EXPLORING THE LAST INKA BULWARK
CHOQUEQUIRAO 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS
Choquequirao is a magnificent archaeological center, but to be able to reach it you will need strength and will of steel, since it is considered one of the most remote, challenging and amazing routes for trekking in the Cusco region.
In fact it is a complete route, it takes several days, but it’s worth it.
DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – PLAYA ROSALINA (RÍO APURÍMAC)
At 05:00 am. We will pick you up from your accommodation and then transfer you in our private transport to Cachora, 4 hours from Cusco. Here well get ready before starting with the necessary equipment that includes horses and muleteers. Then well start the trek uphill, passing through the high pass of Capuliyoc, where we can see condors and a great view of the Apurimac Canyon. Finally we descend through the cactus forest to Playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Camping in Rosalina beach (1550m).
DAY 2: ROSALINA BEACH – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO
After breakfast early, we´ll begin the 5 hours of trekking that awaits us, all this is uphill along a long and narrow path, where you can appreciate beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Halfway we will stop for lunch in Marampata, then continue walking to Choquequirao, considered the “sacred sister” of Machupicchu, due to its structural and architectural similarity with it. The archaeological complex of Choquequirao is an inspiring example of a ceremonial center of the Inka elite. It is located above the Apurímac river canyon and surrounded by the snowy Salkantay and Humantay.
Camping near Choquequirao.
DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – CHOQUEQUIRAO PASS – RÍO BLANCO – MAIZAL
Early, after breakfast you will have the guided tour through the archaeological center, touring the most important sectors of the site, then start again with the hike, climbing through the cloud forest of high jungle, mountains and valleys to reach the pass of Choquequirao. After 5 hours of walking, the path continues through the agricultural terraces called Pinchinuyoc at 2750 meters above sea level, where you can see different species of birds, orchid varieties and coca plantations of the inhabitants. We continue walking until reach the Blanco River, where we will have lunch, here we can take a refreshing swim in the waters of the river, after having rested we started the long and steep ascent to our camp in Maizal. Here we will camp at 3000 meters above sea level.
DAY 4: MAIZAL – VICTORIA MINES – YANAMA.
Early after breakfast we´ll leave the camp walking near the Corihuayrachina glacier. The trek will be uphill going through old silver mines called Victoria, we will also pass through some Inca remains, where you will be able to see original Inca roads, then we will begin until you reach the Victoria Pass where you can appreciate spectacular views. Here we will have lunch and if we are lucky we’ll be able to appreciate the flight of the condors, to then descend to the camp where we will spend the night in the settlement of Yanama, located at the bottom of the valley.
DAY 5: YANAMA – TOTORA
After early breakfast, we will start the trek uphill again to the highest point called Yanama. Once again, the view will be incredible, from here we will be surrounded by the Saqsarayoc and Padreyoc mountain ranges. Here once again, we will have the opportunity to see the flight of the condors and during the ascent the landscape will change a bit, especially the grass that is probably wet and with a bit of snow, a landscape different from everything else seen during the walk . After we will begin to descend in a long walk through fields full of bushes and cloud forests, we will cross small wooden bridges until we reach the community of Totora, where we will spend one more night of camping.
DAY 6: TOTORA – PLAYA – HIDROELÉCTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES
This day the trekking will be of 7 hours, descending until the Totora river during the trip you will be able to appreciate variety of wild life. Then we descend by a path to the left side of the Santa Teresa River, where you can see banana, coffee and passion fruit plantations, also small waterfalls until you reach Playa, where you can find some small shops to buy snacks. Here we will have lunch and after a short rest we will board a transport that will take us to the town of Santa Teresa and continue to the Hydroelectric sector, here we’ll continue 3 hours walking until reach the town of Aguas Calientes, where we’ll have dinner and spend the night.
DAY 7: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
After an early breakfast in Aguas Calientes we’ll take the bus to Machupicchu, there you’ll have a guided tour around the most important sectors of the Archaeological Site, then you will have free time to travel Machupicchu on your own, After return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and have the afternoon free until the departure time of your train that will take you to Ollantaytambo again, where our transportation will be waiting for you to return to Cusco.
WHAT TO BRING
MONDAY TO SATURDAY
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm