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Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

Choquequirao Trek 4 Days

from $ 750.00

Overview

The Choquequirao Trek 4 Days  is a challenging but unforgettable trip that offers travelers the opportunity to explore one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Peru in a remote and Original environment. With its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage and sense of adventure, this 4-day trek is sure to leave a lasting impression.

 

4 Days Choquequirao Trek is a challenging yet rewarding adventure that takes travelers on a journey through rugged Andean landscapes to the remote archaeological site of Choquequirao, often referred to as the “sister city” of Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • Apurimac River Canyon Views: Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Apurimac River Canyon on the first day of the trek. The rugged landscapes and deep canyons set the stage for the adventure that lies ahead.
  • Chiquisca Campsite: Enjoy a tranquil night at Chiquisca, a campsite nestled in the midst of nature. The evening sky offers a stunning display of stars, providing a serene atmosphere for relaxation.
  • Choquequirao Archaeological Site: Explore the ancient Inca citadel of Choquequirao, often referred to as “The Lost City.” Wander through terraced fields, plazas, and temples, and witness the incredible craftsmanship of Inca architecture. Choquequirao rivals Machu Picchu in grandeur but offers a more secluded and intimate experience.
  • Choquequirao Sunset and Sunrise: Witness the magical hues of sunset and sunrise over Choquequirao. The play of light on the ancient ruins creates a mystical atmosphere, providing excellent opportunities for photography.
  • Choquequirao Pass: Challenge yourself with the ascent to Choquequirao Pass, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and lush valleys. The pass marks a significant point in the trek, both physically and symbolically.
  • Rio Blanco Valley Descent: Descend into the Rio Blanco Valley, passing through diverse ecosystems. The trail takes you from high-altitude plateaus to lush jungles, showcasing the rich biodiversity of the region.
  • Maizal Campsite: Camp amidst the tranquility of Maizal, surrounded by orchids and the sounds of nature. The campsite provides a peaceful retreat after a day of trekking through varied landscapes.
  • Andean Communities and Quechua Culture: Encounter remote Andean communities and gain insight into the traditional Quechua way of life. Interact with locals, learn about their customs, and appreciate the cultural richness of the region.
  • Yanama Village Experience: Conclude the trek in the village of Yanama, where you can reflect on the journey and appreciate the hospitality of the local community. It offers a genuine and authentic Peruvian experience.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Experience the diversity of landscapes, from high mountain passes and deep canyons to cloud forests and lush valleys. The trek showcases the natural beauty and geographical richness of the Peruvian Andes.

Trip Details

  • Altitude: 1500 – 3030 m.a.s.l. / 4921 – 9941 f.a.s.l.
  • High season: March to November
  • Duration: 4 days – 3 nights / 5 days – 4 nights
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • A minimum: of 2 people is needed for the Choquequirao trek.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora - Capuliyoc - Chiquisca

We will leave Cusco at approximately 5:30 am. First, we will head for the village of Cachora to meet our horsemen and the mules that will carry all our camping equipment during the expedition. Thereafter, we will continue our journey towards the pass of Capuliyoc. The trek offers beautiful views of the mythical mountain Padreyoc, as well as deep canyons and the sacred Apurímac river, meaning “speaking river”. We will descend into the canyon’s valley to a place named Chiquisca, where we will spend the night.
Climate: warm
Hiking time: 8 hours Aprox.
Cachora (
2850 m.a.s.l. / 9350 f.a.s.l.)
Capuliyoc
(2800 m.a.s.l./ 9186 f.a.s.l.)
Chiquisca
(1930 m.a.s.l. / 6332 f.a.s.l.)

 

Day 2: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina– Marampata– Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will descend to the beach, Playa Rosalina. From there, we will hike to Marampata, where we will get our first view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao. Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the ruins.
Climate: Both cold and warm
Hiking time: 8 hours Aprox.
Playa Rosalina (1550m/5085f)
Marampata (2850m/9350f)
Choquequirao (3033m/9951f).

 

Day 3: Choquequirao – San Ignacio – Carmen

We will first visit the archeological site of Choquequirao at sunrise. By now, only 30% of this “golden cradle” will have been exposed to the suns first rays. After exploring the site, we will descend to the Apurímac canyon’s deepest section called San Ignacio and stop for lunch. After that, we will ascend to our camping site in the beautiful gardens at the place known as Carmen.
Climate: Moderate climate with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours Aprox.
San Ignacio (1500m/4921f)
Carmen (2000m/6562f).

 

Day 4: Carmen – Tambo bamba – Huanipaca.

The gardens of Carmen are situated close to the manor of Tambo bamba. It is a region that was governed by rich landowners during the 19th and 20th century as it was considered to be one of the most fertile valleys to cultivate maize and a variety of potatoes. We will also pass little villages such as Pacobamba and Huanipaca and finally, return to Cusco by bus.

Carmen – Tambo bamba (2500m/8202f)
Huanipaca (3150m/10335f).
Climate: Moderate, warm
Hiking time: 5 hours
Transport time: 5 hours.

Included

  • Private transport from the hotel to the town of Cachora and return journey
  • Entrance fees to the Choquequirao Inca site
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs. Both are big enough for 2 people. Also included are mattresses, food tent with table and chairs, and bathroom tent)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks). Vegetarian option available)
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal luggage (Maximum 7kg. per person)
  • Emergency horse
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.

No Included

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

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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