Choquequirao Trek 5D/4N

DIFFICULTY
5/5
GROUP SIZE
Up to 8 people
SERVICE
Group

TRANSPORTATION
Van, Train, Bus

The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” Located above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge, Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited ¨Lost City of the Incas.¨ The Inca archaeological site is considered to be the sister to Machu Picchu. It is less known and less visited but three times larger than Machu Picchu. It was one of the last refuges for those Incas 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. With the 5 day trek you will have one full day to thoroughly explore this amazing archaeological site!
On this adventurous trek we will walk on the extensive system of Inca trails, 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, birds, native flora and fauna, orchids and so much more.

DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – PLAYA

At 5:30am, we pick you up at your hotel and then drive you for 4 hours in our private van to Capuliyoc (3100mt/10,170ft). Along the way there are spectacular views of villages, valleys, and snow-capped mountains. Once there we meet our horsemen  and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. From here, we can enjoy the spectacular view of Choquequirao Inca ruins, the Apurimac canyon and the stunning snow-capped mountains like Padreyoc (5,571m/18,387ft). Then we hike down 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 (2061m/6762ft).

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude: 2061m/6762ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3100m/9300ft
  • Distance: 9kms/5.6 miles
  • Time: 5hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 2: PLAYA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

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 enjoying the view of Choquequirao Inca ruins. 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 about.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afteroon Tea Time –  Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude: 2061m/6762ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3100m/10170ft
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Time: 5hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO

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 sections of the temples, terraces, palaces, the llamas’ section, and much more. We will return to our same campsite for tea and spend the night. Choquekirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua Inca’s language 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 metres 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 hectares 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 facilities
  • Altitude: 3100m/10170ft

DAY 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO – SAN IGNACIO – VILLA DE LOROS

Today is one of the easier days of our trek. We will walk downhill for two hours to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,450m/4,787ft). We then cross the bridge to walk uphill for one hour to San Ignacio for lunch where we can enjoy the beautiful scenery and a great waterfall!  After lunch we walk a moderate uphill trek through a beautiful valley towards Villa de Loros (2,600m/8,580ft) where we set up camp for the last evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Minimum altitude: 2600m/8530ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3100m/10170ft
  • Distance: 6kms/4 miles
  • Time: 2hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 5: VILLA DE LOROS  – SAYWITE – CONOC – CUSCO

Today is the relaxing and cultural day of our trek. After enjoying a delicious breakfast we take our private transport to the archeological site of Saywite, where we can explore and see an Inca 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

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Pick up at  your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora (starting point of the trek) and from Villa de Loros to Cusco
  • Entry fee to Choquequirao and other Inca sites
  • English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Private Guided tour in each archaeological complex
  • Comfortable tents for two people in a four-person tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you’re feeling exhausted or unwell
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Tent for our staff to sleep in
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen
  • 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes and sleeping bag will be carried by our mules
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
  • Entry fee to the hot springs

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c – $20
  • Air mattresses – $20
  • Trekking poles – $15
  • Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of PLANET CUSCO TRAVEL.

PRICE -$597 USD per person

  • We provide large Eureka 4 man tents for each 2 trekkers.

DISCOUNTS

  • Group of 5 or more: $30 USD. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag$20 USD– Good, clean and warm -10°
  • Air Mattress: $20 USD
  • Trekking Poles: $15 USD  
  • Single tent: $30 USD (for single trekkers)

From

USD597

Per Person