Choquequirao Trek – 4 Days

4 day trek to the lost Inca fortress of Choquequirao. Follow the Apurimac Canyon, hiking through seldom-visited remote wilderness.

Duration – 4 Days
Difficulty – Heavy


  • Guided by a professional team of guides, cooks and wranglers
  • A true adventure combining archeology and nature
  • Discover the “new Machu Picchu”
  • Abundance of fauna and flora

Short Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco – Cachora ‐ Chiquisca
Day 2 Chiquisca ‐ Playa Rosalina – Marampata ‐ Choquequirao
Day 3 Choquequirao ‐ San Ignacio ‐ Carmen Huerto
Day 4 Carmen Huerto ‐ Hacienda Tambobamba ‐ Huanipaca

* We can arrange a customised itinerary for you to include the Inca Trail Trek, contact us for more information.

Tour Itinerary

We take you to the last refuge of the Incas perched high above the Apurimac canyon. Choquequirao, which means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua, is a remote and mysterious archaeological complex consisting of fantastically well preserved Inca architecture.

During your adventure you will be well taken care of by our professional team of English speaking guides, cooks and wranglers with their mules.

We also have some supporting saddle horses for the ones who would rather ride than hike. Choquequirao is a must for all adventure lovers and is destined to replace the traditional hike as the serious trekkers alternative.


Cusco (3,350m) – Cachora (2,850m) ‐ Chiquisca (6,332)

Pick Up Time: 5am – from your hotel/hostel

An early start for a 5 hours drive to the town of Cachora, which offers you wonderful views of the snow mountains of Salcantay, Humantay, Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica. Cachora is surrounded by mountains, one of
them the snow‐covered Padreyoc (5,570m). Here we will meet with the horsemen and their mules who will be carrying all the camping equipment during the trek. The beginning of the walk will have some ecological
differences and we will pass the mystic Padreyoc going through the pass of Capuliyoc (2800m / 9186f). From Capuliyoc we will have a spectacular view on the canyon of the Apurímac and a part of the archeological
complex of Choquequirao, and we will have a short rest there and be able to observe the way we came which looks like a stream on the edge of the mountain up to our camping place called Chiquisca (1930m / 6332f).
Hiking time: 7 hours in a warm climate


Chiquisca ‐ Playa Rosalina (1,550m) – Marampata (2,850m) ‐ Choquequirao (3,033m)

After having enjoyed our breakfast, we will descend for about one hour to La Playa Rosalina. From here we will go up in the canyon, in a warm climate, to the town of Marampata from where we will have a beautiful view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao. Along our hike today we will observe a variety of orchids and wild flowers as well as many species of birds. We arrive in Choquequirao in time to enjoy the sunset and maybe an
opportunity to see condors flying nearby. We set up camp just outside of the ruins in the cloud forest.
Hiking time: 7 hours in both cool and warm climates

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Choquequirao ‐ San Ignacio (1,500m) ‐ Carmen Huerto (2,000m)

We will see the sunrise over Choquequirao, whilst your guide will tell you about history and the recently found excavations. At the moment Choquequirao holds many ancestral secrets yet to be discovered. The exact function of this site remains a mystery, but each year that goes by archeologists discover more of the “Cradle of Gold” and its significance.

After this visit we will leave the site and go down a pretty route over a pass where we will have some impressive views of the Apurimac Canyon. We will also see an abundance of flora and fauna. We drop in altitude today from 3,033m to 1,500m (San Ignacio). From here we ascend to our camping place known as Carmen Huerto.
Hiking time: 5 hours in a moderate climate


Carmen Huerto ‐ Hacienda Tambobamba (2,500m) ‐ Huanipaca (3,150m)

The Carmen Orchard, which is next to the Tambobamba property, was ruled by landowners in the years of the colonization. They had slaves and many acres cultivated. They were very rich in cultivating their agricultural
products, cattle ranches etc.

Tambó bamba offers natural wealth if different areas, from agriculture and cattle ranching, hereby preserving the tradition and knowledge of our Andean ancestors. On the route we will be visiting communities like Pacobamba and Huanipaca. From Huanipaca we will have the most impressive view of the glacier chain ´Sacsarayoc´, located in the region of Vilcabamba ´The last shelter of the Incas´. The next thing will be the transport back to the city of Cusco.
Hiking time: 5 hours in a moderate warm climate

5 Day Option Available: If you prefer more time in Choquequirao we can offer you a 5 day trek so you will spend a full day at the site – contact us.

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Tour Prices

PRICES (based on amount of persons departing)

2 Passengers : $780 per person
3 Passengers : $700 per person
4 Passengers : $630 per person
5+ Passengers : $590 per person



  • Private transportation to the start of the Trail
  • Professional English speaking Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • All entrance fees
  • All meals ‐ we provide generous amounts of nutritious meals and beverages
    and have vegetarian options available (except Breakfast 1st Day and Dinner on
    4th Day)
  • 7kg Personal luggage allowance to put on the horses
  • Personal Duffles for your luggage
  • Spacious tents
  • Sleeping mats
  • Dining tent, kitchen tent, latrine tent
  • Tables and chairs for the group
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit


  • Sleeping bag – can be hired for $30 from our office
  • Extra horse in case you want to ride – $120 per horse (from 3
    passengers upwards we include an extra horse)
  • Breakfast 1st Day
  • Dinner 4th Day
  • Gratuities


  • Sleeping bag – $30
  • Inflatable Thermarests- $25
  • Inflatable pillow – $7
  • 1 trekking poles – $12 per pole
  • Extra horse in case you want to ride – $120 per horse (from 3 passengers upwards we include an extra horse)

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