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Choquequirao “Cradle of Gold” Trek 5D

Choquequirao “Cradle of Gold” Trek 5D
Trip name: Choquequirao “Cradle of Gold” Trek
Trip Length: 5 Days
Type service: Shared Group Type itinerary: Fixed
Destinations: Choquequirao
Activities: Trekking and Walking
Difficulty / Physical Activity

****        Challenging – 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily

Comfort

*              Basic accommodations or camping throughout

Highlight: Choquequirao, the last refuge of the Incas, amazing mountain scenery, deep canyon, quieter trails, less tourists

Amazing Trek to Choquequirao “Sister of Machu Picchu”

Choquequirao is much different than Machu Picchu. Choquequirao sits in the saddle of a high Andean ridge (3033m/9948ft) above sea level and 1500m/4920ft above the roaring waters of the Apurimac River.

Airport Transfer when you arrive to Cusco before trip departure

Machupicchu Kingdom of the Incas Empire services begin with a transfer to your hotel. Our representative will meet with you at Cusco Airport and escort you to your hotel.

Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Cusco, Cachora / Chiquisca

Pick up from the Hotel at 5:00am and transfer in our private transportation to Cachora (2850m/9348ft) the journey will take around 4hrs. While the group is having breakfast the crew will arrange the horses for the trek. We start to walk from Cachora observing the majestic Padrayoc snow covered peak, the highest (5482m/17980ft). The hike on this first day is 16 km around 6hrs walking starts by flat part. From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc where it might see condors, the descent towards the Apurímac Canyon, and the vegetation changes from Agave and Tunacactus to dwarf tree forest, having lunch at Cocamasana, then we continue to Chiquisqa (1950m/6398ft), campsite in Chiquisca

  • Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 16 km (9, 93 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 5- 6 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (2850m/9348ft)

Day 2 – Chiquisca / Choquequirao Archeological Site

Breakfast; early in the morning we start to walk from here and continue the descent to the abundant Apurímac River (1550m/5028ft) in the impressing deep canyon of the same name. After a short rest continue the hike going up to Choquequirao Archeological Site. The first 2-3 hours are going up steep until Santa Rosa, then it will change between flat and climb the rest of the way surrounded by beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Lunch at Maranpata (2850m/9348ft) then continue to Choquequirao (3033m/9948ft) after 2hrs walking arrival to our camping place from where we have a spectacular view of the canyon, it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Campsite near Choquequirao

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 14 km (8, 70 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (3033m/9948ft)

Day 3 – Explore Choquequirao

Breakfast; this day  enjoying a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex means “Cradle of Gold” visiting the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and ready to be restored into the way it was when the Incas owned it. The steep mountainside below the main plaza features several clusters of newly-discovered buildings, including the so-called Ridge Group, and the Waterfall Temple, an intriguing ceremonial complex facing the cascades of a steep ravine.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Choquequirao / San Ignacio / Carmen Huerto

Breakfast; we start to walk down route pretty different from the ones walked before. Going through this new pass we will have some impressive views, for instance at the canyon of Apurimac, in its´ greater length, and a lot of flora and fauna. We will go through a height difference of 1500m/4920ft between Choquequirao and Playa San Ignacio (1500m/4950ft). Lunch in San Ignacio, after lunch ascent to our camping place at a paradisiacal place known as Carmen Huerto (2000m/6560)

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 12 km (7, 45 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (3033m/9948ft)

Day 5 – Carmen Huerto / Huanipaca / Back to Cusco

Breakfast; after early breakfast, hiking up out of the Apurimac Canyon, with the river receding to a distant, white ribbon below visitors and the glaciers of the Vilcabamba Range filling the sky ahead. On the route we will be visiting communities like Pacobamba and Huanipaca (3150m/10332ft). From Huanipaca we will have the most impressive view of the glacier chain ´Sacsarayoc´, located in the region of Vilcabamba ”the last shelter of the Incas”, our trek will end in Huanicapa, where our private transport will be waiting to take us and back to Cusco

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Total distance: 10 km (6, 21 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (3150m/10332ft)

Depart Cusco – Our representative will assist you and transfer to the airport and say goodbye.

Includes

Services included

  • 2 Airport Transfers
  • Machupicchu Kingdom of the Incas Empire services begin with the arrival transfer to your hotel
  • Our service end with transfer to Cusco Airport; when you leave Cusco
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
  • Private transport to Cachora, head of the Trek
  • Private transport from Huanipaca (end of the Trek) to Cusco
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao
  • English Speaking Professional Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • 4 Season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  • Thermal Rest Mattresses
  • Horsemen and horses: Carry tents, cooking equipment and also carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 9 kilos/ 19 lbs per person)
  • One emergency horse every three persons
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs and Kitchen tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Toilet tent
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Services not included

  • Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office for US$ 30 for the 4 day trek)
  • Extra porter to carry your personal things like sleeping bag, clothes, etc
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Domestic airfare to and from Cusco (+/- US$ 290 per person round trip)
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport & Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

Optional Activities

  • Machu Picchu extensions
  • Cusco Add Ons (Hotel and tours)
  • Lima Add ons (Hotel and tours)
  • Amazon Jungle Trips
  • Northern Peru
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Lima City stop over or Arequipa extension
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