Classic Choquequirao

In the Andean region lies the legendary town of Choquequirao, resisting the passage of centuries in the midst of the mountains' sharp boulders and wild vegetation, which still covers almost 80 percent of its surface. Its panoramic view is simply majestic. Imposing snow-peaked mountains and hills covered with lush vegetation are located at over 9000 feet, under and intensely blue sky eternally dotted with white clouds, in the realm of the condor and of history. Larger than Machu Picchu, the citadel of Choquequirao represents the latest archeological destination in southeastern Peru. Located 140 km from the Inca capital of Cusco, Choquequirao is a jewel lost in the midst of time, surrounded by imposing snow peaks and deep valleys. This 4-day journey has been designed for adventure lovers who want to hike a former Inca trail away from the crowds. Without doubt, an Andean experience that you will never forget!!! There is also an opportunity for horse-supported trekking where two legs can be swapped for four.
According to Peruvian archeologists, this lost city was the place where the last Incas who escaped from Cusco, took refuge and resisted 40 years of Spanish invasion. After Manco Inca's defeat in Cusco, the survivors of the once powerful Inca Empire fled to Choquequirao. It was an important political and religious center, where the last descendants of the empire continued performing their great rituals.
Andean rituals are presumably performed to avoid constant efforts in destroying things and they were performed as a non upstanding rewarding to their acknowledgement and their non knowledge were subdued to the non profitable manner of restraining things.


Itinerary


Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Capuliyoc Chiquisca

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Capuliyoc  Chiquisca

Early pickup from your hotel, and transfer by private transport to trailhead at Cachora. We start a three hour of leisurely hike along this fascinating Inca trail will be a good acclimatisation, and give us some amazing views of the snow mountains of PADREYOC  and QORIWAYRACHINA . After lunch we rejoin the hike, and the trail follows a gradual descent of 1000 meters toward the dramatic canyon of the Apurimac-river, one of the largest tributaries of the Amazon. We set up camp site at Chiquisca

Day 2: Chiquisca - Marampata - Choquequirao

Day 2: Chiquisca - Marampata - Choquequirao

We make a very early morning start down to the Apurimac river,and start a gradually but steep ascend of 4 hours to Marampata (2,900mt/ 9514ft). This is a challenging day. Meanwhile we see, and enjoy the natural wonder of the Apurimac river deepest canyon and may spot a condor, besides we see orchids, bromeliads and begonias flowers, etc.

After lunch, we ascend to the enigmatic lost Inca remains of Choquequirao at 3000 metres above sea level, and set up our camp site below this.

Day 3: Choquequirao - Marampata Chiquisca

Day 3: Choquequirao - Marampata  Chiquisca

After an early breakfast we spend half day exploring the mystical Inca remains of Choquequirao surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery in the midst of the cloud forest. After lunch, we retrace our steps through the cloud forest and down to the amazing canyon of the Apurimac-river, and back up to Chiquisca to set up our camp site.

Day 4: Chiquisca- Capuliyoc - Cachora Cusco

Day 4: Chiquisca- Capuliyoc - Cachora  Cusco

 Today we leave before dawn and take advantage of a fresh morning to go back up to Capuliyoc lookout point, and down to trailhead at Cachora, where a vehicle awaits us to take us back to Cusco

Included

  • Predeparture briefing
  • English speaking professional tour guide. (for groups larger than 9 persons, two tour guides)
  • Early morning transfer by private transport to trailhead
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao
  • A chef
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners /3 afternoon hot drinks 
  • Drinking water since the day 2 
  • Two-man Tents: (for a personal tent request, there is a surcharge of  $30)
  • Foamy sleeping mat
  • Dining tent, cooking tent, cutlery, folding tables, and stools  
  • Mules, carrying heavy gear such as: food, tents, gas bottle, and cooking stuff, and 7kilograms/15 pounds of your belongings
  • Emergency riding horse  
  • Trasnsport back to Cusco

Not included

  •  First day breakfast
  • Last day lunch 
  • First day drinking water    
  • Sleeping bag (35USD for the whole trek)
  • Inflatable mat (35USD for the whole trek)
  • Tipping your trekking stuff is customary.
Duration 4 days
Difficulty 3
Code UM014


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