Choquequiraw trek 5 Days - 4 Nights

Choquequiraw trek 5 Days - 4 Nights

from $570 USD / 650 USD standard service

Choquequiraw means (cradle of the gold), regarded by many as the original lost city of the Incas, Choquequiraw was the firth fabled set of ruins to be uncovered. People had been aware of its existence from at least the 18th century but it was rarely visited and despite several acclaimed “rediscoveries” over the years, it wasn’t until Hiram Bingham arrived here in 1909 that it really came to people’s attention.

For Bingham it was the discovery that fired his passion to uncover Machu Picchu and esperitu pampa. Set in remote part of wilderness, on a ridge spur around (1750m/5740ft) above the Apurímac River and surrounded by sheer, snowcapped peak, it’s an awe inspiring destination that requires a degree of effort to reach.

Choquequiraw is a pretty good substitute for machu picchu; the main features of both are similar in many respects. The most important is arrive and enjoy this mysterious Inca citadel, if you want to do this one, don’t think any more and join us. Machulas Journey, is ready for organize your trip, this option is totally different than famous Inca trail.

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Choquequiraw trek

5 Days - 4 Nights

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Group Size Max 12 People
Activity Level Challenging

Tour Overview

  • 4 organic buffet lunch / 3healthy breakfast / 4 buffet dinners.
  • 4 snacks / water every single day.
  • Starting Altitude - 2900m / 9515ft.
  • Total, Highest Altitude - 3050m / 10,005ft.
  • Walking Distance - 64 km / 39.76 miles.
  • Longest Day - Day 1, approximately 25 km/15.5 miles.
  • Overall Difficulty Difficult

Cusco - Capuliyoc - Playa Rosalina

We pick you up at your hotel and take you by minivan from Cusco to Capuliyoc. From here we will start our hike and gradually descend for two hours until we get to our lunch spot at Cocamasana. On the way down you will appreciate the spectacular snowcapped mountains of Pedrayoc and Qoriwayrachina. Once arrived at the lunch spot our master chef will wait for us with a delicious organic buffet lunch. Afterward we will continue hiking down for 1:30 hours until we reach our campsite at Playa Rosalina. this place is just located only (1000m/3280ft), above sea level, it is warm and perfect location to enjoy the night


Playa Rosalina - Maranpata - Choquequirao

We wake you up early in the morning with a cup of hot coca tea. Then you will have half an hour to organize your personal belongings and have a healthy energetic breakfast. After breakfast we will start hiking. Just next to our campsite there is a river called Apurímac, which is one of the tributaries of the amazon. We have to cross it and start climbing up for 4 hours until we get to the village of Maranpata, where we will have our second organic buffet lunch. This is a beautiful spot from where we have glamorous views in different directions. Sometimes you can even see condors flying above us. From now on we will follow a gentle path until we reach our second campsite near Choquequiraw. After a challenging day we will enjoy hot drinks and an organic buffet dinner.


Choquequiraw - Maranpata

Today is a very important day! After two days of hard hiking we will visit the famous Inca citadel of Choquequiraw. We will wake you up with a cup of hot coca tea and you will have half an hour to organize your personal belongings and have breakfast. Once we have enjoyed our healthy and energetic breakfast we will start hiking all the way up to Choquequiraw. Once arrived our tour guide will give us interesting information about the archaeological site and shown us important places such as the major plaza, the water fountains, the llama sector, piquiwasi and the casa sacerdotal. After you will have some time to explore this impressive Inca citadel on your own. We will then return to our camping site and enjoy our organic buffet lunch. Then we continue hiking for 2 more hours until we reach the village of Maranpata, where we will stay and spend the night.


Maranpata - Chiquisca - Coca masana

We will wake you up at around 5:30am and enjoy a healthy energetic breakfast. Then we start hiking downhill for 3 hours until we reach La Playa Rosalina. Along the way we can enjoy the Apurímac canyon and the flora and fauna of this region. Especially the beautiful orchids and a waterfall along the way makes this part of the hike special. Once arrived to La Playa Rosalina we will take a break and have a snack in order to charge our batteries for the second part of today’s hike. After the break we will continue going up for 1:30 hours until we get to Chiquisca, where we will have another organic buffet lunch. After 2 more hours of hiking we reach Coca masana, where we stay our forth night.


Coca masana - Capuliyoc - Cusco

We wake you up at around 6:00am with a cup of coca tea and then have a healthy energetic breakfast. After we will start climbing up for 3 hours until we get to Capuliyoc, where you will enjoy the last organic buffet lunch. This point will be the last moment to see our master chef, porters and horsemen. We will say goodbye, and then catch our van to return to Cusco together with our guide. We will arrive in Cusco around 5:00pm, where our driver drops you off at your hotel. That will be the end of our amazing and exciting trip.

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  • Tour Guides : All of our tour guides are professionals who studied tourism at University and come from around the Cusco region. They also all speak Quechua the language of Cuzco region. All of them are extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around.
  • Master Chef : Your master chef is an important person, preparing you delicious, buffet-style organic meals throughout the trek. If you have any dietary requests, such as vegetarian foods, please let us know.
  • Asemilas : In this case we do not provide porters, in CHOQUEQUIRAW TREK we provide mules, horses will carry our cooking and campimg equipment and up to 7 kg of your personal belongings.
  • Note : we will give you your duffle bags (for the mules to carry) at your briefing the night before we start the trek. This sholud be filled with the things you need for the night and the next days. You will not have access to your duffle until you reach the campsite. we will have also mules, horse’s drivers which they will help us for two days.
  • Transportation : We will go by bus to Capuliyoc, where we will start our hike. After we end our hike and also finishing in the same spot of capuliyoc and after that taken our private van to Cusco hotel.
  • Tents : Made especially for trekking, our tents are professional and very comfortable. We use 4-person, Eureka Timberline tents that only need to be shared by 2 people.
  • Choquequiraw Permits : A permit is required for entry to Choquequiraw Inca citadel.
  • Oxygen and First Aid : On this trek, the highest point is at the first pass (4650m/15,255ft). The guide will have oxygen and first aid them at all times. However, if you have any prescriptions from your doctor, please bring them with you. All our guides have received training from a medical doctor.
  • Pre - Briefing : Prior to your trek you will have a briefing in your hotel. Please let us know where you are staying and what time is good for you. We typically suggest around 6:00 pm, but you may choose another time if you prefer. At briefing time, we will give you the details of the trek and provide the Machulas Journey duffel bags that will be with the porters while you hike. And finally, you will have the opportunity to ask your guide any questions you might have.
  • Water : We will supply water every morning, at lunchtime, during our afternoon hike, and at night. The water will be boiled, filtered, and then cooled down before distributing. You just need to bring a container for water on the trek and let our master chef know how many liters you will drink so that he knows how much water to prepare. Our recommendation is to drink a lot of water while you hike, especially when we are at higher elevations.

Not Included

  • Sleeping Bags : Your sleeping bag is not included in your trek, so hikers will need to bring their own or rent one from Machulas Journey. Machulas Journey will provide you with a regular mattress. If you want to sleep well, you may want to bring an inflatable air mattress as well. They are also available for rent: (sleeping bag 20 USD, and inflatable air mattress 20 USD).
  • Walking Stick : Walking sticks are very helpful on this trek. If don’t have your own, you can rent them from our office for 15 USD.
  • The Last Lunch : After our amazing experience on the Choquequiraw, many of our clients want to go to one of the restaurants in Aguas Calientes to have a local meal. This last lunch is not included in your journey.


  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the Journey - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

Tour Price

standard service price

$600 per person.
Groups of 3-4 $575 per person.
Groups of 5-6 or more $535 per person.

private service price

$700 per person.
Groups of 3-4 $665 per person.
Groups of 5-6 or more $615 per person.

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