Choquequirao Trek Tour – 5D/4N

  Hike to this incredible inca site in Cusco.

Duration

5 days / 4 nights

Price

$ 1,160

Max. Alttitude

4215 m / 13829 ft

Best Time

MAY / NOV

6

ACCOMODATTION

REI Tents

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DIFFICULTY

Moderate/Challenging

GROUP SIZE

8 People Max

CHOQUEQUIRAO 

Hike The Second Machu Picchu – Choquequirao Hike 5D/4N

Choquequirao Trek Peru: The Second Machu Picchu 5D/4N is a hidden archaeological gem is considered the second Machupicchu because of its strong similarity to the famous citadel. Just like Machupicchu, the Spaniards never discovered Choquequirao. You will find a different type of rock architecture used by the Incas that has managed to stay upright all these years. Along the way, you’ll discover the only blueprint stone left by the Incas in ALL of Peru. This trek is one of the newest routes in the region and is recommended for people with good physical condition.

Don’t worry about altitude sickness because the highest peak is at 3000m/9,842ft, which is lower than Cusco city. Also, tropical weather helps decrease symptoms. You’ll be able to see gorgeous flora and fauna while on the trek and have the chance to see Peru’s mythical condor. This site has not been fully explored by the National Culture Institute of Peru. Archaeologists are still currently working on this location. You will have personalized service at your hands the whole trek. Be one of the first adventurers to explore this trail before it becomes famous!

Choquequirao trek Map

Choquequirao Map: Go to Choquequirao for a hike in the Andes.

Choquequirao Trek 5 Days details

Day 1: Training Day: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca​

Pick up from your hotel is at 5:00 am. You’ll go on a 5-hour drive in our private transportation until we reach the first stop of the famous and impressive stone of Saywite. This stone is a remnant of an Inca blueprint of an unknown location. We will have a brief stop here so you can have breakfast and take pictures. We’ll continue our ride until we reach Cachora**. We make a brief stop in this village to pick up our horsemen for the tour and then set off towards Capuliyoc. Here you’ll have lunch and commence your downhill hike until you reach Chiquisca campsite where you will sleep overnight.

  • Minimum Altitude: 6102ft / 1860m
  • Maximum Altitude: 9514ft / 2900m
  • Distance Traveled: 4.97mi / 8km
  • Walking Time: 5 hrs

**Cachora village is the first town and point of entry to Choquequirao with a population of approximately 5,000 people. Tour Leaders Peru Adventure works with this population by giving employment to people of this village and involving them in the tourism sector. People from Cachora hold jobs such as horsemen, assistant chefs, horse rental, and much more. In this manner, we support our local economy and social work.

On the following day, between 5 am to 5:30 am your tour leader will pick you up from your respective hotel. You will go on a 3-hour drive towards Kilometer 82. A hearty breakfast will be served to you right before KM 82 checkpoint and any last-minute snacks can be purchased during this stop as well. Here you will have the chance to repack any personal belongings and then head to the checkpoint for the classic Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

Hiking Miles

You will begin this trail hiking a gentle up and down path until you reach the first Inca remain called Llactapata. Your tour leader will give you information about this site and also begin their guiding introduction about the Incas and the many remnants left.

You will continue to hike for two hours and stop for your gourmet-style lunch. If there is extra time on our hands we can stop for a short nap, if not, we can continue our 3-hour hike towards the Yuncaypata campsite. A happy hour of hot drinks and popcorn awaits you here followed by dinner. Afterward, we recommend you get a good night’s rest because the following day is the most challenging day of all.

Miles

  • Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,300m/10,826ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,700m/8,852ft
  • Distance Travelled: 14 Km/8.5 miles
  • Walking Time: approximately 8 hours

Day 2: Challenging Day: Chiquisca- Marampata -Choquequirao

We will wake you up nicely with hot coca tea before you begin your steep uphill hike. This is the steepest hike and also the toughest day of the 5-day trip. Halfway through the trek, you’ll have a brief rest and snack stop. You’ll resume your hike until you reach the small community of Marampata where you’ll enjoy lunch. After 3 more hours of walking, you’ll reach Choquequirao. You will have dinner and enjoy a good night’s rest.

  • Minimum Altitude: 6023ft / 1836m
  • Maximum Altitude: 9679ft /2950m
  • Distance Travelled: 8.7mi/14km
  • Walking Time: 6 hrs

Day 3: Full Day Choquequirao

On this day you will have the opportunity to visit the entire archaeological citadel of Choquequirao. After an early breakfast, you will head towards Choquequirao and begin your guided tour. Your tour leader will explore with you and guide you to the most recent excavations and findings in the last years. After your lunch, you’ll have the chance to see Peruvian Condors flying amongst the mountains. You’ll return back to your campsite where you’ll have dinner and enjoy a good night’s rest.

Hiking Details: Explore Choquequirao full-day tour

  • Minimum Altitude: 9514ft / 2900m
  • Maximum Altitude: 9843ft / 3000m
  • Distance Travelled: 3mi / 5km
  • Walking Time: 6 hrs

Day 4: Journey Back Home: Choquequirao- Chiquisca​

After breakfast, you will head back the same route you took to arrive in Choquequirao. Your tour leader will organize your lunch stop. You’ll continue hiking downhill until you reach the Apurimac River and appreciate views of the Apurimac canyon. Afterward, you’ll continue walking uphill until you reach the campsite of Chiquisca. You will have dinner and sleep here overnight.

  • Minimum Altitude: 6023ft / 1836m
  • Maximum Altitude: 9679ft /2950m
  • Distance Travelled: 8.7mi/14km
  • Walking Time: 6 hrs

Day 5: Chiquisca- Capuliyoc -Cusco​

On this last day, you’ll begin your trek very early to avoid the hot weather. You’ll reach the Capuliyoc viewpoint where you will have lunch and end your hike. Transportation will be waiting for you here to take you back to Cusco. You will be dropped off at your respective hotels.

Additional Choquequiraw Information

  • 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, we never put you with other tour operators.
  • Pick up from Airport and Hotel
  • Top of the line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two Persons
  • 8 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
  • Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
  • Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
  • Hotel Aguas Calientes with all facilities
  • Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machupicchu
  • Umantay Lake included (most companies skip this wonderful lake)
  • Private transportation on each trip
  • Perfect Location For Photographers
  • Comfortable and Panoramic Train to Aguas Calientes.
  • Visit Machu Picchu twice with this tour!

Included

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
  • Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
  • Private transportation (Start of our trek).
  • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
  • 11 Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
  • 7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
  • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
  • Round trip Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus to Cusco

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
  • Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and porters at your discretion.
  • Flight Ticket to Cusco.
  • Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation)
  • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)
We are excited to be part of your adventure and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance. If you are thinking to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Only 500 people a day are permitting on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!

Price Group Service

Our tours are personalized and customized for you. Our Tour Leaders have years of experience guiding tourists with different hiking abilities. You can expect a wonderful time with Tour Leaders Peru Adventure!

From: $ 1,160 per person

2 Trekkers: $1,810 per person 3 Trekkers: $1,660 per person 4 Trekkers: $1,460 per person 5 Trekkers: $1,310 per person 6+ Trekkers: $1,160 per person Note: An initial deposit of $250.00 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit to buy train and bus tickets, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Inca trail admission ticket, and for your return transportation. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior to your trek. Please see our Terms and Conditions. minimum of 2 people to book a tour This price is based on Double Accommodation

ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour Choquequirao Trek Tour To Machu Picchu includes a three-star Hotel in which wifi, a private bathroom, and a hot shower are included. Prices are based on shared room occupancy. Single rooms are available for an extra fee ($40). Please inform your booking if you wish to have a single room otherwise you will share with another member of the group.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT INFORMATION

SPECIAL DISCOUNT INFORMATION If you have a group of 6-8 people we give you a special discount. More than 10 people you can even travel free! If your interested starting date IS NOT LISTED we can open a new departure date at a group rate.

Additional Upgrades

Hauyna Picchu

If you want to climb Huayna Picchu make sure to book in advance as there are only 400 permits allowed daily to this location. $40 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

Vistadome Train

From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: Prices vary from $57.00 to $73.00 per person one-way.

Machupicchu Mountain

Machupicchu Mountain offers even more magnificent views than Huayna Picchu. There are also only 400 permits allowed daily to this location. A 360-degree view of Machupicchu and the surrounding valley and glaciers are seen from this mountain. US$35 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

Additional Night in Aguas Calientes hotel

The price depends on the season and Hotel availability.

Inka Bridge

If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is an hour and a half round trip hike.

Sun Gate

If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is a two-hour round trip hike.

CLOTHING:

1st Layer:

  • Underwear
  • Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
  • Thermal form-fitting pants

2nd Layer:

  • Polar Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Thick socks

3rd Layer:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof pants (optional)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Cold weather Hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff/ handkerchief
  • Sun hat

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES:

  • Backpack 20-30 L
  • Waterproof cover for backpack
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
  • Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
  • Camping pillow
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sturdy water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Plastic bags for wet items
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
  • Swimsuit/ towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
  • Sunscreen lip protector
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent 

OTHER:

  • Personal Medications
  • Motion sickness tablets for the van ride
  • Camera/ Extra battery
  • Personal snacks
  • Hand warmers (optional)
  • Leisure book for evenings
  • Cash and small coins

    Items for rent

    • Single Tent $40 (if you wish to sleep alone)
    • Sleeping Bag $20 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
    • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
    • Professional Walking Poles $20 per pair
    • Backpacks $25
    • Head Lamp $10
    • Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50)

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    Food & Drink

    Healthy Organic Gourmet meals in all of your Choquequirao trek

    Daily Seasonal Food on each trip and Tours

    Peruvian cuisine has only recently exploded onto the international culinary stage, but Peruvians have always been crazy about their nation’s culinary heritage, and they steadfastly cling to the traditional, multiculti flavors of home. Even in the face of modern gastronomic innovation. A range of climates, from high altitude to low, offers an impressive diversity of produce. Yes, that means potatoes over 3800 kinds but also a variety of corn and other grains, to say nothing of the country’s native aji chilies that are often puréed into sauces.

    Coffee, Tea, Water, & Assorted Beverages

    Every morning and afternoon, before and after your daily hikes you will find hot drinks and snacks in your dining tent.

    *Special Diets Available Upon Request
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    Why You Should Travel with Tour Leader Peru?

    Free Luggage Storage

    We make easy your trip, Free luggage storage when you are traveling or Hiking with us for more details contact us, please. 

    REI Camping Equipment for each trip

    We are not affiliated with this rei.com Brand But as a local Tour operator we support local business and our customer enjoy their private Sleeping tent only for two persons to learn more in our Camping Equipment for Inca trail

    Private Eco Toilets

    We do not share public toilet along the Inca trail we carry our portable ECO Toilets Only for our Groups

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    Peruvian Gourmet Food on each Tours

    Food Include in each Trek, Vegetarian option available. we really take care of your gluten-free food contact with our office for any food restriction.

    Private Transportation on each trip

    As a responsible tour operator in Peru, we do not share our mobility with other tourists, all our transportation is only for your group or family members.

    Best Chaskis (Porters)

    We do not overbear our staff, they are principal resources in this travel industry

    We leave no trace

    We carry all our Trash From The begging to the end of each hike keeping clean all our hiking trail

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    INFORMATION

    CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 DAYS TOUR FAQ’s

    Choquequirao Trek is the longest and hardest hike in Cusco, it requires a lot of effort and that makes it one of the most beautiful adventures and one of the most memorable.

    How much it actually cost to hike the Choquequirao Trek?

    The price tag for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu depends largely on the tour company, package, and guide you choose. Here are some of the general costs, plus actual specifics from our own recent treks on 2021.

    The general cost for the Choquequirao trek: $1,160

    On average, the Choquequirao hike costs around $1160/person (this generally includes transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, a guide, porters, three meals a day, hiking permits, entry to Choquequirao, and tents). You can find it even cheaper. But besides the advertised sticker price, there are a few other things to consider when choosing a tour company: How many hikers are in each group? How often and how much food is provided during the trek? And finally, what’s the reputation for the company’s treatment of its porters?

    Budget

    Even though we tend to focus on budget traveling, it’s good to remember that sometimes the cheapest option isn’t always the best option. Cheaper companies for the Choquequirao Trek often have larger groups (15-25 people), provide smaller meals, and/or no snacks.

    Some even have a bad reputation for inadequately providing their porters (i.e. lacking rain ponchos, jackets, or even proper hiking shoes). I was surprised by how many people online included snacks as a necessary item to pack and bring along because some companies don’t provide enough food pro by other companies.

    How hard is the Choquequirao Trek?

    Choquequirao is a long route, this is one of the main reasons why the route is a little difficult.

    Are there toilets on the Choquequirao Trek?

    Choquequirao, toilet quality

    This is where the bad news begins. Choquequirao toilets are not the most hygienic, clean, or private affairs. You’ll be lucky if your toilet has a lock. On the first day, the toilets are usually fairly decent and clean. However, as you venture further along the trail the quality rapidly decreases.

    By the next day, you will use a squat floor toilet. In which you squat over. The flushing mechanism often floods meaning that toilet waste is on the floor of many Choquequirao toilets. Be sure to wear your hiking boots when going to the toilet.

    There is often no light and you’ll want to make sure you bring a headlamp for those night-time toilet visits. We have even seen toilet blocks with no bin or container in which to place used toilet paper. Piles of used toilet paper inevitably build up in a pile in the corner of the toilet.

    You will also be lucky to get a sink to wash your hands. Luckier still to get soap. Therefore it is highly recommended that you bring your own hand sanitizer. Most campsites will have a tap where you can wash your hands.

     

    When to book the Choquequirao Tour?

    Choquequirao is not a route that has a limit of tickets, you can buy if you want a day before, but we recommend you to plan your trip to Cusco so that everything goes well.

    Is The Choquequirao Trek Worth it?

    Of course, it is one of the places that is only visited by the brave and adventure lovers.

    Is the Choquequirao Trek dangerous?

    Like everything in life, the Choquequira Trek has risks. But you are much more likely to have an accident on the roads back home than on the Choquequira Trek.

    There is always a risk of landslides on any mountain. The life cycle of a mountain involves it gradually eroding and working its way downhill to the sea via rivers. That’s what mountains do. But some parts of a mountain are more prone to landslides than others. Just as you’re more likely to get mugged in certain parts of California, New York or the Alps than others, the key is to understand and manage the risks.

    Part of risk management is making sure that everyone involved is aware of the risks, including you, our customers. You can read more about our risk and safety policies here. And at the bottom of each trip on our websites, there is an “F&Q” section, with more details about the risks of a particular trip.

    How long does it take to hike to Choquequirao?

    We will arrive after 2 days of trekking, the third day we will visit the citadel of Choquequirao and the remaining 2 days are to return to Cusco.

    Best time to hike Choquequirao

    Early April, May, June, July, August, September and October, are the best times to trek the Choquequirao.

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