A spectacular trek that will lead you to the enigmatic last refuge of the Incas. Choquequirao (3.103m/10178ft) is a huge archaeological complex still under cleaning and restoration process located in the surroundings of the Salkantay sacred mountain (6.271m/20569ft) and the Apurimac River canyon. You will enjoy amazing mountain scenery as well as lots of Andean flora and fauna.
Many of you have heard of the Inca Trail , a very popular hike in the mountains of Peru. There is a relatively new trail through this region, and it is the hike to the lost city of Choquequirao. This trail is 20 miles in one direction, or 40 miles round trip, and takes a total of 5 days. This comes out to an average of 10 miles per day. This is rather difficult to maintain, and the trail covers a total of 5 vertical miles (for every 8 miles you cover, you ascend or descend 1 mile (5,280 feet). You can also continue on to Machu Picchu, but that trip takes a total of 8 days, and is even more difficult, but highly recommended.
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisqa
Early in the morning we will have breakfast in the Hotel around 5:30am then the bus will pick us up from the hotel around 6 a.m. then we will start with our journey to the village of Cachora from Cusco 5 hours drive to the trail head of Cachora. During our journey we will stop a moment to observe the archaeological remains of Tarawasi from the bus, continuing thereafter towards the Cunyac Bridge between the departments of Cusco and Apurimac. Next we will travel through the district of Curahuasi and Saywite Andean Comunity, arriving at Cachora 2800 masl. at 10 a.m. approximately. Here we will meet our donkey drivers and We will begin our trek from this area, along sloping path leading to the pass of Capuliyoc 2915 meter sea level for about 2 hours, here we will have lunch and from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora, from Capuliyoc we will have the first view to Choquequirao far from us,. then We will descend toward Coca Masana 2330m where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally we arrive at Chiquiskä at 1900m closer to the Apurimac River where we will set up camp and spend the night in tents. Here in this camping area we will find humble huts where people from Cachora live offering soda drinks to the trekkers.
Day 2: Chiquisqa – Playa Rosalina – Santa Rosa – Maranpata
Early in the morning after the breakfast around 6:00 am, we will continue our trek, we will walk for about 1 hour down to cross the Apurimac River over the hanging bridge, then we will start climbing up the hill towards Santa Rosa (2115 m.a.s.l) where we will stop for lunch. This course is the hardest and we will take three hours after which we will climb up to the Maranpata (2850 m.a.s.l) that is an easier climb. During our journey we will observe the vegetation existing in the area. Then we will arrive to Maranpata beside the Chunchumayo River where we will have a short rest. Along the way we will observe many orchids and wild flowers as well as many birds, well after the hardly climbing we will arrive to Maranpata around 2pm. Here we will find humble huts and next them we will make our camp area. Camping in our tents.
Day 3: Day: Maranpata – Choquequirao – Maranpata
Our Andean breakfast will be very early around 7:00 am and after it we will walk from Maranpata to Choquequirao (3035m) is a 2 hour hike. We will arrive at the archaeological site in time to enjoy the the impressionist views of the deep canyons and maybe the opportunity to see a Condor flying nearby, we will walk towards of the Choquequirao archaeological complex, which is a one-hour walk to see the Choquequirao and where our guide will explain you for three hours with all the details about this important Inca ruins. At the scheduled time around 3pm, to Maranpata, dinner and beautiful sunset, overnight in Maranpata camping.
Day 4: Maranpata – Santa Rosa – Playa Rosalina – Chiquisqa
After the Choquequirao Breakfast around 7am, we will start descending to Santa Rosa 2115 masl., where we stop for lunch. Thereafter we will continue descending to Playa Rosalina 1550 masl. Upon our arrival at Rosalina Bach, we will continue our trek to the village of Chiquiskä 1950 masl., two hours away from Rosalina beach, where we will spend the night in the tents at Chiquisqa 1950 masl, here we will find soda drinks, beers in the humble hut offered by a Young boy Uriel.
Day 5: Chiquisqa – Capuliyoc – Cachora – Cusco
After our last Andean breakfast in Chiquisqa around 06:00 am, we will return along the same route to Cachora 2800 masl., the slope we descended on the first day and which is a soft climb of two hours until the pass of Capuliyoc 2915 masl. From here, it will take us another four hours to get the village of Cachora 2800 masl., arriving at 12:00 am approximately. During our journey we will observe the exotic flora and fauna as well as sights of majestic snow-capped peaks and the impressive canyon of the Apurimac. After to get Capuliyoc where the Climbing path finishes we will have lunch, then we will continue 2 hours more flat area to Cachora arriving around 3pm In the afternoon we will travel to the medicinal thermal baths of Qonoq where we will stay for one hour (optional) and continue with our trip to Cusco. Arriving around 8 p.m., passengers will be transferred to the hotel. End of the services.
What is Included:
- Collection from your hotel in the morning
- Transportation by bus to the start of the trail (Cachora)
- English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
- Sleeping tents: 2 people in a 4-people-capacity tent, for higher comfort, and room for keeping the backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly-maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro Aconcagua, and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are supplied, when double accommodation is requested.
- Sleeping mat, pillow and extra blanket
- Kitchen tent, Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
- Pack animals for carrying camping equipment, food, etc., plus 7 kilograms of your belongings.
- Accommodations: 4 nights camping
- Accommodation for our crew
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Choquequirao Inca Site entrance fee
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
- Cook and Cooking equipment
- Excellent Meals (04B,04L,04D + 04 morning snacks)
- food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
- We supply boiled water to fill in your water bottle all the time,(while hiking) if you may need more, please request it with enough time ahead to your crew
- Teatime the first three days (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
- Horses days 1-4 (for equipment and personal items, actually your main heavy stuff, will be carried by the horses, it means you only will carry a small day bag, day by day, we included 01 emergency horse to ride on, every 06 persons
- Private Bus returning from Cachora Town to Cusco City
- Transfer to your hotel
What is not Included:
- Sleeping bag
What do I need to bring?
- Backpack with rain shelter.
- Sleeping back.
- Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
- Rain pants and lightweight pants.
- Trekking shoes.
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
- Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
- Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
- Rainponcho and a hat.
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
- Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.