The wonderful Choquequirao Hike, which in 2014 was named among the 20 best destinations in the world by the National Geographic travel magazine. Many consider Choquequirao to be the sister city of Machu Picchu due to its beautiful Inca constructions. This 6-day hike is the best tour for people who want a long and challenging hike. You will explore this impressive land of mountains, hills and valleys on a path with some other people on it. You will visit two of the magnificent best preserved Inca cities: first, newly discovered Choquequirao, and then our final destination, the majestic citadel of Machupicchu. An unforgettable experience.
We leave the city of Cusco very early (6:00 am), driving along the road that goes north-west through the famous Pampas de Anta or Yawar Pampa (blood Pampa), due to the fierce battle between the Incas and the Chankas for the possession of the city Cuzco). We cross the mountains and descend to the warm city of Limatambo, where the archaeological site of Tarawasi is located.
We continue towards the Cunyac Bridge over the Apurimac River, the natural border between the Cusco and Apurimac regions. We follow the road to Curahuasi, famous for its aromatic drink: Macerated Anise. Our last stop is the town of San Pedro de Cachora (2850m) after 4 hours of travel from Cusco to the province of Apurimac, surrounded by majestic snowfalls, such as the Padreyoc (5,771 m). Here we will meet our "arrieros" (riders), and we begin our trek, leaving the town to the north, with a spectacular view of the Padreyoc Snow. We cross the Cachora stream and ascend through a forest of eucalyptus and refreshing native vegetation to the dirt track that is passable by cars, from where the road is flat to the observation post in Capuliyoq (2800m). Estimated time to reach this point is approximately 3 hours. From the viewpoint, which has a spectacular view of the Apurimac and Choquekirau river. Here we will enjoy our lunch.
We begin the descent along a zigzagging path, crossing thickets and then we will enter a forest of native trees called "Phaty", about 3 hours. After six hours of walking we will finally reach our first camp called Chiquisca (1,930 m). We can expect a warm night in the valley.
After a good breakfast, we begin our descent to Playa Rosalina (1550M), where we register at an INC checkpoint and cross the bridge over the Apurimac River. From this point we will start 1 hour approx: our way uphill By a zigzagging path, towards Santa Rosa (2095m), where we can take a refreshing break, and maybe buy some sweets or soft drinks. We continue up, towards Marampata (2850m), a flat place where we can rest in conditions similar to those of Santa Rosa, enjoying a splendid view of Choquequirau. The time from the Apurimac river to here is approximately 4 to 5 hours. We continue on a flat road, and then have several ups and downs before arriving at the INC camp in Choquequirao. This campsite has bathrooms and a cold shower.
We have a full day to discover the huge complex of Choquequirao. Your guide will try to show the most recently discovered areas and also the terraces of agriculture and the sector of the Llamas sculptures that are a more remote sector. Archaeologists continue to discover new parts of the complex that is covered by the intense jungle. You will also have time to explore the complex on your own. The return walk will begin late in the afternoon, and we will camp in Marampata (approx. 2 hours). We walk around 5 hours today in warmer weather
After breakfast we will continue our journey back, starting with a steep descent to the Apurimac River, where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we will climb for approximately 4 hours and then camp in Coca Masana or Chikisca. The walk uphill at this time is easier than on the second day. We walk around 7 hours today in warmer weather
It will be the day of the last hike. We can appreciate the Apurimac canyon by following a new path that crosses through the canyon. We will arrive to Huancacalle and take our transport to Ollantaytambo.
At night, to take the train (1 hour and 30 minutes), from the train station of Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hostel.
Note: The trekking guide ends this day with you, in Aguas Calientes the Machupicchu guide will be waiting for you
Early in the morning we take the bus from the town of Aguas Calientes to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. We have the opportunity to climb the difficult path to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain (does not include income) the pyramid-shaped peak that dominates Machu Picchu, which offers spectacular and different views, it is even possible to see the Apu Salkantay.
The guided tour of 2.5 hours Machu Picchu allows us to appreciate the high level of development achieved by the Andean civilization through the Incas.
An extremely religious site, Machu Picchu demonstrates the superior knowledge attained by astronomy and astrology. This knowledge of the measurement of the rainy and dry season through the solstices is indispensable for the development of agriculture, the source life of the Andes. After our visit, we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, where we can enjoy a relaxing bath in the local hot springs.
Unlike Machu Picchu where you can reach with trains and ascend by buses, Choquequirao is a destination that is reached through intense sacrifice and effort. They are hard walks that involve descents and slopes. The way to get there is walking a lot and camping. The entire trip can be made between 4 and 5 days unless you want to visit some nearby towns or do it quickly.
From the town of Cachora to Choquequirao about 31 kilometers walk without including the tour of the ruins. Back would be the same distance (62 km in total). A large part of the route involves the descent of a large mountain while the other half is on a climb.
The citadel is 3,035 m.a.s.l. and at the lowest point of the walk you'll be at 1,461 m.a.s.l. The weather is similar to Cusco, so it is advisable to get ready to the heights before the walk.
The allowed weight of 6 kilos per person to be loaded by horses
For the Salkantay trek, we include 5 kilos of allowed weight that will be carried by our horses along the trek. This weight will be delivered to the moment where we will meet with our carriers. We recommend that you have a large backpack where you can place your things that will be carried by the horses; You will have access to your personal things once you arrive at the camp. It is important that you consider that sleeping bags are part of the 5 kilos allowed
However, you will still have a small backpack in which you must carry some essential items such as water, sunscreen, passport, etc.
You can leave or store things that will not lead to the Inca Trail at the hotel or hostel where you are staying. Most of these establishments have stores where they will store their things. If you do not trust the place where you stay we will gladly store your belongings in our office.
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