Choquequirao Hike - 4 Days

Choquequirao Hike 4 days and 3 nights

Have you missed out on booking the Inca Trail? Do not miss out on another great adventure! Come and see Salkantay The Savage, The second largest mountain in the Cusco region. Here you can enjoy Machu Picchu from a completely different perspective! That’s why the National Geographic rated this trek as one of 25 best hikes in the world, The Salkantay Trek is the number one alternative to the Inca Trail. With high snow-capped mountains, lowland jungle and a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata the trek offers a perfect mix of trekking, culture and nature.With fewer people on the route the Salkantay Trek allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes without any of the distractions and disturbances you find on the Inca Trail



Day 1

At 5am we pick you up at your hotel, then drive in our private bus to Capuliyoc (2,850m/9,407ft) for four hours. Along the way there are spectacular views of villages, valleys and snow-capped mountains. Once at Cachora we meet our horsemen and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. After enjoying a boxed breakfast we start walking to Capuliyoc until lunch spaghetti time where we enjoy great views of Apurimac Canyon, snow-capped mountains such a Padreyoc (5,571m/18,387ft) and the location of Choquequirao. After lunch spaghetti we descend for two hours to our first campsite at Chiquisca (1,900m/6,270ft), here we spend the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch spaghetti Afternoon Tea Time Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum Altitude: 1900 m/5700 ft.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2850 m/9400 ft.
  • Distance: 18kms/11 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

Day 2

After an early breakfast we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,550m/5,117ft) then walk uphill to the rural village of Maranpata (2,850m/9,350ft) where we have lunch spaghetti whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the archeological site of Choquequirao (3,150m/10,397ft). We will walk through a myriad of flora and fauna to the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao where a private guided tour awaits us in the afternoon. During the tour we will explore all the important sections, such as: palaces, temple, ritual water fountains, amazing Usnu (ceremonial platform), agricultural terraces, llama´s section and much more. Finally we head back to our second campsite located just 25 minutes from the Choquequirao ruins, where we will have our high tea and dinner

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch spaghetti Afternoon Tea Time Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum Altitude:1,550m/5,117ft
  • Maximum Altitude3,150m/10,397ft
  • Distance: 14kms/9 miles
  • Difficulty:Moderate/Difficult

Day 3

After an early breakfast we will explore some of the stunning sections of Choquequirao ruins and then we head back towards the rural community of Maranpata for lunch spaghetti. Afterwards we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,550m/5,117ft) for three hours; finally we walk up a moderate hill for one hour to our third campsite at Chiquisca (1,990m/6,270ft)

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch spaghetti Afternoon Tea Time Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,550m/5,117ft
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,990m/6,270ft.
  • Distance: 14kms/9 miles
  • Difficulty:Moderate/Difficult

Day 4

After a delicious breakfast, we walk up a moderate hill towards the Capuliyoc pass. Once there we can enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac Canyon. Then we walk for two more hours towards Cachora (2,850m/9,407ft) for lunch spaghetti. Afterwards we take our private transport to the archeological site of Saywite having plenty of time to explore it. Finally our private transport will take us back to Cusco to your hotel, arriving in the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch spaghetti
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,990m/6,270ft.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,850m/9,407ft
  • Distance: 16kms/10 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

What does and does not include?


  • Pick-up at your hotel the morning of your trek
  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora (starting point of the trek) and Cacchora to Cusco
  • Entry fee to Choquequirao and other Inca sites
  • English speaking, experienced and professional guide
  • Comfortable tents with two people in a four-person tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you’re feeling exhausted or are ill
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen and toilet tent
  • Tent for our staff to sleep in
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen
  • Basic foam sleeping mattresses
  • Private Guided tour at each archeological site
  • 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes and sleeping bag will be carried by our mules
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes

Does not include

  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c (US$20 for the duration of the trek)
  • Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide (HEAD EXPEDITIONS PERÚ staff receives a fair and decent wage immediately after they end their trip. However, tips are optional but of great appreciation for them)

What you need to take

  • A lightweight, waterproof day pack with change of clothes for the whole period of the trek, must not exceed 7kgs
  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c (rentable for US$20 for duration of the trek)
  • Sturdy hiking boots Warm clothes and hiking pants, not jeans Layers of clothes for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Torch or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Camera with extra film and batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Thermals, wool socks, gloves, scarf, wool hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra plastic bags, especially in the wet season
  • Water proof clothing and or a rain poncho
  • Water bottles and purifying tablets – Optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
  • Walking sticks (rentable)
  • Favorite snacks
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Toilet paper
  • Sandals or flip-flops and bathing clothes
  • Original passport and ISIC card if is applicable

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Choquequirao Hike
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