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4-Day Choquequirao Trek
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Considered to be the "sister" to Machu Picchu, this ancient ruin complex consists of palaces and temples on two levels, canals, aqueducts and systems of fountains.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

It takes two days to hike to get there but it's worth it since you will most likely be alone once you get there. Only 1/3rd is uncovered but its beautiful and is a great setting. Make sur enough walk down the other side of the mountain to see the llama terraces. Amazing.

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Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

We went on a 5d/4n hike to Choquiquerao with BioAndean Expeditions with Sam as our guide, Wilbur as our cook, and Rolando as our horseman. They were all great - Sam is from the area and takes you to his family farm and introduces you to his mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, nephew, etc. which is really sweet; Wilbur cooks up great food (including a cake one night); and Rolando is super polite and helps pack up/unpack everything very well. Choquiquerao was quiet and beautiful - we encountered maybe 4 other tourists and we even took an after-lunch siesta with our guide under a shady tree in the main plaza of Choquiquerao! Imagine doing that at Machu Picchu! Sam also showed us a secret grave that only the locals know about (he pulled out a bone to show us - eeks!). The only hitch was that they didn't send the right size car for the return trip to Cusco so we had to wait for the car to make an extra trip to town to drop off equipment, then squeeze into a tiny sedan for an uncomfortable windy, bumpy, 3-hour ride back.

Our day guide at Machu Picchu, Jimmy John was great too - very seasoned and knowledgeable.

However, not all tour guides are created equal over at BioAndean. We had a terrible guide for the Sacred Valley Tour along with a driver who we are pretty sure stole money out of our bags while we were in Pisac. We didn't think that our PRIVATE driver would steal from us, so we left our bags in the car while we explored the ruins. And, as other negative BioAndean reviews mentioned, Rider was unsympathetic and unhelpful.

With that said, go for the trekking tours and hope for a good guide, but don't trust everyone who works there, e.g. the drivers. Rider will try to nickel and dime you too. And don't go on the Sacred Valley tour if you are visiting Choquiquerao or Machu Picchu - totally not worth it.

1  Thank Perng
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

All of the Inca Trail tickets were sold out and so we went here instead. Can I say incredible? No one should ever doubt doing this trip and I 100% recommend doing it. Do be careful though if youre afraid of heights.

Thank JenTravelsPeru
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

If you have the time, take the 4 day hike to Choquequirao. It is sooooo worth it! Relatively untouched by tourists simply because it is tough to get there. So you can still feel like a sort of discoverer :-). Make sure to bring loads of insect repellant and sun cream with you though...oh and water...loads of it.

Thank Nathalie m
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

One of the hardest treks I have ever done; but extremely rewarding. I saw less than 20 other tourists during the whole 5 days. The ruins are not as impressive as machu picchu on first glance, but the opportunity to explore every knook and crany at your own pace makes this place so much more special.

Definately recomended for the fit and more adventurous.

1  Thank Alexi P
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