This 5 day adventure Choquequirao tour is a great adventure trek, which combines many varied landscapes of Cusco region. The Choquequirao tour is a challenge trip into this amazing site called the sister city of Machu Picchu. The ancient Inca Citadel of Choquequirao, is an extraordinary archaeological complex, perched on a ledge high above the Apurimac Canyon.
The Choquequirao tour is not crowded as the Inca Trail, is a very good alternative trek and is open any time of the year. Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua the language of the Incas.
Choquequirao is composed of an amazing and very extensive set of farming terraces, smaller religious temples and an administrative area with a total dimension of over 1750 hats.
In morning at the scheduled time, travelers will be picked up from the hotels. The trip starts with 4 hours drive to Cachora, the beginning point of our Choquequirao tour . We will have breakfast at the house of our horseman. The first part of the hike is 3 hours on a gentle path until to arrive to the lookout point of Capuliyoc. From here is visible the Apurimac canyon and the snow-capped peaks of Vilcabamba Mountain range.
After a few hours walking down-hill, we will arrive to Cocamasana for lunch. On the opposite side of the canyon, you can see Choquequirao on the saddle of the mountain. The places around Choquequirao are rich in life and its possible to see many types of flora and fauna typical of this region. After lunch, the hike will be for three more hours to arrive at the first camp at Playa Rosalinas. This place is located only 100 meters away from Apurimac River.
Today is probably one of the hardest days of the Choquequirao tour. The up-hill hike on the sandy path will be approximately 5 hours to reach Marampata (lookout point for Choquequirao tour) . We will be ascending 1600m over a distance of 18km / 11.2 miles through hot and humid conditions. This portion of trekking is rigorous. But the views we get along the way mixed with the wide variety of flora and fauna makes it worth it.
After lunch at Marampata, we will walk for another 2 hours to the base camp of Choquequirao. Throughout the day we will see a great variety of orchids, bromeliads and different types of bamboos; we’ll also hopefully see birds such as Quetzals, Toucans and a variety of hummingbirds.
The third day of Choquequirao tour starts with a delicious breakfast. Today you will have a guided tour to all the main places of interest throughout lower Choquequirao. After lunch, there will be plenty of time to explore the upper Choquequirao with our guide. Choquequirao is composed of an amazing and extensive set of agriculture terraces, religious and administrative sites with a total area of over 1800 hectares.
There are amazing irrigation water channels and all of this set in the dramatic setting of the steep Apurimac Canyon.
After a delicious breakfast at the camp, we start hiking back to Marampata village and then down to Apurimac Canyon. The descend hike to the canyon will take us approximately 4 hours. Arriving to la Playa Rosalinas we will have lunch. You can go for a refreshing bath in the Apurimac River, the sacred river of the locals.
In the afternoon, we will walk up-hill for approx.3 hours to arrive in Cocamasana.
On the final morning of the Choquequirao tour, we leave the Camp after breakfast. The hike up-hill is for 3 hours, we will reach the lookout place of Capuliyoc. Here there will be a little break to enjoy the wonderful scenery. Afterwards we hike to Cachora which is the end of our Choquequirao tour.
Lunch will be in Cachora and then we will be picked up by our transportation. The journey back to Cusco is approx. 4 hours