The famous four day Choquequirao Tour is one of the most beautiful and spectacular treks in the Cusco region. On this trek you will see the great Choquequirao ruins and have a real adventure enjoying the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, great valleys, and amazing canyons. You will also see native animals such as Andean Condors, birds, and native flora and fauna such as orchids and so much more.
The ‘lost city’ Choquequirao (meaning ‘cradle of gold’) was discovered in the 18th century by a French explorer and it fascinated 19th century explorers. It was also visited by Hiram Bingham prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu.
Grandiose and mysterious, this abandoned city has lots of parallels with Machu Picchu and there are a variety of theories about its function. It is only relatively recently, however, that COPESCO (the official body responsible for tourism in Peru) has partially cleared the site and there remains a lot more to be discovered. It is twice as large and much more isolated than Machu Picchu.
Lying in a cloud forest, a dramatic 1,150 meters (3,772 feet) above the Apurimac River and surrounded by a fascinating landscape created by the Vilcabamba mountain range, Choquequirao has everything to offer a trekker.
It is a challenging but amazing experience to hike down to the depths of the Apurimac Canyon and then up to the site in the clouds…
Overall Hike Degree of Difficulty: Challenging
Total distance trekked: 44 km (27 ½ miles)
Altitude range: 1,550 – 3,150 m (5,117 – 10,397 ft)
You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Choquequirao Tour. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.
Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chiquisca
We will pick you up early from your hotel and drive for 4 ½ hours in our private transport to Capuliyoc (2,915 meters/9,564 feet). Along the way there are spectacular views of villages, valleys and snow-capped mountains. Once at Capuliyoc, we will have brunch and then meet our horsemen and horses and pack all our equipment onto the horses.
After brunch, we descend for three to four hours to our first campsite at Chiquisca (1,900m/6,270ft), where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Chiquisca – Maranpata – Choquequirao
After an early breakfast we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,550 m/5,117 ft) and then walk uphill to the rural village of Maranpata (2,850 m/9,350 ft) where we have lunch whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the archaeological site of Choquequirao (3,150 m/10,397 ft). Then we will walk through a myriad of flora and fauna to the brilliant archaeological site of Choquequirao where a private guided tour awaits us in the afternoon.
During the Choquequirao tour we will explore all the important sections, such as: palaces, temple, ritual water fountains, amazing Usno (ceremonial platform), agricultural terraces, llama´s section and much more. Finally we head back to our second evening’s campsite located just 20 minutes from the Choquequirao ruins, where we will have our dinner. At our campsite you will be able to relax surrounded by the beauty of the nearby canyons and snow-capped mountains (Soray 5,428m/17,808 ft and Tuncarway – 5,910m/19,389 ft) and hopefully have the opportunity to see the condors.
Day 3: Choquequirao – Chiquisca
After an early breakfast we will continue to explore some of the stunning sections of the Choquequirao ruins, and then we head back towards the Apurimac River (1,550m/5,117ft) for three hours. Finally we walk up a moderate hill for one hour to our third evening´s campsite at Chiquisca (1,990m/6,270ft).
Day 4: Chiquisca – Capuliyoc – Cusco
After a delicious breakfast, we walk up a moderate hill towards the Capuliyoc pass. Once there we may enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac Canyon. At Capuliyoc, our private transport will be waiting for us. On the way home, we will visit the archaeological site of Saywite and have time to explore. Finally our private transport will bring us back to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel when we arrive in the evening.
WHAT’S IN A NAME: Action Peru Treks?
Action is a word we are all familiar with and probably use on a regular basis without too much thought! However, it is worth a look at the dictionary to understand what makes the word Action in our name special.
ACTION: Doing things that require physical movement and energy; something done so as to accomplish a purpose; involved in the activities of a group and organization.