The Choquequirao Trek is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowed Classic Inca Trail or who are looking for something other than Machu Picchu. The trek takes you to Choquequirao “the sister city of Machu Picchu”, Choquequirao (The Cradle of Gold) which sits high above the Apurimac Valley.
With a wide variety of flora and fauna, beautiful scenery and a visit to a major Inca site, the Choquequirao Trek is the adventure of a lifetime.
STRENUOUS: Full-day hikes (8-10 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 9,515 to 10,005 feet are in this category.
At 3:30 we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco in our private transport, which take us to the city of San Pedro de Cachora (2800masl), then we will head to Kapuliyoq sector, where we start the hiking.
Here in Kapuliyoq we will meet with the rest of our trip staff (muleteers and their horses). We start our long walk that will take between 3 and 4 hours. During the way we can see a big diversity of landscapes that belong to different climates, like Padriyoc snowcapped, flora and fauna diversity that makes beautiful our trip. We will be able to see the deepest canyon of the world, the Apurimac canyon where the Apurimac River flows and also is possible to see the first views of Choquequirao. We will continue descending until Chikisqa, Where we have our Lunch and a short break.
After Lunch we will start with our last descent of the day, it will be about 3.5 hours approx. towards the Marampata hamlet. When we arrive we will have dinner and spend the night in our Campsite Experience.
After having a delicious Breakfast buffet we will start with our hiking to the Arqueological Choquequirao Complex that will take about 2 hours, the entire Choquequirao tour will be guided (Cradle of gold), Llamas sector, Ceremonial Usno and Religious Zone. Which is considered as Machu Picchu`s sister, since there are several similarities, it´s also located to 1500 meters over the Apurimac Canyon, only a third part of this Archeological Complex has been discovered and still many archeologists find something interesting every time.
Afterwards we will have a picnic Lunch in Choquequirao and then we will descend to Pajchayoc fall. After this amazing tour we go back to Marampata to have dinner to finally finish our day with a comfortable overnight stay in our exclusive camping site.
At dawn, approximately at 5 am after having a small refreshment we will start our descend hiking to Chiquisca, there we will have breakfast at 7:00am and also take a small break, then we are going to start our last descend hiking and return to Kapuliyoq viewpoint to make a farewell of this amazing adventure, arriving to Kapuliyoq we will have an appetizer and will take our private transport to return to Cusco city.
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