Choquequirao ruins were most likely built during the reign of the Inca Emperor Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. Choquequirao was considered to be the last bastion of resistance and refuge of the Sons of the Sun. The location of the city is close to the gods (sky, sun, moon, star and mountain). This spectacular trek will lead you to the enigmatic last refuge of the Incas. Choquequirao (3.103m/10178ft) is a huge archaeological complex still under clearing and restoration process located in the surroundings of the Salkantay sacred mountain (6.271m/20569ft) and the Apurimac River canyon.
DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – SANTA ROSABefore daylight we jump on the bus to go to the starting point of our adventure in Capuliyoc (2,900mt), where we will meet our horseman (donkey drivers), and enjoy the first view of Choquequirao complex, but still further. We will go down on a serpent trail over the Apurimac canyon for 4 hours, crossing the small hamlet and hut called Cocamasana and Chiquisca on the lower part of the valley, the climate is warm and sunny on the dry season is dusty, we will have lunch before the start the ascent towards Santa Rosa, our firts campsite, lunch spot called Playa Rosalinda 1500 m. following lunch, we will ascend to Santa Rosa (2100 m), our first campsite.
istance: 14 km
Weather: warm and sunny
Hiking time: 7 hour
DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARAMPATA - CHOQUEQUIRAOOne day of complete adrenaline to climb up to the ancient city there are the highest view to the wide landscape, after light quake breakfast around 6:00 am, we will continue our hike up to Marampata 2850 m.a.s.l for around 3 hours slow pace. During our journey we will observe the dense vegetation in the area. Then we will arrive to Maranpata beside the Chunchumayo to refreshing and short rest. Along the way you°ll observe many orchids and colorful flowers as well as many birds and mammals, Marampata the beautiful base camp, lunch spot with top view much further into the mountains the great inca complej called “Choquequirao city” 3000 masl. From lunch is 2 hours hike along the Inca trail with impressive views to Choquequirao and surrounded the complex. On the afternoon recommended visit with less clouds and clear views to mountain ranges early darkness side down tents close to Choquequirao 2950 masl. Base camp.
Distance: 8 km
Weather: warm and windy
Hiking time: 5 hours
DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – MARAMPATA - CHIQUISCATo wake up on the Andes it is delight to following Our instinct of path finders, quit breakfast will be on the wild life in Choquequirao is prize by sunrise and fill up of gladness, We will arrive at the archaeological site in time to enjoy the impressionist views of the deep canyons and maybe the opportunity to see a Condor flying near, we will walk towards of the Choquequirao archaeological complex, which is a one-hour walk to see the Choquequirao and where our guide and mystic knowledge you feel travel around the time, after 3 hours exploring the complex we start return way back to the begin by the same trail 2 hours down cross the Apurimac river and 1 hour up until Chiquisca. Base camp.
Distance: 14 km
Weather: warm and sunny
Hiking time: 7 hours
DAY 4: CHIQUISQA – CAPULIYOC – CUSCO.The last Andean breakfast is the biggest and special with the river noising, mostly time of the day is hat and up back to the begin, we will return along the same route to Capuliyoc 2800 masl., the slope back the way up appreciate the condors and some Andean life on the route and snowcapped mountains and turn the head, share the experience on the trek, we descended on the first day and which is a soft climb of two hours until the pass of Capuliyoc 2915 m.a.s.l. During our journey we will observe the exotic flora and fauna as well as sights of majestic snow-capped peaks and the impressive canyon of the Apurimac. After to get Capuliyoc where the Climbing path finishes we will have lunch Where is the last views to the apurimac valley and Choquequirao, in over all the climbing time is 4 hours approximatly to get towards Capuliyoc the end of the trek and lunch spot, In the afternoon we will drive a car back 5 hours to Cusco. Arriving around 8 p.m., passengers will be transferred to the hotel. End of the services.
Distance: 9 km
Climate: warm and sunny
Hiking time: 5 hours
- -Pre departure briefing.
- -Early morning private transfer to trailhead
- -English speaking professional guide
- -The north face or Eureka tents - 2 persons and inflatable sleeping mat.
- -Kitchen tent, Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
- -First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- -Choquequirao Inca Site entrance fee
- -Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
- -Cook and Cooking equipment
- -Excellent Meals (03B,04L,03D + 04 morning snacks) food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
- -We supply boiled water to fill in your water bottle all the time,(while hiking) if you may need more, please request it with enough time ahead to your crew
- -Teatime the first three days (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
- -Horses days 1-4 (for equipment and personal items, actually your main heavy stuff, will be carried by the horses, it means you only will carry a small day bag, day by day, we included
- -Private Bus returning from Cachora Town to Cusco City
- -Transfer to your hotel
- -Sleeping bag
- -Lunch and Dinner on the last day
- -Walking stick
What do I need to bring?
- -Backpack with rain shelter.
- -Sleeping back.
- -Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
- -Rain pants and lightweight pants.
- -Trekking shoes.
- -Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
- -Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
- -Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
- -Rainponcho cold and sun hat.
- -Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
- -Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
- -Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- -Original passport, original ISIC student card
- -Extra money in soles (s/ 400.00 soles) emergency case and tips.
- -Since the weather can be very cold and mostly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
2016 prices per person $ 525.00 USD.Please contact us, specifying:
-Number of people in the trek
-Train service upon request: Expedition train, Vistadome train, Hiram Bingham (Luxury Orient Express)
- Students: US$ 20.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card.
Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
- Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Children: US$ 40.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Early bookings: 5% on full program price for all bookings confirmed at least 6 months in advance. This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered
Optional service hired:• An extra horse to carry your personal items: US$ 20.00 Per Day. A horse can carry up to 30 kg.
• Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5.00 Per Day. Our sleeping bags are –18ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner.
• Walking stick lightweight aluminum ($2.00 per day, per stick) two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
• Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent) $25.00 per person
Notes:(1) On our clients’ recommendation, we suggest spending an additional day in the settlement of Choquequirao to enjoy this beautiful archeological site in more detail. On our way back to Cusco, there is also the possibility of visiting the thermal baths in Cconoc. Ask us for more information.
(2) The trek to Choquequirao must not be underestimated. Especially thesecond day involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather (it can get very hot) the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you are well acclimatized, in good shape, and healthy.
(3) From the first to the fourth day (from Cachora to Huanipaca) we are accompanied by mule drivers and mules for carrying the camping equipment and our customer will only carry a daypack with the essentials for the day up to 5 kg.
(4) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
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