The Choquequirao Tour takes you to discover the great Inca city of Choquequirao, also called the Twin Sister of Machu Picchu, another Lost City of the Incas and Cradle of Gold. Perfect for those who love to get away from crowded places.
- Get off the beaten track to discover Choquequirao.
- Immerse yourself in the history of the last days of the Inca Empire.
- Prepare and enjoy the Pachamanca barbecue at the end of the tour.
- Hike into one of the deepest canyons in Peru, the Apurímac.
- Support our social projects while you travel.
Depart from your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 in the morning and drive north towards Capuliyoc. Leaving the city of Cusco, you will cross Antapampa, where you will be able to see the highest mountains in the Cusco region such as Salkantay, Humantay, Veronica, Chicon and Pitusiray. The path descends to the town of Limatambo, where you can see the Inca site of Tarawasi. After 4 hours of travel, you will arrive at the trailhead at Capuliyoc (2911m/9550ft) to begin the hike. Beginning the hike along the edge of Capuliyoc Mountain, you'll get your first views of the Apurímac canyon, one of the deepest in Peru. We arrive at Chiquiska (1875m/6151ft) for lunch after 4 hours downhill. After lunch, we continue another 2 hours along the turbulent waters of the Apurímac River until we reach Playa Rosalina (1478 m / 4849 ft) where we will camp for the night.
Walking time: 6 hours
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Camp Elevation: 1478 m / 4849 ft
After breakfast, you will cross the suspension bridge over the Apurímac River and continue uphill to Marampata (2911m/9550ft) for lunch. On the way, you will pass some sugar cane farms and stop for a delicious lunch in a beautiful place with incredible views. After lunch, start ascending to the archaeological site of Choquequirao (3057m/10029ft) and enjoy spectacular views of the vegetation on both sides of the Apurimac canyon. The trail begins to level out a bit as we get closer to Choquequirao. Upon arrival at the camp, your trekking team will set up the tents, provide warm water, tea time and dinner. This camp is impressive because it is right at the foot of the Inca site of Choquequirao. If you still have some energy left, you can take a 30-minute hike to enjoy the sunset from the Inca site of Choquequirao.
Walking time: 8 hours.
Difficulty: moderate to challenging
Camp Elevation: 3057 m / 10029 ft
Waking up in your tent by your excellent trekking staff, you will be offered some hot drinks to enjoy the peaceful morning contemplating the mountain and the birds flying around. After breakfast, you will explore the magnificent Choquequirao archaeological site throughout the day, trying to understand why it is considered the twin sister of Machu Picchu, learn the history of the Incas and marvel at the views. Choquequirao is a unique place perched in the mountains, a city abandoned by the Inca Empire, and later became another legendary lost city of the Incas, visited by Hiram Bingham III during his lost expeditions in the Inca City. Soon Choquequirao will become another important destination in South America. Return to the same camp for dinner and overnight.
It will be your second day waking up in this magical place. After breakfast, we will return by the same path. Begin a 1-hour descent to Marampata, enjoying views of the Apurimac canyon. This day you will be able to see hundreds of different flowers, birds and waterfalls in the distance. From Marampata, begin the 4-hour steep downhill hike to Playa Rosalina for lunch. Throughout the day, we will have time for breaks and enjoy local fruits grown in the area. After lunch, begin a 2-hour ascent to tonight's camp, Chiquiska (1875m/6151ft).
Walking time: 7 hours.
Camp Elevation: 1875 m / 6151 ft
After a delicious breakfast, hike for 4 hours along a moderately steep hill towards the Capuliyoc Pass. Once there, we will enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurímac Canyon. Lunch is a special Pachamanca underground barbecue; you will participate in preparing, burying and enjoying this special delicacy where we put all kinds of meats, vegetables, fruits. Then, take our private transport to the Saywite archaeological site, having plenty of time to explore it. Finally, our private vehicle will take you back to Cusco, dropping you off at your hotel and arriving in the evening around 6 pm.
Approximate walking time: 4 hours.
Free airport transfer on request.
Professional tour guide.
Second tour guide for groups of 9+.
Pack mules carry food and equipment.
Pick up at your hotel on the day of the tour.
All transportation included.
Drinking water after lunch on the first day.
All meals included except dinner on the last day in Cusco.
Vegan, vegetarian, GF meals, etc.
available upon request.
Comfortable camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs).
Eureka tents for 4 people for every two hikers.
Foam mattress for sleeping, hot water bottles, pillows, towels.
First aid kit, oxygen bottle, satellite phones.
Entrance fee to the Inca site of Choquequirao.
All taxes and reservation fees included.
Travel bag for your personal things up to 7 kilos.
Sleeping bag, air mattress, trekking poles (can be hired from us).
Dinner on the last day upon returning to Cusco.
Travel insurance (highly recommended).
Available all year with a minimum of 2 people.
We spent the night camping in tents.
During the trek to Choquequirao, you need a comfortable backpack to carry all the essentials for the day with you. Ultimate Trekking will also provide you with duffel bags for your things; here you can put around 7 kilos and be transported by horses every day. The duffel bags will be delivered the day before the tour, during the briefing that will take place in our office at 6:00 pm.
Rain gear (waterproof jacket / rain poncho).
Hat and gloves.
T-shirts for five days.
Sun hat, sunscreen (factor 35 or more).
Very important insect repellent.
Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
Flashlight with spare batteries.
Toothbrush and paste.
Camera, extra batteries.
Water container of at least 2 liters.
Extra snacks, energy bars, chocolate.
Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips.
Sleeping bag (can be rented from us).
Trekking poles (can be rented from us).
Air mattress (can be rented from us).
Sandals or flip flops
Fully refundable up to 7 days before departure.