Choquequirao Trek, Cusco, Peru Machu Picchu
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO VISIT THE ANDES “OFF THE BEATEN PATH TO CHOQUEQUIRAO”, FAMED FOR ITS DISTINCT BEAUTY, AND INTRIGUINGLY MYSTERIOUS BACKGROUND.
Starting point: Cuzco / Ending point: Cuzco
A GREAT CUSQUEÑIAN CANYON
CHOQUEQUIRAO: Considered by many tourists who visited it as the other Machu Picchu and sometimes many tourists dare to say it is better than Machu Picchu. The best thing about this archaeological center is that you can only get there by walking, there are no railways or roads that can take you to or near Choquequirao, so it is full trekking, many tourists consider this trip as a pilgrimage, an escape from the routine, a challenge of your own, escape from the bustle of the city, and not being very well known sometimes the route is empty (without tourists) and at other times you can run into some tourists and these are few . Of course, sometimes the route can be full of tourists (national, school promotions and foreign tourists.). But almost the whole year the route is with few tourists.
Choquequirao tour or trek: as it is a not very well known or popular route, it is difficult to join groups, so that most of the time it is operated only in private service, thus raising operating costs. As an example, only the transportation service from Cusco in a minivan to Cachora, which is the starting point, costs around 300 to 400 dollars per trip and another one for return. To this cost must be added the fees of the guide, Cook, cargo carriers, fees of the charge of the animals commonly called muleteer, also the costs of feeding, tents, gas, agency fee, taxes, etc. All these costs make a trip organized from Cusco to Choquequirao very expensive, and this makes many tourists discouraged from doing so and seek other options or try to do it on their own.
A journey through the Andes, five days to visit every corner, with longer time, all around Choquequirao temple like the main Inca houses, the bottom, where is the water temple, with Andean medicinal terracing system, platforms with Llama and Alpaca designs.
this beautiful place is built it, in a privileged location, of the great mountain, the place is pretty magical full of energy thanks Pachamama.
PASSIONS: ANDES CAMPING, INKA HISTORY, AND TREKKING & HIKING
Summary of Choquequirao Trek
Day 1: Choquequirao Trek / Cuzco – Capulilloc – Chiquisca Camp
- Early morning pick you up from your hotel
- Private transfer to the trailhead “Capulilloc”
- Walking Distance 10 km / 6.2 miles
- Estimated duration 04 hours Trek
- Highest point Capulilloc 2,975 m / 9, 760 ft
- Campsite elevation Chiquisca 1,900 m / 6, 233 ft
- Weather: hot, second night cold
- Trail Conditions is rocky, dusty, and slippery, the trekking shoes required for sure
- Difficulty Acclivity: 00 m / 00 ft – Descent: 1,075 m / 3,526 ft – Challenging and Moderate
Day 2: Choquequirao Trek / Chiquisca – Marampata – Choquequirao Camp
- Trekking mainly up mountain
- Walking Distance 11 km (6.82 miles)
- Estimated duration 07 – 08 hours Trek
- Highest point Choquequirao Incan site 3,035 m / 9,957 ft
- Campsite elevation Inc. Camp 2,800 m / 9, 186 ft
- Difficulty Acclivity: 1,335 m / 4,379.91 ft – Descent: 235 m / 770.99 ft – Challenging
Day 3: Choquequirao Trek / Full Day Trek Tour in Choquequirao
- Explore all day the Upper and the lower Choquequirao Park by foot
Day 4: Choquequirao Trek / Choquequirao to Cocamasana
- Walking Distance 14 km / 8.68 miles
- Estimated duration 06 hours Trek
- Highest point Cocamasana 2,400 m / 7,874 ft
- Campsite elevation Cocamasana 2,400 m / 7,874 ft
- Difficulty Acclivity: 900 m / 2,952.74 ft. – Descent: 1,300 m / 4,265 ft – Challenging
Day 5: Choquequirao Trek / Cocamasana – Cachora Village to Cuzco
- Walking Distance 15 km (9.3 miles)
- Estimated duration 05 hours Trek
- Highest point Capulilloc 2,975 m / 9, 760.47 ft
- Difficulty Acclivity: 572 m / 1,876 ft – Descent: 325 m / 1,066 ft – Challenging and moderate
Itinerary of Choquequirao trek
Day 1: CUZCO TO CHIKISKA
At 5 am we pick you up from the hotel to leave Cuzco by private transport towards San Pedro de Cachora and Capulilloc. In the settlement of Curahuasi is going to be our first stop (breakfast Optional); Capulilloc lookout is the beginning of our adventure trek and place where our Horsemen and mules they will be waiting for us. After our Andean Lunch we will start descending relatively moderate (full downhill ), grate views of Choquequirao temple and the deepest canyon known as the Apurimac (The Lord is speaking) and through which flows the majestic Apurimac River; Chikiska camp.
- Total distance: 10 km (6.2 miles)
- Estimated duration: 04 hours Trek
- Highest point: Capulilloc 2,975 m (9, 760 ft.)
- Altitude Campsite: Chikiska 1,900 m (6, 233 ft.)
- Difficulty: Acclivity: 00m / 00 Feet. – Descent: 1,075m / 3,526.89Feet – Challenging and Moderate
Day 2: CHIKISKA TO THE INC CHOQUEQUIRAO CAMP
After a good breakfast we start our adventure hike at 5:00 am for avoiding the Sun (to sunny day usually) one hour trek downhill to Playa Rosalinda (1500 Masl /4,921 Feet ) and after uphill for about 5 hours to Marampata in zigzag path system. Our taste Andean lunch is served in Marampata. After lunch 2 hours more trek we will reach Choquequirao temple using a very hilly trail for the incline up and down, is wide enough to walk 3 people together. Choquequirao is considered as the other Machu Picchu (Andes mystical couple) as there are several similarities. It is located 1,500 m / 4,921.24 ft. above the Apurimac Canyon. Machu Picchu is located above the Urubamba canyon. It is the same latitude and a great temple with over 8 hectares, only a third part has been rediscovered and everyday archaeologists found something else of interest. We will observe the three levels of the excavated ruins, where we can appreciate houses, terracing Inka system, Inc. Choquequirao camp.
- Total distance: 11 km (6.82 miles)
- Estimated duration: 07 – 08 hours Trek
- Highest point: Choquequirao 3,035 m (9,957 ft.)
- Altitude Campsite: Inc Camp 2,800 m (9, 186 ft.)
- Difficulty: Acclivity: 1,335 m / 4,379.91 Feet. – Descent: 235 m / 770.99 Feet – Challenging
Day 3: FULL DAY TREK TOUR IN CHOQUEQUIRAO
Today we will wake up early in the morning to observe the Andes SUN Father (sunrise) from the Inka Altar lookout. Choquequirao temple is built it all over a huge mountain, we will visit all Inka places walking up and down; the main temples of the entire complex, as the Llamas and Alpacas designs on platforms and before half day comes we will have visited all Choquequirao upper site and then our delicious lunch is provides in our Camp with grate panoramic canyon view; afternoon free time to explore the bottom of Choquequirao or for relaxing near the camping site.
Perhaps we might observe the flying of the Condors, eagles and hummingbirds.
Day 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO TO COCAMASANA
After a good breakfast we start descending / ascending and using the same path to reach Cocamasana camp (backtracking same trail we used the first and second day of the trail). Our taste canyon lunch is provided in Playa Rosalinda close the holy Apurimac River.
- Total distance: 14 km (8.68 miles)
- Estimated duration: 06 hours Trek
- Highest point: Cocamasana 2,400 m (7,874 ft.)
- Altitude Campsite: Cocamasana 2,400 m (7,874 ft.)
- Difficulty: Acclivity: 900m / 2,952.74Feet. – Descent: 1,300m / 4,265.08Feet – Challenging
Day 5: COCAMASANA TO CUZCO
At 4:30 am we will wake you up with hot coca tea like 05:30 am we will be starting our hike accompanied by the first sun rises over the Apurimac canyon for getting Capulilloc Lookout from there the trail it is easy to Cachora settlement (our lunch it is served here) then it is time to back to Cuzco city in our private and comfortable transport.
- Total distance: 15 km (9.3 miles)
- Estimated duration: 05 hours Trek
- Highest point: Capulilloc 2,975 m (9, 760.47 ft.)
- Altitude Campsite: Cuzco Hotel: 3,350 m (10,990.79 ft.)
- Difficulty: Acclivity: 572m / 1,876.63Feet. – Descent: 325m / 1,066.27Feet – Challenging and Easy
Choquequirao trek Includes
- Choquequirao hike 5D “third deepest canyon in Peru”.
- Trek briefing with your Guide.
- Professional Guide (on hike).
- Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike “at Capulilloc” round trip).
- All entrance tickets and permits for Choquequirao Park.
- Horses or mules and Indigenous horsemen to carry ((camping equipment: client tents, dinning and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
- Personal items to carry 8 kg/17 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
- 4 nights camping.
- Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
- We provide a duffle for personal items.
- One Cook.
- Excellent Meals (4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners).
- Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
- Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn).
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
- Wake up coca tea in your tent.
- Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
- Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
- Trek 2 Machu Picchu uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
- Oxygen Tank & First aid kit.
- All local taxes.
The Choquequirao trek Does Not Include
- Tips: Guide, Cook, Horsemen
- Water on Day 1
- Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
- Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 4, Lunch on Day 5
- In an effort to reduce plastic waste on the trail we encourage our guests to use refillable water bottles
For the Choquequirao Trek Bring
- A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs (to carry your personal belongings).
- Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” it is applicable).
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
- Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support).
- 2 pairs of Trekking pants “not jeans”, 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough, please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray the clothes before the trip.
- Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
- 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius / 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the rain jacket can be helpful, because there are raining days (even if we are in dry season!).
- 1 warm / winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/ gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
- 3 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) it is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well, the weather is all over the place, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or overheating.
- 2 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts.
- 1 Good sleeping bag liner, it is super lightweight and easy to pack, definitely does its job!.
- Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
- Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
- Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on.
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back.
- Water (only on first day hike, then we will provide you throughout the hike).
- Camera and film.
- A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries.
- Bandages or moleskin.
- Flip flips to change into at night – your toes will thank you!.
- Toiletries: Toothbrush, Toothpaste/Floss, Shampoo/conditioner, Brush/comb, Vaseline (for feet great for potential blisters), Feminine hygiene products, Deodorant, Nail clippers/file/tweezers, Spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, or contact lenses and supplies, Hand sanitizer etc.–which you need, but pack light.
- Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach, some people get an upset stomach at one on the trek, with 8-10 hours of hiking each day, you need to get over whatever the day throws at you quickly, so bring some meds.), etc.
- Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes.
- Something to read in the evenings.
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff.
Choquequirao Trek Prices: 5 Days
2 people: US$ 630 per person
3 people: US$ 590 per person
4 people: US$ 550 per person
5 people: US$ 530 per person
6 people: US$ 500 per person
7 +people: US$ 480 per person
Choquequirao Trek Prices: 4 Days
2 people: US$ 610 per person
3 people: US$ 570 per person
4 people: US$ 530 per person
5 people: US$ 490 per person
6 people: US$ 480 per person
7 +people: US$ 470 per person
Choquequirao Trek Options
Sleeping Bag (4 seasons, Maximum size 1.95 m/6’4)–US$25)
Pair of walking poles–US$15
Single Tent Supplement–US$50
Extra mule to carry 14 kg of personal items–US$100
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