Trekking to Choquequirao - Inca City - The sacred sister of Machu Picchu

One of the most spectacular discoveries of the Inca kingdom

  • Start Date : 2024-Jul-20
    End Date: 2024-Jul-26
  • Hora Inicio: 7 AM
    Hora Fin: 10 PM
  • Meeting Point:Cusco, Perú
    End point: Cusco, Perú
  • Duration:5 days
    Availability: 15 spots
US$ 810 US$ 690.- 15 % Off

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Trekking to Choquequirao (Machu Picchu) - The Golden Cradle of the Incas - Peru


The Cradle of Gold

Choquequirao (from Quechua: "cradle of gold")  They are the ruins of an Inca city located between the foothills of the snowy Salkantay, and under the jurisdiction of the district of Santa Teresa, Province of La Convención, Department of Cuzco, very close to Machu Picchu, in southern Peru.

The archaeological monuments of Choquequirao are made up of buildings and terraces distributed on different levels, from the lowest Sunch'u Pata level to the highest truncated top, which was leveled and surrounded with stones to form a platform with an approximate area of ??150 square meter.

Choquequirao (sometimes also as Choqequirau or Choquekiraw) is known as the "sacred sister" of Machu Picchu due to its structural and architectural similarity with it.


* See combination with Trekking Salkantay to Machu Picchu, the week before.

Day 1: Meeting in Cusco. Check in at the hostel. Afternoon free to begin acclimatization and explore the old town a bit. Recommended: arrive a day before (or more).

Day 2: Departure very early (5:30 am). Transfer from Cusco to the beginning of the trekking. First stretch. 10km

Day 3: Second section of trekking. 15km

Day 4: Third section of trekking, ascent to Choquequirao, tour and return to the high camp.

Day 5: Long stretch of return, 20 km

Day 6: Last stretch of trekking, transfer to Cusco, accommodation and end of the tour.

Day 7: Free day in Cusco and end of the program. Options: One more day in Cusco with excursions to the Sacred Valley, Maras - Moray, Chincheros.

Included Services
  • Transfer from Cusco to San Pedro de Cachora (start of trekking) round trip
  • Basic equipment portering
  • All the guided trekking tour.
  • Full board on the trek.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Choquequirao.
  • Hostel in Cusco (days 1 and 6)
  • Tents + insulation
  • Prior advice with meetings and audiovisuals in Argentina.
  • Coordinator-guide who travels with the group from Argentina.
  • Permanent assistance.

Services NOT included
  • Flights to Cusco
  • Extra excursions in Cusco
  • Lunch and dinner day 1, and 6 in Cusco
  • tips

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How many hours do you walk per day?

In general we have a system of walking for 3-4 hours in the morning; we make a great lunch stop and walk the same in the afternoon to the place where we set up camp.

What temperatures must be endured?

Northern Argentina, Peru and Bolivia are characterized by having a significant temperature range (hot during the day and cool at night and early morning). There also exists the so-called “Bolivian Winter”. This means that in our summer (December to March) there is the rainy season. In our winter it does not rain but the thermal amplitude is noticeable a little more and the cold at night and early morning can be felt, especially in the high altitude camps (at more than 2500 masl) like two of this route.
You have to protect yourself a lot from the sun with a hat-bonnet, neck scarves, sunscreen and mountain glasses. And for the night it is important to have a good sleeping bag and a coat since the temperature can drop to less than 0 ° Celsius.

What sleeping bag should I take?

The bags or sleeping bags must be able to withstand a temperature of -0° Comfort, so as to be able to rest easy. 

How should I travel and to which city?

The city to reach is Cusco. It is advisable to take a plane with a combination-direct stopover Lima-Cusco

Where do you spend the night?

Stay in igloo-type tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people. And also in hostels, like the cases of Cusco.

Is a guide-coordinator from Argentina traveling with the group?

Yes, that is one of the added values ??that we give in our trips abroad; A guide from our company travels with the whole group and facilitates the connections and is also there to solve any type of inconvenience, assistance, evacuation, etc, etc.

What physical condition should I have to be able to carry out this type of journey?

It is not decisive that you are an up-to-date athlete and that you train 4 times a week. But it is important that you know that the better physically you are, it will always be better. The idea of ??these adventures is that you can enjoy it and not suffer from it. If you don't usually train, go jogging, cycling or other aerobic activity, 

Are rest stops made?

The stops occur with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity. There are stops for lunch, snack, and rest.

From what age can they do this activity?

From 12 years of age.

How much does the backpack weigh?

Between 8 and 12 kilos

What do we eat?

In all our expeditions we offer the meal service IN FULL BOARD PLAN.

On this occasion, the service is contracted and we adapt to regional meals that, in general and in this case, do not change much on our outings to the mountains.

Difficulty graduation

Mochila: Peso / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Backpack (M)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya

40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs

60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo

80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)

100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice

Physical (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

20% half a day or less with little unevenness.

40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.

60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)

80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.

100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. How much can it cost us to climb a slope, if it is very steep or if we have to use our hands in some section (simple climbing), both in rock and snow-ice, or materials such as crampons and pegs in other ascents.

20% flat land

40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents

60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.

80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.

100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

20% We will not be much affected.

40% This is a normal level of attention.

60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.

80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.

100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

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Required equipment

  • Special backpack for trekking (minimum 50 liters).
  • Sleeping bag 
  • insulating mat
  • Trekking poles (mandatory). It is possible to buy in Cusco.
  • 1 trekking shoes (in condition).
  • 1 second shoe to be in the camp (they can be sandals, espadrilles or light slippers).
  • Changes of underwear.
  • T-shirts (synthetic for walking and cotton for the camps).
  • Light trekking pants.
  • 2 coats (polar sweatshirt, or wool pullover, Polar sweatshirt 100, Polar sweatshirt 200)
  • Jacket or duvet vest (optional).
  • Fleece gloves (with fingers or mittens).
  • Warm cap (polar).
  • Sun hat (with flaps).
  • Third layer jacket , waterproof and breathable.
  • Mesh and towel.


  • Passport
  • Medical insurance, social work.
  • Completed medical and personal file, authorization.


  • FRONT flashlight with batteries (spare batteries).
  • Bags to protect from the rain everything that goes in the backpack.
  • Crockery: plate, glass, cutlery


Rental Equipment

Trekking sleeping bag

Booking in Advance

US$ 16 + options

Pair of Trekking Poles

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US$ 10 + options

Rental mittens

Booking in Advance

US$ 8 + options

Pair of Crampons

Booking in Advance

US$ 15 + options

Rental : helmet, crampons and ice ax

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US$ 36 + options

Combo Top: helmet, crampons, ice ax and full harness

Booking in Advance

US$ 50 + options

Category 3 sunglasses - Shepra Julbo Spectrom

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US$ 5 + options

Backpack for trekking and mountaineering - Woman

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

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