An abandoned city that is very similar to Machu Picchu, Choquequirao has only recently been partially cleared and there remains much more to be discovered making this trek mysterious!
After an early breakfast at your hotel, we pick you up at your hotel we will travel by car to the village of Cachora from Cusco which takes approximately 4 hours . Cachora located (2,850m/9,407ft) Here we will meet the staff and pack animals who will carry our gear After enjoying a boxed breakfast we start the walking to Capuliyoc It is also where you will get the first view of Choquequirao Inca architectural complex. Our hike begins downhill and the trail snakes through the Apurimac Canyon for approximately four hours, crossing the small village and hut called Coca Masana and Chiquisca in the lower part of the valley. The climate is warm and sunny in the dry season which is dusty. We will stop for lunch at Playa Rosalinda (1 500 mt / 4921ft) before starting the two-hour ascent towards the town of Santa Rosa (1 200 mt /3937 ft), our first camp for the night.
Breakfast will be served around 6 am, after which we will continue our hike up to Marampata located at (2,850m/9,350ft) which takes approximately 3 hours at a slow pace. During the trek you will have the chance to see the area’s dense vegetation. We will take a short rest stop at Marampata beside the Chunchumayo river which is very picturesque. Along the way you will see many beautiful orchids and other colourful flowers as well as many birds and mammals,etc . We will stop for lunch at a lovely spot called Marampata which offers tremendous views of the mountains and the great Inca complex named Choquequirao City located at (3 000 mt / 9842 ft). After lunch we take up the Inca trail for another two hours always to make our way to the second camp located at next to Choquequirao. Afternoons offer great viewing of the mountains and the Choquequirao complex as clouds dissipate and skies are clearer.
Waking up in the Andes mountains is a delight and before long the trail will be calling to you. After breakfast we will take up our trek and as we hike, we’ll see if we can and spot some of the wild life that surrounds the Choquequirao inca site. We will hike for approximately one-hour to reach the archeological complex where you will have plenty of time to enjoy the impressive views of the deep canyons and hopefully see a condor flying. Your guide will be glad to share his knowledge of this mystical place as you explore the site over three hours. Once we have visited the site, and we will back track down the same trail for two hours in order to reach and cross the Apurimac river (1,550m/5,117ft) and then continue to hike for one-hour to reach our third camp located at Chiquisca (1,990m/6,270ft).
Enjoy breakfast as you hear the Apurimac river rushing by. Today’s route will take us back along the same route to Capuliyoc located at 2 800 meters above sea level and you’ll hopefully spot condors and other Andean wildlife as well as snowcapped mountains as we descend back towards the Capuliyoc pass (2 915 meters above sea level). The exotic flora and fauna paired with the mountain and canyon views make this a memorable trail. In total we will hike approximately four hours to reach Capuliyoc which is the end of our trail and our lunch spot. After lunch we will travel back to Cusco by car for 5 hours arriving around 6 pm where you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Pre-departure briefing with your guide
Professional trek guide fluent in English and Spanish
Transportation: Private transportation to and from Cusco
Entrance fee to Choquequirao Inca Complex
Horsemen and mules to carry all camping gear, cooking and dinning tent and equipment and bathroom tent as well as guests’ luggage (up to 8 kg per person)
Additional horse if group is more than six people
Chef and cooking equipment
Two-person tents with sleeping mats
Duffle bag to transport your personal items (maximum of 7 kg per person including sleeping bag and mat)
Boiled water to refill your water bottles and water bladders
Excellent Peruvian meals which include 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (no tea time) *Vegetarian, vegan and special dietary needs can be accommodated upon request at no additional cost.
Bowls of hot water for washing in your tent every day, morning and night, and at lunch time if requested in advance
Biodegradable soap and hand sanitizer
Your guide will be equipped with a walkie-talkie as well as an Oxygen tank and first aid kit
All local taxes
Sleeping bag (available for rent at $5 US/day). Our sleeping bags are rated for -200C (00F) and include a sleeping liner.
Walking stick (available for rent at $ 3/day)
Tips for the staff (guide, chef, assistant cook and horsemen)
Day pack with a waterproof cover and a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature (i.e. layers)
Warm clothes, including a jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf and harm hat or toque. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for approximately $1.
Trekking/hiking shoes, waterproof is recommended
Micro fiber or wool socks (extra socks are a must)
Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings
Small towel or sarong
Sunscreen and sun glasses as well as a hat
Insect repellent (minimum recommended 20% DEET)
Toilet paper (must be carried out with other garbage)
Passport and International Student Identity Card (ISIC – if you have one)
Water purification tablets
Reusable water bottle and water bladder for your day pack
Snacks (energy bars, nuts, chocolate, etc.)
Personal hygiene items
Small first aid kit with any special medications you might require and “Mole Skin” for blisters, etc.
Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
Sleeping bag (available for rent)
Walking poles (available for rent)
Cash for snacks, tips and souvenirs