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Choquequirao Trek

Choquequirao Trek

Choquequirao trek another good alternative to Inca Trail, this beautiful and archaeological site located above the stormy Apurimac River, surrounded by frost summits and sitting on a tall ridge, hardly visited "lost city of the Incas". Also called Cradle gold is considered as the archaeological site where the last Inca rulers were harboured.

The site is relatively detached, though recently there was a footpath built over the Apurimac River to make it more available to the ruins. However, the Choquequirao ruins are not still visited much but with the regulations are taking Inca hike, this trek is fated to substitute the tipically Trek to Machu Picchu which is currently the most famous among the adventurous travellers around the world. The tour is more challenging than Salkantay trek is for that is necessary a good physical condition but maybe you want some more peaceful and quiet your hike surely is Lares Trek, well known because you can interact with people of the area and see traditional rituals. The beautiful landscapes will don't fail us either for the variety of vegetation or animals we'll found around the panoramic and wonder views.

In comparison with the Machu Picchu Trail, the hike is probably more strenuous but also has more archeological sites and museums to visit. The excursion being unknown is frequently available but you'll need a few days in Cusco to acclimatize your body because we'll overpass 3, 000m approximately on the road. 

Quick Itinerary


Day 01: Cusco - Cachora - Coca Masana - Playa Rosalina

Day 02: Rosalina Beach - Choquequirao

Day 03: Choquequirao - Raqaypata

Day 04: Raqaypata - Coca Masana

Day 05: Coca Masana - Cachora - Cusco


Important info about your Trek:

  • 5days hiking to Machu Picchu
  • Archaeology
  • Scenery
  • Interesting monuments on the road 
  • Guided Tour of Choquequirao ruins

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco, a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook, and horses

Accomodation: Campsites (4 nights), 

Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 4x afternoon tea (Please allow USD 20 - 40 for meals not included).

Transportation: Transportation by private van 


Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca Leaf


Interesting Information:

Day 01: Cusco - Cachora - Coca Masana - Playa Rosalina

You will leave the Incan capital of Cuzco at 4 in the morning when pick you up for a wonderful five hour drive northwest across the country of the Anta Plateau to the authentic little town of Chachora (2,892m/9,488ft), the starting point of the hike in our private transport, which offers great views of the glacial mountains of Salcantay, Humantay, Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica. It is a 150 kilometer drive and the last 10 are on a dirt road. Along the way there are fabulous views of villages, valleys and frost-topped mountains. During the course we descend into the town of Limatambo where the archaeological remains of Tarawasi are. From here we continue to the little village of Cora Wasi where the Saiwite Stone is. We ascend through abundant open lands and fruit farms before making a final declination to the village of Cachora.
Here many of the locals work as mule drivers to add to their earnings. There you will meet the expedition help team including the horsemen (arrieros) and horses and we pack your equipment on to the mules and the horses.
From here we take our daypacks and start our trek along the edge of the mountains through this magical and historically abounding lands, gradually its a two hour hike to Capuliyoc (2,915m), from where you will appreciate the first exquisite vistas of the Apurimac Valley and river extending below, as well as the glacial-topped summits of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora (3033m), the wooded hills on the other side of the canyon and the area of Choquequiraw. You will then start a slow descent to Coca Masana, into the canyon (2,330m7/644ft), where we hike through a drier land superabound with cacti which contrasts with the green slants of the other side of the canyon. The weather becomes considerably hotter and the plants and animals are different. Don't forget to bring a high deet mosquito repellent for this area. Finally you reach the next campsite at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) (1,550m), near the stormy Apurimac River (whose Quechua native name means "Great Speaker of God"), known for its class five rafting rapids where you will set up camp and spend the night. Your guide will present this astonishing Inca land to you.
Walking poles or wooden sticks are recommended for today. (Lunch and dinner)

Optional: Visit to the Saywite Stone, a limestome outcrop, about 4 metrs diameter which the Incas chiseled into a 3 dimensional image of the domain of their sovereignty, Tawantisuyo. The stone is carved with pictures of flowers, animals and land of their empire and was used in rituals that had to do with the worship of water.


Estimated trekking time:  5 - 6 hours
Trekking distance:  9 Km
Max. elevation:  3, 100  m
Min. elevation:  1, 500  m
Difficulty:  Easy


Day 02: Rosalina Beach - Choquequirao

This is the most difficult of the 5 days. After an early breakfast a severe steep path waits for us and after about five hours of trekking we reach Raqaypata next to the Chunchullomayo River where you we stop for a late lunch and a greatly merited break. The afternoon trek is not as steep as the morning and along the way we see an array of orchids and wild flowers as well as a variet of bird species. After hiking 2 hours more we reach the archaeological site of Choquequirao, in time to appreciate the sunset and maybe see condors flying closeby. We set up camp just outside the ruins in the cloud forest. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)


Estimated trekking time: 8 hours
Trekking distance: 15 Km
Max. elevation:  2, 950  m
Min. elevation:  1, 550  m
Difficulty:  Easy to moderate

Day 03: Choquequirao - Raqaypata

Today is devoted to investigating the marvellous ruins of Choquequirao, considered the other Machu Picchu where the last Inca Tupac Amaru was raised among Inca preistesses. The guide will tell you all about its history and the value of this site and then you will have free time to explore the many areas of the complex. Late in the afternoon start the return hike and camp the night at Raqaypata. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 04: Raqaypata - Coca Masana

After breakfast, continue the return hike with a steep plunge towards the Apurimac River where you stop for lunch. In the afternoon a four hour ascent to the final campsite at Coca Masana. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)


Estimated trekking time:  7 - 8 hours
Trekking distance:  15 Km
Max. elevation:  2, 950  m
Min. elevation:  1, 450  m
Difficulty:  Almost challenging

Day 05: Coca Masana - Cachora - Cusco

The last day of hiking. You will observe the canyon that forms the Apurimac River. You will then take a new path that traverses the throat of the canyon with an extraordinary vista of Wayna Qalli towards the canyon, thought of as the most impressive in South America. Reach Cachora with a return bus to Cuzco.


  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Early morning transfer by private bus to Cachora - the initial point of the trek
  • Accommodation: Campsites (4 nights)
  • Entrance fee to the Choquequirao
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide
  • Professional Cook
  • Muleteer and horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 5 kg of each passenger's stuff
  • Camping equipment: personal double tents, thermarest mattress,
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C)

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day
  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal travel insurance 
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory)
  • ther extras not mentioned..

Meal budget: Please allow USD 20-50 for meals not included.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.

Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Visit the Choquequirao ruins
  • Visit the Saiwite Stone
  • Beautiful landscapes


Best moment from the Trek

  • The landing and exploration from Choquequirao monuments


Encampment Equipment

Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.



  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Choquequirao Trek

Here is everything you need to know about Choquequirao Trek, one of our most impressive routes.

Where is located Choquequirao?
It is located at 3,035 m.a.s.l. in the foothills of the Salkantay mountain, north of the Apurímac valley, in the province of La Convención in the department of Cusco. It is approximately at a distance of 47 km. with reference to the town of Cachora.
The environment of Choquequirao is one of the richest in biodiversity, because of the temperature variations.

Altitudes in Choquequirao Trek
During Choquequirao Trek, we will find the following altitudes:
  • “Cachora” 2,900 m.a.s.l.
  • “Capuliyoc” at 2,915 m.a.s.l.
  • "Wayna Cachora" at 3,033 m.a.s.l.
  • "Coca Masana" at 2,330 m.a.s.l.
  • "Rosalina Beach" at 1,550 m.a.s.l.
  • "Choquequirao" at 3,035 m.a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the Choquequirao Trek and how many hours do we walk per day?
  • Cachora to Rosalina Beach: 9 Km (Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours)
  • Rosalina Beach to Choquequirao: 15 Km (Trekking time: 8 hours)
  • Raqaypata to Coca Masana: 15 Km (Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours)
What does "Choquequirao" mean?
"Choquequirao" comes from the meaning "Chuqui" that means gold and "K'iraw" that means cradle, that is to say "Cradle of Gold".
According to the chronicles "Choquequirao" was the last Inca refuge from 1536.

How difficult is the Choquequirao Trek?
The difficulty of the walk towards Choquequirao ranges from moderate to difficult, since you have to cross roads that go up to 3 350 meters high.

Is it possible to do the Choquequirao Trek on my own?
Tourists visiting Choquequirao usually recommended the route from Cusco. First, you have to take a private transport that takes you to the road of Abancay, at km 154 and then take a detour of approximately 4 or 5 hours of travel to Cachora.
Here you can see several people concentrated to offer them mule rentals, which costs 20 soles per day and if you want muleteer service you should increase some 20 soles more.
The second day you will go up to the Choquequirao and to return the same road will be taken.
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