Choquequirao ruins was most likely built during the reign of the Inca king Pachacuti 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. The region has a lot of microclimates and a landscape full of snow-covered peaks of about 6000 m. (19685f). 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, Choquequirao trekking.
Altitude: 1500 – 3030 m. / 4921 – 9941f.
High season: Whole year
Duration: 4 days – 3 nights / 5 days – 4 nights
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Cusco Cachora Chiquisca
We will leave Cusco (3350 m./10991f) approximately at 5:30 am. First, we will head for the village Cachora (2850 m./9350f) to meet our horsemen and the mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition. Thereafter, we will continue our journey towards the pass of Capuliyoc (2800 m./9186f). The trek offers a beautiful view of the mythical mountain Padreyoc, of the deep canyon and of the river Apurimac, meaning speaking river. Thereupon, we will descend towards the canyon’s interior named Chiquisca (1930 m./6332f), where we will spend the night.
Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina Marampata Choquequirao
After breakfast, we will descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550 m/5085f). From there, we will continue heading for Marampata (2850 m./9350f), where we will have a beautiful view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033 m./9951f). Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the settlement.
Climate: Both cold and warm
Choquequirao San Ignacio Carmen
At sunrise, we will first visit the archeological site of Choquequirao. By now, only 30% of this golden cradle has been exposed. Thereafter, we will descend to the Apurimac canyon’s deepest part called San Ignacio at 1500 m./4921f and have lunch. After that, we will ascend to our camping site in the beautiful gardens of Carmen (2000 m./6562f).
Climate: Moderate climate with mosquitoes
Note: Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, this day is considered to be the most beautiful one. Nevertheless, the route from Choquequirao to San Ignacio is at some parts very slippery. Therefore, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. Moreover, we recommend carrying sufficient water with you.
Carmen Tambo bamba Huanipaca
The gardens of Carmen are situated close to the manor of Tambo bamba (2500 m./8202f), 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 (3150 m./10335f) and will return to Cusco by bus.
Climate: Moderate, warm
|We recommend that you bring the following:|
(1) On our clients recommendation, we suggest spending an additional day in the settlement of Choquequirao to enjoy this beautiful archeological site in more detail. On our way back to Cusco, there is also the possibility of visiting the thermal baths in Cconoc. Ask us for more information.
(2) The trek to Choquequirau must not be underestimated. Especially the second day involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather (it can get very hot) the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you are well acclimatized, in good shape, and healthy.
(3) From the first to the fourth day (from Cachora to Huanipaca) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 8 kg).
(4) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
|What we need when you make a reservation:|
Price US$ 500 per person.
Price is based on 4 people.
Over 5 people US$ 450 per person
Exclusive international transaction fees The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further informations please don’t hesitate to ask.
Any tour booked with Green Peru Adventures, we will provide a free walking tour around the enigmatic city of Cuzco, with our professional, multi lingual tour guide