Start your adventure with a spectacular hike that plunges down into the Apurimac Canyon and reward yourself with breathtaking views. The Choquequirao in Depth trek enables you to explore the ruins of Choquequirao otherwise lesser known to the outside world. Allow your body more time to rest with this relatively low altitude trek, though still challenging due to the steep ascents and descents
A chance to see condors over the Apurimac Canyon at Sunset
Hike through a refreshingly flat countryside into the village Cachora
Itinerary in Brief
Day 0: Pre-trek Briefing
Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiccisqa - Santa Rosa
Day 2: Santa Rosa - Choquequirao Ruins
Day 3: Choquequirao Ruins
Day 4: Choquequirao Ruins - Santa Rosa
Day 5: Santa Rosa - Cachora - Cusco
Tailor-Made Suggestions for this Itinerary
Stopover in the cultural Cusco and stay at some of the beautiful boutique hotels we have to offer. Ask us about our 3 night Pre- and Post- Cusco Package which includes a comprehensive Cusco City Tour and more
Choose from our range of deluxe to luxury cruises to the Galapagos Islands.
Extend your stay in Peru and explore some of its other highlights including Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca.
Consider a change in travel style and explore the Northern Andes region aboard our Tren Crucero Train Tours.
Day 0: Pre-trek Briefing
Prior to the trekking program, travelers are required to attend a briefing with the guides to detail the trekking routes and any last minute questions. The location and time of the meeting will be confirmed at the time of the booking with your consultant.
Accommodation and meals are not included on this day.
*Please refer to our inclusions tab on more information regarding altitude and acclimatisation.
Day 1 - Cusco- Cachora – Chiccisqa - Santa Rosa
On the first day of the Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek,we depart Cusco at 5:30am in a private car for a 4 hour drive to the charming village of Cachora, situated on the edge of the Apurimac canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks. We will stop in Cachora to purchase any last minute supplies before continuing by car to just before Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora.
We will meet our arrieros (muleteers) here and walk for a further 15 minutes to have our boxed lunch here at the Capuliyoc mirador. From here, we descend steeply into the Apurimac Canyon, taking in the spectacular views as we descend for 3.5 to 4 hours to Chiccisqa (1836m), with breathtaking drops to our side. One hour after Chiccisqa, we arrive at the roaring Apurimac River (1550m). From the river, we begin to climb to the Santa Rosa Campsite, which is 2095m. This is a tough climb of 2 hours but makes the next day easier!
Campsite: Santa Rosa (1950m)
Meals included: lunch & dinner.
Day 2 - Santa Rosa – Choquequirao Ruins
Departing early again today to get the best out of the day (around 6am) we continue upwards onto Maranpata where we will have a break. The climb from the Santa Rosa to Maranpata (3110m) takes about 3 hours and is a tough uphill stretch. A little further on from our break site we will get our first view of the ruins of Choquequirao! From here we have 2 more hours hiking to the ruins. After the rigors of the past two days, this is a gentle undulating hike. We take our lunch at the Choquequirao campsite (3110m) nearest to the ruins, before we head to the Choquequirao ruins for the afternoon. Spending the afternoon exploring the ruins, we will watch the sunset and keep our fingers crossed for the chance to see condors.
Today we have a full day around Choquequirao. Only around 30% of the Inca remains of Choquequirao have been excavated. What can be seen today however, is most impressive and very much worth the challenging trek to get here. The stonework in Choquequirao is not as sophisticated as that found in Machu Picchu, because the stone found here is very difficult to carve, but the buildings are impressive and suggest a site of high status. Choquequirao evokes a sense of awe simply because of the sites’ surrounding beauty and isolation and condors can be seen frequently soaring the skies.
Campsite: Choquequirao or nearby
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 4: Choquequirao ruins - Santa Rosa
We have a chance to more fully explore the ruins and have a little rest in the morning. In the afternoon we return along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, descending to our tropical campsite at Santa Rosa, this is a 5 hour hike.
Campsite: Santa Rosa (2095m) or Chiccisqa (1836m)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 5: Santa Rosa - Cachora - Cusco*
Early in the morning, in order to escape the heat of the canyon of the Apurimac, we descend to the raging river, and then begin an arduous climb that is rewarded with spectacular views. We climb for about four hours, and have lunch in Capuliyoc (2915m). The final two hours of our hike into the village of Cachora refreshingly flat through pretty farming countryside. Our private car will be waiting to take us back to Cusco (4 hours drive). We will arrive in Cusco between 7pm and 8pm.
**Optional extra (no extra cost, but must be booked at the time of booking or at the latest during your briefing) - About 3 hours from Cusco we will take a small detour to the hot springs of Conoq... a little known hot spring popular with local people. You can take a soak there before getting back in the private van for the rest of the drive back to Cusco.
Meals included: breakfast & lunch.
Private Daily Departures
Basic foam mattress
Water resistant duffel bag
4 Star Luxury Camping style with larger tents
Small camp bed (approx. 6 inches off the floor)
Deluxe sleeping bag that is rated at -15 degrees
Comfortable camping chairs
Hot water and shower tent
One high quality 'Black Diamond' walking stick
Meals as specified
English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guides
Horses to accompany and carry equipment and personal items
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
Entrance to thermal springs
Any items not listed as included
*Altitude & Acclimatisation
We strongly recommend that our guests spend at least three days in Cusco
prior to departure. This helps with acclimating to the altitude and also
provides an opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Cusco.
Everyone’s tolerance to altitude differs and we encourage our guests to
make exercise and a healthy diet a part of their training program before
Warm clothing that will protect you from wind and rain i.e. coats, cotton pants, gloves, socks
Protection from sun and sweat i.e. thermal clothing, short sleeves, hat/cap, small towel
Appropriate footwear i.e. waterproof trekking boots
Hiking poles, torch/headlights, binoculars, pocket knife, water bottles, day backpacks
Plastic bags for dirty/wet clothes, and for battery storage
Memory cards or reserve batteries for your camera
Sun Protection, insect repellent, and toiletries
You are welcome to hire our range of hiking equipment and camping gear. Please consult our team for a detailed list and the current rates.