Choquequirao Trek is a captivating adventure that takes you deep into the heart of the Peruvian Andes, culminating at the stunning Inca site of Choquequirao. Often referred to as the “sister city” of the iconic Machu Picchu, Choquequirao remains a hidden gem, offering an authentic off-the-beaten-path experience for those who seek it.

This challenging yet rewarding multi-day hike will guide you through a variety of landscapes, from high mountain passes to lush cloud forests and verdant valleys. As you traverse these breathtaking terrains, you’ll encounter a rich array of flora and fauna, along with remnants of ancient Inca culture, showcasing the rich history and natural beauty of the region.

Along the way, you will immerse yourself in the unique Andean environment, camp under starlit skies, and share stories with fellow hikers around a crackling campfire. Upon reaching the enigmatic ruins of Choquequirao, you will be rewarded with a sense of achievement and wonder as you explore the extensive terraces, ceremonial plazas, and intricate stone works of this magnificent site.

  • Choquequirao Archaeological Site: Explore the captivating, lesser-known Inca ruins of Choquequirao, a vast complex still undergoing excavation and restoration. Discover intricate stonework, terraced fields, and ceremonial plazas as you immerse yourself in the rich history of this hidden gem.
  • Breathtaking Landscapes: Marvel at the diverse and stunning scenery throughout the trek, from the snow-capped Salkantay Mountain to the awe-inspiring Apurimac River canyon. The Andean landscapes offer a picturesque backdrop for your adventure.
  • Flora and Fauna: Encounter a variety of unique Andean wildlife, including the majestic Andean condor, as well as a diverse array of native plant life. The trek provides ample opportunities for nature lovers to appreciate the region’s biodiversity.
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience the vibrant local culture and customs, as you interact with communities along the trail and gain insight into the region’s history and traditions.
  • Solitude and Serenity: The Choquequirao Trek offers a more secluded and intimate experience compared to the busier Inca Trail, allowing you to connect with the ancient Inca civilization and the surrounding natural beauty on a deeper level.
  • Physical Challenge: Test your endurance and stamina on this challenging trek, as you navigate steep ascents and descents through the Andean mountains, pushing your limits and creating a sense of accomplishment.
During your trek, you’ll be provided with the following accommodations:
  • First night: Comfortable campsite
  • Second night: Rustic rural lodging
  • Third night: Exclusive campsite featuring charming cabins with views of the Apurimac Canyon and the snow-capped Padreyoc peak
  • Starting Point: Your hotel in Cusco
  • Ending Point: Your hotel in Cusco
  • Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
  • Trip Style: Guided tour
  • Activities: Archaeological exploration, cultural immersion, ecological adventure, hiking, and lodging
  • Total Trekking Distance: 62 km (35 miles)
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,100 meters (10,170 feet)
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners




Per person

Group Size:

8 People

Physical Level:


Tour location:

Cusco - Peru

Tour type:



3 B, 3 D, 3 L


Daily Departures



We will pick you up from your hotels or Airbnb accommodations between 6:00 and 6:30 AM. Our transport will then take us on a 3.5-hour journey to the Saywite Archaeological Park, where you will see a stone carved by the Incas, featuring many miniature architectural designs akin to a model. The site also includes additional ceremonial centers.

After exploring Saywite, we will continue by car for another hour to Capuliyoc in Cachora, where we will enjoy lunch with views overlooking the Apurimac Canyon and the snowy peaks of Padreyoc. Following lunch, we will commence our adventure, descending for approximately three hours. We will pass through the Cocamasana viewpoints on our way to Chikiska.

In Chikiska, we will have our dinner and spend the night in a rural lodge that offers rooms with either double or matrimonial beds.

  • Pick-Up Time: Our team will collect you from your hotel in Cusco between 6:00 to 6:30 am, ensuring a seamless start to your adventure.
  • Car Ride: Enjoy a scenic 4-hour drive from Cusco to the Mirador Capuliyoc, taking in the beautiful landscapes and local sights along the way.
  • Meals: Savor the flavors of the region with lunch and dinner included, providing you with the energy needed for your trekking adventure.
  • Accommodation: Experience a comfortable stay at the charming Casitas Incas, where you can relax and recharge after a day of exploration.
  • Camp Elevation: Rest easy at the camp, situated at an altitude of 2,900 meters above sea level (9,514 feet), amidst the breathtaking surroundings of the Andean mountains.


  • Pre-Trek Orientation/Briefing: Prior to embarking on the trek, you’ll attend a meeting at our office in Cusco to discuss the itinerary, meet your group, and address any questions or concerns with your tour leader.
  • Door-to-Door Service: We provide pick-up and drop-off services from any hotel or location in Cusco, ensuring a seamless start and end to your adventure.
  • Professional English-Speaking Guide: Our expert guides specialize in the Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu, providing in-depth knowledge and a memorable experience.
  • Transportation: All necessary transportation throughout the trek is covered by our company.
  • Park Entrance Tickets: Your package includes entrance tickets to both the Choquequirao archaeological site and Machu Picchu.
  • Professional Cooks and Porters: Our skilled team will prepare meals and carry essential equipment to guarantee a successful trek.
  • Meals: Enjoy 3 healthy breakfasts, 3 nutritious lunches, and 3 dinners at the campsite, with vegetarian and vegan options available upon request at no extra charge.
  • Snacks: Stay energized with snacks provided throughout the trek.
  • Water: Drinking water is available for refilling bottles at meal stops, and hot water is provided for washing hands and face at campsites.
  • Morning Wake-Up Drinks: Start each day with a hot cup of coca tea or coffee delivered to your tent.
  • Camping Equipment and Supplies: Our package includes all necessary camping equipment, such as inflatable sleeping pads, a dining tent, kitchen tent, and toilet tent.
  • Safety Equipment and First Aid: We provide emergency oxygen assistance, a first aid kit, radio communication, and other essential safety gear.
  • Free Storage: Leave your extra belongings at our Cusco office while you trek. Afterward, pick up your items or have them delivered to your Cusco hotel.
  • Exceptional Service and Support: Our professional team is dedicated to ensuring you have an unforgettable and enjoyable adventure with us.

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance: Protect yourself with a comprehensive travel insurance policy, which is not included in the trek package but is highly recommended for peace of mind during your adventure.
  • Additional Personal Expenses: Any extra leisure expenses or personal items you may require during the trek, such as snacks, souvenirs, or additional activities, are not included in the package.
  • Gratuities: Tips for the support crew, including guides, cooks, and porters, are not included in the trek package but are greatly appreciated as a gesture of gratitude for their hard work and dedication.




  1. Moisture-wicking shirts (long and short sleeves)
  2. Quick-drying hiking pants and shorts
  3. Fleece jacket or lightweight down jacket
  4. Waterproof and windproof jacket (preferably a breathable fabric)
  5. Warm hat and sun hat or cap
  6. Underwear and thermal base layers
  7. Hiking socks (moisture-wicking and quick-drying)
  8. Swimsuit (if you plan to swim in any rivers or streams)


  1. Sturdy, broken-in hiking boots or shoes with good ankle support
  2. Lightweight sandals or flip-flops for resting at the campsites


  1. Sunglasses with UV protection
  2. Trekking poles (optional but helpful for steep ascents and descents)
  3. Gloves or mittens (for cold early mornings and evenings)


  1. Daypack (25-35 liters) with a rain cover
  2. Water bottles or hydration system (2-3 liters capacity)
  3. Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  4. Camera or smartphone with portable charger and extra batteries
  5. Dry bags or plastic bags to keep belongings dry in case of rain

Personal items:

  1. High SPF sunscreen
  2. Insect repellent
  3. Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, wet wipes, etc.)
  4. Travel-size quick-dry towel
  5. Biodegradable soap
  6. Hand sanitizer
  7. Personal first aid kit (band-aids, blister care, painkillers, altitude sickness medication, etc.)
  8. Any necessary prescription medications


  1. Valid passport
  2. Travel insurance information
  3. Emergency contact information
  4. Copies of important documents (passport, travel insurance, etc.) in case of loss or damage


  1. High-energy snacks such as granola bars, nuts, dried fruits, or chocolate

Please note that packing light is essential, as you will need to carry your belongings throughout the trek. Keep in mind that weather conditions can be unpredictable, so it’s best to dress in layers and be prepared for various temperatures and conditions.


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4 Days - 03 Nights
$280.00 Per person (Group service)
Amazing trek with the best guide I did the Inca trail to Machupicchu for 4 days and 3 nights, with Salkantay Trekkers Peru. Our organization was excellent I joined a group of 6 people. We had the briefing one night before our departure where our guide Jose gave us full information and some suggestions. The service was very good, with all the staff that we went from the first day between them it is worth mentioning the service of our Cheff and our porters who were the people who took our travel luggage. The whole group saw the desire to work as a team, and in a professional manner. Our Guide Jose very kind and attentive with all the group of tourists and the staff of the Agency. I had the best travel experience with this group and very organized, I congratulate the whole group for making me part of this unforgettable experience. I recommend this travel agency in Cusco, for those people who are interested in traveling to Machu Picchu.
Belen F
Belen F
El mejor!! Machu Picchu mi Excursión con ellos. Organizaros perfectamente. Salimos a tiempo y la guía fue informativo y servicial. Disfrutamos cada momento de la excursión y nos sentimos en manos seguras. Lo recomiendo para cualquier excursión en Cusco y alrededor de la ciudad.
Sreeram Hariharan
Sreeram Hariharan
Servicio impresionante Fui a Salkantay Trek con la agencia. Estaba bien organizado y las guías son conocedores e informativos.

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