Classic Choquekirao Trek 4 Days
Experience Peru’s Spectacular Scenery on the Classic Choquekirao Trek!
CLASSIC CHOQUEKIRAO TREK is an amazing trek that will take you through some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru. From stunning valleys and canyons, to majestic mountains and ancient ruins, this trek offers something for everyone. You will also get the chance to explore the famous Choquekirao archaeological site located at 3,303m/10,168ft, which is still relatively preserved and under restoration. Along the way, you will be able to observe some of the flora and fauna of this region and learn about the fascinating history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. The trek can also be enjoyed by all levels of skill as there are varying degrees of difficulty, making it great for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. So, if you’re looking for a unique experience that will stay with you forever, the 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek is the perfect choice!
This incredible journey is organized by an expert guide who will ensure your safety and make sure you get the most out of your experience. The trek typically lasts 4 days and covers approximately 62 kilometers in total, with rest points along the way to help you get the most out of each day. With a moderate degree of difficulty and plenty of stunning views during your journey, this is an unforgettable trek that will stay with you for years to come. So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable outdoor experience, the 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek is the perfect choice!
Important Details About 4-Day Classic Choquekirao Trek
- Explore one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes in the world, in a short period of time and without climbing too high.
- Discover the amazing ruins of Choquekirao during your trekking journey, with professional local guides who know the area well.
- Enjoy excellent views of snow-capped mountains, deep gorges and lush forest on your trekking route.
- Get an insight into Peruvian culture, history, tradition and cuisine by visiting remote villages off the beaten track.
- Experience the famous Andean hospitality and make new friends along the way!
- ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights camping
- TRANSPORT: All transportation by private vehicle: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Cusco.
- CAMPING GEAR: It Is included all camping facilities and horses to load the equipment and your personal belongings in duffel bags that we provide.
- MEALS: All meals during the trek, prepared by our mountain chef.
- GUIDED: Services of a professional tour guide: English and Spanish.
- GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2; Maximum 10.
- BEST TIME TO DO IT: From April to early november.
Why should you do Classic Choquekirao Trek with us?
- Our riders are treated with respect, we provide them with a fair wage, a decent tent with a mat, good food and proper equipment. We take care of their health, their well-being and the health of their families,
- we also get involved in social projects to improve their lives.
- We are a practical, punctual, reliable travel agency that welcomes individuals or groups.
- We do not share our 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek with other companies.
- Small groups of 2 to 8 people maximum. This fact differentiates us from other travel agencies that accept larger groups. However, if you are a family or friends of more than 8 people, we can also organize your trip to Choquekirao without any problem.
- SPT Travel & Tours is a 100% local travel agency and fully licensed for Classic Choquekirao trek operator.
- Our tour guides pride themselves on being up-to-date and have a comprehensive continuing professional development program. We love to show how fascinating and surprising Choquekirao is.
Short Itinerary About 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek
Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chiquiska – Playa Rosalina.
Begin the trek from Capuliyoc to Chiquiska, where lunch will be served. Continue the journey to the overnight camp at Playa Rosalina.
Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquekirao.
Start the day at Playa Rosalina and hike to Choquekirao. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes mountains and local flora and fauna along the moderate climb. Return to camp to spend the night.
Day 3: Choquequirao – Santa Rosa – Chiquiska.
Explore the Choquekirao archaeological site, including the Llama sector. Trek to Maranpata for lunch, then continue the journey to Chiquiska Camp. Immerse yourself in history and natural beauty. Overnight at Chiquiska Camp.
Day 4: Chiquiska – Capuliyoc – Cusco.
Hike uphill to Capuliyoc, where lunch will be served. Return to Cusco by car. End the trekking adventure. Thank you for joining us!
Detailed 4-Day Classic Choquekirao Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chiquiska – Playa Rosalina.
Highlights: Spectacular views of the Vilcabamba mountain range with its snow-capped peaks and the Apurimac canyon.
“First steps in the wild and deepest canyon in the world: Apurímac Canyon.”
Today, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 a.m. We will then embark on a 4:30-hour journey to Capuliyuc 2,900m/9,512ft, the trailhead. Here, we will meet our experienced muleteers and our trusty horses, as we prepare ourselves for an unforgettable trekking adventure.
Our 4-Day Classic Choquequirao Trek will begin with a scenic downhill hike, taking us approximately 3 hours to reach our first stop, Chikiska. Situated at 1,900m/6,213ft, Chikiska offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of the Vilcabamba range and the majestic Apurimac Canyon, through which the Apurimac River flows – one of the largest rivers in the Cusco region. At Chikiska, we will enjoy a delicious freshly-prepared lunch before continuing our trek for another hour to La Playa Rosalina, our first campsite nestled at 1,500m/4,920ft. This will be our home for the first night, where we will indulge in a delightful tea time and a satisfying dinner. Please note that all meals, except breakfast, are included in our package.
Get ready for an incredible trekking experience filled with awe-inspiring vistas, rugged trails, and unforgettable moments!
- Walking time: about 4- 5 hours.
- Walking distance: 8 km/ 4.9 miles.
- Highest point: 2,900 m / 9,512 ft
- Lowest point: 1,500 m / 4,920 ft
Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquekirao.
Highlights: First views of the Choquequirao archaeological site and incredible sunset over Choquekirao, plus amazing views of the Apurimac Canyon.
First views of the Inca site of Choquekirao.
Embark on the magnificent Playa Rosalina – Choquekirao trekking adventure. Start your day with an energizing coca tea, recommended for the altitude. Nurture yourself with a nutritious breakfast before embarking on a 5-hour climb along the steep zigzag road to reach the captivating community of Maranpata. Indulge in a delicious lunch with breathtaking views of the mystical Choquekirao. Continuing our journey, we will hike for 2 hours to reach the second camp nestled within Choquekirao Park, sitting at an elevation of 2,950 meters (9,676 feet). In the afternoon, explore the religious wonders of the Choquekirao site and witness a spectacular sunset before returning to our camp. All meals are conveniently included.
- Walking time: about 8 hours
- Walking distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles.
- Highest point: 2,950 m / 9,676 ft
- Lowest point: 1,500 m / 4,920 ft
Day 3: Choquekirao -Santa Rosa – Chiquiska.
Highlights: Further exploration of Choquekirao archaeological Inca site, learn about coca plants, cocoa plants, and other local fruits.
Explore all important sites of the Inca site of Choquekirao.
Embarking on the Choquekirao – Santa Rosa – Chiquiska trek is an exciting venture filled with breathtaking scenery and rewarding experiences. After a hearty breakfast, we will begin our day by exploring the different sections (barrios) of Choquekirao, accompanied by the captivating sight of llamas grazing on terraces, creating a picturesque backdrop. This leg of the journey will take approximately 2 hours. Following this, we will make our way to Marampata, where you can take a well-deserved rest and quench your thirst with refreshing beverages. From there, prepare for an exhilarating descent on a steep switchback trail that lasts about 2 hours, leading you to the remarkable Santa Rosa site. Here, a nutritious lunch awaits, energizing you for the next part of the adventure. The trail continues for another hour, leading us downhill to Playa Rosalina, followed by an hour-long ascent to the Chiquiska Campsite. Lace up your hiking boots and immerse yourself in this unforgettable trek through untouched beauty.
- Total Walking Distance: 8.9km
- Total Walking Time: 6-7 hours
- Minimum Altitude: 1520m (4986 ft)
- Maximum Altitude: 2940m (9646 ft)
Day 4: Chiquiska – Capuliyoc – Cusco.
On the last day of our 4-Day Classic Choquekirao Trek, we hike from Chiquiska to Capuliyoc, completing a 4-hour ascent. Once we reach Capuliyoc, we are greeted with breathtaking views. From there, our journey continues with a 4.5-hour drive to Cusco, where our private car awaits us.
During the drive, we have the opportunity to visit the beautiful archaeological site of Saywite, located in the district of Curahuasi. Saywite, an Inca complex dating back to the XV century, covers an area of approximately 2 hectares and showcases remarkable examples of Inca stone art, as well as religious and ritual spaces.
Alternatively, for those seeking relaxation, we can make a stop at the Cconoc Thermal Baths (1780m / 5840 ft). These baths offer soothing waters with temperatures ranging from 26°C to 35°C and are surrounded by carob trees, reedbeds, and cactus. It is truly a wonderful place to unwind and rejuvenate. The therapeutic properties of the thermal baths, coupled with their pleasant temperatures, make them the perfect spot to soothe your muscles and feet after this incredible 4-day trek in Choquequirao.
Finally, we conclude our journey by getting back on our private car for the trip back to the city of Cusco. Estimated arrival time is around 6:00 p.m.
- Total walking distance: 7 km
- Total hiking time: 3-4 hours
- Minimum altitude: 1,950 m (6,397 ft)
- Maximum altitude: 2,970 m (9,744 ft)
Included items for 4-Day Classic Choquekirao Trek
- Private transport from hotel in Cusco to Capuliyoc.
- Private transport back to hotel in Cusco from Capuliyoc at the end of our journey.
- Entrance ticket to Choquekirao.
- Entrance ticket to Sayhuite monolith.
- PRO 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people)
- air mattresses (Therma-Rest), and Pillow.
- Camping equipment.
- Professional Trek Leader.
- Meals: Breakfast (4), lunch (4), dinner (3), and snacks.
- A professional Trekking chef.
- SPT Travel & Tour Duffel bags where to will put your personal items.
- Horses, and muleteers; horses carry your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items.
- Oxygen Tank.
- Emergency Horse.
- Sleeping bags (available for renting).
- Hiking poles (available for renting).
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.
- Tipping for Leaders, porters or muleteers, and other staff (expected but NOT compulsory, your own appreciation).
- Travel and health insurance.
Packing list for 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek.
- Original passport and some copies.
- Travel insurance (and some copies).
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
- Backpack to carry your essential things during the day.
- Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
- Torch or headlamps.
- Ear Plugs.
- Deet or mosquito repellent (recommendable 30% deet).
- Hiking poles (or you can rent one pair from us).
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- 2 -3 Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
- 1 Hiking trousers.
- 1Thermal underwear.
- Hiking socks.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g., Ibuprofen).
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
PRICE OF THE TOUR
- US$ 490 Group service / minimum two persons are required.
- If you are solo traveller then, you’ll be charged an additional US$ 120.
To secure your 4-Day Classic Choquekirao Trek booking, we kindly request a pre-payment of 40% of the total cost. Payments can be made through PayPal, Western Union, or bank transfer to our account under the name “SUNRISE PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L”.
In Peru, PayPal is the most convenient and secure payment option available. Therefore, we highly recommend using this method for your pre-payment. If you require assistance with setting up a PayPal account and making payments, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to provide you with detailed information on how to proceed with the payment.
THE REMAINING BALANCE:
Upon booking your trip with us, you will be required to settle the remaining balance upon your arrival in Cusco. Our aim is to ensure a seamless and convenient payment experience, which is why we provide several options. You can opt to pay using either US Dollars or Peruvian Soles, at the prevailing exchange rate. Alternatively, you may choose to pay through PayPal, with a 7% service fee, or utilize your Visa credit card, with an additional 5% service charge. We eagerly await your arrival in Cusco and kindly inform us of your preferred payment method.
Essential Info About 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek.
Welcome to Cusco.
Welcome to the vibrant city of Cusco, the gateway to your unforgettable 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek. With its rich tapestry of history and culture, Cusco serves as the perfect starting point for your journey. It’s of utmost importance to arrive in Cusco at least two days before your trek begins. This gives you ample time to acclimate to the altitude, explore the city’s captivating Inca and Spanish colonial history, and prepare for the adventure that lies ahead. Embarking on the 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek is not just about reaching the destination, it’s about immersing yourself in the journey, and there’s no better place to start than Cusco.
The briefing for the trek.
Join us for the essential 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek briefing! This informative session will be held the night before the trek at 6pm in our office. During the briefing, we will cover crucial topics such as safety and emergency procedures, equipment and clothing requirements, food preparation, and invaluable tips for trekking in the Peruvian Andes. Our goal is to ensure that you feel fully prepared and confident for your upcoming adventure. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have before embarking on your journey.
Store my luggage.
During the exhilarating 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek, you don’t have to worry about the hassle of carrying your main luggage. We have taken care of this concern for you. You have the convenient choice to store your main luggage either at our secure office or at your hotel, depending on what suits your needs best. This allows you to embark on your journey with ease, carrying only what is necessary for the trek itself. Trust us to keep your belongings safe while you immerse yourself in this unforgettable adventure.
4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek is an incredible way to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Peru. However, it’s important to note that this trek involves navigating higher altitudes. The journey begins in Cusco, which sits at an altitude of 3,399m (11,152ft) – already more than twice as high as most cities worldwide. As you continue along the trail, you’ll reach an altitude of 4,050m (13,287ft) at the awe-inspiring ruins of Choquequirao. While this altitude is not as high as other treks in Peru, it’s still crucial to take precautions to avoid Altitude Sickness. We highly recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before embarking on the trek, allowing your body ample time to adjust. Additionally, it’s essential to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to combat the effects of dehydration caused by altitude. By following these steps, you’ll ensure a safe and enriching experience on your Choquequirao trek.
Trekking to Choquequirao.
Embarking on the exhilarating journey to Choquequirao, one must be prepared with a precise packing strategy. You will be provided with a compact duffel bag on the evening prior to your adventure. This bag, with a weight allowance of up to 7kg or 14lbs, will carry your essentials for the next 3 days. It’s the pack horses’ responsibility to transport this bag, along with the food and camping gear, ensuring a lightweight trek for you. However, bear in mind, you will have access to these items only at day’s end as the pack horses lead the trail. For the trek itself, your companion should be a substantial day backpack, with capacity ranging from 30 to 50L. This bag must secure your personal items like a warm jacket, a rain jacket, camera, sunscreen, snacks, and water. Remember, a smart packing strategy is the first step towards a successful and enjoyable hike.
About weather for 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek.
When embarking on the Classic Choquekirao Trek, it is crucial to be prepared for all weather conditions. The weather in the Andes Mountains can quickly and unpredictably change throughout the year. Therefore, it is essential to bring the necessary gear to ensure your comfort and safety during the trek. Be sure to pack rain jackets, pants, ponchos, and waterproof gloves, as these items are vital and often overlooked. While the dry season typically spans from April to October in Cusco, rainfall is still possible at any time of the year. To fully enjoy your trek, make sure to come equipped for any weather conditions that may come your way. Regardless of when you undertake this journey, having the right gear will ensure a pleasant experience. And remember, if it does rain, embrace the adventure and embrace whatever comes your way. Best of luck!
Aside from the weather concerns, the Choquequirao trek offers an awe-inspiring experience with its magnificent views of the lush Andes Mountains and stunning Inca ruins. The trail encompasses diverse terrains, ranging from rocky paths to high-altitude passes and deep valleys, guaranteeing an unforgettable journey. So, don’t let the weather deter you from exploring this remarkable region; just ensure you are well-prepared. Happy trekking!
About First Aid.
Your safety and well-being during your 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek is our utmost priority. Our guides are not just experienced trekkers but are also trained in first aid by a physician. We ensure they refresh their skills annually, with mandatory training sessions held every February. Equipped with a first aid kit for dealing with basic medical situations such as traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, and scrapes, and even carrying oxygen, they are adequately prepared to take care of you.
In the unlikely event that you are unable to complete your trek, our guides are trained to respond swiftly and effectively. They will arrange the safest and fastest way off the trail and ensure you reach a clinic for medical attention. Rest assured, you will never be left alone; a team member will be with you every step of the way, right up to when you are safely with a doctor.
About your Travel Insurance for 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek.
Travel insurance is an essential component when planning your 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek. It provides financial protection and ensures peace of mind throughout your journey.
By having travel insurance, you safeguard the money you’ve invested in booking the Classic Choquekirao Trek. In case of any unexpected events, such as trip cancellation or unforeseen expenses, your travel insurance will cover the incurred costs within the terms of coverage. We strongly advise all Choquequirao trekkers to obtain travel insurance prior to departure, guaranteeing their financial security in the face of unforeseen circumstances.
In the event of trek cancellation, we will provide you with a letter and invoice to expedite your insurance claim process. It is crucial to carefully review the terms and conditions of your travel insurance to ensure comprehensive coverage before booking the trek to Choquequirao in Peru.
About the environmental impact.
When you embark on the 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek, rest assured that we prioritize minimizing our environmental impact. Our guides use biodegradable soap and ensure all garbage is transported back to Cusco for proper disposal. Moreover, our well-trained porters diligently clean the trails, picking up any waste left behind by other groups. As an extra precaution, we utilize chemical portable toilets to eradicate any waste residue. We deeply understand the significance of leaving no trace and strive to safeguard the environment while you relish your journey. We are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience while also upholding the pristine beauty of the trek. Choosing SPT Travel & Tours guarantees both an enjoyable and sustainable adventure. Rest easy, knowing that you are participating in a responsible and respectful journey that actively minimizes environmental impact. Our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation ensures that we will continue to be a breathtaking destination for years to come.
Our camping equipment.
Having the right camping equipment can enhance your camping experience and make your trip more enjoyable. At our store, we have curated a selection of top-quality camping gear specifically for 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek. Our range includes lightweight tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, cooking supplies, and other essential items. With our camping equipment, you can rest assured that you’ll have a comfortable and safe night’s sleep on the trek. We also offer food rations, water containers, fire starters, and other key items necessary for a successful trek. Get the best camping equipment for your trek and embark on an unforgettable journey with us today.
Experience a restful night’s sleep in our expansive Eureka camping tents. Designed for four individuals, each tent accommodates only two trekkers, allowing ample space for relaxation and secure storage of personal belongings. These A-frame tents boast dual entrances, ensuring easy access from either side. Additionally, each tent features a convenient vestibule at the front, offering extra outdoor area to keep your boots and walking sticks outside, eliminating the need to bring in dirt. It is worth mentioning that we take pride in being the exclusive provider of these exceptional camping tents.
For the 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek experience, SUNRISE PERU TREK Travel & Tours offers a foam mat to ensure a comfortable sleep during your trip. This foam mat serves to isolate and insulate you from the ground, providing a relaxing and cozy experience each night in the Andes. For those seeking added comfort, we also provide Thermarest and Eureka inflatable air mattresses which offer an additional 3 inches of cushioning between you and the ground. With these camping mattresses, you can enjoy a restful night’s sleep during your Choquequirao Trekking adventure. Our priority is to keep you comfortable throughout your journey.
Our Sleeping Bags.
Experience the ultimate comfort and warmth on your 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek with SUNRISE PERU TREK’s top-of-the-line mummy style sleeping bags. Our 100% down sleeping bags are designed to withstand temperatures as low as -15°C/5°F, ensuring a cozy night’s sleep. For individuals taller than 1.95 meters / 6’4”, finding a suitable sleeping bag rental in Cusco may prove challenging, which is why we recommend bringing your own. To maintain optimum comfort and hygiene, we provide linen bags to each person, which are meticulously machine washed after every use. Keep in mind that the liner weighs 2 kg and should be included in your duffel weight.
About our team.
Meet the extraordinary team at SPT Travel & Tours, your dedicated companions for a thrilling adventure of a lifetime. Our guides, gifted with comprehensive knowledge and years of experience navigating the Choquequirao terrains, are committed to making your journey safe, informative, and unforgettable. With unwavering dedication, they will lead you through the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, providing a rich tapestry of history, culture, and wildlife along the way. Choquequirao isn’t just about reaching a destination, it’s about experiencing the journey in its fullest, uncovering hidden secrets and marveling at the untouched wildlife. From the first step to the last, we are committed to delivering the most exhilarating and rewarding Choquequirao trekking experience.
When embarking on the adventure of a lifetime with our 4-day Classic Choquekirao Trek, remember that your trekking team is committed to ensuring your experience is memorable, safe, and enjoyable. Although tipping isn’t mandatory, it’s a way of expressing your gratitude for their exceptional service. In many trekking destinations, including Choquequirao, tipping is a highly appreciated practice, importantly contributing to the local tourism industry. As you consider the amount to tip, reflect on the quality of the service you received and the duration of your trek. An extraordinary service during an extended trek might warrant a larger tip, while a shorter excursion with satisfactory service would necessitate a more modest amount. Remember—tipping isn’t compulsory, but it’s a heartfelt way to recognize the hard work and dedication of your trekking team.
Terms & Cond.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CLASSIC CHOQUEKIRAO TREK
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RESERVATION PROCESS AFTER FINAL DECISION TO BOOK SERVICES WITH US:
You need to provide us follow personal detail, information of flight (arrival at Cusco and departure from Cusco), Photocopy of passport and photographs.
- First Name:
- Family Name:
- Passport No.:
- Date of Birth:
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAIL:
- The Arrival Date and time:
- Flight No.:
- Departure Date:
- Departure Time:
- Flight No.
We will procedure for necessary booking of services required for your trip.
Send you information of availabilities of services.
We will send you final confirmation of tour.
BOOKING DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
We kindly request with all our client to make payment 40% total bill as booking deposit at the time of booking made. Once you decided to book the trip with us, we will give you our bank account. The balance invoice of your booking to be paid on your arrival at Cusco; You will pay us in cash.