Choquequirao Trek 4 Days is known like a “lost city” and Choquequirao in Quechua language means “Cradle of Gold” of the Incas, is the biggest city of the inkas after Cusco, it is the place where the Incas scaped in 1536 of the Spanish invasion. Located in the Valley of Vilcabamba next to the rain forest in a altitude of 3400 m.s.n.m. (11150 FASL) a great tropical weather, This Inka City is considered as important as Machupicchu. The journey begins in the city of Cusco, and then the trekking through the Apurimac canyon Surrounded by impressive landscapes, we can also appreciate the flora and fauna of one of the deepest canyons in the world.
We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and leave at 6:00 a.m. until the town of Cachora (3100 m) at approx. 10:00am. There we pack de equipment in horses and it is at this point where we begin our Trek down in a gently sloping trail.
This day the trekking is not more than 5 hours and the temperature at the beginning is around 15°C (60F) and at the end of the trip will be around 25°C (77F), on the road you will have the first views of the snow-capped Mountain of Padrayoc 5482 m (17980 FASL) and Wayna Cachora, the tour will have a short break at the pass of Capuliyoc 2900 m (9500FASL) from which we will have a panoramic view of the Valley of Apurimac, then descend to appreciate the beautiful scenery of climate warm up to the beach of the river in the bottom of the canyon 1550 m (5080 FASL) there we will have our first camp. (Lunch and dinner included).
After breakfast (5:00 am), we will continue our Trek walking up to choquequirao, we will be climbing the slope direction to Santa Rosa 2100m (6890FASL) place to have lunch, this journey is the hardest, this day the trekking is not more than 6 hours and the temperature at the beginning is around 22°C (72F) and at the end of the trip will be around 18°C (65F), then we climb to Maranpata 2850 m (9350FASL) the edge of the canyon and the end of the steep part, during this journey you will see all the road on the first day and the vegetation that exists in this place then we will continue the trekking to the Choquequirao camping area so close of the ruins. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
After breakfast we go ahead to Choquequirao to appreciate the sun rise, visit the Citadel could takes around 4 hours, this is a big city with temples and areas apart one from each other, always accompanied by the guide who rightly explains about this important Inca refuge and the importance of the Apurimac and river thus will also appreciate the Vilcabamba range, at midday we return to the camping area to have lunch and to continue the trekking down into the canyon to set up the new camping in the beach of the river. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast in the bottom of the canyon (06:00 AM) return by the same road until you get to the edge of the canyon and here are two hours more a little bit flat until the town of Cachora this is a much smoother stretch and at 12:00 m will be arriving approx., on the way We will appreciate the flora and fauna exotic place, as well as views of snow-capped mountains and the impressive Canyon. And then we will return by car to Cusco, and it will takes 3hours reaching the hotel in the afternoon. End of our services.
We have almost Daily departures for this tour. The weather is dry all year. However, between December and April, there are a few rain spots, but it is not a big deal. The temperature can be around 25°C during the day and 10°C During the night. Nevertheless, The fist part of the Choquequirao Trek is a bit cold 15°C during the day and 5°C during the night. That is why on this tour you need summer and winter clothes. Click to check the Peruvian wheater.
Maybe you know that Choquequira was the second most important city after Cusco. If you are interested to know the timeline of the Inka history, I recommend you to visit Cusco (the capital of the Inka Empire), Click to see The Destinations in Cusco. After Cusco, the Inkas built the Sacred valley, Click to see The Destinations in the Sacred Valley, and then they built Choquequirao and the great Inka Trail. if you visit those destinations first, you will be an Inka History expert when you reach Choquequirao.
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