Choquequirao Trek Difficulty and Distance
Choquequirao Trek is one of the most challenging treks around Cusco and Machu Picchu with approximately 44 miles (total round trip). On average we consider the Choquequirao Trek Difficulty at “Medium-Difficult”. In a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the hardest trek available around Cusco, we rate this trek with a 4.
Although the Choquequirao Trek doesn’t have high mountain passes, its path has two very challenging points: going down and going back up the Apurimac Canyon to reach the site.
Since this trek begins and ends in Cachora Town, the hike up and down the Apurimac Canyon is done on the way to the site and on the way back to Cachora Village.
Choquequirao is an Inca Fortress located a few hours away from Cusco (click to read: Where is Choquequirao).
In this article, we have divided the journey by hiking days to give you a better picture of what to expect.
The Choquequirao Trek Difficulty score is rated at “Medium-Difficult” or 4/5. This means that hikers should expect:
- Steep uphills and downhills.
- Not significantly high altitudes like in other Peruvian mountain treks
- Get to the Site by hiking and return through the same path by hiking.
Click here to see the: Choquequirao Trek Map and Elevation Map.
Choquequirao Trek Difficulty and Distance for Day 1: Medium Challenge
The first day we begin the hike from Cachora Town (old starting point) at 10,000ft or from Capuliyoc Lookout Point (new starting point) at 9,000ft from sea level. The hike to Capuliyoc is a relatively flat one which includes slight uphill and downhill segments.
From Capuliyoc (13 miles from Choquequirao Site) we have a great view of the magestic Apurimac Canyon snow capped mountain tops above and the river below. From this point we begin the steep descent to the first campsite at the shores of the river in Rosalina Beach (6 miles from Choquequirao Site). On the way down, we will pass by Cocamasana Village at 7,600ft above sea level and by Chiquisca Village at 6,400ft above sea level. In one of these villages we stop for lunch before arriving to Rosalina Beach at 5,000ft where we set up the first campsite.
If you travel with bmqtravel.com, you will arrive at Rosalina and see your complete camp set up, warm water and chef designed dishes waiting for you so you can just relax and indulge in the scenery.
On average we consider the Choquequirao Trek Difficulty for day 1 at “Medium”.
Total hiking distance for day 1:
- From Cachora Town:
- From Capuliyoc Lookout Point:
Total hiking time for day 1:
Why are there two starting points?
In recent years a road has been paved from Cachora Village to the Capuliyoc Lookout Point. This road is approximately 6 miles long and reduces hiking time by approximately 2-3 hours.
Choquequirao Trek Difficulty and Distance for Day 2: High Challenge
The second hiking day is the most challenging of all because it includes the steepest uphill hike of all the trek (please see the photo above).
We begin the hike by crossing the Rosalina Bridge from one side of the Apurimac Canyon to the other which is home of the Choquequirao Site. We hike uphill for 1.8 miles to Santa Rosa Village at 7,000ft above sea level, where we recommend a short break to catch our breath.
We continue uphill to Marampata Village just 2.5 miles away from Choquequirao Site. From this point the path is relatively flat to the Sunchupata Checkpoint where we buy our tickets for the Choquequirao Site. We continue further down the path until we reach the Choquequirao Campsite.
If you travel with bmqtravel.com, you will arrive at the Choquequirao Campsite and see your complete camp set up, warm water and chef designed dishes waiting for you so you can just relax and indulge in the scenery.
On average we consider the Choquequirao Trek Difficulty for day 2 at “High”.
Total hiking distance for day 2:
Total hiking time for day 2:
Choquequirao Trek Difficulty and Distance for Day 3 (Return): Medium Challenge
The 3rd day is normally reserved for the Choquequirao Site visit. We recommend waking up early and experiencing the site with the first hours of light. After your visit, consider a 6 hour hike back to Rosalina Beach.
On average we consider the Choquequirao Trek Difficulty for day 3 at “Medium”.
Total hiking distance for day 3:
Total hiking time for day 3:
Choquequirao Trek Difficulty and Distance for Day 4 (Return): High Challenge
This forth day of hiking is very challenging but definitely less challenging than day 2 hike. Although it is also very steep, the path has more flat zones where we can catch our breath and continue the journey back to Cachora Town.
On average we consider the Choquequirao Trek Difficulty for day 4 at “High”.
Total hiking distance for day 4:
Total hiking time for day 4:
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