Trek to Choquequirao

  • Peru

Trek the Andes, explore Choquequirao away from the crowds, witness the mountain beauty of the Andes.

This five-day trek is perfect if you’re looking for an adventure that’s as challenging as it is rewarding. Explore the ruins of Choquequirao, the lost city that’s even more remote than nearby Machu Picchu. Because of its difficult-to-reach location, the site sees relatively few visitors. This means you'll get to experience Incan history in near-solitude, surrounded by nothing but ancient architecture and spanning forests. These spectacular views of the Andes are all along the trek to Choquequirao, a journey filled with lush wildlife and breathtaking vistas you won’t soon forget.

was €5895 days from €419

(€83.80 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
SPCT
Travel Style
Active
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
5 - Challenging
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, Avg 8
Transport
Private van and hiking.
Accommodation
Hotels (1 night), camping (3 nights).
Meals
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Other
  • Trek to Choquequirao with local guide, cooks, and porters (4 days)
  • 2 guided tours of Choquequirao archaeological site
  • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Choquequirao Trek
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    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Day 1 Cusco

Arrive at any time.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

accommodation

Cusco Pardo Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Inka Museum

    Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.

  • Cusco City Tour

    Tour runs from 2:00PM. All of it is done by car, with walks around the visited ruins. Clothing depends on the weather, sunblock and a hat are recommended.

    Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

  • Cusco Tourist Ticket

    This ticket allows admission at 16 sights of the city of Cusco including many popular museums and cathedrals, the ticket also provides entrance to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, and sights in the South Valley of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Whitewater Rafting Urubamba

    The activity includes a safety briefing, transportation, professional river guides, safety equipment, rafting equipment (self-bailing boats, professional life jacket, helmet, spray jacket), and a picnic lunch (with a vegetarian option). From 08:00 to 17:00, transport to the river is about 1.5 hrs each way. Rafting is roughly 2- 2.5 hrs.

    Not recommended for kids under 14.

    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don’t forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Pre nights are recommended in order to acclimatize to the altitude and take advantage of the optional activities on offer in Cusco.

Day 2 Cusco / Playa Rosalinda

Transfer to Cachora and embark on the hike to the lost Incan city of Choquequirao. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Apurimac River and sweeping mountain scenery at every turn.

The lost city of Choquequirao was discovered hundreds of years ago, but it still feels as though you may be the first to discover it. Encroaching jungle still covers some of the stonework as only roughly 40 percent of these ruins have been excavated. The trek to this remote Incan city although challenging, is well worth the effort. Winding trails take you through the Apurimac River canyon with circling condors up above and views of the snow-capped Salkantay mountains making a breathtaking backdrop. Take plenty of time to explore and soak it in for yourself with two included visits to Choquequirao.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Choquequirao Trek - Day 1

Embark on the first day of the trek and enjoy incredible views of Padreyoc mountain as the trail zig-zags downhill into the Apurimac River Canyon. On the descent into the canyon watch as the landscape becomes forested and humid, pass by fruit farms on the way to the camp for the night at Playa Rosalinas (1,500m/4,921 ft).

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3 Playa Rosalinda / Choquequirao

Continue trekking through the Apurimac River canyon on the way to Choquequirao. Spot condors as you make your way up into the cloud forest, where you'll camp for the night. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the ruins and marvel at your historical surroundings.

Choquequirao Trek - Day 2

Continue trekking in the Apurimac River canyon, keeping your eyes peeled for the majestic condor in the skies above. Start the climb steadily upwards to the fascinating ruins of Choquequirao (3,000m/9,842 ft) and spend the night at a campsite nearby.

Choquequirao Main Square Guided Tour

Enjoy a fully guided tour of the main square of Choquequirao and the surrounding terraces. The ‘other Machu Picchu,’ Choquequirao is built at the top of an almost untouched mountain in the province of La Convención. Ancient stone walls adorned with white stone llamas protect its two-leveled palaces and temples, systems of fountains, canals and aqueducts that fed the fantastic terraces farmed by the Inca during the Pachacutec government (XV century). Visit the colcas, used for agricultural storage and learn about the cultivation practices during the Incan Empire.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4 Choquequirao / Chiquisca

Explore the ancient ruins of Choquequirao further on your morning guided tour. Comparable only to Machu Picchu in its beauty, grandeur and architectural accomplishment. Hike back down to Chiquisca, the camp for the night.

Choquequirao Trek - Day 3

Leave Choquequirao behind and head back down to Chiquisca (1,800m/5,900 ft), the camp for the night.

Choquequirao Guided Tour

The trek up to Choquequirao is a challenging one, enjoy plenty of time to explore with a second guided tour to take it all in. Visit sites currently being excavated, roughly 60 percent still remains covered by the encroaching forest. Visit storehouses and temples with a new appreciation for the restoration process to uncover this impressive site.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5 Chiquisca / Cusco

Leave Chiquisca early in the morning to make your way back to Punta Carrera. Enjoy lunch in Cachora before transferring back to Cusco where the trip will end upon arrival.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
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