Under the pseudonym of ‘Machupicchu’s sister’, Choquequirao also has a striking stone citadel and its own story to tell. Located between the collision of two very different worlds, the Andes and the Peruvian Amazon, it is completely surrounded by vegetation, which makes it a place of not so easy access.
The complex trek to Choquequirao is very fascinating. Visit the sister city of Machu Picchu, an archaeological site in a very good state of preservation with a hike through the canyon of the Apurimac.
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The route to Choquequirao will take you through an impressive landscape, from arid hillsides dotted with cacti to dense cloud forest inhabited by many species of birds, guarded during the walk by the great snowy peaks that the Incas believed to be gods.
The best time to visit Choquequirao is during the dry season (April to October). Although the sun can be more intense during the trek, the almost complete absence of rainfall makes the trek more bearable. The annual temperature is 12 °C.
However, during the year there are two distinct seasons:
- Dry season (April to October), with little rainfall and a cold dry climate. The maximum temperature reaches 25 °C and drops to 4 °C.
- Rainy season (November to March), usually with constant rainfall, however, the climate is humid and warm. The maximum temperature reaches 23 °C and drops to 6 °C.
The Dreamy Tours Agency, we offer two alternatives, the classic 4-day trek with transfers from Cusco (including the return), and a longer trek that connects Choquequirao with Machu Picchu in a 6-day trek.
- The classic 4-day trek, covers 62 kilometres approx.
- Choquequirao with Machu Picchu in a 6-day trek, covers 98 kilometres approx.
To do the Choquequirao trek, it is advisable to spend 1 or 2 days in the city of Cusco, since Choquequirao is located at 3,033 metres above sea level (m.a.s.l.).
And what you need to bring:
- T-shirts or sweatshirts for warmth
- Waterproof coat for the cold
- Waterproof long and short trousers
- Wool socks
- Sleeping bags (not included in the tours).
- Trekking shoes.
- Trekking backpack.
- Wet towels
- Toilet paper
Complete guide for a great experience on the Choquequirao route.
- Entrance ticket to HUAYNAPICCHU $18.00 USD price per person.
- Entrance ticket to the MOUNTAIN $18.00 USD price per person.
- Extra horse =$130.00.
- Sleeping bag = the cost is according to the days of trekking to choose.
- Walking poles = the cost is according to the days of trekking to choose.
Safety measures in force
- You should keep a safe distance from vehicles.
- The number of visitors shall be limited to avoid congestion.
- All surfaces that visitors come in contact with will be purified frequently.
- A safety kit will be provided.
Requirements for travellers
- You must bring your own mask (2 masks).
- Bring your vaccination card or vaccination certificate.
- You will need to fill in an optional travel information form.
- You will need to bring your own personal headphones.
Choquequirao is located at 3,033 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.). Due to its location, it is believed that this Inca enclosure served as a checkpoint between the main Inca sites such as Pisac, Cusco and Machu Picchu.
During the Choquequirao trek, the means of transport used are the acémilas (horses), which are in charge of transporting the tents, cooking equipment, food, tables, benches, messengers, gas balloons, dining tents, kitchen tents, sleeping tents, which are necessary for you to enjoy your trip to the maximum.
The accommodation used on the Choquequirao trek are tents or tents known as tents, on the route there are already established campsites to spend the night.
We send tents, with capacity for four people, where you can rest comfortably, where we only place 2 people inside the tent.