- Duracion: 4 Days
- Ubicacion: Choquequirao
The trek to the Complex of Choquequirao is one of those that requires a high physical condition to be able to cross one of the most beautiful canyons of Peru “The Canyon of the Apurimac“, in this adventure we descend, cross and ascend, we will be surrounded by condors and other birds flying over the area, the landscape of the great snowy “Padreyoc” and a dry forest of the few existing in Peru.
Choquequirao is located at a height of 3300 meters above sea level, on a spur with a great view of the canyon and the Apurimac River, the unique place that keeps in its enclosures a unique architectural beauty and its unusual terraces with decorations of lamas, make it a unique place, part of realizing this trek is the power to feel the experience of explorers of the last century cause we use mules and horses to reach our destination.
We will pick you up from your hotel very early and then go by bus to the village of Cachora. During the trip, we will pass through the small towns of Izcuchaca, Zurite, and Limatambo until we reach Tarawasi, where we will head down and spend the night in Cachora. We will begin our hike headed toward the Apurimac River Canyon. Along the way, we will observe agricultural activities and, with a little luck, the flight of some condors. Then, to descend into the depths of the Apurimac Canyon, which is one of the deepest and most beautiful canyons in the world, we will continue on to Capuyichaqoc (2,800 meters above sea level). Our first camp and the Choquequirao site are there. Along our route, we will see changes in climate and vegetation. Then we will camp in Chiquisca (1,900 meters above sea level).
Meals Included: (L)(D)
On this day, we will cross the bridge over the Apurimac River and begin a challenging ascent to the Santa Rosa sector (2,290 meters above sea level). The vegetation becomes abundant and the weather is hot. Here you can see fruit trees and rural forms of sugar cane production as we continue on to reach the Marampata sector (2,850 meters above sea level), where we will have lunch. Then we will head toward the Choquequirao Archaeological Site, reaching the Raqyapata sector (camp). In the afternoon, we will tour the full the Archaeological Site with a guide.
Meals Included: (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast, we will visit the lower parts of Choquequirao, where we can see more than 50 agricultural terraces covered in vegetation. In the upper part there are more terraces, as well as an irrigation canal that comes from higher up on the mountain. Then we will begin our return to Chiquisca, where we will camp for the night and have dinner.
Meals Included: (B)(L)(D)
On this morning, we will prepare to climb, waking up earlier than on the other days to continue on in the direction of the Cachora village. Along the way, we will enjoy lovely views of snow-capped Padreyoc and the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, as well as the impressive Apurimac Canyon. We will arrive at Cachora at dusk, after an estimated hiking time of 5-6 hours. Then we will use transportation to return to the city of Cusco.
Meals Included: (B)(L)
- Pre briefing before the trek.
- Pick up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure by private transportation from: Cusco – Cachora / Cachora to Cusco.
- English/Spanish speaking Professional Guide.
- Entrance fee to Choquequirao.
- Chef and support staff.Meals as described in itinerary: (B) breakfast (A) lunch (C) dinner, our chef will prepare traditional Peruvian food with selected quality food, typical of our region and great care in preparation. If you have any special preference, let us to know in advance.
- Tents Eureka Timberline 4 Seasons. Equipment: Dining tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, utensils.
- Biodegradable bathroom tent.
- Personal inflatable Mattress Thermarest.
- Personal Duffle.
- Horsemen who will lead the horses and movement of equipment and all stuff.
- Horses and/or mules to carry the camping equipment, kitchen equipment and dining, backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses.
- An emergency horse, which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or feels a little slower.
- First aid kit and oxygen.
- Breakfast in the first day and dinner last day.
- Sleeping bags.
- Tips for horsemen, cook and guide.
- An additional horse if you need to carry more stuff
- A light day backpack with personal items and toiletries.
- Clothing molting (suitable clothing like warm and fleece clothes for night and light clothes for day, because the weather conditions change along the day).
- Personal Medication.
- Hiking boots.
- Rain jacket or rain poncho.
- Sleeping bag.
- Trekking poles (optional).
- Sunscreen, sunhat & sunglasses.
- Deep Insect Repellent.
- Water bottles (in general we can fill up with boiled water once a day, so you should carry as much capacity you need for the day.
- Energy bars.
- Extra money to buy groceries, souvenirs, etc.
- Filmadora and / or camera with lots of spare film or memory.
- Headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries.