This spectacular trek (60 km.) leads you to the enigmatic last refuge of the Incas. Choquequirao (3.103m/10178ft) is considered the second Machu Picchu. Is close to the Apurimac River canyon and is one of Peru's recently-discovered archaeological and cultural treasures currently being prepared for opening for tourists from all over the world. To date, only 30% of the complex has been cleared for visits by Peruvians and foreigners alike, due to the fact the site has yet to under a rigorous scientific researching.
Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca
We leave Cusco about 7.00 am in our private transportation, and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5h from Cusco. After driving for two and a half hours, we stop in Tarawasi, where we visit the archaeological remains of an Inca Usno, a place where ceremonies and celebrations to mother earth were conducted. We leave Tarawasi and continue along the road, across the Apurimac River and up again through Curawasi and to Saywite, our second stop an hour and a half later.
Here we visit the famous Inca rock that was believed to be the construction plan for the Tahuantinsuyo Empire, with carvings of animals representing the main deities.
From Saywite, we continue on to Cachora only 30 minutes away and at 2800m/9184ft, where we will enjoy our box lunch. In the afternoon we start our hike climbing for two and a half hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m/9020ft, where may we enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. We then continue descending two more hours towards Chiquisca, where we set our camp and spend the night. (L, D).
Day 2: Chiquisca - Choquequirao
We leave Chiquisca as early as 6.00am to go down to Rosalina Beach, which will take about one hour. We then cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take an approximated 2h, and it is important that we leave early so that the heat does not make it more difficult than it has to be. In Santa Rosa, we make a half an hour break, where those who wish may try Cambray, a local sugar cane extract. Afterwards, we continue our hike slowly climbing for two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata.
From here we walk another two hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103m/10178ft, where we will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings. When the sun starts to set, you might want to sit and contemplate the canyon, where condors are sometimes spotted. (B, L, D).
Day 3: Choquequirao - Rosalina
After breakfast, we start our walk back towards Santa Rosa, where we have lunch. We then continue descending for another 2 hours until we reach Rosalina Beach at 1450m/4756ft, where we might have time to take a refreshing dip in the waters of the Apurimac River. We camp and dine here. (B, L, D).
Day 4: Rosalina - Cachora - Cusco
We leave camp after breakfast to start the two to three hour climb to Capuliyoc pass, where we stop for a while for having our lunch. After lunch we continue on our two hour return route to Cachora, where a private transportation will be waiting for us to take the group and staff back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time about 9.00pm. (B, L,).
- Bus round trip to Cachora
- All camping and cooking equipment including good quality mattresses
- Entrance fee to Choquequirao
- Dining (tables and chairs) and cook tent
- Extensive First-aid kit including Oxygen
- Professional Guide
- Mules and cook team. All entrances fee needed for doing the tour (extras are by tour own), All Meals Whilst Trekking Included as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Breakfast on the first day.
- Sleeping bag.
- Extra mule or porter (for asking before departing)
- Any extra entrance fee
- Tips for Staff on the trail.