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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK IN 5 DAYS

  • Photo taken from hanan pacha face to the main altar
  • Picture taken from the ceremonial altar
  • Picture showing the main square of choquequirao
  • Agricultural terraces of choquequirao showing beautiful llamas
  • Picture showing some rectangle buildings of hanan pacha

Choquequirao Trek, it’s the truly adventurous destination (Tour without Machu Picchu,  see other option). Traversing the immense range of landscapes from amazing mountain passes to sub-tropical forest in deep river gorges. Along with seeing a variety of native flora and fauna and panoramic mountain vistas, we will visit the lost city of Choquequirao

5 D / 4 N
From: 
USD $ 770.00

The itinerary below is a sample. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.

PRE TREK
The day before the trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco.

DAY 01: CUSCO, CAPULIYOC – CHIQUISCA
You will start with a complementary briefing a day before of the trek start with the trek guide to explain to you all about the trek, We leave Cusco early morning, around 5am and drive for approximately 5 hours to Capuliyoc Pass (approx. 2,915m) in time for lunch, stopping to explore the archaeological sites of Tarawasi and Saywite in route. From the top of the pass, we enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Apurimac Canyon and the surrounding snow‐capped peaks, as well as Choquequirao itself. Descending from the pass, the path zigzags its way through dry forest above the raging waters of the Apurimac River. Our camp tonight is at Chiquisaca (1,950m).

DAY 02: CUIQUISCA - CHOQUEQUIRAO
Another very early start for a long day’s trek. Just over an hour of walking downhill brings us to Playa Rosalina (1,500m), from where we cross over the Apurimac River before beginning the long and steep switchback climb up to the village of Santa Rosa. After a rest stop, we continue climbing to a plateau above Maranpata (2,920m) where we usually have a lunch break in a small village. The gradient eases off a little here and the path undulates towards Choquequirao for a couple of hours. The forests here are home to spectacled bears, and we may catch sight of them as we approach the Inca citadel. After walking through the terraces, we set up camp close to the ruins themselves (3,035m). This campsite has cold showers and flushing toilets.

DAY 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO - FULL DAY TO EXPLORE
We have ample time to fully explore the vast sprawling ruins of Choquequirao. Larger than Machu Picchu, the site is made up of nine different areas which each had a distinct role covering religious, political and military functions. The quality of the stonework indicates that it housed important Inca officials or royalty, and in common with other important sites, it features ritual baths and temples dedicated to the sun, moon and Pachamama, the earth spirit. Much of Choquequirao is unexcavated and many buildings are still hidden beneath the thick forest which surrounds the main site. There are incredible views of the whole site and the Apurimac Canyon from the truncated hilltop of Sunch'u Pata, a short distance up from the main plaza. In the afternoon we will visit the terraces of Pacchanta.

DAY 04: CHOQUEQUIRAO, MARANPATA - CHIQUISCA
After an amazing Inca site, we will prepare for our journey back to Cusco. It will be two hours back to Marampata. You will see views of Apurimac canyon along the way. The tour guide will point out the beautiful flora and fauna you might have missed on your way to the Inca site. You will see impressive waterfalls in the distance, as well as the clouds lifting from the bottom of the canyon. Also, if the weather is nice, you will get to enjoy the amazing landscapes of the Andes. From Marampata, you will begin the four hour, steep, downhill hike to La Playa. This portion requires trekking poles. Half way down, you will have a break to enjoy some fruit farmed in the area. Cactus fruit are the main attraction. Finally, you will reach La Playa for lunch. Following, it will be another two hours, uphill to Chikiska Camp, which is in the backyard of a family's home. You may also see some black bears, condors, humming birds and some others.

DAY 05: CHIQUISCA, CAPULIYOC – CUSCO
After an early breakfast, you will get ready to return to Cusco. It will be a four hours uphill hike until you arrive at the end of the trek, where you will enjoy your last lunch of the entire trek with your trekking crew. You will say goodbye to your team, and then continue with your tour guide to Cusco, for about three or more hours by car. You will get to pass Curawasi, where the famous Anis (local tea) is farmed. You will arrive in Cusco around 6 p.m. We will drop you off at your hotel.
Walking distance 8 km /4.17 m

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Licensed guide fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua, plus an assistant guide for large groups
  • Support staff including professional cooks and wranglers for the mules and horses
  • Horses and mules to carry group gear as well as large duffels bags, provided at the briefing, for personal items 10 kl. Duffle bags weight limited
  • All meals on trek, which incorporate traditional Peruvian dishes as well as modern fusion cuisine and special dietary needs
  • Drinking water and snacks.
  • Dining tent with table, stools, and all dining implements, toilet tent, and kitchen tent.
  • Sleeping tents, Thermarest mattress.
  • Private toilet tent.
  • One riding horse for emergencies. Additional riding horses can be provided for an additional charge.
  • First aid kit, including oxygen.
  • Pre-trek briefing.
  • All group entrance fees.
  • T-shirt of Rolo’s Travel Peru (souvenir)
  • All transfers.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Dinner on the 5th day back in Cusco
  • Personal hiking gear including backpacks, trekking poles, and sleeping bags. Poles and sleeping bags may be hired.
  • Tips for guides, cooks, and wranglers.
  • Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be hired according to the needs of the individual and group.

PRICE
$ 770.00 USD per person

Discounts
Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$20.00

Group Bookings
Bookings of 4 people or more will get a US$20.00 discount per person

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