Choquequirao Trek 4 Days is the best alternative trek in Cusco when Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is sold out; Choquequirao is a beautiful city built above 3,000 meters above sea level, is known as the “Sacred Sister” of Machu Picchu because of its structural and architectural similarity. It comprises nine sectors, including the religious centers, an astronomical observatory, the gate group, the political sector with some administrative buildings and rooms, a Main Square with a group of royal residences, some up to two levels, food storages, beautiful water fountains that supplied the liquid element to the whole urban sector.
Choquequirao is bordered by snowy summits that make the place more impressive, so delicate, and at the same time so strong inspiration, built to worship their gods, to approach the top, to understand the unknown and the eternal in a sacred space. The condors, superior spirits, watch it from the air, revolting, caring as if they were the eternal guardians of the sacred, a task they surely received from their younger brothers the Incas.
It is a challenging hike of 4 days, but we can promise you that it is worth every drop of sweat and tears. If you have more time, you may like to choose our 5 Day Choquequirao Trek with a finish at a different points.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:30am – 5:00am).
Choquequirao Trek 4 Days highlights:
We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.
Choquequirao Expeditions is a direct local tour operator in Cusco – Peru; we never share our tours with other companies as most of them do to minimize operating costs. We don’t work with intermediaries or have hidden prices; we have the best local guides and professionals. We guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of local Peruvians, due to the simple reason we are a local business!
Early in the morning, we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, to drive for about 4.5 hours to Capuliyoc (2910m / 9,547ft), the starting point of our adventure, before we will stop in Cachora to have breakfast (not included) and get some items for the trail. Upon our arrival to Capuliyoc, we’ll meet our horseman, who will pack everything for the trek and load the camping equipment onto horses. After getting everything filled and finalized, we start hiking downhill to Playa Rosalinas.
We will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains, deep valleys, and birds such as the big Andean bird, called Condor of the Andes. After hiking for about 3 hours from Capuliyoc, we will reach Chikisca, where we will enjoy our first just made lunch about mid-day; after lunch, our trek continues walking down to Playa Rosalina (1,500 m – 4,921 ft) which is the lower part of the route, then we ascend for 1.5 hours until Santa Rosa campsite. In the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner.
After a healthy breakfast, we begin to walk up, we walk along a desert trail where agriculture is almost impossible due to the dryness. However, the inhabitants of the area are able to take advantage of some streams to cultivate sugar cane. After hiking uphill for around 2.5 hours we get to Marampata, where we enjoy a lunch surrounded by fantastic scenery.
After lunch, we will walk for 1.5 hours with mostly flat until we reach The park of Choquequirao; as we hike, we will see some orchids, native flowers, and birds such as the hummingbird, Chiguanco Thrush, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Condor so on. Upon our arrival at Choquequirao park, we will start to explore the ruins.
After about 3 hours of touring the site – including the religious sector and central part of the ruins – we start our two-hour hike back to the campsite of Marampata. This is a very long but rewarding day as we aim to maximize our time in Choquequirao. In the evening we will have tea time and a delicious dinner.
Today we will leave the beautiful Marampata campsite and start our descent towards the Apurimac River and the so-called Rosalina Beach (1520 m/4986 ft). From there we will continue hiking upwards until we reach our campsite of Chiquisca (1950 m / 6397 ft).
At Chiquisca our Cook will prepare our lunch and we will have a free afternoon to relax. This is the place where we will spend the night and enjoy a tasty dinner. We will be more than ready for bed when the time comes.
This morning, we finish our Choquequirao trek with a 3 to 4-hour climb upwards to Capuliyoc. When we reach our destination, we’re once again rewarded with spectacular views. Our car will be waiting here to pick us up to start the 4.5-hour drive back to Cusco.
On the way, we have the option of visiting Saywite (3500m / 11,483 ft) which is a pretty archaeological site located in the district of Curahuasi. It’s an Incan complex that probably was built in the 16th century. Saywite occupies an area of around 2 hectares which houses important examples of Inca stone art, as well as religious-ritualistic spaces.
On the other hand, if all we want to do is relax, we can instead visit the Cconoc hot springs (1780m / 5840 ft). Its waters reach temperatures of 26°C and 35°C with a pH of 6.9, and are surrounded by carob trees, reed beds, and cactus. It’s a wonderful place to relax. The medicinal properties of the thermal baths and their pleasant temperatures offer the perfect place to rest our muscles and feet after this amazing 4-day Choquequirao hike. After a quick dip, we can enjoy lunch surrounded by the beautiful views of the Apurimac River valley.
Finally, we hop in our private car to continue the journey back to the City of Cusco, where we will be arrive around 6 pm.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Choquequirao Trek 4 Days private service, includes additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Can i be picked up from the Sacred Valley?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick up time (there is an extra cost for it).
Is there a cable car in Choquequirao?
The project to make a cable car that connected the town of Cachora to Marampata was not completed due to the frequent presence of landslides and this plan was gradually lost.
What is Choquequirao?
Choquequirao is named after Quechua Chuqi K’iraw, the cradle of gold. Located just over 3,000 meters high, they are Inca terraces and buildings, very similar to the citadel of Machu Picchu, in terms of its architecture. Some even call it the “Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu” or “Second Machu Picchu.” The site is not as large as Machu Picchu, but it is much less crowded by travelers, since it can only be accessed on foot, with a tour operator, it is the longest and most complete road in Peru.
Amazing experience, such an interesting history and a great journey to get to the site, almost deserted in terms of tourists which makes it much more intimate.
Very interesting but hard to get to… Atmosphere is better than Machu Picchu since there are very few people.