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Our Trek to Choquequirao includes a visit to the Archaeological Site of Choquequirao Cradle of Gold in Quechua; is also considered as the other Machu Picchu. Choquequirao sits in the saddle of a high Andean ridge 3050m above sea level and 1500m above the roaring waters of the Apurimac River. This spectacular and challenging trek brings us to the breathtaking ruins of Choquequirao, with its mysterious square and shrines, and onward across the entire Vilcabamba range through deep-cut canyons and over high passes, as well as lots of Andean flora and fauna, with this trek there's a chance to see the flight of the Condors.
- 24 hour support by our local staff
- Accommodation in personal tents (camping)
- All entrance fees and excursions mentioned in the itinerary
- All ground transportation
- All transfers airport, train station or bus station transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off
- All transfers are assisted by English speaking staff
- Guided tours by local quality English speaking guides
- Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary (vegetarian or special diets are available)
- Anything not specified in the itinerary description
- Domestic flight tickets
- Guidance in other languages
- International flight tickets
- Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
- Sleeping bag
- Tips for guides, drivers and other staff
- VISA procedures, travel insurance, pre and post tour accommodation
- Walking sticks
- Spectacular and challenging trek through deep-cut canyons and over high passes.
- Trek to Choquequirao considers the other Machu Picchu.
- Trek to the mysterious Choquequirao Archaeological site.
- In this trek there’s a chance to see the flight of the Condors.
PRICES PER PERSON (*)
- 1 person = US$ 1,617
- 2 people = US$ 864
- 3 people = US$ 680
- 4 people = US$ 591
- 5 to 6 people = US$ 512
- 7 to 8 people = US$ 431
- More than 9 people = US$ 407
* Prices per person in US dollars.
* Price based in sharing one tent 2 people.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TOUR PACKAGE
|Travel style||PRIVATE TOUR|
|Type of activities||Hiking & Trekking, Adventure.|
|Group size||To suit group requirements.|
|Departure dates||Guaranteed departures any day with one person. Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November.|
|Trekking grade||Moderate to strenuous – this trek requires a medium level of fitness. During this trek you will be required to walk up to 5 to 8 hours in one day. Some previous experience is required. Minimum 2 days at altitude recommended.|
|Min age||10+ All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.|
Private tour means, the tour will run exclusively for you without strangers with private guide, vehicle and driver are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, or in a family or friends group.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
Transport to Capuliyoc, Chiquisca – Santa Rosa
- On the first day of the Choquequirao trek, depart Cusco at 05:00am in a private car for a 4 hour drive to the charming village of Cachora (2,900m/9,514ft), situated on the edge of the Apurimac canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks.
- We will stop in Cachora to purchase any last minute supplies before continuing by car to just before Capuliyoc (2,920m/9,580ft) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Huayna Cachora.
- We will meet our arrieros (muleteers) from here we descend steeply into the Apurimac Canyon, taking in the spectacular views as we descend for 3.5 to 4 hours to Chiquisca (1,850m/6,070ft), with breathtaking drops to our side. 1 hour after Chiquisca we arrive at the roaring Apurimac River (1,500m/4,921ft).
- From the river, we begin to climb to the Santa Rosa Campsite (1,910m/6,266ft). This is a tough climb of 2 hours but makes the next day easier! - As the campsite is further along than the most popular camp, it is often quiet and you can soak up the stars.
- Overnight in camp.
- Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.
Hike from Santa Rosa to Choquequirao
- Departing early again today to get the best out of the day (around 06:00AM) we continue upwards onto Maranpata where we will have a break. The climb from the Santa Rosa to Maranpata (2,900m/9,514ft) takes about 3 hours and is a tough uphill stretch.
- A little further on from our break site we will get our first view of the ruins of Choquequirao. From here we have 2 more hours hiking to the ruins. After the rigors of the past two days, this is a gentle undulating hike.
- We take our lunch at the Choquequirao campsite (2,850m/9,317ft) nearest to the ruins, before we head to the Choquequirao ruins for the afternoon.
- Spending the afternoon exploring the ruins, we will watch the sunset and keep our fingers crossed for the chance to see condors.
- Only around 30% of the Inca remains of Choquequirao (3,050m/10,007ft) have been excavated. What can be seen today however, is most impressive and very much worth the challenging trek to get there. The stonework in Choquequirao is not as sophisticated as that found in Machu Picchu, because the stone found here is very difficult to carve, but the buildings are impressive and suggest a site of high status.
- Choquequirao evokes a sense of awe simply because of the sites’ surrounding beauty and isolation and condors can be seen frequently soaring the skies.
- Overnight in camp.
- Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
From Choquequirao to Chiquisca
- Early in the morning we have time explore the Choquequirao ruins again.
- After visit breakfast then pack and start walk back towards Santa Rosa, where we have lunch.
- After lunch we descend to the raging river, on the way we can observe again Apurimac Canyon. Following, we continue descending for another 2 hours until we reach Apurimac River.
- Next we continue one hour walk up to Chiquisca (1,870m/6,135ft) here we will spend the night on our campsite.
- Overnight in camp.
- Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Hike up from Chiquisca to Cachora, Back to Cusco
- Early morning after breakfast around 07:00am, we climb for about three hours to Capuliyoc (2,920m/9,580ft) where our walk ends and we will say goodbye to our muleteers.
- On the way we can appreciate again the majestic Padrayoc snow-covered peak that decorate to Apurimac Canyon.
- A private transport will take us to the city of Cusco.
- Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.