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Choquequirao Rainbow

Trek to Choquequirao 4 Days

$856.00

Spectacular & challenging Trek to Choquequirao “Lost city of the Incas”.

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: TCH4D01
TYPE SERVICE: Private Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Fixed
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION: Choquequirao

Spectacular & challenging Trek to Choquequirao “Lost city of the Incas”
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.

Highlight

  • 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.

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 – Transport to Capuliyoc, Hike from Chiquisca to 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, Dinner.

Approximate distance: 12 km (7, 46 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,920m/9,580ft
Campsite altitude: 1,910m/6,266ft

Day 2 – 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, Dinner.

Approximate distance: 9 km (7, 46 miles)
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,050m/10,007ft
Campsite altitude: 2,850m/9,317ft

Day 3 – 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.

Approximate distance: 14 km (8, 07 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,050m/10,007ft
Campsite altitude: 1,870m/6,135ft

Day 4 – 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.

Approximate distance: 7 km (8, 07 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours

PRICES PER PERSON (*)

  • 1 person = US$ 1,630
  • 2 people = US$ 856
  • 3 people = US$ 670
  • 4 people = US$ 585
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 504
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 421
  • More than 9 people = US$ 392

* Price based in sharing one tent 2 people.

Extra Optional Services

  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) US$ 20 per person.

Extra horse to hire (recommended):

  • We bring one emergency horse every 6 people.
  • You can put on the horse (up to 7 kg/22 lbs per person) we provide duffel bags for your personal items and sleeping bag.
  • If you want to ride or carry extra personal luggage (maximum luggage weight of 25 kg / 55 lbs); you can hire an extra horse for US$ 146 (days 1 to 4).

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Capuliyoc, starting point of the trek.
  • Choquequirao entrance fee for trekkers and our staff.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 10 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag).
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons.
  • Horsemen.
  • Accommodation for all our staff.
  • Meals (3 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • One snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Private transport from Cachora to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Sleeping bag.

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