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Choquequirao Trekking 4D/3N

The amazing Choquequirao Trekking, Choquekiraw known as ‘cradle of gold’ is a dispersed archeological complex located in the Vilcabamba mountain range at 3.100 meters above sea level, which is perfect for those who want to explore the Andes and its magnificent views of the beautiful landscape and flora and fauna. It is an ideal place for many tourists who are interested in learning more about the lost city of the Incas. Please note: This trek does not go to Machu Picchu.




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OVERVIEW – Choquequirao Trekking


  • Pickup from your hotel
  • Private transfer to the trail head
  • Breakfast at the trail head
  • Walking Distance: 12km / 6 miles
  • Starting Elevation: 3200 m / 10,498.0 ft.
  • Campsite Elevation: 1800 m / 5905.00 ft
  • Weather: Warm / hot
  • Amazing views fo Apurimac canyon / Apurimac river
  • Breakfast. snacks, lunch, dinner, drinking water are included.


  • Walking Distance: 14km / 7.5ma
  • Starting Elevation: 1800 m / 5,905.00 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3400 m / 11154.86 ft.
  • Campsite Elevation: 3400m / 11154.86 .ft
  • Weather: Hot
  • 4 hours up hill
  • 2 hours flat to choquekiraw
  • Lunch at Choquekiraw
  • Afternoon visit to explore the inka site and enjoy the sunset from the religious area of Choquekiraw
  • Breakfast snacks, lunch, dinner, drinking water are included
  • In the evening you can spot the inka stars and milky way together with your guide.


  • Morning visit of choquekiraw inka site, especially the famous llama Area.
  • Lunch at choquekiraw
  • Walking Distance: 13km / 7 m
  • Starting Elevation: 3400m / 11154.86 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 1800 m /5,905 ft
  • Weather: Hot
  • Good day to explore the amazing flora and fauna of the area
  • Breakfast , lunch , snacks, dinner, drinking water are included


  • Walking Distance: 12km / 6 miles
  • Starting Elevation: 1800 m / 5905 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3200 m / 10,498.0 ft.
  • Great day to explore the last views of the canyon and perhaps condor ( the largest birds of the Andes )
  • Weather: Warm
  • Breakfast, Lunch, snacks. drinking water are included
  • Transportation to Cusco and Hotel.

End of Choquequirao trekking.


ITINERARY – Choquequiaro Trekking


We will meet you at your hotel at 4.00 am then drive for 3.5 hours to Cachora village where we will have breakfast and prepare our bags before we begin the hike. The first 2 hours hike will be along a beautiful, descending path, there is spectacular views of the valley and river. The path is surrounded by lovely flowers and plants such as begonias, orchids, cacti and you can see some rare local birds. Once we arrive to Capuliyoc 2.900 meters above sea level (look out point), we will have the privilege to see spectacular views of Padrayoc snow capped mountain (5.400 meters). At this point we will have some time to enjoy our snacks and take plenty of pictures of the Apurimac canyon and the river below.

Then we will descend through a unique zigzag path for 2 hours to reach our place for lunch. The path along the choquequirao trekking  has some breathtaking views of the river and the canyon stretching down the valley. Finally around 2 pm we will have lunch. You have time to relax, put your feet up and have some refreshing tea before we get ready to hike again for 2 hours, we will reach our campsite by 5 pm where we will spend the night at 1.800 meters.

  • Our total hiking time will be about six hours
  • Walk Distance of 12km.
  • Weather: warm
  • Altitude: from 3200m to 1800 m


After breakfast, we will begin our 2 hours steep climb to Santa Rosa (2095 meters high) where we will have time to take a refreshing break, rest and buy some water. We will continue uphill for another 2 hours towards Marampata (3,000 m) a flat ground where we can rest and enjoy a splendid view of Apurimac canyon and the famous Inca site of choquek’iraw. Here we will have lunch and take advantage of the facilities (toilets and wash room). We will continue to hike for another two hours to reach our campsite which is located just outside of the Inca site (3100 meters high). It is important to leave all our belongings in our tents so that we can spend the evening in the ruins hands free. Here we can watch the amazing sunset and have a chance to see condors flying nearby .

  • Camping at Choquequirao campsite (bathrooms and cold water showers are available).
  • Distance Travelled: 14 km
  • Walking Time: 7-8 hrs
  • Weather: Hot


After an early breakfast we will visit the mysterious Inca site of Choquek’iraw where our professional tour guide will explain about the history of the magnificent Inca site. We will also visit the most important parts of this Inca ruins such as the main plaza, Upper choquek’iraw, ceremonial sector and the famous Llama sector where Incas represented the sacred animal on their buildings. After the tour, we have extra time to explore and enjoy the scenery ourselves and head off to our campsite for lunch break.

When we return to marampata there are spectacular views of the canyon along the way where we can identify various flowers, orchids and observe different types of birds that can be found in this area. After a 4 hour walk downhill we will reach our campsite called La playa (1500 meters above sea level ) where we are going to stay the night beside the famous river Apurimac ( ‘speak god’ ). this is a great day on the choquequirao trekking.

  • Walk distance: 13 km
  • Weather: hot day too.


The last choquequirao trekking day begins leaving the campsite extremely early, in order to arrive back in cusco by the evening. From this point to Capuliyoc is uphill for 4 hours. This is a once in a lifetime trek through the beautiful mountains where you can see spectacular views of snow capped mountains that one must see in Padrayoc ( 5400m, and Salkantay 6200 m ), if the weather permits, the valley usually starts to warm up as the the sun starts to rise we will have the opportunity to see some condors and eagles flying above us. This will be our last stop over where we will have our outdoor lunch and hike the last 2 hours to get to Cachora where we will say our farewell to our horses’ men who carried all our belongings along the way. Afterwards, we will board our bus back to Cusco.

  • Walk distance 12km.
  • Weather : warm
  • Altitude : 1.500m to 2.900m

End of Choquequirao Trekking



What’s included in Choquequiaro Trekking?

  • Pre meeting with your guide the night before of your departure.
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Transportation from Cusco To Cachora trail head.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • Professional chef an assistance.
  • All meals such as breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner are provided.
  • Vegetarian food is available.
  • Snacks every morning.
  • Boiled water to refill your water bottle and hot water for washing purposes.
  • Dinning tent, Kitchen tent, chairs , table and gas lamp for the evenings.
  • Horse men and horses to carry all hiking gears and food.
  • We carry 8 kg of your stuff so you will only walk with your day bag with water.
  • Entrance fee for the Inca site and the camp site fees.
  • Guided tour in the Inca complex.
  • One emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or tired.
  • Very comfortable tent
  • Inflatable sleeping pads
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Taxes included


  • Sleeping bag (rentals available from Nig Adventures)
  • Walking stick (rentals available from Nig Adventures)
  • Optional tips for the staff.



  • Small day pack with personal stuff such as water, snacks, sun cream, mosquito repellent .
  • Rain jacket and water proof pants if available or plastic poncho.
  • Good hiking boots with extra sacks.
  • Sandals are highly recommended due to the weather .
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag for all the choquequirao trekking.
  • Good headlamp.
  • Camera, films and batteries
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun cream especially during day time in our winter.
  • Insect repellent – there are no malaria mosquitoes around this area.
  • There are restrooms along the way so you need to take your own toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, etc.
  • Water bottle to refill with boiled water.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, Small towel .
  • Enough cash , you might want to buy some water, or chocolates along the way.
  • Original passport & ISIC (international student identity card – if applicable).
  • Walking sticks or poles ( Please note sticks with metal tips cannot be carried into this national park )
  • Sun glasses
  • Two walking sticks are recommended



Our Choquequirao Trekking  includes your personal porter to carry up to 8kg/16lbs of your belongings. 

  • $600 per person when booking 2-3 people
  • $550 per person when booking 4 or more  people