CHOQUEQUIRAO ANCIENT ROUTE 4D - 3N

The Choquequirao Trek is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds or who are looking for something other than Machu Picchu during their trip. The trek takes you to the sister city of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao (The Cradle of Gold) which sits high above the Apurimac Valley. With a wide variety of flora and fauna, beautiful scenery and a visit to a major Inca site, the Choquequirao Trek is the adventure of a lifetime. You choosing this trek will take a lifetime memorable experience with the best highlands Cusco cuisine base with fresh organic and locally grown products.


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CHOQUEQUIRAO ANCIENT ROUTE

Our first day starts out from the village of Cachora, a 4 hour drive from Cusco. Leaving Cachora the path works it's way down in to the Apurimac Valley and we will have fantastic views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the Apurimac Valley spread out before us throughout the day, also after a few hours walking we'll get to have our first views of Choquequirao sat on the far side of the valley. The area around Choquequirao is rich in life and we will see a wide variety of flora and fauna as we make our way down in to the valley. Our campsite for the night is at Santa Rosa (2200m / 7215ft.) which is on the other side of the Apurimac River. As the campsite is a little further along the trail than most groups go it is one of the quietest places to camp on the whole trek so we can enjoy the beautiful scenery around us without distraction.

Climate: warm

Hiking time: 7 hours

Today is probably the hardest day of the trek. To get to Choquequirao we need to make our way back up the opposite side of the Apurimac Valley which involves ascending about 800m / 2624ft. over a distance of 14km / 8.7 miles through hot and humid conditions. It's quite tough going but the views we get today mixed with the wide variety of flora and fauna you find on this side of the valley make it worth it. Throughout the day we will see a wide variety of bromeliads, orchids and stands of bamboo; we will also hopefully see birds such as Quetzals, Toucans and a variety of hummingbirds. After about a 5 hour walk we will arrive to our campsite close to Choquequirao (3050m / 10,005ft.) and settle in for the night - if the weather is clear the views of the sunsetting from here are amazing and we may be lucky enough to spot Condors soaring over the valley below.

Climate: warm

Hiking time: 9 hours

Today's focus is on exploring Choquequirao. Waking up early you' will head off on a guided tour of the site during which you will be shown the most important and interesting sections of the city and get to learn about the Inca culture and the close relation between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Compared to Machu Picchu little is known about Choquequirao even though it has been known about for much longer. Originally discovered in the 17th century by the Spanish it lay abandoned and forgotten until recent years when tourism raised the profile of the city and exploration began. Even with this increased interest only 35% of the city has been explored and many of its secrets still wait to be discovered. After your tour you will begin the trek back to Cachora along the route we came. Our campsite for tonight will be Chiquiska (1800m / 5905ft.) in the base of the valley by the Apurimac River.

Climate: warm

Hiking time: 7 hours

Today is the final stretch of the trek as we make our way back to Cachora. Winding our way back up the side of the valley we'll have our final views of Choquequirao in the distance before arriving to Cachora in the late afternoon and travelling by bus back to Cusco.

Climate: warm

Hiking time: 7 hours

Transport time: 5 hours

This program includes

  • Private transport from the hotel to the town of Cachora and return
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao inca site
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping
  • Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / option vegetarian
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal luggage (up to 7kg. per person)
  • Emergency horse
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
  • 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)

Does not Include

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What do you need to bring

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping back.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
  • Personal medication

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping Bag US$25
  • Walking Pole US$8
  • Inflatable Mattress US$20
  • Single Tent Supplement US$25
  • Extra 7kg of personal items US$75

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