Choquequirao Trek by Huanipaca 5 days Choquequirao Trek by Huanipaca

Choquequirao Trek by Huanipaca 5 days

The Choquequirao is considered the "Sacred Sister" of Machu Picchu. The only way to reach this citadel is a superb 5-day trek, passing along the deep canyon of Apurimac, in the midst of snow-capped mountains and humid forests with rich fauna and flora.

Altitude: 1500 - 3030 meters
High Season: All year
Duration: 5 days - 4 nights
Difficulty level: Medium - difficult

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca
Day 2: Chiquisca - Playa Rosalina - Marampata - Choquequirao
Day 3: Choquequirao
Day 4: Choquequirao - San Ignacio - Carmen
Day 5: Carmen - Tambobamba Manor - Huanipaca - Cusco

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca

We will leave Cusco at 5.30am and take the road towards the village of Cachora, where we will arrive after 4h30 of road. On site we will meet the team of cooks and muleteers, as well as their animals, who will accompany us throughout this trek. After loading the mules that will carry all our equipment, we will begin our walk towards the Col de Capuliyoc (2800m). Throughout the day, we will observe the evolution of the landscape and vegetation from the depths of the Apurimac Canyon below to the snowy peaks of the mountains that dominate us. We will descend inside the Apurimac Canyon to the site of Chiquisca (1930m), where we will camp.

Transport time: 4h30
Walking time: 7 hours
Warm climate
Altitude difference: Cusco (3400 m) - Cachora (2850 m) - Chuiquisca (1830 m)

Day 2: Chiquisca - Playa Rosalina - Marampata - Choquequirao

After a full breakfast, we will descend to the Playa Rosalina (1550m) - which is located on the banks of the river, right in the middle of the canyon. En route we can make stops to meet the locals, and try a typical element of the region: sugar cane. We will go up to Marampata (2850m) where we hang our lunch. From here we will enjoy a superb view of the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m), where we will head. Arriving at the site of Choquequirao, you will have a first visit and we can enjoy the sunset, maybe even we will have the chance to watch the theft of condors. Our camp is located 20 minutes from the Inca city.

Walking time: 7 hours
Climate: hot and cold
Altitude difference: Chuiquisca (1830 m) - Playa Rosalina (1550 m) - Marampata (2850 m) - Choquequirao (3030 m)

Day 3: Choquequirao

We will spend all day on the archaeological site of Choquequirao, to make the most of the beauty and magical atmosphere of this exceptional place. Currently, only 30% of the "Cradle of Gold" is discovered and can be visited. You will be entitled to a private tour with our guide, who will explain the life of the Incas, their customs, their traditions, and their daily life in this exceptional city. We will be able to admire the magnificent sunset on the Apurimac canyon and rest before the march of the following days.

Warm climate
Altitude difference: Choquequirao (3030 m)

Day 4: Choquequirao - San Ignacio - Carmen

After breakfast we will leave Choquequirao to continue our trek. We will descend the Canyon of Apurimac, in its deepest part, called San Ignacio (1500m). Along the way you will be treated to breathtaking views. In San Ignacio, we will have lunch, then we will go up to our camp which is in the beautiful gardens of Carmen (2000m) - a paradisiacal garden with its exceptional flora. You will discover the local plantations of this small valley, like all the different varieties of corn and potatoes existing in Peru!

Walking time: 6 hours
Climate: moderate, with mosquitoes
Altitude difference: Choquequirao (3030 m) - San Ignacio (1500 m) - Carmen (2000 m)

Day 5: Carmen - Tambobamba Manor - Huanipaca - Cusco

The Carmen Gardens are close to the Tambobamba Manor (2500m), a region that was ruled by landowners during the 19th and 20th centuries and is considered one of the most fertile valleys for growing maize and variety varieties. potatoes. We will pass small typical villages, such as Pacobamba and Huanipaca (3150m) where you can notice the life of the local daily. Then we will return to Cusco by bus. On the way, we can make a stop at the hot water baths of Cconoc. Expected arrival in Cusco around 18:00.

Walking time: 4 hours
Climate: moderate to hot
Transport time: 5 hours
Altitude difference: Carmen (2000 m) - Tambobamba Manor (2500 m) - Huanipaca (3100 m) - Cusco (3400 m)

Included:

Trek of Choquequirao and Huanipaca 5 days (group service)

Included :

  • Information meeting in our offices with your guide 1 or 2 days before the start of the trek at 19h, to be confirmed when booking   
  • Private transportation from your hotel to the city of Cachora (and from Huanipaca to your hotel for return)   
  • Entrance to the archaeological site of Choquequirao   
  • Professional Spanish-English bilingual guide (for a French-speaking guide, contact us in advance!, At an additional cost)  
  • High quality camping equipment (professional tents Eureka! Timberline 4 , for 2 persons and mattresses + dining-room tent with table and chairs + tent toilets)   
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and snacks / vegetarian option on request)   
  • Cooks and assistants   
  • Muleteers and mules for all camping equipment and personal luggage (maximum 7kg)  
  • Rescue horse  
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not included :

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day   
  • The sleeping bag (if you do not have one, you can rent one at our agency)


Important:

(1) Depending on the weather conditions, the path between the Inca ruins of Choquequirao and San Ignacio can be very slippery and dangerous. As a result, we ask you to walk with a lot of attention. In extreme cases (landslide ...), we will be forced to return to Chiquisca, then Cachora.

(2) The hike to Choquequirao should not be underestimated. Especially the second day which involves a great physical effort to finish the day. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather (the climate can be very hot) hiking can be difficult. We strongly recommend that you first acclimatize to altitude and be in good shape.

(3) From the first to the fifth day (from Cachora to Huanipaca) we are accompanied by muleteers and mules who will carry all camping equipment and personal luggage (maximum 7 kg).

(4) Tips: for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. Carriers are also very grateful for a small financial donation, or for example clothing or school material for their children.

(5) CANCELLATION: For any last minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense.

What is needed to bring?

  • Backpack with a rain poncho   
  • Sleeping bag   
  • Clothing for hot and cold weather   
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants   
  • Trekking shoes   
  • Sandals or flip-flops (for showers)   
  • Wool socks or cotton and a sweater   
  • T-shirt with short and long sleeves   
  • Rain poncho and hat or cap   
  • Sun protection, anti-mosquito, hand sanitizer gel, water bottle and purifying tablets, toilet paper   
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), flashlight and spare batteries   
  • Bars of cereals, chocolate, dried fruits, etc.   
  • Original passport and student card "ISIC" (for entry to Choquequirao) extra money in Soles 
  • The climate can be quite cold and wet, in this case, your wet clothes will not have enough time to dry. Take some extra clothes.

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  • 364; Plateros Street, Plaza de Armas; Cusco; Peru
  • ( +51 ) 984610644 - (+51) (84) 225872

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