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Choquequirao 5 Days

Choquequirao Trek 5 Days Description:

The Quechua name “Choquequirao” means “Cradle of Gold” and this Inca site is located high above the raging Apurimac River, surrounded by lush tropical cloud forest. This was one of the last refuges of the Incas after the Spanish invasion. The route to Choquequirao will take you through breathtaking scenery, from arid slopes dotted with cacti to dense cloud forest inhabited by many bird species, watched over throughout the trek by the great snow peaks the Incas believed were gods. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to explore one of Peru’s remotest mountain regions and least well-known Inca cities.

This packages is create for the hikers who is looking to enjoy and stay plenty time in Choquequirao Trek, during the 5 days the distance is considerable with 6 to 7 hours hike, the land scape and wild life takes more time to make enjoyable and unforgettable journeys.

Package Name : Choquequirao Trek 5 Days
Trek Duration : 5 Days / 4 Nights
Accommodation: 4 nights in tent
Type of Trek : Culture, Adventures and Trek on the Andes
Activities : Trekking & Walking, Cultural Tours & Sightseeing
Altitude : 3.103m/10178ft(Choquequirao)
Group Size : Maximum 8, no minimum required
Level of difficulty : Moderate, scale (0 to 5) it is 2 relative
Departures Day : Any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.
Highlight : Doing a Peru famous trek! Family trips recommended for nature passionate and adventure.
Acclimatization : Minimum 1 days at altitude recommended.
Open season : The dry season (March to December)
Location : Apurimac and Cusco area, vilcabamba valley and sta Teresa valley 5 hrs. drive from Cusco to start point.


DAY 1 – Cusco – Cachora – Chiquiska.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Chiquiska 1950 msnm
  • Climate : warm and sunny
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 10km
  • Hiking time : 6 hour

DAY 2 – Chiquiska – Choquequirao.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Choquekiraw 3100 msnm
  • Climate : warm and windy
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 13km
  • Hiking time : 6 hour

DAY 3 – Choquequirao

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Choquequirao 3100msnm.
  • Climate : warm and sunny
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 12km
  • Hiking time : 7 hour

DAY 4 – Choquequirao – Cocamazana.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Cocamazana 2300msnm.
  • Climate : warm and hummed 
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 14km
  • Hiking time : 8 hour

DAY 5 – Cocamazana – Cachora – Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Climate : warm and sunny
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 9km
  • Hiking time : 6 hour

Choquequirao Trek 5 Days Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquiska.

An early morning scenic bus ride of approximately four hours through high Andean plains will bring us to the village of Cachora, where we will meet our mule drivers. Leaving the village, we will begin with a gentle hike along an old mining road to Kapulyoq Pass (2800 meters / 9,240 feet). From this pass we will have our first mesmerizing view of the deep Apurimac canyon and the surrounding snow peaks. After resting and enjoying the scenery, we will continue our descent of approximately three hours along a dusty trail, zigzagging down the arid wall of the canyon, to our first camp at the Chiquiska oasis (1800 meters / 6000 feet) 

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Chiquiska 1950 msnm
  • Climate : warm and sunny
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 10km
  • Hiking time : 6 hour

Day 2: Chiquiska – Choquequirao.

After a nourishing breakfast we will continue our descent to the valley floor, where we will cross the Apurimac River (1495 meters / 5000 feet). From here we will start to climb the long, steep trail (approximately five hours) to our destination: the impressive archaeological complex of Choquequirao, where we should arrive just in time to enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the deep canyon and the surrounding mountains (3000 meters / 9,900 feet). 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Choquekiraw 3100 msnm
  • Climate : warm and windy
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 13km
  • Hiking time : 6 hour

Day 3: Choquequirao.

During the morning we will visit the restored section of Choquequirao and explore some of the ruins that are still covered by lush cloud forest vegetation. Much work has been done in recent years to excavate, clear and restore the site. After lunch, those who choose to can visit the Cascade House (restored buildings and terraces some 300 meters (1000 feet) below the main structures of Choquequirao). Later, our evening meal will consist of a typical Peruvian “pachamanca” (traditional Andean ingredients cooked in the earth). Volunteers to help with the preparation will be welcome! From the highest point of the archaeological site (the “usno”, or ceremonial platform) there are fine views of the Apurimac canyon far below, and if we are fortunate we may even see a great Andean condor soar above us. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Choquequirao 3100msnm.
  • Climate : warm and sunny
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 12km
  • Hiking time : 7 hour

Day 4: Choquequirao – Cocamazana.

After breakfast and a last chance to explore independently the main structures of the archaeological site, it will be time to begin the long descent to the Apurimac River, where we will stop for lunch and a rest, before the three hour climb to our last camp at Cocamazana (2300 meters / 7,600 feet). On our last night together we will enjoy an excellent meal with spectacular views of Choquequirao Trek and the Apurimac Canyon.  

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Cocamazana 2300msnm.
  • Climate : warm and hummed 
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 14km
  • Hiking time : 8 hour

Day 5: Cocamazana – Cachora – Cusco.

In order to avoid the intense sun, we will start our day early with the climb up to Kapulyoq Pass (2800 meters / 9,250 feet), from where we will continue along a flat country road to the village of Cachora, arriving before noon.

After a well-deserved rest we will say goodbye to the mule drivers and begin our return bus journey to Cusco. If there is time, along the way we will stop and visit Saywite, an enormous rock carved by the Incas into a 3-dimensional representation of their empire, complete with flora and fauna. We will arrive back in Cusco in time for a hot shower, before heading into town for a night out!  

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Climate : warm and sunny
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 9km
  • Hiking time : 6 hour

Included:

Not Included:

What to bring:

What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

What Clothes To Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required, and we recommend Neoprene socks and water shoes for this trip.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you’re interested in.

Optional service hired:

  • An extra horse to carry your personal items: US$ 20.00 Per Day. A horse can carry up to 30 kg.
  • Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5.00 Per Day. Our sleeping bags are –18ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner.
  • Walking stick lightweight aluminum ($2.00 per day, per stick) two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
  • Thermarest inflatable mattress - $4 per trip day
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent) $25.00 per person

HORSES OR PORTERS:

On this trek we provide horses to carry your food and the camping equipment, but there will be one cook and his assistant, two horses men and one porter who is cleaning the trail from what other hikers throw away as they go. You will have a personal allowance of 7kg for your gear. This will not be available during the day as the horsemen will be ahead of the group.

OUR GUIDES:

Most of our guides began as porters before they went to Cusco University and Institute where they learned about the Inca history. They are always training in order to be the best guide. They each speak English beautifully and of course all of them speak Spanish and Quechua, the Inca Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and of course he will have lots of history to share with you.

OUR FOOD:

Definitely one of the highlights of the tour is the food. It is always fresh and most of it is organic. There is always a lot to eat and lots of options including vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and other types of protein and carbohydrates. Everyone sits down to eat together and we go out of our way to accomodate all dietary requirements including vegetarian options and any food allergies. We do not provide any alcoholic drinks on the trek but if you would like you can bring your own.

OUR EQUIPMENT:

We provide 4 man tents for only 2 people and foam mattresses for everyone. Our dining equipment includes a spacious dining tent, tables and chairs, plates and utensils. We do NOT supply sleeping bags, air mattresses or walking sticks, but all can be rented from Puma Path. We bring an extra blanket for all our hikers for those especially cold nights. Just ask and your guide will provide you with this. Please note that if you are over 1.95 meters / 6´4" tall then you won´t be able to rent a sleeping bag in Cusco. In this case it is recommended to bring your own.

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE:

We try to treat our hikers, our porters and all the local people from the villages with the upmost respect. We travel in small groups to give personalized tours to each traveller, we pay good salaries to our porters and follow the porters law. We provide all our porters with their hiking gear such as shoes, pants, jackets, t-shirts, hats, sleeping bags and most importantly, with health insurance.

FITNESS:

The Inca Trail is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Fitness is naturally important but the Inca Trail is the kind of trek that anyone with a positive attitude and determination can do. Obviously the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do some extra walking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip. Many people worry whether they will be able to cope physically but complete failure is rare and would usually only result from severe altitude sickness or a person lacking even a basic level of fitness. People of all ages (from teenagers to pensioners) complete the trek and age itself is no barrier if you are positive minded and live an active lifestyle. Before departing for your tour, we recommend visiting your doctor who will be able to provide you with more information.

STORAGE DURING THE TREK:

During the Inca Trail trek your main luggage will be stored in Cuzco and you will receive a small duffle bag at your Inca Trail briefing (briefings are normally set for the evening before you start the trek) to pack clothes for 3-4 days. Your team of porters will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the porters will always be ahead of the group, you should therefore bring a day pack in which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc. By Peruvian law the duffle bag carried by the porters must not weigh more than 7kg (14pounds). You can either store your luggage at your hotel or you can leave it with us.

BOOKING:

Choquequirao is available to depart any day of the week as long as we have two people. You still need to book in advance.
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Salkantay Trekking FAQS

1.What will the weather be like on a Choquequirao trek?
The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, Choquequirao lies in the forested fringes of the Amazon basin, where showers can occur at any time of year. Therefore, even in the “dry” season, your daypack should always include full rain gear (both jacket AND trousers).
Daytime temperatures can vary greatly, with daytime highs ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to 32ºC/90ºF and nightime lows ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to a cold 4ºC/40ºF, though seldom much lower. The floor of the Apurimac Canyon gets very hot during the day. Bring your swimsuit for a delicious dip in the river.
2.Who should NOT hike Choquequirao?
This is a good hike for almost anyone with overnight hiking experience. The well-tramped trail is steep — but relatively easy if you hire pack animals.
Those with chronic knee, ankle or back injuries should choose another hike. There may be rough & muddy sections. Evacuation is difficult.
3.What's the most difficult section?
We expected the 1800+m (ft) climb from the Apurimac River up to Choquequirao to be excruciating.Yet for us it did not seem difficult. (Perhaps it was the excitement of finally arriving at the ruins.)
If you hike one of the longer routes, the day following your visit to Choquequirao may well be the most difficult.
4.Should I bring a GPS?
It is a great idea if you are doing one of the longer routes. Keep a record of your route. We could post it on this website.
5.Do hikers ever get lost?
Yes, it is possible to get lost between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. This is good reason to hire an arriero or guide.
If you are only hiking Cachora to the ruins, return — no problem. There is more signage here than on any trek in the world! Two competing series of coloured distance markers, both inaccurate, may confuse you.
6.What special gear should I bring?
Don’t forget:
Sunglasses
Toilet paper
Waterproof jacket
Sufficiently warm clothing
Lip protection from sun and wind
Cash
Disinfectant alcohol gel
We recommend disinfectant gel (sometimes called instant hand sanitizer) which you use to clean your hands before snack breaks & after toilet stops in the woods. Alcohol gel is essential hiking gear.
Stove fuel for almost any stove system can be purchased in Cuzco. Do not fly with it, obviously.
7.What footwear is best for Choquequirao?
You want to wear what fits you best & what works for you. No blisters!
Most experts recommend hiking boots. Modern boots are remarkably light & comfortable. A pair of good boots & gaiters make you feel invincible in the mud.
Some arrieros, by the way, hike in recycled-tire sandals!
hiking boot abandoned on the Trail
8.Do I need a water filter?
You definitely must treat water. Much of the trek is in grazing land.
Some make a distinction between these two:
Water filter removes protozoa & most bacteria
Water purifier removes protozoa & bacteria and deactivates viruses
Viruses are too small to be filtered so purifiers add something to disinfect them.
Make sure your purifier is well maintained & frequently cleaned.
You must either filter, boil, use iodine or water purification tablets.
Choquequirao Trek Imperial 5 Days
5 Days
Cusco, Choquequirao
Group Service:
Price in US Dollars per Passenger:

2 3 - 4 5 - 7 8 - +
$ 600 $ 560 $ 530 $ 500
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Departures:
Months: From: January to December
Days: 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30.

Private Service: Contact Us

Trip Code: CHOTRE005

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Video Report:
Choquequirao Trek was great at answering any questions we had before the trek, and put all of us at ease the day before we left. If you're debating about what company to go with for your Peruvian trek, go with this one.
5.0
Gabriela Davis from United Kingdom
Well organized trek. Communication to set-up the trek was efficient and helpful. The food, guide and transportation exceeded expectations. The trek was an excellent adventure. The scenery was stunning. Highlight was watching three Condors working the thermals from the upper portion of the ruins.
5.0
Rick Salter from Austria
Three of us did this difficult but thrilling trek. Choquequirao Trek was a wonderful organization to work with. They may cost a bit more, but it is money well spent. They clearly treat all the staff with respect and are trying to help local people make a decent living.
5.0
Robert Dowson from US
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