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Choquequirao Classic Trek 4 Days

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Itinerary

Choquequirao Classic Trek 4 Days is an increasingly popular alternative to the Inca Trail. Choquequirao is an impressive Inca citadel located on the side of a mountain–overlooking one of the deepest canyons in the world, the Apurimac.

Its name in Quechua means "Cradle of Gold". Choquequirao is one of the most important tourist attractions in Cusco but still little known by tourists. This place seems to have had diverse functions including agricultural and religious.

Choquequirao is a challenging trek both due to the terrain and the hot climate, but includes a wide variety of plants and animals along the way. The standard length of the trek is four days, but there is also the option to take it a little easier and do it in five. Ask us for more details and information about our departures.

  • Duration of the trek: 04 Days / 03 Nights
  • Distance of the trek: 32 km (64 km round trip) (39, 8 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Season: From March to November
  • Maximum height: 3,100m (10,170 ft)

Choquequirao Classic Trek 4 Days Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca - Santa Rosa

We begin with a three hour drive from Cusco to Cachora (2600m, 8,530 ft), then we continued our trip to punta carretera, where we meet with the group leader and horses. Once there we load the equipment and luggage onto mules and horses.

We pass through phenomenal scenery, arriving at Capuliyoc viewing point, where we can enjoy a break and views of the entire valley and Apurimac canyon. Afterwards we descend until we arrive at Chiquisca, where we have lunch, afterwards we begin to walking down to Playa Rosalina (1400m, 4,593 ft) which is the lower part of the route,  Playa rosalina, then we ascend until Santa Rosa campsite.

  • Total distance: 18 km (11 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 2,915m (9,500 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 1,500m (4,920 ft)

Day 2: Santa Rosa - Marampata - Choquequirao

After a healthy breakfast we begin to walking up, we then walk along a desert trail where agriculture is almost impossible due to the dryness. However, the inhabitants of the area are able to take advantage of some streams to cultivate sugar cane. After climbing up to around 1470m, (4,823 ft) we get to Marampata (2870m, 9,416 ft), where we enjoy a lunch surrounded by fantastic scenery. After a nap we continue towards Choquequirao.

Choquequirao, consisting of a guided tour which includes the recently discovered areas where the government is still working. In the afternoon we return to the Marampata campsite.

  • Total distance: 14 km (8.7 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 8 to 9 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 3,100m (10,170 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 3,000m (9,840 ft)

Day 3: Marampata - Playa Rosalina - Chiquisca

We walk down the same path until we reach Playa Rosalina where we enjoy lunch and a longer siesta to recover energy for the walk up to Chiquisca campsite, where we will spend the night.

  • Total distance: 14 km (8.7 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 3,100m (10,170 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 1,500m (4,920 ft

Day 4: Chiquisca - Cachora - Cusco

Early breakfast at around 4:30am in the morning followed by a walk up to Capuliyoc viewing point and then to Cachora village where we say “chao!” to the group leader and horses and continue by car to Cusco.

  • Total distance: 18 km (11 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 2,915m (9,500 ft)

Included / Not included

Includes

  • Pick-up at hotel.
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Cachora. (4 hrs).
  • Professional guide.
  • Meals throughout the trip (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners).
  • Camping equipment (tents 4 seasons for 3 people , mattresses).
  • Accommodation in triple tent for two people.
  • First aid kit.
  • Mules to carry the camping gear and your belonging (5 kilos per person).
  • Horseman (for one to three mules).
  • Specialized cook.
  • Private car from Cachora to Cusco, including transport to your hotel in Cusco.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day.
  • Entrance for the archaeological park of Choquequirao Trek 4 days.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking stick.
  • Tips.

We recommend bringing

  • Backpack and sleeping bag
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Warmth clothes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block, sun glasses and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifying tables
  • Flash light and knife
  • Towel and toilet paper
  • Snacks (chocolates, candies, cookies, etc)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra national currency (soles)
  • Passport
  • ISIC Card for students

Price

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