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Tour Choquequirao 4D/3N

4 D / 3 N
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The recent Inca discovery, the last refuge

The Choquequirao Complex is very interesting and is one of the most popular treks in the area of Cusco.

on the left bank of the Apurimac River. In the time of the Incas, was united with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails. The reasons to visit are many: The fantastic nature with valleys, snow-capped mountains and the great variety of plants, birds and animals.

Choquequirao is considered as "the last refuge of the Inca empire". Visitors can see a complex hydraulic system, most likely for domestic, ceremonial and agricultural use. The geographical location of Choquequirao, in reference to other complexes of the same period tend to indicate that their function was of an Inca enclave towards the valleys of the Apurímac River.

There are many similarities between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The latter was a sanctuary dedicated to the Inca Pachacutec cult, Choquequirao was also a sacred place, it was adjusted to a function that could have had to do with the war or with the Apus of the surroundings. Each one is located next to Mount Salkantay and both are located above, very high above a great river: in the case of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and in the case of Choquequirao, the Apurímac River.

Ecotourism, fulfilling all the rules of conservation and control, leads a sustainable development in the area. The Inca trail to Choquequirao is located in an area of ​​nature that has no disturbances or pollutants, and with an extreme and specific landscape to admire and enjoy, along with wild plants, wild animals and their cultural manifestations.

Tips for hikers

It is advisable to have the yellow fever vaccination (malaria), since it will be between 3 days in the high jungle. We never hear news about the problems with malaria in this area, but it is better to be prepared.

It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude, try to spend 2 nights in Cusco (3400masl) before doing the hike.

DAY 01: CUSCO - RUINAS DE LIMATAMBO - CACHORA –CHIQUISCA

At 5 am we pick you up from your hotel and leave Cusco in our private transport which will take us to the city of San Pedro de Cachora (2800m), where you have a time for breakfast. Here we meet the rest of our travel team (cooks, horsemen and their horses). We start the long journey that will take us between 7 to 8 hours. On the way you can also see a great diversity of landscapes that belong to different climates, such as Pedrayoc snowfalls, the diversity of flora and fauna embellish our walk. Today we will walk 7 to 8 hours in the mountainous region. Finally we arrive to El Mirador Capulichayoc, from where we can observe the deepest canyon in the world known as the Apurimac and where the majestic Apurimac flows. It is here where we will have our first lunch and from where it is possible to observe the first views of Choquequirao. Continue down to CHIKISKA (1800m), where our tents will be established, we will spend the night surrounded by a majestic landscape.
Meals: Lunch, Afternoon tea, Dinner.

DAY 02: CHIQUISCA - MARANPATA- CHOQUEQUIRAO COMPLEX.

After a good breakfast we will start our hike uphill for 5 hours to our stop for lunch in Marcapata and then our full tour to Chokequirao = "Cradle of Gold" which is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu, as there are several similarities . It hangs 1500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon. Machu Picchu hangs over the Urubamba canyon. They are in the same latitude and large Inkan cities, Choquequiraw with more than 8 hectares, where only a third has been discovered and where every day archaeologists find something else of interest. We will observe the three levels of the ruins found, where we can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this late-Inca we will have great options to appreciate the flight of the Condor.
We will camp in Marcapata.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon tea, Dinner.

DAY 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO RUINS – CHIQUISCA

At dawn, we can see the sunrise over the ruins and after a good breakfast we will begin to descend in the same way we climbed, until we reach our camp in Chiquisca.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon tea, Dinner.

DAY 04: CHIQUISCA-CACHORA-CUSCO.

Today we will wake up at 6 am for an early breakfast accompanied by the first rays of the sun that rises over the Apurímac canyon. The travel time to Cachora is between 5 and 7 hours, depending on your physical condition. Arriving in Cachora and with private transportation we will go back to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Transfers from the hotel to the starting point of the hike, entry and exit.
  • Transportation Cusco-Cachora. (Start of Walk).
  • Professional Tourism Guide.
  • Assistant guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequiraw.
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 snacks, 3 different dinners and snacks to eat all day "do not include breakfast on day 1 and meals after breakfast on the last day (day 4)"
  • Waterproof and quadruple tents "02 people per tent"
  • 01 sleeping mat per person
  • Cook (Professional) Vegetarians (vegan) option on request at no cost!
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen balloon
  • Horses (which carry tents, food and kitchen utensils)
  • Canvas bag (where you put 6 kilos of your personal belongings, including a sleeping bag)

YOU NEED

  • Original passport (and International Student Card (ISIC) if applied to this option)
  • Sleeping bag (not included, but can be rented at our offices)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Wool jacket for warming, hat and gloves
  • T-shits or polo shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Water (only for the first 4 hours of walking, then we will give you the previously boiled Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Hygiene items
  • Hat for the sun
  • Sunscreen cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Reusable plastic bottle or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Personal medications
  • Photo camera
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (headlights are useful)

NOTES FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK:

  • To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC-CARD card (student card worldwide). scan and send us a copy in an email at the time of booking.
  • The camps may vary depending on the weather and the health status of the travelers.

SOMETHING TO CARRY:

  • walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Shorts
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Sandals
  • Bandages
  • Extra money

Weather in Choquequirao

Dry season (April to November)

  • Day temperature 20 º C / 35 º C / Night temperature 5 º C / 10 º C

Rainy season (December - March)

  • Day temperature 17 º C / 22 º C / Night temperature 0 º C / 7 º C

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