Choquequirao Trek 4 days Tour

From: 395.00 USD$

Locations Visited : Choquequirao  Citadel
Trip Style : Alternative inca treks
Length : 4 days and 3 nights
Frequency : Every day
Group : Min 6 , Max 12
Physical Grading :
Choquequirao, The sister of  Machupicchu means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua “Inca´s language”, although this is probably not its original name. It is another “Lost City of the Incas” rediscovered officially late in 20th century located high on a ridge spur almost 1750mts above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks.

Choquequirao was build during the last days of the Inca empire in the government of the Inca Pachacutec 1490, by Tupac Inca Yapanqui, and probably after the Spanish invasion in 1532. Almost 40 years the Inca’s held stand against the spanish conquerors (between 1536 – 1572). The construction of the different levels of temples, palaces, canals and aqueducts is really fantastic. “Choquequirao is the city which demonstrates the inspiring example of an elite Inca ceremonial center. A city dedicated to worship the “Pachamama” the andean mother earth “the Apus” mountain gods and divinities, the river and the elements of nature.” Choquequirao finally burned down and left deserted. This happened probably after the execution of the last Inca, Tupac Amaru I in 1572.

By this occasion, the plaster covering the walls, carbonized and disappeared for the most part. At the east side of the complex more then 110 terraces with houses and squares are being revealed. At the west side another 170 terraces are hidden and covered by the forest, in some of these terraces can be seen now an amazing in straight line white color llamas in symetrical order, Until now only 25% is put to overdraft and conserved. With this Choquequirao is the largest Inca-town of the continent and much larger then Macchu Pichu. For the first time in 1710 they mentioned the existence of Choquequirao. The first drawings of the structure of the ruins were made about 1836 by the Frenchmen Léonce Angrand and them by Eugine Sartigues.

DAY 01: CUSCO  – LIMA TAMBO RUINS – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA

we will come to pick you up at 5:00 am and we will head for the village san pedro cachora (2850m/9350f) ,  where will have plenty of time for breakfast  and  meet our horsemen and mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition, then we will continue our trek towards the pass of capuliyoc, ( 2850m/9186f). this trek offers a beautiful view and  diverse landscapes that belong to different climates such as Pedroyoc snow-capped, diversity of flora and fauna that embellish our trekking .A deep canyon and of the river Apurímac, meaning “speaking river”. Thereupon, we will descend towards the canyon’s interior named Chiquisca (1930m/6332f), where we will spend the night.

  • Meals:  L, D
  • Accommodation: Camping 4 people tents  for  2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude:3000 masl Capulichayoc
  • Minimum Altitude:1750 masl chiquisca
  • Distance Travelled:16 Km
  • Approximate Walking Time:6 – 7 Hours

 

DAY 02: CHIQUISCA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEKIRAO RUINS.

after a good breakfast we will descend to la playa rosalina (1550m/5085f) to cross the apurimac river the lowest point of the trekking , after   we will continue heading for Marampata (2850m/9350f), where we will have a beautiful view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f) then completely guided tour of Chokequirao = “Golden Cradle” is considered the Sister City of Machu Picchu. Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the settlement.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Accommodation:Camping 2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude:2800 masl Marampata
  • Minimum Altitude:1750 masl chiquisca
  • Distance Travelled:15 km
  • Approximate Walking Time:7- 8 Hours

DAY 3: CHOQUEKIRAO RUINS – MARANPATA – CHIQUISCA

we will wake up very early in the morning where  we can see the sun sunrise over the ruins and after a good breakfast start to walk back down for the same way we came in, until we reach our camp at Chiquica

  • Meals:B L D
  • Accommodation:Camping 2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude:3200 masl Choquequirao
  • Minimum Altitude:1500 masl chiquisca
  • Distance Travelled:17 km
  • Approximate Walking Time :8 -9 Hours

DAY 4: CCHIQUISCA – CACHORA – CUSCO

We will  wake up with  birds’ songs and beautiful scenery. We will walk back to Cachora. The trek time to Cachora will take 5 to 7 hours depending of your physical condition. In Cachora we will met our private van to take us back to Cusco. arriving  at 7- 8:00 pm .

  • Meals: B, L .
  • Accommodation:Camping 2 people per tents
  • Maximum Altitude:3000 masl Capulichayoc
  • Distance Travelled:15 km
  • Approximate Walking Time:7 – 8 Hour

What  is Included :

  • Choquequirao Trek Briefing at Hotel or Office * Let us know where are you going to stay in cusco.
  • Professional Bilingual Tour  guide.
  • Collection from hotel ( we will come to pick you up between 4:00 am to 5:00am )
  • Bus from Cusco to Cachora (Trailhead)  – Cusco
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao Citadel (one time) International Student Identity card (ISIC) if applicable. green card.
  • Cook Horseman , Mules (carry up to 5 kg per person  mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment )
  • 4 breakfast, 4 Lunches,4 Dinners
  • Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast
  • doble occupancy tents
  • 4 nights Camping .
  • Dining tent , Kitchen tent
  • foam sleeping mattresses note (if you want hire a comfortable air mattresses it also can be hired from us)
  • First aid kit
  • Vegetarian Option or  special diet-Free available.

What is not Included:

  • First Breakfast , last lunch and dinner
  • Mineral water (boiled water provided with food but you can buy it along the way )
  • Personal Horse  US$ 65
  • sleeping  bag ( you can hire from us US$18 )
  • Walking poles (you can hire from us US$10)
  • 45 Lt back pack US$ 10.
  • Tips for the guide,cook, horseman (arrieros) is a cusctom but not mandatory.
  • PERU TRAVEL COMPANY  provides a duffle bag to transport your belongings.
  • Travel and health insurance.( bring copies with you please) :PERU TRAVEL COMPANY  highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation / interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.

What you need to Take:

  • Original passport and copies (and Student card (ISIC) student card if applicable) green card if you are student )
  • Travel Insurance card is essential
  • Hiking water proof boots ( with ankle protectors )
  • Trekking poles metal tips are not allowed on the trail
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Sun hat and gloves
  • T-shirts / shirts
  • Comfortable hiking zip off trousers
  • Rain pants
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
  • Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least
  • Water bottle
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights
  • Emergency money at least 200- 300 ) extra soles.(USD$ 120
  • Short pants , Plaster and bandages
  • Walking poles (with rubber tips) they can also be hired from us (they can be used on the Inca Trail if they have rubber tips)

CHOQUEKIRAO WEATHER

Dry season (April – November)
Day temperature 20ºC/35ºC
Night temperature 5 ºC/10ºC
Wet season (December – March)
Day temperature 17ºC/22ºC
Night temperature 0 ºC/7ºC

ADVICE FOR HIKERS

Is recommendable have yellow fiber vaccination (malaria) because you will be 3 days in the high jungle. We never hear news about problems with malaria in this zone but are better to be prepared.
It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude for that try to spend 2 nights in Cusco (3400m) prior to do the trek.

LOCAL KIDS AND ADULTS

Along the way you will met many people, specially kids walking long distance to arrive at school and study 5 hours and they back home after maybe 30 minutes or 2 – 4 hours depending how far they live from the school. Normally they are son or daughter of poor farmers living on the mountains. We strongly recommend help us to give some present to them like pencils, notebook, dictionaries, toys, clothes (socks, gloves, hat, t-shirt, etc) and something to eat. We don’t recommend giving them things like candies, chew gun, soda, camping knife or money. If you really like to make picture of them, especially of adults we strongly advise you to ask first. If you don’t speak any word of Spanish language (español) coordinate with your guide to see if is possible to have picture of them. Local people don’t permit take picture of them, because they believe you taking their spirit on your camera.

HIRE HORSE AND HORSEMAN

Horses can carry up to 120 Kg = $140 USD for the full duration of the tour ( $35 USD per day). Each horse comes equipped with saddle and assistant who will provide food and care the horse every day.
Riding a horse you will need to carry a daypack with your Camera, bottle of water, snacks, a fleece or something warm and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season but as a precaution). Your bag will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites.