Choquequirao Trek 5 days

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Choquequirao Trek 5 days

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Choquequirao (“Cuna de oro= Golden Cradle”), also called the “Lost City”, was discovered in the 18th century by a French explorer and ever since has fascinated the explorers of later centuries. It was also visited by Hiram Bingham before discovering Machu Picchu. Great and mysterious, this abandoned city has many things in common with Machu Picchu and there are several theories regarding its activity. However, its value is thanks to COPESCO (body in charge of tourism in Peru).

Located in the cloud forest at 3,055 m.s.n.m. (10,022 feet). Over the Apurímac River, surrounded by a fascinating landscape created by the Vilcabamba mountain range. Choquequirao, has everything an adventurer looks for.

Description:

  • DURATION: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
  • TOUR TYPE: Camping, adventure and culture.
  • ACCOMMODATION: 4 Nights Camping
  • MEALS: 4 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • WALKING DISTANCE: 44 km / 27 miles
  • MINIMUM HEIGHT: Minimum height: 1,550 meters / 5,117 feet
  • MAXIMUM HEIGHT: 3,055 meters / 10,022 feet
  • TEMPERATURE: Minimum 0 °C (23 °F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)
  • PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: Moderate, but challenging 4/5

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Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – SANTA ROSA CAMP

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel to start the trip in our private vehicle (4 hours of travel approx.) until the end of the road to Capuliyoc (2,800 meters / 9,500 feet). There we will meet our staff of muleteers to organize our team and mules to start walking. We’ll start the adventure heading north through a relatively steep down zigzagging trail with a spectacular view of Padreyoq Snowy Mountain. We will also enjoy a spectacular view of the Apurímac River Canyon. We will stop in Chiquisca to taste the pleasant lunch prepared by our great Chef. Then we will continue downhill until we reach the Apurímac River in the Playa Rosalinas sector (1,550 mt. / 5,117 ft). Then we will begin a difficult zigzagging climb. For many people, this is the most difficult section of the entire Choquequirao route, after 2 ½ hours we will arrive at the Santa Rosa camp (2,100 meters/6,889 ft.) Here you will be welcomed by a local family. Here you can refresh and enjoy sugar cane beberage known as Cambray. Moreover, we will be able to buy bottle water, refreshment and some snacks.

  • MEALS: breakfast, snacks, lunch, coffee break and dinner
  • ACCOMMODATION: camping facilities
  • DISTANCE: 12 km /7.4 miles
  • WALKING TIME: 6 to 7 hours
  • TEMPERATURE: minimum 5 ° C (41 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)
  • PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: moderate 3/5.

DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO – SUCHUNAPATA CAMP

We will wake up early, after a healthy breakfast, we will continue the difficult meandering trail for 3 hours until we reach the community of Maranpata (2,850 meters / 9,350 feet). Here we will have lunch enjoying the beauty of the environment and the Apurímac canyon and at a distant the view of the archaeological center of Choquequirao (3,055 meters / 10,022 feet).

Then we will continue along a narrow undulating path for 2 ½ hours to the main place of the citadel of Choquequirao, where we will enjoy a lovely sunset, and with good luck we will be able to see the majestic bird of the Andes, the “condor”. Then we will continue until the Suchunapata camp located not far from there.

  • MEALS: breakfast, snacks, lunch, coffee break and dinner
  • ACCOMMODATION: camping facilities
  • DISTANCE: 12 km / 7.4 miles
  • WALKING TIME: 6 to 7 hours
  • TEMPERATURE: minimum 5 ° C (41 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)
  • PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: moderate 3/5.

DAY 3: SUCHUNAPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO – MARANPATA CAMP

After having a hot drink, we will taste a delicious breakfast to then return to the Main square of CHOQUEQUIRAO and visit its sacred places with the first rays of the sun that dazzle its scenic charm. After the tour and visit of the important areas of the citadel we will head to the west and descend for 30 minutes to the platforms of the “llamas”; they are works of great invoice that were designed on the terraces. “Llama figures”, which are distinguished on the platforms or terraces with stones of lighter colors as if someone had painted them on the walls. They are located in the west of the citadel on the vertical slope of the canyon.

After scenic lunch we will return by the wavy and narrow trail to the camp of Maranpata (2,850 meters / 9,350 feet).

  • MEALS: breakfast, snacks, lunch, coffee break and dinner
  • ACCOMMODATION: camping facilities
  • DISTANCE: 7 km /4.3 miles
  • WALKING TIME: 3 hours
  • TEMPERATURE: minimum 5 ° C (41 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)
  • PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: moderate 3/5.

DAY 4: MARANPATA – CHIQUISKA – COCAMASANA

After our revitalizing breakfast we will head back, but this time the zigzagging trail will be very easy descent to the Apurimac River in the Playa Rosalina’s sector for 3 hours. Then we will ascend through a steep narrow road to the Cocamasana camp. We will enjoy our lunch in Chiquisca (1,860 meters / 6,100 feet).

  • MEALS: breakfast, snacks, lunch, coffee break and dinner
  • ACCOMMODATION: camping facilities
  • DISTANCE: 12 km / 7.4 miles
  • WALKING TIME: 7 to 8 hours
  • TEMPERATURE: minimum 5 ° C (41 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)
  • PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: moderate challenge 4/5.

DAY 5: COCAMASANA CAMP – CAPULIYOC – CUSCO

After a good breakfast served at our campsite of Cocamasana (2,200 meters / 7,200 feet) we will continue our return ascending the narrow zigzag trail until we reach the end of the hike. After the culinary art of our chef, we will say goodbye to our staff to board our private transport back to the city of Cusco (150 kilometers for 4 hours of travel), and leave you at your hotel.

  • MEALS: Breakfast, snacks and lunch.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Camping facilities
  • DISTANCE: 6 km / 3.7 miles
  • WALKING TIME: 3 to 4 hours
  • TEMPERATURE: minimum 5 ° C (41 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)
  • PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: moderate 3/5.

Trip Includes

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK INCLUDED

  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Entrance fee of the full trek
  • Entrance ticket to the Choquequirao citadel
  • Food during walking: 4 (lunches, dinners and breakfasts)
  • Boiled cold water along the walk (after each meal). You will only bring the first day until lunch
  • Mattress (sponge)
  • Pillow
  • Camping Tents (accommodation for 2 people)
  • Horse team that will carry the equipment, food and personal things of 8 kg’s  (approximately  18 pounds).
  • pounds at the most.
  • Oxygen tank

Trip Excludes

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from the company)
  • Inflatable mattress (can be rented from the company)
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from the company)
  • Tips for the guide and support staff

Notes

PACKING LIST:

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK

  • Original passport (the same one that you used to make the reservation)
  • Backpack (must be very comfortable to carry all your belongings during the day)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Silicone earplugs
  • Hiking shoes
  • Extra flip flops or river shoes
  • Rainwear or rain poncho
  • Outerwear for the 2nd night
  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Light clothing
  • Trekking pants
  • Shirts or t-shirts (we recommend long sleeved) preferably quick-dry or regular cotton
  • Head lamp
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Quick-drying travel towel
  • Personal medication
  • Walking sticks
  • Reusable water bottle or Camelback water bladder
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Toilet paper
  • Extra money

 

NOTE: Remember that you will have the opportunity to carry your things in our mules no more than 7 kilos

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  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Minimum Age: 14 Years

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