Choquequirao trek, Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua “Inca´s language”, although this is probably not its original name. It is another “Lost City of the Incas” rediscovered but officially late in 20th century. Located high on a ridge spur almost 1750mts above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks.
This is an awesome trek to appreciate beautiful landscapes and mountains, remotes old villages held in the past century by hacendados, very special Inca town built on top of the hills by the Chachapoyas mitimaes to honor the great Pachacutec, but overall is not a crowded as other destination for trekkers.
We leave Cusco at 6:00 am in the morning for the 4 hour drive to Cachora in our private SAS transportation. On the way we will make a stop to enjoy our breakfast admiring the wonderful and amazing Limatambo Canyon, to the right the great Apu –Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, then we will continue to the little village of Cachora. After meeting our expedition support crew know as arrieros we arrange our equipment on mules / horses we will be ready to start a soft hike through this unknow mystery and very historically rich territory. It is a 3 hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below. As well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. We then descend toward Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Essential to bring a high deet mosquito repellent. Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550m beside the raging “ The Speaker God “ Apurimac River, famous for Class 5 Rafting rapids. Here we will set up camp and spend the night. Your guide will introduce you to this amazing Inca land. Walking poles or wooden sticks are very highly recommended.
After an early breakfast we will walk for approx 1 hour to arrive to Playa Rosalina near the Apurimac River (1500 m), where we will cross a typical holding bridge then a forest of cactus, agaves and exotic local fruit trees. Here we start a gentle 3-4 hours gradual climb of 1,400 meters from the shores of the Apurimac river to Marampata (2900m). Here we stop for lunch surround by this beautiful landscape. At the end of this path we will see for the first time, the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, easy walk for 2 hours to Choquequirao ruins (3035 m). On route you will also see a variety of plants and flowers. As soon as we arrive to this Inca complex we will visit the farming terraces of Paqchayoc and the house of the waterfall, then we will return to our camping set near Choquequirao. Second camping here where you can taste “cambric” a local cognac made from sugar cane.
Today is dedicated to exploring the incredible ruins of Choquequirao. Our guide will explain the history and importance of the site. After you will have free time to visit the 2 sectors of the complex. Lunch will be offered by your gracious cook in a picnic style. Early in the afternoon we will start the return trek and camp the night at Raqaypata or Santa Rosa Baja. Dinner is provided.
After breakfast we are ready for our return back to Cusco, our private transport will be waiting for us, after coming out from Cachora we will stop at the archaeological site at Saiwite Stone, a very enigmatic boulder with amazing carvings on it representing different Inca towns, fountains, animals and altars all carved on the rock, then after 2 hrs a chance to stop and enjoy a hot spring pools in Conoq. it’s time to enjoy a much deserved beer and a good lunch. A further 4 hours by bus bring us back to Cusco.
Please Note.- The campsites in this tour are subject to change slightly due physical conditions of each participant and due to circumstances beyond our control including, landslides on the trail, bad weather conditions, etc anyhow we and the crew will do our best to offer you a great hike.
- re departures briefing the night before of your tour in your Hotel in Cusco.
- Private Transport to Cachora (the trailhead) and transport return to Cusco
- Excellent English speaking tour guides
- Experienced Cook and assistant, mule herders
- Horses/mules to transport camping equipment
- Full 3 meals per day, tea time and snacks
- 2 person per tent (new, spacious and confortable igloo tents) Eureka Timberline 4
- 6-7 Kg portarage service. SAS Travel provides a duffle bag to transport your belongings.
- Dining tent , Kitchen tent
- Entrance fees to the Archaeological Park
- Emergency horse
- First aid kid.
- Down sleeping bag US$ 20
- A pair of trekking poles US$ 20
- 45 Lt back pack US$ 15
- Backpack & Daypack :
- sleeping bag
- insect repellent
- Hiking boots
- Trekking Poles
- Clothes layers for variable temperature especially at night
- T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for a comfortable day walks
- Flash light, head torch
- Camera and extra batteries
- Sunscreen / hat and sunglasses
- Personal medical kit
- Rain Gear: poncho/ a good rain jacket for wet season
- Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
- 2 litre water bottle water purifying tablets optional
- copy of your passport
- Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc
- Emergency money at least 200 extra soles:
- Bathing clothes for the hot springs. Optional