4 Day Choquequirao Trek
Visit Choquequirao, the sister city of Machu Picchu that is still mostly buried under cloud forest vegetation. Hike this challenging, 4 day Inca trail that lies well off the beaten path.
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Hike to Choquequirao, named the sister city of Machu Picchu because the size and grandeur of the city's ruins rival those of Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is also located in a strategic place in the cloud forest west of Machu Picchu above the Apurimac River, a location which may have had religious significance to the Incas. This 4 day Choquequirao trek will take you deep into the cloud forest where the last Inca Emperor, Manco Capac, fled to escape from the Spanish conquistadors.
- Fully-guided hike
- All transfers, camping equipment, & food included
- Tour of the ruins of Choquequirao
- All Camping & Dining Equipment
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
- Land transportation: in private vehicles to/from Cusco
- Guides: Expert local guides (English & Spanish)
- Miscellaneous: Maps and itineraries; Beverages during activities.
Alcoholic beverages during meals; Tips at hotels/ restaurants ; Medical immunizations; insurance of any kind.
Day 1: Cusco to Chiquisca
We leave Cusco early in the moring in private transportation, and drive towards Cachora. After driving for two and a half hours, stop in Tarawasi to visit the archaeological remains of an Inca Usno, a sacred place were ceremonies and celebrations were conducted.
After visiting Tarawasi, continue in private transportation across the Apurimac River to Saywite. Here you can visit the famous Inca White Rock that was believed to be the construction plan for the Tahuantinsuyo Empire, with carvings of animals representing the main deities.
From Saywite, continue on to Cachora, at 2800 meters above sea level. Enjoy a picnic lunch here at the trailhead, and then start the Choquequirao hike. Climb for 2.5 hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750 meters above sea level, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac river canyon. Then continue descending 2 more hours towards Chiquisca, where we set our campsite and spend the night.
Day 2: Chiquisca to Choquequirao
We leave Chiquisca as early as 6:00am to go down to Rosalina Beach, which will take about one hour. Then cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take approximately 2 hours. In Santa Rosa, take a half hour break, where those who wish may try cambray, a local sugar cane extract.
Then continue the hike, slowly climbing for 2.5 hours until reaching our lunch spot in Marampata. From here, walk another 2 hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103 meters, where we will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings. One of the most unique features of Choquequirao's stonework are the white stone llamas built into the terraces and walls. When the sun starts to set, you might want to sit and contemplate the canyon, where condors are sometimes spotted.
Day 3: Choquequirao to Rosalina Beach
Today, enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex during the morning. Visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage. It is estimated that Choquequirao is only about 1/3 excavated, and that the rest of the ruined city may be even larger than Machu Picchu.
After the tour, we start our walk back towards Santa Rosa, where we will have lunch. We then continue descending for another 2 hours until we reach Rosalina Beach at 1450 meters, where you might have time to take a refreshing dip in the waters of the Apurimac River. We will camp and dine here.
Day 4: Rosalina Beach to Cachora to Cusco
We leave camp after breakfast to start the 2 or 3 hour climb to Chiquisca, to then make our way back to the Abra Capuliyoc. Have lunch nearby and enjoy the sweeping views of the Andes mountains. In the afternoon, continue the 2 hour return to Cachora, where there will be a private bus waiting to take us back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time around 9.00pm.
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