Express Choquequirao Trek 5 DAYS

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DURATION 05 Days
ACTIVITIESTrek
MAX. ALTITUDE3,025 m
ACCOMMODATION Camp

DESCRIPTION

The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” It is located above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering, snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge. Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited “lost city of the Incas.” This Incan archaeological site is considered the sister of Machu Picchu. It is lesser known but three times larger than Machu Picchu. It was one of the last refuges for those Incans who continued to resist Spanish occupation after the conquest. The site was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation and, to this day, archeologists continue to discover new sectors of the city.

On this adventurous trek into the world of the past, we will walk on Incan highways, hike through high Andean landscapes with majestic glaciers, descend into deep canyons where the condors fly, and pass through biologically diverse cloud forest ecosystems. You will also see native animals such as Andean Condors, other smaller local birds, and native flora and fauna including orchids and so much more!


IS IT FOR ME? (5 days)

The choquequirao trek is a great alternative and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle higher altitude and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4650 MASL - 15088 FASL is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.

At 5:30 AM, we pick you up from your hotel and then drive 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (3100 MASL – 10170 FASL). Along the way, there are spectacular views of villages, valleys, and snow-capped mountains. Once we arrive, we will meet our horsemen who will pack all of our equipment onto the cargo horses. From here, we can enjoy the spectacular view of the Choquequirao Incan ruins, the Apurimac canyon, and the stunning, snow-capped mountains like Padreyoc (5571 MASL – 18387 FASL). We will then hike downhill for 3 hours to Chikisca for lunch. After lunch, we continue on for 2 more hours downhill to our first camp at La Playa Rosalinas.

Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum altitude: 1550 MASL – 4650 FASL
Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL
Distance: 14 km – 9 miles
Time: 5 hours (approximately)
Difficulty: Easy

After an early breakfast, we cross the bridge and hike for the next 4 hours all the way up to Marampata where we will have lunch while enjoying the view of the Choquequirao ruins once again. After lunch, we walk to our second evening’s campsite, just 20 minutes from the ruins. Being so close to the ruins, we can enjoy our view of the ruins into the late evening and watch for condors flying above.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afteroon Tea Time – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum altitude: 1550 MASL – 4650 FASL
Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL
Distance: 16 km - 10 miles
Time: 5 hours (approximately)
Difficulty: Easy

After breakfast, we will visit the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao for the entire day. Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all of the beautiful city sections: temples, terraces, palaces, llamas’ quarters, and much more. We will return to the same campsite for tea and to spend the night.

Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua - the language of the Incas - although this is probably not its original name. It is another “Lost City of the Incas” rediscovered officially late in the 20th century. It is located high on a ridge spur almost 1750 meters/5741 feet above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River and is surrounded by the towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks. Excavations and restoration of the 1810-hectare site began in the 1990s, and it is estimated that only 30% of the site has been restored to date. Every day archeologists are finding new things.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum altitude:1550 MASL – 4650 FASL
Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL

Today is one of the easier days of our trek. We will walk downhill for 2 hours to the magnificent Apurimac River (1450 MASL – 4787 FASL). We then cross a bridge and walk uphill for 1 hour to San Ignacio for lunch where we can enjoy the beautiful scenery and a great waterfall! After lunch, we take a moderate uphill trek through a beautiful valley toward Villa de Loros (Town of Parrots) (2600 MASL – 8580 FASL) where we set up camp for the last evening.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum altitude: 1450 MASL – 4350 FASL
Maximum altitude: 3100 MASL – 9300 FASL
Distance: 16 km – 10 miles
Time: 6 hours (approximately)
550 Difficulty: Moderate

Today is a relaxing and cultural day on our trek. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we take private transport to the archeological site of Saywite where we will explore an Incan monolith, several water fountains, and ritual platforms. After spending time enjoying the site, we drive to the hot spring of Conoc to relax after several days of walking. After lunch, we head back to Cusco, dropping you at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch
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We will do everything within our means to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!.

Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • trekking stick
  • Extra oxygen
  • First Aid kit
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • Inflatable Mattress
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning
  • Transportation by bus to the start of the trail (Cachora)
  • English speaking professional guide
  • The north face or Eureka tents - 2 persons
  • Double thickness foam mattress
  • Kitchen tent, Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Choquequirao Inca Site entrance fee
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
  • Cook and Cooking equipment
  • Excellent Meals (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, 5 snacks)
  • food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
  • We supply boiled water to fill in your water bottle all the time,(while hiking) if you may need more, please request it with enough time ahead to your crew
  • Teatime the first three days (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • Horses days 1-4 (for equipment and personal items, actually your main heavy stuff, will be carried by the horses, it means you only will carry a small day bag, day by day, we included
  • Private Bus returning from Cachora Town to Cusco City
  • Transfer to your hotel

Not Included

  • The last Dinner, beverages are not included in the pax.
  • Tips and extra cash
  • Others not mentioned
  • Personal medicines

What you should pack for this tour

  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack

By Train

By bus

By Taxi

TRIP LENGTH 5 DAYS
2019 LAND COSTFROM $500.00PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Pre payment per person:
$250
Balance:
$250
Terms and Conditions
PEOPLEGROUPPRICETRIP LENGTH
01 PERSONPRIVATE$1000 PER PERSON5 DAYS
2-12 PERSONPRIVATE$500 PER PERSON5 DAYS

NOTE:

Our 5D/4N CHOQUEQUIRAO Trek includes extra horse to carry up to 7kg/16lbs of your belongings.

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