Choqekiraw trek huanipata 4 Days 3 Nights

Choqekiraw, meaning “golden cradle”, is a magnificent archaeological complex located in the Vilcabamba mountain range of the Cusco region. It is known, that this mountain range, was the last refuge of the rebellious Incas to the invasion; Led by Manco Inca II.

This non-traditional route will allow us to cross the peninsula Apurimaq by two different bridges. In this way we will enjoy the magnificent and challenging geography that surrounds the archaeological complex of Choqekiraw, without having to take the same way back.

Summary of the program

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chikisqa
Day 2: Chikisqa – Choqekiraw
Day 3: Choqekiraw – San Ignacio
Day 4: San Ignacio – Villa Los Loros – Huanipaca – Cusco



Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chikisqa.

We leave the city of Cusco early, driving along the road that goes north west by the famous Pampas de Anta or Yawar Pampa (blood pampa, by the fierce battle fought between the Incas and the Chancas, seeking possession of the City Of Cusco). We cross the mountains and descend to the warm village of Limatambo (2600m / 8530ft), where is the archaeological site of Tarawasi.

We continue towards the Cunyac Bridge over the Apurimac River, a natural boundary between the Cusco and Apurimac regions. We continue along the road to the town of Curahuasi, famous for its aromatic liquor Macerado de Anís. As next stop we have the enigmatic and famous Saywite Stone. All these places can be visited on the last day, on the way back to the city of Cusco. Our final whereabouts is the town of San Pedro de Cachora (2909m / 9544ft), in the Apurimac region. We leave motorized transportation for the next 4 days. We took our lunch. Here in Cachora, as it is commonly known, you can make last purchases.

We begin our trekking, leaving the village northwards, having a spectacular view of the Snowy Padreyoc. We cross the Cachora ravine and ascend through a refreshing forest of Eucalyptus and native vegetation, up to the carvable trail; Where the road is pampa to the viewpoint of Capuliyoq (2941m / 9648ft). Estimated time here, about 03 Hr. From this viewpoint, we have a spectacular view of the Apurimac and Choquequirau rivers.
We begin the descent by a zigzag horseshoe path, crossing a grassland and then a forest of the native tree called Phaty, for space of 03 Hr. Our camp is waiting for us in Chikisca (1836m / 6023ft). We must wait for a warm night in the valley, in the camp of friend Uriel.

Lunch: lunch and dinner
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl / 9514 ft
Minimum Altitude: 1860 msnm / 6102 ft
Distance traveled: 19 km / 11.80 ml
Approximate walking time: 6 hrs

Day 2: Chikisqa – Choqekiraw

After a good breakfast, we began our descent to Playa Rosalina (1800m / 5905ft), where after checking in the control of the INC, we crossed the bridge over the Apurimac River. Time here, 01 Hr.
We start our way up, by a zigzag path, to Santa Rosa (2095m / 6873ft); Where we can refresh ourselves, rest and buy water.
We continue up the road, direction Marampata (2913m / 9557ft), plane where we can rest in similar conditions as in Santa Rosa; Enjoying a splendid view of Choqekirau. It has hygienic services.
Time from the Apurimac River to here, between 04 and 05 Hr. approximately. The slope is variable, from semi-flat to steep.
We follow the path by a plane, then start up and down to the INC camp in Choquequiraw (2847m / 9340ft). This camp has hygienic services and an icy shower. We had lunch.
The next activity is the visit to the sector of Pacchayoq, located in the lower part of the complex itself. Andenería; Waterways; The Ceremonial Rock; La Paccha and a spectacular environment.
The duration of the visit will be 02: 30Hr. Approx. Return to the camp, dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Maximum Altitude: 3100 masl / 10170 ft
Minimum Altitude: 1600 msnm / 5249 ft
Distance traveled: 14 km / 8.69 ml

Approximate walking time: 8 hrs

Day 3: Choqekiraw – San Ignacio

In the morning, very early we began our second visit to the archaeological complex of Choqekiraw to continue unveiling its mysteries. We will visit structures that show the high degree of development achieved by the Incas.
The main structures of the archaeological complex are divided into the sectors Hanan and Urin, maintaining inka architecture but using material and decoration influenced by elements of the Chachapoyas culture, developed in the high jungle north.
Back to camp, we will take our lunch for a short rest, we will begin the descent to cross the Apurimaq River by the bridge San Ignacio.
This downhill trail will show us how vertical the valley of this river is and breathtaking view that we will hardly forget. We will camp

Day 4: San Ignacio – Villa Los Loros – Huanipaca – Cusco

We leave early from the former hacienda San Ignacio taking the ravine of the Tambobamba River, leaving behind us the Apurimaq River and the impressive road that goes to this river. A beautiful mango forest will bid us farewell to this beautiful camp. This trail ends at “Villa los Loros”, where we are waiting for a delicious lunch and mobility back to the city of Cusco.

Meals: breakfast and lunch
Maximum Altitude: 3100 masl / 10170 ft
Minimum Altitude: 1800 msnm / 5905 ft
Distance traveled: 8 km / 4.97 ml
Approximate walking time: 5 hr

Included services

  • Private transportation Cusco – Cachora
  • Guidance service Spanish / English
  • Sleeping bag per person (-10ºC), mummy shape (our sleeping bags are cleaned after each use)
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Cook and Assistant
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Snacks
  • Daily tea service
  • Kitchen equipment and food, including chairs and tables
  • Carp kitchen, dining room, bathroom
  • Food service (3 breakfast, 4 lunch, 3 dinner)
  • Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • Two-person tents (capacity for 3 people, used as doubles, 4 stations) simple tents available for an additional cost
  • Service of arriero
  • Courier service
  • Horse of saddle and muleteer (for every 6 passengers, it takes a horse of chair)
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen
  • Private transportation Villa Los Loros – Cusco

Services not included

  • Unmentioned meals
  • Optional tip to field staff
  • Extra expenses

We recommend you bring

  • Waterproof trekking shoes and sandals
  • Warm clothing (thermal, polar, cap, gloves, stockings)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Synthetic clothing or cotton (stockings, trousers, shorts, polos)
  • Cap, sunglasses
  • Sun block cream, insect repellent cream
  • Nalgene Water Containers
  • First-aid kit
  • Walking sticks
  • Bath linen and towel
  • Beauty Treatment
  • Personal Snacks
  • Prior acclimatization in the city of Cusco, at least 2 days and enjoy good health. Pachatusantrek offers easy category routes of one day or half a day, prior to the main trekking
  • ID card / passport (original)

Reservations and reports

Important note on the environment

CUSCO TREKKING ADEVENTURES is committed to following concepts of eco tourism in the development of our activity, for which it requires the understanding and cooperation of walkers, especially in the non-contamination of water and the proper management of non-biodegradable waste. We also have to respect the local customs and traditions exhibited by the villagers.





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