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 – Cachora – Chiquisca
We leave Cusco around 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. We leave Tarawasi and continue to Saywite. Here we find the famous Inca rock that was believed to be the construction plan for the Tahuantinsuyo Empire. At this rock we will see carvings of animals representing the main deities. From Saywite, we continue on for half an hour to Cachora (2,800 m/9,184 ft) for breakfast. After breakfast we begin a two and a half hour hike towards Abra Capuliyoc (2,750 m/9,020 ft) Here we enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. We then continue descending for two hours towards Chiquisca, where we eat dinner and spend the night.
Day 2: Chiquisca – 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 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 buildings. When the sun starts to set, you can sit and enjoy the canyon. Condors are often spotted here.
Day 3: Choquequirao – Hacienda San Ignacio – Tambobamba
After breakfast we’ll return to the ruins and with a little luck get to see the flight of the condors in the Apurimac Canyon. We will begin the return toward Tambobamba and we will stop at the former estate San Ignacio, where we will rest and have lunch. Then we’ll follow the road to the hostel and arrive at 5:30 pm approx. Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Tambobamba – Cusco
After breakfast we have the morning free. 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, we can play some indoor games (such as table soccer, “toad “and others) or relax in a hammock while waiting on 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 guide’s professional discretion and hiker progress.
- Professional, bilingual tour guide.
- Round trip Transfer from Cusco Hotel, to Cachora.
- 6 nights in spacious personal tents and inflatable mattress.
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes while hiking.
- 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.
- Horsemen with packhorse or mules(for carring camping equipment and up to 8kg of your personal belongings).
- Dinning tent.
- sanitary services.
- Entrance fee to Choquequirao Inca site.
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Sleeping bag rental, $18.00
- Breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 4
- 1 extra horse to carry personal items, $30.00 per day
- Walking sticks, $8.00
We recommend you bring:
- Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
- Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
- Insect repellent
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
- Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
- Toiletries (including toilet paper)
- Personal medication
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
- Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for tips