Embark on an adventure through the Peruvian mountains on these 5-day Choquequirao tours! You will hike along the Apurimac River to the ancient ruins.
These Choquequirao tours will take you on a hiking trip with gorgeous landscapes, including dry slopes sprinkled with cacti and lush cloud forests with a variety of birds. Throughout the trek, you will look up to the great snow peaks that the Incas believed were gods. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to explore one of the most remote mountain regions of Peru and one of its least known Inca ruins.
The name “Choquequirao” is Quechua for “Cradle of Gold.” This ancient Inca city can be found high above the roaring Apurimac River, with lush tropical cloud forest on all sides. This city was one of the Inca’s last refuges after the Spanish invasion.
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Start and end location: Cusco
Day 1 – Drive to the Village of Cachora and Hike through Kapulyoq Pass
Your Choquequirao tours start with an early morning bus ride of about four hours in the scenic high Andean plains. After you arrive to Cachora Village, you will meet the mule drivers. Then, you will leave the village and start an easy hike on an old mining road to Kapulyoq Pass (9,240 feet/2800 meters). From this pass, you will have your first mesmerizing view of the deep Apurimac canyon and the surrounding snowy peaks.
After resting and enjoying the scenery, you will continue your descent of approximately three hours along a dusty trail, zigzagging down the arid wall of the canyon, to the first campsite at the Chiquiska Oasis (6,000 feet/1,800 meters).
Day 2 – Walk along the Apurimac River and Watch the Sunset over the Ruins of Choquequirao
After a nourishing breakfast, you will continue your descent to the valley floor, where you will cross the Apurimac River (5,000 feet/1,495 meters). From here, you will start to climb the long, steep trail for about five hours to your destination: the impressive archaeological complex of Choquequirao. You should arrive just in time to enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the deep canyon and the surrounding mountains (9,900 feet/3,000 meters).
Day 3 – Visit the Ancient Archaeological Sites of Choquequirao and Cascade House
In the morning, you will have Choquequirao tours to the restored section of the ruins and explore the ones still covered by lush cloud forest vegetation. A lot of work has been done in recent years to excavate, clear, and restore the site.
After lunch, you can visit the Cascade House. This site has restored buildings and terraces some 1,000 feet (300 meters below the main structures of Choquequirao. Later, your evening meal will consist of a typical Peruvian “pachamanca” (traditional Andean ingredients cooked in the earth). You can even volunteer to help with the preparation!
From the “usno,” the ceremonial platform and highest point of the archaeological site, there are fine views of the Apurimac Canyon far below. If you are lucky, you may even see a great Andean condor soar above you.
Day 4 – Descend to the Apurimac River and Climb to Cocamazana
After breakfast and another chance to explore the main structures of the archaeological site independently, it will be time to begin the long descent to the Apurimac River. There, you will stop for lunch and rest before the three hour climb to your last campsite at Cocamazana (7,600 feet/2,300 meters). On the last night, you will enjoy an excellent meal with spectacular views of Choquequirao and the Apurimac Canyon.
Day 5 – Walk to Cachora Village and Return to Cusco
In order to avoid the intense sun, you will start your day early with the climb up to Kapulyoq Pass (9,250 feet/2800 meters). From there, you will continue along a flat country road to the village of Cachora, arriving before noon.
After a well-deserved rest, you will say goodbye to the mule drivers and begin your return bus journey to Cusco. If there is time along the way, you will stop and visit Saywite, an enormous rock carved by the Incas into a 3-dimensional representation of their empire, complete with flora and fauna. You will arrive back to Cusco in time for a hot shower before heading into town for a night out to finish up your fantastic Choquequirao tours experience!
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