Choquequirao Imperial Trek
TREKKING MAP When this magnificent city was rediscovered, nobody visited because we already had Machu Picchu. A historian guessed that it was the Golden City, and later Choquequirao was proven to be the last refuge before the Peruvian coast.
The location of the city is close to the gods (sky, sun, moon, star, and mountain). This spectacular trek will lead you to the enigmatic last refuge of the Incas. Choquequirao (3103 MASL – 10178 FASL) is a huge archaeological complex still in a cleaning and restoration process located in the surroundings of the sacred Salkantay mountain (6271 MASL – 20569 FASL) and the Apurimac River canyon. You will enjoy amazing mountain scenery as well as lots of Andean flora and fauna.
This trail includes a section of some of the original Inca trails of South America and has a lot history and legends behind it. The trail is 60 km/40 miles traversed in 4 days.
DAY 1: Cusco | Cachora – ChiquisqaDistance: 18 km/11.2 miles
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Before first daylight the day of your trek, we jump in the car to travel to where the adventure begins! Breakfast will be in your hotel at around 5 AM. Don’t forget any of your gear as we then start our journey to the village of Cachora, about a 5-hour drive from Cusco to the trail head. During this morning drive, we will first move toward the Cunyac Bridge between the departments of Cusco and Apurimac. Next, we will travel through the district of Curahuasi and the Saywite Andean Comunity, then arriving at Cachora (2800 MASL – 9186 FASL) at approximately 10 AM. Here, we will meet with our horsemen and other staff will begin our trek! We will walk for about 2 hours along sloping paths leading down to the pass of Capuliyoc (2915 MASL – 9563 FASL). Here, we will have an energizing lunch with our first views of the Apurimac valley stretching below and the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. From Capuliyoc, we will have the first view of Choquequirao from far away. Then, we will then descend toward Coca Masana (2330 MASL – 7644 FASL) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally, we arrive at Chiquiskä at 1900 MASL – 6233 FASL, closer to the Apurimac River, where we will set up camp and spend the night in tents. In this camping area, we will find humble huts where people from Cachora live offering refreshing soda to the trekkers.
DAY 2: Chiquisqa | Playa Rosalina – Santa Rosa – MaranpataDistance: 17 km/10.6 miles
Hiking Time: 6 hours
DAY 3: Maranpata | Choquequirao – ChiquiscaDistance: 22 km/13.7 miles
Climate: Warm day and cold at night
Hiking Time: 8 hours
DAY 4: Chiquisqa | Capuliyoc – Cachora – CuscoDistance: 17 km/10.6 miles
Hiking Time: 7 hours
What is Included?
- Pick-up from your hotel in the morning
- Transportation by private bus to the start of the trail (Cachora)
- Professional, bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
- Igloo tents - 2 people each
- Double thickness foam camping mattress
- Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Camp tables and chairs
- First Aid Kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Choquequirao Inca Site entrance fee
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing (while hiking)
- Chef and equipment
- Excellent Meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, 4 snacks)
- Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, beef/pork, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and protein, definitely suitable for trekking. Also included: hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude.
- We supply boiled water (safe for drinking) to fill your water bottle at any time (while hiking) and if you may need more, please request it ahead of time.
- Tea time the first three days (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
- Cargo mules days 1-4 (for equipment and trekkers’ personal items including your main heavy items; you only carry a small day bag with necessary items during the day)
- Private bus returning from Cachora to Cusco
- Drop-off at your hotel
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking poles
- Inflatable mattress
What to bring:
- Backpack with rain cover
- Sleeping bag
- Clothing for warm and cold climate (waterproof jacket in rainy season)
- Rain pants and lightweight pants
- Trekking shoes
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and campsite)
- Wool or synthetic socks and a sweater
- Long- and short-sleeved polos/t-shirts
- Rain poncho, winter hat, ballcap
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper, Ziploc bag to store toilet paper if not near a toilet
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), flash light, and batteries
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit
- Extra money in soles (s/200.00 soles)
- Since the weather can be very cold and moist, your clothes - once gotten wet – will not dry at night; pack clothes to change out.
Terms and Conditions
OUR HIKING TEAM
Our Tour GuidesYour tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.
They never stop learning so that they can be the best possible guides. They all speak English and of course they also speak Spanish and even Quechua, the Incan Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and will have lots of history to share with you. Check out the Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
Our CooksAfter a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling and nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a variety of flavors.
Every chef prepares different meals depending on what food is available. ...More info.
Meals: What to ExpectAll of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. ...More info.
Our Horseman and HorsesOur Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.
Our horsemen are hired from the areas where the trekking route goes and therefore have extensive knowledge of the area.
Besides trekking and camping gear every horse carries a total of 40 kg of guest's belongings.
You will have a personal allowance of 7kg/165lb for your gear....More info.