Choquequirao is located to the northeast of Cusco among the Apurimac and Urubamba rivers, also into this route you can see the majestic Salkantay into the range mountain of Vilcabamba offering you a unique experience and opportunity to reunite with the nature among green mountains, bears, condors, tarantulas, etc.
Choquequirao ruins was most likely built during the reign of the Pachacuteq Inca Yupanqui and is considered to be the last bastion of resistance and refuge of the Sons of the Sun, who fled from the city of Cusco when it was under siege in 1535. Led by Manco Inca Yupanqui, they took refuge in Choquequirao. Presumably, it was used both a check point to access the Vilcabamba Area and a cultural and religious center. The city played an important role as it was a connection between the Amazon Jungle and the city of Cusco. For that reason, Choquequirao trek is the place where you'll discover the great citadel of the last inca kings and also you'll reach the beautiful ecosystem.
Day 01: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca (7 hours hours of trekking)
Day 02: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao (6 hours of trekking)
Day 03: Choquequirao – San Ignacio – Carmen (6 hours of trekking)
Day 04: Carmen – Tambo bamba – Huanipaca (5 hours of trekking)
We will leave Cusco approximately at 5:30 am. First, we will head for the village Cachora to meet our horsemen and the mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition. There after, we will continue our journey towards the Capuliyoc pass. The trek offers a beautiful landscapes of the mythical mountain Padreyoc, of the deep canyon and of the Apurímac river, meaning “speaking river”. There upon, we will descend towards the canyon's interior named Chiquisca, where we will spend the night.
After breakfast, we will descend to La Playa Rosalinas. From there, we will continue the Choquequirao trek to Marampata place, where we will have a beautiful view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao. Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the settlement.
At sunrise; first, we will visit the archeological site of Choquequirao. By now, only 30% of this “golden choquequirao” has been exposed. Thereafter, we will descend to the Apurímac canyon's deepest part called San Ignacio and there we have lunch. After that, we will ascend to our camping site in the beautiful gardens of Carmen.
We wake up very early to appreciate the sunrise and after breakfast we start climbing for 4 hours with a fantastic atmosphere with the gardens of Carmen are situated close to the manor of Tambo bamba, a region having been governed by landowners during the 19th and 20th century and considered to be one of the most fertile valleys to cultivate maize and a variety of potatoes. We will pass little villages such as Pacobamba and Huanipaca and will return to Cusco by bus.
IMPORTANT: You must bring your original passport during the journey, in case of students must bring the original card of students.
15-10 days 50%
9-7 days 80%
6 days or less 100%
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