When this magnificent city was rediscovered, nobody visited it because we already had Machu Picchu. One historian assumed that it was the Golden City, and then it was proved that Choquequirao was the last refuge before the Peruvian coast.
The location of the city is close to the gods (sky, sun, moon, star and mountain). This spectacular hike will take you to the enigmatic last refuge of the Incas. Choquequirao (3103 MASL - 10178 FASL) is a huge archaeological complex still in the process of being cleaned and restored located around the sacred mountain of Salkantay (6271 MASL - 20569 FASL) and the Apurimac River canyon. You will enjoy incredible mountain landscapes, as well as a great amount of Andean flora and fauna.
This trail includes a section of some of the original Inca trails in South America and has a lot of history and legends behind it. The trail is 60 km / 40 miles crossed in 4 days.
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We leave Cusco at 4.00 am in our private transport and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5h from Cusco at 2800m/9184ft, the starting point of the trek where we meet our horsemen and horses. We start our hike climbing for two and a half hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m/9020ft, where may we enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. We then continue descending for two more hours towards Chiquisca, where we set our camp and spend the night.Distance: 18 km/11.2 miles
We leave Chiquisca as early as 6.00am to go down to Rosalina Beach, which will take about one hour. We then cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take an approximated 2h, and it is important that we leave early so that the heat does not make it more difficult than it has to be. In Santa Rosa, we make a half an hour break, where those who wish may try Cambray, a local sugar cane extract. Afterwards, we continue our hike slowly climbing for two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata. From here we walk another two hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103m/10178ft, where we will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings. When the sun starts to set, you might want to sit and contemplate the canyon, where condors are sometimes spotted.Distance: 17 km/10.6 miles
This morning we enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex: we will visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and ready to be restored into the way it was when the Incas owned it. After the tour, we start our walk back towards Santa Rosa, where we have lunch. We then continue descending for another 2 hours until we reach Rosalina Beach at 1450m/4756ft, where we might have time to take a refreshing dip in the waters of the Apurimac River. We camp and dine here.Distance: 17 km/10.6 miles
We leave camp after breakfast to start the two to three hour climb to Chiquisca, to then make our way back to the Abra Capuliyoc, close to which we have our lunch. In the afternoon, we continue on our two-hour return route to Cachora, where a private transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time around 9.00pm.Distance: 17 km/10.6 miles
|01 PERSON||PRIVATE||$800 PER PERSON||4 DAYS|
|2-12 PERSON||PRIVATE||$400 PER PERSON||4 DAYS|
|2 PERSON||GROUP SERVICE||$400 PER PERSON||5 DAYS|
|3 PERSON||GROUP SERVICE||$380 PER PERSON||5 DAYS|
|4 PERSON||GROUP SERVICE||$350 PER PERSON||5 DAYS|
|5-12 PERSON||GROUP SERVICE||$300 PER PERSON||5 DAYS|
Our 4D/3N CHOQUEQUIRAO Trek includes extra horse to carry up to 7kg/16lbs of your belongings.
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