Tours and holidays in Choquequirao

Choquequirao Trek - 7 Trips with 6 Reviews

Add to your Tour Wish List
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru

On Route To Choquequirao

  • Best price guaranteed
  • No booking fees
5 day trekking trip in Peru, visiting Villa Los Loros, Choquequirao Trek and Cusco. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Villa Los Loros Choquequirao Lodge & Tours
  • Activities Trekking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Villa, Camping & Eco Lodge
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
From US$ 830 05 days View Tour
Next Departures
  • Nov 24
  • Nov 25
Add to your Tour Wish List
  • Starts Lima, Peru
  • Ends Lima, Peru

Southern Peru Trekking & Adventure

of 3 reviews
  • Trip customizable
  • Best price guaranteed
I was very keen to trek in Cotahausi Canyon, an isolated area 8 hours travel by bus from Arequipa, a ...
From US$ 3,750 18 days View Tour
Next Departures
  • Today
  • Tomorrow
Add to your Tour Wish List
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru

Choquequirao Circuit

  • Best price guaranteed
  • No booking fees
5 day trekking tour in Peru, visiting Rosalina, Choquequirao Trek and Villa Los Loros. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Villa Los Loros Choquequirao Lodge & Tours
  • Activities Trekking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Villa, Camping & Eco Lodge
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
From US$ 870 05 days View Tour
Next Departures
  • Nov 24
  • Nov 25
Add to your Tour Wish List
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru

Short Route to Choquequirao Trek

  • Best price guaranteed
  • No booking fees
4 day trekking tour in Peru, visiting Villa Los Loros, Choquequirao Trek and Cusco. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Villa Los Loros Choquequirao Lodge & Tours
  • Activities Trekking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Villa, Camping & Eco Lodge
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
From US$ 750 04 days View Tour
Next Departures
  • Nov 24
  • Nov 25
Add to your Tour Wish List 5% OFFTODAY
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru

Inca Rivers Trek - Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

of 2 reviews
  • Best price guaranteed
  • No booking fees
Very professionally run trip. Food was amazing which really added to the enjoyment of the trip. The ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Operator World Expeditions
  • Activities Trekking
  • Accommodation Hotel & Camping
  • Transport Private Vehicle
  • Age Range18 to 99 years old
SavingUS$ 143
You've unlocked exclusive savings:
  • Brochure Price:US$ 2,860
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%):- US$ 143
  • Total Price from:US$ 2,717
From US$ 2,860 US$ 2,717 15 days View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 26 10+ seats left
  • Apr 23 10+ seats left
Add to your Tour Wish List
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru

Choquequirao Trek

  • Trip customizable
  • Best price guaranteed
8 day trekking tour through Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Chiquisca and 3 other destinations in Peru. Read More
From US$ 1,714 08 days View Tour
Next Departures
  • Nov 29
  • Nov 30
GROUP TOURS AVAILABLE Add to your Tour Wish List
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru

Cusco & Choquequirao To Machu Picchu Trek

of 1 review
  • Trip customizable
  • Best price guaranteed
James did an awesome job. Due to bad weather conditions, we had to change to a different route and h ...
From US$ 1,095 10 days View Tour
Next Departures
  • Today
  • Tomorrow
Showing 1 - 7 of 7 results
Create your custom-made trip to Peru

Travelling to Peru? Chat with a local travel specialist in Peru who can help organize your trip.

  • James Mackender
    James Mackender
    Travel Expert in Peru
  • Claire Plassart
    Claire Plassart
    Travel Expert in Peru
  • Lisa Artal
    Lisa Artal Travel Expert in Bolivia & Peru
Our travel experts are recommended by
  • BBC
  • Independent
  • Herald Sun

Choquequirao Trek Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 6 customer reviews
Trekking in Cotahuasi Canyon Reviewed Tour: Southern Peru Trekking & Adventure
5 - Excellent
  • Jennifer Fey
  • From Australia
“I was very keen to trek in Cotahausi Canyon, an isolated area 8 hours travel by bus from Arequipa, and well away from general tourist attractions. I had contacted many trekking companies from Arequipa and Cusco but most were only interested in taking me to Colca Canyon, a popular and closer option. Through Bookmundi, I was lucky enough to contact James Mackender, Unu Raymi Expeditions, who was willing to look into the possibility of arranging flexible trekking options for me from the township of Cotahuasi, in Cotahuasi Canyon. James also organised the guide from Arequipa as well as accommodation, meals, bus and plane fares.

I travelled with my guide in a bed bus from Arequipa to Cotahausi and at 5:00 am the next morning we caught a collectivo to start the first trek. All travel to the distant little villages in the Canyon was by local collectivos and the guide used his knowledge of the timetables to catch the collectivos on their return journeys. Travelling with local people was an extremely interesting glimpse into everyday life.

One morning we caught a bus at 3:00 am to travel to Puyca to walk up to the Wari ruins high above the village at the Archaeological site of Maucallacta, 3925 metres: such a peaceful, pre Inca site high up against the heights of the Canyon overlooking ancient terraces that swept down to the bottom of the valley. There was even a stone bathing area that we recognised as an Inca addition.

Cotahausi Canyon is extremely beautiful, remote, diverse and unspoilt with many interesting attractions to walk to including the impressive tall Cactus Forest and Sepia Falls. One very cold morning we travelled to a village called Huaynacotas high up on the sides of the Canyon. It had snowed the night before and a volcanic crater and the ridges above the snow line were dusted with white. After walking along the ridge road to enjoy the view along the canyon, we took five hours to walk on a narrow track down to the river and then on to Luicho to splash in the local thermal pools.

Cotahuasi Canyon is an amazing place to trek and I am very grateful to James and my guide that I was given the opportunity to have such an authentic experience.”
The tour operator responded on :
“Hola Jenny! Many thanks for your detailed review, it was a real pleasure to have you with us and helping you to plan and operate your trip. I'm absolutely delighted we could setup Cotahuasi Canyon for you, because it is remote but also a really beautiful place. The thrill of the adventure is what we enjoy the most and knowing we helped you get the most from your trip is awesome. Thanks Jenny, I know we'll keep in touch and would be great to see you back someday!”
Amazing trip! Reviewed Tour: Southern Peru Trekking & Adventure
5 - Excellent
  • Kristi Newmyer
  • From USA
“Amazing trip! Have not done much traveling outside the U.S., so was a bit nervous. Our travel specialist was James Mackender, and he made us feel very at easy with traveling abroad in Peru. Everything was perfectly planned--flights, pick-ups and drop-offs. Our guide for the Treehouse Lodge/Iquitos was Guido. Very knowledgeable, spoke excellent english, friendly, very personable. The Treehouse Lodge was beautiful, and the day and night excursions were once in a lifetime. Our next part of our Journey in Peru was seamless--the guide from the Treehouse took us directly to the river boat. The 7 man crew on the Spondias was amazing. They were so attentive, knowledgable about the amazon and Peru. My favorite part of this portion of the trip was when we spent time with a local family at the river village. They invited us into their home, we shared some food, and discussed the commonalty and differences of our daily lives. Our guide on the Spondias was Charlie, and he likes birds and was very knowledgeable about the different species of birds. Our chef, Francisco, was wonderful and his creations were excellent. Our waiter/purser was Jairo, he was a friendly young man, full of knowledge and we practiced english and spanish together. The only flaw was that we missed our connecting flight in Lima to Cusco. After an hour of being sent to 5 different desks to get our flight rescheduled, one phone call to James and in 10 minutes the whole situation was remedied. It relieved so much stress to know that James was looking after us. The last stretch of our trip was to Cusco and Machu picchu, and Zac was our guide. Zac was, hands down, the best guide I have ever had. He was so knowledgeable about Peru, Cusco, Incan history, Machu Picchu. The way he introduced us to Machu Picchu was perfect, and he even took video of our initial reaction to seeing this Wonder of the World. He was so kind, so enthusiastic, I definitely would do another trip with him as our guide.

This trip was just perfect. James did an amazing job listening to what we wanted to do, and making all of those wishes come true. Will definitely be using James again when we travel!!”
The tour operator responded on :
“Hi Kristi, thanks for your comments & it's great to hear about your trip. Peru is an awesome country & I think you've experienced some of the best of it! It was a pleasure to have you both with us and look forward to keeping in touch, best James”
Very happy traveler Reviewed Tour: Southern Peru Trekking & Adventure
5 - Excellent
  • Alex Keylin
“I have traveled to many parts of the world, however this was my first trip to Peru. My goal was to visit Machu Picchu and see as many remote Peru sights as time allows. James was excellent. He understood exactly what I was looking for and made it a reality. Peru has all the elements of adventure tourism: Friendly and open culture, unique natural beauty, uncrowded remote areas, ancient archeological sights, night life, also good infrastructure that makes it easy to access the remote areas. Thanks to James I was able to experience the best Peru has to offer. Whether you are looking for a main stream tour, or a unique custom trip James has the rare combination of experience, attention to detail, and passion that will make your adventure the best experience it can be.
Highly recommend!”

Choquequirao - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

If you are one of those people who prefer their sights off the beaten path, then a visit to Choquequirao or the Cradle of God will be the ideal alternative to the tourist-packed Machu Picchu. This amazing historical complex, which remains only partially uncovered, contains remains that date back to 15th century. Even though getting to the “cradle of god” isn’t exactly a walk in the park due to its remote location, you can rest assured that a trip to Choquequirao will be infinitely rewarding for adventure-seeking travelers and history buffs alike.

Tour Highlights

  • The terraces located at the lower levels of the site contain over twenty examples of semi-naturalistic rock art. The stone figurines depict llamas, humans and other motifs important for Incan tradition.
  • Ceremonial Center represents the heart of Choquequirao ruins. It features a massive staircase that climbs up to a platform framed with irrigation structures.
  • The most elevated portion of the site contains five constructions which sit on varying altitudes. Two of them are believed to have been warehouses, while the rest were used as residencies for priests.
  • The lower plaza, located just below the Ceremonial Center, contains several constructions that were likely used as water shrines and baths.

Travel Tips

  • For now, the only way to reach Choquequirao is via foot. For most visitors, the Choquequirao trek starts in the village of San Pedro de Cachora, which is about a 4-hour drive from Cusco. The standard trek duration from Cachora to Choquequirao is four days. Bear in mind that this is a challenging trek with few trekkers on the trail but it is one of the best treks in Peru — we absolutely recommend it! 
  • Since Choquequirao sits at about 3,000 meters above sea level, you are advised to acclimatize before setting off to see the ancient ruins. Most people do so in the town of Cusco, which represents the main gateway for exploring Incan ruins.
  • Even though it’s possible to hike to Choquequirao all year round, if you want to avoid muddy and slippery terrain, it’s best to do so during the dry season, which lasts from April to October.

If you are hunting for more then please have a look at the best things to do in Peru that we have curated. Peru enjoys seasonal weather, do read the best time to visit Peru before planning your dream vacation.