The hike to Choquequirao is fascinating and one of the most popular trips in Cusco because it is only accessible by foot; there are no railways or roads that can take you to the archaeological site itself or near it, so many people consider this trip as a pilgrimage, an escape from routine, a challenge.
This archaeological site is located more than 3030 meters above sea level (about 9940 feet). The majesty of the landscapes is astounding, the variety of flora and fauna is unique, and the remote location of the ruins makes Choquequirao a mysterious and enchanting destination that, unlike Machupicchu, has not yet been discovered by the masses.
Join us on this incredible four-day, three-night excursion visiting Choquequirao and find the hidden gem that is not easily accessible to visitors but is an unbeatable experience that leaves all hikers with unforgettable memories.
Early in the morning, a shuttle will pick us up from the hotel and drive us to Cachora. Upon arrival, we will have the option to have breakfast if you have not already done so (not included in the package) and make the last necessary purchases. Also, this is the place where our team will be ready to welcome us (cook, muleteers, mules) and give the instructions for the adventure.
We will begin a long hike that will take us between 7 and 8 hours in this mountainous region. On the way, we will observe a variety of landscapes with different climates, with views of the snow-capped Pedroyoc and a diversity of flora and fauna.
We will arrive at the Capuliyoc viewpoint (2885 m // 8465 ft.) where we will have a magnificent view of the Apurimac Canyon and have lunch.
After lunch, we resume our trek downhill until we reach our goal for the day: Chiquisca, where we will have dinner and camp.
Overnight in Chiquisca.
Early in the morning, we will enjoy a good breakfast and begin the descent to Playa Rosalinas (1500m // 4921 ft.).
From this point the real challenge of the trip begins, climbing uphill until reaching 2870 m or 9416 ft. to the community of Marampata. The trail is zigzagging and steep and will continue for approximately 5h. This stretch will require physical endurance as well as good acclimatization.
At this point, we will be able to see the Choquequirao archaeological complex from afar, but we will take a short break to enjoy the incredible views and have lunch.
After lunch, we will resume our trek until we reach Choquequirao (leaving our unnecessary belongings in Marampata since it is the place of our campsite).
This day we will have plenty of time to visit Choquequirao, considered the sister city of Machupicchu because of the many similarities they share. Choquequirao is 1500 meters above the Apurimac canyon, while Machupicchu is towards the Urubamba canyon, they have the same latitude, and both are large citadels of more than 8 hectares. Archaeologists are making new discoveries every day, since only a third of them have been discovered so far.
In the afternoon, we return to Marampata camp and have dinner. Overnight in Marampata.
Early in the morning we will enjoy the sunrise over the ruins of Choquequirao. We will have breakfast and start descending the same way we came, passing by Playa Rosalinas (1500m // 4921 ft.), the lowest point of our experience and where we will have lunch and rest our aching feet and knees.
We will resume our hike uphill until we reach our campsite at Chiquisqa. We will have time to enjoy the breathtaking views of the deep canyons and perhaps the chance to see a condor flying nearby, the king of the Andes.
Dinner and overnight in Chiquisqa.
An early start today will help us avoid the worst of the heat in the canyon and guarantee magnificent views of the Apurimac and surrounding peaks.
We will arrive at the Capuliyoc viewpoint for the last time, where we can say goodbye to the fabulous views of the ruins of Choquequirao. We will then ascend to our final destination of San Pedro de Cachora to return to Cusco.
On our way back we have the possibility to visit the archaeological site of Saywite; a ceremonial center where water was worshipped and also a place that could have been a "training center" to learn about the different engineering options in coastal and mountain conditions.
Arrival in Cusco, transfer to your hotel and end of services to continue with another destination or excursion.
Early in the morning, we will take the shared bus to climb the most famous Inca site in the country: Machupicchu, "Old Summit" in Quechua language.
During your guided tour (about 2 hours), you will discover this architectural complex built on a narrow ridge bordered by cliffs, still shrouded in the morning mist. A breathtaking view that evolves with the progression of the sun.
Then we will walk through the alleys of the citadel, its neighborhoods, its squares, its royal houses, its agricultural areas, its trails and its observatories.
After the guided tour, we descend to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Poroy (the closest train stop to the city of Cusco).
Arrival in Poroy, transfer to your hotel and end of services to continue to another destination or excursion.
Additional activities to do on site: (not included in the package and booked in advance)
Possibility of adding the ascent to Huaynapicchu Mountain or Machupicchu Mountain according to availability (these mountains are part of the landscape of the citadel of Machupicchu and have different schedules and entrances, as they take more time to climb and visit).
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