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  • Trek to the uncrowded Choquequirao
  • Explore the pristine ecosystems of the Peruvian Andes
  • Choquequirao is a set of newly excavated ruins that are 3X the size of Machu Picchu
  • See the majestic Andes and camp on ancient ruins
The Quechua name Choquequirao means "Cradle of Gold", a perfect description for this Inca site, which is located high above the raging Apurimac River and surrounded by lush tropical cloud forest. Join us on a trek to discover this ancient site, one of the last refuges of the Incas after the Spanish invasion.

The route to Choquequirao will take you through breathtaking scenery. From arid slopes dotted with cacti to dense cloud forest inhabited by many bird species and watched over by great snow peaks looming in the distance, which the Incas believed were gods. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to explore one of Peru's remotest mountain regions and least well-known Inca cities.

This 4-day package is created for hikers who are looking to take some time to enjoy the trek and have plenty of time in Choquequirao.
Camping
Our first day starts out from the village of Cachora, a 4-hour drive from Cusco. Leaving Cachora the path works it's way down into the Apurimac Valley and we will have fantastic views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the Apurimac Valley spread out before us throughout the day.

After a few hours walking, we'll get to have our first views of Choquequirao sat on the far side of the valley. The area around Choquequirao is rich in life and we will see a wide variety of flora and fauna as we make our way down into the valley.

Our campsite for the night is in Santa Rosa (2200m / 7215ft.), which is on the other side of the Apurimac River. As the campsite is a little further along the trail than most groups go, it is one of the quietest places to camp on the whole trek so we can enjoy the beautiful scenery around us without distraction.
Meals
  • Lunch & Dinner
Camping
Today is probably the hardest day of the trek. To get to Choquequirao we need to make our way back up the opposite side of the Apurimac Valley which involves ascending about 800m / 2624ft over a distance of 14km / 8.7 miles through hot and humid conditions. It's quite tough going but the views we get today mixed with the wide variety of flora and fauna you find on this side of the valley make it worth it.

Throughout the day we will see a wide variety of bromeliads, orchids, and stands of bamboo; we'll also hopefully see birds such as Quetzals, Toucans and a variety of hummingbirds.

After about a 5 hour walk we'll arrive at our campsite close to Choquequirao (3050m / 10,005ft.) and settle in for the night - if the weather is clear, the views of the sun setting from here are amazing and we may be lucky enough to spot Condors soaring over the valley below.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
Today's focus is on exploring Choquequirao. Waking up early, you'll head off on a guided tour of the site during which you'll be shown the most important and interesting sections of the city and get to learn about the Inca culture and the close relation between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.

Compared to Machu Picchu, little is known about Choquequirao even though it has been known about for much longer. Originally discovered in the 17th century by the Spanish it lay abandoned and forgotten until recent years when tourism raised the profile of the city and exploration began. Even with this increased interest, only 25% of the city has been explored and many of its secrets still wait to be discovered.

After your tour, you'll begin the trek back to Cachora along the route we came. Our campsite for tonight is Chiquiska (1800m / 5905ft.) in the base of the valley by the Apurimac River.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today is the final stretch of the trek as we make our way back to Cachora. Winding our way back up the side of the valley we'll have our final views of Choquequirao in the distance before arriving at Cachora in the late afternoon and travelling by bus back to Cusco.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao
  • Private bus Cusco – Cachora – Cusco
  • Professional, English speaking tour guide
  • Cook
  • Horses and porters
  • Meals with a vegetarian option available: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Camping equipment: 4-person tent for 2 people, mattresses
  • Dining and cooking tent, tables, chairs
  • Oxygen balloon, first aid kit
what's excluded
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired from us for US$ 25.00)
  • Personal expenses
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 4 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 15 participants
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English, french, german, portuguese & spanish
Maximum altitude 3100 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in cusco, Peru
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