Embark on this tranquil and revitalizing 5-day trip to visit the mystical and important ancient Inca city of Choquequirao, and get in touch with nature by trekking along the Apurimac Canyon to see Andean condors flying overhead. Trek along the river with unforgettable views of the canyon passing through scenic farming countryside and a tropical jungle setting among banana and coca plantations stopping in tiny mountain villages along the way. Everyone can enjoy this excellent trekking option with low altitudes between 1,560 and 2,915 meters.
Arrive to Cuzco anytime, enjoy the day to walk around town and make last minute preparations for your big trip ahead. Make your own way to Milhouse Backpackers and Hotel in the city center to attend your pre-departure briefing at 6:30pm. Get a good night’s sleep at Milhouse Backpackers and Hotel.
*Note: On day 1, you will have a free day and 1 night`s accommodation included at Milhouse Hostel. You will start your actual trek on day 2*
We depart Cuzco around 5:00 am in a private car. If there is time, we will visit the archaeological site of Saywite before descending to the mountain village of Cachora (2909m), a last minute opportunity to buy supplies. After lunch, it is a 2 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. Accommodation: Camping at Chicquisqa (1836m)
After an early departure, we descend to Playa Rosalinas and the magnificent Apurimac River (1550m) about 1 hour of hiking where we begin our steep climb to Santa Rosa (2095m). Here we can take a refreshing break, rest and buy water. Then we continue upwards, towards Marampata (2913m), a plateau where we will eat lunch and rest enjoying a splendid view of Choqequirao. After lunch, we will hike for about 2 more hours to reach the archaeological site of Choquequirao (3110m) where we will spend the evening exploring the site and watching condors fly overhead at sunset.
Accommodation: Camping at Choquequirao campsite (bathrooms and cold water showers)
Today, we will have a chance to explore the Inca site more in-depth and with some free time to rest in the morning. In the afternoon we return along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, descending to our tropical campsite at Santa Rosa (5 hours hiking).
Accommodation: Camping at Santa Rosa (2095m) or Chiccisqa (1836m)
Early in the morning, in order to escape the heat of the Apurimac Canyon, we descend to the raging river, and then begin an arduous climb that is rewarded with spectacular views. We climb for about four hours, and have lunch in Capuliyoc (2915m). The final two hours of our hike we will continue the trail into the village of Cachora along a refreshingly flat and picturesque trail through pretty farming countryside where our private car will be waiting to take us back to Cuzco (4-hour drive). We will arrive to Cuzco between 7 or 8pm.
You will sleep in a dorm, single room or double room at Milhouse Hostel on Day 1, the night before your trek begins. On Days 2 - 4 you will be camping in a tent
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Trip Name: Small Group - Choquequirao Trek
Duration: 5 Days
From Price: $730
Supplier Tour ID: CUZCT4/158893
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