CHOQUEQUIRAO: TREK TO MACHU PICCHU´S SISTER 5DAYS/4NIGHTS:
Choquequirao considered at the TOPS LONELY PLANET’S “BEST IN TRAVEL 2017” LIST; this alternative trek to the classic Inka trail is known as Machu Picchu sister, because it has many particularities similar to the lost Inca city.
Choquequirao (3103m.a.s.l./10178ft) trek offers a high variety on flora and fauna, thus along the pathway we’ll experience different microclimates and ecosystems. Touching the bottom of one of the deepest canyons in the world which is Apurimac (Apu-God, Rimac-Speaker) where you have a high chance to spot some condors.
Choquequirao was one of the last residences of the last Inka ruler where these Andean people built palaces, temples, water channels and terraces, so this amazing journey will get you uncover the mysteries of this lost Inca city.
DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CAPULIYOQ – PLAYA ROSALINA
After breakfast, the guide will meet you at the hotel to drive for almost 4 hour to the town of Cachora and Capuliyoq (2915m.a.s.l./ 9563ft) the starting point of the trek. Here we will meet our wranglers and arrange our equipment on mules and horses. From this place you will have the first beautiful views of the Apurimac canyon stretching below; also you will admire the snow-capped peaks of Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora.
You will start to hike (downhill) until reach the bottom of the canyon known as Playa Rosalina (Rosalina beach), the climate becomes warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. After 4 hours hiking you will arrive at Playa Rosalina (1550m.a.s.l./5085ft) beside the raging Apurimac River, here you will set up camp and spend the night.
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Hiking Distance, 8 km/ 4.9 miles.
DAY 2: ROSALINA BEACH – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO
After an early breakfast, you will start the hiking (uphill), it is considered the hardest hiking day. After 5 hours hiking you will arrive to Maranpata where you will have a lunch. Along the way you will observe many orchids and wild flowers as well as many birds. After resting, time to continue hiking until reach Choquequirao (3103m.a.s.l./10178ft).
Time to rest and appreciate the beauty of this magic place.
Optional: climb to the top of Choquequirao to enjoy the sunset and maybe the opportunity to see a Condor flying nearby.
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Hiking Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles.
DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO
Full day to explore Choquequirao. You will start visiting the lower sector (agricultural terraces, water fountains and constructions referred to the agricultural).
After visiting these places, you will explore the main constructions such as, the priest residential house, the usno (a platform for main rituals), the main temples, the terraces of the llamas located at the cliff of the canyon. The sectors and places discovered in Choquequiraon represent just the 30% of the total area occupied in the Inca time.
Time to return to the campsite.
DAY 4: CHOQUEQUIRAO – ROSALINA BEACH – CHIQUISKA:
After breakfast, you will start to return following the same pathway that you had walked the previous days to get Choquequirao.
The downhill will take you for almost 5 hours where you will enjoy the lunch, time to rest and take a shower in the Apurimac river. From this point you will up until get Chiquiska (1950m.a.s.l./6397ft) the last campsite. from this camp spot you will have amazing views of the surrounding sceneries.
- Hiking Time: 8 hours
- Hiking Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles.
DAY 5: CHIQUISKA – CAPULIYOQ – CACHORA – CUSCO:
After breakfast, you will start the last hiking day; 3 hour climbing to get Capuliyoq. From then on it is a fairly flat trail back to the village of Cachora where we will enjoy the lunch.
The transportation will be waiting for you to return to Cusco.
- Hiking Time: 3 hours
- Hiking Distance: 5 km / 3.1 miles.
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Orientation meeting in Cusco (previous to departure date).
- Professional bilingual guide
- Transfer Cusco – Cachora – Cusco
- All balance meals during the trekking (5 days/4 nights), including snacks.
- All common camping gear: 3 men mountain tent for 2 people, mattress, kitchen dishes, kitchen tent, dinner tent, toilet tent, table, chairs.
- Horses for the whole equipment.
- Professional bilingual guide
- Entrance fee to Choquequirao
- Short wave radios
- First-aid kit with oxygen
- Filtered boiled water
- Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Sleeping bag
- Walking stick
- Travel insurances