The archaeological site of CHOQUEQUIRAO is part of the complex system of Andean towns in Vilcabamba Valley. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails.
CHOQUEQUIRAO is situated in the spurs of the mountain range of Salcantay, at 3035 m.a.s.l, surrounded by the snowcapped Apus of Yanama, Ampay, Choquecarpu, Pumasillo and Panta on the right side of Apurimac river in the Santa Teresa district, The Convention province of the departament of Cusco.
Choquequiraw is an Inca town formed by small sites spread out in rubble work that in its adjoining constructs a complex metropolis similar to those of the other regions placed on the crest of the hill by the same name Choquequiraw.
FIRTS DAY: CUSCO / SANTA ROSA
We leave from Cusco at 4:00am in the morning. Arriving at Cachora town at 6:30 in the morning where we will have our breakfast. Hereafter we arrange the equipment on mules and horses. From that place we can observe the majestic PADRAYOC snow-covered peaks, it is 5482 m.a.s.l. The hike on this first day is 21.70 km of distance. On the way we will observe PADRAYOC Y WAYNA CACHORA snow-covered peaks, we can appreciate the beautiful change of the landscape from precipices to snowy mountains.
We have our lunch in a place called Playa Rosalina at 1:00 pm. On the way we will observe APURIMAC canyon with its impressive depth and in SANTA ROSA we will set up our campsite.
The approximate time of the hike is about 10 h. On this day we will pass the samall settlements: La Colmena (2870masl), La Aguada (2915masl), Capuliyoc (2915masl) impressive look out point where we can see all Apurimac Valley, Huayhuacalle (2970masl), Tinajayoc (2630masl), Mirador (2370masl), Cocamasana (2330masl), Torowisqana (2285masl), Chiquisqa (1950masl) grove place where we can find water, Playa Rosalina (camp in 1550 masl), La Huerta (2705masl) and finally we arrive in Santa Rosa (2115masl).
SECOND DAY: SANTA ROSA / CHOQUEQUIRAO
Early morning (5:00 am) after breakfast, we continue our hike going up to Choquequiraw. We will arrive to the archaeological place CHOQUEQUIRAW after 5 hours. Good time to enjoy that majestic place. We will observe the three levels of the excavated ruin, where we can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this late Inca-town, like the ruin in progress of excavation and finally areas unexplored that can tell us about this last refuge of the oppressed inca empire. Approximately at 3 o’clock in the afternoon (depends of the weather) we can appreciate “the flight of the Condors”. Our bilingual guide will explain the history and importance of the site after the Spanish arrived to Peru. We will continue to Cochequirao campsite. In the afternoon you will visit old choquequirao.
THIRD DAY: CHOQUEQUIRAO / CHIQISKA
After an early breakfast you will visit more ruins of Choquequirao and walking back to CHIQUISQA. On the way we can observe again Apurimac canyon. Here we may be lucky to appreciate the flight of the Condors, the exuberant vegetation and its variety of flowers and orchids.
The time of the hike is about 10h. Altitude: 3033-1950 m.a.s.l. passing the same small settlements as on the way up. We will stop in PLAYA ROSALINA where we will have our lunch and after that we’ll continue to CHIQUISQA. Here we will spend the night on our campsite.
FOURTH DAY: CHIQUISQA CACHORA CUSCO
Early morning after breakfast (5:00 am), we continue to arrive to Cachora town. On the hike we can appreciate again the majestic PADRAYOC snow-covered peak that decorate to APURIMAC canyon.
The time of hike to arrive to CACHORA is about 7 hours.
We will arrive to CUSCO approximately at 5.00 P.M.
- Bilingual and local guides.
- 3 meals per day.
- 2 persons for tents, mattresses, rain ponchos.
- Horses for everyone and mules to carry food, camping equipment, big backpacks.
- First-aid kit.
- Cookers and kitchen equipment.
- Entrance to Choquequiraw and Conoc.
- Pick-up at hostel on first day.
SERVICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Dinner the 4th day
- Sleeping bag (can be rented for US$25)
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