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Choquequirao Trek 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Choquequirao (Quechua vos: cradle of gold), the sister city of Machu Picchu for its architectural and structural resemblance.
Choquequirao (Quechua vos: cradle of gold), the sister city of Machu Picchu for its architectural and structural resemblance.
Choquequirao (Quechua vos: cradle of gold), the sister city of Machu Picchu for its architectural and structural resemblance.
Choquequirao (Quechua vos: cradle of gold), the sister city of Machu Picchu for its architectural and structural resemblance.
Choquequirao (Quechua vos: cradle of gold), the sister city of Machu Picchu for its architectural and structural resemblance.

Choquequirao Hike 5 Days

The tour to Choquequirao 5 days; it is an impressive tour where we will be able to submerge in the narrow canyon of Apurimac to then make a ascent to the other side of the mountain, arriving at the archaeological site of Choquequirao, To make this hike is necessary a good physical preparation, but that the arrival will be a reward for the physical effort that you have done besides enjoying the beautiful views of the natural landscape.

The archaeological site of Choquequirao is nestled in a mountain on the right bank over the canyon of the Apurimac River. It is not as big as Machu Picchu because they are still excavating part of the archaeological site, but very probably more fascinating and the region is much more remote. This is a unique trek in the Andes that will offer you an unforgettable experience we are the only tour operator to offer you a visit to the Saywite remains and the Cconoc hot springs after this long hike!

Important notes:

The duration of the entire tour will depend on the rhythm of the group. The guide will be able to adapt the places for lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.

Each guide has their own way of leading their groups, but their decisions will always be for the benefit of the tourists.

CHOQUEQUIRAO. This is an adventure Trek, and to enjoy it to the fullest: bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

Tips for riders, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example, clothes or school equipment for their children.

Travel Itinerary

Our adventure will begin when we pick you up at 6am and then take you in our private transport to the village of Capuliyoc (3150msnm). The trip will last about 4 hours, where we can enjoy beautiful views of typical villages, valleys and snow-capped mountains.

At this point the porters will be waiting for us, along with our horses. Our trek begins with a lot of enthusiasm, our walk begins with an ascent for about 3 hours and then arrive at the town of Chiquisca for lunch.

We will enjoy the view over the Apurimac Canyon and the Padreyoc snow-covered mountain (5571masl), as well as the location of Choquequirao. After lunch we return to our two-hour walk to the town of Chiquisca (1900 masl) where a delicious lunch awaits us. We enjoy the tropical stillness of the place and spend the night.

  • Food: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation included: Camp
  • Distance covered: 14 km
  • Travel time: 6 hours approximately
  • Difficulty: Easy

To start the day we will cross the river over a pedestrian bridge. From here we walk uphill to Marampata, a small meadow where we will enjoy lunch. As we climb the steep road, we will be able to appreciate the whole area of the canyon, its abundant vegetation and the environment that surrounds it.

The afternoon hike will not be so steep as we approach the valley that houses the Choquequirao complex. We camp in a flat area near the archaeological site that we can explore a little after lunch.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation included: Camp
  • Distance covered: 16 km
  • Travel time: 5h approximately
  • Difficulty: Easy

This third day follows will be the most exciting as we meet many travelers from this fascinating archaeological site.

Choquequirao is scattered on both sides of the Apu Corihuayrachina mountain and so far only 30% of the site has been discovered. The visit to the place will take us all day that we will be able to explore with tranquility and admire the different palaces, temples and ceremonial fountains a stupendous Usnu (ceremonial center) as well as the amazing agricultural terraces. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to see a condor.

The name “Choquequirao” means: “Cradle of gold” in the Quechua language. It is another “lost city” that has been rediscovered at the end of the previous century and excavation and restoration work began in the 1990s. Today, research continues and archaeologists are discovering new vestiges.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

At the end of breakfast this day we will begin our descents for two hours to cross the river Apurimac by the bridge of San Ignacio. During the descent we will enjoy breathtaking and unforgettable views of the Canyon and its vegetation.

We will continue the ascent for an hour and we can admire an imposing waterfall; we arrive at San Ignacio for lunch. Then we take again the walk by a moderate ascent through a valley and we arrive to Villa de Loros (2600masl) where we install our last camp.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Distance: 16 km
  • Time: 6h approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

This day will be a bit quieter, but more cultural, as after a delicious breakfast we board the transport that will take us to the archaeological site of Saywite.

There we can admire an Inca monolith, as well as several platforms and ceremonial fountains. Then we take the van and go to the Cconoc hot springs to relax and recover from the tiredness of the trek. After breakfast we return to Cusco and leave you at your hotel.

  • Food: Breakfast – Lunch

Advantages of contracting this tour with Rainbow Peru Travel

  • Personalized assistance: You will have private transportation and a specialized guide just for your group.
  • Departure and return times will be adapted to the availability of time you have.
  • You will have more time to get to know in depth the place and the culture of its inhabitants.


  • Informative brief with our guide prior to the start of the hike.
  • Pick up from hotel in Cusco.
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Capuliyoc (starting point of the trek)
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to the archaeological site of Choquequirao and other sites
  • Tents (quadruple tents for two people), inflatable mattresses or mattresses
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary – vegetarian option at no extra charge.
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, tables, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent.
  • First aid kit including oxygen balloon.
  • Horses for camping equipment, food, kitchen utensils and passenger belongings (up to 7kgs). If you want to carry more things you can rent an extra horse for $25 per day.
  • Emergency horse which can be used when you are exhausted or sick.
  • Boiled water to drink


  • Sleeping bag (minus 10 degrees) ($20 in the office)
  • Trekking Poles
  • The first breakfast plus the last dinner
  • Tips for staff

What you need to bring:

  • Bathing suit.
  • Dry clothes.
  • Sandals or tennis shoes that can get wet.
  • Sun block.
  • Small towel.
  • Positive aptitude.

What to bring to the Choquequirao tour

  • A lightweight 30-50 litre backpack.
  • Jacket or raincoat, rain poncho (US$2)
  • Walking boots or good water-resistant shoes,
  • Sandals to have a shower in the thermal waters.
  • Warm clothes including jackets, gloves, scarves, chullo we recommend that you bring thermal clothes, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (US$20 at the office)
  • Lantern, binoculars.
  • Camera with batteries for the whole trip (the batteries are consumed very fast by the cold)
  • Hat, sunscreen and skin rehydrating cream, sunglasses
  • Insect Repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Refreshments: such as chocolates, biscuits, dried fruits, raisins, etc.
  • Water Bottles
  • Your own emergency kit if you have a special medication.
  • Clothes for thermal waters, bikini, towel etc….
  • Enough cash for lunch in Aguas Calientes, and buy some gifts
  • Identity card.
  • We recommend this tour only for trained walkers.

Prices in Private Service

US$557 per person


  • Sleeping bag: US$20
  • Pair of canes: US$15
  • Air Mattress: US$20

Why book with Rainbow Peru Travel?

Our travel agency works directly with our passengers, therefore, we do not work with intermediaries or give commissions to third party agencies that increase prices unnecessarily.

In our company we work with 100% local people, professionals in the area of tourism who are constantly trained, which guarantees a fully personalized service.

We are a Tour Operator totally authorized to carry out Tourist Activities in the different tourist sites in Cusco, certificates granted by the Provincial Municipality of Cusco and Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (DIRCETUR and MINCETUR).

We have many years of experience, we know our region because it is our area of work, so we find the right solution to the various situations that may arise and fortuitously, this way of working is our best letter of introduction.

We are an agency committed to local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. With your participation (tourist friend) we can help conserve the area we visit and bring positive benefits to our friendly communities.

The care of the environment is very important, if you need to do your biological needs in the field, make sure it is far from rivers, streams or springs of water that are surely used by local people. Take any toilet paper, tampons, or pads you use with you to a disposal site. Use soaps and shampoos as little as possible in rivers and lagoons, your local guide will let you know when to use these.

The treatment of the environment is important, so our travelers assume the responsibility of carrying a bag to carry any waste that may be found on the road and then be taken to an appropriate place.

Let’s try not to use plastic bottles. A water filter always helps, water purification tablets or iodine to purify the water, in some hotels you will find water dispensers where you can fill your bottles with purified water, in some is free, but in others has to pay a minimum amount.

RATES 2019-2020

Exclusive service: we will only operate on our tourists; we will not pass or join with other agencies. Our groups in average are from 2 to 6 people, the departure is guaranteed 100% even if it is only one person.

Christina John

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Highlights of the tour

Choquequirao, es una ciudad perdida donde los incas se refugiaron a partir de 1536. Localizado en el Valle de Vilcabamba – La convención en el bosque de lluvias a 3300 m.s.n.m. Este centro arqueológico es considerado tan importante como Machupicchu. El trayecto se inicia en la ciudad del Cusco. Tras 145 Km. de carretera asfaltada y 10 de carretera afirmada se llega al pueblo Cachora, donde nace el camino de 32 Km. rodeado de imponentes paisajes, en la ruta podremos apreciar también la flora y fauna del Cañón del Apurímac el más profundo del mundo, hasta llegar a la “Cuna de Oro” de los Incas.

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