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Choquequirao Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights

Choquequirao Trek – 4 Days / 3 Nights

Choquequirao is relatively inaccessible. The southern approach to the site requires a steep descent from almost 3200 meters, near the village of Cachora, down to the Apurimac River at 1200m. 

This is followed by an even steeper ascent of 1800m up to the ruins. Machu Picchu is situated on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and Choquequirao on it’s opposite western slope at about the same parallel. Both citadels are located half way up steep, densely forested mountain slopes. 

Today the ruins have been partially cleared by COPESCO, the government body responsible for tourism in Peru. They can be explored easily by those intrepid enough to undertake the difficult trek required getting there.

The beautiful site can even be visited by travelers. It is advised for you to book at an agency in order to be able to visit is as easily as possible. Infrastructure in the area is not adequate for receiving masses of tourists. Individual travel is rather difficult.

The trail goes through an amazing variety of habitats from pastoral valleys full of blossoming fruit trees to glacial mountains . As we hike this fantastic trail, we have some of the most glorious campsites in the Andes.

Choquequirao has been called “Machu Picchu’s sacred sister”, because of the striking similarities of design and ceremonial architecture to its famous counterpart above the Urubamba Gorge. Yet it remains an enigmatic place whose history is a matter of speculation. One theory of its origins holds that it was a royal estate built for the emperor Topa Inca, perhaps in an attempt to rival his father Pachacuti’s spectacular domain at Machu Picchu.

Highlights of Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

You can explore the second lost city of the Incas – Choquequirao
Explore a 4-day hike with a professional guide, chef, muleteer and horses
Guided visit to the citadel of Choquequirao
Discover the city’s sacred mountain
Visit the terraces where the flames walk
Enjoy the beauty that the Mountains have to offer

Itinerary Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

Early morning transfer from the hotel to the train station, for your train ride to Km. 104, where we get started on our trek. A professional bilingual guide will escort you. You will carry only a small daypack during your hike. You will see magnificent views of the glacier Veronica, across the Vilcanota River and will pass through a waterfall in the cloud forest. Arriving at the ruins of Winay Wayna (Forever Young). You’ll rest and have lunch as we enjoy the scenery. You will arrive at Machu Picchu by late afternoon. Overnight at a hotel of your choice in the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town), with time to relax at the local hot springs.

After a good breakfast we start our strenuous hike up hill for about 5 hours to our lunch spot at Maranpata, and then to Choquequirau, where we camp. Choquequirau ( Golden Cradle ) is considered the Sister city of MachuPicchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1,500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon , MachuPïcchu hangs above the Urubamba canyon. It is at the same latitude and it is a large citadel with more of 8 hectares , only one third has been uncovered and every day the archeologist find something more. (B,L,D).

At dawn we can see the Sun rise over the ruins and after a good breakfast we will visit the archeological compound and then start our way back down the same way we came in, until we reach our camp at Chiquisca. (B,L,D)

Today we start our trek back to Cachora , where our private transportation will be wayting to take us back to Cusco.(B, L)


Include in the 2-Days Inca Trail

  • Private transportation to the head of the trail.
  • Mules for our luggage, plus one or two saddle horses for emergencies.
  • English speaking guide , cook.
  • All the meal while on the trek.
  • Double occupancy tents , dinning tent, latrine tent, and all camping equipment.
  • Transfer form the head of the trail.

No Included

  • Extra Horse if you want to ride, the cost is US $ 15.00 per day.

We Recommend to bring to the Short Inca Trail

  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Light clothes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Windbreaker jacket, hat, sunblock, sunglasses
  • Chocolates, candies, and other snacks.
  • Camera with good batteries
  • Extra money in “Soles” (Peruvian national currency)


Since this is considered a strenuous hike , we strongly recommend the use of horses

Prices for this tour

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Prices Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

From 2 participants
USD 677.00

From 3 to 7 participants
USD 587.00

From 8 to 16 participants
USD 477.00

To confirm your tour Choquequirao Trek 4 Days just send us US$ 250.00 per person and your trip application Our accounting department will contact you in less than 24 hours, with your invoice and voucher..

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