CHOQUEQUIRAO 4 DAYS /3 NIGHTS
The archaeological site of Choquekirao is part of the system of Andean towns in the Vilcabamba Valley. On Inka’s time, it was connected with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails. It is located in the spurs of the Salkantay mountain range at 3,085 m.a.s.l. surrounded by snow capped Apus (gods) of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo, and Panta on the right side of the Apurimac river in the Santa Teresa district, La Convencion province, Cusco region. DAY 1.- (CUSCO – CACHORA – PLAYA SANTA ROSA) We leave from Cusco at around 0600 hrs, arriving at Cachora village at 1030 hrs where we will stay for lunch. Then, after arranging the equipment on the mules and horses we'll start our hike. From this site is possible to appreciate the majestic Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora snow capped peaks, can be appreciated the beautiful change of the landscape from precipices to snowy mountains. On the way, we will observe the APURIMAC canyon with its impressive depth and in SANTA ROSA we will set up our campsite. The approximate time of the hike is about 8 hours. On this day we will pass the small settlements: la Colmena (2870 above sea level), Cocamasana (2330 above sea level), Torowisqana (2285above sea level ), Chiquiska (1950 above sea level ) grove place where we can find water; Playa Rosalina where we finally camp. DAY 2.- (playa Rosalina – CHOQUEKIRAO) Early morning after breakfast; we'll continue hiking up to Choquequirao. And arrive at the site after 6 hours. Good time to enjoy this majestic place. We'll observe this majestic site, where we can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this late Inca-town from trail , around 3 o’clock in the afternoon (depending of weather) we can appreciate "the flight of the condors". CHOQUEQUIRAO is considered as "The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire" the oldest reports assign JUAN ARIAZ DIAZ, as one of the first persons who explored the area in 1710. Our guide will explain the story and importance of this site after the spaniards arrived in PERU. We'll camp and have dinner. DAY 3.- (CHOQUEKIRAO – CHIQUISKA) After an early breakfast we'll pack and start the guided tour, where all the information about Choquekirao will be given, after the visit we'll leave from Choquekirao back to CHIQUISKA. We'll observe once more the Apurimac canyon, the flight of the condors, the exuberant vegetation, local flowers and rare orchids. This stage will take us about 6 hrs. The altitude will be around 3033- 1950 above sea level. Passing the same small settlements as on the way up, we will stop in Santa Rosa where we'll have our lunch and after that we'll continue to CHIQUISKA. Here we'll spend the night in our campsite. DAY 4.- (CHIQUISKA - CACHORA – CUSCO) Early morning after breakfast (5:00am) we continue to our way back to Cachora town. On the hike we can appreciate again the majestic PADREYOC snow-covered peak that decorates the APURIMAC canyon. The time of hike to arrive to CACHORA is about 6hrs. Optional we make a stop in Cconoc and enjoy the HOT NATURAL SPRINGS!!. Then back to CUSCO arriving at 2100hrs. Our Service Include: Transportation from Cusco to Cachora village (head of trail). English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people) Horse drivers and horses that carry camping equipment and food supplies Cook and kitchen equipment Excellent quality food (3 breakfasts, 3 lunch and 3 dinners) Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, dining tent, tables, stools) Bus from Cusco to cachora / Cusco Entrance fee to Choquekirao First aid kit and oxygen bottle Not Included: Sleeping bag Tips: Please be aware that our agency staff are paid so please feel free to tip or not. YOU SHOULD BRING: A small backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece. Thermal clothing is also recommended, specially for sleeping. A down jacket is recommended for this trek since it runs at high altitude and temperatures may easily drop below freezing in the evening and at nights. Sleeping bag (it can be hired at our agency for US$ 3.00 per day) Flash Light and batteries Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions) Hat or cap Sun block After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body Handkerchiefs Toilet paper Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, etc. Please beware that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection Nondisposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. Optional: water sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far Small towel Swimsuit (if you intend take a dip at the hot springs along the route) Cash in soles and/or US$ Optional: walking sticks For information about prices, please contact us.