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Discover the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, the “sister city” of Machu Picchu, throughout this challenging horseback ride. of 65 km you will pass through lush jungles, deep canyons and snowy peaks on the way. If you are up for adventure, this is one of the most beautiful treks in the Cusco Region.

Choquequirao Horseback Riding 3 Days

  • 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Everyday
  • Max People : 08
  • Min Age : 10+
  • Level: Moderate
  • Pickup: Cusco
Choquequirao is known as the “sacred sister” of Machu Picchu due to its structural and architectural similarity to it.Recently, being partially excavated, it has aroused the interest of the Peruvian government to recover the complex even more and turn it into a more accessible alternative to tourists interested in learning more about the Inca culture. In 1834, José María Tejada (prefect of Cusco) travels to the citadel attracted by the legends about treasures in Vilcabamba; Also in 1837, Leonce Angrand mapped the place for the first time, but his maps were also forgotten. It was not until 1909, when archaeologist Hiram Bingham and surveyor Clarence Hay (both Americans) visited Choquequirao and produced a detailed description of the site, that the citadel gained greater attention from archaeologists, the government, and tourists. The first excavations began several decades after Bingham’s visit, around 1970; likewise, in 1986 intensive studies and a site restoration plan were carried out. Currently, it is estimated that only 30% of the complex, which comprises some 1,810 hectares, has been unearthed and put into operation as a tourist area. The completion of the restoration was expected in 2011, taking even longer to study and understand its historical legacy.

Day 1Cusco ― Capulioc ― Marampata

We start the day by picking you up from your hotel, from 3:30 a.m. at 4:00 a.m. Approx. Leaving Cusco, we will go to the town of Cachora. (Approximately 3:30 hours after departure from Cusco), there will be a short stop of about 30 to 45 minutes for breakfast. Once breakfast is finished, we will continue to Capulioc, the starting point of the horseback ride to Marampata, we will descend approximately 1:30 hours / 7 km of horseback riding and arrive at the lunch point in Chiquisca. After lunch in Chiquisca and a short rest, we will continue with the horseback ride for 3.30 hours / 8 km towards Marampata, it will be a challenge to get to Marampata. After a hard walk we will finally arrive at our private Lodge, where we will have a delicious dinner and spend the whole night.

Ride distance: 15 km. / 9.3 miles.

Riding time: approximately 5 to 6 hours.

Climate: hot in the day and warm at night.

Accommodation: hostel Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

Maximum altitude: 2850 masl. / 9350 feet (Marampata)

Minimum altitude: 1475 meters above sea level. / 4839 feet (Playa Rosalinas)

Day 2Choquequirao full day

After a delicious breakfast, we will begin our horseback ride to the Archaeological Complex of Choquequirao, which will last approximately 1 hour, finally we will arrive at Choquequirao (3106 mts / 10190 feet) where our guide will give you a complete and well explained tour of this wonder of the world after of the tour you will have some time to explore the site at your own pace and then we will have a picnic lunch in Choquequirao, and then we will descend to Pajchayoc (waterfall). After this amazing excursion, we will We will return to Marampata for dinner and finally finish our day with a comfortable night in our private lodge.

Ride distance: 8 km. / 4.9 miles.

Riding time: 5 to 6 hours approximately.

Climate: hot in the day and warm at night.

Accommodation: hostel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Maximum altitude: 3106 masl / 10190 feet (Choquequirao)

Minimum altitude: 2850 masl / 9350 feet (Marampata)

Day 3Marampata - Capulioc - Cusco.

At dawn, approximately at 5 a.m., after having a small snack, we will begin our horseback ride and hike down to Chikisca, where we will have breakfast at 7:00 a.m. you will also take a short break, then we will start our last hike and horseback riding and return to the starting point of Capuliyoc to say goodbye to this fascinating adventure, when we get to Capuliyoc we will have an aperitif and take our private transport to return to the city of Cusco.

Walking and horseback riding distance: 15 km. / 9.3 miles.

Walking time: 5 to 6 hours approximately.

Climate: hot in the day and warm at night.

Accommodation: Cusco (not included).

Transfer to Cusco: 4 hours from Capulioc.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Maximum altitude: 2850 masl. / 9350 feet (Marampata)

Minimum altitude: 1475 meters above sea level. / 4839 feet (Playa Rosalinas)


  • Pre-Tour briefing the night before the tour to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions
  • Collection from your Cusco hotel in the morning of the first day
  • Private transport to the starting point of the tour
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Dietary needs: able to cater to any dietary preference/need
  • Meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners,
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse
  • Horsemen and horses 
  • One entrance fee to Choquequirao
  • Guided tour of Choquequirao
  • Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco on the last day


not included

Hotel before/after the tour
Lunch and dinner on the last day
Items of a personal nature and souvenirs
Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)

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