Choquequirao, deemed one of the last strongholds of the rebel Incas, is a surprising experience for visitors on account of its beauty and perfect design, interlaced in harmony with the mountains and surrounding forest. We invite you to discover the beauty and mystery of the Andes on an unrivaled adventure that connects inter-Andean valleys, the grand Apurimac River Canyon (sacred river of the Incas), and this secret Incan bastion. With each step on trails that were once taken by Incan pilgrims, our journey will carry you to a matchless setting of mountains, canyons, and tropical jungles. One of a kind experience. Our service includes native Quechua porters for your luggage and delicious Peruvian meals during the entire trip.
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A DOUBLE ROOM
Day 1: Cusco / Cachora / Apurimac River - (Lunch and Dinner Included) Leaving Cusco, heading north on the main highway towards Abancay. We leave the city behind, and cross into Antapampa with breathtaking views of mount Salkantay and Humantay at first. As we leave this high meadow area, the Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica come into view. Once we begin to descend into Limatambo we’ll visit the Inca site of Tarawasi located in the outskirts. The road continues until we reach the Apurimac River, where we will cross its impressive gorge. Past the village of Curawasi, we will find the stone of Sayhuite and its carved map, believed to be that of the Inca empire. A small side road over a ridge brings us down to the village of Cachora, where we will start today’s hike. Taking our day-packs, we start walking along the edge of the mountain Capuliyoc, where we will get our first view of the Apurimac canyon and the trail that lies ahead. We begin our descent and camp near the river at 2,450m.a.s.l. (Distance: 8 km, length of trek: 4-5 hrs). Day 2: Apurimac River / Choquequirao - (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) The crossing of the river on a footbridge will mark the start of the day. From here an uphill walk of half the day brings us to Marampampa - a small meadow where we will have lunch. As we ascend on the steep trail, we begin to appreciate the canyon land vegetation and environment on both sides of the Apurimac canyon. The afternoon hike is not as steep as we approach the hanging valley where the site of Chokekiraw is found. We will camp near the site at an available flat part at the time we get ready for next day to explore the isolated Inca sites and the surrounding cloud forest. (Distance: 7 kms, length of trek: 7-8 hrs). Day 3: Choquequirao / Marampampa - (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) We spend all morning visiting the central complex and some of the outlying buildings situated on a ridge overlooking the Canyon, while we work our way through the terracing. We have lunch and in the afternoon we will descend to Marampampa where we will camp. (Distance: 2.5kms from the campsite round-trip, length of hike: 2hrs round-trip from the campsite). Day 4: Marampampa / Cocamasana - (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) We begin our descent towards the river and have lunch at the bottom of the canyon. From here we will start our ascent towards Cachora, finding our campsite in our way: a small place called Cocamasana which offers spectacular views of the canyon. (Distance: 6 kms, length of hike : 6 - 7 hrs). Day 5: Cocamasana / Cachora / Cusco - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) A last ascent to Capuliyoc; from here it’s relatively even until we reach the village of Cachora. Here our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Cusco, where we will arrive in the evening, driving back the same road we took at the beginning. (Distance: 4 kms, length of hike 3-4 hours). Drive from Cachora to Cusco: 4 hours.