Salkantay Trekking
Choquequirao express
CHOQUEQUIRAO EXPRESS A WONDERFUL EXPEDITION TO THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

Express Choquequirao Trek

The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” It is located above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering, snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge. Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited “lost city of the Incas.” This Incan archaeological site is considered the sister of Machu Picchu. It is lesser known but three times larger than Machu Picchu. It was one of the last refuges for those Incans who continued to resist Spanish occupation after the conquest. The site was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation and, to this day, archeologists continue to discover new sectors of the city.

TREK, ADVENTURE Trip styles
3100 M. / 10171 FT. Max. Altitude
CAMPS Accommodation
MODERATE Activity Level
Duration 5 DAYS
Starting from US$480

Overview

The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” It is located above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering, snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge. Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited “lost city of the Incas.” This Incan archaeological site is considered the sister of Machu Picchu. It is lesser known but three times larger than Machu Picchu. It was one of the last refuges for those Incans who continued to resist Spanish occupation after the conquest. The site was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation and, to this day, archeologists continue to discover new sectors of the city.

On this adventurous trek into the world of the past, we will walk on Incan highways, hike through high Andean landscapes with majestic glaciers, descend into deep canyons where the condors fly, and pass through biologically diverse cloud forest ecosystems. You will also see native animals such as Andean Condors, other smaller local birds, and native flora and fauna including orchids and so much more!

At a glance
DAY 1: Cusco | Capuliyoc – Playa
DAY 2: Playa | Maranpata – Choquequirao
DAY 3: Choquequirao
DAY 4: Choquequirao | San Ignacio – Villa De Loros
DAY 5: Villa De Loros | Saywite – Conoc – Cusco
Trekking Map
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Itinerary

Full Itinerary
Day 1

Cusco | Capuliyoc – Playa

Capuliyoc At 5:30 AM, we pick you up from your hotel and then drive 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (3100 MASL – 10170 FASL). Along the way, there are spectacular views of villages, valleys, and snow-capped mountains. Once we arrive, we will meet our horsemen who will pack all of our equipment onto the cargo horses. From here, we can enjoy the spectacular view of the Choquequirao Incan ruins, the Apurimac canyon, and the stunning, snow-capped mountains like Padreyoc (5571 MASL – 18387 FASL). We will then hike downhill for 3 hours to Chikisca for lunch. After lunch, we continue on for 2 more hours downhill to our first camp at La Playa Rosalinas.

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Minimum altitude: 1550 MASL – 4650 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL
  • Distance: 14 km – 9 miles
  • Time: 5 hours (approximately)
  • Difficulty: Easy
Day 2

Playa | Maranpata – Choquequirao

Maranpata After an early breakfast, we cross the bridge and hike for the next 4 hours all the way up to Marampata where we will have lunch while enjoying the view of the Choquequirao ruins once again. After lunch, we walk to our second evening’s campsite, just 20 minutes from the ruins. Being so close to the ruins, we can enjoy our view of the ruins into the late evening and watch for condors flying above.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afteroon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Minimum altitude: 1550 MASL – 4650 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL
  • Distance: 16 km - 10 miles
  • Time: 5 hours (approximately)
  • Difficulty: Easy
Day 3

Choquequirao

Choquequirao After breakfast, we will visit the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao for the entire day. Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all of the beautiful city sections: temples, terraces, palaces, llamas’ quarters, and much more. We will return to the same campsite for tea and to spend the night.

Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua - the language of the Incas - although this is probably not its original name. It is another “Lost City of the Incas” rediscovered officially late in the 20th century. It is located high on a ridge spur almost 1750 meters/5741 feet above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River and is surrounded by the towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks. Excavations and restoration of the 1810-hectare site began in the 1990s, and it is estimated that only 30% of the site has been restored to date. Every day archeologists are finding new things.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Minimum altitude:1550 MASL – 4650 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL
Day 4

Choquequirao | San Ignacio – Villa De Loros

San Ignacio Today is one of the easier days of our trek. We will walk downhill for 2 hours to the magnificent Apurimac River (1450 MASL – 4787 FASL). We then cross a bridge and walk uphill for 1 hour to San Ignacio for lunch where we can enjoy the beautiful scenery and a great waterfall! After lunch, we take a moderate uphill trek through a beautiful valley toward Villa de Loros (Town of Parrots) (2600 MASL – 8580 FASL) where we set up camp for the last evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Minimum altitude: 1450 MASL – 4350 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL
  • Distance: 16 km – 10 miles
  • Time: 6 hours (approximately)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Day 5

Villa De Loros | Saywite – Conoc – Cusco

Conoc Today is a relaxing and cultural day on our trek. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we take private transport to the archeological site of Saywite where we will explore an Incan monolith, several water fountains, and ritual platforms. After spending time enjoying the site, we drive to the hot spring of Conoc to relax after several days of walking. After lunch, we head back to Cusco, dropping you at your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Included

What is Included?
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning
  • Transportation by bus to the start of the trail (Cachora)
  • English speaking professional guide
  • The north face or Eureka tents - 2 persons
  • Double thickness foam mattress
  • Kitchen tent, Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Choquequirao Inca Site entrance fee
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
  • Cook and Cooking equipment
  • Excellent Meals (03B,04L,03D + 04 morning snacks)
  • food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
  • We supply boiled water to fill in your water bottle all the time,(while hiking) if you may need more, please request it with enough time ahead to your crew
  • Teatime the first three days (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • Horses days 1-4 (for equipment and personal items, actually your main heavy stuff, will be carried by the horses, it means you only will carry a small day bag, day by day, we included 
  • Private Bus returning from Cachora Town to Cusco City
  • Transfer to your hotel
Not Included:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Tips: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
What to Bring:
  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping back.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho cold and sun hat.
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Extra money in soles (s/ 400.00 soles) emergency case and tips.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and mostly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

+ Info

Important information for the Choquequirao Trek
Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.

IS IT FOR ME?

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle higher altitude and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4650 MASL - 15088 FASL is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.

THE BRIEFING

This meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 6 PM at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 392, Office 212 (second floor). We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of ventas@salkantaytrekking.com

DUFFEL BAG FOR Choquequirao Trek 5 Days

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg/15.4 lbs. Our horseman will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group. During the travel, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of charge.

HOW TO BOOK THE Choquequirao Trek 5 Days

FIRST To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking forms. You can also download a generic form from:

All clients will need to fill out a Passenger Details form.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase any Choquequirao Trek 5 Days permits or entrance tickets without the following information:

  • Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

Hiking Team

Our Hiking Team
Our Tour Guides

Our Tour Guides

Your 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. More Info

Our Cooks

Our Cooks

After 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.More Info

Meals: What to Expect

Meals: What to Expect

All 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. More Info

Our Horseman and Horses

Our Horseman and Horses

Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites. More Info

Price

TRIP LENGTH 5 DAYS
2020 LAND COST FROM $480 PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Pre payment per person:
$200
Balance:
$280
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Please complete the form below to request a reservation. One of our Trip Coordinators will contact you, often within two business hours, to confirm availability of the trip and/or provide you with other options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958191179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

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