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Choquequirao is the wonder of the Apurimac canyon, the other Machu Picchu. Choquequirao the Inka villa that served as a refuge

 

Itineraries

Day 1 : CUSCO - CACHORA CHIQUISKA

Time : 4:00 am

PLAYA ROSALINA

We will leave Cusco at 4am for a four hour drive, arriving at Cachora town around 8am where we will have our breakfast. Here we meet the horsemen and arrange our equipment to go on mules and horses.

From this village (Cachora), in just 2 hours hike we get to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have the first beautiful views of the Apurimac Valley stretching below, as well as the snow capped mountains of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora.

We then descend towards Coca Masana (2330m), where the climate becomes warmer and the vegetation begins to change.

Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550m beside the Apurimac River where we will set up our camp and spend the night. The approximate hike time is 10 hours and is 21 km.

Day 2 : PLAYA ROSALINA - SANTA ROSA - CHOQUEQUIRAO

Time : 6:20 am

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

The second day is considered the hardest one of the five days.

We will have an early breakfast to start our trekking and in about 5 hours we'll reach Marampata.

This is near the Chunchullmayo river where we will have our lunch and siesta.

Along this trail we are going to see beautiful orchids and wild flowers as well as Andean birds.

From this point it is just two more hours hike to Choquequirao (3035m).

With good luck we will enjoy the sunset and maybe the opportunity to spot the world´s largest bird, the Andean Condor.

We spend the night just outside of the ruins.

Day 3 : CHOQUEQUIRAO

Time : 6:00 am

We will explorer Choquequirao full date

After an early breakfast we start exploring the majestic ruins of Choquequirao.

Our guide will explain the history and importance of the site.

We will observe the three levels of the excavated ruins, where we can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this Inca-town.

Choquequirao is known as the last refuge of the Inca Empire, documented in the oldest known report assigned to Juan Arias Diaz, one of the first people to explore the zone in 1910.

Late in the afternoon we will start the return trek and spend the night at Choquequirao camping zone.

Day 4 : CHOQUEQUIRAO - MARAMPATA - CHIQUISCA

Time : 6:00 am

CHIQUISCA CAMPING

Immediately following breakfast, we continue our return trek with a steep descent toward the Apurimac River. Here we will have our lunch.

On the way we are going to see again the beautiful snowcapped mountains and the verdant landscape.

In the afternoon we have a 4 hour hike up-hill to our last campsite at Chiquisca (1940m).

Day 5 : CHIQUISQA – CACHORA – CUSCO.

Time : 6:00 am

trek and bus to CUsco

After breakfast we have the last 3 hours uphill to Capulilloq (2915 m).

From here the trail is fairly flat up to the village of Cachora.

We will say goodbye to our horsemen and take the bus back to Cusco. On the way we stop at the archaeological site of Tarawasi and the white stone of Saywite, where we will eat lunch.

A 4 hour bus ride brings us back to Cusco, and the end of this trip.

  • Hotel collection.
  • Private bus to Cachora (round trip)
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao.
  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • Excellent cook.
  • High quality camping equipment (4 people igloo tents used for 2 people, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and cooking equipment).
  • Plentiful meals (morning tea, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day).
  • Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, vegetarian options, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude.
  • Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottle.
  • Hot water every morning and afternoon for washing.
  • Horsemen.
  • Pack animals (horses and mules to carry your personal items and camping equipment).
  • Saddled horses, first-aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Sleeping bag (you can rent this in our office US $25 for the whole trek)
  • Dinner of the last day.
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