Stupendous Choquequirao Expedition 4D / 3N
When this magnificent city was rediscovered, nobody visited because we already had Machupicchu. A historian guessed that it was the golden city, and later this place was proven to be the last refuge before the Peruvian coast.
The location of the city is close to the gods (sky, sun, moon, star, and mountain). This spectacular trek will lead you to the enigmatic last refuge of the Incas. Choquequirao (3103 masl – 10178 ft.) is a huge archaeological site still in a cleaning and restoration process located in the surroundings of the sacred Salkantay mountain (6271 masl – 20569 ft.) and the Apurimac River canyon. You will enjoy amazing mountain scenery as well as, lots of flora and fauna.
This expedition includes a section of some of the original Inca trails of South America and has a lot history and legends behind it. The trail is 60 km/40 miles traversed in 4 days.
Day 1.- Cusco – Capuliyoq – Chiquisca
Before the first daylight of our trek, we jump in the van to drive where the adventure begins!. Breakfast will be in your hotel around 5 AM. Don’t forget any of your gear as we then start our journey to the village of Capuliyoq, approximately 5-hour driving from Cusco to the begining of the trail. Here, we will meet our horsemen and other staff who will be during our trek! We will hike for about 2 hours along sloping paths leading down to the pass of Capuliyoc (2915 masl – 9563 ft.). Here, we will have an energizing lunch with our first views of the Apurimac valley stretching below and the snow-capped peaks of Pedrayoc and Wayna Cachora. Then, we will descend towards Coca Masana (2330 masl – 7644 ft.) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally, we arrive at Chiquisca (1900 masl – 6233 ft.), closer to the Apurimac River, where we will set up our camp and spend the night in tents. In this camping area, we will find humble huts where people from Cachora live offering refreshing soda to the trekkers.
Day 2.- Chiquisca – Santa Rosa – Maranpata
Today will be full of adrenaline as we climb up to the ancient city! At the top, are the highest views of the landscape. After breakfast around 6:00 AM, we will continue our trek. We will hike for about an hour downhill to cross the Apurimac River in the cable car, just for some more fun! Then, we will start trekking uphill toward Santa Rosa (2115 masl – 6938 ft.) where we will rest after the hard climb. This stretch is the hardest, and it will take three hours. When we are ready, we will continue up to Maranpata (2850 masl – 9350 ft.), a bit easier of a climb. During our journey, we will observe various types of Andean vegetation that exist in the area. When we will arrive at Maranpata beside the Chunchumayo River, we will have lunch and take another break. Along the way, we will observe many orchids and wild flowers as well as different types of birds. In this same spot, we will again find small huts, and next to them we will make our camp.
Day 3.- Maranpata – Choquequirao – Chiquisca
Waking up in the middle of the Andes is one of the delights of spending these days as a trekker! It is an amazing experience. Breakfast will be ready early, around 6:00am, and afterward we will walk from Maranpata to Choquequirao (3035 masl – 9957 ft.); a 2-hour hike. The wildlife in Choquequirao is already active by sunrise and will fill you with a deep joy! We will arrive at the archaeological site in time to enjoy the impressive views of the deep canyons and maybe even have the opportunity to see a Condor soaring nearby. We will explore the archaeological complex once we arrive. Your guide and his knowledge of this important and mystic Incan town will make you feel as though you have travelled through time! Around 3pm, we head to Maranpata to have lunch and rest with the magnificent view. Soon we start the descent into the forest back along the same trail to the cable car crossing. Our base camp for the night is called Chiquisca.
Day 4. Chiquisca – Capuliyoq – Cusco
The last Andean breakfast is the biggest and most special with the noise of the river hanging in the background. We spend most of the day heading back to the beginning of the trail. We will return along the same path to Capuliyoq (2800 masl – 9186 ft.). During our journey, we will observe the exotic flora and fauna as well as sights of the majestic snow-capped peaks and the impressive canyon of the Apurimac. Once we get to Capuliyoq where the climbing path finishes, we will have lunch. We have our final view of the Apurimac valley and Choquequirao from here. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Cusco (approx. 5 hours). Arriving around at 17:00.
- Transport from/to Cusco
- Professional outdoor Bilingual Guide
- Entrance ticket to Choquequirao site
- All the food (except the first breakfast and last dinner)
- Duffel bag
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking poles
- Travel Insurance
- Tips (optional)
- Acclimatization is necessary in Cusco, two days before starting the tour. For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, eat little, drink plenty of liquid; especially the mate de coca that has medicinal properties. Adequate acclimatization prevents affecting the “soroche” or altitude sickness, which could cause numerous health problems.
- Take a -5° Celsius sleeping bag for the expedition
- Do not drink alcoholic drinks before the expedition