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5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS TREK CHOQUEQUIRAO
This special archaeological monument, which is located in a cloud forest between the Apurimac and Urubamba rivers and the majestic Mount Salkantay, was the refuge for the sixteenth Inca resistance who were trying to keep control of Tahuantinsuyo from the Spanish conquistadors. The evidence implies that the city was abandoned suddenly. We will be able to see the temples of the Sun and Earth, the royal residences and the humble rooms and homes for common citizens and farmers. The trek to Choquequirao is a unique and memorable experience which takes you from a jagged terrain of green mountains and glaciers, with the possibility of seeing bears, condors, tarantulas and many others. Choquequirao is one of the most important and well preserved archaeological sites in South America.
1st Day. Cusco - Cachora - Chiquiska
Departure from Cusco to the village of Cachora, where we will meet our porters and their mules. In Cachora the trek starts with 2 hour hike towards the Abra de Kapuliyoq (2800 m), where we will enjoy amazing views of the deep Apurimac River Valley with snow-capped peaks all around. After we will have a 3 hour descent on the trail to our first camp in Chiquiska (1800 m)
2nd Day.- Chiquiska - Santa Rosa
After breakfast we begin our descent until 1490 masl, appreciating the magnificent landscapes of the Apurimac canyon. From there there is hike of about 4 hours to our camp in Santa Rosa.
3rd Day.- Santa Rosa - Choquequirao.
This day we will arrive in the afternoon to the archaeological site of Choquequirao. We will arrive in time to enjoy the sunset over the peaks, then we will have dinner and a well-deserved rest in our camp (3000 m).
4th Day- Choquequirao - Marampata - Chiquiska.
The morning will be dedicated to the exploration and guided tour of the archaeological remains of Choquequirao, which is still in the process of being excavated and restored by the COPESCO. After lunch, we have the option to visit to the Casa Cascada ("Waterfall House") which sits about 300 m below Choquequirao. In the afternoon we will start to return to Marampata and then Santa Rose, at which point we will take on an approximately 3 hour descent to get back to the gorgeous, Apurimac River. This is a great spot to appreciate the beauty of this stunning valley, which separates Cusco from Apurimac. After Lunch, in the afternoon, we will arrive to Chiquiska to set up our last campsite, Chiquiska.
5th Day. Chiquiska - Cachora - Cusco.
After breakfast we start the walk to Capuliyoc, the highest point of this trip, and after a walk of 2 hours we will reach Cachora where the bus will be waiting for us to return to Cusco, arrival time 19 h.
1. Transfer from the airport or bus terminal to your hotel in Cusco
2. Information and maps related to the treks
3. Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the trailhead in Cachora
4. Entrance to Choquequirao
5. Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
6. Food during the trek (4D, 4A, 4C), with vegetarian option for those who reserve it
7. Porters and mules to carry the camping equipment and food
8. Professional trained Cook
9. First aid kit, blood pressure gauge, oxygen tank
10. Camping equipment (tents, mattress, cooking equipment, etc.)
11. Transfer from Cachora to your hotel in Cusco
12. Departing transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the airport or bus terminal
1. Breakfast on Day 1, Lunch or Dinner on Day 4
2. Sleeping bag
Additional Options for Rent:
An extra horse with saddle to ride, Sleeping mat, Sleeping bag, Backpack