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Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

The Short Choquequirao Route

                4 Days & 3 Nights | Starting from US$580 per person



Up to 10 People


3,050m / 10,007ft


Moderate to Challenging



Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

The Choquequirao Ultimate Challenge .

If you’re addicted to challenging physical activity, love nature, and are passionate about the history of ancient civilizations, this route is the perfect choice for you. Discover this off-the-beaten-path architectural jewel of the Incas on a trek that will challenge your physical and mental limits and provide you with the most epic adventure imaginable.
In Quechua, Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” This incredible site sits high looking over the Apurimac River, and snowy peaks surround it. Tourists rarely visit it due to the fact it’s not as ‘famous’ as Machu Picchu, and you can only get there by hiking. It’s three times bigger, though, and just as impressive! Join us and discover the secrets of this beautiful site and learn why it’s only recently being uncovered.


If you want to leave the crowds behind and venture on a challenging, exciting, and stunning trek, this route is perfect for you. You can join us as a couple or with a group of family or friends. We take care of every last detail so you can enjoy your trip to the max.
The Choquequirao Route is truly spectacular and very rarely visited by tourists. In other words, it’s barely known, seldom visited, and rarely explored. Choquequirao is believed to be the legendary last city inhabited by the Incas when the Spanish conquest reached Peru. You’ll be amazed by the sheer size of the site since it’s much larger than Machu Picchu.
Prepare yourself for a journey through time, leaving modernity and worries behind as you wander through the stony streets of Choquequirao. You’ll easily be able to imagine a lifestyle where great importance was given to the community and where there was a deep love and respect for Mother Nature or Pachamama as the Incas knew her. This intense and valuable connection between human beings and nature allowed the ancient civilization to create true wonders of architecture and engineering.
During this amazing adventure, you’ll travel the ancient paths that the Incas used hundreds of years ago, climb high Andean peaks, contemplate the majesticness of the glaciers, descend through deep canyons where the gigantic condors fly, and cross through completely different ecosystems in this fantastically biodiverse country.


  • Get away from the crowds and enjoy this outstanding experience in peace and be at one with Mother Nature.

  • Trek through stunning Andean landscapes and see how they change drastically from one area to the next.

  • Explore Choquequirao, the largest Inca site in existence, without many other people around.

  • Hike through the pretty Apurimac landscape and see canyons, the rushing river, and snowy peaks.

  • Immerse yourself in this epic trip and feel like you’ve been transported back in time to the last days of the Inca Empire.

Cusco | Capuliyoc - Chiquisca - Playa Rosalinas - Santa Rosa

Hike Through the Beatiful Andean Landscape and the Fresh Air

  • Your epic trip begins at 4:30 am when we collect you from your accommodation in Cusco and drive for five hours to Capuliyoc in our private transport. Along the way, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the Salkantay and Humantay snowy mountains.

  • When we arrive in Capuliyoc, you’ll devour a delicious breakfast and meet the cook and horseman who’ll make up your trekking team. They’ll make sure your belongings arrive safely at each camp and ensure you’re well-fed.

  • Once we start hiking, you’ll make your way through the beautiful Apurimac landscapes through a huge valley on a 3-hour downhill walk. You’ll spot two more gigantic mountains, Padreyoc and Qoriwayrachina before we reach our lunch spot at Chiquisca.

  • When you’re full and reenergized, we’ll continue for another hour and fifteen minutes to the bottom of the valley. Here, you’ll be confronted with the rushing Apurimac River, which is known as “Speaking God” in Quechua. The water boasts class V rapids, making it perfect for canoeing or rafting.

  • Finally, we’ll make the last 2-hour descent until we reach Santa Rosa (1,970 m / 6,463 ft), our first campsite. You’ll enjoy a tasty dinner before heading to bed for some well-earned sleep.

Hiking time: approximately 6 - 7 hours.
Distance to go: 15 km / 9.32 miles.
Approx. night temperature: 8°C
Highest Elevation: 2,890 m / 9,482 ft
Accommodation: Camp

Santa Rosa | Marampata - Choquequirao Archaeological Complex - Marampata

Arrive at the Epic Choquequirao Complex

  • In the morning, you will be served a big breakfast to give you the energy you will need throughout the hike. Then, you will depart around 5:30 a.m. and zigzag your way up for three hours to Marampata (2,900 m / 9,514 ft.). There, you will be amazed by the incredible scenery and have the opportunity to capture some shots of the canyon and snow-capped peaks. After a brief rest and to organize your gear, you will hike for another hour and thirty minutes to the Choquequirao complex (3,050 m / 10,007 ft).

  • On this day, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the surroundings and let the energy of this ancient site take hold of you. You will take your time and discover every part of the complex located in the deep canyon. You are probably already imagining the breathtaking scenery that awaits you. Your guide will take you around the site and teach you about the history and other interesting stories.

  • Choquequirao is much larger than Machu Picchu, although experts believe that only 40% is currently discovered, so there is likely to be much more to explore in the future. You will visit plazas, temples and impressive terraces. All of this will make you wonder how the ancient civilization could have built such a feat on top of the mountains.

  • Don't miss some of the most important parts of the complex, such as the white stone llamas that were built to protect the important mountain overlooking the area known as Apu Qoriwayrachina. Choquequirao remains a mystery in many ways and imagine that in the coming years you will learn more. At noon, you will stop at this magnificent site to enjoy lunch.

  • In the afternoon, you will return to your camp at Marampata to enjoy another great dinner and rest for the night. Once the sun has set, you will notice that the night sky is filled with stars and constellations. Contemplate their meaning before going to bed.

Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours.
Distance to hike: 10 km / 6.21 miles.
Weather: Cool with winds.
Highest Elevation: 3,050 m / 10,007 ft
Accommodation: Camp

Marampata | Santa Rosa - Playa Rosalinas - Chiquisca

The Great Return in the Midst of Magnificent Landscapes

  • You will start the day with another hearty breakfast before heading back, after having enjoyed some beautiful moments during your tour of Choquequirao.

  • You will return along the same trail until you reach Santa Rosa (1,970 m / 6,463 ft), where you will stop to visit a local family's agricultural hacienda, where they cultivate sugar cane that is used for the preparation of Cambray, a popular liquor in the area.

  • After enjoying a delicious lunch and a short rest, you will continue your descent until you reach Rosalinas Beach (1,500 m / 4921 ft), where you will cool your feet in the cold waters of the Apurimac River before starting to ascend.

  • You will continue the return trek, but this time you will start climbing for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes until you reach the warm Chiquisca (1,900 m / 6,234 ft), where you will spend the night and enjoy a tasty dinner while talking to your trekking companions about all the exciting things you witnessed today. You will be more than ready for bed when the time comes.

Hiking time: Approximately 7 hours.
Distance to hike: 11 km / 6.82 miles.
Weather: Cool with winds.
Highest Elevation: 3,050 m / 10,007 ft
Accommodation: Camp

Chiquisca | Capuliyoc - Saywite Monolith - Conoc Hot Springs - Cusco

Retrace Your Steps and Unwind in the Hot Springs of Conoc

  • You’ll enjoy your last breakfast of the journey as you listen to the roaring Apurimac River and then be off on an early start to avoid walking in the hot sun. Take some last deep breaths and let Mother Nature guide you on his last section of the trek back to Capuliyoc.

  • When you get to the town, you’ll bid farewell to your trekking team that has accompanied you the whole way. It’ll be time to board our private vehicle that’ll take you to see the colossal rock known as Saywite. While there, you’ll learn that this rock was of great religious importance to the Incas and focused on water.

  • After your small history lesson, you’ll head to Conoc hot springs and enjoy a dip in the relaxing waters to rest your muscles after all the trekking. You’ll enjoy your final lunch here before continuing in our transport back to Cusco.

  • Make the most of your last chance to observe the pretty snowy mountains and take some memorable photos of the incredible landscape. You’ll likely be physically tired at this point, but you’ll have such a sense of satisfaction and achievement that none of it will matter. We’ll arrive back in Cusco and take you to the door of your accommodation at around 6:00 pm for you to unwind and get as much rest as you need.

Hiking time: Approximately 4 hours.
Distance to hike: 8 km / 4.97 miles.
Weather: Cool with winds.
Highest Elevation: 3,500 m / 11,483 f

At Pacha Peru Explorers, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

  • Pre-trek briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek to Choquequirao of 4 days.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to the trailhead (Capuliyoc).
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide.
  • High quality camping equipment in DOITE -KAILAS 3 (High mountain tents, comfortable and spacious created for 03 people, which are used only by 02 people.
  • One-Inch thick foam mattress pad, and pillow.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • A professional Chef.
  • Three breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners, all prepared by our cook. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know.
  • Muleteers and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment, and your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items).
  • Emergency horse in case we need it.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao.
  • Back transportation from Capuliyoc to your hotel in Cusco on day 4.
  • Hot water every morning and evening for hand washing purposes.
  • Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and afternoon.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Flights.
    Hotel before/after trek.
  • Day 1 breakfast and Day 4 dinner.
  • Items of a personal nature and souvenirs.
  • Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms).
  • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, chef, and guide).
  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both).
  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Down or synthetic sleeping bag (can be rented from us).
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket).
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel).
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended.
  • Deep or mosquito repellent.
  • Head lamp.
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes).
  • Binoculars.
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Book to read (you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book).
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us).
  • Day Pack: We provide a duffle bag, to put in some personal belonging that will no use during the day, and it will be carried by pack horses, and you will need a small daypack for carrying your water, snacks, camera, rain gear, and layers, sunscreen and bug spray, meds every day.
  • Rain gear (you need to have a rain gear. From April- Oct is dry season and from Nov-Mar is the wet season. Just keep in mind that it can rain any time of the year in the cloud forest and in the Peruvian Andes the weather is very changeable and unpredictable, it’s also good to have rain pants, as well, as a poncho will not suffice).
  • Personal first-aid kit. We recommend you bring anti-inflammatory tablets (ibuprofen), aspirin for headaches or muscle pain and blister kit.). Also, some recommendations meds of the doctor for parasites and stomach bacterial infections (tablets like Ciprofloxacin for bacteria and Metronidazole, Tinidazole) and for high altitude (altitude sickness) Diamox and Ciprofloxacin.

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Pacha Peru Explorers in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Briefing or Informative Meeting: All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Pacha Peru Explorers office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco): The trek has to be paid for in full at most 7.30 pm one day before your departure (generally after the briefing).
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 6% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Can I store my luggage at your office?: During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests: Pacha Peru Explorers can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group Tours: Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.
It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations: Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost Objects: Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

"Choquequirao Trek 4 Days" can leave any day of the week, from January through December.

2023 Land Cost:

Price: US$ 580.00 per person
Required Pre-payment: US$ 320.00 per person.
Balance (Cusco): US$ 300.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 6%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.
Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.


Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise. If this occurs, we will find the next available date in attempts to reschedule, if this is not possible then any cancellation done at least 24 hours prior will not have any cancellation fee. Any cancellation of 24 hours or less from a scheduled tour will be charged a $580.00 cancellation fee for each space that was scheduled.

Student Discount
US$20.00 off
Student discounts apply to anyone 17 years old or younger. to receive the discount, we require a copy or clear photo of the passport at the time of booking. It must be valid and not expire within the travel dates. Please send it to

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