The site of Choquequirao is another lost city of the Incas that is hidden high on a ridge 1750m above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The intricacy of these majestic ruins suggests that Choquequirao was once of high importance to the Inca empire. Before a bridge was constructed over the Apruimac River the site was remote and mostly inaccessible. Luckily for explorers this bridge can now connect them to this once hidden ancient city.
Excellent meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 3 dinner), Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, Tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn, boiled water
Spacious personal tents, Inflatable mattress, First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle, Horsemen and mules (for equipment and 6 kg of your personal items)
Pick up from your hotel on Day 1 to the start of the trail, Return transportation to your hotel, Transportation from Cachora to Cusco
Professional, bilingual (English and Spanish) tour guide, Choquequirao Inca Site entrance fee
USD 525 for
Day 1: Cusco â€“ Chiquisca
This journey begins in Cusco from where we will leave at 5:00 AM and drive for four hours towards the Andean community of Cachora. Along the way, we will stop at Tarawasi, a site where Incan ceremonies and celebrations to Mother Earth were conducted. From there we leave Tarawasi and continue to Saywite. Here we find the famous Inca rock that was believed to be a construction plan for the Tahuantinsuyo Empire (Inca Empire). At this rock, we will see carvings of animals representing the main deities. From Saywite, we continue hiking for half an hour to Cachora (2,800 m/9,184 ft) where we will enjoy a nice lunch. After lunch, we begin a two and a half hour hike towards Abra Capuliyoc (2,750 m/9,020 ft). Here are beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. Then we continue descending for two hours towards Chiquisca, where we will eat dinner and spend the night.
Day 2: Chiquisca â€“ Choquequirao
We leave Chiquisca around 6:00 AM to hike for an hour to Rosalina Beach. We then cross the Apurimac River and start hiking towards Santa Rosa. This climb is a series of switchbacks up a steep slope and will take approximately two hours. In Santa Rosa, we have a break for 90 minutes. Afterwards, we hike for two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata. From here we walk another two hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3,103 m/10,178 ft) where we will enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and Inca monuments. When the sun is setting, there is a great opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the canyon, where condors often are spotted.
Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO - HACIENDA SAN IGNACIO - Tambobamba
The day begins with a nice breakfast where after we return to Choquequirao, and with a little luck we can get the possibility to experience the incredible condors in the Apurimac Canyon. The journey continues back to Tambobamba and we will stop at the former estate San Ignacio, where we will rest and have lunch. Then we will follow the road to the hostel and arrive at 5:30 pm approx. Welcome cocktail and dinner will await us before we go to sleep.
Day 4: Tambobamba - CUSCO
The final day begins with a free morning after breakfast. We can make time to visit the nearby small processing plant of rum (distilled from sugar cane), or take a walk to the former estate of Tambobamba. An alternative could also be to play some indoor games (such as table soccer, "toad "and others) or relax in the hammocks while waiting for lunch to be served. Then we will board the bus to Cusco, arriving approximately 5 hours later.
Campsites are subject to change according to our guideâ€™s professional discretion and hiker progress.
Starting from USD 525
Calle Cabra Kancha 440
Cusco Native Culture & Travel is a local travel agency specializing in offering tours in Peru including trekkings, expeditions through the Andes, alternative tourism programs, archaeological sightseeing, river rafting and horseback riding through the amazing landscapes of the Cusco Region and exotic jungle trips.
Learn more of about the mysterious Inca Empire. Find the most complete information about the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World. Besides you can find more treks to Machu Picchu that you maybe didn't knew it, including: Salkantay Trek, Choquequirao Trek, Lares Trek, Ausangate Trek. See the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Visit Puno and see the floating Islands of the Uros, or fly over the mystic Nazca Lines and experience of other mysterious sights left behind by the ancient cultures of Peru.
It is important to share with our clients, that we are an private entity that besides the logical economic profit, we have a strong purpose and humanitarian and social objectives well defined by its members. Created by a group of independent professional guides with extensive experience in the tourist average, the 5% of our proceeds goes to a social projects especially for the more remote areas of our provinces which are not so favored by the income generated by tourism business principally in Cusco and his nearby area.