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Choquequirao Trek 5D/4N


Choquequirao Trek 5D/4N

Day 1: Cuzco, Peru

Arrival & free time to discover Cuzco on your own.

Check in & Free time
Today, after you have arrived & checked in your accommodation for the night, you will have some free time to discover Cuzco on your own.

Day 2: Cuzco-Chicquisqa, Peru

Depart Cuzco to start your trek, spending the night at Chicquisqa.

Depart Cuzco and camp at Chicquisqa (1836m) (L/D)
We depart Cuzco around 5:00 am in a private car.  If there is time, we will visit the archaeological site of Saywite before descending to the mountain village of Cachora (2909m), a last minute opportunity to buy supplies.  After lunch, it is a 2 hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora.

Day 3: Chicquisqa-Choquequirao, Peru

Reach the archaeological site of Choquequirao and explore the site.

Hike to Choquequirao archaeological site (3110m) (B/L/D)
After an early departure, we descend to Playa Rosalinas and the magnificent Apurimac River (1550m) about 1 hour of hiking where we begin our steep climb to Santa Rosa (2095m).  Here we can take a refreshing break, rest and buy water.  Then we continue upwards, towards Marampata (2913m), a plateau where we will eat lunch and rest enjoying a splendid view of Choquequirao.  After lunch, we will hike for about 2 more hours to reach the archaeological site of Choquequirao (3110m) where we will spend the evening exploring the site and watching condors fly overhead at sunset.

Day 4: Choquequirao-Santa Rosa, Peru

Free time to rest and explore the site before descending to tropical Santa Rosa.

Explore Choquequirao archaeological site and hike down to Santa Rosa (2095m) (B/L/D)
Today, we will have a chance to explore the Inca site more in-depth and with some free time to rest in the morning. In the afternoon we return along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, descending to our tropical campsite at Santa Rosa (5 hours hiking).

Day 5: Santa Rosa-Cuzco, Peru

A steep climb is rewarded with spectacular views today, before trekking into Cachora, where you will return to Cuzco.

Hike to Cachora village and return to Cuzco (B)
Early in the morning, in order to escape the heat of the Apurimac Canyon, we descend to the raging river, and then begin an arduous climb that is rewarded with spectacular views. We climb for about four hours, and have lunch in Capuliyoc (2915m). The final two hours of our hike we will continue the trail into the village of Cachora along a refreshingly flat and picturesque trail through pretty farming countryside where our private car will be waiting to take us back to Cuzco (4-hour drive). We will arrive to Cuzco between 7 or 8pm.


What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination
No Local Payment


4 night(s) accommodation included

Local transport

  • Pick-up, Cachora transfers
  • Cuzco accommodation pick-up
  • Round trip tourist bus Cuzco - Cachora (starting point of trek) 


  • 3 Breakfast(s)
  • 3 Lunch(es)
  • 3 Dinner(s)

Additional info

Daily Departures with a minimum of 2 people

Suggested packing list:
Bring or rent in Cuzco: sleeping bag, hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card, charger (limited to no electricity available during trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle, water purification tablets or filter. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail.
Don't forget the essentials:

Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.

Typical Meals on the Trek:

We search for the best cooks who put forth their best effort to provide you with the best tasting meals on the mountain.All of our cooks pride themselves on their delicious specialty menus with the freshest local ingredients available. Every meal is prepared fresh with plenty of variety and an abundant quantity of food including a vegetarian option for every meal (please advise prior to departure). Here is an idea of what you will be eating during your trek.Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request (please advise at least 2 days in advance).BREAKFASTS:Hot porridge, quinoa or oats, fried eggs, egg omelet or pancakes with fresh bread, fried bananas and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk.LUNCH & DINNER:First Course: Quinoa, corn, noodle, asparagus, mushroom or vegetable soup, stuffed avocado or potatoesSecond Course: Chicken breast, beef stew, quinoa, fried rice, hamburgers, fried chicken, spaghetti bolognese, typical dishes: aji de gallina (chilli pepper chicken), escabeche de pollo (marinated chicken) or ajiaco de olluco (spicy potato stew).Deserts: Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk.SNACKS:Boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk with popcorn, cookies, crackers.

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