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5-day Trek to Choquequirao with full day tour of the “lost city of the Incas”

Join Juventino Martin Albino Caldua, an IFMGA-certified guide, as he leads you on this stunning 5-day trek to Choquequirao with full day tour of the “lost city of the Incas”, where you will hike past massive glaciers, vast canyons and cloud forest ecosystems to reach this gorgeous and mystical archaeological wonder.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration5 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Trek to the incredible Incan ruins of the settlement of Choquequirao!

  • Learn about the mysterious and magical history of the area

  • Witness stunning scenery such as snow-capped peaks, huge canyons and glaciers

Description

This 5-day Trek to Choquequirao with full day tour of the “lost city of the Incas” promises to be one of the most epic, awesome and memorable experiences of your life, and I will guide you as we trek past towering and majestic snow-capped peaks, mesmerizing and idyllic glaciers and waterways, and countless species of native flora and fauna on our way to the phenomenal and special ancient Incan ruins of Choquequirao.

Choquequirao is located in South Peru, and is an Incan settlement that dates back to the 15th and 16 centuries. It was one of the last holdout areas from Spanish invasion, and has recently become increasingly popular to tourists as an alternative to Machu Picchu.

Our journey begins in Cusco, from where we drive to the starting point of out trek, Capuliyoc. There are already magnificent views out over the ruins and the Apurimac Canyon from here, and our day ends by setting up camp at La Playa Rosalinas.

Day 2 is a relatively gentle day, as we hike up to Marampata and then camp overnight just a 20-minute walk from the ruins.

The 3rd day is the highlight of the trip for most and the focal point for us all, as we spend the whole day exploring, discovering, learning about and generally admiring the massive and expansive ruins of Choquequirao. There are numerous buildings such as temples, palaces, terraces and llama’s quarters to walk around, and it is hard to believe that approximately only 30% of the site has been excavated thus far.

After the excitement of the day, we camp overnight and then head to the Apurimac River, before trekking to Villa de Loros (Town of Parrots) for our last evening.

The final day is spent exploring more archeological sites and monuments, before resting our weary muscles in hot springs. We finish back in Cusco, tired, happy, satisfied and content at what we have seen in the preceding 5 days.

Trekking to Choquequirao is an absolutely wonderful experience – book now to see something truly special.

If you want more time to get to Choquequirao and take in more of the countryside, try our 7-day trek to Choquequirao from Cusco, here!

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Accommodation

Camping every night.

Meeting point

Cusco, Peru

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Playa

At 5:30 AM, we pick you up from your hotel and then drive 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (3100 MASL – 10170 FASL). Along the way, there are spectacular views of villages, valleys, and snow-capped mountains. Once we arrive, we will meet our horsemen who will pack all of our equipment onto the cargo horses. From here, we can enjoy the spectacular view of the Choquequirao Incan ruins, the Apurimac canyon, and the stunning, snow-capped mountains like Padreyoc (5571 MASL – 18387 FASL). We will then hike downhill for 3 hours to Chikisca for lunch. After lunch, we continue on for 2 more hours downhill to our first camp at La Playa Rosalinas.

Day 2: Playa – Maranpata – Choquequirao

After an early breakfast, we cross the bridge and hike for the next 4 hours all the way up to Marampata where we will have lunch while enjoying the view of the Choquequirao ruins once again. After lunch, we walk to our second evening’s campsite, just 20 minutes from the ruins. Being so close to the ruins, we can enjoy our view of the ruins into the late evening and watch for condors flying above.

Day 3: Visit Archeological site of Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will visit the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao for the entire day. Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all of the beautiful city sections: temples, terraces, palaces, llamas’ quarters, and much more. We will return to the same campsite for tea and to spend the night.

Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua – the language of the Incas – although this is probably not its original name. It is another “Lost City of the Incas” rediscovered officially late in the 20th century. It is located high on a ridge spur almost 1750 meters/5741 feet above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River and is surrounded by the towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks. Excavations and restoration of the 1810-hectare site began in the 1990s, and it is estimated that only 30% of the site has been restored to date. Every day archeologists are finding new things.

Day 4: Choquequirao – San Ignacio – Villa De Loros

Today is one of the easier days of our trek. We will walk downhill for 2 hours to the magnificent Apurimac River (1450 MASL – 4787 FASL). We then cross a bridge and walk uphill for 1 hour to San Ignacio for lunch where we can enjoy the beautiful scenery and a great waterfall! After lunch, we take a moderate uphill trek through a beautiful valley toward Villa de Loros (Town of Parrots) (2600 MASL – 8580 FASL) where we set up camp for the last evening.

Day 5: Villa De Loros – Saywite – Conoc – Cusco

Today is a relaxing and cultural day on our trek. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we take private transport to the archeological site of Saywite where we will explore an Incan monolith, several water fountains, and ritual platforms. After spending time enjoying the site, we drive to the hot spring of Conoc to relax after several days of walking. After lunch, we head back to Cusco, dropping you at your hotel.


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.


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