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The Choquequirao Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail. Escape the crowds and enjoy 4 days and 3 nights of adventure, ancient ruins and spectacular scenery. You’ll plunge deep into the Apurimac valley and then climb back up again to reach the impressive Choquequirao ruins, making this 4 day Choquequirao tour one of the best treks in Peru.

The Choquequirao Ruin site is one of the ancient lost Inkan Cities that Hiram Bingham discovered in 1909. Considered the last Inca refuge that resisted the Spanish invasion for decades, Choquequirao is located in the canyon of the Apurimac River at an altitude of 3,050 m (10,006 ft). The ruins are positioned in a strategic geographical area between Andean mountains and the edge of the jungle.

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Adventure Rating

Strenuous, lengthy, high altitude

Solitude Rating

Quiet, remote, off the beaten track

Best Time to Visit

Year round
Best from March to November

Cost Per Person (USD)

6-10 trekkers: $620
3-5 trekkers: $740
2 trekkers: $850

Is This Trek Customizable?

Private, custom, add-ons all available.


Off the beaten path

Glacial mountains

Tropical landscape

Pristine wilderness

Inca Ruin


Snow-capped peaks
Multiple high passes
High jungle


3 day acclimatization and multi-day trekking experience recommended


4 Days 3 Nights


64 km (40 miles)


1500m (4,921 ft) to 3050 m (10,006 ft)


Daily departures with 2 or more people



The Choquequirao trek is not as high altitude as others in the region, therefore the weather is warmer overall. The nights on this trek are usually around 50F/10C. During the day it can get quite warm if the sun is out; anywhere from 60-80 F (15-26 C). Keep in mind if the weather is rainy or cloudy it will be colder. As with any high-altitude trek you’ll want to bring plenty of layers to adjust to the fluctuating temperatures and appropriate sun/rain protection.


  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions

  • Collection from your Cusco hotel in the morning of the first day

  • Private transport to starting point of the trek

  • Personal porter to carry your overnight gear up to 8 kg (17.6 lbs)

  • Duffel bag in which to put your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty on the trail

  • 4 season tents (2 people in large and comfortable tent)

  • One-inch-thick foam mattress sleeping pad to put under your sleeping bag

  • English speaking professional guide

  • Full meals on the trek (3 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, snacks on the trail)

  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse

  • Dining tent with tables and stools

  • Cook, cooking tent, and cooking equipment

  • Toilet, toilet tent and toilet paper

  • Horsemen and horses (to carry tents/food/cooking equipment)

  • Hot water every morning/evening for hand washing purposes

  • Boiled water to fill water bottles every morning/afternoon

  • Entry ticket to Choquequirao Archaeological Complex

  • Guided tour of Choquequirao ruins, time to explore on your own

  • Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco at the end of the trek

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