5 Days / 4 Nights

*Cusco *Choquequirao *

This itinerary is a 10-day trip through the Cusco region of Peru, including visits to three important archaeological sites. The journey starts with a 5-day trek to Choquequirao, an ancient Inca city that was once a religious and administrative center. About Choquequirao, also known as the «Cradle of Gold» in Quechua, is a remarkably well-preserved Inca outpost situated on a promontory nearly 1,800 meters (6,000 feet) above the thundering Apurimac River Gorge. Often referred to as «The Other Machu Picchu,» this hidden gem remains off the beaten track.


Despite its similar construction and size to its sister city, Machu Picchu, Choquequirao was long underestimated and remained unknown for almost 300 years until its first restoration in 1993. It is believed to have served the same religious, political, and agricultural functions and was home to a population of similar size.


**Very important, one day prior we will have a briefing with our guide about the route, where we will have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding the trekking.

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Our guide will pass by the hotel for the meeting and pick-up for our great adventure to Choquequirao between 6:30 and 7:00 am. Our transportation will take us for about 3 and a half hours to the archeological park of SAYWITE, where there is a stone carved by the Incas, where they designed many miniature architectures as a model. Besides, there are more ceremonial centers.

If departing from Abancay, the meeting point will be internally coordinated at around 9 am, to then climb up to the Saywite stone and visit that place.

After that, we will continue in the car for 1 more hour to Cachora, a place called Capuliyoc. Where we can enjoy our lunch with a view of the Apurimac Canyon and the Padreyoc snowcapped mountain. Then, we will start our adventure, descending for about 3 hours approximately. Passing through the viewpoints of Cocamasana until Chikiska, where we will have our dinner and stay overnight in a rural House.

Overnight in Chikiska – Rural House.

Meals included: — / Lunch / Dinner



We will start the day early, after breakfast, we will continue descending for 1 hour until the Apurimac River, a place called Playa Rosalina. After crossing the river, we will start to climb towards Santa Rosa for an hour and a half to two approximately. This part requires strong physical effort as we will be climbing even with shade.

After a brief rest, we will continue climbing for another hour and a half to two until the town of Marampata, where we will have lunch and the rest of the afternoon free to rest after climbing 1500 meters in 3 to 4 hours. At night, we will have dinner and spend the night there.

Overnight in Marampata – Rural House.

Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner



Breakfast; today we enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex: we will visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage, waiting to be revealed. We will have the full day to explore the site and relax, enjoying the spectacular views that surround the area. Our lunch will be a box lunch brought to us by our muleteer at Choquequirao. In the afternoon, we’ll head back to Marampata and spend the night there again.

Overnight in Marampata

Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


We will start the day early, hiking downhill for about two hours to Santa Rosa, where we will have a typical mountain breakfast. Then, we will hike for another hour and a half to two hours until we reach the Apurímac River, where we will take some time to take photos and rest a bit. After that, we will start hiking up towards Chikiska, where we will have our lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue our trek for about three hours until we reach Capuliyoc. Upon arriving at the campsite, we will have a small bonfire and spend our last night in the mountain cabins with a view of the Apurímac Canyon and the Padreyoc snow-capped mountain, which will be a magical night.

Overnight in Capuliyoc – Rural House.

Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner



This day is for relaxation, we will wake up a little later and after breakfast we will go to a special place to perform an offering ceremony to the earth. After this experience, we will return to the camp for another experience on the extreme swing towards the Apurimac canyon. Then we will return to the city of origin.

On this last day, a visit to the thermal medicinal waters of Cconoc can be arranged with the group.

** Highest level of the hike is 3000 meters above sea level. Lowest level of the hike is 1500 meters above sea level.

Overnight in Cusco – Own arrangement.

Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / —


Day 6: SACRED VALLEY / Half Day Ollantaytambo

Breakfast. Visit to Ollantaytambo, site of one of the greatest Inca fortresses in the Urubamba Valley. One of the oldest human settlements in the Americas, it boasts 16 massive terraces that are testament to the Incas’ magnificent stonework. Climb the steep steps – about 260 of them! – until you reach the imposing fortress at the top. From here you gain a breathtaking view of the valley and can gaze in awe at the huge monolithic stones forming the Temple of the Sun.

Meals at Hacienda Huayoccari. Web site:

Overnight in Sacred Valley



  • Rates listed in American Dollars and include the taxes and service charge for non-residents in Peru
  • Tour rates are per person unless we specified a different option
  • Prices are valid until Apr 15th 2024.
  • Prices are not valid from Jun 22nd to 26th (The Inti Raymi “Festival of the Sun” – Jun 24th), Christmas and New Year. Ask for prices 
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