The “lost city of the Incas” for some explorers, and for some others the sister of Machupicchu. Choquequirao is without a doubt another majestic place which means “cradle of gold” located above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac river. This archeological site is a remote and rarely visited place, probably it was one of the last refuges of the Incas and was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation. And now Archeologist continue discovering new sectors in the city giving us more information about this great Inca Culture. This trek is perfect for those who want to enjoy the high andean landscapes with beautiful snowcapped-mountains, valleys with different cloud forest ecosystems where you will have the chance to see the native animals, such as; birds, butterflies even condors flying in the deep canyons. Native flora; like orchids, medicinal plants and much more. Definitely a great option if we want to enjoy the archeology, the unique Saywite and finally having the chance to relax in a hot spring after a long hike.


  • Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc- Playa
    We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco 5:30 am, we drive for 4 hours until 'Capuliyoc' (3,100 m./10,170 ft.) the place where we stop and we will meet our horsemen. After we have time to organize our equipment, then we start our adventure, we will hike for almost 4 hours gradually down until our lunch spot “chikisca” on the way we will see the beautiful landscape with the spectacular view of Choquequirao Inca site, of course the snow-capped mountains of Padreyoc (5,571m/18,387ft.) also the view of the Apurimac canyon. After lunch we have 2 more hours until our campsite 'Playa Rosalinas'. Around 6 we will have the tea time where we have hot drinks and many surprises made by your chef, at 7 pm. we have the delicious dinner.

    • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea time and dinner.
    • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
    • Distance: 14 kms. – 9 mi.
    • Average time: 6 hours.
    • Considered: Easy.
    • Weather: Dry - cold.
    • Minimum altitude: 1550m/4650ft.
    • Maximum altitude: 3100m/9300ft.

     

    Day 2: Playa – Maranpata- Choquequirao
    Today our team will wake us up with a hot cup of coca tea, after organizing our duffle bags we will have a delicious breakfast, after crossing the bridge we are going to start hiking up along 4 hours until Maranpata enjoying the views of the place. Once here we will have lunch enjoying the view of Choquequirao Inca site. After lunch we continue until hour next campsite which is close to the Inca site. Here we will have the chance to see the wild animal also Condors. Average time to reach to the campsite is 4 pm.

    • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea time and dinner.
    • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
    • Distance: 16 kms. – 10 mi.
    • Average time: 5 hours.
    • Considered: Moderate.
    • Weather: Dry - hot.
    • Minimum altitude: 1550m/4650ft.
    • Maximum altitude: 3100m/9300ft.

     

    Day 3: Choquequirao
    We will wake up around 6:30 am. after enjoying the nice views of the place near to us we will have a delicious and hot breakfast. After, we start to hike and explore CHOQUEQUIRAO all the entire day. of course with our private guide. We will start to explore all the temples, the terraces, palaces, the INCREDIBLE LLAMAS SECTION and much more. Our guide will share with us all the history of the Incas, taking us back in the time even with the fabulous legends. We will return to our same campsite for tea, dinner and spend our second night.
    Choquequirao means “Cradle of gold” in our native quechua language, this place is surrounding by two important snow-capped peaks the Salkantay and Humantay glaciers, still under exploration and the archeologists are finding every day interesting and new things.

    • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea time and dinner.
    • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
    • Considered: Memorable day in the cradle of gold!
    • Weather: Warm.

     

    Day 4: Choquequirao – San Ignacio- Villa de Loros
    Today is one of our easier days of our trek. after breakfast we will start descend for almost 2 ½ until the Apurimac river (1,450m./47,57ft.) once here we cross the bridge then we continue uphill for almost 2 hours until San Ignacio which is going to be our lunch place, the views here are great specially the waterfall. after we continue gradually uphill until our next campsite Villa de loros where we will spend our third night. (2,600/8530 ft.)

    • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner.
    • Distance: 16kms. – 10mi.
    • Average time: 7 hours.
    • Considered: Moderate.
    • Weather: Warm-hot.

     

    Day 5: Villa de Loros – Saywite - Conoc - Cusco
    After breakfast we take our private transport to the archaeological site of Saywite where we will have our cultural time; exploring the water fountains, the Inca monolith and the ritual platforms. Then we continue driving until the hot springs of Conoc. After relaxing and enjoying the lunch we drive back to Cusco, directly to your hotel.
    • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch.
    • Distance: ……….
    • Average time: ……...
    • Considered: Easy day.
    • Weather: dry – warm.


  • Included in the Choquequirao trek 5D
    Briefing:
    It will be done one night before the trek, and here we will tell you all the specific details about the trek.
    Professional guide
    Bilingual English speaking, experienced professional guide.
    All the tickets:
    All tickets for the trek.
    Tickets for Choquequirao.
    Tickets for Saywite Inca site
    Tickets for the hot springs.
    Transportation:
    transfer from the airport to your hotel.
    Pick up in a private transport to the starting point of the trek.
    Private van on the last day to your hotel.
    Accommodation and camping facilities:
    4-nights of camping in a comfortable tent (sleeping 2 people in a 4-person tent).
    Chef:
    Experienced chef.
    Wranglers and horses
    To transport all equipment, tents, food, chairs, etc.
    Emergency horse
    We will have an extra horse in case we need it.
    Camping equipment:
    Dining tent to enjoy the meals with tables and chairs.
    Kitchen tent.
    Toilet tent.
    Duffle bag:
    We will provide you a duffle bag at the moment of the briefing for your personal gear (7 kg.)
    Meals:
    Five breakfast, five lunches and four dinners.
    Snacks, and surprises made by our trekking chef.
    * if you have any food restriction, please let us know.
    Water:
    We will provide you boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles from your first lunch until last breakfast.
    First aids:
    All our guides have received training in first aids from a Physician.
    Emergency first-aid kit.
    Oxygen tank.
    Extras:
    We will provide you warm water every morning for washing, small pillows, a thick foam mattress and much more!!!

    Not Included
    • Sleeping bag: US$20.
    • Inflatable air mattress: US$20.
    • Walking sticks (Pair): US$15.
    • Tips for the crew. (Guide, chef, horseman)


  • EXTRAS
    • Sleeping Bag: US$20.00 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm).
    • Air Mattress: US$20.00 per person per trek.
    • Walking Poles: US$15.00 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended).


  • PRICE - US$ 555 per person.
    This price includes the extra personal porter who will carry your belongings up to 7 kilos.

    DISCOUNTS
    Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00
    Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

    ***please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.


  • Essentials for the Choquequirao trek 5D>
    You have to take with you for this trek.

    Original passport. (very important).
    Valid GREEN ISIC card, (if you booked as a student)
    Small day pack – 30 or 40 L. for hiking in the day.
    Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support.
    Head lamp with extra batteries. (essential)
    Sleeping bag: it has to be at least -5 ºC (can be rented from overandestravel).

    FOR YOUR DUFFLE BAG
    We will provide you a duffle bag at your briefing time and of course we will explain you what to put inside. Also include a porter wo will carry up your personal items to 7 kg. or 14 pounds including your sleeping bag and air mattress (these 2 items are 3.5 kg.)

    Sandals/comfortable shoes for camp.
    Warm clothes for variable temperatures - 3 ºC: wool hat, scarves, gloves, wool socks.
    Battery charger – No electricity along the trek.
    Quick-dry towel.
    3 hiking pants.
    3 t-shirts.
    Sets of undergarments.
    Sets of hiking socks.
    Couple of fleece (thermals will be great)
    Sleeping bag: it has to be at least -15 ºC (can be rented from overandestravel).
    Swimming suit.

    TOILETRIES
    Toothbrush and paste.
    Hand sanitizer.
    Personal medication.
    Basic first aids kit – moleskin, band aids, etc.
    Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
    Wet wipes.
    Insect repellent.

    ABOUT YOUR BACKPACK
    We recommend a small backpack 30L – 40L for hiking.

    Water bottle, or Camelbak – please supply your water until first lunch, then we will provide cold-boiled water after every meal.
    Sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
    Rain gear: rain jacket, rain pant.
    Fleece.
    Wool hat, gloves.
    Camera.
    Value things.
    Snacks like dry fruits, chocolates, etc.
    Trekking poles (can be rented from overandestravel)
    Plastic poncho - we will provide you one.
    Basic first aids kit – moleskin, band aids, etc.
    Personal medication.
    Extra money (dollars or soles) for souvenirs, drinks, tips, etc. at least $100.
    Head lamp with extra batteries. (essential)
    Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
    Hand sanitizer.
    Insect repellent.

     

    Note: beside the main briefing done the night before the trek. Your guide will explain you every night about the activities to do and what to bring in your backpacks next days.