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Choquequiraw Trek 5 Days 4 Nights Group Service min requirement 2 Pax

Choquequirao

The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” Located above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge, Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited ¨lost city of the Incas¨.  The Inca archaeological site is considered, the sister to Machu Picchu, it is less known and 3 times larger than Machu Picchu.  It was one of the last refuges, for those Incas who continued to resist Spanish occupation after the conquest.  The site was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation and to this day archeologists continue to discover new sectors of the city.

On this adventurous trek, we will walk on Inca highways, hike through high Andean landscapes with majestic glaciers, descend into deep canyons where the condors fly and pass through biologically diverse cloud forest ecosystems. You will also see native animals such as Andean Condors, birds, native flora and fauna, orchids and so much more.

Itinerary

Day 1 – CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – PLAYA

At 5:00 am, we pick you up at your hotel and then drive you for 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (3100mt/10,170ft). Along the way there are spectacular views of villages, valleys, and snow-capped mountains. Once there we meet our horsemen and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. From here, we can enjoy the spectacular view of Choquequirao Inca ruins, the Apurimac canyon and the stunning snow-capped mountains like Padreyoc (5,571m/18,387ft). Then we hike down for 3 hours to Chikisca for lunch. After lunch we continue on for 2 hours downhill to our first camp at la Playa Rosalinas.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner.
Accommodation:   Camping facilities
Minimum altitude:   1520m/4986ft
Maximum altitude:   2970m/9744ft
Altitude of camp:   2095m/6973ft
Distance:   12kms/9 miles
Time:   6hrs approximately
Difficulty: Easy

Day 2 –PLAYA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

Choquequirao - Cusco
After an early breakfast, we cross the bridge and hike for the next 4 hours all the way up to Marampata where we will have lunch enjoying the view of Choquequirao Inca ruins. After lunch we walk to our second evening’s campsite, just 20 minutes from the ruins. Being so close to the ruins, we can enjoy our view of the ruins into the late evening and watch for condors flying about.

Meals:   Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
Accommodation:   Camping facilities
Minimum altitude:   2095m/6873ft
Maximum altitude:   3050m/10,007ft
Altitude of camp:   2900m/9514ft
Distance:   13kms/8 miles
Time:   6hrs approximately
Difficulty:   Moderate

Day 3 – CHOQUEQUIRAO

After breakfast, we will visit the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao for the entire day. Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all of the beautiful sections of the temples, terraces, palaces, the llamas’ section, and much more. We will return to our same campsite for tea and spend the night.
Choquekirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua Inca’s language although this is probably not its original name. It is another “Lost City of the Incas” rediscovered officially late in the 20th century. It is located high on a ridge spur almost 1750 meters above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and is surrounded by the towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks. Excavations and restoration of the 1810 hectares site began in the 1990s, and it is estimated that only 30% of the site has been restored to date. Every day archeologists are finding new things.

Meals:   Breakfast – Lunch –Dinner
Accommodation:   Camping facilities
Minimum altitude:   2700m/9014ft
Maximum altitude:   3100m/9300ft
Difficulty:   Moderate

Day 4 – CHOQUEQUIRAO – CHIQUISCA

This morning we say goodbye to the Choquequiraw ruins, and have a chance to spot condors soaring through the morning air as we make our way back along the choquequirao trail. Following the edge of the Apurimac canyon, we first descend to the river 1520m/4986ft, and then continue hiking up to our campsite at chiquisca 1950m/6397ft. If you have a good pace or if you have added the Machupicchu trek extension, we may camp instead at Cocamasana 2450m/8038ft

Meals:   Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
Accommodation:   Camping facilities
Minimum altitude:   1520m/4986ft
Maximum altitude:   1950m/6397ft
Altitude of camp:   1950m/6397ft
Distance:   14kms/8 miles
Time:   8hrs approximately
Difficulty:   Moderate

Day 5 – CHIQUISCA – CUSCO

This morning we finish our Choquequiraw hike with a 3 to 4 hours climb upwards to Capuliyoc. When we reach our destination, we’re once again rewarded with spectacular views. Our car will be waiting here to pick us up to start the 5 hour drive back to Cusco. We will have lunch en route, arriving back to your hotel in Cusco in the early evening.

Meals:   Breakfast – Lunch
Minimum altitude:   1950m/6397ft
Maximum altitude:   2970m/9744ft
Distance:   8kms/4 miles
Time:   4hrs approximately
Difficulty:   Moderate

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Important Information

Price Includes

  • Pre- trek briefing
  • Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to Capuliyoc  (starting point of the trek) and from Capuliyoc to Cusco
  • Entry fee to Choquequirao
  • English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Private Guided tour in each archaeological complex
  • Comfortable tents for two people in a four-person tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you’re feeling exhausted or unwell
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Tent for our staff to sleep in
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen
  • 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes and sleeping bag will be carried by our mules

Price Excludes

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Dinner on the last night
  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c
  • Trekking Poles
  • Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of The Lands of the Incas

Rentals

Rentals are for the whole trek! and can be paid for at the briefing in cash in USD.

  • Sleeping Bag $20 USD per person / made specifically for the climate of Choquequiraw trek
  • Air Mattress $20 USD per person / moisture-proof and warm mattresses for a comfortable night
  • Walking Poles $15 USD a pair / Professional extendable poles for your hiking comfort
  • Personal tent $30 USD / necessary for single trekkers only!