Choquequirao Trek 5 Days

Choquequirao Lost city of the Incas, where the Incas took refuge after the Spanish invasion. It is located in the Vilcabamba Valley – Province of the Convention. The archaeological complex of Choquequirao is considered as important as Machupicchu because of the similarity between its constructions. Our trip starts from the city of Cusco. After traveling 145 km of paved road and 10 km of rocky road, we will first arrive to the town of Cachorra, where the road to our desired destination begins with about 32 km. We will be surrounded by valleys and gorges, with impressive fauna and flowers of the Apurimac canyon “the deepest in the world”. Finally we reach Choquequirao “Cradle of Gold”.

  • 5 DAYS/ 4 NIGHTS

The trek is situated around the mountain of Salkantay (3035m) surrounded by the snowed capped peaks of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpu and of Pumasillo and located parallel to the River of Santa Teresa in the province of Apurimac. Choquequirao is an Incan City formed out of a number of smaller sites adjoined to form a metropolis.

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Cocamasana – Playa Roasalina

Hotel pickup at 4.00 a.m. where we head towards Cachora, arriving approximating from 7.30 am. After breakfast we prepare our mules and horses to begin our long journey. After 2 hours of hiking we reach Capuliyoc (2915m) where we will marvel a beautiful view of the snow-covered peaks of Padrayoc, Wayna Cachora and the valley of Apurimac. Soon we will descend towards the coca climate of Masana (2330m) where the temperature is perceivably hotter, and the flora and the fauna change. Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (1550m) located along the Apurimac river where we will settle and camp for the night.

Day 2: Playa Rosalina– Choquequirao

The second day is the toughest of our 5 day trek. After a very early breakfast we begin hiking a precipitous path for about 5 hours arriving at Raqaypata next to the river of Chunchullumayo where we will eat lunch. Throughout our long walk we will be able to observe a variety of orchids, wild flowers as well as many birds. We leave Raqaypata for Choquequirao (3035m) arriving at the archaeological site of Choquequirao approximately 2 hours later. At this site we will have the possibility of observing the entrance of the sun and the flight of the condor. Our campsite will be situated just outside the ruins.

Day 3: Choquequirao – Raqaypata

The third day is dedicated to exploring the ruins of Choquequirao. Our guide will explain the history and the importance of the site. After our tour you will have free time to visit different sectors of the archaeological complex on your own. In the evening we will begin our long walk towards Raqaypata, where we will camp for the night.

Day 4: Raqaypata – Chikisca

After breakfast we will begin our challenging return home by walking along the precipitous cliffs towards the River Apurimac, where we will stop for lunch. In the evening we will climb approximately 4 hours until arriving at Masan, where we will camp for the night.

Day 5: Chikisca – Cachora – Cusco

On this day, after some walking, we will be able to appreciate the ravine that forms the Apurimac River. Later we will cross the throat of the ravine, and admire it from Wayna Qalli, considered to be one of the most spectacular views of South America. After arriving at Cachora we will board our bus to return to Cusco.

The service including Machu Picchu:

  • Transport from the hotel to the train station
  • Train ticket for Machu Picchu (Backpacker Service)
  • Entrance ticket to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket from the town of Aguas Calientes to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Profession guide in English or Spanish
  • Transport required for tours
  • Transfers during your stay
  • Constant attendance from the tour agency

Services not included in Machu Picchu:

  • Lunch in the town of Aguas Calientes

The Tour Includes

  • Hotel pickup and transfer by bus to Cachora (Start location for the hike)
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts/ 4 lunches/ 4 dinners
  • Professional Cook,  and kitchen equipment
  • Horses and carriers (charged with transporting our food and camping equipment)
  • Travel to and from Cachora and Cusco
  • Two person tent with the capacity for three
  • Tents (mattress & chair): Dining tent, kitchen tent.
  • Oxygen tank
  • First aid kit

The Tour Does Not Include

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping bag

It is recommended that you bring the following:

  • Backpack with a change of hiking clothes – Recommended: shorts, and some warm clothes.
  • Poncho or rain gear such as water proof jacket and pants (you can purchase plastic ponchos in Cusco)
  • Hiking boots or shoes.
  • Camera or photographic equipment with extra supply of batteries
  • Hat with a broad rim to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper and personal tissues
  • Snacks: crackers, chocolates and energy bars, etc.
  • Bottled water and purification tablets (Micropur)
  • Small towel and swimming shorts (in case you choose to use the hot springs)Si
  • Passport
  • Optional: walking sticks with rubber tip

Optional Service:

  • Extra horse for your personal belongings: 1 horse can carry up to 20 kilos.
  • Sleeping bag
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