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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK : LOST CITY OF THE INCAS 4 DAYS

The Choquequirao Complex is one of the most popular treks in the Cusco area. The year 2016 was chosen as the best natural destination by trip advisor. The reasons are many: Fantastic nature with valleys, snowy mountains, incredible Inca buildings and great variety of plants, birds and animals. Choquequirao is considered as “The last refuge of the Inca empire”, whose geographic location is located on the great canyon of the Apurímac river and surrounded by much vegetation that announces the entrance to the forest of Vilcabamba.

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Choquequirao Trek 4 days Trip Overview

Difficulty of the hike: Challenging

KmDistance hike: 52 Kilometers

Elevation max: 3800m

Group: 2-8

Price from $600 per person

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Trip Highlights

Visit the Inca urban center Choquequirao composed of buildings and terraces distributed on different levels with great geographical similarities that Machu Picchu.

Observe the great variety of animals and landscapes covered with abundant vegetation.

Enjoy the sunrises that allow you to take breaks between the mountains and enjoy the sunrises with a taste of nature and clean air.

Get involved with the history and culture of this wonderful place detailed by the knowledgeable guide of our roots.

Enjoy Peruvian cuisine with the exquisite dishes prepared by our chef.

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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 4 DAYS

Activities

The hike to Choquequirao is challenging, especially because of the rugged geography where the winding road crosses, uneven slopes with little oxygen from 3,000 meters above sea level down to 1,500 meters above sea level and again rising above 3,000 meters above sea level. And this adds to the distance, since the path passes through places where there is no presence of people. This walk demands a good will and important physical activity to be able to face it, you must be accustomed to daily exercises, walks, bike riding, in a nutshell this route is considered as difficult. The way to get there is walking a lot and camping, you will challenge climates from cold in the heights or walking in the intense Andean sun.

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Day 1

CUSCO – CACHORA - CAPAULIYOQ - PLAYA ROSALINA

Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 2800 m
Hiked distance: 14 km
Approximate walking time: 6 h

Pick up from your hotel (5.00 a.m.) to start the bus trip to the town of Cachora; On the way we will stop for a moment to appreciate the archaeological remains of Tarawasi from the bus, then continue to the Cunyac bridge between the departments of Cusco and Apurímac, then pass through the district of Curahuasi to finally reach Cachora (10: 00 am aprox.).

From this place we will start the hike along a path to the viewpoint of Capuliyoc (2800 masl) where we will have lunch. Then we will head for the town of Chiquisqa (1930 masl) here the path is descending, the scenery impressive and the climate very warm, during the descent we will be accompanied by the canyon Apurimac, at sunset we will arrive at our camp in Playa Rosalina. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2

PLAYA ROSALINA - SANTA ROSA - CHOQUEQUIRAO

Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 3800 m
Hiked distance: 12 km
Approximate walking time: 7 h

After breakfast (5:00 a.m.), we will continue our walk to Santa Rosa (2100 masl), this day our trek will be very hard, at noon we will reach the town of Maranpata, (3,800 m) place of our lunch. During the tour you can see the magnificent mountains from where we started our adventure, abundant vegetation. After lunch we will continue our journey to the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, to which we will arrive in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3

TOUR IN CHOQUEQUIRAO – MARANPATA - CHIQUISCA

Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 3033 m
Hiked distance: 12 km
Approximate walking time: 8 h

Very early after breakfast (5:00 am) we will go to the magnificent ruins of Choquequirao which is an hour’s walk, during the tour we will appreciate the sunrise and visit, the sacred USNO, strategic place to take the best photos, the house Of the emperor, priest’s house, granaries, then we will go down to the flames sector, and at noon we will be finishing our visit in the sector of the terraces. At the indicated time we will start the return to Sunchupata, where we will have lunch. Then we will make a descent for two hours to the rosalina beach, an hour after our camp is in Chiquisqa. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4

CHIQUISCA – COCA MASANA - CAPULIYOC - CUSCO

Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 3399 m
Hiked distance: 14 km
Approximate walking time: 7 h

A good breakfast will be served in Chiquisqa (06:00 a.m.) after which, we return by the same road to Cachora ascending by approximately 2 hrs, until arriving at the passage of Capuliyoc, where we will have lunch, from here are two hours more until the locality Of Cachora which is a much milder hike to arrive at 12:00 pm. On the way we will see views of imposing snowy mountains and the impressive Apurimac canyon. We will arrive to Cusco at 15:00 pm.

INCLUDED IN THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 4 DAYS:

  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel
  • Transportation to Cachora round trip
  • Professional english-spanish tour guide
  • Expert mountain cook
  • Meals: 4 breakfast, 4 lunch and 3 dinner
  • Camping Tent and foam matress
  • First aid kit and oxigen tank
  • Horses for luggage and camping equipment
  • Entrance to the archaeological complex

NOT INCLUDED IN THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK:

  • Last day dinner
  • Sleeping bag ( $15 usd)
  • Trekking Poles ($15 usd )
  • Tipping for the staff

WHAT  YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK  4 DAYS:

  • Original passport
  • Personal backpack from 20 to 30 lts.
  • Rain jacket
  • Very warm coats
  • Trekking shoes with good sole
  • Trekking pants
  • Set of shirts or polos
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Good mosquito repellent
  • Personal medicine kit
  • Water bottle for water
  • A roll of toilet paper
  • Head torch
  • Extra money in soles


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