Choquequirao Trek

4 days / 3 nights
Choquequirao Trek

The Choquequirao Trek is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds or who are looking for something other than Machu Picchu during their trip. The trek takes you to the sister city of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao (The Cradle of Gold) which sits high above the Apurimac Valley.

 

With a wide variety of flora and fauna, beautiful scenery and a visit to a major Inca site, the Choquequirao Trek is the adventure of a lifetime.

 

By booking your Choquequirao Trek with Llamapath you are choosing the best. Don't believe us? Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor!

 

Useful Information

  • Starting Altitude - 2900m / 9515ft.
  • Highest Altitude - 3050m / 10,005ft
  • Walking Distance - 64 km / 40 miles
  • Longest Day - Day 1, approximately 25 km/15.5 miles
  • Overall Difficulty - Difficult



Very Important: Campsites may vary depending on booking time, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.

 

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Santa Rosa

Our first day starts out from the village of Cachora, a 4 hour drive from Cusco. Leaving Cachora the path works it's way down in to the Apurimac Valley and we will have fantastic views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the Apurimac Valley spread out before us throughout the day, also after a few hours walking we'll get to have our first views of Choquequirao sat on the far side of the valley. The area around Choquequirao is rich in life and we will see a wide variety of flora and fauna as we make our way down in to the valley.

 

Our campsite for the night is at Santa Rosa (2200m / 7215ft.) which is on the other side of the Apurimac River. As the campsite is a little further along the trail than most groups go it is one of the quietest places to camp on the whole trek so we can enjoy the beautiful scenery around us without distraction.

Day 2: Santa Rosa - Choquequirao

Today is probably the hardest day of the trek. To get to Choquequirao we need to make our way back up the opposite side of the Apurimac Valley which involves ascending about 800m / 2624ft. over a distance of 14km / 8.7 miles through hot and humid conditions. It's quite tough going but the views we get today mixed with the wide variety of flora and fauna you find on this side of the valley make it worth it.

 

Throughout the day we will see a wide variety of bromeliads, orchids and stands of bamboo; we'll also hopefully see birds such as Quetzals, Toucans and a variety of hummingbirds. After about a 5 hour walk we'll arrive to our campsite close to Choquequirao (3050m / 10,005ft.) and settle in for the night - if the weather is clear the views of the sunsetting from here are amazing and we may be lucky enough to spot Condors soaring over the valley below.

Day 3: Choquequirao - Chiquiska

Today's focus is on exploring Choquequirao. Waking up early you'll head off on a guided tour of the site during which you'll be shown the most important and interesting sections of the city and get to learn about the Inca culture and the close relation between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.

 

Compared to Machu Picchu little is known about Choquequirao even though it has been known about for much longer. Originally discovered in the 17th century by the Spanish it lay abandoned and forgotten until recent years when tourism raised the profile of the city and exploration began. Even with this increased interest only 25% of the city has been explored and many of its secrets still wait to be discovered.

 

After your tour you'll begin the trek back to Cachora along the route we came. Our campsite for tonight is Chiquiska (1800m / 5905ft.) in the base of the valley by the Apurimac River.

Day 4: Chiquiska - Cachora - Cusco

Today is the final stretch of the trek as we make our way back to Cachora. Winding our way back up the side of the valley we'll have our final views of Choquequirao in the distance before arriving to Cachora in the late afternoon and travelling by bus back to Cusco.

Includes

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transportation by bus to and from Cachora
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit

Does Not Include

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What you need to take

  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries

Private Service Prices 2019

  • 2 people    US$ 975 per person
  • 3 people    US$ 875 per person
  • 4 people    US$ 775 per person
  • 5 people    US$ 685 per person
  • 6 people    US$ 645 per person
  • 7 people    US$ 615 per person
  • 8+ people  US$ 595 per person

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$30
Walking Pole US$8
Inflatable Mattress US$25
Single Tent Supplement US$30

Machu Picchu Extension:

1 Day trip From USD 280.00 (depending on group size, Train class, etc).

2 Day 1 night Trip From USD US$ 335 per person (depending on group size, Train class, Hotel, etc).




Travel in Peru: Llama Path operates in regions where standards of accommodation, transport and services might not be those you would normally expect. However we strive, with all due care and skill, to provide the best services for our tourists. Travelling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humour and understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances beyond our control (Force Majeure - see below). By booking any of our tours you agree to Llama Path making necessary changes without liability.

 

FORCE MAJEURE: This is any event that Llama Path could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, disaster or adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, Llama Path will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel the trip (this is the last option of course!).

 

Increments in Case of Protests, Strikes (FORCE MAJEURE): In the event of a protest / strike, which is not uncommon in Cusco, it may be necessary to leave a day or even 2 days earlier than scheduled so that we are able to comply with other services. In this case, an increment will be charged to cover costs incurred. 

 

Risks: By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquekirao, Lares, Vilcabamba, Ausangate, Cachicata trek etc.) you assume the risks associated with them. For these Llama Path accepts no responsibility.

 

Travel Insurance: We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance that covers accidents, medical expenses and emergency repatriation, including rescue and air ambulance. We also recommend that it covers cancellations and loss of luggage. Please forward a copy/ company name and policy number by email or bring the information when you come to our office.

 

Group Discounts or fee Sacred valley Tour: If there are at least 4 people in your group, you will automatically get either: A $20 per person group discount or a free Sacred Valley tour (a Must Do in Cusco). This discount or free tour is valid for the following adventure trips: Inca Trail 4/3 group service, Lares 4/3 and Salkantay 5/4. Please note that this discount does not apply to private treks or any other trek not mentioned here.

Note: discount does not apply if less than 4 people undertake the trek (if a group member cancels).

 

Holiday or Election Increments: An increment of *$35 per person is applicable for all treks (regardless of group / private option / size of group) leaving during these holidays: Christmas (Dec 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th) New Year (Dec 29th, 30th, 31st, Jan 1st).

An increment is also applicable in order to leave during election days (people are fined in Peru if they do not vote).

We use the increments to pay staff a bonus for leaving on their holiday or it is used to pay the fines.

 

Sending your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Llama Path to use either of these dates for your reservation. Llama Path within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.

 

Sending your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports' numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid University student card (Maximum age 25 YO) . It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real University upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).


About Inca Trail Campsites:
 


Please note: Campsites may change (be different from those stated in the website) depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.

 

Making a Reservation and payment of deposit:

1. For the classic Inca Trails: 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 or 7 days (Group or Private Service) or for any of our Adventure treks to Machu Picchu. 

We request a $300 non-refundable deposit per person along with your personal details (full name, passport number, gender, nationality, DOB).

The deposit (Non-refundable) amount is:

 

Classic Inca Trails:


US$ 300 per person for any of our Classic Inca Trail (2 days, 4 days, 5 days, 7 days). Or
US$ 385 per person for any Classic Inca Trail + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.

 

Please NOTE: If booking (USD 85.00 extra) a Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain climbing a 6% Pay Pal fee must be paid f or this (USD5.00). 

Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; this is US$85.00 per person there are 2 time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.

Please note, if you get the permits for either extra climbings you will probably have to miss/skip the Machu Picchu guided tour. 

 

Alternative Inca Trails:

 

US$ 300 per person for any of our Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu (Huchuy Qosqo, Lares, Salkantay, Cachicata, etc ). Or
US$ 325 per person for any of our Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu (Huchuy Qosqo, Lares, Salkantay, Cachicata, etc ) + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.

 

Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time. 

 

Please note, if you get the permits for either extra climbings you will probably have to miss/skip the Machu Picchu guided tour.

 

IMPORTANT: Price is based on a DOUBLE room accomodation.

An aditional USD 35.00 will be charged for a Single Room if there's no one else to share a double room with or if you are travelling alone.

 

Payment of the deposit can be made through any of the 2 following options:

 

1) Paypal:

NO Transaction fees for Inca Trail and alternative treks tours from January 2nd, 2017 !!

Go to www.PayPal.com and if you have an account, enter your account information (username and password).

Choose the option ´send money´ to: deposits@llamapath.com   (IMPORTANT: please ensure you choose the option ‘purchase’ and ‘services’. Do not
choose the option ‘personal’).

2) By VISA Card.

NO Transaction fees for Inca Trail and alternative treks tours from January 2nd, 2017 !!

Go to the homepage on our website (www.llamapath.com), click on ‘payment options’ and follow the instructions.

At the end of the transaction, you will have a screen with an order number. Please send an email confirming deposit and the order number you
have been given.

3. Payment for Peru itineraries of 1 to 3 weeks (Incas and Mountains, Peruvian Highlands, Diverse Peru etc). To secure a reservation of a tour package, it is necessary to make a pre-payment of: 50% of TOTAL package cost, the balance must be paid 2 weeks before your tour starts by PayPal.

About the Briefing: The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office at either 4:00pm or 5:00pm (exact time will be confirmed on your arrival or by email). Your duffle bag will be provided at this time if you have paid for an extra porter for your Inca Trail or if you are doing an alternative trek.

 
The Local Payment (Payment of Final Balance): We require you to pay your final balance in cash (USA dollars) in our office at least 48 hours prior to tour/trek departure (please advise if you have any delays on arrival).

The Local Payment must be paid in cash and in US dollars.


NOTE:
If paying in Peruvian Soles it will be applicable the Exchange Rate of the Day. ( Aprox. 3.40).

 

Cancellations:

  • Deposit sent for is Non-Refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour (According to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Regulations).
  • Llama Path must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail or fax so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
  • City Tours and Sacred Valley Tours can be cancelled with a 100% refund up to 15 days before the tour starts; 50% up to a week, 25% lose of deposit less than 5 days and 100% lose of deposit if cancellation is made with les than 48 of notice.
  • Once final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations. There will, however, be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket, 1 bus ticket).
  • A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.
  • Porter service hired can Not be cancelled (a fee is paid for booking this service).

 

VERY IMPORTANT (1): We strongly suggest staying at high altitude (above 3000 metres - in Cusco or another high altitude city) for 3 to 4 days (minimum) before undertaking the trip. This is in order to minimize the effects of possible altitude sickness. Also, you can help your body acclimatize by drinking plenty of liquids, adding a bit more sugar to your drinks, eating food rich in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol and drinking coca (ancient traditional leaf) tea. Diamox can also be helpful - please ask your doctor about this.

 

VERY IMPORTANT (2): We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure as we may need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see Force Majeure above).

We hope you have a wonderful time with us !!


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