Choquequirao is considered one of the least visited places by tourists, however in the future it will be a destination that no one will want to miss because of how wonderful it is. According to the studies we carried out, this place is considered much larger than Machu Picchu but unlike Choquequirao has different architectural characteristics since it was built in a late period.
This place is known for being one of the last refuges of the Inca era after the Spanish invasion, its construction on top of the Apurimac canyon make this city a place that is difficult to access for anyone even today.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.
The 3-day trek to Choquequirao is designed for visitors who are in fairly good physical condition, since we will take a walk dominated by steep ascents and descents, as well as adverse weather conditions. We know more about the flora and fauna of the place and we will discover more about the Inca culture visiting the most important areas of this city considered the twin brother of Macu Picchu.
Day 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – PLAYA ROSALINAS – MARANPATA
We start the day quite early with the pick up of each one of our visitors from their hotels at 3 in the morning to leave Cusco and go north to the town of Cachora and then arrive at Capuliyoc where our team of muleteers is ready to organize our team and which will also be in charge of taking our duffel bags to the next stop where we will spend the night.
This part of the walk consists of descending to the Riviera of the Apurimac river in an estimated time of approximately 4 hours through a zigzagging path, appreciating the snow-capped peaks in front such as the Padrayoc and part of what is the Apurimac canyon considered one of the deepest in the world.
Once in Playa we will have the opportunity to have a buffet lunch prepared by our chef, once lunch is finished we will continue the hike but this time in the mountains for 4 additional hours passing through small towns like Santa Rosa until we reach the town of Maranpata where we will have the opportunity to have dinner and spend the night.
Day 2: MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO- MARANPATA
The intention of this day is to try to make the most of our visit to Choquequirao in this sense we will have a buffet breakfast at 5 in the morning and then walk to the Choquequirao control point that will take us approximately 1 hour and in lunar we will start our Exploration, visiting mainly the squares, temples, houses, and doing some other walks such as the sector of the llamas, which is considered a mandatory visit to the place since in other Inca cities designs carved on the rocks like this one are not appreciated. . Being a larger city compared to Machu Picchu, the places are often far from each other, for which it will be necessary to take short walks to be able to visualize everything that this place offers us.
Our guide will be informing throughout the visit the reason and why this place was built and what relationship it had with others in the area, and at the end of the visit we will return to the town of Maranpata where we will have dinner and rest early to return the next day to Cuzco.
Day 3: MARAMPATA ― CAPULIOC ― CUSCO
We will need to leave our camp at dawn, at approximately 5 in the morning to begin our descent to the Chikiska camp. All this return journey is the same path that was taken at the beginning, and in Chikiska we will have the option of having an organized lunch by our chef and then continue, but this time going up to Capuliyoc. We will complete this entire journey in approximately 8 hours at a moderate but constant walking pace.
Arriving in Capuliyoc our transport will be ready to bring us back to Cusco, arriving in the city at approximately 8 pm and leaving us in our respective hotels.
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 CHOQUEQUIRAO CHALLENGE TREK 3 DAYS TOUR?
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