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Choquequirao Trek 3 Days

23 reviews
Choquequirao Trek 3 Days

Choquequirao Trek 3 Days

23 reviews

Overview

The Choquequirao Trek, often referred to as the “Lost City” trek, is a thrilling adventure that takes you through breathtaking landscapes and ancient Inca ruins. This three-day trek is a condensed yet exhilarating journey that leads you to the mysterious Choquequirao archaeological site, a hidden gem tucked away in the Peruvian Andes. Here’s an overview of what to expect during this immersive 3-day trek, join us on this condensed yet awe-inspiring Choquequirao Trek to uncover the secrets of the “Lost City” and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Peruvian Andes.

 

Highlights

  • Stunning Scenery: Traverse diverse landscapes, from highland plateaus to subtropical valleys, offering breathtaking views of the Andean mountains and lush vegetation.
  • Choquequirao Archaeological Site:Explore the enigmatic ruins of Choquequirao, often compared to Machu Picchu but with fewer crowds. Marvel at well-preserved terraces, plazas, and temples perched on a mountaintop.
  •  Apurimac Canyon Crossing:Experience the thrill of crossing the Apurimac River, one of the deepest canyons in the world, and enjoy panoramic views of the dramatic canyon landscape.
  •  Camping in Nature: Camp in picturesque locations surrounded by nature’s symphony. The overnight stays at Chiquisqa and near Choquequirao allow you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Andean wilderness.
  •  Early Morning at Choquequirao: Witness a magical sunrise over Choquequirao, bathing the ancient ruins in golden light and providing a unique and unforgettable perspective of the archaeological site.
  •  Local Culture and Communities: Interact with local communities along the way, gaining insights into Andean culture and traditions. The trek offers opportunities to meet indigenous people and learn about their way of life.
  •  Condensed Adventure:The 3-day trek is a condensed yet exhilarating adventure, making it ideal for those with limited time. It provides a taste of the Choquequirao experience without the longer time commitment required for some treks.
  •  Experienced Guides: Benefit from the expertise of experienced guides who share their knowledge of the region’s history, flora, and fauna, enhancing the overall trekking experience.
  •  Challenging Terrain: Encounter challenging yet rewarding terrain, including steep ascents and descents, adding an element of adventure and accomplishment to the trek.
  •  Photographic Opportunities:Capture unforgettable moments with your camera as you traverse diverse landscapes, explore ancient ruins, and witness the scenic beauty of the Peruvian Andes.

Trip Details

  • Day 1: Cachora to Chiquisqa
    The trek begins in the village of Cachora, where you’ll meet your experienced guide and fellow trekkers.
    The trail starts with a descent into the Apurimac Canyon, offering stunning panoramic views of the rugged terrain.
    As you descend, you’ll witness a dramatic change in ecosystems, from highland landscapes to lush subtropical vegetation.
    The first campsite is at Chiquisqa, where you’ll rest for the night, surrounded by the sounds of nature.
  • Day 2: Chiquisqa to Choquequirao
    After a hearty breakfast, the trek continues, leading you deeper into the Apurimac Valley.
    You’ll cross the roaring Apurimac River and ascend to the archaeological site of Choquequirao.
    Explore the terraced fields, temples, and plazas of Choquequirao, often referred to as the “sister city” of Machu Picchu.
    The second night is spent camping near Choquequirao, allowing you to experience the site in the early morning light.
  • Day 3: Choquequirao to Cachora
    Rise early to witness the sunrise over Choquequirao, casting a magical glow on the ancient ruins.
    After breakfast, begin the descent back to Cachora, retracing your steps along the trail.
    As you ascend, take in the final views of Choquequirao and the surrounding mountains.
    Arrive back in Cachora, where your trek concludes, and you can reflect on the incredible journey you’ve just completed.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc - Chiquisca - Maranpata

Our trip to choquequirao begins with the first meeting with our guide one day before starting this magnificent adventure, where the guide will be able to exchange some information with you, welcoming you.
The next day you will be picked up between 03:30 and 04:00 am from your hotel, and then travel for four hours passing through several villages.
In Capuliyoc at an altitude of 2,800 m.a.s.l., will be the final point of the trip in our mobility to then take our breakfast.
From this point begins our hike, we will arrive at the viewpoint where we can appreciate the Vilcabamba mountain range with its impressive glaciers, the Apurimac River with its canyon and its incredible panorama.
The first two and a half hours we will descend by a zig zag road to the village of Chiquisca 1,800 m.a.s.l., where we will have a traditional lunch, then we will continue descending for 50 minutes more until we reach the bridge of Playa Rosalina 1,500 m.a.s.l., the lowest point.
After crossing the bridge we will begin the ascent for 2 hours aprox until we arrive to Santa Rosa and then another 3 hours more until we arrive to Marampata 2,900 m.a.s.l., approximate time of arrival 07:30 at night, where we will spend the first day.

 Hiking distance: 15 Km. / 9.3 mile.
Hiking time: 7½ to 8 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2850 masl. / 9350 ft. (Marampata)
Minimum Altitude: 1475 masl. / 4839 ft. (Playa Rosalinas)

Day 2: Marampata – Choquequirao - Chiquisca

Very early in the morning after breakfast we will go to the Archaeological Complex from Choquequiraoto a hour by walking and we will be able to observe the dawn of Choquequirao, we will saty there for approximately 3 hours accompanied with our guide who will you explain about this important Inca refuge. At a suitable hour we will begin the return to our camp and descending until Santa Rosa where we will have lunch, then will descend to Rosalinas beach and to go to the town of Chiquisqa which is at two hours from Rosalinas where we will take our camp.

Hiking distance: 8 Km. / 4.9 mile.
Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3106 masl / 10190 ft. (Choquequirao)
Minimum Altitude: 1475 masl. / 4839 ft. (Playa Rosalinas)

Day 3: Maranpata -Chiquisca - Capuliyoc - Cusco

This day we will wake up early at 7:00 am to have breakfast and charge us with energy and then start our hike descending 2 ½ hours to reach first the bridge at Rosalina beach 1,500 m.a.s.l., then we will climb for 50 minutes to Chiquisca 1,800 m.a.s.l., where we will have a rest and lunch.
After recharging energy in Chiquisqa, we will return by the same way to reach Capuliyoc 2,800 m.a.s.l. From Chiquisqa it will be a tough stretch due to the temperature as the sun goes down.
In Capuliyoc we will have our lunch, where also the transport will be waiting for us to return to the city of Cusco in a 4 hours trip.

Hiking distance: 8 Km. / 4.5 mile.
Hiking time: 7½ to 6 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Transfers to Cusco: 4 Hours from Capulioc.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Maximum Altitude: 2850 masl. / 9350 ft. (Marampata)
Minimum Altitude: 1475 masl. / 4839 ft. (Playa Rosalinas)

Included

  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions
  • pick up of your hotel in the morning or our departure point (you choice) Plaza Regocijo
  • Private transport to starting point of the trek
  • Personal porter to carry your overnight gear up to 8kg/17.6lbs
  • Dry bag in which to put your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty on the trail
  • 3 person, 4 season tents (2 people in large and comfortable Mountain Hardwear Expedition tent)
  • Extra-thick foam mattress sleeping pad to put under your sleeping bag
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Full meals (3 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, snacks on the trail)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Emergency horse (1-2 per group depending on group size)
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and stools
  • Dietary needs: able to cater to any dietary preference/need
  • Horsemen and horses (to carry tents/food/cooking equipment)
  • Hot water every morning/evening for hand washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill water bottles every morning/afternoon

No Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Tips: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

Recommendations:

  • Although you do not need to be an expert mountaineer to visit Choquequirao, some exercise is recommended before the adventure.
  • Due to the altitude at which Choquequirao is located, altitude sickness or soroche can cause discomfort during the ascent. It is advisable to acclimatize to the climate of Cusco (or Abancay) before starting the trek.
  • Unlike Machu Picchu, Choquequirao receives only a handful of visitors per day. It is recommended to enjoy nature and the archaeological site but with responsibility.

What To Bring

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  •  Sleeping bag.
  •  Clothing for warm and cold climates, like a waterproof jacket.
  •  Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  •  Trekking shoes.
  •  Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  •  Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  •  Long- and short-sleeved polo’s / T-Shirts.
  •  Rainponcho and a hat.
  •  Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  •  Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  •  Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), a flashlight and extra batteries.
  •  Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  •  Original passport, original ISIC student card (if you are a student) and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moist, your clothes – once wet – will not dry at night. So take some extra clothes to change into.

 

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