The archaeological site of Choquequirao is part of thearchaeological complex of Andean towns in Vilcabamba Valley. On Inka’s time, it was connected with Machupicchu by a complex network of trails called Qapaqñan. It is situated in the spurs of the mountain range of SalKantay, at 3,035m.a.s.l. Surrounded by the snow capped Apus of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo, and Panta on the right site of Apurimac river in the Santa Teresa district, the convention province of the department of Cusco.
DAY 1 CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISQA
We leave from Cusco at around 06:00 hrs, arriving at Cachora village at in 4horus approximately, and have lunch. Then we arrange our equipment on mules and horses we start our hike. From this site is possible to appreciate the majestic Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora snow capped peaks, can be appreciated the beautiful change of the landscape from precipices to snowy mountains.
On the way, we will observe Apurimac canyon with its impressive depth stop at Playa Rosalinawhere will set up our campsite. The distance is about 7 of hiking. On this day we will pass the small settlements la Colmena, Cocamasana, Torowisqana, chiquisca a grove place where we can find water; where we finally camp.
DAY 2 CHIQUISQA– PLAYA ROSALINA - CHOQUEQUIRAO.
Early morning after breakfast we continue our hike passing through Playa Rosalina 1550m.a.s.l. then we are going up to Choquequirao. We will arrive at the archaeological site of CHOQUEQUIRAO after 7 hours. Good time to enjoy that majestic place. We will observe this majestic site, where we can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this late Inca-town from the trail , around 3 o’clock in the afternoon (depending of weather) we can appreciate "the flight of the condors". CHOQUEKIRAO is considered as "The Last Refuge of the Inca state"
Our bilingual guide will explain the history and importance of the site. We’ll camp and have dinner.
DAY 3 CHOQUEQUIRAO – CHIQUISCA
After an early breakfast we pack and star our tour, where all information about will be given by the guide, after visiting we leave Choquequirao and back to CHIQUISCA. We observe once more Apurimac canyon, the flight of condors, exuberant vegetation, its flowers and orchids. The time of the hike is about 6 hrs. Altitude: 3033- 1950 above sea level. Passing the same small settlements as on the way up, we will stop by Santa Rosa where we will have our lunch and after that we will continue to CHIQUISCA. Here we are going to spend the night on our campsite.
DAY 4 (CHIQUISCA - CACHORA – CUSCO)
Early morning after breakfast (5:00 am) we continue to our way back to Cachora town. On the hike we can appreciate again the majestic Padrayoc snow-capped peak that decorates Apurimac canyon.
The time of hike to arrive to Cachora is about 6hrs. Optional visit to Cconoc (hot spring) and enjoy it!, then back to Cusco arriving approximately al 21:00hrs.
PRICE: please contact us. !!!
§ Transport from Cusco to Cachora.
§ English speaking professional guide.
§ Horsemen and horses to carry food and camping equipment.
§ Cook and cookingequipment.
§ Complete meals during the trip.
§ Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, dining tent, tables).
§ Entrance fee to Choquequirao.
§ First-Aid-Kit , oxygen bottle, emergency horses and radio communication.
§ Sleeping bag
§ Tips: please beware that our agency staff are paid. So, please feel free to tip or not according to your wish.
YOU SHOULD BRING:
§ A small backpack with a change of clothes for the whole trek .
§ Rain gear (jacket and pants if available).
§ Trekkingboots and waterproof recommended
§ Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended,
§ Sleeping bag (it can be hired at our office).
§ Flashlight and batteries.
§ Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
§ Sun block
§ Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. water sterilizing tablets if you pick up waterfrom streams or rivers along the route.
§ Cash money in soles or US$.
§ Optional: walkingsticks