The Lost City of Choquequirao

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5.0 Based on 8 Reviews
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  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Quiet trekking trails (without the permit and other restrictions that are imposed on the Inca Trail)
  • Choquequirao larger than, and one of the bestpreserved Inca ruins after Machu Picchu
  • Diversity of scenery; from cloud forests and canyons to high passes and 6000m peaks of the Vilcabamba Range
  • Guided tours of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
Start and end in Cusco, the trip The Lost City Of Choquequirao is a guided trekking trip that takes 13 days. You will travel through Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu and 7 other destinations in Peru. The Lost City Of Choquequirao is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Escape the crowds on this challenging, unusual trek through Peru’s mountainous region. This varied trek is constantly moving up and down the climatic zones, leading you up steep paths through dense cloud forest, over spectacular scenic passes and along ancient Inca paths to the Vilcabamba’s best kept secret: the lost Inca city of Choquequirao. Machu Picchu may draw the crowds, but Choquequirao will awe you in its secluded splendour. If you like being off the beaten path, are intrigued by rich history and crave dramatic landscapes dominated by lofty, snow-capped peaks, this is the trek for you.
5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
Choquequirao to Macau Picchu
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“Top notch trip visiting two stunning Inca sites. One well publicised with 2500 visitors per day, while the other might only see 25! But you need to do some hard walking to reach that one........”
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“This was a wonderful holiday. We went as a family including 2 teenagers and we all had a fantastic time.”
The Lost City of Choquequirao
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“One of the best trips I have done. The food was the better than on any previos trek.”
lost cities of choquequirao
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“A must do trip. for most of the 8days on the choquequirao trail we hardly saw other walkers, and when we did it was in passing. and at choquequirao there was one other group, and we pretty much had the site to our self. the trails were tough at times, but the rewards of stunning views and totally amazing sites . and every time you turn a corner, they appeared to get better.”
  • Day 1: Start Cuzco (3400m); afternoon walking tour.
  • Day 2: Free day in Cuzco.
  • Day 3: Drive to Capuliyoc Pass (2915m); begin the trek with a descent to Chiquisca.
  • Day 4: Cross Apurimac River then climb to Santa Rosa and Maranpata (2920m); on to Choquequirao camp (3035m).
  • Day 5: Full day to explore the magnificent Inca site of Choquequirao and the terraces of Pacchanta.
  • Day 6: Cross Choquequirao Pass (3215m) then descend to the Rio Blanco via Pinchinoyoc; continue to Maizal (3000m).
  • Day 7: Steep climb over San Juan Pass (4170m) with impressive mountain views; descend to Yanama (3400m).
  • Day 8: Trek amidst Vilcabamba Range and over Yanama Pass (4660m), surrounded by glaciers, to Totora.
  • Day 9: Descend to Lucabamba.
  • Day 10: Follow Salcantay River to Santa Teresa (1900m); train to Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 11: Morning tour of Machu Picchu; train to Ollantaytambo.
  • Day 12: Sacred Valley tour; continue to Cuzco.
  • Day 13: End Cuzco.
  • 5 nights en suite hotels and 7 nights full-service camping
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • 8 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Altitude maximum 4660m, average 3000m
  • Travel by private bus and train
  • 5 nights en suite hotels and 7 nights full-service camping
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek 
  • Exodus kitbag 
  • Inflatable sleeping mat while camping
  • Any international flights to/from Cusco are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Lost City of Choquequirao tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Lost City of Choquequirao tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 23 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Lost City of Choquequirao tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this The Lost City of Choquequirao tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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