Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

A spectacular trek that will lead you to the enigmatic last refuge of the Incas. Choquequirao (3.103m/10178ft) is a huge archaeological complex still under cleaning and restoration process located in the surroundings of the Salkantay sacred mountain (6.271m/20569ft) and the Apurimac River canyon. You will enjoy amazing mountain scenery as well as lots of Andean flora and fauna.

Many of you have heard of the Inca Trail , a very popular hike in the mountains of Peru. There is a relatively new trail through this region, and it is the hike to the lost city of Choquequirao. This trail is 20 miles in one direction, or 40 miles round trip, and takes a total of 5 days. This comes out to an average of 10 miles per day. This is rather difficult to maintain, and the trail covers a total of 5 vertical miles (for every 8 miles you cover, you ascend or descend 1 mile (5,280 feet). You can also continue on to Machupicchu.

 Duration: 4 Days 3 Nigths

 Difficulty: Heavy

 Group Size: Max 12 people

 Private Group: 1 to +

Day 1: Cusco 3350m/10990ft– Cachora 2900m/9514ft– Chiquisqa1950m/6398ft

  • Distance Approx.  17 Km.
  • Walking timeApprox : 8-9 Hours.

Day 2: Chiquisqa – Maranpata 2815m/9236ft Choquequirao3035m/9957ft

  •  Distance Travelled Approx:  14 Km.
  • Walking time Approx.:7-8 Hours.

Day 3: Choquequirao3035m/9957ft – Maranpata 2815m/9236ft – Playa Rosalia 1550m/5086ft

  •  Distance Travelled Approx:  4 Km.
  • Walking time Approx: 2-3 Hours.

Day 4: Playa Rosalia 1550m/5086ft Santa Rosa 2115m/6939ft– Chiquisqa 1950m/6398ft

  • Distance Travelled Approx:  15 Km.
  • Walking time Approx.:7-8 Hours.

Day 5: Chiquisqa – Capuliyoc – Cachora 2900m/9514ft – Cusco 3350m/10990ft

  • Distance Travelled Approx:  14 Km.
  • Walking time Apox.:4-5 Hours.pr

 

Day 1: CUSCO – CACHORA  – CHIQUISQA1950m/6398ft

We’ll leave Cusco at 5:30 am for the four hour drive to Cachora in our private transportation. On the way we will make a breakfast stop and enjoy the wonderful Limatambo Canyon view, to the right the great Apu –Salkantay and Humantay Mountains. We then we will continue to the little village of Cachora. After meeting our expedition support crew, known as “arrieros”, we’ll arrange our equipment on the pack mules. We begin a gentle hike through this historically rich territory. It is a three hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first views of the Apurimac valley below. We may also see the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. We then descend toward Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. It is essential to bring a high deet mosquito repellent. Finally we’ll arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550m beside the raging Apurimac River “Speaker God “, famous for class five rafting rapids. Here we will set up camp and spend the night. Walking poles or wooden sticks are very highly recommended.

Day 2: PLAYA ROSALINA, MARAMPATA, CHOQUEQUIRAO


After an early breakfast, we will walk for approx. one hour to arrive to Playa Rosalina near the Apurimac River (1500 m), where we will cross a typical holding bridge, a forest of cactus, agaves and exotic local fruit trees. Here we’ll start a gentle 3-4 hours gradual climb of 1,400 meters from the shores of the Apurimac river to Marampata (2900m). We’ll stop for lunch surrounded by this beautiful landscape. At the end of this path, we’ll see for the first time the archaeological complex of Choquequirao. It’s an easy two hour walk to Choquequirao ruins from here. When we arrive to this Inca complex, we will visit the farming terraces of Paqchayoc and the house of the waterfall. We will spend the night camping near Choquequirao. Here you can taste “Cambric”, a local cognac made from sugar cane.

Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX : – RAYAMPATA


This day is dedicated to exploring the incredible ruins of Choquequirao. Our guide will explain the history and importance of the site. After you will have free time to visit the many sectors of the complex. Late in the afternoon we will start the return trek and camp the night at Raqaypata.

Day 4: RAYAMPATA – COCA MASANA – CAPULICHAYOC


After breakfast we’ll continue our return trek with a steep descent towards the Apurimac River where we will stop and have lunch. In the afternoon we will climb for approximately four hours to our final campsite at Coca Masana.

Prices Choquequirao Trek 4D 2016

PAX Price (per person)
2-3 people $ 600
4-5 people $ 550
6 + people $ 500

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Private transportation to the start of the Trail
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide (2 guides for groups over 9 people )
  • All entrance fees
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • We provide generous amounts of nutritious meals and beverages
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7 kg of your personal items.
  • 7kg Personal luggage allowance to put on the horses
  • Pachamama will provide personal Duffles for your luggage
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Spacious tents 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Sleeping mats
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Dinner on day 5
  • Extra horse in case you want to ride
  • Gratuities  for the crew–not mandatory but strongly recommended as a gesture of gratitude.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to buy travel insurance for the trip.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?:

  • Walking boots
  • Trekking Poles
  • Backpack & Daypack :(if you hire a personal porter, Puma Path will provide a duffel bag)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun cream (SPF35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medical kit
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • 2 liter water bottle, water purifying tablets optional
  • Copy of your passport
  • Extra money for drinks, tips, souvenirs etc (soles or dollars)
  • Emergency money (at least 200 extra soles)

Extras and important info

  • Single Tent (for persons not happy to share) – $50 per tent
  • Sleeping bag – $25
  • Inflatable Thermarests – $15
  • Inflatable pillow – $5
  • Trekking poles – $10 per pole
  • Extra horse in case you want to ride – $75 per horse .
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • 2 liter water bottle, water purifying tablets optional
  • Copy of your passport
  • Extra money for drinks, tips, souvenirs etc (soles or dollars)
  • Emergency money (at least 200 extra soles)