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Choquequirao Trek 3 Days by Lodge

Choquequirao Trek 3 Days by Lodge

By Choquequirao Trek
Located in the mountain range of Vilcabamba, is the last refuge of the resistance of the Incas and the Andean wisdom “Choquequirao Trek 3 Days by Lodge“, hidden in the heart of the mountains, an inaccessible place that keeps mystery for the beauty of its constructions. Located on the heights of the Apurimac River that still keeps charm and history. Choquequirao is much more interesting and bigger than machupicchu. you can only appreciate 40% because the rest is still covered by vegetation.

Ages 10-60, max of 10 per group
Duration: 3 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Spanish

  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Choquequirao

Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • includes pick up from your hotel inside the city of Cusco.
  • Airports:
  • Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, F364+JPW, Av. Velasco Astete, Cusco 08006, Peru
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 174067P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 174067P1

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2 stops
Day 1
Day 1 : Cusco – Capuliyoc –...
Day 2
Day 2 : Marampata – Choquequirao...
Day 3
Day 3 : Marampata – Capuliyoc –...
About the operator
Choquequirao Trek
Cusco, Peru
Joined in February 2017

#444 of 1,386 Outdoor Activities in Cusco
  • mrodri2
    Dont trust this agency
    The place is amazing, this review is for choquequirao trek tour agency. Poor service, poor communication, no responses to messages. Booked tours right before covid and when trying to use the vouchers or get refunds they dont even respond, you cant trust this agency. The place (the ruins and the landscape) though are absolutely breathtaking
  • Tylorb424
    A nice place...
    I always wanted to get to this beautiful place, it's a moderately strong hike, you need a good physique, there are many companies that offer and the company I went with was very organized in every way, I really enjoyed this place.
  • tamaramP8770RV
    Choquequirao 5 Day Imperial Trek
    2 of us went together on the trip and had a wonderful time. Good The arrangements were very organized. Our team included Andy, our guide and translator, Roberto, our cook, and Justin, our Caballero and helper around camp, were wonderful, friendly and accomodating. Justin ran the extra miles to retrieve a mattress that had been taken with another group to the next campsite. Roberto made delicious, abundant hearty food in the Peruvian style with extra touches like bananas flambe. And Andy was a wealth of knowledge on Incan culture. He was enthusiastic in helping us learn more Spanish and Quechua and to learn more English himself. On returning to Cusco, he gave recommendations for us for restaurants with good typical Peruvian food. Staying at the Sanctuary was a very welcome comfort spot mid way with hot showers and a chance to meet another group over dinner. The weather cooperated with rains mostly in the night, cool temperatures in the morning for hiking, and sunny afternoons for relaxing when arriving at destination. The roads are gnarly to get to the base of the trail, however, we had Fidel, who was not only a very competent driver, but good natured as well. Choquequirao was fabulous and uncrowded, allowing for a very intimate experience. Overall, the trip was well worth the pain and effort. Needs Improvement Once we paid our downpayment, there was no confirmation until we asked. When we went to check in at the office, it was not where it was noted on the email communications. This made us a little nervous. However, we were able to find the office it with directions from locals. When we went to pay the remainder of the fees, they said we had to pay in cash as the Visa machine wasn't working. We had difficulty withdrawing enough cash to cover the remaining fees and were left short for any additional expenses we could have incurred. If we had not checked in before our briefing the night before the excursion, we would not have had a chance to get the cash. The tents were tired and worn. There were pin holes, missing stakes and guy lines, so they could not be set up properly with the outer shells were not spaced from the inner shell and transferred moisture when raining. One of the tents had a stuck zipper.
  • krO6349FG
    It was like trekking to a lost city
    The Choquequirao trek was challenging but well worth it. We went with a tour guide through SA adventures definitely worth it. The first day was straight descent into a canyon for 6 miles and we went up a little ways for our first campsite with around 9 miles total for the day. Second day was straight ascent to for around 7 miles to our campsite. Trekking to Choquequirao and around for the day was around 5 miles. Day 4 we trekked all the way to finish destination at Los Loros Lodge around 14 miles.
  • LeoH1961
    Just completed the 4 day trek with G Adventures. I have trekked in the Everest region previously for 13 days and found that this Choquequirao trek was much more challenging. The views are spectacular as is the final destination but be prepared for very physically tough trek.
  • dawnthebikegirl
    4 day G Adventures Trek to Choquequirao
    WOW. It was a very difficult hike but so worth it. Because it takes 2 days to get there ( and then 2 days to get out) almost no one is there. We spent about 4 hours at dusk exploring the ruins. It was breathtaking and i took the best pictures of my life. I’m so glad i did this. G adventures tours are really well organized and the food is excellent. Our guide Edwar was totally amazing. Super knowledgeable and quietly encouraging when it got tough. He knew tons about the history and the plants and had excellent stories. G adventure staff are top notch. I can't recommend this trek enough - but you must be ready for 4 days of camping and sometimes no shower or facilities. There was a horse you could ride if you felt tired. I got a cramp in my side on day 2 and so I rode it for a bit. Helped me immensely. Apparently, they will put a cable car in here in a few years and then it will be overtaken by tourists. If you can go - now is the time to do it. Machu Picchu is also spectacular but it’s a completely different experience. If you like something less touristy and you can handle 4 days of difficult hiking sign up. You won’t regret it.
  • 347liz
    An amazing but at times exhausting trek
    The Choquequirao trek is amazing, but it is also the hardest trek in the Cusco area, according to our guide and several other Peruvians. Trekkers need to be very fit and well used to walking in order to complete this trek. It is much quieter than the other treks because of its remoteness and its level of difficulty. It is a 6 hour drive from Cusco (including a breakfast stop) starting at 4.30am and going straight into a 12km walk on arrival at Capuliyoc! At Choquequirao itself (an amazing Inca site), you are 3 days walk from a settlement/village of any size. It was very foggy, wet and cold the morning we visited the site, but it was still very impressive despite not being able to see the whole site – or even very far within the site. It was well worth the trek to get there. There was a definite amount of street cred to be had from having done this trek, given that we are all 3 in our late 50’s! The campsites are very basic – not a problem for us, but other people might struggle. The camps that do have showers only have a cold shower. The camp at Pinchaunyanuc (night 3) doesn’t have a shower, but does have an Inca fountain to wash in – which is warmer than the shower at the Choquequirao camp (night 2). The shower at Maizal (night 4) comes after a 4 hour ascent and is a converted pigsty with mould up the walls – a not particularly pleasant experience, but necessary after that climb in hot weather. However, Maizal more than makes up for that with incredible views. The camps at Pinchaunyanuc and Maizal don’t have toilets, but a toilet tent is provided. The toilet in the toilet tent is the only one that has a toilet seat! The campsite at Lucmabamba (night 5) does have hot showers if you pay 10 sol per person – an absolute bargain! The food on the trek was superb, but the quantities you need to eat are enormous, even at a 5.00am breakfast. Most of the days started at 4.30 or 5.00am and you’re at the next camp by early afternoon in time for lunch. All meals, including breakfast, are 3 courses and snacks and boiled water are provided each day. It was the best trek food we’d ever had. The tracks are generally good dirt tracks, but Day 5 from Maizal to Yanama has a 2 solid hours of Inca steps and a couple of scree slopes on the second half of the ascent, making it a hard slog up to the San Juan Pass, especially if it has been raining heavily, as the path gets very, very muddy and makes for very hard going, especially as the horses hooves chew up the track. In conclusion, the trek was the most physically demanding thing I have done in many years, simply because of the amounts of ‘upping’ and ‘downing’ required each day (an average of 2000metres, with a starting altitude of 3000m, but it was also the most fantastic, stunningly beautiful and peaceful area to walk through.
  • EJL79
    Choquequirao Trek - 7 days
    Trek scenery was awesome Guide was very informative and attentive - Emerson - great guitar playing! Very good English However beware... check the itinerary closely - nowhere did it say that we were expected to trek with our large (20kg) bags for the last 2 days! Had to pay extra to transport them. Had to put our own tent up twice... and it was a poor condition tent despite info saying ‘high quality’ - smelly and had a hole in the outer tent - no tent pegs had to find bits of wood and hammer in with a rock. Do not expect a ‘luxury’ Hotel in Agua Caliente - it was very basic and cold but apparently chosen as they put up the trek guide too. Also beware that if you want to bus to Machu Picchu it’s an extra €50 The food was ‘ok’ Last campsite - Santa Teresa was a party campsite for 18-20 somethings and the music went on until 2am - Don’t expect to sleep having to get up with the cockerel at 5am ... Scenery however was outstanding. Just be aware there are snags and expenses that clearly need looking at given the cost of the trek.
  • J.g. W
    J.g. W
    7 Day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
    I am a 25 year old male, solo traveler from the United States that did the 7 Day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu with Choquequirao Trek. It was easily one of the best experiences of my life. I was paired with a group of three other travelers by the company for this trek and it's safe to say that we all loved it. Our guide's name was Zugar (Sugar) and he spoke both English and Spanish very well. I have had many guides throughout my travels and he was by far the best. He was very helpful, kind, good-hearted, and informative. We had a personal chef and two porters, and the entire team made the experience as great as it was. The company was able to provide sleeping bags and hiking poles for rent if needed. At times, the trek in the mountains can be physically difficult but the team was always supportive and provided daily snacks on top of the meals for an extra boost. The mountain hiking pays off when you get to amazing sites like Choquequirao and Macchu Picchu, with more beautiful locations along the way. I would recommend this company to anyone and everyone. My trip to Peru would not have been complete if I only saw Macchu Picchu. You need to experience Choquequirao too!
  • Gabriela D
    Gabriela D
    7 Day Choquequirao/Machu Picchu Trek
    This was the trek of a lifetime! It was truly incredible. Our guide, Zugar, was fluent in English and a superb person all-around. He genuinely cared about our well-being, and he was very knowledgeable about the Incas. Our chef, "Ccuchihuayto" prepared delicious, authentic Peruvian dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We were given everything we needed and more. The scenery and people exceeded all expectations. We couldn't have asked for a better trekking team, and I would definitely recommend Choquequirao Trek to anyone looking for an adventure! Be aware, you should be physically fit for this trek, because there is a lot of steep hiking up and down. Hiking poles are a must.
  • Lukas S
    Lukas S
    Incredible non touristic place
    I went there on my one the trek is easy to find, bring your own tent and stuff also food i would suggest to bring. The place itself costs only 60 Soles entry fee and 30 Soles for students, you can enjoy the whole place without meeting a single person it's just incredible, go there before the masses are coming in a few years.
  • Stefan R
    Stefan R
    6 Day Trek
    We did the 6 Day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu. Guide and specially food were excellent!!! Trek is hard but very worth it! The view to many snow white summits and glaciers around the trail is incredible! Until we reached Machu Picchu, there have been almost no tourists!!! I recommend to do the trail without Machu Picchu, because you will see many more inca ruins on your way to and from Choquequirao.
  • Alex T
    Alex T
    Best. Thing. Ever.
    Failing to book the Inca tour, me and my brother discovered chiquequirao trek. And we are so glad we did. Not only is it a physical testament to your cardio abilities but provides instantaneous relief in its 360° panoramas and incredible culture. To even provide more of an experiance the cooks on this trip are in my opinion top notch! Classical Peruvian dishes prepared and flavored beautifully. Our guide Zugar was near fluent in English and was extremely entertaining and informative. I recommend this trek over all else things to do in the area. You truely escape the crowds to have a perfect trekking experiance along the Incan summits.
  • hbkm
    So worth it!
    I went to Choquequirao with a group of friends. We organized a tour with mules, a guide and a cook, so we didn't have to carry a lot of stuff with us nor did we have to build up or take down the tents. This was a really comfortable experience. Although the trail goes first down 1,500 meters of elevation and then again up the same (and then back again), as long as you don't try to outpace somebody but walk at your own comfortable pace, you'll be completely fine. The trail is a good mix of wilderness (we saw condors, no mobile phone connection, few people, fresh air, no vehicles whatsoever) and civilization (maintained trail, shops to by drinks and food, camp grounds). Little enough to disconnect but enough to provide you with everything essential on the trail. The views are stunning, it is just impressive to walk among mountains of >5,000 meters and a white water river at 1,500 meters of elevation. To see the flank of a hill with the trail winding up steeply, to walk through the little villages along the way. And obviously to visit the ruins of Choquequirao on the second day. Hardly any tourists (about 20 per day when I was there in November), breath taking views, the feeling of history in the air. Would definitely do it again any time.
  • Scoobysnacks1
    This trek was amazing from start to finish. My guide Zugar was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The cook whipped up really good meals. Lucked out with the weather too. Had the site to ourselves for 2.5 hours what an incredible experience. Lunch was also planned and delivered to the site which was so atmospheric. The trek is not easy but the rewards are well worth the effort. If you fancy visiting a site away from the crowds to enjoy the beautiful archeological site with very few people this is the place for you.
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2 reviews
Very good

Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a very challenging hike, but completely worth it. Be ready for a long hard hike--5000ft down the canyon and back up 5000 feet the same day to the lodge. And repeated on the third day. But there are places to buy water and gatorade on the trail, and the views in the canyon are stunning. Visiting Choquequirao all day (the second day) with only a handful of other tourists was magical.

Part of the reason we had such an amazing trip was our incredible guide, Ibrahin. He was simply the best guide we had in all of our time in Peru. He is an all around great guy, and spoke beautiful English (but was willing to help me practice my Spanish when I wanted). He knows everything about Choquequirao and Peruvian history in general. Many guides just give a speech that they have memorized, but Ibrahin could answer almost any question we asked, and even more importantly, was willing to admit when he didn't know something. He would quote various chroniclers and explain his best guess, but would let us know what was simply unknown. His love of Choquequirao and Peruvian history shone through every time he talked. It is totally different having a guide just going through the motions, and a guide excited to share his knowledge with you. Finally, as a guide and trek leader, he did a perfect job of letting us go at our own pace, but letting us know when we really needed to hurry up to avoid bad sun or darkness. He was encouraging, made us drink more liquids, and basically somehow managed to get us there and back again. So, while I'm sure the hike would be great with any guide, try to get Ibrahin if possible! He really made the three days magical.

The logistics of the hike went incredibly smoothly thanks to the great team of Edwin and Jorge, our cook and muleteer. Great food and snacks were served constantly--even a picnic lunch at the site! Complete meals (soup and main course and desert) even at lunch during the hike.

In short, I would strongly recommend this hike--just be prepared for two long days of hiking.
Written 17 July 2019
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