CHOQUEQUIRAO CLASSIC (5 Days, 4 Nights)

Kusa Treks is honored to be one of the first trekking companies to take adventurers to Choquequirao. Choquequirao is a newly uncovered set of Incan Ruins, similar to Machu Picchu, however 4 things make Choquequirao unique from its more famous sister: 

  1. It is more difficult to access 
  2. Because of #1 It is infinitely less crowded than Machu Picchu
  3. Tourist Treks to Choquequirao are relatively new
  4. It is 3X larger than Machu Picchu! 

Choquequirao is another example of how incredible the Incas were at using their resources to thrive in an unforgiving landscape. Choquequirao was one of the places the Incas used to perform rituals for the mountains and agriculture. At the risk of sounding like a pushy cars salesman, the opportunity to explore Choquequirao with fewer than 50 people there will not last forever!

DURATION: 5 Days, 4 Nights 

TYPE: Trek with camping (tents provided) 

DIFFICULTY (1 - 5): 4, Challenging. Multiple days of hiking. Includes steep inclines and declines. Trek preparation is recommended. 

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Choquequirao was voted as Lonely Planet's #1 destination for 2017!
  • Trek on the Inca Trail, the exact same path used by the Incas to reach Choquequirao 
  • Includes 2 nights of camping on Inca ruins 
  • One full day of exploring the ancient city (Choquequirao is so large, we'll need the full day!)
  • All of our treks are led by experienced guides, who are fluent in English
  • Please Note: This trek does not go to Machu Picchu

PRICING:  

DEPOSIT for both PRIVATE and GROUP Tours: $200/Trekker. We use this deposit to secure your hiking permits.

PRIVATE TOUR PRICE BREAKDOWN: A "Private Tour" is just your group and our guides. 

2 PEOPLE - $640.00

3 PEOPLE - $640.00

4 PEOPLE - $590.00

5 PEOPLE - $590.00

6+ PEOPLE - $540.00

GROUP TOUR PRICE: $540.00

A "Group Tour" means you or your smaller group will be paired with other individuals and/or smaller groups that are doing the same hike on the same dates as you. 

 

*A 5% Transaction Fee will be added to the Total Cost. We are charged to convert and transfer money. We do our best to keep this rate as low as possible.* 


WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION: All transportation is included.

FOOD: All food is provided. In fact, we'll be hiking with a professional chef! Our chef and his staff will cook you some of the best meals you've ever eaten, and they'll do it in the middle of the Andes. Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared property. 

WATER: Your guides will supply all of the water you'll need on the trek. The water will first be boiled, then filtered and then cooled. You'll need to bring your container for the water (Camelback, Nalgene etc.), we recommend carrying at least 2L, water will be refilled a each meal. 

PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this starts and ends with our people. All of our trek leaders are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust me when I say, there is no better person to be on the Trail with than a Kusa Treks guide, you are in incredible hands. 

PERMITS & TICKETS: Once you pay the trip deposit we will purchase your permits for the Inca Trial. The government issues permits in your name, under your passport number and for a specific timeframe; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable. We will also secure your train tickets and entrance tickets to Choquequirao. 

MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Alright, emergency sounds a bit dramatic. However, you can be confident in your Trek Leader. All of Kusa Trek's guides receive extensive First Aid training from a qualified and licensed physician, and we conduct mandatory review/training sessions twice a year. Your Trek Leader will carry a Hiking First Aid kit (including oxygen), and should the need arise we will get you off of the trail and to a medical facility as quickly, and comfortably, as possible. 

TENT: Your tents are provided, they are comfortable, roomy and cozy. Sleep well chicos! 

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

HIKING EQUIPMENT: To complete the Inca Trail, you will need a sleeping bag, some type of air mattress (ThermaRest), and walking poles (with rubber tips). If you do not wish to purchase or travel with these items, we have high quality equipment you can rent: 

  • Sleeping Bag: $25
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
  • Trekking Poles (2): $20

PERSONAL PORTER: Porters are local men from the Andes who help carry the majority of our supplies during the trek (tents, food, cooking equipment, etc.). You can choose to hire a Porter who will carry up to 19.8lbs. (9kg) of your belongings, we will provide a bag for you to put your belongings in, which the Porter will take and run ahead of our group. If you choose to hire a Porter you will be responsible for carrying the things you need throughout the day (sunscreen, snacks, rain jacket, etc.), you will not have access to the things the Porter carries until we reach camp at night. 

PRICE: $80/Porter.

NOTE: You can always "split" a porter with another trekker, you would each pay $40 and the Porter will carry ~10lbs. of each of your belongings. 

Learn more about Porters on our FAQ page under "Porter's...Men or Superhero's?". 


DETAILED ITINERARY:

DAY 1: THE START OF OUR JOURNEY

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 10,000ft. (3,050m)
  • Min Altitude: 5,250ft. (1,600m)
  • Distance Travelled: ~8 miles (14 km)
  • Descent: 4,750ft. (1,450m)
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Our journey together starts early, we will pick you up from your hotel at 4:00AM and drive to the trail head called Capuliyoc. Upon arrival we'll sit down and enjoy the first of many professionally prepared meals by our cooking staff. During breakfast you'll meet the crew we'll be hiking with including the Porters, the chef, and assistant guides, we'll snap a quick family photo (before we lose anyone to the Andes), with gorgeous snow-capped peaks as our backdrop! 

After the picture we will start our life-changing expedition to Choquequirao. The first leg is a 3-hour descent, if you didn't have knee problems before the trek, you might after today! This section Inca Trail can be a bit slippery if there has been recent precipitation, however, with trekking poles and good hiking shoes we'll make it through just fine. After hiking for 3-4 hours we'll reach our lunch destination, where a food tent will stand erected for us and a hot meal waits. 

After taking a break and enjoying lunch we'll continue hiking downhill for another 3 hours until we reach our first campsite around 4PM or 5PM. At the end of each day we'll have a "family tea-time", where you'll be served a relaxing cup of the tea of your choice, along with finger foods and enjoyable conversation. After tea-time you will have some free time to recharge from the hike and stretch your legs while dinner is prepared. During a delicious dinner we will discuss plans for the next day, after which we'll retire to our tents to rest for tomorrow's adventure; but make sure to absorb the incredible display of stars overhead first! 

 

Day 2: Challenge Day and then...Choquequirao 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 11,000ft. (3,350m)
  • Min Altitude: 5,250ft. (1,600m)
  • Distance Travelled: ~9.5 miles (16.5 km)
  • Ascent: 5,750ft. (1,750m)
  • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Our day starts early; Porter’s will wake you up with a fresh cup of hot tea at 5:30AM. We will pack up our belongings and eat a nutritious, warm breakfast. We begin today's hike by crossing a huge river using a cable car, and then the hard part begins! We'll use switch backs to hike up a severe hill, however the views of sugarcane farms and the gorgeous valley that surrounds us will take some of the edge off. This climb is the most challenging stage of our trek. 

Once we reach the summit of the climb we will stop to rest and eat a refreshing lunch. The views during lunch are incredible as we are over 11,000ft. up and the valley below us is filled lush forests, a rushing river and wildlife (including the King of the Andes, the Condor). After we finish eating you can stretch out to rest to prepare for the next section of our hike, I personally like to enjoy a mid-afternoon nap! 

After our rest we'll have another 2-3 hours until we reach the foot of Choquequirao. This stretch of the hike is visually stunning and not as difficult as the morning was. After an hour or so you'll be able to see Choquequirao below us along with the Apurimac canyon and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Once we reach the campsite, those with energy left can walk 30 minutes uphill to enjoy the dazzling sight of the sun setting behind the Choquequirao ruins. 

 

Day 3: Exploring Choquequirao

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 11,000ft. (3,350m)
  • Min Altitude: 11,000ft. (3,350m)
  • Distance Travelled: Varies
  • Ascent: NA
  • Walking Time: All day exploring Choquequirao

We'll share a warm and energy-packed breakfast, after which we'll spend all day exploring the newly uncovered Inca ruins of Choquequirao, which will include several historical and archeological lessons from your guide. Choquequirao is 3X the size of Machu Picchu and most of it is still covered by trees, bushes and vines! The site itself is spread out over the mountain with several "mini-cities", within it. We will explore as much of Choquequirao as you would like and will start with the more "impressive" structures including the temples and astronomical observatories. 

After 4 hours of touring we'll take a break to enjoy lunch and discuss all of the fascinating things we've seen. After lunch you can choose to explore other parts of the city on your own or with one your guides. You'll definitely want to check out the agricultural terraces and Llama carvings, which are a 30-minute downhill walk from the "main part" of the city. This section of Choquequirao has stone walls with llamas carved into the edifice, made over 500 years ago! Towards the end of the day your guide will lead you to the Usno portion of Choquequirao, where we'll see the sunset below the Andes and take a family picture. 

Following this picture perfect ending to a perfect day we'll eat dinner and learn about tomorrow's itinerary. After dinner your guide will show you how to identify the Inca Constellations in the Southern skies as stars stretch out infinitely above you. We hope you enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime experience, sleep well chicos and rest for tomorrow's return journey.  

 

Day 4: Back the way we came

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 11,000ft. (3,350m)
  • Min Altitude: 5,250ft. (1,600m)
  • Distance Travelled: ~11.3 miles (18 km)
  • Descent: 5,750ft (1,750m)
  • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

In its current state Choquequirao has one way in and one way out. We will journey back the way we came, except, what was an incredibly hard ascent to Choquequirao, is now and incredibly hard descent. You will absolutely require trekking poles and determination! We'll take breaks along the way and try to spot the plentiful wildlife around us including: black bears, condors, llamas, hummingbirds and more. 

After hiking for 3-4 hours we'll stop for lunch and a break. Again, during our adventure we will be hiking in one of the most stunning landscapes on the planet, so take your time and enjoy the view. After lunch we'll have another 2-3 hours uphill to reach our campsite for the night. We'll share tea-time and dinner and prepare for the final stretch tomorrow. 

 

Day 5: Hike in the morning then back Cusco

  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Max Altitude: 10,000ft. (3,050m)
  • Min Altitude: 5,890ft. (2,100m)
  • Distance Travelled: ~4.2 miles (8 km)
  • Ascent: 4,110ft (950m)
  • Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

We'll share an early breakfast together and then we'll hike for 4 hours uphill until we get back to the trail head where we started, private transportation will be waiting to take you back to Cusco. We'll eat a final meal all together with the Porters, guides and chefs and then after a tearful goodbye we will say farewell! You will have a 3 hour trip by car to Cusco, where you will arrive around 6:00PM. 

Choquequirao trek to Incan ruins
Trek to beautiful valley and snow-capped mountains in Peru