Classic Choquequirao Trek (4 Days)

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Difficulty: Challenging

Start/End Point: Cusco

Price: From $550 USD

Are you ready to join an exclusive club?

Choquequirao – Machu Picchu’s big sister – is waiting for you!  Very few people on Earth have made the journey to this incredible place.  There are no trains or buses here so you have to travel by foot.

This out and back trek is a one-of-a-kind experience that weaves through the spectacular Apurimac Canyon to the untouched ruins of Choquequirao.  You are rewarded with incredible views the whole way as it travels through an immense range of landscapes including snowy mountain passes, sub-tropical rain forest, and deep river gorges.  Come and join us on this road less traveled.

PLEASE NOTE: This trek does not include a visit to Machu Picchu.


2 Trekkers (Private): $790 USD per person
3+ Trekkers: $550 USD per person

Only your $200 non-refundable deposit is due to reserve your space!  Final payments are due 30 days before your trek.


✓ Transportation from end to end

✓ English speaking guide

✓ All meals as listed (can accommodate dietary restrictions with proper notice)

✓ Duffle bags for items to be carried by porters (up to 15lbs/7kilos per person).

✓ Clean water at every meal stop

✓ All entrance fees and permits

✓ Tents – 2 people/tent (single occupancy available for additional charge)

✓ Sleeping Mat

✓ Basic First aid kit including emergency oxygen tank

Does not include:

X Gratuity for staff

X Accommodation in Cusco

X Airfare

X Travel insurance

X Dinner Day 4

X Walking sticks (available for rent for $12)

X Sleeping Bag (can be rented for $30)

Full Itinerary


  • Our first day starts by picking you up from your hotel at 4:00am and driving for four hours to the village of Cachora, situated on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks.
  • We will stop in Cachora for breakfast and to purchase any last minute supplies before continuing by car to Capuliyoc (2915m/9561ft) where we will have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley and Choquequirao.
  • From here, we will descend steeply into the Apurimac Canyon, taking in the spectacular views as we descend for 4 hours to Chiquisqa (1836m / 6023ft) where we will stop for the first lunch of Andean cuisine.
  • After lunch we begin a tough, two-hour climb to the Santa Rosa Campsite where we will have dinner and rest for the night.

Distance: 14km/8.7 miles
Elevation: 2915m/9561ft to 1836m/6023ft to 2200m/7215ft
Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging
Weather: Hot and humid


  • We will start early with a delicious breakfast before starting our three-hour hike along a narrow trail up the mountain to Marampata. We will spend 1 hours at this place-Marampata taking in spectacular views and enjoying our lunch.
  • After lunch, we continue on to Choquequirao where we will spend the afternoon exploring the ruins until it is time for dinner. We will watch the sunset there and cross our fingers for a chance to see condors.

Distance: 12km/7.4 miles
Elevation: 2200m/7215ft to 3100m/10170ft
Difficulty: Challenging/Difficult
Weather: Hot and humid; cold in the evening


  • Today, we have a chance to explore Choquequirao a little more. After waking up early for breakfast, you will head off on a guided tour of the site during which you will be shown the most important and interesting sections of the city.
  • After your tour, you will begin the trek back along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, descending back to our final campsite in Chiquiska (1800m/5905ft).

Distance: 16km/11.32 miles
Elevation: 3100m/10170ft to 1800m/5905ft
Difficulty: Challenging
Weather: Hot and humid; many mosquitoes 


  • Today, is the final stretch of the trek as we make our way back to Cachora. Early in the morning, in order to escape the heat of the canyon, we descend to the raging river, and then begin a switchback climb that is rewarded with spectacular views.
  • We will climb for about four hours, and have lunch in Capuliyoc (2915 metres/ 9561 feet), with the final views of Choquequirao in the distance, before heading back to Cachora in the late afternoon.
  • After arriving at Cachora, we will catch our bus and make our way back to Cusco.

Distance: 7km/4miles
Elevation: 1800m/5905ft to 2915m/9561ft
Difficulty: Challenging
Weather: Hot

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