Choquequiraw Trek – 4 Days - 4 Days

Choquequirao-Maizal

Get ready for a difficult but life changing experience on the Choquequiraw trek.  Also known as “Machu Picchu’s Sister City” sharing similar structures and architecture, Choquequiraw is an excellent choice for adventurers who are searching for a challenge and complete a trek that has far fewer tourists and a more intimate experience.

Overview

Choquequiraw is a sprawling complex for those that wish to have a more personal experience while exploring the ruins which are only 40% excavated.  In the peak season, while Machu Picchu has 3000 visitors daily, Choquequiraw is much more exclusive having maybe 30 visitors daily with only 4,500 visitors for all of 2017.  The time to accomplish this trek is now because part of the untouched natural beauty and exclusivity of this trek is due to the isolation and difficulty in accessing the site due to the need to trek in on foot which takes approximately two days. This will change soon though with the announcement of the construction of a cable car which will reduce the two-day hike to a 15min cable car ride. When this is completed, the President of the National Chamber of Tourism has estimated that they will receive approximately 200,000 tourists within the first year. The time to act is now.

Itinerary

Day 1
CUSCO – CACHORA – PLAYA ROSALINA

We will pick you up from the hotel at 5:00 am to start our trip to the town of Cachora (2, 800 m.a.s.l.). On route, we will go through different typical towns and also the anta’s pampa (3, 391 m.a.s.l.). This area is known for its agricultural and livestock production, as well as its’ wide pampas, prairies, fertile valleys, and long rivers. All of this makes the area an extraordinary landscape. Upon arrival to Cachora, we will meet with our trekking team, muleteers, mules/horses, and our staff that will carry all of the camping equipment and your personal duffel bags (up to 8 Kg.). After a brief rest and a light breakfast, we will start our trek. The first hours of the trek will be on mostly flat terrain until we reach the lookout point and pass of Capuliyoc (2, 800 m.a.s.l.). Here we will see exquisite views of the mountain chain of the area, the Apurimac Canyon, and the Apurimac River which is twice as deep as the famous “Grand Canyon” of the United States. This river is long and abundant and is the source of the world’s largest river system, the Amazon. It goes through all of the Andean mountains until it arrives at the Atlantic Ocean. We also will be able to spot Choquequiraw in the distance. After lunch we will continue with the trek, descending to our campsite Chiquiska (1,930 m). We will spend the night here, in the longest canyon of the Andes.

• Meals: Lunch/Dinner
• Accommodations: Camping at Chiquisca
• Lowest Elevation: 1,900 m/ 6,270 ft
• Highest Elevation: 2,915 meters/9,564 feet
• Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles
• Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours
• Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2
PLAYA ROSALINA - MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAW

After breakfast, we will continue our trek towards Rosalina’s beach (1,550 m.a.s.l.) Afterward, we will descend through the Apurimac Canyon until we reach the river. Here, we can take a dip in the water to freshen up. Afterward, we will cross over to the other side of the river using the hanging bridge. Right after that, the hardest part of the route will begin. We will ascend using a winding trail which will take us away from the Canyon in the direction to the area of Santa Rosa (2,290 m.a.s.l.) This is approximately a 3-hour walk with a brief rest stop. Later we will continue ascending towards Marampata (2,850 m.a.s.l.) During our trek, we will view the vast and enchanting vegetation of the area in which the orchids take the first and most important place. There is a chance to see deer and anteaters in the distance and different varieties of birds. At this place, we will spend the night.

• Meals: Lunch/Dinner
• Accommodations: Camping at Chiquisca
• Lowest Elevation: 1,900 m/ 6,270 ft
• Highest Elevation: 2,915 meters/9,564 feet
• Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles
• Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours
• Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3
CHOQUEKIRAW – MARAMPATA – PLAYA ROSALINA– CHIKISHCA

Choquequiraw is made up of 9 areas. These areas were built as small towns surrounding a square to which all the streets from each town will end up. The following areas have been identified: The upper areas (Hanan), the storage areas (Qolqa), main square (Huaqaypata), the lower square (hurin), the Andenes system where crops used to grow (Shaqra Anden), the ceremonial platform (Ushno), and the priest houses on the lower part of the hill.
After this exciting visit and exploration of Choquequiraw, we will return to Marampata (2,850 ma.s.l.) where we will have lunch. Afterward, we will descend to the Apurimac Canyon crossing over the river through the Rosalina beach area (1,550 m.a.s.l.) later we will continue to Chiquiska (1,930 m.a.s.l.). Here we will have dinner and spend the night.

• Meals: Lunch/Dinner
• Accommodations: Camping at Chiquisca
• Lowest Elevation: 1,900 m/ 6,270 ft
• Highest Elevation: 2,915 meters/9,564 feet
• Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles
• Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours
• Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4
CHIKISHCA – CAPULIYOC – CACHORA - CUSCO

At 8 am, after breakfast, you will get ready to return to Cusco. It will be the last 4 hours uphill to arrive at the end of the trek where you will enjoy your last lunch with your guide, porters, and horseman. You will say goodbye to your team other than your guide and then continue for about 3 hours, this time by car, drive back to Cusco along the nice landscape. You will get to pass Curawasi where people farm the famous Anis (local tea) then you will be arriving in Cusco around 6 pm in total with some stops on the way and we will drop you off at your hotel.

• Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
• Accommodations: Camping at Choquequirao
• Lowest Elevation: 1,550 m/ 5,117 ft
• Highest Elevation: 3,150 m/ 10,397 ft
• Distance to walk: 14 km / 9 miles
• Approximate walking time: 8 – 9 hours
• Level of Difficulty: Demanding

The trekking tour includes

  • • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora (starting point of the trek) and Cachora to Cusco
  • • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao and other Inca sites
  • • English speaking professional guide
  • • Comfortable tents with two people in a four-person tent
  • • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • • Emergency horse which can be ridden if you’re feeling exhausted or ill

  • • All camping equipment such as: dinning tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and portable toilet tent
  • • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen
  • • Basic foam sleeping mattresses.
  • • 8 kilos of your personal items such as extra clothes and sleeping bag will be carried by mules
  • • Boiled water for drinking and washing.

This trekking tour doesnt include

  • • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c ($20 for the duration of the trek)
  • • Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance
  • • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide. (tips are optional but of great appreciation for them)

What to bring for the trek?

  • Backpack & Daypack (if you hire personal porter Samari provide a duffle bag)
  • sleeping bag
  • insect repellent
  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking Poles
  • Clothes layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for a comfortable day walks
  • Head torch
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Sunscreen / hat and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit
  • Rain Gear: poncho/ a good rain jacket for wet season
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • 2 litre water bottle water purifying tablets optional
  • copy of your passport
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc ( soles or dollars
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs. Optional

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Choquequiraw Trek – 4 Days
octubre 2021
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