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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 ...

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Southern Peru Trekking & Adventure

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We spent 8 days seeing all the sites Peru has to offer. Everyday was a new adventure and i couldn't
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking & Cultural, religious and historic sites +1 more
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping & Lodge
  • Transport Flight, Train, Bus & Boat
  • Age Range 18-60 yrs
days18 From US$ 3,750 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Jul 01
  • Jul 02
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On Route To Choquequirao

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5 day trekking trip in Peru, visiting Villa Los Loros, Choquequirao and Cusco. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Villa, Camping & Eco Lodge
  • Transport Bus
  • Age Range 5+ years old
days05 From US$ 830 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Jul 04
  • Jul 05
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Choquequirao Circuit

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5 day trekking trip in Peru, visiting Rosalina, Choquequirao and Villa Los Loros. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Villa, Camping & Eco Lodge
  • Transport Bus
  • Age Range 5+ years old
days05 From US$ 870 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Jul 04
  • Jul 05
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Short Route to Choquequirao Trek

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4 day trekking trip in Peru, visiting Villa Los Loros, Choquequirao and Cusco. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Villa, Camping & Eco Lodge
  • Transport Bus
  • Age Range 5+ years old
days04 From US$ 750 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Jul 04
  • Jul 05
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Cusco & Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek

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James did an awesome job. Due to bad weather conditions, we had to change to a different route and h ...
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  • Activities Trekking & Natural landmarks sightseeing +1 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Camping
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  • Age Range 3+ years old
days10 From US$ 1,095 View Tour
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  • Jul 01
  • Jul 02
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Choquequirao Trek

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8 day trekking trip through Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Chiquisca and 3 other destinations in Peru. Read More
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  • Activities Trekking & Cultural, religious and historic sites +2 more
  • Accommodation Camping & Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle & Train
  • Age Range 18+ years old
days08 From US$ 2,828 View Tour
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  • Jul 09
  • Jul 10
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Choquequirao Tour Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 8 customer reviews
Trekking in Cotahuasi Canyon
5 - Excellent
  • Jennifer Fey
“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, 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.”
Great trip
5 - Excellent
  • Max
“James did an awesome job. Due to bad weather conditions, we had to change to a different route and he met all my needs. The Choquequirao Trek was beautiful, my guide No was fit, knowledgeable and always in a good mood. The equipment was brand new and well suited for the trek. I was able to get a special diet during the trek and the food tasted very good. The cook and horseman worked really hard! I thank James for this five star experience in the Andes!”
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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.

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