Accompany us in the next 4 days by one of the most interesting hiking routes of Peru, the path to the other city of the Incas called Choquequirao is surrounded by typical vegetation of the mountain and in comparison with Machu Picchu, this trek is not so transited and gives the traveler a variety of landscapes, climates and historical places, because of its strategic location at the top of the Apurimac Canyon its access is only walking, achieving if the site is not as crowded as the other attractions of the region, In the same way the trek is demanding as one descends one of the deepest canyons of the earth and then to return to climb to the top making of this experience a path of improvement and satisfaction when arriving at one of the next 7 wonders of the world.
During the 4 days of the tour we will appreciate beautiful high Andean landscapes and mountains near the Apurimac canyon. In addition, a unique architecture completely different from those already seen in Cusco, highlighting the llamas sector, in the same way, along the trail you will experience different microclimates and ecosystems as we descend through one of the deepest canyons in the world. as is the Apurimac.
Day 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – SANTA ROSA
Before the first daylight we jump on the car to transport at start to our adventure, breakfast in the Hotel around 5 am. Likewise make sure bring all your own equipment to the trek. Then we will start with our journey to the village of Cachora from Cusco 4 hours drive to the trailhead of Cachora, continuing thereafter towards the Cunyac Bridge between the departments of Cusco and Apurimac, arriving at Cachora 2800 masl. and Capuliyoc 2900 masl at .
Here we will meet with our horseman (donkey drivers), here is the first view to the Choquequirao complex still further, we starting with gentleman downhill by serpent trail over the Apurimac canyon for 4 hours, crossing the small hamlet and hut called Cocamasana and Chiquisca on the lower part of the valley, the climate is warm and sunny on the dry season is dusty, we will have lunch before the start the ascent towards Santa Rosa hamlet, lunch spot called Playa Rosalinda 1500 masl, after nap the ascent is around 2 hours till Sta Rosa 2100 masl. The first base camp.
Day 2: SANTA ROSA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO
One day of complete adrenaline to climb up to the ancient city there are the highest view to the wide landscape, after light quake breakfast around 6:00 am, we will continue our hike up to Marampata 2850 m.a.s.l for around 3 hours slow pace.
During our journey we will observe the dense vegetation in the area. Then we will arrive to Maranpata beside the Chunchumayo to refreshing and short rest. Along the way youll observe many orchids and colorful flowers as well as many birds and mammals, Marampata the beautiful base camp, lunch spot with top view much further into the mountains the great inca complej called “Choquequirao city” 3000 masl. From lunch is 2 hours hike along the Inca trail with impressive views to Choquequirao and surrounded the complex. On the afternoon recommended visit with less clouds and clear views to mountain ranges early darkness side down tents close to Choquequirao 2950 masl. Base camp.
Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO - MARAMPATA - CHIKISKA
To wake up on the Andes it is delight to following Our instinct of path finders, quit breakfast will be on the wild life in Choquequirao is prize by sunrise and fill up of gladness, We will arrive at the archaeological site in time to enjoy the impressionist views of the deep canyons and maybe the opportunity to see a Condor flying near, we will walk towards of the Choquequirao archaeological complex, which is a one-hour walk to see the Choquequirao and where our guide and mystic knowledge you feel travel around the time, after 3 hours exploring the complex we start return way back to the begin by the same trail 2 hours down cross the Apurimac river and 1 hour up until Chiquisca. base camp.
Day 4: MARAMPATA- PLAYA - CHIKISKA
Our return begins after breakfast, leaving our camp and returning along the same path for approximately 6 hours, passing through the small towns of Maranpata, always having a view of the Apurimac canyon at all times. The descent will be quite exhausting until we reach Playa and then continue the walk to our Chikiska camp where we will have lunch and the afternoon free to rest and wait for the last day.
Day 5: CHIKISKA- CAPULIYOC – CUSCO
The last Andean breakfast is the biggest and special with the river noising, mostly time of the day is hat and up back to the begin, we will return along the same route to Capuliyoc 2800 masl., the slope back the way up appreciate the condors and some Andean life on the route and snowcapped mountains and turn the head, share the experience on the trek, we descended on the first day and which is a soft climb of two hours until the pass of Capuliyoc 2915 m.a.s.l. During our journey we will observe the exotic flora and fauna as well as sights of majestic snow-capped peaks and the impressive canyon of the Apurimac. After to get Capuliyoc where the Climbing path finishes we will have lunch Where is the last views to the apurimac valley and Choquequirao, in over all the climbing time is 4 hours approx.. to get towards Capuliyoc the end of the trek and lunch spot, In the afternoon we will drive a car back 5 hours to Cusco. Arriving around 8 p.m., passengers will be transferred to the hotel. End of the services.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Pick up from your hotel to start the walk
- Private transportation from Cusco / Capuliyoc (starting point of the trek)
- Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
- Professional English speeking guide
- Private guided tour in Choquequirao
- 4 seasons Doite Kaylas Tents
- Sea to Summit Comfortable foam mattresses
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian meal with prior request)
- 1 emergency horse that can be ridden if you feel exhausted or unwell
- All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and bathroom tent
- First aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
- Horses (for equipment and personal items) and riders to care for them
- Our mules will transport 7 kg of your personal items, such as extra clothes and a sleeping bag
- Boiled water for drinking and washing
- Entrance ticket to the hot springs
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking poles
- Tips for the staff
- Walking Poles – +$15 USD per pair per trek
- Sleeping bag - +$25 USD per trek
- Personal tent - +$30 USD
BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH TERRA PERU AVENTURAS
- Assistance 24/7 a week in English.
- Qualified professionals on all tours
- Professional Guides in English on all tours
- Free transfer from the airport to the hotel
Please read the following information carefully. This will help you resolve your doubts and/or questions about our services
ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
All our services start at the airport of the city of Cusco where our driver will be waiting for the arrival of your flight to be able to drive you to the hotel of your choice, this service has no additional cost.
For which it is necessary that you provide us with your flight details and confirmation 1 or 2 days before your arrival in the city, our staff will be waiting with the Terra Peru Aventuras sign which you have to locate.
The briefing is the information that is provided to our clients prior to a trip, this will be done one night before the selected activity at the hotel of their stay. In general, the schedule will depend on the other activities that you have planned to carry out, but many times it usually takes place between 6 and 7 at night.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE CLASSIC CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 4 DAYS?
To start a reservation, the first thing we request is your personal data along with the details of the date you would like to do the walk, then we will request an advance payment of 40% of the total value of the walk in order to generate the purchase of the necessary tickets for the tour.
After the deposit, our reservation staff will send you the confirmation of the reservation of the Tour which will include the DATE, NAME OF THE TOUR, PERSONAL DATA OF THE CLIENT, AMOUNT DEPOSITED AND AMOUNT PENDING PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY.
Terra Peru Aventuras offers you different payment methods depending on your needs, from bank deposits, transfers via Wester Union, as well as PayPal (consider +8% to the deposit to be made for reasons of bank commissions)
WHEN DO I MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE TOUR?
In general, the total payment must be made upon arrival, we recommend making the payment in cash, due to commission issues from international banks that may be unfavorable to you in case you want to make a payment with your credit card. Our staff gives you more details about it.
CAN I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER I HAVE PURCHASED THE TICKETS?
For all our tours with the exception of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Salkantay, yes! is possible to modify the date without any cost, this must be communicated to our staff as soon as possible in order to carry out the procedures for the modification with a new date.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Any good experience will depend on a good physical condition, if you practice any physical activity regularly you should not worry about a possible altitude sickness, however as an additional recommendation we suggest acclimatizing, in this sense you should consider spending at least 3 days to do some walk and 1 day to be able to carry out some activity or cultural tour.
There are medications that could achieve better acclimatization, but since we are not doctors, we suggest you drink plenty of water and coca infusions to achieve better acclimatization.
WHEN THE TOUR ENDS, DO YOU TAKE US TO THE HOTEL?
Everything will depend on the style of travel that you chose. Our clients who travel in a private service have the option of ending the tours at their hotel. However, those who opt for a group tour, our tour ends in the Plaza Regocijo or close to it so that you can walk without any worries to your hotel.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- Original passport
- Small backpack
- Water storage: 2-3 litre reusable bottles
- Hiking shoes
- Toilet paper
- 4 t-shirts
- 3 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- Bathing suit for the thermal waters
- Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite its the higher and temperture drop to 2 Celius
- Rain jacket
- Waterproof gloves
- Quickdry towel
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc
- Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold
- Boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens
- Sun hat ; Sunscreen
- Wool hat
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
- Rain plastic poncho
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips