The Choquequirao trek is perfect for those who are looking to get away from the crowds, or who already hike the inca traMachu Picchupicchu and they want to visit its sister of Machu Picchu, choquequirao meat (the cradle of gold) which is perched high above the Apurimac valley.
This adventure has a wide variety of flora and fauna, amazing views to the snowcapped mountains and the valley.
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- Starting Altitude – 2900m / 9515ft.
- Highest Altitude – 3050m / 10,005ft
- Walking Distance – 64 km / 40 miles
- Longest Day – Day 1, approximately 25 km/15.5 miles
- Overall Difficulty – Difficult
Day 01 Cusco – Cachora – Santa Rosa
We will collect you early in the morning from your hotel in hour private transportation this will be 4 hours of driving to the starting point of our tour called Cachora here we will meet our horsemen and get ready give the duffle bag, then start with the adventure the path heads down into the Apurimac valley from this section you will have incredible view of the snow-capped mountains in a distance and the impressive Apurimac valley which we will follow for the day, after few hours of hiking we will have our first view of Choquequirao in the other side of the mountain this valley is rich in flora and fauna so we will see a variety of those on the way down in to the valley.
Our campsite is called Santa Rosa with an elevation of (2200 m / 7217ft) and this is on the other side of the Apurimac River after we cross the River we will start going up until the camp this day we cover longer distance than the other companies in order to be in a quiet and relaxing place.
Day 02 Santa Rosa – Choquequirao
considered the hardest day of the trek will be uphill to Choquequirao we have to climb up on the other site of Apurimac valley we will gain elevation of 800 / 2624. Distance to cover of 14 km. this section is hot and humid. It is very hard but the rewarding will be the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and the valley of Apurimac mixed with the wide variety of flora and fauna that you will find in this side of the valley.
Along the day we will see a lot of variety of bromeliad, orchids, and bamboo, also we can see some birds like the Quetzals, toucans and a lot of species of hummingbirds. After a long 5 or 6 hours of hike Approx. we will make to our
campsite which is close to Choquequirao with an elevation 3050m / 10000ft here we will spend the night if we are lucky with the weather we can have a nice sunset if we are lucky we may see Condors soaring over the Apurimac valley.
Day 03 Choquequirao – Chiquiska
After a great breakfast, we will go to explore Choquequirao with your tour guide will take you to the most important places of this city and you will learn about the Inca culture.
This Inca site is considered the sister of Machupicchu, compared to Machupicchu little is known about this amazing place even though it has been discovered before Machupicchu. This place originally was discovered in the early 18th century by the Spanish but it was forgotten until the last century, not famous yet
After we explore all about Choquequirao we have to head back to Cachora along the same route we came this day we will go to the base of the valley where we will spend our last night in Chiquiska (1800m 7 5900ft.).
Day 04 Chiquiska – Cachora – Cusco
Our Andean porters they will wake us up early in the morning with a nice hot coca tea then you will organize your personal stuff following you will have your nutritious breakfast in order to make our way up the side of the valley from this side we will have our final view of Choquequirao and the snowcapped mountains in the distance, finally we will arrive at Cachora late in the afternoon where our bus will be waiting for us to take us back to Cusco.
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Pre-departure briefing the night before your tour
- Collection from your hotel
- Private bus to the starting point of the trek
- 04 breakfast 04 lunch 03 dinner snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten-free special diets upon your request.)
- Water only you have to take until the first lunch place
- Entrance fee to Choquequirao sanctuary
- horse to carry camping and cooking equipment and your personal duffle bag up to 7 kilos
- Experienced top tour guides (2-8 with one tour guide 9 to 16 two guides)
- Dinning ten with table and chairs
- Four-man ten for every two hikers
- Sleeping Pad
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
- sleeping bag (five seasons) can be hired from us
- dinner on day four
- tips for trekking crew, guides, cooks, and porters
- travel insurance (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl)
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Personal medication
- Torch with spare batteries
- First aid kit