Get an amazing experience by visiting the last refuge of the Inka “Choquequirao” (cradle of the gold). It is constructed on 3000 meters above sea level and surrounded by fascinating views of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The Choquequirao trek is a truly spectacular hike that plunges down into the Apurimac canyon and then up again to the fascinating ruins of Choquequirao. The ruins of Choquequirao, perched on a ledge high above the Apurimac are not as extensive as Machu Picchu, but probably more fascinating and much more remote. This is a very unique trail in the high Andes.
We depart Cusco early in a private car for a four-hour drive to Cachora. We will visit the archaelogical site of Saywite before descending to the mountain village of Cachora, (2909m / 9543ft), a last-minute opportunity to buy supplies. After lunch, it is a 2-hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915 metres/ 9561 feet) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. From here its a steep downhill descent for approximately 3 hours to our campsite. Distance Travelled: 19 km / 11.80 ml/Approximate Walking Time: 6 hrs Accommodation: Camping at Chiccisqa (1836m / 6023ft).
Departing early on the established trail, we descend to Playa Rosalinas and the magnificent Apurimac River (1550 metres/ 5084 feet) about 1 hour of hiking. We the begin our steep climb to Santa Rosa (2095m / 6873ft); where we can take a refreshing break, rest and buy water. We continue upwards, towards Marampata (2913m / 9557ft), a flat place where we can rest in similar conditions to Santa Rosa; enjoying a splendid view of Choquequirao. This spot also has bathrooms and we will have lunch here. The climb from the river takes about 5 hours and is tough. From our lunch spot, we can see the ruins of Choquequirao, from here we have two hours more hike to the ruins. (3110 metres/ 10120 feet) We will spend the late evening in the ruins, where we will watch the sunset and have the chance to see condors. Accommodation: Camping at Choquequirao campsite (bathrooms and cold-water showers) Distance Travelled: 14 km / 8.69 ml Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hrs.
We have a chance to more fully explore the ruins and have a little rest in the morning. In the afternoon, we return along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, descending to our tropical campsite at Santa Rosa. (5 hours hiking) Accommodation: Camping at Santa Rosa (2095m / 6873ft) Depending on the progress of the group, the guide may elect to camp at Chiccisqa (1836m / 6023ft).
Early in the morning, in order to escape the heat of the canyon of the Apurimac, we descend to the raging river, and then begin an arduous climb that is rewarded with spectacular views. We climb for about four hours, and have lunch in Capuliyoc (2915 metres/ 9561 feet). The final two hours of our hike into the village of Cachora refreshingly flat through pretty farming countryside. Our private car will be waiting to take us back to Cusco (4 hours drive). We will arrive in Cusco between 7 and 8pm.
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