TREK TO CHOQUEQUIRAO 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Duration:04 Days -03 Nights
Finish: Machupicchu town
Maximal elevation: 4100 masl
Highest Camp Site: 4100 masl
Season recommended: April to Octuber
Choquequirao means “cradle of gold” in Quechua although this is probably not its original Inca name. It is another “lost city of the Incas” located high on a ridge spur almost 1750m above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks.
The US explorer Gary Ziegler suggests that Choquequirao treks may have been the place where the last Inca, Tupac Amaru, was raised among Inca Priestesses. The abundance of many double jamb doorways and niches indicates that the place was held in high status.
The ruins were first visited and described to the western world by a French explorer during the 18th century. Hiram Bingham visited the site in 1910.
This was his first experience of “lost cities” prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911.
The remoteness and inaccessibility have discouraged visitors until fairly recently when COPESCO constructed a footbridge over the Apurimac River below the ruins. Even today the ruins are still rarely visited although, with the enforcement of new regulations on the Inca Trail, Choquequirao treks is destined to replace the traditional hike as the serious trekker’s alternative.
Price per person
Day 1 – CUSCO – CACHORA – PLAYA ROSALINA
At 4:00 am. We will pick up our customers from their hotels, then we will travel to Cachora (4 hours aprox., by our private van), once there(in Cachora), we will meet our muleteer and horses, there we will pack all our equipment in the horses, then we will begin to walk, the trail is flat until Chiquisca and then we will go uphill, passing through the high pass of Capuliyoc, from there, we will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon. Finally we descend to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Campsite at 1,550 masl. Or 5,115 Ft.
Day 2 – PLAYA ROSALINA – CHOQUEQUIRAO
Early in the morning, we will have breakfast, then, we will start walking uphill through a long and narrow trail, arriving Chokequirao around 4pm, then, We will visit the Archaeological site with our guide. The view of the canyon is spectacular, it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Campsite(3050 masl. Or 11,055 ft.)
Day 3 – CHOQUEQUIRAO– CHIQUISQA
After an early breakfast we pack and start walking back to Chiquisqa, on the way we can observe again Apurimac canyon.
Here we maybe lucky to appreciate the flight of the Condor.
The exuberant vegetation and its variety of flower and orchids.
Day 4 – CHIQUISQA – CACHORA – CUSCO
Early in the morning after breakfast we continue to climbing 4 hours more aproximately until Mirador Capuliyoq.
After that we will continue to arrive to Cachora town on hike we can appreciate again the majestic Padreyoq snow that decorate the Apurimac Canyon. Back to Cusco.
Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private bus to Cachora, the starting point of the trek.
Igloo tents. 2 people in each 3 people capacity tents to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
ONE MATTRESS PER PERSON:
English speaking professional guide.
Cook and cooking equipment.
Horseman and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking.
1 horse for emergency.
Acommodation for our guides, cook and horseman.
Meals (03B, 03L, 03D tea time and snack service every day).
First-aid kid including emergency oxigen bottle.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
•Lunch and dinner on the last day.