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Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking 5 Days

Monday, 12 December, 2016 | Choquequirao Trek, Featured Tours, Most Selling | 1 Comentario

Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking is known for its awe-inspiring views; it’s one of the most popular routes on the Peruvian mountain. Its popularity reflects the history, culture and Scenic Mountains; it’s suitable for everyone

Overview

CHOQUEQUIRAO OUTSTANDING TREKKING OVERVIEW

LOCATION: About 4 hours drive west of Cusco
ALTITUDE: Min. 1,500 masl – Max. 3,300 masl
TIMING: 5 days and 4 nights
STARTING & ENDING POINT: Cusco hotel
LEVEL: Modearte / Challenging due to steep ascents and descents.
ADVENTURE RATING: The Choquequirao Imperial Trek is one of the better known adventure hikes around Cusco.
DEPARTURE DATES: Any day with two people. Not available during the rainy season. (December through March)
ACCLIMATIZATION: Minimum 2 days at altitude (recommended).
ACTIVITIES: 5 days trekking, 4 nights in Camping tents and guided tour at Choquequirao Inca archaeological complex
DAILY WALK: Approximately 6-8 hours

DESCRIPTION

The Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking is a great option for customers interested in natural and cultural highlights in the region of Cusco; near Machu Picchu in Peru. The Inca settlement of Choquequirao; the wild and tranquil landscape of Apurimac Canyon has made it a superb tourist destination in Peru. This wonderful Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking takes you to the historical Inca site of Choquequirao; to experience the grandeur and beautiful scenario. A walk through pristine forests, through the canyon and pastures; witnessing the diverse flora and fauna all along the way is indeed a mind blowing experience.

The Inca site of Choquequirao is situated at an elevation of 3,050 meters above sea level on a southwest-facing spur of a glaciated peak above the Apurimac River. The region is characterized by mountain topography and covered with Amazonian flora and fauna. It is 100 km west of the city of Cusco, in the Vilcanota mountain range. The complex covers 6 km2. Architecturally, it is similar to Machu Picchu.

The five-day Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking starts and ends in the town of Cachora; located at about 4-hour drive from Cusco. The trail follows the Apurimac Canyon through which is running the Apurimac River the biggest in the region of Cusco; the trek is a wonderful opportunity to experience the natural and cultural highlights, complemented with the Incas History.

Our Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking also offers an opportunity to ascend to the highest part of this impressive Inca site. The view of 360 degrees mountain from the top is awe inspiring. The towering peaks of Vilcabamba range which includes Salkantay, Padreyoc, San Cristobal and many other snowcapped majestic peaks are the aspiration for Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Choquequirao Imperial TrekAll departures for Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking, are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

HIGHLIGHTS

Guided tour of Saiwity
Guided trail to Choquequirao
Viewpoint of  Choquequirao
Viewpoint of Apurimac Canyon
Watch the soar of the condors over the Apurimac Canyon
Visit picturesque villages
Guided tour of Choquequirao an Inca ruins
Free time at Choquequirao Inca ruins for further exploration
a Moderate trekking since it is do it in four days
Sunrise /sunset at Choquequirao
Scenic walks and inspiring hikes

BRIEF ITINERARY FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO OUTSTANDING TREKKING

Day 1: Cusco to Cachora by car and trek to Chikisqca Camp.

We’ll leave very early from Cusco and drive for 4-hours to the small village of Cachora from where we’ll hike for 6-7 hours to the Chikisqha camp.

Day 2: Trek from Chikisqha camp to Choquequirao

It’s considered the hardest day since we’ll climb from 1,500m to 3,050m and the weather provably will be very hot; but you’ll be rewarded by splendid views on the mountains and the natural environment.

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao

Full day we’ll explore the mysterious Inca archaeological site of Choquequirao; our tour guide will lead you through the most important sectors of the Inca monument; then you’ll have free time for further exploration or you can rest. In the afternoon we’ll hike for 1:30 hours to the Maranpata camp.

Day 4: Trek down to Chikisqha camp.

Trek full day from Maranpata camp to Chikisqha camp we’ll pass the traditional holding bridge over the Apurimac River; today you’ll enjoy the stunning views of the Apurimac canyon.

Day 5: Trek from Chikisqha to Capuliyoc and drive to Cusco

We’ll start the trek very early before the sun heats very hard; the trek will last for 4 hours up to capuliyoc; From where we’ll take our car to Cusco, on the way we’ll stop in the thermal baths of CConoc.

Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking Video

Day to Day

DETAILED ITINERARY FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO OUTSTANDING TREKKING

The Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking includes trekking and exploration of the Inca Archaeological Complex of Choquequirao. The trekking start and ends in the zone of Capuliyoc, near the town of Cachora. With a plenty of time to explore this mysterious Inca ruins of Choquequirao. It is the most recommendable if you are looking for less strenuous trekking in Peru.

Day 1: Drive from Cusco to Cachora and trek to Chikisqca Camp.

Our staff will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am and we leave Cusco in our private transport toward the zone of Capuliyoc located at 30 minutes from the town of Cachora; the nearest town to Choquequirao. The car drive will be for approximately four hours and half, this time includes the stops along the way.

During the trip by car, we will make a stop to enjoy our breakfast admiring the wonderful views like the valley of Limatambo, the great Apu –Salkantay and Humantay a picturesque snow mountains in the Andes. We also will stop in the village of Curahuasi, where you’ll enjoy breakfast and you can purchase some items for the trek; after this we continue to the Inca archeological site of “Saiwity” where one can appreciate the model of the construction Inca Empire made on alive rock.

From “Saywite” we continue to the village of Cachora and then to Capuliyoc. After meeting our trekking crew knows as “arrieros” the horseman and the horses, we arrange our equipment on mules / horses, and then we will be ready to start a soft hike through this unknown mystery and very historically rich territory. After few minutes of walking we’ll arrive to the viewpoint of Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac canyon stretching below; also the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora.

From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc the trail start to descents in a zigzag way to Coca Masana (2,330m) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Here we’ll stop for our lunch, after the lunch we’ll rest and continue the trek still down; it’s necessary to bring a high deet mosquito repellent. Finally we arrive at Chikisqha camp from where you’ll enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery. Walking poles or wooden sticks are very highly recommended.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,000 masl Capulichayoc
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,300 masl Chikisqha camp
  • Distance Travelled: 14 Km
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 -7 Hours

Day 2: Trek from Chikisqha camp to Choquequirao

Our second trekking day will start with an early breakfast; then we continue trekking down to the bottom of the canyon where we’ll find a big river called Apurimac (Means: The Speaker God) , it’s located at 1,500 m here is the lowest part of the Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking. We will cross a typical holding bridge then a forest of cactus, agaves and exotic local fruit trees. Here we start a gentle 3-4 hours gradual climb of 1,400 meters from the Apurimac River to Marampata at 2,900m. Here we stop for lunch surround by this beautiful landscape.

At Maranpata there is an option to take showers with the water of the mountains which will keep you nice and refresh; here is also where we can see for the first time, the archaeological complex of Choquequirao.

From Marapata 2 hours of easy hike will take us to the archaeological complex of Choquequirao located at 3,050 m. along the trekking  we’ll see a variety of plants, orchids and different types of flowers. As soon as we arrive to this Inca complex we will visit the farming terraces of Paqchayoc and the house of the waterfall, then we will return to our camping set near Choquequirao Inca complex. Second camping here where you can taste “Kambry Aqha” a local cognac made from sugar cane.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,050 masl Choquequirao
  • Minimum Altitude: 1500 masl Playa Rosalina
  • Distance Travelled: 17 km
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7- 8 Hours

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao and in the afternoon trek to Maranpata camp

Today is our third day of the trek and our destination is exploring the Inca archaeological of Choquequirao; full day will be dedicated to explore this magnificent Inca monument. We will have guided tour of the Choquequirao once inhabited by Incas; the tour includes the recently rediscovered Llama Sector.

You will be taken to the ceremonial water fountains – the best place in Choquequirao to see condors and snow covered peaks around. After enjoying lunch in this beautiful scenery you will have free time to explore by yourself; the lunch will be served here. At the scheduled time around 3pm we’ll walk down to  Maranpata, dinner and beautiful sunset can be observed here; overnight in Maranpata camping.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,300 masl Choquequirao
  • Minimum Altitude: 3030 masl Maranpata
  • Approximate Walking Time: 2 Hours

Day 4: Trek down to Chikisqha camp.

Our destination of to day is Chikisqha camp. Today, the trail takes us through the Apurimac canyon with presence of large quantity of flora and fauna; we also will cross over the traditional suspension bridge. The trail crosses several small streams. The hike of today is warm and provably dusty o slippery with some difficulties to cross. From the base of the valley, a steep rocky trail will take us to the camp of Chikisqha from where you can enjoy the splendorous nature including the Apurimac Canyon

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,030 masl Cocamasana
  • Minimum Altitude: 1500 masl Playa Rosalina
  • Distance Travelled: 14 km
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7- 8 Hours

Day 5: Trek from Chikisqha to Capuliyoc and drive to Cusco

Today is our final day of the trek and our destination is return to Cusco. After early breakfast we continue with 3 hours climb to the viewpoint of Capuliyoc. From then on it is a fairly flat trail back to the village of Cachora. We will say goodbye to our “arieros” horseman, cook and guides and take the bus back towards Cusco.

On the way to return to Cusco we’ll stop in the thermal baths of “CConoc”, wher you can relax you muscles after this had but wonderful trekking; “Cconoc” is a very nice thermal baths located in the bank of the Apurimac River; in “Cconoc” we spent a time of 30 minutes which is enough for a great time.

From Cconoc we continue the return to the city of Cusco, where we’ll arrive at 6:00 pm and then you’ll transferred to you hotel. Optional you can continue to Ollantaytambo for the night and the next day early train to the town of Aguas Calientes and explore the iconic Machupicchu. For this please let as to known at the time of booking.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation: Cusco
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,000 masl Capulichayo
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,300 masl Chikisqha camp
  • Distance Travelled: 14 km
  • Approximate Walking Time: 3 – 4 Hours

ITINERARY NOTES

The times cited in the Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.

Included

CHOQUEQUIRAO OUTSTANDING TREKKING INCLUDES

  • Pre-trek briefing one night before the trek
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Transport from Cusco to Capuliyoc, the trailhead in private car and the returning way
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao Inca archaeological site
  • English-Quechua-Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people)
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4-person capacity tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Air mattress for a greater comfort during the trek
  • Chef and cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for large groups)
  • Toilet tent
  • Meals as specified in the program (optional vegetarian food). Our professional Chefs prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies (Please communicate with your guide/chef during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping gear, food and
  • kitchen gears. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items and sleeping bag (up to 6 kg per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & kitchen tent for the chef to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

EXCLUDED

  • Breakfast on the first morning in the town of Cachora
  • Dinner on the last night upon your arrival to Cusco
  • Sleeping bags – if you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
  • Tips for the guide, chef and horseman

What to Bring

YOU SHOULD BRING

  • A light daypack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperatures.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf.
  • Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • It you get hot in the Apurimac Canyon; you should also be prepared for hot conditions on this trek.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters and more
    Small towel or sarong
  • Cash – sufficient for tips and souvenirs, or any drinks or snacks you might want to buy along the way.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you).
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

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Apurimac Canyon – Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking

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Mountain of Padreyoc- Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking

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The Camp – Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking

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Inca Terraces – Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking

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Nice walk – Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking

Pre-trekking briefing

Your guide team will meet you at your hotel at 6pm the day before your 5-day Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking begins, where we’ll review the plans for the trekking with you, make sure you have all the right gear, arrange any equipment rental and answer any questions you may have. Please ensure that you bring your passport to the briefing, as your guide will need to collate the details required for registration at the park gate. If you are arriving on a late evening or have been on other tour, then the guide will arrange to brief you in the morning before you set off for the Trekking.

What is Choquequirao?
CHOQUEQUIRAO is a wonderful Inca archaeological site equal or provably better than Machu Picchu; but it is less known and more unexplored; it is located in the region of Vilcabamba at approximately 100km beyond the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It is low less crowded and is considered the sacred sister of Machu Picchu to where you can arrive as a backpacker, with long independent walks and camping on the route. Choquequirao is therefore a great Inca archaeological complex with religious buildings dedicated to the Mother Nature, astronomical observatories and agriculture terraces; the testimony of the Incas conquering the heights of the mountains.

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Important Fasq's

Why if Choquequirao is so incredible, few people go to see it?

Unlike Machu Picchu, where you can arrive by riding 3 hours trains and 25 minutes on bus; Choquequirao is a destination where you can arrive only by trekking through the Inca Trail that leads you through the Apurimac Canyon with an intense adventure. The walking is hard that involve descents and ascent the canyon with little oxygen. During the trek you’ll use camping tents and all your gears will be transported by horses you’ll carry only a small backpack.

How long is the walking distance to Choquequirao?

First of all you’ll need to travel 4 hours by car to the village of Cachora or to the zone of Capuliyoc. From the village of Cachora to Choquequirao is approximately 33 kilometers without including the walk through the ruins. Back would be the same distance (66 km in total). Most of the trail involves the descent of a large mountain while the other half is on a climb. It is recommendable to go by car until the zone of Capuliyoc.

At what altitude is located the Inca citadel of Choquequirao?

The Inca citadel of Choquequirao is located at an attitude of 3,035 masl, but the lowest point of the trek is located at 1,461 masl;

Weather of Choquequirao

Due to its height, Choquequirao enjoys a temperate climate. However, it should be noted that the road to Choquequirao is warm due to the Apurímac canyon

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Choquequirao Standard Trekking 4 Days

Monday, 12 December, 2016 | Choquequirao Trek, Featured Tours, Most Selling | 2 Comentarios

The “Choquequirao Standard Trekking” is awe-inspiring trek to the other Machu Picchu; that is resting practically desolate on the top of the mountain next to the Apurimac canyon. Here tourists do not arrive in comfortable trains, but real adventurers who, after days of exhausting trek, meet with the absolute silence of their mysterious ruins.

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF CHOQUEQUIRAO

THE SISTER OF MACHU PICCHU

Undoubtedly Machu Picchu is considered the most important tourist destination in Peru, +3 millions of tourists visit Peru every year and the 95% of then have visited the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu located in the region of Cusco; but in this region exist more interesting places that can fill the expectation of the intrepid tourist, but due to the little marketing that is given, it does not become known as it is now Machu Picchu in the world.

THE INCA SETLEMENT OF CHOQUEQUIRAO

Since it was opening for tourist few groups arrived to Choqeuquirao and these who have visited say that Choqeuquiraois better than Machu Picchu and if should be considered as the “sister of Machu Picchu”; it is a less visited site doe to arrive there is only by trekking, there are no railways or bus roads that can take you to Choquequirao. The trekking is a moderate but one is rewarded by splendid views of the Vilcabamba mountain range which embraces the highest mountains of the region of Cusco. The trekking is not crowded as the Classic Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, most time of the year the trekking to Choqeuquirao is with few tourist and other day cero of tourist. For this trek is not necessary a permits as the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu at least for now and you can trek all year around however we recommended from April to November when we are in the dry season.
Since the Inca archaeological site of Choqeuquirao is Not very popularlike Machu Picchu, is NOT easy to join groups, so most times it is operated only in private service, thus increasing operating costs. As an example, only the transportation service from Cusco in a minivan to Cachora or Capuliyoc (starting point of the trek), costs around 250 and the same price to pick up when you’ll return to Cusco. To this cost must be added the fees of the guide, Cook, cargo carriers, honorarium fee for the carriers commonly called muleteer, also the costs of feeding, tents, gas, agency fee, taxes, etc. All these costs make the trip expensive.

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE TREKKING?

The Choquequirao Trekking is a moderate trekking in the Andes of Peru which take you to visit the last refuge of the Incas hidden in the Vilcabamba region. Any trek can be hard if you don’t have acclimatization to the Altitude, so that we highly recommended stay in the city of Cusco for at least two day prior to begging you Choquequirao trekking. Read More

Choquequirao Standard Trekking

The panoramic view of the Inca settlement of Choquequirao; which was the last Inca refuge of the Inca Empire to where the Spanish conquistadores arrived in the 1572 – Choquequirao Standard Trekking

Overview

CHOQUEQUIRAO STANDARD TREKKING OVERVIEW

Choquequirao Standard Trekking is an exciting adventure package in the region of Cusco; that takes you to explore the last stronghold of the Inca Empire; where you’ll admire the grandeur of its natural and cultural highlights. Relish the glory of the mighty Vilcabamba mountain range; and savor the beauty that lies in the tranquil mountains. Here is a journey to one of the most visited Inca archaeological site after Machu Picchu; you will find yourself within the grandeur of amazing mountain scenery and history where you could have never felt more freedom.

Embrace the beauty of changing nature as you walk through the scenic Apurimac Canyon; from the foothill landscapes; through the dense rhododendron forests to the majestic mountains themselves.

Our four-day Choquequirao Standard Trekking will let you experience the grace of Peru’s biodiversity; that lie in the region of Choquequirao; also known as the Vilcabamba Region. It provides an opportunity to experience the views of the mountain peaks of Mt. Salkantay  (6,271 masl), Mt. Padreyuc (6,250 masl) and many more. You will also witness diverse species of flora and fauna and uncover the beauty of the Choquequirao region; as you pass through interesting villages. The Choquequirao Standard Trekking is truly awe inspiring trek in Peru.

Our wonderfull Choquequirao Standard Trekking begins in the zone of Capuliyoc; where we start hiking through lush subtropical forests, picturesque villages, farming lands and the great view of the Padreyuc mountain ranges. We will pass the viewpoint of Capuliyoc and descend to the Apurimac canyon. The sunrise and sunset views from Choquequirao are without equal. Ascents to the glorious mountains and descents to the deep canyon with the splendor of beautiful landscapes conspire to make this journey utterly remarkable!.

FAST FACTS

ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights camping
TRANSPORT: All transportation by private vehicle: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Cusco.
CAMPING GEAR: Is included all camping facilities and horses to load the equipment
MEALS: All meals during the trek, prepared by our mountain chef
GUIDED: Services of a professional tour guide: English and Spanish
GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2; Maximum 10.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Choquequirao Classic TrekAll departures for Choquequirao Standard Trekking are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

TREKKING HIGHLIGHTS

Guided trail to Choquequirao
Viewpoint of  Choquequirao (Capuliyoc)
Apurimac Canyon
Watch the soar of the condors over the Apurimac Canyon
Visit picturesque villages
Guided tour of Choquequirao an Inca ruins
Free time at Choquequirao Inca ruins for further exploration
A moderate trekking since it is do it in four days
Sunrise /sunset at Choquequirao
Scenic walks and inspiring hikes

IMPORTANT INFO

LOCATION: About 4 hours drive west of Cusco
ALTITUDE: Min. 1,500 masl – Max. 3,300 masl
TIMING: 4 days and 3 nights
STARTING & ENDING POINT: Cusco hotel
LEVEL: Modearte / Challenging due to steep ascents and descents.
ADVENTURE RATING: The Choquequirao trek is one of the better known adventure hikes around Cusco.

ACCLIMATIZATION: Minimum 2 days at altitude (recommended).
ACTIVITIES: 4 days trekking, 3 nights in Camping tents and guided tour at Choquequirao
DESTINATION: Cusco to Choquequirao in Peru
SINGLE SUPPLEMENTARY: US$50 (It will be up to them to apply who do not like to share the tents).
DAILY WALK: Approximately 6-8 hours

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina camp

We leave very early from Cusco, drive our tourist car for 4 hours from Cusco to Capuliyoc and trekking down to Playa Rosalina Camp; approximately 6 – 7 hours trek

Day 2: Playa Rosalina camp – Choquequirao

After breakfast we continue trekking up to the shores of the Inca ruins of Choquequirao and watch the sunset from the Inca Terraces.

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao

In the morning we’ll explore the Magnificent Inca settlement of Choquequirao; our Tour guide will lead you through the most important sites; then you’ll have free time for further exploration or you can rest.

Day 4: Choquequirao – Tambobamba – Cusco

Trek from Choquequirao through the Apurimac canyon to Tambobamba and return to Cusco in our Private car. We’ll arrive to Cusco at 8:00pm approximately.

Choquequirao Standard Trekking Video

Day to Day

DETAILED CHOQUEQUIRAO STANDARD TREKKING ITINERARY

The Choquequirao Standard Trekking includes trekking and exploration of the Inca Archaeological Complex of Choquequirao. The trekking start from the zone of Capuliyoc, near the town of Cachora and we’ll return through the valley of Huanipaca, to the village of Tambobamba. With a plenty of time to explore this mysterious ruins of Choquequirao. (Total trekking distance is Km. 50 approximately).

Day 1: Drive from Cusco to Cachora & trek to Playa Rosalina camp

The four-day Choquequirao Standard Trekking stars when the staff of “Sunrise Peru Trek” will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 a.m. then we travel in our private car, with your tour guide for about four hours until you get to the trail’s head – Capuliyoc at 3,200 m. Here we’ll will meet the trekking team: the horses and horsemen. After you receive a short briefing and snacks given by the cook you’ll commence trekking toward the first camp.

The trekking start with gentle up for about 10 minutes up to the view point of the “Capuliyoc” from where you’ll see the deepest part of the Apurimac canyon and the trail that will lead you to Choquequirao; then the trail continues zigzag down to the village of Cocamasa a little community where we’ll rest for about 15 minutes. The views of the Apurimac canyon and the snow-capped mountains around are gorgeous.

From here the trail continues down to the community of Chiquisqha where the cook will be waiting for the group with delicious lunch; after the lunch you’ll have the option of resting and in you need water you can refill you water bottle. From Chiquisqha the trail continues down to the border of the

Apurimac River, where there is a beautiful camping site name “Playa Rosallina”; it is located at 1,500masl and it will be the lows camp on our trek. It is very important to have insect repellent since the zone is very warm here there are mosquitos but NO malarias, if you are with insect repellent everything will be ok.

Today the trek will last for about 6 hours; once in the camp at 5:30 you’ll have a hot drinks (Coffee, tea, chocolate, etc.) and at 7:00pm will be served you dinner after that your guide will give you the briefing for the following day and you can go to sleep to you tent.

  • Climate: warm
  • Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Food Included: Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping tents

Day 2: Trek from Playa Rosalina camp to Choquequirao

After an early breakfast you’ll receive your snacks for the day and continue trekking toward the Inca ruins of Choqeuquirao. For few monutes the trail will continue down to the valley were we’ll find the Aprurimac River; we’ll cross a typical holding bridge over the River, which are the biggest rivers in the region of Cusco and Apurimac. This river is tributary of the Amazon River and the Amazon River goes to the Atlantic Ocean.

After we cross the bridge, the trail start a gentle climbing up for 3 – 4 hours to the village of Marampata (2,900m) where you will enjoy the beautiful landscape and the great views of the Apurimac canyon; here your lunch will served. Our cook will arrive first and waiting for you ready with a great lunch. After lunch you can rest and refill your water bottle. Here there is a nice shower with cold mountain water but the environment is very hot and this cold shower is just well deserved. Maranpata is a very nice place with flat and grassy place where you can lie on the grass and enjoy the nature of the zone

From Maranpata the trail continues undulating and sometimes zigzag up for two hours until the Inca ruins of Choqeuquirao, The trail runs through the rain forest with presences of many flowers and beautiful bromeliads, also we’ll visit the farming terraces of Paqchayoc. During the trek everyone will take his own pace.

Upon arrival to the Inca ruins of Choquequirao your tent already will be set up, and you can go to rest and leaved you belongings into the tent. After a good rest, your guide will invite to you to walk to one of the Inca terraces, from where you can enjoy the views of the deepest part of the Apurimac canyon; with luck you can see the condors overflying the canyon and the sunset which is one of the most beautiful natural highlights of this trek.

In the evening you’ll have a tea time and one hour after your hot dinner will be served in the dining room tent; after that your guide will explain you the program of the following day and then you can go to sleep in your tent.

  • Climate: both cold and warm
  • Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Food Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping tents

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao Inca ruins

Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise over the Apurimac canyon. After an early breakfast you’ll head to explore the magnificent Inca ruins of Choquequirao with your Guide. You’ll walk approximately 30 minutes to the main site of the ruins. Once you arrive, your tour Guide will begin the tour of this impressive Inca settlement.

The tour will last for about three hours; you’ll visit different temples dedicated to the different elements of the Mother Nature; an Inca palace, astronomical observatories, and rooms for living; also you’ll visit the Qolqas or store rooms for food and the awe-inspiring landscape. After the tour you will have free time for further exploration, and then we return to the camp for your lunch and a well-deserved rest; after your lunch you can rest or continue to explore the other sites of Choquequirao with your guide.

You also will explore amazing areas of this mysterious Inca settlement like: the Inca terraces decorated with figures of llamas; which is a steep downhill located at 30 minutes from the camp; there you’ll see a large number of narrow farming terraces. All of the llama depictions were built out of white stones, into the wall. This was most likely built by the Incas to represent the llama constellation in the Milky Way.

You will also get to visit a building known as the Usno; a very nice truncate pyramided which was used by priests to offer open ceremonies to the Apus or the protector spirits of the Mountains, also we’ll visit the temples of the sun, the moon, the starts and the Pachamama (mother nature), all of that buildings are made in a very fine Inca style.

After all we return to the same camp and enjoy the tea time and the last diner. In the evening you can observe the constellations; your guide will explain you the different constellation and why it was very important for the Incas and still is important in the life of modern people in Peru

  • Weather: Hot with mosquitoes
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner
  • Hiking time: Exploring the Complex of Choquequirao
  • Accommodation: Camping tents

Day 4: Trek from Choquequirao to Tambobamba then drive to Cusco

Wake up very early and get your breakfast served by you trekking cook and then start an easy downhill walk for 4 hours approximately until we arrive to the Apurimac river to the shores of “Playa San Ignacio” there we’ll encounter another bridge to cross; continuing the trek, the trail climb up gradually for one hours to “La Hacienda San Ignacio”, here we stop for our lunch and an extra time for resting.

In the afternoon we’ll walk for 3 hours to the picturesque village of Tambobamba where our car will be waiting for us to return to Cusco. The returning travel will last for 4 hours so, we’ll arrive in the city of Cusco at 8.00pm approximately. And you’ll be transferred to you hotel where you’ll deliver to the guide the duffel bags provide for the tour.

  • Weather: Hot with mosquitoes
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
  • Hiking time: 8 -9

ITINERARY NOTES

The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has their own preferred route and it might not correspond exactly to the route described here. However the most important highlight of this trek, is to explore the mysterious Inca settlement of Choqeuquirao

Included

CHOQUEQUIRAO STANDARD TREKKING INCLUDES:

  • Pre-trek briefing one night before the trek
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Transport from Cusco to Capuliyoc, the trailhead in private car and the returning way
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao Inca archaeological site
  • English-Quechua-Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people)
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4-person capacity tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Air mattress for a greater comfort during the trek
  • Chef and cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for large groups)
  • Toilet tent
  • Meals as specified in the program (optional vegetarian food). Our professional Chefs prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies (Please communicate with your guide/chef during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping gear, food and
  • kitchen gears. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items and sleeping bag (up to 6 kg per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & kitchen tent for the chef to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

EXCLUDED

  • Breakfast on the first morning in the town of Cachora
  • Dinner on the last night upon your arrival to Cusco
  • Sleeping bags – if you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
  • Tips for the guide, chef and horseman

What to Bring

YOU SHOULD BRING FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO STANDARD TREKKING

  •  A light daypack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperatures.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf.
  • Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • It you get hot in the Apurimac Canyon; you should also be prepared for hot conditions on this trek.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters and more
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Cash – sufficient for tips and souvenirs, or any drinks or snacks you might want to buy along the way.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you).
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

Terms & Condition

THE TERMS AND CONDITION

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It is not commitment that you have to book tours, trekking, expedition or any other service with Sunrise Peru Trek. There are not any service charges for inquiries.

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Please kindly inform us, if you are inquiring information or quotation for promotion or business propose. Please inform us, if you are travel agency, tour leader or other organization to propose for group.

You are permitted to send as many inquiries to finalize tailor-made itinerary as per your desired holiday (date, route, type services, standard of accommodation, etc). In case of fixed itinerary, you have to be convinced as per groups plan.

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RESERVATION PROCESS AFTER FINAL DECISION TO BOOK SERVICES WITH US:

You need to provide us follow personal detail, information of flight (arrival at Cusco and departure from Cusco), Photocopy of passport and photographs.

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We will procedure for necessary booking of services required for your trip.
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BOOKING DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:

We kindly request with all our client to make payment 40% total bill as booking deposit at the time of booking made. Once you decided to book the trip with us, we will give you our bank account. The balance invoice of your booking to be paid on your arrival at Cusco; You will pay us in cash.

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The views of the Choquequirao Standard Trekking

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Choquequirao Standard Trekking takes you to explore the Inca ruins

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At Choquequirao Standard Trekking you’ll se the sunrise over the Mountains

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Nice route at Choquequirao Standard Trekking

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Explore all the sites – Choquequirao Standard Trekking

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Apurimac Canyon – Choquequirao Standard Trekking

Weather for Choquequirao Standard Trekking

4-day Choquequirao Standard Trekking is an epic multiple day journey through the mountain of Peruvian Andes. The Weather in the Andes is really unpredictable at times and can change very quickly from sunny, to rainy and back again.

Dry season (April to November)

  • Day temperature of 20 º C / 35 º C
  • Night temperature 5 º C / 10 º C

Rainy season (December – March)

  • Day temperature 17 º C / 22 º C
  • Night temperature 0 º C / 7 º C
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STANDARD TREKKING FAQ ‘S

So you have decided that you would like to hike Choquequirao Standard Trekking; what next?
You will obviously have many questions that you would like answer to help you to prepare for your adventure of a lifetime; but where do you start? You will find below some of the most frequently asked questions that that will help you prepare to hike Choquequirao Standard Trekking.
Why should I choose Choquequirao Standard Trekking?
To hike to Choquequirao, there are 4 routes used to reach only Choqeuquirao or add to your itinerary Machu Picchu, each has its own characteristics and offers a different perspective and challenge. The most popular route is the Choquequirao Standard Trekking; which attracts the majority of all visitors to Peru. The Choquequirao Standard trekking route is a very popular route and as a result can also be very busy; these routes are typically completed in 4 days.
When is the best time trek Choquequirao Standard Trekking?
It is possible to hike Choquequirao Standard Trekking all year round; however the months outside of the rainy seasons are more desirable. The best months are from April to November. The finest weather is usually in the middle of the year from June to september, which are typically the warmest and driest months of the year.
How many people will be in a group?
We have a maximum of 8 people per group. We believe that a small, intimate group is one of the most important factors to ensure our guests will have an amazing experience on Choquequirao Standard Trekking. We can arrange trips for larger groups if required.
Will I need to purchase travel insurance?
You must arrange adequate travel insurance for your Choquequirao Standard Trekking. You should ensure that your policy covers you for high altitude trekking as most standard policies will not include this.
How fit will I need to be?
Anyone of reasonable fitness should be capable trekking to Choquequirao; it is more likely that altitude sickness, rather than a lack of physical fitness will prevent you from the trekking. That said the more preparation and training that you can do prior to hike Choquequirao Standard Trekking the more enjoyable you will find it.
What clothing & equipment should I take?
You do not require any technical equipment on Choquequirao Standard Trekking; however you will experience changing weather conditions and be exposed to temperatures ranging from +30 degrees to cero degrees, so you should be prepared for this. You should take thin layers that can be added, or taken away depending on the weather conditions. But remember there is a limit to the weight that the porters can carry and your kit bag must be a maximum of 8Kg. You will also have a rucksack that will contain your basic kit for a day’s walking.
How much equipment will I carry?
Your rucksack should contain all of your personal kit for the day ahead; a 30L – 35L rucksack will be sufficient. On an average day you would expect to carry; waterproof clothing, hat, gloves, water, first-aid kit, spare laces, valuables, pack lunch and snacks.