Things you need to know before you travel to Choquequirao

Choquequirao is a tourist destination as attractive as the better-known Machu Picchu, but far less explored. Considered the “Sacred Sister to Machu Picchu,” Choquequirao is an archaeological complex of buildings and terraces and a great destination for trekking enthusiasts. Before you make the trek to Choquequirao, here are some things you should know:

Why is Choquequirao so little known?

You’re probably asking yourself why Choquequirao is considered a great tourist destination if no one is talking about it like they do of Machu Picchu. The main reason for this is that unlike the famous citadel, Choquequirao can’t be reached by bus or by train. It’s a destination only accessible by trekking to it along a challenging and mountainous route. The trek can last between four and five days and covers approximately 62 kilometers round trip, making for a satisfying achievement by trek’s end.

About the Trek to Choquequirao

For those of you considering the trekking route to Choquequirao, here are some things you should know:

  • Cumulative Uphill Gradient: 5,020 meters
  • Cumulative Slope of Descent: 5,020 metter
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,137 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,461 meters

Don’t let these details scare you. You don’t have to be a trekking expert to do this hike, especially when trekking with Explorandes. We understand each trekker has their own pace and rhythm and we make sure to accommodate that throughout the trek. If you’re interested in learning more about the trek to Choquequirao with Explorandes, please send us a message.

What attractions can be seen during the trek to Choquequirao?

To get to Choquequirao, it’s necessary to cross two mountain passes, one belongs to the department of Apurimac and the other to Cusco. Some of the most popular resting points include:

Mirador Capuliyoc

From this viewpoint it’s possible to catch a glimpse of the archaeological park of Choquequirao as well as an incredible view of the Apurimac Valley.

Playa Rosalina

At Playa Rosalina, you can take a dip in the Apurimac River and fill up your canteens before the ascent that follows. The route continues from here across a suspension bridge.


Marampata is where you’ll find one of the best views of Choquequirao. It’s also the last stop before arriving at your final destination.


As an ancient Inca citadel, Choquequirao is an equally impressive tourist destination as Machu Picchu. However, its difficult access thins the crowds. We hope you take the challenge and discover this magnificent ruin and one of the world’s best trekking routes. For prices, please contact us.

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