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Day 1

Time : 5:00 am


We leave Cusco at 5:00am for the 4 hour drive to Capuliyoc (2,850m/9,407ft) in our private
transportation. On the way we will stop to have breakfast admiring the wonderful Limatambo
Canyon and the Salkantay and Humantay Mountains. We then continue to the little village of
Cachora,from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac Valley and river below.
And then when we arrived to Capuliyoc ,we will meet our expedition support crew know as
arrieros we start to hike through this historically rich territory. It is a 3-4 hour hike to Chikiska .
We then descend toward Coca Masana (2330m/7,644ft) where the climate becomes
noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally we arrive at Chikiska camp.
Here we will set up camp and spend the night. Walking poles or wooden sticks are highly
recommended and insect repellent a must.

  • Meals included: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner..
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude: 2061m/6762ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3100m/9300ft
  • Distance: 9kms/5.6 miles
  • Time: 5hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2

Time : 5:00 am


After an early breakfast we will walk for approximately 1 hour to arrive at Playa Rosalina near the Apurimac River (1500m/4,921ft), where we will cross a typical local bridge and hike through a forest of cactus, agaves, and exotic local fruit trees. Here we start a gentle, gradual 3-4 hour climb (1,400m/4,593ft gain) from the shores of the Apurimac river to Marampata (2900m/9,514ft) where we have lunch. At the end of this path we will see the archaeological complex of Choquequirao for the first time. It is an easy 2 hour hike to the Choquequirao ruins (3035m/9,957ft), and on the way we will see a variety of plants and flowers. As soon as we arrive to this Inca complex we will visit the farming terraces of Paqchayoc and the house of the waterfall, after which we return to our camping site near Choquequirao.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude: 2061m/6762ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3100m/10170ft
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Time: 5hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Day 3

Time : 5:00 am


After breakfast, we will visit the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao for the entire day. There is so much to see! These ruins are three times the size of Machu Picchu and new sections, hidden under the dense jungle, are constantly being discovered. Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all of the beautiful sections of the temples, terraces, palaces, the llamas’ section, and much more.

Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua Inca’s language although this is probably not its original name. It is another “Lost City of the Incas” rediscovered officially late in the 20th century. It is located high on a ridge spur almost 1750 metres above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and is surrounded by the towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks. Excavations and restoration of the 1810 hectares site began in the 1990s, and it is estimated that only 30% of the site has been restored to date. Every day archeologists are finding new things.

After our thorough explorations, we will return to our same campsite. Drinks and appetizers will be waiting for us and we can relax before dinner. Enjoy your last night next to these magical ruins, under an incredible sky of the southern stars.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Altitude: 3100m/10170ft

Day 4

Time : 6:00 am


After breakfast we continue our return trek with a steep descent towards the Apurimac River for 3 to 4 hours and you’ll see views of the canyon of Apurimac along the way. Your guide will point out the beautiful flora and fauna you might have missed on your way into the Inca site. Also, if the weather is pleasant, you’ll get to enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the Andes.

Halfway down you’ll have a break to enjoy some fresh fruit that was farmed in the area, where cactus fruit is the main attraction. Finally, you’ll reach La Playa for lunch. Soon after it’ll be another two hours uphill to Chikiska Camp, which is in the backyard of a family’s home. You may also see some spectacled bears, condors, hummingbirds and more.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude: 2600m/8530ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3100m/10170ft
  • Distance: 6kms/4 miles
  • Time: 5hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5

Time : 4:00 am


After an early breakfast you’ll get ready to return to Cusco. It’ll be a four-hour uphill hike until you arrive at the end of the trek where you’ll enjoy your last lunch with your tour guide, And we will say goodbye to our arrieros (expedition horse guides) porters and horsemen. And then continue with your tour guide towards Cusco, ending by 18h.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Distance: 8km / 4.5m


  • Pick up at  your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to Capuliyoc (starting point of the trek) 
  • Entry fee to Choquequirao and other Inca sites
  • English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Private Guided tour in each archeological complex
  • Comfortable tents for two people in a four-person tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you’re feeling exhausted or unwell
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Tent for our staff to sleep in
  • First Aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) and horsemen to care for them
  • 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes and sleeping bag will be carried by our mules
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
  • Entry fee to the hot springs


  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c – $20
  • Air mattresses – $20
  • Trekking poles – $15
  • Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of NOMAD IN PERU


The Choquequirao 5 Day Trek is available on any date that it’s best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers.

PRICE -$570 USD per person

***We provide very Good Comfortable tents 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.  


Group of 5 or more: $30 USD. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.


  • Sleeping Bag: $20 USD– Clean and warm, rated to -10°
  • Air Mattress: $20 USD
  • Trekking Poles: $15 USD  
  • Single tent: $30 USD (for solo trekkers)


  • TRANSFER – from the airport to hotel (Cusco Only)
  • DUFFEL BAG AND LINER BAGS – included in the trekking price!
  • EXTRA PACK HORSE is included in the price, the horse will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs /14p like sleeping bag, mattress, clothes etc.
  • BOILED WATER is included along the Inca Trail.
  • OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek
  • EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price which can be ridden if you get tired or sick.


  • Original passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3 liter reusable, not disposable bottles
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from Nomad In Peru)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet Paper


As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra pack horse who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the horses. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad. This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing suit for the thermal waters
  • Fleece/ thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket for cold nights
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, bring them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided you to line your duffel bag
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us.


  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, , etc.


We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40Litres for hiking in the day. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Rain plastic poncho
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Valuable ítems

Please read carefully the following information. It will help with your questions about our services and the Choquequirao 5 Day Trek!

You will be greeted at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look for our representative holding a logo of NOMAD IN PERU board at the exit from the arrival terminal.


The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm or 7pm in your hotel.

Of course! During the Choquequirao Trek your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.

FIRST, to book your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu , we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (From Each Participant in your group). We cannot purchase an Inca Trail permit without the following information:

Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):

  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality
  • We require copies of every participant’s passport, in order, to book Inca Trail permits!

    SECOND, we require a deposit of $200.00 USD per person, in order, to purchase a permit for the Classic Inca Trail. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page.

    If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPALaccount and use our email address info@nomadinperu.com

    Yes, but with some restrictions. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.

    *** If you cancel your Choquequirao Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!

    Yes for sure!You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Choquequirao Trek. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 per person.We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
    If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you.

    The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you plan to always dress in layers to facilitate adjusting to the quickly changing weather conditions. We highly recommend you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.

    In general if you exercise regularly and spend 2 to 3 days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatization to the altitude, you may be just fine.

    The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is Water,Coca tea and Oxygen If Needed; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.

    We offer the Cusco City Tour and Sacred Valley tours that you can book while you are acclimatizing. Check out our day tours on our Main Page.

    The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-6 persons. Nomad In Peru specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE grou,ps and provides a personalized service.

    The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a small duffel bag to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14p. Your team of pack horses will carry your duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the pack horses will always be ahead of the group. During the Choquequirao trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.

    The Choquequirao Trek is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Fitness is naturally important for the trek, and obviously the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do extra walking, hiking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip. The Choquequirao trek is from moderate to difficult level.

    This has been highly appreciated by most of our clients, especially by our trekkers, who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet! Nomad In Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean.

    In the unlikely scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Nomad In Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

    If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Nomad In Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

    Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff of Nomad In Peru to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

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