Choquequirao is one of the most spectacular places in Peru, located in Cusco region. This amazing complex of ruins was built in the XV - XVI century by the Incas. Do you want to have the adventure of a lifetime, with beautiful, unique scenery, with variety of landscapes, flora and fauna, far away from civilization, without hundreds of tourists around? If yes, the 4 day Choquequirao trekking will be the perfect option for you.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONCusco
DEPARTURE TIMEPick up from your hotel at 6.00 – 7:00 am
INCLUDED
Transport from Cusco to the starting point of the tour and return
Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
Camping equipment: tents (max 4 per tent), mattress, dining and cooking tent, table and chairs
Horseman and mules for the equipment (max 5 kg per person)
Cook
Professional bilingual tour guide
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners
First aid kit
NOT INCLUDED
Sleeping bag
Breakfast on Day 1. Lunch, afternoon snack and dinner on Day 4.
Tips for the porters and the guide
Travel insurance
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Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Santa Rosa

Between 6.00 – 7:00 am, we will pick you up from your hotel/hostel in Cusco. By private bus we will go to the village of Cachora (2850 m./9350 feet) in about 4 hours. In Cachora you will have some free time to visit the village, eat breakfast and enjoy the landscapes.

Then we will continue the journey by bus around 30 minutes more – almost to the pass of Capuliyoc (2800 m./ 9186 feet), where we will start the trekking. First 3-4 hours of the trek you will walk all the time downhill, till the place called Playa Rosalina (1550 m./5085 feet). This is the lowest point of the trip, where we will cross the Apurimac River. From this moment on and during the next around 2-2,5 hours, we will hike up the hill until the camping place called Santa Rosa (2200 m./7215 feet). Here you will spend the first night. After eating delicious dinner you will have free time to rest, relax and enjoy the wildness of the nature, beautiful scenery around and the sunset.
Hiking time: approximately 5-6 hours.

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Day 2: Santa Rosa - Choquequirao

We will start the day very early in the morning, around 5:00 am, to avoid strong sun and to have more time for exploration of the Incas ruins. After a delicious, fresh breakfast, we will start trekking from Santa Rosa to Maranpata (2850 m./9350 feet). This day is the hardest. During the first 3 hours, we will hike all the time uphill. In Maranpata we will take a break with a wonderful view for the valley. There is also a small village, so you will have additional possibility to contact with a local community. After the break, we will continue the trip until our destination.
Around 1 hour before reaching the Incas ruins, there will appear huge terraces, once built to provide food for the local inhabitants. It will be the first close contact with Choquequirao which will be accompanied to you almost all time before reaching the archaeological complex. The terraces are situated on a slope of the hill, what makes them very impressive. Everyone passing here wonders how it was possible to build them in this place.

A little bit below Choquequirao ruins (around 30 minutes by walk) is the camping place where we will stay for the night. You will have time to relax in the breathtaking scenery, to take pictures and to relocate in Inca times, feeling the atmosphere of that period.

During this day you will have opportunity to enjoy great landscapes and the view of some valleys, among others snowy peaks of Soray (5428 m./17808 feet), of the Tuncarway (5910 m./19389 feet) and what is the most important the view for the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033 m./9951 feet). You will also find a wide variety of flowers like bromeliads, orchids and stands of bamboo.
Hiking time: approximately 6-7 hours

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Day 3: Choquequirao – Playa Rosalina

We will start very early in the morning to see the beautiful sunrise over the ruins. Then we will have a delicious breakfast, after which we will visit the archeological zone of Choquequirao. Here you will learn a lot about the history of that place, about Incas, their culture, which will be described by our tour guide. He will take you to the most important and the most interesting sections of the Incas city. After the tour with the guide, you will also have free time for exploring by yourself the parts of ruins you like the most. Choquequirao offers plenty of space, so you will never feel crowed here.
After the visit in Choquequirao we will start our way back down the same way we came, towards Playa Rosalina and the Apurimac River. From Maranpata to Playa Rosalina, we will descend down all the time. This part is not difficult, but due to the fact that you will walk down some hours, it can be quite a big effort for the body, especially for the knees. In Playa Rosalina we will set a camp, where you will spend the last night of the tour.
Hiking time: approximately 7-8 hours.
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DAY 4: Playa Rosalina - Cachora - Cusco

The last day of the tour will be quite easy and diverse. First 2 hours we will hike uphill, after it we will have a nice, quite long part flat, easy and enjoyable. On the way you will have opportunity to taste some regional fruits and drink special beverages, which you can buy in the small shops available on the route. At the end we will have to walk uphill, but this part will not be so steep and it will take only around 1 hour to overcome it. We will finish all trekking part 15 minutes by walk after crossing the pass Capuliyoc. From that place our private bus will take you directly to Cusco what will take around 5 hours.
Hiking time: approximately 6 hours

DISCOUNTS AND REQUIREMENTS

There is a discount of USD $ 20 for college students with the ISIC card. To get the discount we need to receive the scan of ISIC card on email, during booking process and you have to bring the original, valid ISIC card with you for the trip. Without valid ISIC card, which you will have to show in the entrance gate to Machu Picchu, you will not get permission to entrance for this archaeological complex and you will lose the possibility to explore the ruins.
There is also a discount of USD $ 20 for Peruvians and another $ 10 for Peruvian university students. Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number in the booking form and have to bring valid DNI for the tour. Peruvian students have to send scan of student card during booking process and bring valid document with them for the tour. In both above mentioned situation, if they do not show the valid DNI and student card in the entrance gate to Machu Picchu, will not get permission to entrance for this archaeological complex and will lose the possibility to explore the ruins.
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VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE

We recommend that you consult your doctor in advance of your departure to ensure you have all the recommended vaccinations. We also recommend purchasing travel insurance for any emergency. Before buying the insurance always check the regulations of the insurance company, especially if trekking in the high mountains or other adventures are not excluded.
Upon completion of the booking, we take care of the tickets to Machupicchu, Huaynapicchu (or alternating mountain).

RATES, RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT

The prices of our tour may vary during low season (December to March) and during high season (April-November) when the rates can increase.
To make the final reservation of tour first we have to confirm the availability of the tour for a specific date, we need to receive an advance payment (50%) or full payment according to current prices and also we need to have your full details (no errors) because such information are necessary to book the entrance tickets on your behalf, and the exact beginning date of the tour. All the details you need to provide on our BOOKING FORM. Please remember to be in Cusco at least one day before the deadline.
After receiving booking form we will send every person details about payment (Western Union or pay pal request). It is possible to pay for the tour full amount in advance or 50% of the costs. If there is a group it is possibly to do a payment separately or together. You can view on the page of PAYMENT.