Choquequirao Trek 3 days by Lodge
Choquequirao trek 3 days, walking tourism, It is located northeast of the city of Cusco, between the Apurimac river and the Vilcabamba mountain range, where the Nevado del Salkantay stands out with a height of 6,271 meters above sea level (20575 feet) . This tour offers the possibility of seeing some species that are in danger of extinction, such as the Andean condor, the puma and the spectacled bear. This area served as a refuge and natural fortress for the sixteenth Inca resistance movement of the sixteenth century, around this area is preserved the oral tradition that there is “El Dorado”, still hidden by archeology.
- Day 01: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Marampata .
- Day 02: Marampata – Choquequirao – Marampata.
- Day 03: Marampata – Capuliyoc – Cusco.
- Activities: Hiking, Adventure, Challenge.
- Difficulty level: 4 out of 5.
- Maximum altitude: 3106 masl / 10190 ft. (Choquequirao).
- Lodging: 2 days hotel accommodation (Choquequirao Sanctuary Lodge).
- Type of Tourism: Trekking, Hiking and Nature.
- Departure Day: We have daily departures, but a minimum of 2 people is required.
- Start: Pick up from your hotel in Cusco around 3:30 am.
- End: We finish the tour leaving you at your hotel in Cusco around 6:00 pm.
The hike to Choquequirao is an excellent adventure package that will allow you to explore the impressive Apurimac Canyon and the Inca construction of Choquequirao, the most important Inca settlement of the VX century in Cusco – Peru.
The hike is challenging but one is rewarded by the splendid views of the Apurimac Canyon, the Vilcabamba mountain range and the iconic Choquequirao; the trail is open all year round but we recommend from April to November; during this time we are in the dry season; the rest of the year there are some landslides and the trail may be closed. It is important to be in good physical condition as this hike requires long distances each day.
We start picking you up from your hotel between 3:30 to 4:00 am aprox. Leaving Cusco, we will head towards the town of Cachora aprox. 3:30 hours of travel from Cusco, we will stop for 30 to 45 minutes to have breakfast. Afterwards we will continue to the place called Capulioc, where we will start the hike to Marampata. We will continue downhill for about 2:30 hours. Until we reach Chiquisca where we have lunch. After lunch and a short rest, we continue hiking for about 4.30 hours towards Marampata, one of the strongest roads in Cusco. We will arrive at our lodge, where we will have a delicious dinner and spend the night.
Marampata - Choquequirao - Marampata
After enjoying our buffet breakfast, we will start our hike to the Choquequirao Archaeological Complex for approx. 2 hours, the entire Choquequirao tour will be explained by our guide who will explain the importance of the archaeological complex for the Incas. Which is considered as the “sacred sister” of Machu Picchu, because there are several similarities, only a third part of this archaeological complex has been discovered and more and more things are being discovered.
After our visit we will have a picnic lunch in Choquequirao, then descend to Pajchayoc (Pajchayoc Waterfall) and return to Marampata for dinner and end our day with a comfortable stay in our lodge.
Marampata - Capulioc - Cusco
At dawn at 5:00 am approx, after a small snack, we will start our hike to Chikisca, where we can have breakfast and take a short break, then we will start our last hike and return to Capuliyoc to say goodbye to this fascinating adventure, arriving at Capuliyoc we will have a snack and return to the city of Cusco.
- Briefing: Briefing prior to departure.
- Transportation: Pick up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and transfer by private transportation to Capulioc.
- 02 night in Choquequirao Sanctuary Lodge (2 or 3 persons in each room).
- Professional Bilingual Guide (one for groups of 2 to 10 people and two guides for groups of 12 people).
- Guided tours throughout the trip.
- Cook and kitchen assistant.
- Mules to carry the tents, food and cooking equipment.
- Mules to carry up to a maximum of 7 Kilos of cargo per person.
- Snack, days 1, 2, and 3.
- First aid kit including oxygen bottle for emergencies.
- Entrance ticket to the Choquequirao Citadel.
- Transfer from Capulioc to your hotel in Cusco.
- Boiled water day 2, 3. (1 liter per person).
- Day 1: Breakfast.
- Day 3: Dinner.
- (USD $20.00 – 2 canes)
- A backpack.
- Sun hat.
- A medium weight sweater.
- A long-sleeved T-shirt.
- 1 – 2 T-shirts.
- A light sweater or vest.
- A pair of long pants.
- Mountain shoes.
- An extra pair of shoes.
- 2 – 3 pairs of wool socks.
- A jacket.
- A small towel.
- 1 – 2 pairs of shorts.
- A small headlamp.
- Water bottle.
- A toothbrush and other personal toiletries.
- Toilet paper.
- Insect repellent.
- Original passports.
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How to get to Choquequirao trek
To start the trek to Choquequirao, the last refuge of the Incas, we leave early in the morning in a private transport from Cusco, heading to the district of San Pedro de Cachora. We take the main road from Cusco to Abancay, with a detour in Ramal, where we take a dirt road for 16 km to the village of Cachora, while we are accompanied by a beautiful panorama of landscapes.
San Pedro de Cachora has a varied climate, characterized by a rainy season from November to March and a clear and dry season from April to October. Cachora is located at 2903m above sea level, with breathtaking views of the landscape, highlighting the nearby snow-capped peak “Padreyoc”.
The views are very inspiring and impressive as we travel through an amazing variety of ecological zones, from the cultivated valleys of the Andes, down through an arid and hot canyon with Capoc, Cactus and Agave trees, and up through a region of lush rainforest, under the towering snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain range.
From the town of Chiquisqa, the road to Choquequirao descends steeply to the bottom of the Apurimac canyon at 1500m, where Playa Rosalina is located. From there we begin our ascent to the Inca city.
We arrive at Playa Rosalina at 1550m, 19km from Cachora with its banks bathed by the torrential Apurimac River. A suspension bridge crosses to the other side, where the trail continues its perpetual ascent.
The small villages we pass through are Santa Rosa, where we can enjoy “Cambrai”, a delicious marinated drink made from sugar cane, and then on to Marapata, near Choquequirao. From there we walk approximately one hour and 30 minutes to our campsite in Choquequirao, where we will spend the night.