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Choquequirao
Choquequirao

Choquequirao

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Santa Teresa, Cusco, Peru

The Basics

Potential plans to install a cable car line that takes visitors to the summit of Choquequirao in just 15 minutes mean that travelers are rushing to enjoy the remote sense of tranquility that is sure to be eliminated by mass tourism. Options for visiting the ruins are challenging yet varied: The shortest tours come in at four days and reveal some of Peru’s most spectacular scenery, while tours with durations of up to 10 days also cover Machu Picchu and highlights of the Sacred Valley.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Due to steep inclines and hours of uphill walking, the Choquequirao trek should only be attempted by experiences hikers.

  • Multi-day treks typically include camping equipment, all meals, a guide, and a porter to help carry luggage.

  • Altitude sickness can be a real problem for first-time visitors to Peru. Be sure to allow a couple of days to adjust to Cusco’s high altitude before any strenuous activity.

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How to Get There

The jumping-off point for the Choquequirao trek is Cachora, a small town around four hours from central Cusco. Multi-day tours always include round-trip transfers from Cusco, which allows you to spend less time driving and more time focusing on the stunning Andean scenery.

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When to Get There

Although rain is always possible in the highlands, the driest time of year in Peru is from April to October, when temperatures are coolest and rainfall is at a minimum.

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The Best Treks in Cusco

The mountainous landscapes that surround Cusco are a mecca for hiking enthusiasts. Other challenging treks include the Lares Trek, famous for its snow-capped peaks and blue lakes; the Ausangate Trek, which takes you to some of the most remote (and vertiginous) parts of Peru; and the Vilcabamba Espiritu Pampa, which reveals the most diverse range of Andean flora and fauna.

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