Trek rugged mountain trails to reach the ancient Inca archaeological site of Machu Choquequirao, high in the truly wild Andes. Embark on an exciting, high-altitude exploration of Peru’s lesser-known natural, historical, and cultural landscape.
Explore rugged mountain trails to reach the ancient Inca archaeological site of Machu Choquequirao, high in the truly wild Andes. Thought to be 3 times the size of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao is so remote that archaeologists are still working to unearth the massive site from the surrounding jungle.
On this 5-day trek to Choquequirao, you’ll embark on an exciting, high-altitude exploration of Peru’s lesser-known natural, historical, and cultural landscape. Enjoy this exciting physical challenge and the outstanding reward upon arrival to Choquequirao.
Day 1 – Begin Your Adventure and Trek to Rosalina Beach
Out trip will begin with an early morning transfer from Cuaso to the small, rural village of Cachora where we’ll meet the rest of our trekking team.
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll set out on a 2-hour hike to Capuliyok (9,563 feet/2,915 meters). Here we’ll get our first look at the Apurimac Valley, a lush green vale enclosed by the towering, snow-capped peaks of Padrayoq and Wayna Cahora mountains.
We’ll descend the eastern face toward Coca Masana (7,644 feet/2,330 meters) and in the afternoon, we’ll arrive at the Apurimac River to set up camp for the night on Rosalina Beach (5,085 feet/1,550 meters).
Day 2 – Trek Choquequirao
After breakfast, we’ll set out towards Choquequirao and arrive at the archaeological site by midday. Upon arrival, the remote ruins are ours to explore. If we’re lucky, we’ll see Andean condors riding thermals high into the sky above Choquequirao. In the afternoon, we’ll hike towards our campsite at Raqypata and enjoy a well-earned dinner.
Day 3 — Explore the Lost City
Today we will trek Choquequirao, and explore its history and stunning grandeur. We’ll take a guided tour of the city, and explore the temples, barns, houses, and each of the 3 excavated levels of the Inca city.
We’ll have the opportunity to see sectors currently undergoing excavation, and get a singular look at archaeology in-action. In the afternoon, we’ll head back to camp for a late lunch and enjoy an afternoon to relax in remote tranquility of the Andes.
Day 4 — Leave Choquequirao and Trek to Chiquiska
After breakfast, we’ll pack up camp and say goodbye to Choquequirao. We’ll cross the Apuímac River on a traditional hanging bridge — channel your inner adventurer! And once across, we’ll begin our ascent towards Santa Rosa. Here, we’ll begin to experience warmer weather and more abundant flora.
We’ll hike towards Marampata to visit the outstanding Citadel of Choquequirao, and then continue toward Chiquiska to set up camp for the night.
Day 5 — Trek to Cachora and Return to Cusco
Today we’ll begin our final climb to Mirador Capuliyoc. From the viewpoint, we’ll see the entirety of the Apurimac Canyon, endless waves of earth, and the jagged, imposing spires of the Andes across the full expanse of the horizon.
After resting here, we will continue onward to the small town of Cachora where we’ll get more views of Padrayoq Mountain and the canyon below. In Cachora, we’ll board a private bus back to Cusco.
Your Trek Choquequirao experience includes…
Degree of Difficulty: Challenging due to the altitude. We recommend acclimatizing for at least 2 days above 9840 feet/3000 meters before you trek Choquequirao.
Maximum Elevation: 9840 feet/3000 meters
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