The Choquequirao Trek 5 days is for the one with a truly explorer’s spirit. Choquequirao (Cradle of Gold) is a spectacular architectural complex of similar outreach and political and religious function as Machu Picchu. Located at 3103m/ 10178ft above the vigorous Apurimac River Gorge, it can be reached after hiking up a trail 60 km / 38 mile long.
Choquequirao was underestimated and hidden from public knowledge for 300 years! but now it is open to anyone willing to discover its beauty and startling well-preserved structures. It is currently part of the ranks of the world’s greatest Lost Cities.
You will be impressed with the diverse flora and fauna and the chance to spot condors in their natural habitat surrounded by the mountains, in particular the sacred Salkantay peak.
Choquequirao Trek 5 days is a good alternative to the sometimes overcrowded traditional Inca Trail Machu Picchu.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Challenging. We strongly recommend acclimatizing to the altitude by staying for at least two-three days in Cusco prior to the Choquequirao Trek 5 days.
If you are looking for a complete experience in Cusco, you can add this hike to our:
For more references about the different destinations Peru has to offer, please go to:
- PERU: THE TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO (National Geographic)
Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca
Leave Cusco at 6.00 am in private transportation, heading to the starting point at the charming town of Cachora at 2800m/9184ft, a 4- to 5-hour drive from Cusco. Here you’ll meet the horsemen and horses. Start off hiking up for 1hr ½, up to the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m/9020ft, from here you’ll get great views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. Continue descending for two more hours to Chiquisca, where you’ll spend the night.Daily Trek Statistics
Distance: 15 km / 10.56 ml Minimum Altitude: 1800 masl / 5778 ft Maximum Altitude: 2800 masl / 9184 ft Approximate Time: 4-5 hrs Gradient:
Overnight at Campsite.
Chiquisca – Choquequirao
Leave Chiquisca early at 6.00 am off to Rosalina Beach, which will take about one hour to reach. It is important to leave early in order to avoid the heat during later hours. You will cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take approximately 2 hrs.
In Santa Rosa, take a 30-minute break, and if you are up to it, you can try the local sugarcane extract Cambray.
Renewed after a short break, continue the hike slowly climbing for two and a half hours to Marampata and stop for lunch. Enjoy your meal and continue for another two hours until you finally arrive at the formidable archaeological complex of Choquequirao at 3103m/10178ft. Leave your things at the campsite and explore the terraces and constructions during your free time. Later at dusk, your chances to see Condors flying around will increase. So get comfy and keep your eye wide open.Daily Trek Statistics
Distance: 15 km / 9.32 ml Minimum Altitude: 1450 masl / 4756 ft Maximum Altitude: 3103 masl / 10178 ft Approximate Time: 7-8 hrs Gradient:
Overnight at the campsite.
Continue with your exploration of the site. Choquequirao was probably not only one of the entrance checkpoints to Vilcabamba, and also an administrative headquarter for political, social, and economic functions, but it was also one of the last bastions of resistance and refuge for the Inca ruler, Manco Inca Yupanqui, who fled Cusco after his siege of the city failed in 1535.
Its urban design has followed the symbolic patterns of Cusco, with ritual places dedicated to Inti (Sun god) and the ancestors, to the earth, water, and other divinities, with mansions for administrators and houses for artisans, warehouses, large dormitories, or kallankas and farming terraces belonging to the Inca or the local people.
Overnight at campsite.
Choquequirao – Rosalina Beach
Today you will have a guided tour of Choquequirao complex: A visit through the Hanan or higher parts, and Urin, the lower sides. After the tour, start your walk back to Santa Rosa, have lunch and then continue descending for another 2 hours until you reach Rosalina Beach at 1450m/4756ft. You can take a refreshing swim in the waters of the Apurimac River. Have a delicious dinner and relax at the Campsite.Daily Trek Statistics
Distance: 18 km / 11.18 ml Minimum Altitude: 1450 masl / 4756 ft Maximum Altitude: 3100 masl / 10170 ft Approximate Time: 7-8 hrs Gradient:
Overnight at campsite.
Rosalina Beach – Cachora
Leave the campsite after breakfast to start the two to three hour climb to Chiquisca, and back to Abra Capuliyoc, close to where you’ll have lunch. Lastly, in the afternoon, continue on the two-hour return route to Cachora, where private transportation will be waiting to take you back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time in Cusco is 9.00pm.Daily Trek Statistics
Distance: 18 km / 11.18 ml Minimum Altitude: 1860 masl / 6102 ft Maximum Altitude: 2800 masl / 9184 ft Approximate Time: 6-7 hrs Gradient:
Trek Price per Person / double occupancy tent (US$)
|Private Service based on 2 people – includes a porter to carry your belongings*.||
The Choquequirao Trek 5 days is customizable. If you would prefer to add destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form. You can also fill out our Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.
- This Choquequirao Trek 5 days is available every day of the year.
- The recommended period to do the Choquequirao Trek 5 days is from April to October.
- A minimum number of people: 02 people.
- Price does not include local sales taxes; as foreign travelers are sales tax exempt according to Peruvian Law.
- If you are looking for a complete experience in Cusco, you can add this hike to our 4-day Machu Picchu Tours.
- Pre-departure briefing.
- Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Cachora (starting point of the trek).
- Choquequirao entrance fee.
- Campsite fees.
- English-speaking adventure guide.
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-person capacity tent (4 seasons).
- Duffel bag to place your belongings.
- One foamy and one inflatable sleeping pad per person.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- Kitchen tent.
- Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
- Pack animals to carry camping equipment and your belongings.
- Cook and cooking equipment.
- One emergency horse every 6 people.
- Meals (3 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, daily morning snack, daily tea service except for last day) – the vegetarian menu is available at no extra cost.
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunchtime if requested with enough time ahead.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Transfer from Cachora to your hotel in Cusco.
- Sales taxes and payment transaction fees.
- International and domestic flights.
- Visas required to enter Peru.
- Airport taxes.
- Hotel accommodation.
- Breakfast on day 1, and dinner on day 4.
- Sleeping bag.
- Walking poles.