Live a wonderful experience visiting one of the architectural gems of the great Inca Empire, "The Ruins of Choquequirao", an extraordinary place built at 3000 meters. Choquerquirao is situated at the eye-brow of the jungle, surrounded by the mighty Andean mountain chain. Unlike the popular Inca Trail, the Choquequirao Trek takes you to explore remote villages, offering en route a stunning natural environment with lavish vegetation. The trail leads to the shores of the mighty Apurimac River and then up a steep trail towards the Sanctuary. Choquequirao, which means "Cradle of Gold ", it is second only to Machu Picchu in beauty. We invite you to be part of this great four day adventure to experience one of the most fascinating treks in the lands of the Inca.
Program 5 days / 4 nights
Day 1: Cusco (3,350m) - Cachora - Rosalina Beach (1800m)
Pick Up Time: 05:00 h – from your hotel/hostal. The early start for a five hour drive to the town of Cachora offers wonderful views of the snow capped mountains of Salcantay, Humantay, Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica. We descend into the town of Limatambo where we find an Inca site named Tarawasi. From here we continue to the small village of Cora Wasi where we find the Saiwite Stone which is said to be a carved map of the Inca Empire.[Soft Break]Upon arrival in Cachora we meet our wranglers and arrange our equipment on mules and horses. We take our day-packs and start walking along the edge of the mountains towards Capulliyoc from where we get our first view of the Apurimac Canyon and glimpse the trail that lies ahead of us. Slowly we begin our descent towards Coca Masana where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally, we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) which lies beside the raging Apurimac River. This is our campsite for the night. (Lunch, Dinner).
Day 2: Rosalina Beach - Choquequirao (3250m)
After an early breakfast, the start of the second day is marked by our crossing of the Apurimac River via footbridge. A difficult climb awaits us today, and after an approximately 5 hour hike we reach Marampampa, beside the Chunchulmayo River, where we stop and have lunch and a much deserved rest. The afternoon hike is not as steep as in the morning and along the way we observe a variety of orchids and wild flowers as well as many species of birds. After 2 hours of walking we arrive at the archaeological site of Choquequirao in time to enjoy the sunset and maybe an opportunity to see condors flying nearby. We set up camp just outside of the ruins in the cloud forest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Day 3 Choquequirao - Raqaypampa
We spend the morning visiting the central complex of Choquequirao. Our guide will explain the history and importance of the site. After exploring, we have lunch and then in the afternoon we continue our return journey descending down the mountain for about 2 hours to Raqaypampa, where we will camp for the evening and enjoy dinner and a hot drink. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Day 4: Raqaypampa - Coca Masana (2,330m) - Cachora (2,915m) – Cusco
After breakfast we continue our descent all the way to the Apurimac River where we stop and have lunch. In the afternoon we continue for approximately 3 hours to Coca Masana where we take a short break and take lunch in Capulliyoc where we started our adventure. We say good-bye to our wranglers and take our private bus back to Cusco and your hotel/hostal. (Breakfast, Lunch). End of the tour.