking and washing
- Entrance ticket to the hot springs
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking poles
- Tips for the staff
- Walking Poles – +$15 USD per pair per trek
- Sleeping bag - +$25 USD per trek
- Personal tent - +$30 USD
BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH TERRA PERU AVENTURAS
- Assistance 24/7 a week in English.
- Qualified professionals on all tours
- Professional Guides in English on all tours
- Free transfer from the airport to the hotel
Please read the following information carefully. This will help you resolve your doubts and/or questions about our services
ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
All our services start at the airport of the city of Cusco where our driver will be waiting for the arrival of your flight to be able to drive you to the hotel of your choice, this service has no additional cost.
For which it is necessary that you provide us with your flight details and confirmation 1 or 2 days before your arrival in the city, our staff will be waiting with the Terra Peru Aventuras sign which you have to locate.
The briefing is the information that is provided to our clients prior to a trip, this will be done one night before the selected activity at the hotel of their stay. In general, the schedule will depend on the other activities that you have planned to carry out, but many times it usually takes place between 6 and 7 at night.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE CLASSIC CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 DAYS?
To start a reservation, the first thing we request is your personal data along with the details of the date you would like to do the walk, then we will request an advance payment of 40% of the total value of the walk in order to generate the purchase of the necessary tickets for the tour.
After the deposit, our reservation staff will send you the confirmation of the reservation of the Tour which will include the DATE, NAME OF THE TOUR, PERSONAL DATA OF THE CLIENT, AMOUNT DEPOSITED AND AMOUNT PENDING PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY.
Terra Peru Aventuras offers you different payment methods depending on your needs, from bank deposits, transfers via Wester Union, as well as PayPal (consider +8% to the deposit to be made for reasons of bank commissions)
WHEN DO I MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE TOUR?
In general, the total payment must be made upon arrival, we recommend making the payment in cash, due to commission issues from international banks that may be unfavorable to you in case you want to make a payment with your credit card. Our staff gives you more details about it.
CAN I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER I HAVE PURCHASED THE TICKETS?
For all our tours with the exception of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Salkantay, yes! is possible to modify the date without any cost, this must be communicated to our staff as soon as possible in order to carry out the procedures for the modification with a new date.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Any good experience will depend on a good physical condition, if you practice any physical activity regularly you should not worry about a possible altitude sickness, however as an additional recommendation we suggest acclimatizing, in this sense you should consider spending at least 3 days to do some walk and 1 day to be able to carry out some activity or cultural tour.
There are medications that could achieve better acclimatization, but since we are not doctors, we suggest you drink plenty of water and coca infusions to achieve better acclimatization.
WHEN THE TOUR ENDS, DO YOU TAKE US TO THE HOTEL?
Everything will depend on the style of travel that you chose. Our clients who travel in a private service have the option of ending the tours at their hotel. However, those who opt for a group tour, our tour ends in the Plaza Regocijo or close to it so that you can walk without any worries to your hotel.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- Original passport
- Small backpack
- Water storage: 2-3 litre reusable bottles
- Hiking shoes
- Toilet paper
- 4 t-shirts
- 3 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- Bathing suit for the thermal waters
- Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite its the higher and temperture drop to 2 Celius
- Rain jacket
- Waterproof gloves
- Quickdry towel
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc
- Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold
- Boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens
- Sun hat ; Sunscreen
- Wool hat
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
- Rain plastic poncho
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips