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Trek to Choquequirao is a unique and off the beaten track experience. The lost city of Incas sits at 3033 meters above the sea level.
More or less, Choquequirao has many resemblance to Machu Picchu. Both were built in the same era by the Ninth Sapa of Inca empire, Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. The name signifies “cradle of gold” in Quechua, the native language.
Choquequirao is considered to be the last bastion of resistance and last refuge of the Incas. Especially, of those who fled from Cusco when it was under siege in 1535. Led by Manco Inca Yupanqui, they took refuge here. Presumably, it served as both a check point to access the Vilcabamba area and as a cultural and religious centre.
As all the best experiences comes only after a hard climb, this trek too is not the easiest. Four days trek to Choquequirao starts at a dusky village named Cachora. You will be descending to 1500 meters from here to Apurimac valley. The next day you will be climbing up to 1800 meters to reach the archaeological site. Some choose to hike further to Machu Picchu. But to most, the 9 days hike is one of the best alternatives to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Dense vegetation covers more than half of archaeological complex. Due to its remote location, it sees an average of 20-25 visitors a day. Machu Picchu on the contrary gets over 5000 visitors a day. To enhance the tourism, Peruvian government is planning to install cable car. This would see a rapid boom in tourism. They estimate that 1500 visitors a day.
We have exclusive tour guides. They are locals with an extensive knowledge about the route, culture and history. At Tayra Tours Cusco, we aim to offer the best experience. We use excellent and comfortable camping equipments. Our campsites are located in safe zones.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
After picking you up from your hotel in Cusco we will drive to Cachora. Cachora is four hours away from Cusco. We will stop in Cachora for breakfast (Not included).
Our Trek to Choquequirao starts through the stunning landscape of Apurimac Valley. With a sight of the snow capped peaks of Vilcabamba mountain range, we will trek to Santa Rosa (Our first campsite).
On the way you will get to see different types of flora and fauna. We will stop in Chikiska for lunch. From here we will continue our down hill trek to Playa Rosalina at 1500 meters.
Once AT Playa Rosalina, we will start hiking up the hill to our campsite, Santa Rosa Village at 2200 meters.
At Santa Rosa Village, we will have dinner before crawling into our respective tents.
After breakfast we will continue until we will reach Maranpata. Marnapata is located 2800 meters above sea level. Here we will have lunch and continue to our second campsite in Choquequirao located 3,035 above the sea level.
This second day trek is considered the most arduous, since we will have to travel most of the way up.
Approximate walking time: 6 – 7 hours
Travel distance: 13 kilometres (8 miles)
Food: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, coca tea
Maximum altitude: 3,035 m.a.s.l. (Choquequirao)
After breakfast, we will hike to Choquequirao archaeological site. From the campsite, it is an hour’s walk. Here you will have a guided tour. After the tour, we will return to Chikiska where we will be camping for the night. The trek on the third day is quite an easy one, as we will be descending down the same route that we took the day before.
Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours.
Travel distance: 14 kilometres (8.6 miles).
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coca tea.
We will start our trip back to Cachora quite early. At Cachora, we will be meeting our driver who will drive us back to Cusco.
Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours