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Choquequirao Trek in Peru is a four-day trek to the lesser-known archaeological site and the sister city of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao.
The name Choquequirao in Quechua means “Cradle of Gold”. It was built in the same era as Machu Picchu by Pachacutec. Both these complexes have similar architectures.
Just as Machu Picchu, Choquequirao too was not invaded by Spanish conquistadors. Fearing the conquest, the Incas left the city abandoned and moved to the nearby jungle in Vilcabamba.
Choquequirao Trail offers an off-the-beaten-path experience. It mostly takes you through Apurimac Canyon and along the course of the Apurimac River. You will be rewarded with sights of much distinct flora and fauna along the route, most are distinct to the region.
If you are looking for a more interesting or alternative route to reach Machu Picchu instead of the Inca Trail, then Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu trek would be an ideal option. The ten days Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek offers an immersive knowledge about the last days of Inca rule in the Cusco region.
It takes two days to hike to Choquequirao from the nearby village and two days to get back. To enhance tourism here, authorities are planning on installing a cable car.
Please note that the four-day Trek Choquequirao Peru is a high-altitude experience. We highly recommend that you spend at least 4-5 days in the city of Cusco and acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness.
Kuntur Peru is a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco. We are certified local guides with excellent knowledge of the Incas history and culture. As natives, our guides will be sharing some of the astonishing facts on this four days Choquequirao Trek.
The best time of the year to do Choquequirao Trek is during the dry season, between March and November. During the rainy season, the trail gets slippery.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
Your four days Choquequirao Trek experience begins with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco. We will be driving you along a part of the Sacred Valley to a small Andean town called Capuliyoc. Here we will be meeting our chef, porters, and muleteers.
We will be serving you a traditional Andean breakfast here. So while you are relishing the first meal of the four-day Choquequirao Peru Trek, we will be getting your things organized on mules so we can start the trek sooner.
Trek to Choquequirao begins with a gradual 20 minutes hike up the hill to a viewpoint. You will be getting a panoramic view of the Apurimac Valley from the top.
From here, it will be a quick descent to Chiquisqa. This route offers views of different plantations. Most of them are used by locals for medicinal purposes.
The tour guide will be explaining the use of them in detail. We will be serving lunch in Chiquisqa.
After lunch, we will continue descending for another 45 minutes to a scenic place called Playa Rosalina. This marks the border between Cusco and Apurimac province. We will be crossing a small wooden bridge that connects these two provinces.
Then we will be hiking up the hill to Marampata. This remote Andean village nestles at 3500 meters above sea level. We will be camping here for the night.
The second day of the four-day Choquequirao Trek begins early in the morning. We will be serving you a cup of freshly brewed Peruvian coffee or Andean infusions. After breakfast, we will hike to the Choquequirao Archaeological complex. Here we will be giving you a guided tour of the complex.
Unlike Machu Picchu, Choquequirao barely gets any visitors so often the complex will be to yourself. So you can get the most of it in leisure.
On this guided tour, we will be visiting prime sites like the main square, farming terraces remains of temples and houses, ceremonial centers, and more. We will serve lunch at our campsite in Marampata.
After lunch, we can hike back to the complex to witness the sunset.
Another early day on this four days Choquequirao Trek. We will be serving you an early breakfast and then begin hiking back to our campsite in Chiquisqa. It is a ten hours hike.
The route will take us through some remote villages. We will be stopping for lunch at Playa Rosalina.
After lunch, we will be hiking to our campsite in Chiquisqa.
After breakfast, we will embark on a three hours hike up the hill to Cachora. Here we will be serving you lunch.
After lunch, we will bid goodbye to our muleteers and chef. Our driver will be meeting us here for the drive back to Cusco. It will be a three hours drive. We will be reaching Cusco by 0600 PM.
was recommended to get in touch with Ruben by a friend and am so thankful my husband and I decided to go ahead with Kuntur Peru. Ruben loves storytelling and is very passionate about Incas and history so you’ll learn a lot and have fun at the same time. Aside from this he also offers a more boutique service so while you’ll notice a few large operators on the trek have 10-16 people in each group, Ruben took just us two and generally takes groups no larger than six to eight people. The benefits of this are that you can travel at your own pace and enjoy some peace and quiet. You won’t have to wait for others in your group who may not be as fit or aren’t coping with the altitude as well giving you ample time to enjoy all the Inca ruins along the way.
The meals were also simply incredible and varied. I had no idea cooking could be so creative and gourmet when camping!
Thanks for an incredible experience Ruben!