Choquequirao 4 Days / 3 Nights

“The last resistance city of the Incas during the time of the Spanish conqueror”.

The archaeological site of CHOQUEQUIRAO is part of the complex system of Andean towns in Vilcabamba Valley. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails.

CHOQUEQUIRAO is located in the spurs of the mountain range of Salcantay, at 3035 m.a.s.l, surrounded by the snowcapped Apus of Yanama, Ampay, Choquecarpu, Pumasillo and Panta on the right side of Apurimac River in the Santa Teresa district, The Convention province of the departament of Cusco.

ITINERARY

DAY 01: Cusco – Cachora – Rosalina

In the morning A.M Departure from Cusco toward Cachora, passing by the localities of Izcuchaca until arriving to the Archaeological Complex of Tarawasi and Saywite. After we will enter and have breakfast in Cachora. After the breakfast; along with our equipment loaded in mules and horses we will begin the ascent toward a viewpoint in Wayna Qalli Grande, from where we can appreciate a part of the archaeological complex of Choquequirao in addition to a beautiful view of the snowed peaks of Vilcabamba: Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. After we will descend toward Capuliyuc, Cuca Masana, where the flora and fauna begin to change, until arriving to Rosalina beach (1550 m.a.s.l) with a length from 21 km camping.

Feeding: Lunch and has dinner.

DAY 02: Rosalina – Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao

After the breakfast we will trek toward the distillery of local sugar cane licor called Santa Rosa. This second day of trekking is considered like the most hard, due to the ascent very early toward the mountains of Cusco side, with direction toward Marampata. In the route we will observe orchids and violets, and if the luck accompanies to us we will be able to appreciate fauna like deers, anteater and a diversity of birds and insects. We will continue toward Raqaypata where orchids are appraised, mainly in the borders of the Chunchullmayo river.

We will arrive to Choquequirao and visit this complex in its eight sectors; between barns, enclosures, religious areas and terraces. Lunch. We will visit the majestic place where we will observe the excavations where they are houses, terraces, irrigation channels of this Inka city, also ruins in excavation process, finally unexplored areas that means that this could be the last Inka refuge. Approximately at 3:00 p.m. depending on the weather we will be able to see the flying condors. Camping at Raqaypata – Choquequirao (2.910 m.a.s.l.).

Feeding: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 03: Choquequirao – Chiquisca

After the breakfast, we will enjoy some time to visit Choquequirao for a last time. Later we will descend by the same route toward Chiquisca. In the route we will again observe the Apurimac canyon. In this point we will be able to appreciate the flying condors, the forest with a variety of flowers and orchids. Lunch at Rosalina beach and camping in CHIQUISQA.

Feeding: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 04: Chiquisca – Wayma Qalli – Cachora – Sayhuite – Cusco

After the breakfast in Chiquisca we will start the ascent toward the viewpoint of Wayna Qalli. From this viewpoint we will appreciate the Apurímac river canyon, considered like the most spectacular in South America.

Arrival to Cachora where we will take the bus to return Cusco.

Feeding: Breakfast.

End of our services

OUR SERVICE INCLUDES:

  • Collection from your hotel in the morning.
  • Entrances fee to Choquequirao.
  • English speaking professional Tour Guide.
  • Tents with plenty of space for your backpacks, Mattress.
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • 03 Meals per day according the program
  • Mules (to carry only the tents and cooking equipment).
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

EXCLUDES:

  • Breakfast on the first morning, but We will stop at the town of Cachora before starting the trek where you’ll have the opportunity to have breakfast.
  • Mules for your own equipment.
  • Last meals in fourth day Lunch, Dinner.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Walking sticks.

YOU NEED TO HAVE / CARRY:

  • Backpack, Sleeping bag.
  • Rain jacket or plastic ponchos.
  • Strong, comfortable footwear.
  • One complete change of clothing.
  • Sweater and jacket (something warm).
  • Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sun block (sun protection cream), Insect repellent.
  • Toiletries, towel and toilet paper.
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc.
  • Camera, plenty spare batteries.