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Choquequirao Ruins Trekking Tour in the Andes (5 Days)

Undertake an amazing trek to Choquequirao,“the Sister of Machu Picchu,” with a private tour guide!

USD $849.00

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Choquequirao Ruins Trekking Tour in the Andes (5 Days)

Highlights

  • View the stunning Choquequirao ruins, an unmissable archaeological wonder
  • Trek through the Peruvian Andes and see a variety of flora and fauna

Description

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.

Duration

5 Days/4 Nights

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco/ Cachora / Chiquisca

You’ll be picked up from the hotel at 5:00 am and transferred in private transportation to Cachora where you can observe the majestic snow-covered peak of Padrayoc. While the group is having breakfast, the crew will get the horses ready for the trek.

The hike on this first day is 16 km (approximately 6 hours). From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc, you will have the chance to see condors. Later, as you descend into the Apurímac Canyon, the vegetation will change from Agave and Tunacactus to a dwarf tree forest. You’ll have lunch at Cocamasana before continuing on to the final destination of the day, Chiquisqa, where you’ll camp in the evening.

Meals Included: Box-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

After an early morning breakfast, you’ll head down into the Apurímac River canyon. After a brief break, you’ll continue the trek up to the archaeological site that lends its name to the Choquequirao tour. On the way, you’ll visit Santa Rosa and have lunch at Maranpata. The campsite at Choquequirao offers a spectacular view of the canyon as well as Andean Condors soaring in the mountains.

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

After breakfast, you’ll spend today enjoying a guided tour of the Choquequirao ruins complex whose name means “Cradle of Gold.” You’ll visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), as well as some areas that are still covered in wild foliage waiting to be restored into the way it once was with the Incas. The steep mountainside below the main plaza features several clusters of newly-discovered buildings such as the so-called Ridge Group and the Waterfall Temple.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Choquequirao / San Ignacio / Carmen Huerto

After breakfast, you’ll walk down a different kind of trail than the ones you’ve trekked thus far on the trip. You’ll be surrounded by impressive views of the Apurimac canyon as well as plentiful flora and fauna. After lunch in San Ignacio, you’ll ascend to your beautiful campsite at Carmen Huerto.

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

After an early breakfast, you’ll hike up out of the Apurimac Canyon with views of the river disappearing behind you and the glaciers of the Vilcabamba range waiting ahead for you.

Along the way, you’ll visit communities such as Pacobamba and Huanipaca. From Huanipaca you will have an incredible view of the Sacsarayoc glacier chain. The trek will end in Huanicapa where private transport will take you 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)

What’s Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pickup from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
  • Private transportation
    • to Cachora, head of the Trek
    • 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
  • Accommodations for the staff
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented 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 and Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

Important Notes

Price based on sharing tent between 2 people

Optional Services

Sleeping bag during the tour ( -10°C): add US$ 30

Single supplement (single tent): US$ 30

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