Choquequirao Trek (Best Seller) 4 Days / 3 Nights

Cusco, Capuliyoc,Choquequirao,Santa Rosa

  • Time 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Tour Type Hike
  • Altitude 3500 m.a.s.l.
  • Place Cusco
  • Difficulty Moderate
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Trip Description

Explore the experience of entering the Choquequirao Archaeological Complex, located high in the Vilcabamba Mountains and accessible only by foot. This 15th century archaeological site, similar to Machu Picchu, has impressive terraces, temples, plazas and aqueducts, but unlike Machu Picchu, it receives only 15-20 visitors a day on average. The ruins of Choquequirao are a beautiful, enigmatic, vast and unique place, which have been successively catalogued as a fortress, a ceremonial center, a city and the last resting place of the Inca. In addition, in Quechua, Choquequirao means “Cradle of gold”, and it is theorized that there were nearby gold mines that were exploited during the Inca Empire. This archaeological site has a main square, royal quarters, a temple dedicated to the sun, imposing buildings, barracks for soldiers, a prison and fortified houses. There is also an administrative center set apart from the rest of the site for priests, as well as a large number of terraces used for agriculture and hillside stabilization. The most famous part of the ruins are the terraces that display white quartz flames embedded in the walls. Join us and discover the magic of Choquequirao!

Short itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Cachora – Capuliyoc – Rosalina Beach – Marampata

Start your hike enjoying breathtaking landscapes and views of the Apurimac River and valley. Rest in Marampata for the night.

Day 02: Exporation and visit of Choquequira – Marampata

During the morning, hike to Marampata and marvel at the breathtaking views before reaching the Inca citadel of Choquequirao.

Day 03: Santa Rosa – Rosalina Beach – Cocamasana

After breakfast, you will dedicate the whole day to thoroughly explore every corner of the amazing archaeological complex of Choquequirao.

Day 04: Capuliyoq – Cachora – Cusco

Head to Santa Rosa after saying goodbye to Choquequirao, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, hike to Chiquisca camp, where you can spend time with local families and take a well-deserved rest.

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.
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Complete Itinerary

Día 01: Cusco – Cachora – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina – Marampata

Day 01: Cusco – Cachora – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina – Marampata

We will experience a day full of beautiful landscapes and the freshness of the Andean air.

Our exciting adventure will begin early in the morning with your pick-up at the hotel and departure in our private transportation to Cachora. Along the way, we will witness the imposing glacial mountains of Salkantay and Humantay rising in the distance. Once we arrive in Cachora, we will explore the charming town and stroll through its picturesque streets, revealing its rich cultural heritage. To start the day off right, we will enjoy a nutritious and delicious breakfast. We will then continue on to Capuliyoc (2,890 m / 9,482 ft), where we will meet the rest of our trekking team, composed of cooks and muleteers, who will be in charge of transporting our belongings throughout the trek. After fine-tuning the last details, we will enter the Apurimac Canyon. We will zigzag downhill for approximately three hours until we reach Chiquisca (1,900 m / 6,234 ft), a beautiful hamlet surrounded by lush fruit fields.

Along the trail, we will be able to marvel at the impressive landscapes that the Apurimac Valley offers us, as well as have the opportunity to witness the majestic flight of the condors and admire the imposing views of two gigantic glacier mountains called Padreyoc and Qoriwayrachina. As we go deeper into the valley, we will notice more and more the heat, the lush vegetation and the rhythmic sounds of the mighty Apurimac River.

After several hours, we will arrive at the picturesque hamlet of Chiquisca, a cozy green camp located in the middle of the arid mountains, where we will enjoy dinner and spend the night.

  • 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: Day 02: Exploration and visit of Choquequira – Marampata

Contemplate the impressive sunset in the Andean sky.

Enjoy a tasty breakfast before starting our hike. We zigzag up to Marampata (2,900 m/ 9,514 ft), where you can capture incredible photos of the canyon and snow-capped peaks. We descend for an hour and fifteen minutes to Playa Rosalinas (1,500 m/ 4,921 ft), crossing a footbridge. We make a brief stop at Santa Rosa (1,970 m/ 6,463 ft) to enjoy a lunch prepared by our team. Then, we ascend for three hours until we reach Marampata camp. In the afternoon, we admire the surroundings and witness a beautiful sunset over the valleys and glaciated mountains near the town of Choquequirao and enjoy the moment while resting under the soft orange lights. At night, the sky fills with stars while we have dinner and get ready to rest.

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

Day 03: Santa Rosa – Rosalina Beach – Cocamasana

Highlights of the day: Discover the secrets of the impressive archaeological city of Choquequirao.

Explore and unveil the ancient charms of Choquequirao.

We will start the day with an exquisite breakfast that will give you a boost of energy. Then, we will dedicate the day to explore every detail of this amazing Inca site, located in the mountains and very close to the deepest canyon in South America. You can imagine the incredible landscapes that surround this majestic Inca construction. We will visit the most impressive corners of this place while our guide shares the fascinating stories of the past and the reasons for its construction.

Choquequirao (3,050 m / 10,007 ft) is considerably larger than Machu Picchu, with plazas, temples and magnificent platforms that will make you constantly question: How did the Incas manage to build this on top of the mountains? You will enjoy a picnic lunch at noon and have time to rest and recharge your batteries.

You cannot fail to admire the famous white stone flames that decorate the platforms built on the hillside and are oriented towards the mountain that protects this area known as Apu Qoriwayrachina. According to experts, only about 40% of the entire site is visible, so Choquequirao remains in many ways an enigma. We are sure that in the coming years we will continue to discover more about this incredible complex.

At the end of the day, we will return to camp at Marampata (2,900 m / 9,514 ft) for an exquisite dinner. Afterwards, you will be able to lie down to contemplate the wonderful day you have just lived and rest.

  • Time: 7 Hours Approx. of trekking.
  • 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: Capuliyoc – Cachora – Cusco

Highlights of the day: Interact with the local inhabitants of the Andean community and expand your knowledge of their culture.

Rest and immerse yourself in the beautiful nature that surrounds this fascinating region of the world.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading back from Choquequirao. Take the opportunity to say goodbye to this unique place and capture one last image. From Marampata, you can take more photos of the impressive canyon before descending for two hours to Santa Rosa (2,970 m / 6,463 ft) where we will enjoy lunch. Along the way, you will appreciate the diversity of vegetation on this part of the trail. After lunch, we will continue to Playa Rosalinas, where you can cool your feet in the waters of the Apurimac River in the middle of the canyon. Then, we ascend to Chiquisca camp (1,900 m / 6,234 ft), located in the home of a local family. Take advantage of this time to make new friends and learn about Andean life and traditions, as well as their close relationship with Pachamama (Mother Nature). After a delicious dinner, you can rest peacefully in our cozy camp and reflect on your trip.

What's included

What’s Included :

  • Transfers In/ Out Hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the start 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 NOT Included: 

  • Sleeping bag (rentals available at RAP Expeditions).
  • Inflatable air mattresses for comfort: 3 inches / 8 cm thick (rentals available at RAP Expeditions).
  • 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 provide you with assistance in renting some equipment such as:

  • Sleeping bag US $ 25.00 for the whole trip
  • Walking poles US $ 15.00 for the whole 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 clothes: layers for varying temperatures, especially at night
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Reusable plastic/metal water bottle or camel 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
  • Day 01: Cusco – Cachora – Capuliyoc – Rosalina Beach – Marampata
  • Day 02: Exploration and visit of Choquequirao – Marampata
  • Day 03: Santa Rosa – Rosalina Beach – Cocamasana
  • Day 04: Capuliyoc – Cachora – Cusco

What’s Included: 

  • Transfers In/ Out Hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the beginning of the trekking 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 every 02
  • People and personal Matras”.
  • Camping equipment for the
  • Guides, Cook and Horseman.


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 tour?

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: Lightweight 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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