Choquequirao trek 5 days

INTRODUCTION

Choquequirao (Cradle of Gold) is a partly excavated ruined city of the Inca in the south of Peru exactly in the Region of Cusco. It bears a striking similarity in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu and is referred to as the New Machupicchu.Choquequirao receives far fewer tourists than Machupicchu but the archeological site is no less delightful and is a good alternative to the sometimes overcrowded Machu Picchu. Unlike Machupicchu, Choquequirao cannot be reached by train or bus. The only way to visit the site is to go on a scenic couple of day walking from outside Cusco.

05 days hiking is recommend for good experience in Choquequirao that way you can visit the area with enough time tolerance.

Duration of the trek: 05 Days / 03 Nights
Distance of the trek: 32 km (64 km round trip) (39, 8 miles)
Estimated walking time: 7 to 8 hours
Season: From March to November
Maximum height: 3,100 m.a.s.l (10,170 ft)

ITINERARY

DAY 01: CUSCO/ CACHORA/ CHIQUISCA

Previous walking we still have to drive from Cusco to Cachora town 2600 m.a.s.l (8,530 ft) which takes us for around 03 hours where we meet the horse leader. Once there we organize the equipment and luggage on mules and horses. This day we walk through great sceneries getting Capuliyoc top view point where we enjoy a break and the entire valley and Apurimac canyon. Afterward we walk in a big descent till Chiquisca camping site

Total distance: 18 km (11 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5 to 6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,915 m.a.s.l (9,500 ft)
Campsite altitude: 1,500 m.a.s.l (4,920 ft)

DAY 02: CHIQUISCA/ MARAMPATA/ CHOQUEQUIRAO

After a healthy breakfast we start to walk down to Playa Rosalina (1400m.a.s.l) (4,593 ft) which is the lower area on the walking route so after we walk up over a single trail on the desert where the practice of agriculture is almost impossible but the inhabitants of the area takes advantage of some water streams cultivating sugar cane. After 1470 meters (4,823 ft) walking up we get Marampata community (2870 m.a.s.l) (9,416 ft) where we enjoy a lunch in the middle of great scenery. After a nap we still walk up with direction the Choquequirao camping area getting in the two hours after lunch place.

Total distance: 14 km (8.7 miles)
Estimated walking time: 8 to 9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,100 m.a.s.l (10,170 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,000 m.a.s.l (9,840 ft)

DAY 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO

Today is exclusive to visit all around the Choquequirao old construction of course all of this in a guided tour including the recently discovered areas where the government is still working. On afternoon we return on the camping place to have lunch so then you can visit the lower area where are cultivation terraces water channels, and storehouses.

DAY 04: CHOQUEQUIRAO / CHIQUISCA

Walking down over the same path until Playa Rosalina where we enjoy the lunch a longer siesta to recover energy because afterward we walk up to Chiquisca Camping site where e spend the night.

Total distance: 14 km (8.7 miles)
Estimated walking time: 8 to 9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,100 m.a.s.l (10,170 ft)
Campsite altitude: 1,500 m.a.s.l (4,920 ft)

DAY 05: CHIQUISCA/CACHORA/CUSCO

Early breakfast at around 04:30 o’clock in the morning and then walking up to Capuliyac view point and Cachora village where we say chao! horse leader to continue by car to Cusco city.

Total distance: 18 km (11 miles) Estimated walking time: 7 to 8 hours Maximum altitude point: 2,915 m.a.s.l (9,500 ft)

THE SERVICE INCLUDES:

  • Hotel pick up in Cusco
  • Bus transportation from Cusco to Cachora (where we start the hiking)
  • Professional Bilingual tour leader (two leaders for groups over 8 people)
  • Horses and mules to carry the company’s stuff
  • Cook and meals (04 breakfasts / 05 lunches / 04 dinners)
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, tables, chairs, kitchen tent and dinning tent)
  • First aid kit and Oxygen balloon
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao

SERVICE DOESN’T INCLUDE:

Breakfast on first day and dinner on day four Tips for crew (tour leader, cooks and porters) Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office U$ 03 per day) Horses to carry your personal items 12 kilograms ($ 90)

RECOMMENDATIONS THINGS TO BRING:

  • Backpack and sleeping bag
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Rain coat and poncho
  • Warmth clothes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block, sun glasses and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifying tables
  • Flash light and knife
  • Towel and toilet paper
  • Snacks (chocolates, candies, cookies, etc)
  • Personal Medical Kit
  • Extra national currency (soles)
  • Original passport
  • ISIC Card for students

Price for shared service: US$ 450 per person (adult)

US$ 20 Discount for student with INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CARD (ISIC)