5 Days Choquequirao Trek: The Sister of Machu Picchu
5 Days Choquequirao Trek: The Sister of Machu Picchu
The archeological site of choquequirao is part of the complex system of Andean town in Vilcabamba Valley. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with MachuPicchu by a complex network of trails.
CHOQUEQUIRAO : Is situated in the spurs of the mountain range of SalKantay, at 3,035m.a.s.l. Surrounded by the snowcapped Apus of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo, and Panta on the right site of Apurimac river in the Santa Teresa district, the convention province of the department of Cusco.
Is an Inca town formed by small sites apread out in rubblework that in its adjoining constructs a complex metropolis similar to those of the other regions placed on the crest of the hill by the same name – Choquequirao.
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquiska.
Total distance: 10 km
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: Cusco (3,350m)
Cachora(3,100m) – Chiquiskai (3,700m)
Day 2: Chiquiska – Choquequirao
Total distance: 12km
Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point:
Choquequirao – CHoquequirao (3,800m)
Day 3: Choquequirao – Chiquiska
Total distance: 12 km (5,94 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6,7 hours
Maximum altitude point: Cachora
Santa Rosa (2,800m) – Ollantaytambo (2,700m)– A.C
Day 4: Chiquiska – Cusco
Total distance: 4 km (2,49 miles)
Estimated walking time: Visit
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)
Baños conoc citadel 2,400 m (7,872 ft)
* Departure and arrival times are approximated.
** Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the guide Lares Trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria and the group progress.
(1) About of the aditional Horse:
– Aditional Horses can be hired to help carry your personal items such as clothes, sleeping bag etc. They can be hired for $90 for all 4 days and will carry up to a maximum of 25kg (usually 1 horse between 2 persons is more than sufficient). You can hire the services of a half a orse to carry up to 12kg for US$50. However, even with a personal horse, you will still need to bring a day small pack for essential items.
(2) About Sleeping Bag:
– Sleeping bag hire . If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you then we have sleeping bags in our office for rent. The price is US$5 per person per day.
(6) About Vegetarian Meals:
– Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
**Thermal Baths of Cconoc:(Optional you can visit in the return of the trek) With medicinal properties and able to avoid tiredness and relax the muscles. They are found on the left side of Apurimac river ( before called the king of the rivers or prince of deepness) in the district of Curahuasi the city of anise in Apurimac
⇒ Other Information:
(*) Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our office.
(1) This trek is a remote and infrequent walk of group and the tour prices are according to the number of persons:
⇔ Prices per person in this options service:
|– N” PAX||Dollar Price||Thermal Baths|
|– 02 Person||USD$:549||USD$:10|
|– 03 Person||USD$:499||USD$:10|
|– 04 Person||USD$:489||USD$:10|
|– 05 Person||USD$:479||USD$:5|
|– 06 Person||USD$:469||USD$:5|
|– 07 Person||USD$:459||USD$:5|
|– 08 Person||USD$:439||USD$:5|
Day 1. To Cachora/ Chiquiska.-
Departing from Cusco in the early morning, we take a spectacular drive across the farmlands of the Anta Plateau, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. The winding road plunges more than 1,800 m./6,000 ft. to a bridge over the Apurimac Gorge, then climbs through lush fields and orchards before making a final descent to the village of Cachora, at 3,400 m./11,100 ft., where we encounter stunning close-up views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Here we meet our crew and horse pack train and begin our hike, catching our first glimpse of distant Choquequirau at the Capuliyoc lookout before dropping steeply through dry cactus and orchid country into the Apurimac River Canyon. We camp at the small oasis of Chiquisca, 2000 m./6,550 ft.
Day 2. To Chiquisca/Choquequirao.-
We descend the last fifteen hundred feet of elevation to the Apurimac River –“Great Spirit Speaker” in the Quechua language of the Incas – and cross the mighty river on a suspension footbridge, at 1550 m./5,100 ft. A broad trail makes a zig-zagging ascent, which takes us out of the dry canyon zone past small sugar cane plantations to upland meadows where, across a deep valley, we meet our first panoramic vista of the buildings and terraces of Choquequirau. The final leg of today’s hike passes through the cool shadows of a native cloud forest as we approach the wooded ridgetop (3000 m./10,000 ft.) where the Incas built their remote ceremonial center. We camp near the Inca ruins.
Day 3. All Day in Choquequirao.-
We have the entire day to explore this stunning Inca settlement. As mysterious as Machu Picchu, its name means “Cradle of Gold”. Early Spaniards knew of this place, yet its remoteness protected it. French explorers visited it in the 19th century, and in 1909 Hiram Bingham was first to scientifically investigate the site. Some speculate that the emperor Topa Inca had it built as a personal spiritual retreat, to rival his father Pachacuti’s magnificent estate at Machu Picchu. Whoever built this place, it was undoubtedly an elite settlement, built for ceremonial purposes and occupied by Inca nobility.
*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4. To Choquequirao/Chiquisca.-
The Apurimac River roars distantly 1,450 m./4,800 ft. below, visible on either side of a steep ridge to which clings the Inca city. As we approach the heart of the city, a sweep of enormous curved terraces leads our eye to an artificial hill and ceremonial platform overlooking the main plaza. Here afternoon thermal currents bring Andean Condors soaring over the complex of temples, mausoleums, royal residences, ritual baths and water channels, great gathering halls, storehouses, hidden gardens and a giant stairway, all still standing as testimony to the careful planning of Inca engineers. Excavation work at the site is very recent, and archaeologists are continually uncovering hitherto unknown areas and structures. The steep mountainside below the main plaza features several clusters of newly-discovered buildings, including the so-called Ridge Group, and the Waterfall Temple, an intriguing ceremonial complex facing the cascades of a steep ravine.The sun rises over the snowy crags of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, and we make our way across the meadows of Maranpata, where a row of Inca storehouses marks the limits of the Inca settlement. We return to the depths of the canyon, gaining new perspectives as we face the immense, multi-hued cliffs on the south bank of the river. At the crossing of the Apurimac River, we can take time to cool off in a swimming hole among the huge boulders that line the river. We return to the shade of the fruit and avocado trees at Chiquisca, where we make our final camp.
*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5. To Chiquisca/Cachora/Cusco.-
We hike up out of the Apurimac Canyon, with the river receding to a distant, white ribbon below us and the glaciers of the Vilcabamba Range filling the sky ahead. After winding our way beneath spreading, smooth-barked trees, dripping with orchids and bromeliads, we regain the mountainous grasslands that stretch toward the Capuliyoc Pass and the pastoral valley of Cachora. Our transport awaits us here. Bidding farewell to our trail crew, we begin the breathtaking drive back to Cusco.
Pre-departure Choquequirao Trek briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office
Collection from your hotel in the morning (we can recommend a hotel that provides breakfast early)
Transport to the start trek (Cachora Village) –
Choquequirao entrence fee (US$..)
English speaking professional guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
Igloo tents - 2 persons in each 4-person capacity tent with plenty of space for your backpacks
Double thickness foam mattress
Cook and Cooking equipment
Meals (04B,04L,03D) - food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and uitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude.
Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
Horses for equipment (to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment)
Bus Transport from Cachora Citadel to Cusco
Chquequirao Survivor Certificate
Breakfast on the first morning.
Lunch on day 5 of the trek.
Sleeping bags can be hired in our office for US$20 for the 5 day trek
We Recommend you Bring
Additional Horse service : USD 80.00 (per load)
Single tent supplement : USD 25.00
Sleeping bag : USD 20.00 (per unit / 5nights)
Walking pole : USD 20.00 (per unit / 5days)
Entrance to the thermal springs (Conoc US$5)
Vegetarian Meals (Optional Free)