Explore Choquequirao 5d/4n

DURATION DISTANCE ALTITUDE LEVEL START FINISH
5 Days/4 Nights 58 km 2800 msnm -1550 msnm
– 3100 msnm
difficult  – moderate Cusco – Cachora Choquequirao – Cachora – Cusco

Choquequirao is the second most important archeological site in Cusco region. It has a connection with the last Inca city of Vilcabamba and with Machu Picchu. It is in the middle of different Inca roads that traversed all of the Inca empire. After quite a tough hike we will see fascinating and remote Choquequirao (“cradle of gold” in Quechua) – awesome in design and also location, perched high on a spur above the Apurimac canyon – the third deepest canyon in Peru. This is the great place to see condors inhabiting the area. You must join us on this unforgettable adventure.

DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA:
We leave Cusco at 6:00 in the morning, in the direction of the village of Cachora, (2850msnm) from where we begin our trek. We trek for around 3 hours until the place called Capuliyoc, where we can see in the distance the archeological site of Choquequirao, in the canyon of Apurimac. We have a snack there while enjoying landscape and possibly condors. Afterwards we continue our descent for about 3 more hours to our campsite at Chiquisca (1950msnm).
MEALS: Lunch, Dinner.


DAY 2: CHIQUISCA – CHOQUEQUIRAO:

After breakfast, very early, we return to the trek, descending until the Puente Rosalinas (1550msnm) where we cross the Apurímac river to begin the ascent to our first rest stop, Santa Rosa. Here we can enjoy chicha de caña (cambray) and after continue climbing until the small village of Maranpata where we will have lunch with a beautiful view of the mountain edges and Choquequirao. Afterwards, we continue to our campsite close to Choquequirao (2850msnm). If the tourists have extra energy, they can visit the archeological site in the afternoon to enjoy the sunset and gliding condors, later descending to the campsite.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO:
Today we have the whole day to explore all the corners of the Choquequirao citadel. We will have guided tour of this amazing place once inhabited by Incas including recently rediscovered Llama Sector. You will be taken to the ceremonial water fountains – the best place in Choquequirao to see condors and snow covered peaks around. After enjoying lunch in this beautiful scenery you will have time to explore the place by yourself.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO — COCAMASANA:
On the 4th day, after we are satisfied with our visit of Choquequirao, we begin our return trip by the same route towards Maranpata. We descend until the Apurimac river from where we make our ascent to Chiquisca. There we can take a nice shower under banana trees to relax from the heat. We have our lunch and continue our climb until we reach our campsite, Cocamasana.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


DAY 5: COCAMASANA – CACHORA – CUSCO:

On this day, we continue climbing for some 3 hours until the view point of Capuliyoc where we can see for the last time the Inca construction of Choquequirao. Later we continue our trek in the direction of Cachora where we will have our last lunch and say goodbye to the staff that helped us, and take the bus to return to Cusco. We leave you at your hotel.

On the last day tourist have an option to visit hot springs in Conoc located along the road back from Cachora to Cusco.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.
  • Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
  • CHOQUEQUIRAO. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.
INCLUDED:

  • An explanation two days before departing.
  • Transport in private bus to the start of the trek.
  • Transfer to your hotel on return
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian option available)
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles
  • Snacks for trekking.
  • Camping tents for 2 and 3 persons depending on the requirements.
  • Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
  • Cook and assistant cook
  • Kitchen/eating utensils
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment.
  • Emergency horse
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank Transport in private bus to the start of the trek

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  •  If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day
  •  Tickets to hot springs in Conoc
  • 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • 1 large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas.
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Binoculars for birdwatching
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for hot springs
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).

OPTIONAL:

  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

Explore Choquequirao 5d/4n – 2015/2016

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE GROUP 2 3 4 5 5+
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 1,090 $ 810 $ 660 $ 600 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions

DISCOUNTS:

  • Students: $20 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card – ISIC card) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices
  • Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices.
  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)