The archeological site of Choquequirao is part of the complex system of Andean towns in the Vilcabamba valley. In Inca times it was joined in direct communication to the Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails.
Is situated in the spurs of the mountain range of the Salkantay, at 3,035m.a.s.l. Surrounded by the snowcapped Apus of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo and Panta on the right side of the Apurimac river in the Santa Teresa district in the province of La Convenciòn, in the Cusco department. The ruins at Choquequirao are comprised of buildings and terraces at different levels from the lower level Sunchu`Pata to the truncated hill top.
You should bring: on Choquequirao Trek
A light backpack for the newspaper, clothes for all the different periods of the walk. Prepare for all weather changes.
Waterproof jacket an extra rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for $ 1 US.
Good shoes for the walk we recommend you to wear waterproof shoes.
Sandals to have a shower in the hot springs and rest your feet after each day.
Warm clothes include jackets, gloves, scarves, chullo, we recommend that you bring thermal clothes, especially for sleeping.
Sleeping bag (we rent at the office)
Flashlight, binoculars and walking sticks.
Camera, rolls and batteries (batteries are consumed very quickly in cold weather conditions)
Hat to protect it from heat, sunscreen and a rehydrating skin cream.
Insect repellent There is no malaria risk report
Paper for the SS. H.H.
Snacks: like chocolates, cookies, dried fruits, raisins, etc. also water purifying tablets.
Your own emergency kit if you have a special medication.
Clothes for swimming in streams and hot springs, bikini, towel, etc.
Enough cash for lunch in hot waters, tips and to buy some gifts for the family.
Original passport Student card, if you have it.
5:30 AM Approximately
Approximately 8:30 PM
Choquequirao Trek Included
A previous meeting at the Agency before the trip.
Pick up from the hotel in the morning on the day of the trip.
Transportation to San Pedro de Cachora.
Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish, Quechua. (If the group is more than 6 people You will have an assistant guide.
Tourist entrance ticket to Choquekiraw.
Tents 4 seasons.
Very comfortable mats during the trip.
Cook and cooking team (kitchen assistant for large groups).
Food as indicated in the itinerary, (we have the option of vegetarian food) Our professional chef incorporates the international, national and typical food of the region (please contact the guide and cook during the walk, if you have ever preference for some types of food. vegetables are treated.
Horses (for camping equipment, for food, cooking utensils and passenger things) Horses carry all that. It includes the carriers. We will give you an extra backpack for your personal things at the time of the previous meeting before the trip. (Maximum 7 kg), if you wish to carry out more things you can rent an extra horse for $ 10 per day.
Emergency horse which can be used when you feel tired or sick.
Dining tent, with table and chairs, kitchen tent for the cook to prepare food with care and hygiene.
Tents for the staff that works with us and food during the trip.
First aid kit and oxygen
Transportation Cachora – Cusco.
Choquequirao Trek Not Included
Breakfast in the morning before leaving.
Entrances to hot springs.
Sleeping bag (you can rent in the office $ 4 per day) that if you do not want to transport from your home to Peru.
Tips for the guide, cook and porters and / or muleteers
An additional horse if you have too many things. The cost is $ 10 US per day.
We start off from Cusco at 6:00 am in the morning arriving at the Cachora town at 11:00 am where we will have our lunch. There, after arranging the equipment on mules and horses we`ll observe the majestic Padrajoc and the Wayna Cachora snow covered peaks. We`ll appreciate the impressive change of the landscape from precipices to snowy mountains. On the way, we will observe the Apurimac canyon with its stunning depth and then in Santa Rosa we will set up our campsite. The approximate time of the hike is about 8 hours. On this day we will pass by the small settlements: la Colmena (2870 above sea level), Cocamasana (2330 above sea level ), Torowisqana(2285above sea level ), Chiquisca(1950 above sea level ) grove place where we can find water; Playa Rosalina(camp in 155 above sea level ), La Huerta (2705 above sea level ) and finally we arrive at Santa Rosa (2115 above sea level )
Day 2 CHIQUISCA – CHOQUEQUIRAO.
Early in the morning (5:00 am) after having breakfast; we get along our hike going up to Choquequirao. We will arrive at the archeological site of Choquequirao after 5 hours. Good time to enjoy that imposing place. We will observe the three levels of the excavated ruins, where we can appreciate houses, terraces and other sections of this last Inca stronghold. We`ll also appreciate the exploring progression. Finally, we`ll notic unexplored areas - that can tell us about this last refuge of the oppressed Inca empire. Approximately, at 3 o´clock in the afternoon (depending on the weather) we`ll appreciate "the flight of the condors".
Choquequirao is regarded as "The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire." The oldest reports assign to Juan Ariaz Diaz, being one of the first persons who explored the zone about 1710. Our bilingual guide will explain you the history and importance of the site after the Spanish arrived at Perù. We will have our lunch and dinner in Rayacpata (2910masl).
Day 3 CHOQUEQUIRAO – CHIQUISCA
After an early breakfast we pack and start walking back to Chiquiska. We can observe again the Apurimac canyon. Here we may be lucky to appreciate the flight of the condors, the exuberant vegetation and its variety of flowers and orchids. The time of the hike is about 10hours. Altitude: 3033- 1950 above sea level. passing by the same small settlements. As we go upwards, we will stop in Playa Rosalina where we will have our lunch and after that we`ll get along to Chiquiaca. Here, we are going to spend the night on our campsite.
Day 4 CHIQUISQA - CACHORA - CUSCO
Early in the morning after having breakfast (5:00 am) we`ll continue - arriving at the Cachora town. Along the hike we can appreciate again the majestic Padrajoc snow-covered peak that decorates the Apurimac canyon.
The time of hiking to arrive at Cachora is about 7h. On the way back to Cusco we`ll make an optional stop in Cconoc to enjoy from its natural hot Springs!! Showers are available. The same day we can see native products of the area. We will arrive at Cusco at approximately 10 PM.