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Choquequirao Trek 5D / 4N

Choquequirao Trek 5D / 4N

  • Departures: Daily

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Coca Masana – Playa Rosalina

You will leave Cusco bright and early at 4:00 a.m. Arrival to the town of Cachora at 7:30 a.m., where you will enjoy breakfast and meet up with your wranglers and arrange your equipment, mules, and horses. It is a 2-hour hike to Capuliyoc (2,915 meters/9,564 feet above sea level) where you can enjoy your first beautiful views of the Apurimac Valley stretching out below and the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora above. You will then descend toward Coca Masana (2,330 meters/7,644 feet above sea level) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally arrival to Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1,550 meters/5,085 feet above seal level, right beside the raging Apurimac River, where you will set up camp and spend the night. (L-D)

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao

Day 2 is the toughest of your 5-day hike. After an early breakfast, you will climb a steep trail. A 5-hour hike will take you to Raqaypata beside the Chunchullumayo River, where you will enjoy a late lunch and a well-deserved rest. Along the way, you will have the chance to see orchids, wild flowers, and a number of bird species. From Raqaypata to Choquequirao (3,035 meters/9,957 feet above sea level) it is a 2-hour hike, and you will arrive at the Choquequirao archaeological site in time to enjoy the sunset and maybe even to see a condor flying nearby. Campsite will be just outside the Choquequirao ruins. (B-L-D)

Day 3: Choquequirao – Raqaypata

Day 3 will be dedicated to exploring the incredible Choquequirao archeological complex. Your guide will explain the history and importance of the site, and afterwards you will have free time to visit the various sectors of the archeological complex. Late in the afternoon you will start the return trek, and you will make camp at Raqaypata. (B-L-D)

Day 4: Raqaypata – Chikisca

After breakfast you will continue your return journey, beginning with a steep descent down to the Apurimac River where you will stop and have lunch. In the afternoon, you will climb for approximately 4 hours and then make camp at Coca Masana. (B-L-D)

Day 5: Chikisca – Cachora – Cusco

Day 5 will be the last of your trek. You will be able to appreciate the canyon of the Apurímac River as you follow a new trail that crosses the throat of the canyon. You will have an impressive view of the canyon from Wayna Qalli – considered to be one of the most spectacular in South America. Finally, arrival to Cachora and take your bus back to Cusco. (B-L) Campsites are subject to change, depending on the size of the group.


  • Transportation in and out: Cusco – Cachora – Cusco (private bus)
  • Guide: 2 guides for groups over 12 people
  • Cook: In charge of meal preparation
  • Horsemen and horses: Carry tents, cooking equipment and also carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 15 kilos/ 33 lbs per person)
  • Emergency Horse: Just in case someone needs help
  • Ticket: Entrance fee to Choquequirao
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts/5 Lunches/4 Dinners/Snacks and afternoon tea
  • Equipment: tents ( 2 people in each 3-person-capacity ), Therm-a-rest sleeping pad, dinner tent, special biodegradable bathroom tent, kitchen tent, shower tent, tables and chairs,
  • table settings, first aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Services not specified in the programme, extras and tips
  • National flight tickets to / from Cusco

Extras to de hired:

  • Sleeping bag for duration of programme per pax (net): US$ 20.00
  • Horse for duration of programme per pax (MAXIMUM 15 KILOS): US$ 106.00

What you need to bring/carry:

  • Backpack, with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek. T shirts, shorts and some warm clothes. Recommended max 6 kilos for your personal belongings
  • Strong, comfortable footwear
  • Sweater and jacket (something warm)
  • Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  • Sun block (sun protection cream), insect repellent
  • Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
  • Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  • One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire a personal porter)
  • For cash, pls note that there are ATM machines in Aguas Calientes
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required)
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