Choquequirao ruins was most likely built during the reign of the Inca king Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui and is considered to be the last bastion of resistance and refuge of the Sons of the Sun, who fled from the city of Cusco when it was under siege in 1535. Led by Manco Inca Yupanqui, they took refuge in Choquequirao. Presumably, it was used both a check point to access the Vilcabamba Area and a cultural and religious center. The city played an important role as it was a connection between the Amazon Jungle and the city of Cusco. The region has a lot of microclimates and a landscape full of snow-covered peaks of about 6000m (19685f). Choquequirao trek is the place where you'll discover the great citadel of the last inca kings and also you'll reach the beautiful ecosystem, Choquequirao trekking.
Altitude: 1500 - 3030 m. / 4921 - 9941 f.
High season: Whole year
Duration: 4 days - 3 nights / 5 days - 4 nights
Level of difficulty: Moderate
*A minimum of 2 persons is needed for this trek
We will leave Cusco (3350m/10991f) approximately at 5:30 am. First, we will head for the village Cachora (2850m/9350f) to meet our horsemen and the mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition. Thereafter, we will continue our journey towards the pass of Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f). The trek offers a beautiful view of the mythical mountain Padreyoc, of the deep canyon and of the river Apurímac, meaning "speaking river". Thereupon, we will descend towards the canyon's interior named Chiquisca (1930m/6332f), where we will spend the night. Climate: warm Hiking time: 7 hours.
2nd Day: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao
After breakfast, we will descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/5085f). From there, we will continue heading for Marampata (2850m/9350f), where we will have a beautiful view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f). Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the settlement.
Climate: both cold and warm
Hiking time: 7 hours.
3rd Day: Choquequirao – San Ignacio – Carmen
At sunrise, we will first visit the archeological site of Choquequirao. By now, only 30% of this "golden cradle" has been exposed. Thereafter, we will descend to the Apurímac canyon's deepest part called San Ignacio at 1500m/4921f and have lunch. After that, we will ascend to our camping site in the beautiful gardens of Carmen (2000m/6562f). Climate: moderate climate with mosquitoes Hiking time: 6 hours Note: Due to the ecosystem's constant changes, this day is considered to be the most beautiful one. Nevertheless, the route from Choquequirao to San Ignacio is at some parts very slippery. Therefore, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. Moreover, we recommend carrying sufficient water with you.
4th Day: Carmen – Tambo bamba – Huanipaca
The gardens of Carmen are situated close to the manor of Tambo bamba (2500m/8202f), a region having been governed by landowners during the 19th and 20th century and considered to be one of the most fertile valleys to cultivate maize and a variety of potatoes. We will pass little villages such as Pacobamba and Huanipaca (3150m/10335f) and will return to Cusco by bus.
Climate: moderate, warm
Hiking time: 5 hours
Transport time: 5 hours
Choquequirao Trek 04 Days
- - Private transport from the hotel to the town of Cachora and return
- - Entrance fees to Choquequirao inca site
- - Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- - High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both are big enough for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
- - Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / option vegetarian Cook and cooking equipment.
- - Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal luggage (up to 7kg. per person)
- - Emergency horse
- - First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
- - Sleeping bag (If you don't have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of lending one)
- - First breakfast and dinner on the last day in Cusco.
(1) On our clients' recommendation, we suggest spending an additional day in the settlement of Choquequirao to enjoy this beautiful archeological site in more detail. On our way back to Cusco, there is also the possibility of visiting the thermal baths in Cconoc. Ask us for more information.
(2)The trek to Choquequirau must not be underestimated. Especially the second day involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather (it can get very hot) the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you are well acclimatized, in good shape, and healthy.
(3)From the first to the fourth day (from Cachora to Huanipaca) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer's private luggage (up to 7 kg).
(4)Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
What do I need to bring?
- - Backpack with rain shelter.
- - Sleeping back.
- - Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
- - Rain pants and lightweight pants.
- - Trekking shoes.
- - Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
- - Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
- - Long- and short-sleeved polo's/T-Shirts.
- - Rainponcho and a hat.
- - Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- - Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing
- - tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
- - Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
- - Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- - Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
- - Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won't
- - dry at night. So take some clothes to change.