Trek to Choquequirao

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This short trek enables you to get a firsthand view of a unique Inca settlement perched above the Apurimac Canyon, known by many as the mighty river in Qechua “the Talking God”.  Here a series of impressive Inca sites have been found.  



5 Days / 4 Nights


March – December




Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chikisca

Depart Cusco via a flat agricultural valley in the north to Antapampa, before descently into Limatambo to visit the Inca site of Tarawasi. The road continues until we reach an impressive gorge on the Apurimac River and pass the village of Curawasi and onto the Sayhuite-stone which is said to be a carved map of the Inca Empire. A small side road over the ridge brings us to the start of today’s hike at the village of Cachora.

As we walk along the edge of the mountain at Capuliyoc we get our first view of the Apurimac canyon with the snowcapped peaks of Nevada Padreyoc and Nevada Qoriwayrachina. Descend to the campsite of Chikiska located next to the river at an altitude of 1850m (6070ft).

Distance: 18.4 km

Trekking time: approx. 6 hours

Day 2: Chikiska - Maranpata - Choquequirao

Early departure, crossing the river on a footbridge marking the start of the day. From here an uphill walk of half day brings us to a small meadow where we have lunch. As we ascend on the steep trail we begin to appreciate the canyon land vegetation and environment on both sides of the Apurimac canyon. The afternoon hike is not as steep as we approach the hanging valley where the site of Choquequirao is found. We camp at an available flat part at Marampampa – as we begin to explore the isolated Inca sites and the surrounding thin cloud forest. We can also visit the Choquequirao main plaza where we can appreciate a group of Terraces with Llama Figures called ¨the Llamas of the Sun¨ (B/L/D)

Distance: 12.800 km, Time: 8 hrs.


We spend the day exploring the Choquequirao complex situated on a ridge overlooking the Canyon and some of the outlying buildings working our way through the terracing. After lunch you can also spend the afternoon at leisure at camp.


Early morning departure to start our descent towards Playa San Ignacio for approximately 4 hours. The first part downhill is mild, but as the trail continues it gets very steep. We continue towards Playa San Ignacio, 1,430 m.a.s.l where the trail starts going up again until reaching the Former Hacienda San Ignacio at 1,700 m.a.s.l for another hour of steep trail until reaching El Carmen Bridge. From here we continue for another 45 minutes until reaching the Villa Los Loros Lodging, where we will spend the night. (B/L/D)


Today our vehicle will pick us up at mid-morning to start our drive back to Cusco, a panoramic ascent out of this side valley, with views of the surrounding peaks, on the same road we took at the beginning. We will arrive to the city in the early afternoon. (B/L)


Transportation by vehicle to start and from the end of trek to Cusco, two-man tents including sleeping pads, pack animals, kitchen crew and commissary gear with all meals included as well as a bilingual guide on the trek, who will handle the first aid kit.

B- Breakfast / BL- Boxed Lunch / L- Lunch / D- Dinner

Hotels in Cusco. Meals in the cities, alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, laundry service, additional tours, insurance and airline tickets (where applicable) sleeping bags, hiking boots and other personal gear.

  • Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Pantalones ligeros.
  • Lightweight pants
  • Regular and long underwear (at over 13,000 ft./4,000 masl)
  • Medium weight parka with fibber fill or down.
  • Light cap and wool hat
  • Rain poncho (or rain gear)
  • Light gloves
  • Medias de grosor medio.
  • Medium weight socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (-5º to 0ºC)
  • Small daypack
  • Strong waterproof duffel bag
  • Sunglasses, Sun block, lip balm
  • Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb
  • Towel
  • Water bottle

Personal first aid kit. On each trip we carry a medical kit but we suggest a small personal first-aid kit for bruises and blisters. A knee and ankle brace are sometimes useful especially if you suffer from weak knees or ankles. Include any special medication your doctor might suggest for you.

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