Choquequirao is the lesser known, but just as magical as the iconic Machu Picchu. Located Southeast of Cusco, between the Apurimac River and Vilcabamba mountain range near the snowy Salkantay peaks, with a height of 6271 meters (20,575 ft).
The breathtaking hike combines the different levels of the Peruvian highlands, and showcases a variety of wild flora and fauna. The route taken allows us the potential to see flourishing and endangered species alike, including the Andean condor, Puma and spectacled bear.
This area served as a refuge and natural fortress for the Inca resistance movement of the sixteenth century.
Starting early in the morning, we leave the city of Cusco (time to be confirmed upon booking) and head to the town of Cachora. It will take about 4 hours to reach the town, where we’ll meet our companions for the trek – our cooks, porters & carriers.
After a short break we will start our hike to the first camp in Chiquisca at a height of 2,900m above sea level.
Waking up early, we’ll have our breakfast prepared for us before starting the scenic walk down the canyon of the Apurimac.
We will have lunch in the Playa Rosalina district before ascending for a further 2.5* hours to the camp at Santa Rosa. This is our destination for the day, where we’ll spend the night and be able to experience some local culture, including a local drink known as Chambray.
Another early start, at around sunrise. We’ll try to cover as much ground as possible in the morning as the middle of the day can be quite intense from the searing heat. We’ll walk for around 4 hours towards Maranpata. Once we arrive, we’ll take a break and have lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll make it to the archaeological site of Choquequirao, where we’ll spend the night at the unforgettable terraces.
We’ll spend the majority of the morning exploring the archaeological site, learning about the rich history and absorbing the culture. When we’re finished here, we’ll return for lunch at Santa Rosa campsite.
We’ll have an early morning breakfast before starting the climb back towards Cachora. We’ll say our goodbyes to our support teams, have lunch and board the bus to head back to Cusco. ETA 6pm.
- Transportation Cusco - Cachora - Cusco
- Guide service in the requested language
- Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
- Camping equipment (tents)
- Sleeping mats
- First aid kit
- Power (4D / 4A / 4C)
- Horses to load the agency equipment
- Sleeping bag
- Horse riding
- Extra expenses
Recommended to bring
At least one change of clothes.
Swimsuit (if you go to the thermal baths)
Camera and batteries.
Insect repellent, sunscreen and hat.
Water bottle and sterilizing tablets
Sticks covered with rubber for the walk.
Snacks: Cookies, sweets, chocolates, energy bars.