Choquequirao is a 15th and 16th century settlement associated with the Incan society, or Tawantinsuyu (the four regions of the sun). The site had two major growth stages. This could be explained if Pachacuti (9th Inca king) founded Choquequirao and his son, Tupaq Inca Yupanqui, remodeled and extended it after becoming the Inca Leader. Choquequirao is located in the area considered to be Pachacuti’s estate; which includes the areas around the rivers Amaybamba, Urabamba, Vilcabamba, Victos and Apurímac. Other sites in this area are Saywite, Machu Picchu, Chachapampa, Chuqisuysuy and Wamanmarka; all of which share similar architectural styles with Choquequirao. The architectural style of several important features appears to be a pre-incan design called Chachapoya up in the north of Peru, suggesting that Chachapoya workers were probably involved in the construction. This suggests that Tupaq Inka probably ordered the construction. Spaniards documents also suggest that Tupaq Inka ruled Choquequirao since his great grandson, Tupa Sayri, claimed ownership of the site and neighboring lands during Spanish colonization.
Early in the morning we will have breakfast in the Hotel around 5:30am then the bus will pick us up from the hotel around 6 a.m. then we will start with our journey to the village of Cachora from Cusco 5 hours drive to the beginning of the trail. During our journey we will stop a moment to observe the archaeological remains of Tarawasi from the bus, continuing thereafter towards the Cunyac Bridge between the departments of Cusco and Apurimac. Next we will travel through the district of Curahuasi and Saywite Andean Comunity, arriving at Cachora 2800 masl/9186ft. at 10 a.m. approximately. Here we will meet our team (cheff, horseman) and We will begin our trek from this area, along sloping path leading to the pass of Capuliyoc 2915 m/ 9563ft meter sea level for about 2 hours, here we will have lunch and from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora, from Capuliyoc we will have the first view to Choquequirao far from us,. then We will descend toward Coca Masana 2330m/7644ft where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally we arrive at Chiquiskä at 1900m/6633ft closer to the Apurimac River where we will set up camp and spend the night in tents. Here in this camping area we will find humble huts where people from Cachora live offering soda drinks to the trekkers.
Hiking time: 5 hours
Early in the morning after the breakfast around 6:00 am, we will continue our trek, we will walk for about 1 hour down to cross the Apurimac River over the hanging bridge, then we will start climbing up the hill towards Santa Rosa (2115 m/6938ff) where we will stop for lunch. This course is the hardest and we will take three hours after which we will climb up to the Maranpata (2850 m/9350ft) that is an easier climb. During our journey we will observe the vegetation existing in the area. Then we will arrive to Maranpata beside the Chunchumayo River where we will have a short rest. Along the way we will observe many orchids and wild flowers as well as many birds, well after the hardly climbing we will arrive to Maranpata around 2pm. Here we will find humble huts and next them we will make our camp area. Camping in our tents.
Climate: considered cold at night
Hiking time: 6 hours
Our Andean breakfast will be very early around 7:00 am and after it we will walk from Maranpata to Choquequirao (3035m/9957ft) is a 2 hour hike. We will arrive at the archaeological site in time to enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the deep canyons and maybe the opportunity to see a Condor flying nearby, we will walk in the city of Choquequirao archaeological complex, here we will have whole day to explore the city, differents areas and walk to the neighborhoods, here our guide will throw a lot of explanation to you for three hours with all the details about this important Inca site. At the scheduled time around 5pm, We are going back to our campground of Choquequirao about 30min, dinner and beautiful sunset, overnight in Choquequirao camping.
Hiking time: all day exploring the city
After the Choquequirao Breakfast around 7am, we will start descending to Santa Rosa (2115 m/6938ft)., where we stop for lunch. Thereafter we will continue descending to Playa Rosalina 1550 masl. Upon our arrival at Rosalina Bach, we will continue our trek to the village of Chiquiskä 1950 m/5085ft., two hours away from Rosalina beach, where we will spend the night in the tents at Chiquisqa 1950 m/6397ft, here we will find soda drinks, beers in the humble hut offered by a Young boy Uriel.
Hiking time: 7 hours
After our last Andean breakfast in Chiquisqa around 06:00 am, we will return along the same route to Cachora 2800 m/9186ft, the slope we had descended on the first day and which is a soft climb of two hours until the pass of Capuliyoc 2915 m/9563ft. From here, it will take us another four hours to get the village of Cachoral. arriving at 12:00 am approximately. During our journey we will observe the exotic flora and fauna as well as sights of majestic snow-capped peaks and the impressive canyon of the Apurimac. After to get Capuliyoc where the Climbing path finishes we will have lunch, then we will continue 2 hours more flat area to Cachora arriving around 3pm In the afternoon we will travel to the medicinal thermal baths of Qonoq where we will stay for one hour (optional) and continue with our trip to Cusco. Arriving around 8 p.m., passengers will be transferred to the hotel. End of the services.
Climate: moderate, warm
Hiking time: 5 hours
Transport time: 5 hours