what to bring to choquequirao

Choquequirao surprises us more every day because only 50% of its archaeological remains have been discovered, due to the poor diffusion of the site, there is still much to discover and the best is coming from 2023. Since recovery work is being done and above all, they have been working on the accesses to reach Choquequirao, especially the new route that comes through Santa Teresa, which is being improved and opened up at the initiative of the residents so that tourists have a new alternative to reach Choquequirao.
The peculiarity of Choquequirao from other archaeological sites is the diversity of ecological floors that have to be passed to reach it and also the variety of its wildlife that can be observed along the way, this makes it especially a unique destination to be visited sometime. . What are you waiting for? This is the best opportunity to visit the second most important archaeological site in Cusco after Machu Picchu.

What do you need to take for the Hike to Choquequirao?


Because Choquequirao is located at 3033 meters above sea level, it is necessary that you take precautions so that you arrive and do not have problems on the way. And if you are planning to visit Choquequirao on your own, then we will give you a list of the items that you must take into account to get to Choquequirao.
Backpack: It is necessary that you carry a backpack that supports at least 8 kilos of weight since the walk will usually last 4 days and you must bring clothes, food, tents, water and snacks.
Clothes: The clothes you wear should be a waterproof and light material for the walk and warm clothes for the nights. It is also recommended to wear gloves, scarves, wool caps (chullos).
Trekking shoes: The road to Choquequirao on the first day will be downhill and on the second day it will be uphill and very irregular, for which shoes with good grip are necessary.
Snacks: Carry in your backpack some light snacks, nuts, chocolates, caramels and mineral water to recover your energy and keep your body active for the entire walk.
Wide Brim Hat: A hat will always be a good companion for you to take care of your face and protect it from the sun’s rays.
Sunscreen: It is necessary that you bring a good sunscreen since the sun of the Andes can be very strong and sometimes it can even give you minor burns.
Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun with good ultraviolet glasses.
Trekking poles: It is recommended that you have some poles as they will help you cushion the irregular path, if you do not have them you can also take some support sticks.
Medications: If you are undergoing any treatment, do not forget to take your medications with you. And if you have any heart problems or similar, it is better to consult your doctor since the walk to Choquequirao requires considerable physical effort.
Camera: A good camera will be essential to be able to record those beautiful landscapes and the unique moments that you will live and show them to your family and friends.
Extra batteries: During the journey there are no sources of electrical energy so it is not a bad idea to carry extra batteries for the camera. You can also choose to bring solar chargers.
Tents: On the first day of the trek you will not find places to stay, so it is essential that you bring tents and mattresses and a good sleeping bag so that you can rest comfortably.
Messaging: Take what you need so you can prepare your food especially to continue the walk on the second day since it will be the strongest of the route.
Horse: It is recommended that you rent the service of a horse so that you can carry all your things, that way you will have more energy for the walk.
Flashlight: A flashlight will be necessary to go out at night.

Additional Information for the Hike to Choquequirao

The difficulty of the trek to Choquequirao is classified as difficult, for which at least one day of acclimatization in Cusco is recommended.
The best time to travel to Choquequirao is during the dry season between the months of April to November. However, as we are experiencing climate change, cloudy days can sometimes occur.
Camping is not allowed inside the archaeological site of Choquequirao.

How much does it cost to enter Choquequirao?

The entrance to Choquequirao has a differentiated cost for foreign tourists, Peruvians, children and students, which we will see in the following table.

Foreign Tourist
15 dollars
Peruvian Tourist
40 soles
Student (Isic card. student card)
25 soles
Children (0 to 12 years old)
15 soles

Can you camp in Choquequirao?

It is not possible to camp inside the archaeological site, but it is allowed to camp in the surroundings.

Tips for visiting Choquequirao

  1. If you are thinking of visiting Choquequirao on your own, we advise you to leave Cusco very early and make sure you can board the bus from Cusco to Abancay.
  2. Do not forget to bring cash in soles since there is no system to accept credit debit cards or any other means of electronic payment.
  3. In Cachora it is the only place where you can have your breakfast and lunch, the average cost is 10 -15 soles. There are several restaurants so choose the one that suits you best.
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