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Best Peruvian professional trek to Choquequirao meaning “Cradle of Gold”. See first hand the magnificent archaeological site in the Vilcabamba mountain range near Cusco. Beautiful campsites, top notch tents and spectacular walking exploration of Incas City of Choquekiraw.

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Choqekiraw, meaning “Cradle of Gold”, is a magnificent archaeological complex located in the Vilcabamba mountain range in the Cuzco area. It is thought that this mountain range was the last refuge of the Inkas resisting the conquest; led by Manco Inka II.
Possibly built by Tupac Yupanqui Inka; this impressive archaeological complex stands out for its terraces decorated with llamas and a shepherd in the Llamachayoc sector. Another interesting detail is that these terraces are built with stones in a vertical position.

We can also see a spectacular demonstration of the high level of development achieved by the Inkas in the sector known as Pacchayoq, which includes a system of water channels, irrigating a complex of agricultural terraces.

The steepness of the slope where these terraces are found is awe-inspiring.
On our trek, we will enjoy some spectacular geography, flora and fauna; native to the pluvial yunger, inter-Andean valleys and rainforest.
The temperature on this trek can range between a minimum of 5ºC / 41ºF at night, and a maximum of 23ºC / 73ºF during the day.
We recommend following the basics of ecotourism on this trek. We must respect and protect the environment, as well as the archaeological complexes and local


Day 1: Cusco – Chikiska

We leave the city of Cuzco early, driving along the road which goes north-west across the famous Pampas de Anta or Yawar Pampa (Blood Pampa, because of the ferocious battle between the Inkas and the Chankas over possession of Cuzco city).  We cross the mountains and descend to the warm town of Limatambo (2600m / 8530ft), where the archaeological site of Tarawasi is found.

We continue in the direction of the Cunyac Bridge over the Apurimac River, the natural border between the Cuzco and Apurimac regions.   We follow the road to the settlement of Curahuasi, famous for its aromatic liquor: Macerado de Anis.  

Our final stop is the town of San Pedro de Cachora (2909m / 9543ft), in the Apurimac region.  We leave our motorized transport for the next 4 days.  We have lunch.  Here in Cachora, as it is usually called, we can buy any last things we want to take.

We begin our walk, leaving the town to the north, with a spectacular view of the Nevado Padreyoq.  We cross the Cachora creek and climb through a refreshing forest of eucalyptus and native vegetation to the dirt track which is passable by cars; from where the path is flat until the lookout at Capuliyoq (2941m / 9648ft).  Estimated time to reach this point is approximately 3 hours.  From the lookout, we have a spectacular view of the Apurimac River and Choquekirau.

We begin our descent on a zigzagging footpath, crossing scrub and later a forest of native trees called Phaty, in around 3 hours.  Our campsite awaits us at Chikisca (1836m / 6023ft).  We can expect a warm night in the valley, at our friend Uriel’s campsite.
Estimated total time is 6 hours, and a distance of 19km / 12miles.

Meal: lunch and dinner

Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl / 9514 ft 

Minimum Altitude: 1860 masl / 6102 ft 

Distance Travelled: 19 km / 11.80 ml 

Approximate Walking Time: 6 hrs

Day 2: Chikiska – Choquekiraw

After a good breakfast, we begin our descent to Playa Rosalina (1800m / 5905ft), where we register at an INC control post, we cross the bridge over the Apurimac River.  Time to this point will be approximately 1 hour.
We begin our climb uphill, on a zigzagging path, towards Santa Rosa (2095m / 6873ft); where we can take a refreshing break, rest and buy water.
We continue upwards, towards Marampata (2913m / 9557ft), a flat place where we can rest in similar conditions to Santa Rosa; enjoying a splendid view of Choqequirau.  This spot also has bathrooms.

Time from the Apurimac river to here is approximately 4 to 5 hours.  The gradient varies from almost flat to very steep.

We follow the path which begins flat, and then has several uphill and downhill sections before the INC campsite at Choquequiraw (2847m / 9340ft).  This campsite has bathrooms and a cold shower.  We have lunch.
Our next activity is to visit the Pacchayoq sector, located in the lower part of the complex. Terraces, water channels, the ceremonial rock, the Paccha and a spectacular environment.  The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours.  We return to the campsite, have dinner and sleep.  Total distance to the campsite 14km / 08miles.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Maximum Altitude: 3100 masl / 10170 ft 

Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl / 5249 ft 

Distance Travelled: 14 km / 8.69 ml 

Approximate Walking Time: 8 hrs    

Day 3: Choquekiraw – Chikiska

Today is the day when we do the most walking.  We leave the main sector of Choqekirau very early to visit the Usnu, Priests House, Urin Sector, Llamachayoq, Hanan Sector and the lookout, returning to the campsite around midday to have lunch.  Afterwards, we return by the same path to Chikisca, where we can take a refreshing rustic spring-water shower.  We have dinner and sleep.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Maximum Altitude: 3100 masl / 10170 ft 

Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl / 5249 ft 

Distance Travelled: 20 km / 12.42 ml 

Approximate Walking Time: 9 hrs    

Day 4: Chikiska – Cusco

We leave our campsite early to avoid the strongest sun on our climb to the Capuliyoq lookout, where we will arrive in approximately 5 hours.  Then we walk along the flat stretch through eucalyptus trees, as we did on the first day of our trek; arriving at the town in approximately 2.5 hours.  We have our last lunch and return to the city of Cuzco, with the option of visiting the places mentioned along the way on the first day.  We arrive in the city of Cuzco at approximately 6 pm

Meals: breakfast, and lunch

Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl / 9514 ft 

Minimum Altitude: 1860 masl / 6102 ft 

Distance Travelled: 19 km / 11.80 ml 

Approximate Walking Time: 8 hrs


Group Service – Price per Person
1234 – 10
Private Service – Price per Person


Services included

Private transportation Cuzco – Cachora

  • Guide service in Spanish/ English
  • Sleeping bag per person (-10 ºC – Eureka – Cimarron – mummy form, our sleeping bags are cleaned after every use) – available in private service
  • Sleeping liner – available in private service
  • Pillow – available in private service
  • Inflatable sleeping pad (Therm A Rest) – available in private service
  • Cook and assistant
  • Cooking equipment
  • Snacks
  • Daily tea service
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables (Travel Chair)
  • Cooking, eating and bathroom (The Pett) tents
  • Portable environmental toilet (The Pett)
  • Food (3 breakfast, 4 lunch, 3 dinner)
  • Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles – 4 seasons)
  • Single tents available for extra cost – USD$ 15.00 per night
  • Mule-handlers
  • Mules – for transportation of our camping equipment and transportation of personal belongings (available in private service)
  • Saddled horse (for every 6 passengers there is one saddled horse)
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • One Pachatusantrek kit of 100% biodegradable products (toiletries) – available in private service
  • Pachatusantrek water resistant duffel bag for carrying personal stuff (on loan)
  • Pre departure briefing
  • Private Transportation Cachora- Cuzco

Services not included

  • Extra food
  • Optional tip for field staff
  • Extra costs
  • Evacuation costs


We recommend that you bring

  • Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts)
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene
  • Basic medications
  • Walking sticks
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Personal items
  • Personal snacks
  • Previous acclimatization in Cuzco city, for at least 2 days and general good health. Pachatusantrek offers easy one day and half day routes which can be completed before the main trek
  • DNI / Original Passport

Please note

  • For the group prices
  • We apply the 4 – 10 range price when we open a group
  • We need 4 persons to open one group
  • In case you are less number of persons and there is no any group open we will apply the price according to the number of persons.

Camping equipment for rent

  • Please check the difference between a group and a private service
  • Group service does not include the following services
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping liner
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable sleeping pad
  • Transportation of your personal belongings
  • Pachatusantrek biodegradable toiletries
  • Please ask for our camping equipment and extra services to rent


Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste.  We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.

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