Choquequirao Trek Without Guide Distance km and Explore This Hidden Treasure In Peru

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Why does Choquequirao trek without a guide? This is because we want to show you the importance of this adventure Hike to Choquequirao 5D/4N

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Related Blog: Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 days

Choquequirao is such a wonderful place as Machu Picchu; but Less known, and unexplored. Free of the abundant tourist visitors. To get to these unexplored Inca ruins, are long days of hiking, in fact, you have to camp along the route and enjoy your trip without a guide to the Choquequirao trek.

It is also considered the second Machu Picchu. It is a great archaeological complex with buildings and terraces, a testimony of the high knowledge of Inca architecture and hydraulic engineering.

In this guide, you will learn how to arrive on your own or with a tourist travel agency. Take advantage of resources to discover one of the most impressive ruins in Latin America.

Consider Inca Trail Packing List: for choquequitao

First, you should know a couple of Things:

Why it’s so unbelievable, few people go or do you know little of Choquequirao?

Unlike Machu Picchu where you can reach by train and ascend by bus, Choquequirao is a destination that is reached through intense sacrifice and effort. They are hard hikes involving lowered and low oxygen levels. The way to get there is by walking a lot and camping. Possibly your water supply is not enough, you pass cold in the heights or you burn yourself walking under the intense Andean sun.

The full trip can be made between 4 and 5 days unless you want to visit some nearby towns or do it quickly.

How Much Do you walk to Choquequirao If you don’t Have a Tour Guide on Te Hike?

From the village of Cachora to Choquequirao distance are walking about 31 kilometers without including the tour of the Inca trail remains. Back would be the same distance (62 km in total). A large part of the tour involves the descent of a large mountain while the other half is on a rise of 60 to 70 degrees of inclination

What is the elevation in Choquequirao?

The Citadel of Choquequirao is located at 3.035 meters m and at the lowest point of the hike will be Playa Rosalina where you will be at a height of 1.461 M.A.S.L. The weather is similar to Cusco so it is advisable to get up to the heights before the hike.

How to get to Choquequirao?

Don’t miss this video. Here you will see the detailed map and explanation to arrive on your own until Choquequirao. See it in full screen: – The Road to Choquequirao:

The road to Choquequirao consists of practically two different mountains. The descent path belongs to Apurimac Department and the ascent belongs to Cusco Department.

The initial stretch trail goes down to the first camp which would be Chiquisca or suddenly you arrive at Playa Rosalina The road as I was saying before is hard and fortunately, each one can travel at their own pace. There are several camps so it is unnecessary to tell where to stop or how much to walk by day. Estimate approximately that every 3 hours there is a camp.

The most popular stop points on the Apurimac side are: (going Downhill)

Mirador Capuliyoc (2900 Masl and 7 km from Cachora)

Chiquisca ( 14Km of Cachora)

Playa Rosalina (1500MSNM and 18km of Cachora) and as you pass the river you will be next to the region of Cusco and you will find the following camps:

Santa Rosa

There are several camps built by the locals on the way, who have begun to cater to the visitors. If you do not bring a sleeping tent you rent one, and you can find campsites every three hours of walking. There are bathrooms and common spaces for cooking.

Again, it is a hard road of great rises and great descents. A reasonable average to arrive is 5Dasys/4Nights. In superior conditions, of optimal physical condition and experience, it would be possible to do it in 4 days/3nights more or less like this:

first-day: playa (beach) Rosalina (18Km)

second day: Playa Rosalina-Choquequirao (13Km)

third-day return: Choquequirao – CHIQUISQA (18km) Day 4 Chiquisca – (14Km)

Trekking information to Choquequirao:

Cumulative Ascent Rate: 1676 m
Cumulative descent rate: 1676 m
Maximum altitude: 3.137 m Choquequirao
Minimum altitude: 1.461 m Playa Rosalina next to Apurimac River halfway to Choquequirao

what should you carry with you to the Choquequirao trek without a guide

Sunscreen is essential as well as insect repellent, sunglasses, and something to cover the head. In addition to your camping equipment (lantern, tent, cooking utensils, medicines, purifying tablets, rain poncho, ventilated clothing, and coat) Don’t forget

Trekking poles:

Highly recommended by the pronounced descents and rises. They will also help you to hike longer and sick less.

If you like to watch this video another awesome route name is Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu good footwear for the hike.

Important: Wear good boots and socks. If you want to know more about footwear for backpackers send us your comment and we will gladly help you Read this article on how to choose the right equipment for trekking

Salkantay trekking to Machupicchu

Altitude sickness and considerations For this Trekking:

Altitude sickness: Altitude sickness is the way some people are affected by the lack of oxygen at heights. For this, there are pills for the “high-tech” in all the pharmacies in Cusco. Other recommendations are simple sugars (such as candies) and Coca-Cola. It is recommended to always have previous acclimatization of a couple of days when you are going to do activities in the heights.

Food: Stock everything you need in the city of Cachora and try to carry the minimum weight possible unless you are accompanied by mules. In the campsites, it is possible that the families offer you dishes between 7 and 15 suns that you could take advantage of.

Water: Important to carry water supply for walks. You can also choose to boil or purify pills.

Avoid the ascent with Sun, especially near midday as it is there where many find the greatest difficulty of the hike.

Preferably do not do this hike in rainy times (between January and March) or in extreme heat (July, and August). The rains can cause landslides on the way to make it inaccessible and the heat can add more complications to your exhaustion.

Optionally some residents make available to visitors the rent of mules to carry heavy luggage, tents, and others. Especially for groups.

There are also some agencies that offer guided tours.

The advantage is that they can take you to, prepare the food and assemble the tents in certain camps.

The road is signposted and can be made independently. However, for safety, it is never more to do this route in a company. It’s a remote destination. If you travel with travel insurance verify that it offers evacuation of areas like this.

Try to avoid carrying with you all the unnecessary weight. Minimize to the extreme and look for the essentials to achieve it.

Alternative to the Future

If this choquequirao trek without guide seems very hard than the other alternative treks 🙂 the government has a project. where the project will be completed by a cable car of 5.4 kilometers from Huanipaca to Choquequirao. It is planned to cross over the Apurímac River all the way in just 15 minutes. This will come out specifically from the village of Kiuñalla carrying 50 passengers per cabin, or 400 per hour.

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