TREK 5d/4n


  • Tour Type: Hiking, Adventure, Camping,Culture
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging
  • Distance: 43km/26mi
  • Considerations: Permit Required (We’ll obtain it after you book with us)
  • Elevation: 2050 – 4200m / 6730 – 13,780ft
  • Duration: 5 days/3 days
  • Dificulty: Modetare Challenging:
  • Meals: All Inclusive


Machu Picchu’s “sister” site, Choquequirao, is the crown jewel of Peru’s underrated archaeological sites. Quechua for “Cradle of Gold,” the ancient Incan city of Choquequirao, sits in the rugged Vilcabamba Range above the Apurimac River Canyon. Once covered in thick vegetation, this Incan site was rediscovered in the 1900s, shortly after Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is thought to have been the home to the last of the rebel Incas of Vilcabamba, and like Machu Picchu, never discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors. While this is a challenging trek with lots of mountain switch-backs, this five-day expedition offers the opportunity to traverse through many different ecosystems, receive amazing views, and have an exclusive experience exploring an archaeological site larger than Machu Picchu.



We will pick you up from your Hotel and shuttle you approximately 4 hours to Cachora, a small town that marks the beginning of the Apurimac Canyon. Here, you will meet your team: the chefs, wranglers and horses that will be accompanying you on this journey. Together, we will eat a quick lunch with the dazzling snow-capped peaks of Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora in the near distance. We will hike a total of five hours this day, arriving at our final resting point of Chikisca by nightfall. After lunch, we will start by ascending two hours to Capuliyoc, where you will have a tremendous view of the entire Apurimac Valley and of our final destination, Choquequirao. We will then make a steep, 2-hour descent towards the valley floor. We suggest that if you suffer from any knee problems, you pack a brace or support. We will arrive at Chikisca, our grassy campsite, in time for an early dinner. As our campsite is located alongside the river, we strongly suggest that you pack mosquito repellent! We will head to bed early in anticipation of a rough uphill climb tomorrow!
Facts and Figures:

  • Hiking Distance: 8 Hours/ 17 km
  • Elevation Gain: 3200 km (394 ft)
  • Highest Elevation Point: 3,000M (9,842 ft)
  • Considered: Moderate & Challenging
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Coffee


Today will be the toughest day of our expedition. We will eat a hearty breakfast before setting out towards the Marampata campsite, high above the Apurimac River. Though this 4-hour ascent is challenging for most hikers, you will be rewarded with amazing views of the river valley below. Crossing the Apurimac river, we will make a steep ascent on the opposite side of the valley for two hours until we reach Santa Rosa, where we will take a long break. From Santa Rosa, we will press 2.5 hours upwards towards the peak of Marampata at 2890m/ 9482ft, where we will have a birds-eye-view of the Apurimac river. We will arrive at our campsite in Marapata by late afternoon in time for a warm dinner. We’ll relax with a hot cup of tea and prepare for an exciting visit to the Choquequirao the following day. 

Facts and Figures:

  • Active Time: approximately 8 hours
  • Distance Covered: 17km/ 12.8mi,
  • Elevation Gain:940m/ 3083ft
  • Starting Point: Chikisca, 1950m/ 6397ft
  • Ending point: Marampata Campsite: 2800m/ 9186ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch, Dinner


After a tasty breakfast, we will depart from Marampata and ascend another 2 hours to the ruins of Choquequirao. Our group will be one of the very few visiting, providing a tranquil and private environment for exploring this ancient city. If we are really lucky, we will spot condors soaring above. We will spend a full day here with a guided tour of the ruins and plenty of time to explore and enjoy the surrounding nature. That night, we will set up camp near the ruins. You will have a spectacular view of the canyon as the sun starts to set.

Facts and Figures:

  • Active Time: 2 hours hiking, 4 hours exploring
  • Distance Covered: 2km/ 1.24mi
  • Elevation Gain: 233m/ 764ft
  • Starting Point: Marampata Campsite: 2800m/ 9186ft,
  • Ending point: Choquequirao Ruins, 3033m/ 9950ft
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Coffee


Day 4 includes a long, leisurely hike back to Chikisca, our first campsite. We will return the way we came, passing through Marampata and Santa Rosa along the way. After the few tough days of hiking, this day will give you time to reflect on your trip and enjoy the beautiful countryside landscapes.
Facts and Figures:

  • Active Time: approximately 5.5 hours
  • Distance Covered: 13km/ 8.1mi,
  • Elevation Gain: -1083m/ -3553ft
  • Starting Point: Choquequirao Ruins, 3033m/ 9950ft
  • Ending Point: Chikisca, 1950m/ 6397f
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch, Dinner


Today, we will set off at dawn to make our hard climb back up to Capuliyoc, from where we can marvel at the spectacular backdrop of the Apurimac canyon once more. From Capuliyoc, we will descend two hours to Cachora where our private transport will take us back to Cusco.

Facts and Figures:

  • Active Time: approximately 5.5 hours
  • Distance Covered: 10km/ 8.1mi,
  • Elevation Gain: -983m/ -3553ft
  • Starting Point: Chikiska 2033m/ 7950ft
  • Ending Point: Cusco, 3600m/
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch, 




All of our guides are native to the region and have a true passion for teaching others about their culture and heritage. They have all studied English; as well as several other languages to ensure that communication is clear on your adventures with us. All our guides are experienced with the Inca Trail, and our other high-altitude treks. They will support you and ensure that you are safe and happy throughout your trip.



We are one of the few tour operators authorized to operate many treks in the region of Cusco – Peru, Including Choquequirao and  and all tickets and permits are included in this magnificent 7-day trek, as well as the entrance to Choquequirao Archeological, Machu Picchu Tickets, etc.



Our highly trained chefs cook delectable, nutrient-rich meals, that honor your food restrictions while surprising you with International and Peruvian flavors. Prepare for a superb culinary experience to accompany this unforgettable expedition. Food is typically served family-style, three times a day in our dining tent.


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We include horses and wranglers, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this, however you will not have access to your duffel bag until the campsite. We strive to keep our horses well cared for and healthy, so we limit duffel-bag weights to 7 kg/ 14 lbs, which should include your sleeping bag



During your briefing, you will receive a personal duffel bag to pack all of your necessary belongings in; and will be carried by our porters. The duffle should not exceed more than 6kgs /15.4 lbs, including your sleeping bag. All other personal items needed, should be packed in a personal day pack.



We consistently maintain 4-season tents in order to ensure peak performance on our treks. In order to ensure maximum comfort, we provide you with a four-person tent to sleep yourself and one other hiker. If you wish to have your own personal tent to yourself, you can request our first class experience option. 



We always ensure you have plenty of clean drinking water for mealtimes, as well as enough for you to refill your bottle whenever needed. We use fresh spring water running down from the mountains. We require that you bring your own personal water bottle/s or Camelbak. To care for our spectacular environment, we humbly request that you use a reusable non-single-use plastic bottle.



Your transportation from Cusco to and from this trek is included. You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Cusco and taken to the start of your trek in Cachora. returns  back to Cusco your hotel in Cusco is also Included



Every guide is first aid trained, and carries a first-aid kit and oxygen for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, elevation sickness, cuts, scrapes, etc.). In case of emergencies, every guide is equipped with a satellite phone which will allow for a quick exit off the trail to get you directly to a clinic for treatment, if needed.



We understand that traveling involves taking extra luggage, especially if you are on an extended vacation; we provide free storage to all our customers who are on tour to Machu Picchu or other tours; for this reason, we offer to store your luggage during your scheduled treks with us.



The night before your Machu Picchu hike, you can either come to our office or we can come to your hotel lobby for your briefing. During the briefing, you can also meet some of your fellow travelers that you will be with for the next couple of days. Your guides will explain the itinerary in detail, and will give you your duffel bag for you to pack your personal belongings that will be carried by our porters.



We believe it´s the attention to small details that separates us from our competitors. Every hiker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking, and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best experience to remember for a lifetime!

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  • 2 People $990.00
  • 3 People $950.00
  • 4 People $890.00
  • 5 People $830.00
  • 6 People $790.00
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