Choquequirao trek

DURATION

04 Days

--- USD

PER PERSON
Based two people all private service

TRIP STYLE

Hiking, Exploration & Adventure

HIGHLIGHTS

Cachora Community
Choquequirao Archeological Site

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

Choquequirao Trek Alternative Inca Trail know us the second Machu Picchu located in the East North of Cusco over the Apurimac Valley and Canyon developed one of the most amazing Inca Architecture design adapted to the wild geography between the Andes Mountains and the Cloud Forest, Choquequirao Route is part of the Inca Trail developed all over South America connected to the Inca Empire Choquequirao Cusco Choquequirao Tour departure every day with no limited number of people every campsite its design to host travelers with a lodges that even has hot shower, horses to carry all the food and part of your equipment Choquequirao Hike is consider one of the most famous alternative Inca Trail and not to crowded,

Choquequirao Difficulty is not limited even people without experience can have an alternative option to ride a horse. Choquequirao Altitude 10,010 Ft. 3,3050 meters above sea level, Choquequirao by National geographic rated us 10 top hikes recommended alternative Inca Trail In Peru. Choquequirao Map can be found on our web site or Google Map. This is an adventure that combines archaeology, nature and some stellar mountain scenery on one of Peru’s lesser-known routes. (One of our own personal favorites.) We’ll lead you to the last refuge of the Incas, perched high above the Apurimac Canyon. Choquequirao, which means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua, is a remote and mysterious archaeological complex which holds incredibly well-preserved Inca archaeological remains.

During your adventure, you’ll be well cared for by our professional team of experienced, English speaking guides, cooks and porters with mules. We also have some supporting saddle horses available for those of you who would rather ride than hike. This is a route that’s destined to be even more popular than the traditional Inka Trail and a site that could eventually become even more significant than even Machu Picchu itself, after all of the excavations have been completed. Choquequirao is a must for all true adventure lovers seeking something a little more “off-the-beaten-path”, so come and see it while it’s still relatively undiscovered!

itinerary

DAY 1 CUSCO – CACHORA – PLAYA ROSALINA ON THE APURIMAC RIVER

Today, we’ll head out early to begin a 5-hour drive to the mountain town of Cachora, a journey with non-stop views of of Salkantay, Humantay, Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica mountains. Along the way descend into the town of Limatambo where we’ll find the Inca site, Tarawasi, then on to the small village of Cora Wasi, where we will have a chance to see the Saiwite Stone, which is said to be a carved map of the Inca Empire. 
Upon our arrival to Cachora at 2,915m (9,565 ft), we’ll have late breakfast, meet our porters and arrange our equipment on the mules and horses. With only our day-packs, we’ll start hiking along the edge of the mountains towards Capulliyoc, where we’ll get our first views of the Apurimac Canyon, as well a glimpse the long trail that lies ahead. As we begin our descent towards Coca Masana, the climate will become noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna will become more representative of a sub-tropical region. We’ll eventually arrive at Playa Rosalina at 1,550m (5,085 ft) on the powerful Apurimac River, where camp will be set up for the night.

DAY 2 PLAYA ROSALINA – CHOQUEQUIRAO (3,035M OR 9,960 FT)

After an early morning breakfast, today’s trek begins by crossing the mighty Apurimac River by footbridge. A challenging, 5-hour climb lies ahead of us before finally reaching Marampampa alongside the Chunchulmayo River. We’ll stop here to take a much-needed break and enjoy our lunch. 
The afternoon hike is not as demanding as the morning climb, and along the way we’ll observe a range of gorgeous orchids and wildflowers, as well as a great variety of Andean birds. After another 2 hours of walking, we’ll arrive at the immense archaeological site of Choquequirao, celebrating with exceptional sunset views and condors flying overhead (with a bit of luck!). We’ll set up camp just outside of the ruins in the nearby cloud forest.

DAY 3 CHOQUEQUIRAO – RAQAYPAMPA

We’ll spend the morning visiting the vast central complex of Choquequirao. Our guide will take some time to explain the history and importance of the site, which is still being renovated. After exploring the sacred Inka Site for a while, we will have our lunch before continuing on our journey back, descending down the mountain for about 2 hours to Raqaypampa, where we will set up our camp for the evening and enjoy dinner and a hot drink.

DAY 4 RAQAYPAMPA – CACHORA – CUSCO

This morning after breakfast, we’ll continue our descent all the way down to the Apurimac River, where we’ll stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll continue for another 3 hours along a lush, beautiful route to Coca Masana, where we will be able to take a short break and have a snack before continuing on to Capulliyoc, where we started our adventure only a few days before. This is where will say good-bye to our wranglers and load up on our private bus back to Cusco. After the best hot shower of your life at the hotel, it’s finally time to enjoy a much-deserved beer and a good meal with friends!

End tour

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

Included

  • Private transportation to trailhead
  • Qosqo Expeditions Guide
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners (we have vegetarian options available)
  • 5 kg per guest to be carried by porters
  • Spacious tents and camping mattresses
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Horses to carry the group’s gear and equipment (food, tents, etc.)
  • Admission to archaeological sites
  • Gratuities for drivers and porters

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (We have them to rent for US$ 5.00 per day. Our sleeping bags are –8ºC-comfort (0ºF) mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.)
  • Extra horses (if needed)
  • Gratuities for your guide

SUGGESTIONS

What you’ll need to bring and carry

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (ie. Micropur)
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This is an adventure that combines archaeology, nature and some stellar mountain scenery on one of Peru’s lesser-known routes. (One of our own personal favorites.) We’ll lead you to the last refuge of the Incas, perched high above the Apurimac Canyon. Choquequirao, which means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua, is a remote and mysterious archaeological complex which holds incredibly well-preserved Inca archaeological remains. 

During your adventure, you’ll be well cared for by our professional team of experienced, English speaking guides, cooks and porters with mules. We also have some supporting saddle horses available for those of you who would rather ride than hike. This is a route that’s destined to be even more popular than the traditional Inka Trail and a site that could eventually become even more significant than even Machu Picchu itself, after all of the excavations have been completed. Choquequirao is a must for all true adventure lovers seeking something a little more “off-the-beaten-path”, so come and see it while it’s still relatively undiscovered!

Peru Travel information

When to travel to Peru? Considering that Peru is categorized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries on earth, you have a variety of climates and seasons to consider. That being said, you can visit Peru year-round depending on where you would like to visit. However, if you are looking to explore the Amazonian rainforest or traverse through the Andes Mountains, many travelers choose to avoid the rainy season which runs from November to March with its peak between January and February. Visiting from April through October lands you in the generally dry winter season, which is an excellent time to visit Machu Picchu, experience a world-class trek, traverse the exotic Amazon Rain forest not to mention the other amazing destinations Peru has to offer. Speak with a Qosqo Expeditions Designer today to discover the best time for you to experience a luxury tour of Peru.

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