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    Short Choquequirao Trail

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    Short Choquequirao TrailThe Short Choquequirao Trek was created for the all adventure people, who would like to know the second lost city of the Incas, this hike involves 4 day hke with a professional guide, chef, muleteer and horses. 

    Choquequirao (means golden cradle in quechua) is the sister city of Machu Picchu because of their architectural and structural similarity. It is considered as the last Inca refuge. This archaeological complex resisted for decades the Spanish conquerors. You can appreciate the grandeur of his work with a perfect architecture and aesthetics. This complex is part of the system of the Andean citadels in the Vilcabamba Valley. In the Inca times it was united with the archaeological group of Machu Picchu with a complex network of Inca roads. It is currently visited and toured by tourists as scholars of world history. Its flora and fauna of high forest and its topography also attract the attention of the visitors. This archaeological group has several Inca constructions and for that reason was declared Cultural Heritage by the Governments of France and Peru

    Enjoy the Llama Terrace: They appeary to be quite ordinary until you will walk along them and found enlaid llama figures made of white stones. By the time you will reach the lookout we could see hundreds of feet of lined terraces that come down the mountain


    Quick Itinerary: 

    Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquispa.
    Day 2: Chiquiska – Playa Rosalina – Sunchupata.
    Day 3: Sunchupata – Choquequirao – Chiquiska.
    Day 4: Chiquiska – Capuliyoc – Cachora.

    Highlights of Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

    • Explore the second lost city of the Incas – Choquequirao
    • 4 Day hike with professional tour guide, chef, muleteer and horses 
    • Guided Tour of Choquequirao citadel
    • Look up the sacred mountain of the city
    • Discover the Llama terraces
    • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes offer of the mountain

    Crew: A Tierras Vivas representative in Cusco, a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a chef, and horses on the Choquequirao trek.

    Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character, extra porters and private transport.

    Physical Rating: 4 – Demanding -High-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities.

    Age requirement: 12+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Choquequirao Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel

    Group Available: Small Group – Min: 2 – Max: 8

    Accomodation: Campsites (4 nights), 

    Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 4x afternoon tea.

    Transportation: Transportation by private van 

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    Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquiska

    We pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 A.M. to the Cachora Town where we will rest for a moment (3100 MAMSL) at 10:00 A.M. approx. Then we will have a panoramic view of the Apurimac Valley. We will meet the horses and muleteers there, and it is at this point where we begin with our walk down a descent path (Lunch and dinner) arriving in Chiquiska where we will spend the night.

    Day 2: Chiquiska – Playa Rosalina – Sunchupata

    After breakfast (5:00 A.M.) we will continue our walk towards Playa Rosalina (1550 MAMSL), then climb the slope towards Santa Rosa (2100m) place of our lunch, this part is the hardest one. Then ascent to Maranpata (2850 m), this is a smoother climb. During this part you can see the whole path of the first day and the vegetation that exists in this place and then we will cross a straight section towards Sunchupata. This point is an hour away to Choquequirao. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).

    Day 3: Sunchupata – Choquequirao – Chiquiska

    Very early, after breakfast, we go to Choquequirao to appreciate the sunrise. We will visit the citadel for three hours always accompanied by the guide who will aptly explain the importance of the Apurimac and Rio Blanco rivers so we can also appreciate the Vilcabamba mountain range. After the guided tour, we will start the return to Sunchupata and descend to Santa Rosa, then we head to the village of Chiquiska and we will camp there. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).

    Day 4: Chiquiska – Capuliyoc – Cachora

    After the delicious breakfast in Chiquiska (6:00 A.M.) we return by the same road until we reach the pass of Capuliyoc and from here there are two more hours to Cachora Town, this is a much smoother stretch and we will arrive at 12:00 A.M. approx. On the way we will appreciate the exotic flora and fauna of the place as well as views of imposing snowy mountains and the impressive Apurimac Canyon and then we will continue to the Cusco Town arriving in the afternoon to the hotel. That is the end of our services.



    • Pre-trek briefing.
    • Early morning transfer by private bus to Cachora – the initial point of the trek.
    • Accommodation: Campsites (3 nights).
    • Entrance fee to the Choquequirao.
    • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages (please advise us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
    • Professional bilingual Tour Guide.
    • Professional Cook.
    • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 5 kg of each passenger’s stuff
    • Camping equipment: Eureka Mountain Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks).
    • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents.
    • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C)
    • Day Pack Rain Covers.
    • Rain Ponchos.
    • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings).
    • A T-shirt of the Choquequirao Trek and Inca Trail Map.
    • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
    • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas.

    Not Included

    • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day.
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory)

    Appropriate clothing along the Choquequirao Trek

    Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the first and fourth day (if sunny) and in Choquequirao, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Choquequirao has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

    Suggested Items

    • It is necessary to carry cash since in the villages near Choquequirao there are no banks or ATM and it is not possible to use credit cards.
    • It is important to carry a flashlight with a solar panel since there is no electric current along the trek and also there is no signal for cellular.
    • As you advance, the temperature is stronger, therefor there are mosquitoes, it is necessary to wear repellent and sun block.
    • The trek and the heat produce sweat that is why we lose water and we need to rehydrate. Carry enough water and cleaning pills.
    • See carefully what is necessary to take, it is not recommendable to carry a lot of things because it will make your trip less light and if you want to carry a heavy luggage we suggest to rent horses or mules in the Cachora Town.
    • Walk in group, although no thefts were reported, the suggestion is more for your safety, it is possible to get lost so you must take this recommendation into account.
    • Light clothing (for the day), warm clothing, and thick socks (for sleeping at night).
    • Wear comfortable sneakers, specially trekking sneakers.
    • Bring clothing for rain such as: ponchos and jackets.



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