Explore the Choquequirao archaeological site, the second most important in Cusco
Experience an amazing 4-day adventure, a unique journey you can't miss!
The Choquequirao ruins were most likely built during the reign of the Inca king, Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. They are 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, the place was used as both a check point to access the Vilcabamba Area, and as a cultural and religious centre.
All year round
Cusco hotel and hostel pickup
San Francisco Square
Minimum Age: 8 years old – Must have parents permission
Maximum Age: 60 years old – Medical proof of optimum health status
DAY 1: CUSCO - CACHORA – ROSALINA
The mini-bus will pick you up from the hotel at 5:30 am to begin the journey to the village of Cachora. During the journey, we will pass the villages of Izcuchaca, Limatambo and Curahuasi, until we arrive in Cachora, at around 10:00 am. We’ll visit the place and after it will be time for lunch.
We will begin our trek towards Wanka Qalli; from this point, you’ll be able to see the archaeological site of Choquequirao, and also the beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains of Vilcabamba, Salcantay Chico and others from Capuliyoc. Then, we’ll descend to Cuca Masana, where the flora and fauna will begin to change until arrival to Rosalina Beach. Here the weather is warm, and this is the place where our first camp will be set up.
DAY 2: ROSALINA - SANTA ROSA - MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO
After breakfast (5:00 am), we will continue our walk from Playa Rosalina to Santa Rosa, where we’ll stop for a visit to the cane liquor distillery. This second day of trekking is considered the most demanding.
Heading in the direction of Marampata, along the way you will observe orchids and violets. If we are lucky during the journey, we will be able to appreciate the vegetation, the diversity of birds and insects, and even spot deer. After a typical lunch in Marampata, we’ll walk for one hour and half towards Choquequirao. Here we will remain in the company of a guide for three hours, who will provide you with all the details about this important Inca refuge. We will ascend to our camp.
DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO - SANTA ROSA – CHIQUISCA
Very early and after breakfast (5:00 am), we will ascend to one of the most important points of the citadel of Choquequirao. You’ll see the main sector, the sectors of hanan (high area) and urin (low area), and also the ushnu and the sector of llamas. We will then return for lunch, and descend the same route towards Chiquisca, our last camp.
DAY 4: CHIQUISCA - CAPULIYUC - CACHORA - CUSCO
A hearty breakfast will be served (6:00 am), and after we’ll begin the ascent towards the viewpoint of Wayna Qalli. From the viewpoint, you’ll be able to see the canyon that forms the Apurimac River. Then we will continue to Cachora, where you will have a typical lunch before returning to the city of Cusco.
Note: If you are staying at a different location than the one you select as your pick up location, it is explicitly your responsibility to be at the main entrance of the hotel or hostel selected as your pick up location for the duration of the pick up time range on your tour date. You must be in a visible place easy to see for the operator and be alert for their vehicle/guide when they go to pick you up for the tour.
Cusco - Cachora – Rosalina
Rosalina - Santa Rosa - Marampata – Choquequirao
Choquequirao - Santa Rosa – Chiquisca
Chiquisca - Capuliyuc - Cachora - Cusco
- English speaking trekking guide
- Complete meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
- Camping equipment: personal tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, sleeping pad, tables, chairs
- First aid kit
- Horses (and we also help with 5 kg of your luggage)
- First breakfast
- Sleeping bag
- Personal medicine
- Extra horse (USD 70.00)
- Extra expenses
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
- Rain gear (jacket and pants/trousers if possible) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Sandals or trainers (for more comfort while at camp)
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
- Camera and batteries (batteries consume energy more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruit, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack, and our meal service is very complete and well supplied (this recommendation applies for clients who are used to a specific snack, as it may be that this particular food item is not included in our selection)
- Water container and water for the first morning
- Optional: water-sterilizing tablets, in case you collect water from streams or rivers along the route
- Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink (no health problem has been reported so far)
- Small towel
- Swimsuit (if you wish to bathe in the river)
- Cash in soles and/or US$
- Original passport
- Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date needs to be done before 6:00 pm (Lima time) 30 days before the tour begins and will also receive a 60% administration fee. After this time there is a 100% change fee. Subject to availability.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel 30 days prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time), a 60% administration fee (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation
How do I avoid altitude sickness?
Take Soroche (Diamox) pills, eat small meals, drink coca tea, drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol (it’s a dehydrator). The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize yourself. The recommended approach for acclimatization is to ascend gradually, spending at least 24 hours at every 2,000ft increase in altitude.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
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