Choquequirao 4 Days / 3N – Servicio PAT

4 Days
Starting from US$300 per person
Choquequirao 4 Days / 3N – Servicio PAT
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Choquequirao 4 Days / 3N – Servicio PAT

Choquequirao 4D/3N .- Setting aside the increasingly busy trail, Choquequirao (“The Cradle of Gold” in Quechua – “The Other Machu Picchu,” as a 2007 article in the New York Times called it) is an incredibly preserved Inca outpost, dramatically located on a promontory nearly 1800m / 6000ft above the rugged Apurimac River gorge.

Choquequirao (3,103m / 10178ft), considered to be a sister city of similar significance to Machupicchu and built on similar lines, although more difficult to reach, is also presumed to be about the same size and to have served the same religious, political and agricultural functions. However, because archaeologists long underestimated Choquequirao’s importance, the city’s existence was known for nearly 300 years before the first restoration began in 1993 and only recently became accessible to non-academics, since when it quickly joined the ranks of the world’s great lost cities … .

ITINERARY

Day 1 Cusco to Chiquisca.

We leave Cusco at 04:00 am in our private transportation and head towards Cachora (2 800 masl / 9 184 ft), an Andean community located 5 hours from Cusco. Cachora is the starting point of the trek where we meet our riders and horses. We begin our climbing trek for two and a half hours to Abra Capuliyoc (2 750 masl / 9 020 ft), where we can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River canyon. We then continue descending for two more hours to Chiquisca, where we set up camp and spend the night.

  • Meals
  • Lunch and dinner

Day 2 Chiquisca to Choquequirao.

We leave Chiquisca at 6:00 am to descend to Rosalina beach, which will take about an hour. Then we cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take approximately 2 hours, and it is important that we leave early so that the heat does not make it more difficult than it has to be. In Santa Rosa, we pause for half an hour, where those who wish can try Cambray, a local sugar cane extract. Then, we continue our hike slowly climbing for two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata. From here we hike another two hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3 103 masl / 10 178 ft). Here we will camp and enjoy free time to explore the terraces and buildings. When the sun begins to set,

  • Meals
  • Breakfast lunch dinner

Day 3 Choquequirao to Rosalina Beach

his morning we enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex: we will visit the high parts (Hanan) and the low parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered with wild foliage and ready to be restored to the way it was when the Incas owned it. After the tour, we start our way back to Santa Rosa, where we will have lunch. Then we continue descending for another 2 hours until we reach Rosalina beach (1 450 masl / 4 756 ft), where we might have time to take a refreshing swim in the waters of the Apurimac River. We camp and have dinner here.

  • Meals
  • Breakfast lunch dinner

Day 4 from Rosalina beach to Cachora.

We leave the camp after breakfast to begin the two to three hour ascent to Chiquisca, and then return to Abra Capuliyoc, near which we have lunch. In the afternoon, we continue on our two-hour return route to Cachora, where private transportation will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. Estimated time of arrival is around 9.00pm.

  • Meals
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

* Departure and arrival times are approximate.
** The campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the progress of the group.

Difficulty

Very challenging: the route has steep highs and lows, with altitude changes in a day of over 1600 m / 5200 ft and generally warm weather during the day due to the lower altitude versus Cusco. We recommend allowing a day’s acclimatization in Cusco before departure on the trek.

INCLUDED

What does it include?

  • Briefing prior to departure
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Cachora, starting point of the trek.
  • Entrance to Choquequirao for visitors and agency staff.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each tent with capacity for 4 people, to provide greater comfort and store backpacks safely. Our tents are 3-season tents, highly maintained to ensure excellent performance in the field. Eureka Timberline 4 Outfitter tents are used when double accommodations are required and Eureka Timberline 2XT for single travelers.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • One sleeping bag per person: our sleeping bags are -18°C-comfort (0°F), mummy-shaped and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after each use and have a maximum use of 30 trips.
  • One pillow per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • Professional and official English speaking guide (2 guides for groups of more than 8 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • Pack animals to carry personal equipment up to a maximum of 9 kg per person (including cushion and sleeping bag).
  • 1 emergency horse for every 6 people
  • Wranglers
  • Lodging for all our staff.
  • Meals (03B, 04L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service, except on the last day). Vegetarian or special menus available at no additional cost.
  • One bag of textile snack per person, to avoid the use of plastic bags that pollute our environment.
  • Filtered boiled water from lunchtime on the 1st day onwards.
  • Biodegradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable dishwasher detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and evening, and at lunch time if requested with enough time in advance
  • First aid kit with emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Private transportation from Cachora to Cusco, including the transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
  • 24-hour customer service: ask for the emergency number available during your visit.

NOT INCLUDED

No está incluido

  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Dinner on the last day.
  • Tips

WHAT TO BRING

What should you bring?

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the entire trekking period.
  • Raincoat or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, ideally trekking shoes or sports shoes
  • Warm clothing including jacket, fleece and sweaters
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, film and batteries (batteries are consumed more quickly in cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun, rain or cold
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (e.g. Micropur)
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs)
  • Cash in soles and US$ (in case you need money we have ATMs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Original passport
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber cases are required)

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Choquequirao 4 Days / 3N – Servicio PAT
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