Choquequirao trek, 4 days hike with expert tour guides
Choquequirao trek. Is the name of one of our fantastic and challenging hike in Peru, tour that leads to choquequirao inca city, built at the mountains over the apurimac canyon, surrounded by lush forest, and snow coated mountains, scenery that gives to this site a special attraction.
Location: It is located at Mollepata District, which is part of Anta province, in Cusco region. Because of its beauty and size, it is usually compared with machu picchu, built at 3100mt “10170 ft”. iT offers lifetime lasting memories for those who wants to hike it. Our traditional 4 days private hike, is a perfect tour for people who are looking to run away from the stress of the city, and get new energy from the mountains.
If you are in to challenge hikes, for which you must do training before coming.
Our choquequirao private tour, is leaded by expert, professional local guides, which are fluent in English and knowledgeable in culture, history and local tradition. Come and enjoy with us this fascinating trek.
4 days Choquequirao Trek
Day 01. Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca.- Our fantastic traditional 4 days program, begins with an early departure from Cusco city (05:00 hrs), our team of guide cook and driver will meet you at your hotel and drive you to Cachora village, it takes about 4 hours, and meet our local muleteers, and have breakfast.
Then we begin our hike towards the north, a nice view of the majestic padrayoc snow-peak mount, will give us the welcome to the adventure, the hike start on a gentle downhill path, that reaches a flat road to huancacalle, and capuliyoc, where will stop and lunch.
Capuliyoc is a fantastic scenic viewpoint, we will observe Apurimac canyon and its impressive depth (the second deepest canyon in Peru), from here a downhill switchback trail leads up to Chiquiska, along the way we will pass an small settlement named la Colmena (2870 above sea level), Cocamasana (2330 above sea level), and finally chiquiska (1950 asl) a grove place where we can find water.
Day 02. chiquisca – choquequirao: Wake up at 05 in the morning, after breakfast we will success, the hardest part of the itinerary. the trail goes an hour downhill path, then we reach the apurimac river, and cross it. From here all the trail leads uphill, by a switch back trail until maranpata, “this is the hardest part of our entire hike”.
After several stops on the way, we reach santa rosa, which is a viewpoint, then we continue to maranpata and stop for lunch. After lunch, we continue by a gentle section, then arrive in to a lookout point.
Finally after 2 hours we arrive to our second campground, our team will set up our tents (if you still have energy, we can climb up to the main sector, visit the llamas, spend the sunset on the top of a hill, on a platform named usno, made by the inca to worship their deities), if we are lucky we can see the soar of condors, we’ll return to camp and have nutritious dinner and spend the night over 3000 m.a.s.l.
Day 03: Choquequirao – chiquisca – Coca Masana: early wake up and breakfast, then continue visiting the lower part terraces, there are several terraces that were cleaned up on 2004. the guide will provide all the information regarding history and culture of the incas, after tour we return to the camp and take the journey back, we’ll return using the same path, by an switchbacks we will reach again the Apurimac River and lunch.
After lunch we walk 03 more hours enjoying the beauty of the nature, (orchids, native flowers, and incredible landscape), finally we reach the campsite locate at a nice look-out place. After dinner you can sit down in front of your tent and enjoy the view of stars, mountains and river.
Day 4. – Coca Masana – Cachora – Cusco. This is the last day of our choquequirao hike, after early morning breakfast we restart our trip, we walk back to Cachora town, we will walk 3 hours of challenging trek, then an large gentle path enjoying again the beauty of mounts and the apurimac canyon, our hike will end at noon. We’ll lunch then take our transport to Cusco.
Average Estimation: (difficulty: Challenge, distance 16 km (12 miles) , 7 hours of walk) per day.
- Transport from Cusco to cachora “trail head”.
- English speaking, professional, experienced tour guide.
- Horses to carry equipment (15 pounds or each hiker).
- Muleteers to manage these horses and equipment.
- Complete meals provided, consisting in breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Trekking chef, expert in clean, nutritious meals (vegetarian option no problem).
- Equipment. (Tent, chairs, dining tent, utensils and inflatable sleeping pads).
- Entrance fee.
- Emergency horse.
- First Aid Kit and emergency bottle oxygen.
- Sleeping bags. (Available to rent in our office).
- Dinner on the last day.