Choquequirao was most likely built during the reign of the Inca king Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui and is considered to be the last bastion of resistance and refuge of the Sons of the Sun, who fled from the city of Cusco when it was under siege in 1535. Led by Manco Inca Yupanqui they took refuge in Choquequirao. Presumably it was used both as a check point to access the Vilcabamba Area and as a cultural and religious center. The city played an important role as it was a connection between the Amazon Jungle and the city of Cusco. The region has a lot of microclimates and a landscape full of snow-covered peaks of about 6000m (19685f).
Group tour with English-speaking guide > dates of departure of your choice > from Huanicapa
Altitude: 1500 - 3030 m/4921 - 9941f
Level of difficulty: Difficult
We will leave Cusco (3350m/10991f) approximately at 5:30 am. First, we will head for the village Cachora (2850m/9350f) to meet our horsemen and the mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition. Thereafter, we will continue our journey towards the pass of Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f). The trek offers a beautiful view of the mythical mountain Padreyoc, of the deep canyon and of the river Apurímac, meaning "speaking river". Thereupon, we will descend towards the canyon's interior named Chiquisca (1930m/6332f), where we will spend the night.
Hiking time: 7 hours
After breakfast, we will descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/5085f). From there, we will continue heading for Marampata (2850m/9350f), where we will have a beautiful view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f). Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the settlement.
Climate: both cold and warm
Hiking time: 7 hours
At sunrise, we will first visit the archaeological site of Choquequirao. By now, only 30% of this "golden cradle" has been exposed. Also we will discover the history and recently excavations of Choquequirao which holds many ancestral secrets between the wild natures.
Climate: reasonable climate with mosquitoes.
After breakfast, we will take our belongings to descend the Apurímac canyon's deepest part called San Ignacio at 1500m/4921f and have lunch. After that, we will ascend to our camping site in the beautiful gardens of Carmen (2000m/6562f).
Climate: moderate climate with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours
Note: Due to the ecosystem's constant changes, this day is considered to be the most beautiful one. Nevertheless, the route from Choquequirao to San Ignacio is at some parts very slippery. Therefore, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. Moreover, we recommend carrying sufficient water with you.
Day 5: Carmen - Tambo bamba - Huanipaca - Cusco The gardens of Carmen are situated close to the manor of Tambo bamba (2500m/8202f), a region having been governed by landowners during the 19th and 20th century and considered to be one of the most fertile valleys to cultivate maize and a variety of potatoes. We will pass little villages such as Pacobamba and Huanipaca (3150m/10335f) and will return to Cusco by bus.
Climate: moderate, warm
Hiking time: 5 hours
Prices are per person and are expressed in U.S. dollars.
Private transport from the hotel to Cachora.
Transport back from Huanipaca to Cusco.
Entrance to the settlement of Choquequirao.
Professional English-speaking guide.
High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extralight/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both are for 2 persons.
Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/Option vegetarian).
Cook and cooking equipment.
Horseman, porters and mules, for all camping equipment and personal luggage (08 kilos)
First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
Breakfast on the first day.
Sleeping bag (If you don't have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of lending one).
The trek to Choquequirao must not be underestimated. Especially the second day involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather (it can get very hot) the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you are well acclimatized, in good shape, and healthy.
Peruetico does not organize this trekking, we work with a serious and professional local agency that respects workers' salary conditions and the environment.
A briefing is scheduled the evening before the start of the trek - at 6pm.
The campsite during the trek are subject to change due to weather conditions and / or at the discretion of the guide.
Group tour with guide in English.
This trek is considered level 4 (on a scale of 1 to 5); Recommend the walk to people with a good physical preparation.
Backpack with rain shelter.
Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
Rain pants and lightweight pants.
Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs).
Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
Long- and short-sleeved polo's/T-Shirts.
Rain poncho and a hat.
Bathing suit. Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
Flash light and batteries.
Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won't dry at night. So take some clothes to change.