TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1:

DAY 1 : Cusco ― Capulioc ― Marampata "Choquequirao Sanctuary Lodge".

We will begin the day by picking you up from your hotel between 3:30 am to 4:00 am. Once we leave Cusco, our destination is the town of Cachora, which will take approximately 3.5 hours. Along the way, we will make a short stop of about 30 to 45 minutes for breakfast.

After breakfast, we will continue our journey to Capulioc, the starting point of the trek to Marampata at “Choquequirao Sanctuary Lodge.” The trek will involve descending for approximately 2.5 hours and covering a distance of 7km until we reach the lunch point in Chiquisca. After enjoying lunch in Chiquisca and taking a short break, we will continue our walk for about 4.5 hours, covering 8km, towards Marampata. This part of the journey is known for its challenging terrain, and reaching Marampata will require determination. Finally, we will arrive at our private lodge, where a delicious dinner awaits us, and we will spend the night.

  • Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
  • Hiking time: Approximately 6.5 to 7 hours
  • Climate: Hot during the day and warm at night
  • Accommodation: Lodge at Choquequirao Sanctuary Lodge
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 2850 masl / 9350 ft (Marampata)
  • Minimum Altitude: 1475 masl / 4839 ft (Playa Rosalinas)

After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast, we will embark on a trek to the magnificent Archeological Complex of Choquequirao. The trek will last approximately 2 hours, and throughout the tour, we will be guided through the Llamas sector, the Ceremonial Usno, and the Religious Zone. Choquequirao is often considered the sister of Machu Picchu due to the striking similarities between the two sites. Located 1500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon, only a third of this vast Archaeological Complex has been discovered so far, and archaeologists continue to uncover fascinating findings with each exploration.

Upon reaching Choquequirao, we will indulge in a delightful picnic lunch amidst the awe-inspiring surroundings. Following our time at Choquequirao, we will descend to Pajchayoc, where we will have the opportunity to witness the mesmerizing Pajchayoc Waterfall. After this incredible excursion, we will make our way back to Marampata, where a well-deserved dinner awaits us. Finally, we will retreat to our private lodge for a comfortable overnight stay, reflecting on the day’s unforgettable experiences.

  • Hiking distance: 8 km / 4.9 miles
  • Hiking time: Approximately 5.5 to 6 hours
  • Climate: Hot during the day and warm at night
  • Accommodation: Lodge at Choquequirao Sanctuary Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 3106 masl / 10190 ft (Choquequirao)
  • Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl / 9350 ft (Marampata)

As the sun begins to rise, around 5 am, we will start our descent towards Chikisca. Along the way, we will have a small snack to keep us energized. By 7:00 am, we will reach Chikisca, where a hearty breakfast awaits us. This will be a well-deserved break, allowing us to replenish our energy before continuing our final hike.

After breakfast, we will embark on the last leg of our journey, retracing our steps back to the starting point at Capuliyoc. This will be a bittersweet moment as we bid farewell to the captivating adventure we have experienced. Once we reach Capuliyoc, we will gather for a delightful aperitif, cherishing the memories we have made along the way.

To conclude our trek, we will be transported back to the vibrant city of Cusco in our private vehicle. It will be a time to reflect on the incredible moments and achievements of the past few days as we return to the comforts of the city.

  • Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
  • Hiking time: Approximately 6.5 to 7 hours
  • Climate: Hot during the day and warm at night
  • Accommodation: Not included (return to Cusco)
  • Shuttle to Cusco: Approximately 4 hours from Capulioc
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Maximum Altitude: 2850 masl / 9350 ft (Marampata)
  • Minimum Altitude: 1475 masl / 4839 ft (Playa Rosalinas)

Inclusions

Included

  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions
  • Private transport to starting point of the trek
  • Personal porter to carry your overnight gear up to 5kg
  • Dry bag in which to put your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty on the trail
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Full meals (3 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, snacks on the trail)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and stools
  • Dietary needs: able to cater to any dietary preference/need
  • 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

Not Included

  • Day 1: Breakfast.
  • Day 3: Dinner.
  • Walking sticks (USD $ 10.00 – 2 walking sticks)

Frequently Asked Questions Choquequirao Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights

How difficult is the Choquequirao Trek 3 Days?

The Choquequirao Trek is considered to be moderately difficult. It involves steep ascents and descents, rugged terrain, and high altitude. It requires a good level of fitness and some hiking experience.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the trek?

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern during the Choquequirao Trek as you will reach high elevations. It is recommended to acclimatize in Cusco or other high-altitude locations before starting the trek. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol, and taking it slow can help prevent altitude sickness.

Are permits required for the Choquequirao Trek?

No, permits are not required for the Choquequirao Trek. However, it is recommended to book your trek with a reputable tour operator who will arrange all necessary logistics.

What is the best time to do the Choquequirao Trek?

The best time to do the Choquequirao Trek is during the dry season, which typically runs from April to October. The weather is more predictable, with less rainfall and clearer skies. However, it can still rain at any time, so come prepared with proper rain gear.

Is it possible to do the Choquequirao Trek without a guide?

While it is technically possible to do the Choquequirao Trek without a guide, it is highly recommended to hire a knowledgeable guide or join a guided tour. The trail can be challenging to navigate, and having a guide enhances the overall experience by providing information about the history, culture, and nature of the region.

What are the toilet facilities along the trek?

Toilet facilities along the Choquequirao Trek are basic and limited. There are designated spots with makeshift toilets or simple latrines along the trail. It is advisable to bring your own toilet paper and practice Leave No Trace principles.

Are there options for vegetarian or special dietary requirements during the trek?

Most tour operators can accommodate vegetarian and some special dietary requirements. It is important to inform your tour operator in advance about your dietary restrictions, so they can make the necessary arrangements.

Can I visit Choquequirao without doing the trek?

Yes, it is possible to visit Choquequirao without doing the trek. There are alternative options available, such as taking a horseback ride or hiring mules to reach Choquequirao. However, these options may have limitations and are less common than the trekking route.

Are there facilities for charging electronic devices during the trek?

Charging facilities for electronic devices are very limited along the Choquequirao Trek. It is recommended to bring portable chargers or extra batteries to ensure you have enough power for your devices throughout the trek.

What should I do if I encounter an emergency during the trek?

In case of an emergency, inform your guide or trekking team immediately. They will have protocols in place to handle different situations. It is advisable to have travel insurance that covers medical evacuation and to carry emergency contact numbers with you.

Travel Guide

Choquequirao Trek 3 Days provides a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating Choquequirao archaeological site. Here is some relevant information about the trek:

History: Choquequirao, known as the “Sacred Sister” of Machu Picchu, is an Inca archaeological complex located deep in the Peruvian Andes mountains. It was built in the 15th century and is believed to have been an important religious and administrative center. Unlike Machu Picchu, Choquequirao is still being excavated, and many of its structures remain covered by vegetation.

Tips to Visit Choquequirao:

  1. Physical preparation: Choquequirao Trek can be demanding, with steep paths and high altitudes. It is recommended to have good physical fitness and engage in pre-trek training exercises.
  2. Acclimatization: Since the trek reaches considerable altitudes, it is important to gradually acclimatize to the altitude before starting. Spend a few days in Cusco or other high-altitude areas to adapt your body.
  3. Proper equipment: Make sure to bring appropriate hiking clothing and footwear, including layers of clothing, waterproof gear, sturdy shoes, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.

Recommended seasons:

The best time to undertake the Choquequirao Trek is during the dry season, which generally extends from April to October. During these months, the weather is more predictable, with less rainfall and clear skies. However, be aware that there may be occasional showers at any time of the year, so bring waterproof clothing.

Sites to visit along the route: During the trek, you will have the opportunity to explore various points of interest, including the Choquequirao archaeological complex, the llama sector, the ceremonial Usno, and the Religious Zone. These places will allow you to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the ancient Incas.

Tips :

  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the trek to stay hydrated, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Take breaks: Pace yourself and take regular breaks to rest and catch your breath, particularly during steep ascents.
  • Protect yourself from the sun: Apply sunscreen, wear a hat, and use sunglasses to protect yourself from the strong Andean sun.
  • Respect the environment: Practice Leave No Trace principles by not littering and preserving the natural surroundings.
  • Listen to your guide: Follow the instructions and advice of your guide, as they have experience and knowledge of the trail.

Enjoy the thrilling Choquequirao Trek and immerse yourself in the majesty of this incredible Inca archaeological site!

Recommendations

  1. Be prepared physically: The trek to Choquequirao involves challenging terrain and long hours of hiking. It is recommended to engage in regular physical exercise and build stamina prior to the trek. This will help you enjoy the experience and reduce the risk of exhaustion.
  2. Pack appropriately: Make sure to pack essential items such as comfortable hiking boots, lightweight and breathable clothing, a rain jacket, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), insect repellent, a sturdy backpack, a refillable water bottle, and snacks for energy.
  3. Stay hydrated: It is crucial to stay hydrated during the trek. Carry enough water with you and refill whenever possible. Hydration tablets or electrolyte powders can also be useful to replenish lost minerals and salts.
  4. Bring sufficient snacks and meals: While some meals may be provided during the trek, it is advisable to bring additional snacks and energy bars to keep you fueled throughout the day. Consider packing lightweight, non-perishable food items that provide sustained energy.
  5. Take your time and acclimatize: The altitude can pose a challenge for some trekkers. Take it slow, allow your body to acclimatize, and listen to your guide’s instructions. If you experience symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache or shortness of breath, inform your guide immediately.
  6. Respect the environment: Choquequirao is an archaeological site of great historical and cultural significance. Respect the site by not littering, avoiding damage to structures, and following any instructions given by your guide. Help preserve this unique destination for future generations.
  7. Be prepared for weather changes: The weather in the region can be unpredictable, with both hot and cold temperatures. Dress in layers to accommodate changing weather conditions and be prepared for rain by bringing waterproof gear.
  8. Engage with the local culture: Take the opportunity to learn about the local culture and customs from your guide or interact with the local communities you may encounter along the way. Show respect and appreciation for their way of life.
  9. Travel with a reputable tour operator: To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, choose a reputable tour operator that offers experienced guides, proper equipment, and follows sustainable practices. Research and read reviews before making a booking.
  10. Enjoy the journey: The trek to Choquequirao is not only about reaching the destination but also about immersing yourself in the stunning natural surroundings, connecting with fellow trekkers, and embracing the adventure. Take the time to appreciate the beauty and history of the region while enjoying the journey.

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Elea
Elea
2024-05-13
INCROYABLE Je recommande 100% Machu Picchu réservations! Une des meilleures expérience de ma vie avec un personnel incroyable ! Notre guide Alfredo nous a soutenu, a été à notre rythme et nous a fait découvrir des endroits hors du commun. L’organisation était au rendez vous. Le prix très abordable pour ce qu’on vécu! Je remercie toute l’équipe de Machu Picchu Reservations pour leur disponibilité et pour l’encadrement de ce super trek. Si vous devez faire un trek, foncez avec cette agence !
Matthew H
Matthew H
2024-05-13
Trip of a Lifetime This was the best trip I've ever been on. Unbelievable sights for all 5 days and so many amazing people to meet. The company took great care of us during our 5 days and 4 nights of trekking. The chefs were incredible and made great food for each meal of the day, I was really impressed! The hike itself was not too difficult. The altitude of course makes it difficult on breathing, but terrain was quite easy. There were a few spots that were extremely rocky and easy to sprain an ankle. Our tool guide, Juel, was incredible and really made our trip. He was so knowledgeable about the Inca's history and was very interesting to learn from. He would let everyone go at their own pace, always making sure everyone was okay and safe. I cannot stress the impact that he made on our trip. I would highly recommend Juel to anyone who wants the best possible experience of Salkantay. Andre at the Cusco office is also a great guy, very helpful! Overall, we had an amazing time with Machu Picchu Reservations and would highly highly recommend the tour group!
Simona I
Simona I
2024-05-12
Super trip We had an amazing tour, time and views. The information our guide was hearttouching. And all spots he show us, were so worth it the steps
Maria I
Maria I
2024-05-12
Super trip! We had an amazing time! The hike and tour in generell was just magical! Angel the guide was very kind, he gave us a lot of super interesting informations and even if it was my second time- this trip was favorite and I am taking a lot of nice memories :) I would recommend it to everybody that does not have a lot of time - worth it so much more than a one day trip!
Lucy H
Lucy H
2024-05-12
Amazing trip! The 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was absolutely amazing. We had great accommodation each night with incredible views of the mountains, and each day was something different (lagoon, mountains, jungle, etc.). A special shout out to our guide, Billy, who was so friendly, passionate and knowledgable, and the chefs, who prepared us 3 incredible meals every single day of the trek. A trip I won’t forget for a while!
Paradise756139
Paradise756139
2024-05-12
The best 5 days What an amazing and rewarding five days with Machu Picchu reservations. My sister and I are vegan and all the food was amazing and plenty of it. The chefs went above and beyond. Aurelio was the best guide, we feel so lucky that we had him for the 5 days. He really made the trip! We had a great group of people who were so supportive and encouraging. Despite it being challenging at times we laughed so much!
Jacynthe P
Jacynthe P
2024-05-12
2 day Machu Picchu tour - amazing experience We were lucky enough to get Angel as our guide. He was amazing, super informative and captivating. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Pranav P
Pranav P
2024-05-11
Amazing experience Had great time at Salkantay Trekking and Machu Picchu for 5 days. Steven was excellent guide. He indulged us in inka culture, had supported so well in altitude sickness and intense hike. He took fabulous pictures and supported our vegetarian food need. Overall it was great fun with making new friends and memories. Highly recommend if you want intense hiking experience at Salkantay.
Jet S
Jet S
2024-05-11
Best andventure ever! This was honestly the best experience of my life. I had 5 days of adventure, stunning views and great company. It was sad that the time flew by as every day was such a blast! Machu Picchu Reservations is a great company to choose for the Salkantay Trek. They were very organized, food was delicious, sleeping arrangement was excellent and the guides create a supportive and amazing vibe! Aurelio was the best guide and it was bittersweet to say goodbye after such a great experience. I would highly recommend Machu Picchu Reservations and above all Aurelio as your guide!

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