CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

 

The southern approach to Choquequirao from Cachora requires a steep descent from almost 3,200 meters down to the Apurimac River at 1200 meters, followed by an even steeper ascent up to the ruins. The site is perched a magnificent 1150 meters above the Apurimac, surrounded by densely-forested mountain slopes in the shadow of the huge, snowcapped Salkantay massif. In recent years, the ruins have been partially-cleared by Peruvian archaeologists, and can be easily explored by those intrepid enough to undertake the demanding trek required to get there.

 

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TOUR DESCRIPTION:

 

Day 1. Cusco – Cachora - Chiquisca

 

We will pass to pick up you at 05:00 am from your hotel then we will take a spectacular drive across the farmlands of the Anta province, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. The winding road plunges more than 1,800 m. or 6,000 ft. to a bridge over the Apurimac River, then climbs through lush fields and orchards before making a final descent to the village of Cachora, at 3,400 m. / 11,100 ft., where we encounter stunning close-up views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Here we meet our crew and horse pack train and begin our hike, catching our first glimpse of distant Choquequirao at the Capuliyoc look out before dropping steeply through dry cactus and orchid country into the Apurimac River Canyon. We will camp and rest in Chiquisca, 2000m / 6,550 ft.

 (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

Day 2.  Chiquisca – Choquequirao Inca City

 

We will descend to the Apurimac River "Great Spirit Speaker" in the Quechua language of the Incas – and cross the mighty river on a suspension footbridge, at 1550 m/ 5,100 ft. A broad trail makes a zigzagging ascent, which takes us out of the dry canyon zone past small sugar cane plantations to upland meadows where, across a deep valley, we meet our first panoramic view of the buildings and terraces of Choquequirao. The final leg of today’s hike passes through the cool shadows of a native cloud forest as we approach the wooded ridge top (3000 m. / 10,000 ft.) where the Incas built their remote ceremonial center, We camp near the Inca ruins.

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

Day 3. Choquequirao Inca City

 

This day we will enjoy all day exploring Choquequirao, its name means "Cradle of Gold". Some speculate that the Inca emperor had it built as a personal spiritual retreat, to rival his father Pachacuti’s magnificent estate at Machu Picchu. Whoever built this place, it was undoubtedly an elite settlement, built for ceremonial purposes and occupied by Inca nobility.

The Apurimac River roars distantly 1,450 m/ 4,800 ft. below, visible on either side of a steep ridge to which clings the Inca city. As we approach the heart of the city, a sweep of enormous curved terraces leads our eye to an artificial hill and ceremonial platform overlooking the main plaza. Here afternoon thermal currents bring Andean Condors soaring over the complex of temples, mausoleums, royal residences, ritual baths and water channels, great gathering halls, storehouses, hidden gardens and a giant stairway, all still standing as testimony to the careful planning of Inca engineers.

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

Day 4.  Choquequirao - Chiquisca

 

The sun rises over the snowy crags of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, and we make our way across the meadows of Marampata, where a row of Inca storehouses marks the limits of the Inca settlement. We return to the depths of the canyon, gaining new perspectives as we face the immense, multi-hued cliffs on the south bank of the river.

At the crossing of the Apurimac River, we can take time to cool off in a swimming hole among the huge boulders that line the river. We return to the shade of the fruit and avocado trees at Chiquisca, final camp.

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

Day 5.  Chiquisca - Cachora - Cusco

 

After to enjoy a good breakfast we hike up out of the Apurimac Canyon, with the river receding to a distant, white ribbon below us and the glaciers of the Vilcabamba Range filling the sky ahead.

After to enjoy a good breakfast we hike up out of the Apurimac Canyon, with the river receding to a distant, white ribbon below us and the glaciers of the Vilcabamba Range filling the sky ahead.

After winding our way beneath spreading, smooth-barked trees, dripping with orchids and bromeliads, we regain the mountainous grasslands that stretch toward the Capuliyoc Pass and the pastoral valley of Cachora. Our transport awaits us here. Bidding farewell to our trail crew, we begin the breathtaking drive back to Cusco

(B) = breakfast.

 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE.

Note: Horses will carry the heavy gear; you will hike carrying only your personal pack, sleeping bag and pad.

If you are considering bringing special photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don't want to carry anything, please request an additional horse and horse man (US$ 100) to carry your personal belongings, this way you will freely enjoy the hike. (This is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10000 feet). Cooks handle all the kitchen chores.

It Is Included:

  • Transfer from your Hotel
  • Tourist Transportation Cusco to Cachora Town
  • Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for group of 10 people
  • Horses and horse man
  • Professional Cook and asistan
  • Food 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Vegetarian food Option
  • Camping Equipment Tents for 02 people ,dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Sleeping matress
  • Emergency Horse
  • Oxygen bottle,First aid kit
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao Park
  • Transport back to Cusco

It Is Not Included:

  • Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to guide and support staff, city services.
  • First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.
  • Last lunch at the end of the tour on 5th Day.
  • Single Tent supplement: US$ 20
  • Sleeping bag (optional): US$ 20

 

We recommend to take:

  • Trekking day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block cream
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)

Before booking the Choquequirao Trek, please read the following information carefully:

 

Be sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date that you enter Peru.

 

Fill out the booking information. We will contact you as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to confirm your booking, accommodation and assist you in customizing a unique package.

Please specify if you would require the services of an extra horse

 

Payment Proceed: We require a US$200 per person deposit for all treks. The remaining balance must be paid before the starting date of the trek. You can pay the balance requesting the agent in charge of your account an invoice to be paid online with credit card. You will proceed with your payments through our secure server or direct deposits.

 

Acclimation Proceed: you to arrive in Cusco 1 or 2 days before Choquequirao Trek departure date to ensure that you are well acclimatized to the high altitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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