Choquequirao Classic Trek 5 Days / 4 Nights

Cusco, Capuliyoc,Choquequirao,Santa Rosa

  • Time 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Tour Type Hike
  • Altitude 3500 m.a.s.l.
  • Place Cusco
  • Difficulty Moderate
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Trip Description

If you are looking for an exciting option to explore Peru, we recommend the Choquequirao Classic Trek. This trek will take you beyond the usual tourist routes and immerse you in nature through an off-the-beaten path that will lead you to the fascinating archaeological jewel of Choquequirao. This adventure, as an alternative to the famous Inca Trail, will allow you to visit the lesser-known ruins of Choquequirao, which feature architecture and design similar to Machu Picchu. The highlight is that, because it is only accessible on foot, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the site with very few tourists around. During the hike, you will have the chance to explore ancient Inca trails, cross impressive glaciers and deep canyons, where you can observe the majesty of condors in flight. In addition, you will be able to explore cloud forest ecosystems with great biological diversity and admire native animals such as the Andean condor, local birds and a variety of flora and fauna, including beautiful orchids and much more. You can join us either as a group or as a couple to live this unique adventure and take the opportunity to discover Choquequirao!

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Cachora – Capuliyoc – Chiquisca

Start your hike delighting yourself with the breathtaking views of the Apurimac River and the valley. You will have the opportunity to spend the night in Chiquisca and continue your tour the next day.

Day 02: Chiquisca | Playa Rosalinas – Santa Rosa – Marampata

During the day, you will walk to Marampata and admire the impressive views of the place before arriving at the Inca citadel of Choquequirao.

Day 03: Marampata | Choquequirao Archaeological Complex – Marampata

After breakfast, you will have the whole day to thoroughly explore every part of the incredible Choquequirao archaeological complex.

Day 04: Marampata – Santa Rosa – Rosalinas Beach – Chiquisca

After leaving Choquequirao behind, head to Santa Rosa to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, you can take a walk to the Chiquisca camp, where you can interact with local families and take a well-deserved rest.

Day 05: Chiquisca | Capuliyoc – Saywite Monolith – Conoc Hot Springs – Cusco

Complete the last stretch to Capuliyoc and say goodbye to the trekking equipment. Then, visit the famous Saywite rock and enjoy a moment of relaxation in the hot springs of Conoc before returning to Cusco.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Departure point Cusco Caserío de Huacawasi  Qelcanca “Patacancha”  Machu Picchu
Arrival point Caserío de Huacawasi  Qelcanca  Machu Picchu Cusco
Activities Transfer from Cuzco to the village of Lares Hike Hike – Arrival to Machu Picchu Visit Machu Picchu and return to Cuzco
Distance / duration 11 Km. / 6 h. 14 Km. / 8 h. 14 km. / 7 h.

Complete Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco | Cachora – Capuliyoc – Chiquisca

On this day, you will live an exciting adventure that starts early in the morning, full of beautiful landscapes and fresh Andean air. You will depart in a private transport to Cachora, from where you will be able to contemplate the impressive glacier mountains of Salkantay and Humantay in the distance. Once there, you will explore the town, strolling through its streets to immerse yourself in its rich culture while enjoying a delicious and nutritious breakfast. Then, you will head to Capuliyoc (2,890 m / 9,482 ft), where you will meet the trekking team who will be in charge of carrying your belongings throughout the trek. After checking the last details, you will enter the Apurimac Canyon, where you can enjoy breathtaking views and appreciate the majestic flight of the condors. As you go deeper into the valley, you will feel the heat, be surrounded by lush vegetation and be captivated by the enchanting sounds of the Apurimac River. Finally, you will arrive at the hamlet of Chiquisca (1,900 m / 6,234 ft), where you will have dinner and spend the night in a cozy camp surrounded by the arid mountains.

  • Time: 6 Hours Approx. of walking.
  • Distance:
  • Climate: Temperate, Cold
  • Maximum Altitude: between 2, 920 – 3, 800 masl.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Overnight: Huacawasi
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 02: Chiquisca | Playa Rosalinas – Santa Rosa – Marampata

After a delicious breakfast, we will begin the zigzagging ascent to Marampata (2,900 m / 9,514 ft), where you will be able to capture magnificent photos of the canyon and snow-capped peaks. After descending for an hour and fifteen minutes, we will reach the valley known as Playa Rosalinas (1,500 m / 4,921 ft). We will cross a footbridge and face the most challenging part of the hike. In the hamlet of Santa Rosa (1,970 m / 6,463 ft) we will stop for lunch and recover energy before ascending for approximately three hours to reach the Marampata camp. In the afternoon, you can take in the breathtaking surroundings and enjoy a beautiful sunset that tints the valleys and mountains with a soft orange light. As the sun sets, we will observe the celestial spectacle of a starry sky before dinner and rest.

  • Time: Approx. 8 hours of hiking.
  • Distance: 14 Km.
  • Weather: Cold
  • Maximum Altitude: 3, 800 masl.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Overnight: Qelcanca
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Marampata : Choquequirao Archaeological Complex – Marampata

Highlights of the day: Delve into the enigmas and wonders of the Choquequirao archaeological complex. Awaken your senses with a delicious breakfast and explore this impressive Inca site in the mountains, near the deepest canyon in South America. Discover majestic landscapes as you walk through plazas, temples and platforms, listening to the fascinating stories of the past. Choquequirao (3,050 m / 10,007 ft), larger than Machu Picchu, is an incredible work of engineering with white stone llamas adorning its hillside platforms. Reflect on how the Incas built something so impressive here. After a picnic lunch, rest before exploring further. Although only 40% of the complex is visible, Choquequirao remains a mystery, but new discoveries are yet to come. We will return to camp at Marampata (2,900 m / 9,514 ft.) to enjoy a delicious dinner and reflect on the day.

  • Time: Approx. 7 Hrs. Hike
  • Distance: 14 Km.
  • Climate: Cold – Temperate
  • Maximum Altitude: 3, 800 masl. – 2040 masl
  • Difficulty: Moderate – Low
  • Overnight stay: Aguas Calientes Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Marampata | Santa Rosa – Rosalinas Beach – Chiquisca

Highlights of the day: Enjoy learning about the local culture in the Andean community and relax in the beautiful surrounding nature.

After breakfast, we will begin the return trip from Choquequirao. Along the hike, capture photos of the canyon from Marampata and enjoy the diversity of vegetation. We will stop at Santa Rosa (2,970 m/ 6,234 ft) for lunch and then continue to Playa Rosalinas, where you can cool off in the Apurimac River. We will ascend to Chiquisca camp (1,900 m/ / 6,234 ft), where you will live the experience of a local family, learning about their culture and traditions. After dinner, rest in our comfortable camp and reflect on your trip.

Day 05: Chiquisca | Capuliyoc – Saywite Monolith – Conoc Hot Springs – Cusco.

Highlights of the day: After several days of hiking, take some time to relax in the hot springs before returning to Cusco. We will start with breakfast and embark on a four-hour hike to Capuliyoc, enjoying the sound of the river. We will say goodbye to the trekking team and visit the famous Saywite monolith, which has more than 200 geometric and zoomorphic figures. Then, we will head to the Conoc hot springs to enjoy a moment of relaxation before having lunch and returning to Cusco. Contemplate the majestic mountains and we will arrive in Cusco around 6:00 p.m., where we will drop you off at your hotel to rest after an unforgettable day.

What's included

What’s Included :

  • Transfers In/ Out Hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the beginning of the trek in our transportation.
  • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish)
  • 03D-03AL- 03S -03C
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Oxygen Balloon.
  • Pack horses and muleteer.
  • Camping equipment “Triple waterproof tents for each 02 people and personal sleeping bags”.
  • Camping equipment for the guides, cook and muleteer.

What is NOT included:

  • Sleeping bag (rentals available at RAP Expeditions).
  • Inflatable air mattresses for comfort: 3 inches / 8 cm thick (rentals available at RAP Expeditions)
  • Trekking poles (rentals available at RAP Expeditions)
  • Last lunch
  • Tips for your crew



  • Original passport
  • CIIU (student discount card), in case you have it.
  • Small backpack
  • Rain poncho
  • Good hiking pants, hiking boots, sun, hat and sunglasses
  • Camera batteries and extra
  • 2 liters of water
  • Extra money
  • Insect repellent
  • Trekking poles
  •  Snacks


  • We can assist you in renting certain equipment such as:
  • Sleeping bag US $ 25.00 for the whole trip
  • Walking poles US $ 15.00 for the entire trip
  • Extra horses to carry your personal equipment US $ 70.00 for 04 days.
  • Supplementary single tent for camping nights US $ 30.00.

What to bring

  • Day pack
  • Copy of your passport
  • Good trekking gear: hiking boots, warm jackets, gloves, hat, fleece lining and socks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / poncho, waterproof pants and gloves
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm clothing: layers for variable temperatures, especially at night
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Reusable plastic/metal water bottle or camelback bags
  • Water for the first four hours of the trek, then we will provide you with drinking water
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Walking stick
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips.


  • Facial moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, etc.

What to put in your backpack

We strongly suggest having a compact hiking backpack of 30 to 40 liters for the day, in which you can carry the following items:

  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: unpredictable
  • Woolen hat
  • Rain gear
  • Wool
  • Snack such as chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dried fruit.
  • Coca leaves
  • Plastic rain poncho
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
  • Water: provide your own water until the first place for lunch, then we will provide cold boiled water at each meal time. Please bring your canteens.



Choquequirao trekking tour


Minimum 02 people

Private tour summary

  • Pick up at the hotel
  • Transfer to Cusipata for breakfast
  • Drive to Palccoyo
  • Start of the trek
  • Visit to Vinincunca Mountain
  • Visit to the red valley
  • Lunch in Cusipata
  • Return to Cusco

What is included:

  • Informative talk one day before the tour, it is optional, if you do not have time and have extra questions you can communicate with us via WhatsApp.
  • Pick up at the Hotel.
  • Private Tourist Transportation to and from Cusco (Minibuses of 15 or 20 passengers).
  • 01 breakfast and 01 lunch buffet (vegetarian and vegan options at no additional cost).
  • Entrance Tickets (for Cordillera).
  • Professional Bilingual Guide.
  • First aid kit (with Oxygen Balloon).
  • Wooden walking sticks.


Frequently Asked Questions from Travelers

Can I store my luggage in your office?

Of course you can! During the tour, we can store your main luggage for free at our office or at your hotel.

What is the weather like during the trek?

The weather can be very changeable and is difficult to anticipate. Therefore, it is advisable to dress warmly to adapt to different weather conditions, whether it is rainy, cold or hot.

What Happens With Altitude Sickness?

Generally, if you exercise regularly and spend a few days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to adapt adequately. Acclimatization usually takes 24 hours to 2 days.

To counteract altitude sickness, it is recommended to drink WATER, COCONUT MATE and, if necessary, OXYGEN. Our guides are trained to treat the symptoms of altitude sickness. You can get more detailed information about altitude sickness in our FAQ.


If you are satisfied with our services, a tip for our staff is appreciated but not mandatory. It is a common practice in the travel industry and shows your appreciation for exceptional service. The amount of the tip depends on your perception of the quality and length of the trip. Remember that it is not mandatory and should only be given in the case of receiving excellent service.

What does Choquequirao mean?

Choquequirao is an archaeological site located in the Peruvian Andes. Its name in Quechua means “Cradle of Gold”. Choquequirao is considered one of Peru’s archaeological treasures and is known as the “sacred sister” of Machu Picchu due to its similarity in structure and style. This impressive complex features agricultural terraces, temples, plazas and a privileged location in the middle of mountains and valleys, offering spectacular panoramic views.

Is there a cable car in Choquequirao?

The cable car at Choquequirao has not yet been built, so the only way to visit the site is by hiking. The tour usually takes about 4 full days and offers a magnificent experience through the Andean valley.

Is it advisable to do the Choquequirao trek without a tour?

Although it is possible to do the Choquequirao Trek without a tour, it is highly recommended to have the services of a guide or a specialized agency. Hiring a tour will allow you to enjoy the experience in a safer, more enriching and worry-free way.

How far in advance should I book the Choquequirao trek?

It is advisable to book the Choquequirao Trek in advance, especially during the high season from April to October. Booking a few months in advance secures your place on the tour and allows you to plan and prepare adequately. Availability may vary, so it is recommended to book as far in advance as possible to guarantee your participation and have an organized experience.

Do I need travel insurance for the Choquequirao trek?

It is highly recommended to obtain travel insurance for the Choquequirao Trek and other outdoor adventures. It protects you in case of injury, illness, cancellations and lost luggage. Make sure it covers trekking and high altitudes. Provides peace of mind and help in unexpected situations.

What to take to the Choquequirao trek?

For the Choquequirao Trek, it is advisable to bring the following items:

  1. Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack to carry your belongings during the trek.
  2. Appropriate clothing: Light and breathable clothing for walking, including comfortable pants, long and short sleeved shirts, appropriate socks and a warm jacket for the evenings.
  3. Footwear: Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots that provide good grip and support for walking on uneven terrain.
  4. Sleeping bag: A sleeping bag suitable for night temperatures.
  5. Camping equipment: A sturdy tent, sleeping pad and inflatable pillow.
  6. Toiletries: Basic personal hygiene items, including toilet paper, wet wipes and toothbrush.
  7. Sunscreen: High-protection sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
  8. Insect repellent: To protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects.
  9. Water bottle: A reusable water bottle to keep you hydrated during the trek.
  10. Snacks and energy food: Bring snacks and energy food such as granola bars, dried fruits or chocolates to replenish energy during the trek.

Remember that it is important to travel light, carrying only the essentials. It is also advisable to consult with the travel agency or guide for a more detailed list of the items needed for the Choquequirao Trek.


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