This adventure will leave you wanting more!
Minimum Age: 10 Year(s)
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.
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.