The trek to Choquequirao is fascinating and one of the most popular trips in Cusco since it can only be accessed by walking; there are no railways or roads that can take you to archaeological site itself or near it, so many people consider this journey as a pilgrimage, an escape from the routine, a challenge.
This archaeological site is located at more than 3030 meters above sea level (around 9940 ft.). The majesty of the landscapes is amazing, the variety of flora and fauna is unique, and the remote location of the ruins makes Choquequirao a mysterious and enchanting destination that unlike Machupicchu, has not yet been discovered by the masses.
Join us on this incredible excursion of four days and three nights visiting Choquequirao and find the hidden gem that is not easily accessible to visitors but is an unbeatable experience that leaves all hikers with unforgettable memories.
Early in the morning, a transportation will pick us up from the Hotel and drive towards Cachora. At our arrival, we will have the option to eat breakfast if you haven’t yet (nor included on package) and make any last needed purchases. Also, this is the place where our team is ready to welcome us (cook, muleteers, mules) and give the proper instructions for the adventure.
We will start a long walk for the first day, taking us between 7 to 8 hours in this mountainous region. On the way, we will observe a variety of landscapes with different climates, with views of the snow-capped mountain of Pedroyoc and diversity of flora and fauna.
We will arrive to the Capuliyoc viewpoint (2885 m // 8465 ft.) where we will have a magnificent view of the Apurímac Canyon and will have our lunch.
After the meal, we resume our walk descending until we arrive to our goal for the day: Chiquisca, place for our dinner and camp.
Overnight in Chiquisca.
Early in the morning, we will enjoy a good breakfast and begin the descent to Playa Rosalinas (1500m // 4921 ft.).
From this point starts the true challenge of the journey, going uphill until we reach 2870 m or 9416 ft. at the community of Marampata. The path is zigzagging and steep and will go on for approx. 5h. This section will require physical resistance as well as a good acclimatization.
At that point, we will be able to see the archaeological complex of Choquequirao from afar, but we will take a short rest to enjoy the incredible views and have our lunch.
After the meal, we will resume the walk until we reach Choquequirao (leaving our unnecessary belongings in Marampata since is the place of our camp).
This day we will have plenty of time to visit Choquequirao, considered the Sister City of Machupicchu for the many similarities they share. Choquequirao is 1500 meters above the Apurímac canyon, while Machupicchu is towards the Urubamba canyon, they have the same latitude, and both are large citadels of more than 8 hectares. Archaeologists make new discoveries every day since until the present day only a third has been discovered.
In the afternoon, we return to Marampata camp site and have dinner. Overnight in Marampata
Early in the morning, we will be able to enjoy the sunrise over the Choquequirao ruins. We will have breakfast and start to go down using the same path we came from, passing through Playa Rosalinas (1500m // 4921 ft.), the lowest site in our experience and where we will have lunch and rest our sore feet and knees. We resume our hike going uphill until we reach our camp in Chiquisqa. We will have time to enjoy the breathtaking views of the deep canyons and perhaps a chance to see a Condor flying nearby, the king of the Andes. Dinner and overnight in Chiquisqa.
An early start today will help us avoid the worst of the heat in the canyon and guarantee us magnificent views of the Apurimac and the surrounding peaks.
We will reach Capuliyoc viewpoint for the last time, where we can say goodbye to the fabulous views of the Choquequirao ruins. Then we will ascend to our final destination of San Pedro de Cachora to return to Cusco.
On our way back we have the possibility to visit the archaeological site of Saywite; a ceremonial center where water was worshiped and also a place that might have been a "training center” to learn the different engineering options in coastal and mountain conditions.
Arrival to Cusco, transfer to your Hotel and end of services to continue with another destination or side trip.