Choquekirao 4 Days 3 Nights
The Choquequirao archaeological sites forms part of a series of Andean cities in the Vilcabamba valley. During the Inca period, it was connected to Machu Picchu via a complex network of trails.
Choquequirao is situated in the foothills of the Salkantay mountain range, at 3035 meters above sea level, surrounded by the snowcapped sacred peaks of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo and Panta, on the right bank of the Apurimac River, in the district of Santa Teresa, in the province of La Convención, in the Cusco region.
STARTING ALTITUD: 2900masl./9515ft.
HIGHEST ALTITUD: 3050m.a.s.l./10,005ft.
WALKING DISTANCE: 64km/ 40 miles.
OVERALL DIFFICULTY: difficult.
DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA:
We will leave Cusco at around 5:00 a.m., arriving at the village of Cachora after approximately four hours. Upon our arrival, our mule drivers and cooks will begin to organize our gear, packing it on mules and horses. Beginning our walk from Cachora, we will have fine views of the snowcapped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora, and during the descent we will be able to appreciate the beauty of this varied landscape, ranging from precipices to snow-covered peaks.
During the route, we will be able to observe the Apurimac (“God that speaks”) canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Continuing our walk, we will arrive at capuliyoc, which will be our first stop, for lunch. During the walk, we will pass small villages, including La Colmena (2870 meters above sea level), Cocamasana (2330 meters above sea level), Mirador de Capuliyoc (2285 meters above sea level). We will spend the first night in our campsite at Chiquisaca (1950 meters above sea level), a location surrounded by trees, where as we rest we will receive a briefing on the next day’s walk.
DAY 2: CHIQUISCA – PLAYA ROSALINA – SANTA ROSA – MARAMPATA:
We will eat a nutritious breakfast in the early morning, before continuing our walk as far as Playa Rosalina. From here, we will ascend as far as Marampata, along a trail surrounded by abundant flora. We will eat a delicious lunch while enjoying a spectacular view, before continuing the walk as far as the Choquequirao archaeological complex. Here, we will be able to enjoy a guided visit to this imposing site, with its Inca buildings that include houses, terraces and other structures. There will also be time to look out for condors in the skies above the ruins (weather permitting).
Choquequirao is known as “the final refuge of the Inca state”, and it was first explored in 1710.
Our guides will explain the history and importance of the site. We will camp close to the ruins and enjoy our evening meal.
DAY 3: MARAMPATA – CHIQUISQA:
In the morning, we will have breakfast as we enjoy the beauty of the area, and after leaving our campsite we will continue our walk as far as Chiquisqa, observing the scenery of the Apurimac canyon once more, with its abundant vegetation, including flowers and orchids. Today, we will walk for approximately six hours, from 3033 to 1950 meters above sea level. Passing small communities along the way, we will arrive at La Playa, where we will eat lunch before continuing our descent as far as Chiquisqa. Here, we will spend the night, enjoying a night under the stars after our evening meal.
DAY 4: CHIQUISQA – CACHORA – CUSCO:
In the early morning, at around 6:00 a.m., we will eat breakfast before continuing our return walk to the village of Cachora. During the walk, once again we will be able to enjoy views of the majestic snowcapped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora, above the Apurimac canyon.
We will walk for approximately six hours to reach Cachora.
Our transport will get us back to Cusco by around 9:00 p.m.
- A briefing at your hotel, the night before you depart.
- Pick up from your hotel.
- Private transport Cusco – Cachora – Cusco
- Professional guide
- Horses to carry the food and camping equipment
- Horse for baggage (limited to 8 kilograms per person)
- Cook and kitchen staff.
- Drinking wáter one time a day.
- Snacks every day.
- Camping equipment (tents, mattresses)
- Entrance to the Choquequirao Archaeological Complex)
- 3 breakfast, 3 lunch , 3 dinners.
- First – aid kit.
- Sleeping bag( can be hired from us)
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunch on the last day
- Extra horse
We recommended to bring
- A daypack with a change of clothing during the hike
- Rain gear (rain jacket and rain trousers also if possible)
- Trekking footwear, preferably water resistant
- Flashlight and batteries
- Camera, batteries
- Hat or cap for protection against the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- Insect repellant.
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, fruit, muesli, water, etc.
- Water purification tablets, in case you want to use water from streams or rivers during the route.
- Small towel
- Swimsuit (optional)
- Cash in Peruvian currency
- Optional: walking pol
ADITIONALS/EXTRAS NOT INCLUDED
Extra horse:USD 120.00
sleeping bag: USD 20.00
walking pole: USD 8.00
PRICED PER PERSON
2-3 Trekkers: $600.00 per person
4-5 Trekkers: $550.00 per person
6 or more Trekkers: $480.00 per person