4 Days
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MINIMUM Min 2 pax
Max 8 pax
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Cusco - Capuliyoc - Santa Rosa - Choquequirao - Saywite Monolith - Conoc Hot Springs
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Moderate Difficulty

Our 4 day trek of Choquequirao offers a beautiful hike to the sister site of Machu Picchu. It is known as the ‘cradle of gold’ in the local Quechua language. It is a magical site and is hidden in the mountains preserving its beauty. Its beauty can be enjoyed only by walking through a forest to get there and much of it still remains unexplored. This site is as spectacular as Machu Picchu and you do not want to miss it

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Trip Overview

Tour Type: Cultural in Archaeological Sites in Cusco
Good For: Everyone, done in small groups or privately
Difficulty: Moderate
Consideration: Please remember comfortable shoes and original passport.
Season: From January 1 to December 31.
Duration: 4 Days.


PACKAGE DETAILS | Choquequirao Trek

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca

We will leave Cusco (3350 masl/10991 fasl) approximately at 5:30 am. First, we will head to the village Cachora (2850m/9350f) to meet our horsemen and the mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition. Thereafter we will continue our journey towards the pass of Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f). The trek offers a beautiful view of the mythical mountain Padreyoc, of the deep canyon, and of the Apurímac River, meaning “speaking river”. Then we will descend towards the canyon’s interior named Chiquisca (1930m/6332f).

We will camp overnight.

  • Climate: warm
  • Hiking time: 7 hours

Day 2: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550 masl/5085 fasl). From there we will continue heading for Marampata (2850m/9350f), where we will have a beautiful view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao  (3033m/9951f). Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the settlement.

  • Climate: both cold and warm
  • Hiking time: 7 hours

Day 3: Choquequirao – San Ignacio – Carmen

At sunrise, we will first visit the archeological site of Choquequirao. By now, only 30% of this “golden cradle” has been exposed. Thereafter we will descend to the Apurímac canyon’s deepest part called San Ignacio at 1500m/4921f and have lunch. After that, we will ascend to our camping site in the beautiful Carmen’s gardens (2000m/6562f).

  • Climate: moderate climate with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 4: Carmen – Tambobamba – Huanipaca

The Carmen’s gardens are situated close to the Tambobamba’s Mansion (2500m/8202f), a region having been governed by landowners during the 19th and 20th century and considered to be one of the most fertile valleys to cultivate corn and a variety of potatoes. We will pass little villages such as Pacobamba and Huanipaca (3150m/10335f) and will return to Cusco by bus.

  • Climate: moderate, warm
  • Hiking time: 5 hours
  • Transport time: 5 hours.

It is included


  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning
  • Transportation by bus to the start of the trail (Cachora)
  • English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 7 people)
  • Igloo tents – 2 people in a 4-people capacity tent with plenty of space for your backpacks and better comfort. 3 season tents.
  • Double thickness foam mattress
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with camp tables and chairs
  • Accommodations: 3 nights camping
  • Accommodation for our crew
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Excellent meals (3B, 3L, 3D + 4 morning snacks)
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fruits including avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea, which is excellent for the altitude. (Let us know if you are vegan)
  • We supply boiled water to fill in your water bottle all the time (while hiking). If you need some more hot water, please request it in advance.
  • Teatime, the first three days (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • Horses days 1-4 (for equipment and personal items, actually your main heavy stuff will be carried by the horses, it means you will only carry a small bag each time. We have also included 1 emergency horse to ride, every 6 people)
  • Horsemen
  • The private bus returning from Cachora city to Cusco City
  • Transfer to your hotel


  • Sleeping bag
  • Choquequirao Inca site entrance fee
  • Drinks
  • Extras
  • Tips/gratuities

What to Bring?


  • Original passport and ISIC
  • Good walking shoes, hiking boots
  • Sweater and a thick jacket
  • Sun and winter hat
  • A bottle of water
  • Good raincoat
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants and shorts
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen with UV forty degrees
  • Lip balm
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal snacks
  • Binoculars
  • Headlamp / flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Plastic bags
  • Personal medications
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Small backpack
  • Camera and extra batteries/charger
  • Extra money in Soles



As the weather is very cold and damp, your wet clothes will not dry overnight. Therefore bring enough spare clothes.


Groups of more than 5 people
Students with a valid international ISIC presented at time of booking.
Children and adolescents under the age of 17.


The group consists of 8 persons with a professional guide or a maximum of 16 people with two professional guides, who are registered from the Ministry of Culture from Cusco.



Flexible cancellation/ change

  • Cancel your tour at least 30 days in advance and it will be charged only 40% of the total amount to cover up administration expenses. Passed the 30 days it will be charged the full amount.
  • The policy to reschedule or to make any amendment allows the update to be made no more than 15 days prior to the date of your tour and it is valid until December 31st , 2022. (To reschedule Machu Picchu it will be charged USD 25 per person to cover up administration expenses.
  • The itinerary may be subject to changes due to unforeseen circumstances, beyond the control of the operator, changes without prior notice.
  • In order to protect your investment, we kindly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.
  • If for any reason your tour gets cancelled during the pandemic we highly recommend you to consider postponing your tour to 2022 or 2023. It will only be charged the amount of USD 25 for changing the date on the Machu Picchu entrance ticket.



From $ 540 USD

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