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Base City: Cuzco, Cusco Region, Peru

Choquequirao the Cradle of Gold

  • Country:
  • Peru
  • Situated:
  • South Peru
  • Base City:
  • Cuzco
  • Duration:
  • 5 days 4 nights
  • Cost:
  • US $995*


  • Farming Valleys
  • Canyons
  • Kapok Trees
  • Cloud Forest
  • Cordillera Vilcabamba

First mentioned in 1710 by the Spanish, Choquequirao was later visited by various explorers and treasure hunters. In 1909, the US explorer Hiram Bingham fully explored and mapped the site. Hiram Bingham is best known for bringing the famed Machu Picchu into the public eye.

Here you will trek through an assortment of ecological zones including Andean farming valleys, a hot and arid canyon environment featuring kapok trees, cactus and agaves, and climbing to a region of fresh cloud forest looking up to the snowy peaks of Cordillera Vilcabamba.


  • Anta Plateau
  • Snow-capped Andes
  • Cachora
  • Apurimac Canyon
  • Chiquisca

Choquequirao: Day 1. To Cachora-Chiquisca

The Descent to Cachora
Starting early in the morning, you are first driven across the farmlands of the Anta Plateau looking out at the snow-capped Andes. You then travel through the lush fields and orchards before making a final descent to the village of Cachora where you meet the crew. We then hike out to catch your first sighting of Choquequirao at the Capuliyoc lookout before dropping steeply through dry cactus and orchid country into the Apurimac River Canyon. We camp at the small oasis of Chiquisca, 2000m./6,550ft.


  • Apurimac River
  • Suspension Footbridge
  • Deep Valley
  • Panoramic Vistas
  • Inca Ruins

Choquequirao: Day 2. Sightings of Choquequirao

You now walk down to the Apurimac River – “Great Spirit Speaker” in the Quechua language of the Incas – to cross the mighty river on a suspension footbridge. We then follow a wide trail making a zig-zagging ascent out of the dry canyon to meadows, small sugar cane plantations then across a deep valley to your first panoramic vista of the buildings and terraces of Choquequirao. The last bit of your hike passes through cool shadows of native cloud forest to approach the ridgetop (3000m./10,000ft.) where the Incas built their remote ceremonial center. We camp near the Inca ruins.


  • Incan settlement
  • Choquequirao
  • Cradle of Gold
  • Inca Nobility
  • Topa Inca

Choquequirao: Day 3. Exploring Choquequirao

You will have the day to explore this mysterious Incan settlement. The name Choquequirao means the “Cradle of Gold”. Although known to early Spaniards, its remoteness preserved it. French explorers visited it in the 19th century, and in 1909 Hiram Bingham was first to scientifically investigate the site. Some speculate that the emperor Topa Inca had it built as a personal spiritual retreat, to rival his father Pachacuti’s magnificent estate at Machu Picchu. Whoever built this place, it was undoubtedly an elite settlement, built for ceremonial purposes and occupied by Inca nobility.


  • Cordillera Vilcabamba
  • Maranpata
  • Inca Settlement
  • Apurimac River
  • Chiquisca

Choquequirao: Day 4. To Chiquisca

As the sun rises over the Cordillera Vilcabamba, you make your way across the meadows of Maranpata, where a row of Inca storehouses marks the edges of the Inca settlement. We then return to the canyon facing the angular cliffs on the south bank of the river. At the crossing of the Apurimac River, you can take time to cool off in a swimming hole among the magnificent boulders lining the river. We then return to the shade of the fruit and avocado trees at Chiquisca, where we make our final camp.


  • Apurimac Canyon
  • Glaciers
  • Orchids
  • Cachora
  • Cusco

Choquequirao: Day 5. To Cachora/Cusco

Today you hike up out of the Apurimac Canyon as the river dissapears into the distance and the glaciers of the Vilcabamba Range fill the sky ahead. We then wind your way through smooth-barked trees, dripping with orchids and bromeliads, to regain the mountainous grasslands that stretch toward the Capuliyoc Pass and the pastoral valley of Cachora. Our transport awaits us here. Saying farewell to your trail crew, we begin the breathtaking drive back to Cusco.

Choquequirao the Cradle of Gold Rates

Fixed departures: Please enquire.

5 days/ 4 nights camping: US $995*
Single Supplement: $80

Prices Per Person Based on Two Travellers
Does not require an Inca Trail permit

A licensed, well-trained, English-speaking guide, who visits the clients the evening before departure to explain the trek and answer any questions.
Camping Equipment: spacious North Face tents, dining tent, toilet tent, tables and chairs, oxygen bottle and cooking equipment. Trekkers need only bring sleeping bags and sleeping pads!
Chef and Assistant Chef preparing healthy, hearty meals cooked with fresh, local ingredients.
Well-paid and well-treated porters. We supply the appropriate duffel for you to pack and them to carry. You carry only a light daypack.
Round trip car transportation from Cusco to the start of the trail and vice versa.
Entrance tickets

The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, Choquequirao lies in the forested fringes of the Amazon basin, where showers can occur at any time of year. Therefore, even in the “dry” season, your daypack should always include full rain gear (both jacket AND trousers).

Daytime temperatures can vary greatly, with daytime highs ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to 32ºC/90ºF and nightime lows ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to a cold 4ºC/40ºF, though seldom much lower. The floor of the Apurimac Canyon gets very hot during the day. Bring your swimsuit for a delicious dip in the river.

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