choquequirao trek

Discover Choquequirao, the sister of Machu Picchu.

Choquequirao , the famous sister mountain of Machu Picchu. This archaeological site has recently gained a high level of importance and both tourist and cultural curiosity. Choquequirao is located in the jungle, which is the transition from the Andean valleys to the jungle. The confluence of these environmental variations makes it an important attraction for you. You will have the opportunity to observe various expressions of the flora and fauna of the place such as the spectacled bear, the condor, colorful butterflies and beautiful birds.  Explore this magical path to the most interesting inca remain.


Quick Itinerary:


  • Day 01: Cusco – Cachora – Coca Masana – Playa Rosalina
  • Day 02: Rosalina Beach – Choquequirao
  • Day 03: Choquequirao – Raqaypata
  • Day 04: Raqaypata – Coca Masana
  • Day 05: Coca Masana – Cachora – Cusco


  • Archaeological center
  • Panoramic Views
  • 5 day hike with professional tour guide, cook and horses 
  • Guided Tour of Choquequirao ruins


  • Crew: Inca Trail Machu Picchu representatives in Cusco, a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook, and horses
  • Accomodation: Campsites (4 nights), 
  • Meals: 5x breakfast, 4x lunch (boc lunch for the last day), 4x dinner, 4x afternoon tea.
  • Transportation: private transportation


Choquequirao is one of the places where you can make an authentic hiking adventure. During your vacation, you can change the lights and noise of the city for an expedition through the tropical forests to a hidden citadel. The sister of Machu Picchu is more than stone stairs and platforms




We left at 4:00 am from the city of Cusco, driving us to Cachora. Arriving at approximately 7:30 am in the village of Cachora, where we will have breakfast and prepare our equipment on the horses to start our trek. After 2 hours of walking we will arrive at Capuliyoc (2915 m.a.n.m) from where we descend to Coca Masana (2330 m.a.n.m) where the climate gets warmer, the flora and fauna begins to change. Finally we will arrive at Playa Rosalina (1550 m.a.s.l) next to the Apurimac River where we will settle and camp for the night.


After a good breakfast, we are ready to continue our walk (considered the most impressive of the trip), we will leave very early and begin the zigzag way for 5 hours approx. arriving at Raqaypata which is next to the Chunchullumayo River where we will have our lunch. During the walk we can observe varieties of orchids, wild flowers and also lots of birds. From Raqaypata to Choquequirao (3035 m.a.s.l) we will walk for approximately 2 hours until arriving at the Archaeological Site of Choquequirao and where we will be able to observe the entrance of the sun and the flight of the condor. Our camp will be close to the ruins.


This is a memorable day where we will explore all the ruins of Choquequirao, the most important places, such as Temples, Agricultural Terraces, Military Zones, the Astronomical Center and the Sacred Temples. The guide will explain the history and importance of the Archaeological sites, after the guided tour, you will have free time to visit the different sectors of the complex. In the afternoon we will begin our walk back to Raqaypata where we will settle and camp for the night.


After breakfast we will continue our return trip along the same route, which will be more easy because we will descend to the Apurimac river where we will have lunch. And the afternoon will go up climbing for 2 hours until arriving at Coca Masana. Place of the Camp.


This day will be where we climb for approximately 4 hours until the Zone of Capuliyoc, after the walk we can appreciate the impressive Apurimac Canyon that forms part of the Apurimac River. We will take a new path that will lead us towards the village of Cachora where we will take our bus to return to Cusco City


  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Early morning transfer by private bus to Cachora – the initial point of the trek
  • Accommodation: Campsites (4 nights)
  • Entrance fee to the Choquequirao
  • Meals: 5x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner and 4x afternoon hot beverages (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost);
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide
  • Professional Cook
  • Muleteer
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 5 kg of each passenger’s stuff
  • Camping equipment: Eureka Mountain Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C)
  • Day Pack Rain Covers;
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)


  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day
  • Travel insurance 
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory)

Single Tent: Please note that if you have booked the «Single tent» option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.



Your day pack should be the lightest possible. This is the pack that you’ll carry during the day hikes between campsites. Every pound of additional weight will make the trek more demanding.

  • Water: Stay hydrated! A minimum of 1 liter of water should be packed. Camel packs for water are a great option. During lunch, you may refill it at the campsite.
  • A camera: Phones are a great option. Big DSLR cameras will give you more shot options if you have different lenses. But, remember that the more lenses and camera equipment you take, the more challenging the hike will be. Having this into account, we’re sure that you won’t regret taking all your camera equipment.
  • A light rainproof jacket: Although climate during the dry season is very predictable and normally there aren’t any unexpected showers, we do recommend taking it. We have experience with visitors not having a great time hiking under the rain wet.
  • Snacks: very nutritious and energetic snacks. You should include nuts, fruits, a sandwich, and some chocolates or candy.
  • A windproof jacket: Mornings and afternoons may be cold and/or windy. During noon you’ll probably feel really hot, but climate may change very fast. Make sure you take a cozy and light jacket.

This is our Choquequirao trek packing list for your day pack. Talk to your guide before departing as they’ll provide last minute information about other things you should take.


This list is a recommendation of items to include in your big pack, that’ll be carried by porters.

  • Underwear: pack at least one per day. Some travelers may take two per day and change them during lunchtime. We suggest at least one per day.
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes: pack at least one. They should be warm and cozy. The temperature at night falls fast. Consider what sleeping bag you’re taken to determine the best sleeping clothes.
  • Hiking clothes: take several shirts. Two per day isn’t that crazy. Pants and shorts should also be considered. At least one per day is suggested, but some visitors use the same one for two or more days. If you have leggings or those types of sports underpants, they’re an excellent choice.
  • Socks: take a minimum of one per day. Two also works and will help you stay fresh.
  • Batteries: Very important! There are no charging points after beginning the trek. Take extra batteries or charging devices.

This is our Choquequirao trek packing list essentials for the porters’ pack. You may also include more items, but these are the bare minimum. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Choquequirao?

Choquequirao is named after Quechua Chuqi K’iraw, the golden cradle. Located at just over 3,000 meters high, they are terraces and complex Inca buildings to understand, very similar to the citadel of Machu Picchu, in terms of its architecture. Some even call it the «sacred sister of Machu Picchu» or «second Machu Picchu». The site is not as big as Machu Picchu, but it is much less crowded by travelers, since it can only be accessed on foot.

Is it possible to make

Choquequirao by my own?

Sure. You can take a bus from Cusco to Cachora aand start your adventure, but really it is highly recommended to hike it with a proffesional tour guide and better a guaranteed tour operator because this is a trek that demands effort and a good physical condition. The signaling of the route is simple, and it is easy to be guided but please prevent any kind of situations. 

What is the degree of difficulty in


The road should be considered some aspects weather Choquequirao physical condition is still one of the most memorable experiences around the world, but physically it is stronger than any other road Cusco, 166 kilometers, but especially the 4600 meters of altitude is a real physical challenge , especially if you decide to do the eight days until Machupicchu between them there are two ports to cross at the level of 4,600 mens. We believe that it is not necessary to be an experienced hiker to make this trip but we recommend that it would be better to rent an extra horse and be able to get this challenge without problems to Machupicchu.

Can I get from Choquequirao to

Machu Picchu?

YES. We offer you an exclusive touristic package that allows you to visit the ruins of Choquequirao as well as the citadel of Machu Picchu. We assure you that the stretch of this hike will last 8 days of pure connection with all that the Andean landscape offers from the heights. The ultimate adventure is for those addicted to altitude, with a love for history. Make this excursion to the top of the mountain of Choquequirao, free of crowds of tourists, before continuing to Santa Teresa, the back door to Machu Picchu. With guided tours, you will get a greater appreciation of the Inca Empire will make you feel travel around time.

Is there a cableway in


The project to build a cableway connecting the town of Cachora to Marampata was not completed due to the frequent presence of landslides and this plan was lost little by little. By having the cableway benefit the tourist activity, but you would also miss the walk that is very significant because the route is very pleasant and full of landscapes, flora and fauna to discover.

How about the altitude of


The sister of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao is located at 3,035 m.a.s.l and at the lowest point of the walk you will be at 1,461 m.a.s.l. The climate is similar to that of Cusco, so it is advisable to acclimatize to the heights before the hike. It should be noted that the road to Choquequirao is warm due to the Apurímac canyon.