Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N

The Short Choquequirao Route

Capuliyoc - Santa Rosa - Choquequirao - Saywite Monolith - Conoc Hot Springs
$ 600 Price pp
4 Days Duration
Camping Accommodation
Max: 8p Max Guests:
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Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N

Camping Accommodation
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Choquequirao trek 5 days is truly one of the most spectacular and off-the-beaten-path treks in the Cusco region and a great alternative. Located high atop the Apurimac Valle, in utter isolation and cloud forest, surrounded by a fascinating landscape created by the Vilcabamba mountain range. Choquequirao trek is a remote, rarely-visited and has been nicknamed the “Twin Sister of Machu Picchu”. Besides, Choquequirao ruins is believed to be the legendary last city of the Incas and it’s larger than Machu Picchu.

This stunning 4-day trek to the fascinating Incan city of Choquequirao is challenging but amazing experience, where you hike down to the depths of the Apurimac Canyon and have some chance to spot some condors soar through the skies, surrounded by dramatic vistas through steep farmlands and then hike up to reach the ancient ruins of Choquequirao.

Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N Map

Overview

HIGHLIGHTS.

  • Hiking in the most remote places off the beaten path.
  • Free transfer airport Pick up (only Cusco)
  • Panoramic train on the way back to Cusco
  • Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides
  • Meet our multicultural team
  • 2% of  the price you pay goes to support our Social Projects
  • Extra DUFFLE bag is included for your personal stuff (8 kg duffle bag, most tour companies charge you for this extra service). 

Pre-Trek Briefing:

The tour guide will meet you at your hotel one day before your tour to give you a briefing. They will tell you all about your tour and answer any questions you may have. It is important to us that you ask any questions you may have so the tour guide will get you ready for your amazing tour.
 

TREKKING WITH THE BEST TEAM

You will hike with the best team made of our guides, our chefs and porters. You will be proud of the people in our team for their hard work. We treat our team very well and provide them with everything they need to work well and respond to your needs. We have the best equipment to camp in each camping sites. 

What makes us different?

Runas Expeditions is owned by locals and based in Cusco-Peru. Runas Expeditions has the best professional staff, we work hard to provide a high-quality service, RE organize all kinds of tour packages and we are ready to answer your questions, we arrange your tour according to your needs and we are very flexible. And the most important thing for us is your safety in each tour, you are in good hands, we take care of you from door to door.

  • 100% Local
  • Small groups and personalized services
  • Committed to social projects
  • Best Equipment
  • Safety Standards.

Equipment

Every camping tour includes a spacious 4 man tent that will be shared by only two people so you can spread out a bit. These are all King Camp Tents made for all seasons Our rentals are top of the line: Black Diamond Adjustable Walking Sticks, the Thermarest Air Matts can be rented at our office. Sleeping Bags rented from us are mummy style down bags for -15C and liners are always included.

Food

Every trek includes a chef that has been trained in culinary school. They have learned the magic of mountain cooking and you will be amazed. You will enjoy full breakfast, lunch and dinner all served hot and tasty. We also include Happy Hour with snacks and some hot tea before dinner. The key to feeling good on a trek like this is eating well and staying hydrated.

Meals are all served family style – large plates for everyone to take what they like. And all food restrictions are honored. No matter if you are vegetarian or gluten free, you will always be well fed.

Choquequirao Trek 4d/3n

  • DISTANCE: 52.5km / 34 miles.
  • Day1: 16.5kms/ 10.3 miles 10 hours approx.
  • Day2: 16km/10miles, 10 hours approx.
  • Day3: 12kms/7.5 miles, 9 hours approx.
  • Day4: 8km/4.4 miles 4hours approx
  • Type of trek: Nature, Cultural and history adventure and much more.
  • Lowest Elevation: 1,475m/4,840ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3.500m/11,200ft
  • Weather: From Abril to November dry season, from November to March wet season.
  • Departure Dates: Depend on your booking time

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – PLAYA ROSALINAS – SANTA ROSA

This incredible trip begins at 4:30am, when your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive for the next 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (2,850m/9,407ft). Along the way, there are picturesque views of villages, spectacular valleys and snow-capped mountains. In cachora town we can have some breakfast before hiking. Once at Capuliyoc, we meet our horsemen and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. You will only carry a small daypack with the essentials you will need on the trail.
Then we start walking all the way down to Playa Rosalinas (1,475m/4,840ft) where we have lunch. Along the way, you will enjoy great views of the Apurimac Canyon, and mountain peaks such as Padreyoc at 5,571m/18,387ft.  After lunch, we ascend for two hours to our first campsite at Santa Rosa, (1900m/6234ft) where hot drinks and appetizers will be ready for you. You will have time to settle into your tents, which will already be set up, before dinner.

  • Meals included: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16.5kms/ 10 miles
  • Difficulty: Challenging

DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

Your guide will wake you with a hot mug of tea or coffee to enjoy in your tent before you get up. After an early breakfast, we start our adventure by walking uphill for 2 hours to the rural village of Maranpata (2,850m/9,350ft). We enjoy the scenery and then walk through a micro-climate of an astonishing variety of flora and fauna to the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao! We have lunch here and then we will have a private guided tour of the fascinating site in the afternoon.

During the tour, we will explore all the important sections, such as the palaces, temple, ritual water fountains, amazing Usnu (ceremonial platform), agricultural terraces, llama’s section and much more. Your guide will tell you all about the fascinating history of this amazing site! Finally, we head back to our second campsite located at Maranpata which is 1.5h from the Choquequirao ruins, where we will have tea time and dinner.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16km/10miles
  • Difficulty: Difficult

DAY 3: MARAMPATA – CHIQUISCA

After an early breakfast, we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,550m/5,117ft) for two hours. This is a very sacred river in traditional Inca beliefs and you will understand why as you marvel at its strength and power. Finally, we walk up hill for one hour to our third campsite at Chiquisca  (1,990m/6,270ft). Once again, your tents will be set up, with hot drinks and appetizers ready for you.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,550m/5,117ft
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,990m/6,270ft
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Difficult

DAY 4: CHIQUISCA – SAYWITE – CUSCO

After a delicious breakfast, we walk up a moderately difficult hill towards the Capuliyoc Pass. Once there, we can enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac Canyon. Then we take our car to Cachora (2,850m/9,407ft) for lunch. Afterward we take our private transport to the archeological site of Saywite taking plenty of time to explore it. Finally, our van will take us back to Cusco to your hotel, arriving in the evening, around 6pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,990m/6,270ft
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,850m/9,407ft
  • Distance: 8km/4.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Includes / Does not include

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Transportation:

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Day 1: Private transport from Cusco to Capuliyoq trailhead
  • Day 4: Private transport from Capuliyoq back to Cusco

Entrance Tickets and Permits:

  • Permits & entrance fee to Choquequirao

High Quality Service & Safety standards:

  • Pre-departure Briefing
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Guiding Tour in Machupicchu
  • First Aid Kit + oxygen bottle
  • Chef, Porters, Horsemen
  • 24/7 Customer Service

Accommodation:

  • Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3: Camping

Meals:

  • 3 Snacks, 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunches, 3 tea time, 3 Dinners
  • Day 2, Day 3, Day 4: Drinking Water (boiled and filtered)

Camping  Equipment:

  • Kitchen tent, Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4-man tent (only 2 people enter)
  • Sleeping mattrass (foam)
  • Hot water for washing & biodegradable soap
  • Rain poncho & Rain covers for your backpack
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear (holds 8kg)
  • Horses for our camping and cooking equiment

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Tip for your staff (optional)
  • Things not mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • The first breakfast

Recommendations

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

CONSIDERATIONS:

Don’t forget you are hiking (above 3,500m/ 11,200ft, 1,475m/4,840ft), make sure you are fully prepared. this trek is challenging and very rewarding at the same time. you should be in shape and healthy. We really recommend you to spend at least two to three days in Cusco or in other places with the same elevation to acclimatize and drink plenty of fluid before starting the hike.

What you need to bring:

  • Original Passport.
  • International Student Cart (if book as a student).
  • Immigration card.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Sleeping bag (not included but you can rent one here)
  • Walking boots & Walking stick.
  • Good backpack or daypack.
  • Waterproof jacket & Warm jacket, hat and gloves.
  • Recyclable water container or camel bag.
  • T-shirts & Comfortable trousers.
  • Sun hat + sunglasses.
  • Sun protection cream & Insect repellent
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Torch or head lamp.
  • Personal medication.
  • Sandals
  • Towel
  • Extra money.

 

Accommodation

Accomodation:

Trekking Accomodation: This amazing alternative trek provides the best camping spots which are pretty much private. Every camping tour includes a spacious 4 man tent that will be shared by only two people so you can spread out a bit and also we included pillow with Sleeping mattress (foam).

 

  • First night: Camping
  • Secong night: Camping
  • Third night: Camping

Prices

Prices

Group Price per person

  • $600 per person

Private Price

  • 2 trekkers: $950 per person
  • 3 trekkers: $925 per person
  • 4 trekkers: $900 per person
  • 5 trekkers: $850 per person
  • 6 trekkers: $825 per person
  • 7 trekkers: $800  per person
  • 8, or more, trekkers: $780 per person

Discounts

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the tour or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking time. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time as well. Please send all to info@runasexpeditions.com

$30 off per person

RENTALS

  • Hiking poles U.S $20.00
  • Sleeping bag US $30.00
  • Private Tent U.S $30.00
  • Inflatable mattress US $30.00

 

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Faqs

Frequently Asked Questions

 WHY RUNAS EXPEDITIONS?

RUNAS EXPEDITIONS is an experienced travel company, we are experts doing tours and you are our motivation; to show you our culture; You will have your best adventure and experience ever in PERU. We will work together to do your trip, hiking through the Andes to reach MACHUPICCHU or any other tours.
Peru is one of the countries that has so many things to do as an adventure, so we offer you the best experiences ever in your lifetime. Whatever is your tour you will have the best adventures. All our tours are only and strictly operated by RUNAS EXPEDITIONS with our professional staff. we are located and based in Cusco, working more than 10 years in the tourism industry, we believe that we are in advance than any others tour companies because we really practice and educate the people to protect the environment and we really help to local people with giving jobs, and giving donations to the local children.  And we really care about our employees guides, chefs, porters, horsemen and all our staff. Runas Expeditions contributes to the Peruviangovernment with 19%taxes on all sales (overseas companies are exempt from paying this so do not contribute to the Peruvian economy in this aspect). 
All our tour guides are from university who speak English; they are very professional with a lot knowledgeable and a lot passion to their work.      

 

 DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

Well all the treks Ancascocha trek, Inca Quarry Trek, Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek, Ausangate trek or whatever trek are moderately difficult, at least you need to train like go running, gym, hike a little bit or do any exercise. On the trail you will have enough time do anything, if you are hiking slow on the way that’s not problem take your time enjoy yourself because our tour guides will be ready to help at any times.
Please when you will be going high altitudes, go slowly and steady and drink a lot water and of course drink the magical coca tea.

 

 How long in advance should I book for this Trek?

For the alternative trek or any Machu Picchu tours: Ancascocha Treks, Inca Quarry Trek, Lares trek, salkantay, Huchuy Qosqo etc. You can book three months in advance before doing the trek or any tour to Machu Picchu.

 

 How can I proceed to book a reservation for the altervative treks?


The same as the Inca Trail, sending your departure date and backup date:
You must provide us a main date and a backup date. By providing us with a main date and a backup date for your trek classic, you automatically authorize Runas Expeditions to use either of these dates for your reservation. Runas Expeditions within the next 24 hours, we will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek and also you have to do a deposited of 200$ usa or 20% of the total price of the trip. 

 

 How many days in advance is recommended to BE in Cusco? How far in advance must one check in at the ROYAL ADVENTURE Office to guarantee the reservation?

All the hiker from any treks, we high recommended to be in Cusco 1 or 2 days before doing the trek or any tour in order to acclimatize with high elevation. The last details about your trek (to pay the remaining balance) should be at the Runas Expeditions office at least two days prior to departure.

 

HOW TO MAKE A DEPOSIT?

We are Unable to accept any bookings without completed booking form and deposit sent to Runas Expeditions. All deposits are $200 per person and are non-refundable.
We accept payments through PayPal and Visa, they do charge 6% so the total per person is $212 and should be sent to runasexpeditions@gmail.com

You can make your deposit by clicking on the  PAYPAL symbols on our page or you need to log into your Paypal account and send the money to runasexpeditions@gmail.com

 

NOTE: The client will assume all transaction fees.

 

 CAN I BOOK GROUP SERVICE OR PRIVATE SERVICE.

When you book as Group Service, you will meet people from different nationalities, different ages, and different culture minds, while you are hiking you don’t have to wait for the last one but you will wait at lunch place and camping site because you will share the same food, the same sleeping tents etc.


When you book as Private Service, you will definitely have exclusive service with more details and surprise to you. You will travel just yourself not with other people to share thing, it will selected just two people for honeymooners, for family or a group of friends and normally the groups are small but they could be a big group.

 

 Is there a meeting before the trek?

Of course there will be a meeting at Runas Expeditions office before doing any tours, where you will meet your tour guide, the rest of your group, and be provided with a clear information about your trek or any tours.

Can i rent equipment from Runas expeditions?


Yes, You can. Here you can rent sleeping bag, sleeping tens, trekking poles, inflammable matrass or air mattresses but we don’t rent hiking boots, rain jackets or other personal clothing.

 

CAN I RENT AN EXTRA PORTER AND HOW MUCH WILL THEY CARRY FOR ME?

Runas Expeditions, you don’t have to pay for extra porter, we included in all our tour extra porter to carry 8 kilos per person (duffle bag), so we are the only tour company who provide this. You will carry just a small daypack.

 

DO I NEED INSURANCE?

We strongly advise you to get travel insurance that covers accidents, medical expenses and emergency repatriation, including rescue and air ambulance. We also recommend that it covers bad weather tour cancellations, loss of luggage, etc. Please forward a copy/ policy number to our offices.

 How many people will there be in my group?

According to Peruvian laws and regulation on the Inca Trail, the maximum group size is 16 hikers and 2 tour guides. After 9 hikers there will be 2 tour guides, and from 2 hikers to 8 hikers there will be a tour guide. At many times of year, the group size will be smaller.

IF I am travelling by myself. Will I have to share THE SLEEPING tent?

The sleeping tents for all our treks are 4 man tents but we only designed for two people in each thus allowing you more space and comfort. If you are travelling alone and there is an even number of people in your group, you will share the tent with somebody else unless you rent an extra single tent.

 ARE THERE TOILETS ALONG THE WAY?

On the Inca Trail there are toilets at every lunch spot and every campsites. The type of toilets are squat toilets and sometimes will be busy, they may become slightly dirty.

We will provide chemical baths on the Inca trail and alternate treks, as these baths are more hygienic

WHAT KIND OF FOOD ARE THERE ON THE TRAIL? Can I GET my dietary needs?

You should not worry about the food; our meals are just amazing and plenty for everyone, the type of food that we provide are buffet so you can eat as much as you want. And definitely we have the best food, by the way you will have four meals per Day Breakfast, Lunch, Happy hour and Dinner.
 Runas Expeditions is able to accommodate many types of needs upon request at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian or any specially diet or any specific allergies, it will not be a problem for. Our international chefs will be able to give you a surprise at every meal and you will have variety of dietary needs.

WILL I GET WATER ALONG THE WAY?

We will provide you boiled water. At Every morning, you will get plenty water from us, and after every lunch you will get more water from us, even if you need water at night just let us know.

Is there a student discount?

Runas Expeditions gives student discounts of %25. You only need to send us your scanned student card at booking time, and your price will be adjusted accordingly.

WHAT TIME WILL I GET BACK TO CUSCO?

We give you all the chance to enjoy more the Inca city Machu Picchu. Our transportation back to Cusco is not early and not late. That’s why we have to book in advance too, because the Train Company Peru Rail provides us all departure times. You will get back to Cusco between 7pm to 8pm.

WHAT TIME WILL I ARRIVE AT MACHUPICCHU?

When you are coming from the Inca Trail, you will arrive to MachuPicchu around 7:30am. But if you are doing any others tour you will arrive to MachuPicchu between 6:30am to 7am or depend on your bokking time.

 IS THERE ANY OTHERS THINGS TO DO AT MACHUPICCHU?

After the guiding tour you will have plenty of time to visit by yourself. If you book for the extra climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Macho Picchu Mountain you can do it, or you can go to the Inca Bridge or you can go the Sun Gate or you can just explore at the Inca city.

 WHY AND HOW MUCH SHOULD WE TIP THE PORTERS?

Runas Expeditions fully complies with the porter’s Law (27608) requirements of payment and insurance. However, tipping is a tradition on the Inca Trail or any trek that has been taking place for the 20 years as a way of showing the porters your gratitude. Generally the groups prepare a collective tip which is shared out between the cook, head porter and porters. Suggested amount to tip is 90 soles to each porter and 250 soles the cook, from the whole group not from each tourist.
Please Note: to tip to the porters is a personal decision and it is optional.

SHOULD I TIP THE GUIDE?

Tipping the guide is again a personal decision. If you decide to tip we recommend that it is according their performance, knowledge and skills while on the trail. Guides are tipped individually at the end of the trek and tipping depends on their performance!

WHAT HAPPENED IF I GET SICK DO I NEED TO TURN BACK?

We have a very low rate of people turning back once on the trek. Our priority is to help you complete it; all our guides are properly trained and carry a first aid kit and a bottle of oxygen for emergencies. Please do not think about this, be positive mind and definitely you are in good hands.
In the exceptional case that a trekker decides to head back once they have started the trek, they must pay additional expenses such as food, lodging and transportation. On the last day the tourist will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.

No refund will be given.

What KIND OF MONEY is used in Peru?

Peruvian Soles are the national currency.

What type of money is most commonly accepted?

Soles are accepted everywhere in Peru. However, at tourist sites you are often able to use American dollars and money exchanges are easy to find it.

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If you are doing alternative treks or any others tours to Machu Picchu , you should book three months in advance, before doing any tours in Peru.



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Please note we are Unable to accept any bookings without completed booking form and deposit sent to Runas Expeditions. All deposits are $200 per person and are non-refundable. We accept payments through PayPal and Visa, they do charge 6% so the total per person is $212 and should be sent to runasexpeditions@gmail.com. We will email you your booking invoice and confirmation once your details and deposit are received."

***The final balance will be paid at our office which can be done in US$ or local currency! Note: Once you confirm you should send us your copy of your passport, without passport we cannot do anything

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