Choquequirao Trek to 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 and purpose. It´s only relatively recently, however, that COPESCO (the official body responsible for tourism in Peru) has partially uncovered the site and there still remains a lot more to be discovered.
Lying in a cloud forest, a dramatic 1150 meters above the Apurimac River and surrounded by the fascinating landscape of the Vilcabamba mountain range, Choquequirao has everything to offer an adventure trekker. Due to its remote location few tourists have visited this site so far. Fortunately, COPESCO have now also constructed a footbridge over the Apurimac River, below the site – making it more accessible.
It is a challenging but truly rewarding hike down to the depths of the Apurimac Canyon and then up to the site – in the clouds!
Day by Day : Summary
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora- Santa Rosa
Day 2: Santa Rosa – Choquequirao
Day 3: Choquequirao – Chikisca
Day 4: Chikisca – Cachora – Cusco
Itinerary: Choquequirao Trek
- Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
- Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car (Cachora)
- Entrance fee to Choquequirao
- Professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people).
- Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks
- Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can hire you an inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest) for $5 per day.
- Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
- Meals as indicated 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 4 dinners
- Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils.
- We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 5 kg per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire an extra mule at a cost of $10 per day
- 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
- Tents for our staff to sleep in, sleeping bags & mattresses plus a budget for their meals
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle – but not blister treatments as known in western countries.
- Expenses of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, tips
- Guide gratuity
- Any item including meals which has not been covered in the itinerary