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Discover Machu Picchu's Sister City: Choquequirao Trek in Cusco with Rap Travel Peru

Choquequirao Trek

5 days and 4 nights Tour: Hiking and Adventure Min: 2 persons
Murilo S
2024-01-01
Ótima experiência! Representante da agência sempre a disposição. Guia prestativo e comunicativo, bom local para realizar as refeições. Recomendo utilizarem o representante brasileiro Luis! Muito atencioso e prestativo.
Murilo S
2024-01-01
Ótima experiência, recomendo demais!! Vistas incríveis, guia muito bom e todo o apoio prestado pelo Luis, colaborador da agência. Foi muito fácil e prático viajar com a RAP
Elias Pereira
2023-12-21
Incrível País incrível e receptivo... Acessória completa em todos os passeios... Destaque para o a gente de Turismo Luiz Carlos Brasileiro, que me deu todo suporte necessário desde a chegada ao Peru e assessoria em todos os Tours... Gracias RAP TRAVEL PERU
Venture59270610376
2023-12-11
Una Aventura increíble en Machupicchu Estuvimos por más de 1 semana recorriendo todo el Perú con la agencia Rap Travel, nos vamos muy contentos porque nos cumplieron con todo y más por lo que recomendamos a esta agencia todo muy coordinado y principalmente Carlitos Vizcarra el mejor guía estaremos pronto de vuelta gracias por todo
Patricia C
2023-12-11
Una experiencia única en Perú y Machupicchu Contratamos los servicios de Rap Travel Perú, fue una experiencia muy hermosa, todo estuvo muy organizado el transporte a tiempo los guías muy profesionales todo muy coordinado y u. Saludo muy especial para Carlos y José que estuvieron super 100 % recomendados, volveremos pronto
Leann C
2023-12-07
10/10 would recommend Our tour guide did such an awesome job! They made you feel like a part of the family so thank you!!
Amir N
2023-11-28
The trip of a lifetime! My best friend and I chose this tour to celebrate our 30th Birthdays - it was Amazing!!! We had a really nice time visiting Cusco, Machu Picchu and going to the Rainbow Mountain. The tour guides were really nice and we told us a lot about everything. We visited in November and for Machu Picchu this was amazing - it was misty in the morning and sunny by mid-morning, so we got to see it with all weather types. Highly recommend going at 6am and spending most of the day there - circuit 2 and 4 were great! We even hiked up one of the mountains. Carlos, Judy, and Wilson were great and really educated us about each site.
Fotios S
2023-11-28
Great way to experience Peru The tour was a great way to experience Cusco, the sacred valley, Machu Picchu and the Vinicunca mountain. We only had 4 full days, and it was the right amount of time. I was there with my best friend celebrating our 30th, so we will always cherish this moment. The tour guides (Carlos, Judy, and Wilson) were very friendly and knowledgeable. They helped us get immersed to the history of the Incas, and made us feel comfortable throughout the trip. The accommodation provided as part of the package was very adequate, and the overall experience was great.
BRENDA T
2023-11-27
Encantos en Cusco Estamos muy contentos con los servicios que hemos recibido. Desde el recojo en el aeropuerto, fueron puntuales con un cartel con nuestro nombre. La habitacion que pedimos fue hermosa en el hotel Mayu con vista a la calle 7 borreguitos, Royer nos atendio muy bien 10/10. La agencia se comunicaba con nosotros todos los dias, para saber como nos hiba en el tour o si es que necesitamos ayuda. Realmente muy serviciales. En aguas Calientes Daniel, estuvo atento con nosostros . El tour en Machu Picchu fue realmente magico. Tenemos que agradecer mucho a Alicia por el tour bien planificado y a Jose Angel por todas las atenciones todos los dias, nunca nos dejo solos.
Nathalia
2023-11-27
Servicio de calidad Buena atención, personalizada, se adecuan a las necesidades, escuchan sugerencias y son muy amables, muchas gracias!

DESCRIPTION

Choquequirao Trek Tour Description

With the Choquequirao trek, you will be able to walk an inaccessible route and your difficult adventure will become memorable. Choquequirao was also a fortress and a ceremonial center. The truth is that due to its hidden location in a high and distant mountain, it was a strategic point for various purposes.

CHOQUEQUIRAO, means Cradle of gold in Quechua. It is an Inca urban center with common features to others in Cusco, especially Machu Picchu. The similarity with Machu Picchu is largely due to the similarity of the geography of the place where the enclosure was built, according to various investigations, it would also be a fortress and a ceremonial center.

The truth is that due to its hidden location in a high and distant mountain; it was a strategic point for various purposes that over the years, like Machu Picchu was abandoned and covered by the jungle until its rediscovery. And unlike Machu Picchu, there is no train or bus to get to Choquequirao, the only way is walking for 32 kilometers, that is 3 days full of beautiful landscapes.

CHOQUEQUIRAO, is located at 3,103 meters above sea level in a privileged location, on the impressive canyon of the Urubamba River. It is located in the foothills of the snow-capped Salkantay, in the Apurimac Valley, in the province of La Convención in Cusco, Peru.

It has numerous Inca buildings. However, currently only 30% of its entire area has been excavated. Its most important buildings are made of quartzite, cut with great detail, the rest of the walls are made of raw stone. These walls were covered with clay both inside and out and it is believed that the walls were painted light orange. Although in reality there are few structures that continue with this coating.

It has two main plazas, temples, fountains, canals, workshops, warehouses, elite residences and other more common ones. The ceremonial center is a large platform that can only be reached through a double jamb door, the largest buildings of the site are the colcas or warehouses. Also, it has structures that mark solar events such as solstices and equinoxes, like the enormous staircase that at dawn of the summer solstice is completely illuminated by the sun’s rays.

Choquequirao is in the middle of the departments of Cusco and Apurimac, the hike to Choquequirao is demanding, the ascent to Choquequirao begins in the town of Cachora, the road is uphill crossing places of the valley of Apurimac as: the viewpoint Capuliyoq, the camp of Chiquiska, Marampata and others; the ascent is more demanding than the descent and the downhill trail belongs to the department of Apurimac while the ascent belongs to the department of Cusco.

With the “Choquequirao Trekking” tour, you will be able to walk through an inaccessible route and your difficult adventure will become memorable and at the end you will realize that it was worth every step you took.

Enjoy Choquequirao Trek Tour.

MAIN POINTS OF VISIT

  • Cusco (3,399 masl)
  • Cachora (2, 900 masl)
  • Capuliyoc (2,800 masl)
  • Chiquisca (1, 930 masl)
  • Chiquisca (1, 930 masl)
  • Santa Rosa (2, 095 masl)
  • Maranpata (2, 820 masl)
  • Choquequirao (3,030 masl)

SHORT ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYUC – CHIQUISCA – ROSALINA BEACH: 18 KM – 7 HOURS

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon tea time – Dinner
  • Lodging: Camping
  • Minimum Altitude: 1550 MSNM
  • Maximum Altitude: 3100 MSNM
  • Distance: 14 km Time: 5 hours (approximately)
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 2: ROSALINA BEACH – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAW: 17 KM – 6 HOURS

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon tea time – Dinner
  • Lodging: Camping
  • Minimum Altitude: 1550 MSNM
  • Maximum Altitude: 3100 MSNM
  • Distance: 14 km Time: 5 hours (approximately)
  • Difficulty: Easy.

DAY 3: MARAMPATA – CHIQUISCA: 22 KM 8 HOURS

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon tea time – Dinner
  • Lodging: Camping
  • Minimum Altitude: 1550 MSNM
  • Maximum Altitude: 3100 MSNM.

DAY 4: CHIQUISCA -CAPULIYUC – CACHORA – CUSCO: 17 KM – 7 HOURS

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon tea time – Dinner
  • Lodging: Camping
  • Minimum Altitude: 1550 MSNM
  • Maximum Altitude: 3100 MSNM
  • Distance: 16 km Time: 5 hours (approximately)
  • Difficulty: Easy.

DAY 5: ROSALINA BEACH – CACHORA – CUSCO

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Minimum Altitude: 1550 MSNM
  • Maximum Altitude: 3100 MSNM
  • Distance: 14 km Time: 5 hours (approximately)
  • Difficulty: Easy

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Capuliyoc – Rosalina Beach

  • 05.30 hrs We will pick you up at the hotel in tourist transport and we head in our bus to the town of San Pedro de Cachora (2800 masl), a beautiful Andean village.
  • On the way, we can enjoy a great diversity of landscapes that belong to different climates, such as the snowy Padriyoc, the flora and fauna of the Andean diversity that makes our trip beautiful.
  • From Capuliyuc we start the 4 hours of trekking, we will arrive at the viewpoint of Capuliyuc, from where we can observe the deepest canyon in the world, the Apurimac with the river of the same name at the bottom and it is also possible to see the first views of Choquequirao.
  • We will continue descending to Chiquisqa, where we will have a short rest, before arriving to our lunch spot.
  • After lunch we will start with the last descent of the day, it will be approximately 2 hours to the sector of Playa Rosalina. Playa Rosalina is about 1800 meters above sea level. Near the Apurimac river “the sacred river”. Here we will spend the night.

Camping – PLAYA ROSALINA

Breakfast – Passenger / Lunch & Dinner – Agency

Day 2: Rosalina Beach – Maranpata – Choquequiraw.

  • After organic breakfast, we will start climbing for 2 hours to the small village of Santa Rosa – stopping point, we will have time to take a refreshing break and then continue the climb for 3 hours to Marampata where we will have lunch.
  • In Santa Rosa you can see up to five Spectacled Bears a month, these curious avocado-loving animals build platforms in the treetops to feed and rest undisturbed. The presence in the wild of the spectacled bear, also known as the Andean bear, is key. It is an important seed disperser, favors the regeneration of wild flora and transports pollen in its dense fur.
  • During the hike we can enjoy the splendid Apurimac Canyon, the Choquequiraw Mountain and other beautiful rugged mountains, as well as unique ecosystems, ranging from grasslands and dry forests to cloud forests.
  • In the heart of this protected area is one of the main attractions of the Cusco region, the Inca citadel of Choquequirao. In this archaeological site, the claw marks on the trees of the Inca terraces are proof that these mammals have been present for centuries.
  • After lunch, the hike will be very gentle and we will arrive at the lost Inca city of Choquequiraw.
  • The camp is outside the Inca site with the possibility of watching the sunset and the condors.

Camping – MARANPATA

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – Agency

Day 3: Choquequirao – Maranpata – Chiquisca

  • After having a delicious breakfast, we will start with our guide, the mysterious tour to Choquequiraw, we will visit the magnificent archaeological site of Choquequiraw throughout the day.
    Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all the beautiful sections of the city: temples, terraces, palaces, llama neighborhoods and much more. We will visit the sectors where the llamas are located, the Ceremonial Ushnu and the Religious Zone, later we will have free time in the lost Inca city is also considered as the sister of Machu Picchu.
    Choquequiraw, is located 1500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon, only a third part of this archaeological complex has been discovered and still many archaeologists find something interesting every time.
    Then we will have lunch in Choquequiraw and then descend to the Pajchayoc fall.
    After visiting the site, we will return to the same camp to have tea and spend the night.

Camping – CHIQUISCA

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – Agency

Day 4: Marampata – Rosalina Beach

  • This morning we will start our hike back to Santa Rosa, where we will have lunch. Then we will continue descending for another 2 hours until we reach the beach of Rosalina at 1,450 masl, where we will have time to take a refreshing dip in the waters of the Apurimac River.
  • We camp and have dinner here; in addition, we spend the night near the river.

Camping – PLAYA ROSALINA

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – Agency

Day 5: Rosalina Beach – Capuliyoc – Cachora – Cusco

  • Today we will leave the camp early in the morning. After breakfast, we will hike 4 hours uphill to Capuliyoc, if we are lucky, we will see some condors and eagles flying above us.
  • Here we will have our last outdoor lunch with your expedition team. This will be our last stop and then walk the last 2 hours to reach the village of Cachora. We will say goodbye to the muleteers and horses that accompanied us throughout the route. Afterwards, we will board the bus back to Cusco and arrive in the afternoon.

Breakfast – Agency / Lunch & Dinner – Passenger

INCLUDES

INCLUDES:

  • ROSALINA BEACH CAMP – 01 night
  • CAMP MARAMPATA – 01 night
  • CHIQUISCA CAMP – 01 night
  • Transfers In/ Out
  • Tourist transportation Cusco/Capuliyuc
  • Choquequiraw trekking adventure tour guide
  • Entrance to the Choquequiraw trail
  • Camping equipment: dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs and cooking equipment
  • 1 duffel bag, up to 5 kg carried by horses
  • Professional trekking chef with an assistant
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian, vegan or special menus available at no extra cost)
  • Boiled water: From your first lunch to your last breakfast
  • Wake up with tea: Every morning at camp, you will wake up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent.
  • Tea time every day during the trek: Every evening before dinner, the cooks will give you our tea time popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, hot water, etc.
  • Hygiene products: You will be provided with a small towel before each meal to wash your hands and every morning there will also be a bucket of warm water to wash your personal hygiene.
  • Medical kit and emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Private tourist transportation Capuliyoq/hotel

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Last Lunch
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking sticks
  • First breakfast and last lunch
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional costs or delays beyond management’s control (scenery, bad weather, itinerary modification due to a
  • security issue, illness, government policy change, political instability/strike, etc.)
  • Please note that our agency staff is well paid, so feel free to tip or not,
  • “Recommendation 6.00 – 8.00 USD per day, per traveler for all trek staff” according to your satisfaction.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Original passport
  • Small backpack
  • Rain poncho
  • Good hiking pants and hiking boots
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Camera batteries and extra
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bags
  • Personal toiletries
  • Snacks: cereal bars, chocolates, cookies, dried fruits.
  • Cash: coins and small bills
  • Sleeping bags
  • Hat or cap
  • Trekking shoes
  • Trekking backpack
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking pants
  • Rain poncho
  • Water bottle with water
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sun block
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Snacks: cereal bars, chocolates, cookies, dried fruits.

PRICES

GROUP SERVICE TOUR

Choquequirao Trek Tour

PRICE PER PERSON

Minimum 02 people

GROUP SERVICE TOUR

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Choquequirao Trek

During the Choquequirao Tour, the maximum altitude reached is approximately 3,033 meters above sea level. This usually occurs on the second day of the trek, in the Maranpata area. It’s important to be prepared for the altitude, as there are significant changes in elevation during the tour.

The average duration of each day of hiking on the Choquequirao Tour varies, but we generally hike between 5 to 7 hours per day. The longest days are typically the second and fourth days of the trek when there are significant ascents and descents. The times may vary depending on the group’s walking pace and the terrain conditions.

The ascent from Playa Rosalina to Maranpata is considered of moderate difficulty. During this section, you’ll hike on steep terrain, but the trail is well-marked and doesn’t require special technical skills. The hike can take about 3 hours, so it’s important to carry enough water and take breaks when necessary. The beauty of the landscape and panoramic views make the effort worthwhile.

In general, most tour agencies offering the Choquequirao Tour provide equipment rental options for travelers who don’t bring their own gear. This may include tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, hiking poles, and other necessary items. Before embarking on the tour, it’s advisable to check with the agency for available rental options and associated costs. This allows you to be well-prepared and travel lighter if you don’t wish to bring your own camping equipment.

Choquequirao features numerous Inca buildings, although only 30% of its total area has been excavated. It includes plazas, temples, fountains, workshops, warehouses, and more. It also has structures that mark solar events, such as the summer solstice.

Although trekking to Choquequirao demands proper physical condition due to the lack of transportation, the assessment of danger levels on this journey depends on the steep trails encountered. However, it is suggested to explore the site during the dry weather season (from April to October) to avoid complications with rain.

It is not advisable to choose to do the tour without a guide, as the route is challenging. Therefore, the most appropriate alternative to ensure a more comfortable journey is to book it through a travel agency.

This choice is based on the complexity of the trek, the necessary food requirements, and the presence of a guide who will provide information about the knowledge, history, and traditions of Choquequirao.

Yes, it is advisable to acclimatize before embarking on the Choquequirao Tour. Due to the altitudes and terrain conditions, it is recommended that your body gradually adapts to the altitude to minimize the risks of altitude sickness. It is suggested to arrive in Cusco at least two days before the tour’s start and take medical precautions if necessary.

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