Choquequirao, which means “Golden Cradle”, is a mysterious and dazzling Inca city located amidst the beautiful landscapes of the Vilcabamba Range, hovering over the Apurimac River Canyon. Dense forest covered this Inca site for many years and has just recently been revealed. According to historians, Choquequirao was the dwelling of the last rebel Incas of Vilcabamba, and like Machu Picchu, the Spanish were thought never to have discovered it. This route offers us a formidable Choquequirao trek across diverse ecosystems. We will enjoy beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range, descending into the deep Apurimac Canyon and then ascending through abundant vegetation to the citadel of Choquequirao.
Day 1: Cusco – Playa Rosalinas
Departing Cusco early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotels in our private transportation and begin the long drive to the town of Cachora. Along the way, we will have the option of visiting the archaeological sites of Sawite and Tarawasi. Upon our arrival to San Pedro de Cachora, we will start to hike down Chiquisqa, where we will have our lunch and be surrounded by great views of Mount Padrilloq (6,000m) and the other surrounding mountains. Then we will continue descending to Playa Rosalinas our first campsite, close to Apurimac river.
Day 2: Playa Rosalinas – Rangers Campsite
Today we cross a bridge and begin to ascend the trail on the opposite side of the river and enjoy the impressive landscapes of the Apurimac Canyon throughout the entire day walk. Making stops along the way, we will enjoy some nice views along the route. Continuing along the trail, we will walk up to Santa Rosa, where, we will enjoy a refreshing fresh sugar cane juice. Continuing walking uphill we will end up at our campsite 1 hour away from Choquequirao, where we will have lunch and have the afternoon at leisure. That night, we will soak in the beautiful views of the crimson sunset from this magical location.
Day 3: Rangers Campsite – Choquequirao – Marampata
First thing in the morning, we begin trekking the ascent towards the beautiful complex of Choquequirao (3,300m), which is perched at about 1,500m above the Apurimac River, along the way enjoying spectacular views of the landscape that surrounds this fantastic Inca site. This is the day that we will finally have a guided tour of the amazing archaeological remains with its spectacular terraces, plazas, and ceremonial squares. Our guide will walk us around the immense site, which once it is fully excavated, will be even larger than Machu Picchu. After exploring all morning this amazing site we will head back to our lunch and then to our campsite at Marampata where we set up our campsite for the night beneath the stars.
Day 4: Marampata – Cocamasana
Today we will walk down the mountain and continue up to the other side of the canyon, heading to our last campsite at Cocamasana.
Day 5: Cocamasana – Cachora – Cusco
Today, we hike back in the direction of the place where we started the trek many days ago, Cachora. Soaking our last few hours of the beautiful landscapes, we will eventually arrive at the town where our private transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco where we will arrive in the evening time.
*Sleeping bags, blow up mattresses, and hiking poles can be easily rented in Cusco.
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