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Choquequirao Trek from Cusco is a four days off the beaten track trek experience. It is one of the lost cities of Incas. In Quechua, the word Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold”.
Both Choquequirao and Machu Picchu were built by Pachacutec in the same era. The Incas refer to it as its Sacred Sister city of Machu Picchu. Choquequirao ruins sit high up in the Quriwayrachina Mountain range.
When the Spanish invaded Peru, the Incas abandoned the complex. Due to its remote location, even the Spanish conquistadors could not find the exact location of the archaeological site. It was eventually covered by the encroaching forest.
Although the archeological site was discovered in 1710 by Spanish explorer – Juan Arias Diaz, the excavation began in the 1970s. Infact, even it has not been excavated completely. The Inca site still makes you feel as though you are the first one to find it.
Unlike Machu Picchu, Choquequirao attracts a handful of visitors a day. This is primarily because of its remote location. The only way to get there is by trekking for two days, each way.
The route takes you along the Apurimac river and has many uphill and downhill hikes. Because of this, you will have the opportunity to experience the diverse weather conditions.
The four days trek takes you through the Apurimac Canyon where you will be able to see different flora and fauna and also get a captivating view of the snowcapped Andean peaks. You will also get to see the flight of the Andean condors on your way.
Local authorities are planning to install a cable car from the nearby town. This would see a rapid boom in tourism here.
Although trek to Choquequirao is somewhat challenging, it leaves you with an unforgettable experience of the lost city of Incas.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco between 0330 and 0400 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Capuliyoc, the starting point of the trek.
It is four hours away from Cusco. Here we will be meeting our crew (muleteers and cook). So while our team will be organising your belongings, we will serve you breakfast.
After breakfast, our trek expert will be sharing some tips and will give you a safety briefing. Then we will begin the trek with a gradual uphill climb to Capuliyoc view point. From here, you will get stunning views of the snow capped peak of Padreyoc mountain.
We will then hike down the hill for two and a half hours to Chikiska. It is an Oasis. On our way we will be crossing many plantations.
After a short break, we will be continuing for thirty minutes to Playa Rosalinas. Here we will be serving you lunch.
We will be serving you an authentic Peruvian meal. After lunch, we will be crossing the Rosalina’s bridge. The bridge connects two states of Peru (Apurimac and Cusco). We will be entering Cusco.
From the Rosalina’s bridge we will be hiking two hours up the hill to our campsite in Santa Rosa.
After a freshly prepared breakfast, we will begin the day with a hike to Marampata. It is at 2925 metres above sea level. From Marampata, the archaeological complex is just two hours away. You will get the first view of the complex from here.
The trek to Choquequirao gets more interesting from here. The route passes through dense tropical vegetation. You will also have the opportunity to spot many distinct plants and animals in their natural habitat.
Once we reach Choquequirao campsite, we will serve lunch. After lunch, we will spend the rest of the day exploring the complex. We will begin the tour at Pikiwasi sector, we will then visit the remains of the priest’s house, the main plaza, llama sector and more.
The Llama sector is quite interesting. Here you will witness the creativity of Incas. The Incas used Llamas to carry crops and other things. To express their gratitude to the animal, they have adored the grey stone walls of agricultural terraces with 24 white stones which represent Llamas.
After the guided tour of the complex, we will return to the campsite for dinner.
You will be waking up with a view of the lost city of Incas right in front of you. We will serve you a hot cup of coffee or coca tea followed by breakfast. We will then start hiking down the hill back to Cocamasana Campsite.
On our way, we will be passing through the farming terraces in Marampata. Locals here cultivate potatoes, carrots and Quinoas. We will be hiking along the blackberry farms to Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa is popular for Avocados. You can also savour the local beverage – Chicha de Cambray. We will then hike to Playa Rosalinas. Here we will be serving you lunch.
After lunch, we will continue with the last segment of the third day Choquequirao Trek to Cocamasana Campsite.
After breakfast, we will begin with the last segment of the Choquequirao Trek. We will be hiking three hours up the hill to Capuliyoc.
Here we will be bidding goodbye to our Chef and muleteers. We will then take our transport back to Cusco. On our way, we will be stopping at Saywite and Taray.
We will be reaching Cusco at around 0500 in the evening.
My wife and I had an unforgettable experience with the travel Machu Picchu Amazon Peru! By the way the very beautiful city, we enjoyed the sunny day in the main square of cusco, we took the route to choquequirao of 4 days and 3 nights where everything was a wonder, like to know the incredible mountain and the canyon of Choquequirao that emotion to see it, the condors are flying over the mountains.my wife had no words to express her emotion to see the Spectacular Views.
our guide was very attentive and friendly, Richard made us feel like family, the food excellent at the right time our coca leaves tea and something special for Us the local drink was wonderfull the attention was very good. choquequirao a whole city that wonder to know and to be standing meditating for a long time.
we were at all times very happy to know this marvel Guided tour was spectacular. All this experience we will have in our hearts and we will recommend to our friends, relatives neighbors.
This is one of the most memorable experiences I have had. The trip can be challenging physically and mentally, especially the second day.
My brothers and I have been blown away with the service Machu Picchu Amazon Peru have provided, from the office staff to the guides.
But also funny and made sure each and every one of us was comfortable and having a good time
which I’ve definitely experienced with other trekking companies. Would highly recommend!