Choquequirao means “cradle of gold” in Quechua although this is probably not its original Inca name. It is another “lost city of the Incas” located high on a ridge spur almost 1750m above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks.
Choquequirao (3,085 m) is situated amongst the spurs of the Salkantay Mountain Range in the Province La Convención in the Region Cusco above the Valley of the river Río Apurímac.
The entire complex encompasses 1,800 hectares of which 30-40% is uncovered.
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chikiska
Day 2: Chikiska – Marampata – Choquequirao
Day 3: Choquequirao – Inca Site – Marampata – Chiquiska
Day 4: Chiquiska – Cachora– Cusco
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We’ll pick you up at 5:00 a.m. from your accommodation then we’ll take a bus to go to Cachora (small village-starting point) where we’ll arrive after 3 hours,
after breakfast, we’ll continue by car to Capuliyoc, where we will start to walk, this first day we’ll walk for approximately 5 hours.
On the route we’ll find some typical plants and a beautiful view of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora snow-covered peaks.
We’ll arrive in Capuliyoc a nice viewpoint where you can appreciate the Apurimac Canyon, and sometimes you can see flying some condors.
From this place, we’ll descend by a nice road and in the afternoon we’ll arrive in Chikiska our first camping site, where we’ll rest this first night in our tents.
This day is very nice because you see the full change of the landscape, from precipices to snowy mountains.
On this day we will pass the small settlements of La Colmena (2870m.a.s.l.), La Aguada (2915m.a.s.l.), Capuliyoc (2915 m.a.s.l.) impressive look out point where we can see all Apurimac Valley,
Huayhuacalle (2970 m.a.s.l.), Tinajayoc (2630 m.a.s.l.), Mirador (2370 m.a.s.l.), Cocamasana (2330 m.a.s.l.), Torowisqana (2285 m.a.s.l.), Chiquiska (1950 m.a.s.l.).
After a healthy breakfast, we’ll start to descend 40 minutes to the riverbank, in the route we’ll see the difficult day is waiting for us,
because we’ll be able to see the zigzagging route we have to walk up, after crossing the footbridge we’ll start to walk up like 3 or 4 hours to arrive in Marampata,
in this place, you’ll see the nice scenery of the other side of the mountain, and you’ll see a piece of Choquequirao,
this is a nice place to take a rest as well and have lunch after we have to walk another 1 or 2 more hours to arrive at the Choquequirao camping site.
There, we’ll rest the second night, in the afternoon we can visit some places in the big Inca citadel.
Choquequirao is considered as “The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire”. The oldest reports assign to Juan Arias Diaz as one of the first persons that explored the zone in 1710.
Our bilingual guide will explain the history and importance of the site after the Spanish arrived in Peru.
We will have our dinner at the camping site of Choquequirao.
Early morning we’ll have breakfast to go terraces up to the main place of the Inca citadel, then you’ll have 2 hours guiding around the main sites after you’ll have other one hour free to visit this place yourself,
you can go to visit the highest part of this place or the very popular Andean terraces with llamas shape on it, then we pack and start walking back to Chiquiska.
On the way, we can observe again Apurimac canyon, the exuberant vegetation, and its variety of flowers and orchids.
The time of the hike is about 6h. Altitude: 3033-1950 m.a.s.l. Passing the same small settlements as on the way up.
We will stop in Playa Rosalina where we will have our lunch and after that, we’ll continue to Chiquiska. Here we will spend the night at our campsite.
Early morning, after breakfast (5:00 am), we continue to arrive in Cachora town. On the hike, we can appreciate again the majestic Padrayoc snow-covered peak that decorates the Apurimac canyon The time of the hike to arrive in Cachora is about 4 or 5 hours, then we’ll take our bus to return to Cusco 7 pm.
This service in a GROUP TOUR means that you will do the tour with other people, This standard service has 10 to 15 participants, that doesn’t mean you have to get that quantity of people to do the tour, we have confirmed departures every day, so, If you are only one or two people do not worry, you can join some of our groups.
“BEST PRICE PER PERSON: US$ 305.00”
This service is an exclusive way to make this trip, where the service is very much where the service is much more personalized, prices vary according to the number of people in your group:
2 PEOPLE: US$ 619 PER PERSON
3 PEOPLE: US$ 525 PER PERSON
4 PEOPLE: US$ 485 PER PERSON
5 PEOPLE: US$ 409 PER PERSON
6 PEOPLE: US$ 369 PER PERSON
7 PEOPLE and +: US$ 345 PER PERSON
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STEP 2: MAKE A DEPOSIT
You can book and pay for the tour from our website if you are booking via email, you must choose the best way to pay and make a deposit, for this hike the payment at least is 50%; There are 03 ways to pay: payments via “PayPal“, with debit or credit card Visa or Mastercard (these last two options have an 8% fee), or wire money by Western Union any extra commissions or fees charged must be assumed by the customer; when you send your information you have to specify the payment method you would like to use, then when we mail you back We will send you a request for payment through the platform you chose.
STEP 3: TOUR CONFIRMATION
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1.- I am just one person, can I join some group tour?
Yes, you can, please inquire about availability on the date you want, we also can open a new departure date with 4 people.
2.- We don’t like to go in a big group, can we arrange a private tour?
Yes, you can, in the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, our group tours go with 12 or 15 people, but if you want, you can also arrange a private tour, we have different rates for it depending on how many people you are.
3.- I will travel with my family, we have two 55 YO people, do you think, can they make it?
We had people on this trek of 60 and 65 YO, but they were in good shape to walk, they were well custom to walk, the difficulty is more for the altitude.
If that is the case with your family, everything will run normally. If you think they are not too fit to do it, we recommend taking a Private tour, that will be a perfect plan to do the tour quite easily and smoothly.
4.- We want to take the tour included Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, do we have enough time to do it on the same day tour of Machu Picchu?
Yes, On this tour you will sleep in Aguas Calientes (Town of Machu Picchu) so you can take some of the first busses, the park opens at 6:00 am. Suppose that you will get in at 7:00 am.
First, you can climb the Mountain (2 or 3 and 1/2 hours hike) until 10:30 am. Then, you can go out to use the restroom or eat something and rest, then you can start the guided tour around the citadel (Around 2 hours) until 14:00 hrs.
Then you will have free time to continue exploring on your own, the park is open until 5 pm. You will have like 10 hours to be there, the train departure to return is at 19:00 hrs.
5.- How about my luggage, I know I can’t take all my stuff?, where can I store it?
All stuff you will not use on the trek can be store at your hotel, all accommodations in Cusco have storage, so if you book the night when you can back from Machu Picchu, you can leave there.
Also, if you want you can leave your stuff in our office, for that you can write to our email.
6.- How about the altitude, Are going to pass by other places higher than Cusco?
Cusco city is located in 3350 masl. (10990 Ft.), on this trek, on the 2nd and 3rd day you will pass by higher places like Warmiwañusca Pass (4215 m. / 13829 ft.) and Puyupatamarca Pass (3650 m. / 11975 ft).
Then all the rest is lower altitude than Cusco, Aguas Calientes 2050 masl. Machu Picchu is located in 2450 masl (8038 Ft.).
We always recommend having at least one or 2 days in Cusco to acclimatize; altitude sickness is very different for everyone, sometimes you don’t have any problem.