Choquequirao Trek 4Days/3Nights
Choquequirao Trek: The site of Choquequirao is another lost city of the Incas that is hidden high on a ridge 1750m above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The intricacy of these majestic ruins suggests that Choquequirao was once of high importance to the Inca empire. Before a bridge was constructed over the Apruimac River the site was remote and mostly inaccessible. Luckily for explorers this bridge can now connect them to this once hidden ancient city.
Choquequirao of beautiful of it creates the understanding of how the Land of the Incas was filled with many sacred palaces inca, open Plazas, farming terraces and water fountains. Choquequirao is by far one of the most isolated treks of Cuzco; here a Hiker can still discover the nest of the Andean Condors and a house for the spectacular bear of the andes. For detailed information please review the itinerary de Choquequirao trekking.
Choquequirao Trek 4days and 3nights
|Medium - Hard||3250 m / 10,660 ft|
Season : Year Round
Departure Dates : On Request
Prices Start At : $520.00
Minimum : 2 Trekkers
Note: This trek has steep ups and downs, with changes of altitude in one day of over 1,600 m/5,200 ft. We recommend at least two days of acclimatization in Cusco prior to trek departure.
Choquequirao is a Quechua word meaning "Cradle of Gold"; Choquequirao is located in the beautiful landscape of the Vilcabamba range over the Apurimac River. This route offers a journey with difficulty but formidable through diverse ecosystems in the Andes of Peru. It is recommended to bring hiking shoes for choquequirao (sneakers do not help), have good physical preparation for trekking, reach Cusco at least two days before the start of this tour adapt to climate and altitude before making his trip choquequirao trekking.
Inca Trail Availability:
The Inca Trail is subject to availability. You can check the official number of spaces on the Inca Trail for the whole year 2016.
Choquequirao is located in the lower middle basin of the Apurimac River, on its right bank, approximately 1500 meters above the riverbed and 3100 meters above sea level. The area in which it is well to be considered a "Quechua" (Pulgar, 1946) Amazon or "Andean Amazon" (Morales, 1993: 621), characterized by a strongly rugged mountainous terrain, covered by flora and fauna of Amazonian type. This location is the direct ecological boundary between the birth of the Amazon, on the cordilleranas heights of the eastern slope of the Andes and the semidesert mountainous highlands of the Peruvian Andes - Machu Picchu Trekking.
The archaeological site of Choquequirao is located on a high spur of the mountain range that serves as support, the same that borders directly to the Apurimac River. The central zone occupied by the archaeological site was leveled on purpose to locate the physical infrastructure of the settlement, while the surrounding hillsides were terraced incorporate large areas for cultivation platforms and small residential areas. Sector VIII of Choquequirao, where the reasons for camelids are located, is precisely an area of farming terraces (platforms) on hillside, whose building served as a support for plotting images of flames and other associated reasons - Trekking Machu Picchu.
Choquequirao manufacturing technique Trekking:
Choquequirao with twenty figures were found on the same hardware: a retaining wall made of stones. These figures were part of the constitutional structure of the wall forming an image by the contrast between the type of rock used to delineate the image and the type of rock used to form the regular rigging of the wall; this constructive peculiarity is determinant in shaping the entire structure because the image elements share the load of the building that serves as support, therefore it is a structural image. The type of rock used in the wall is the dark mica-slate Heermann hue, while the image uses only the stone completely white calcocuarcita - Machu Picchu Trekking.
DETAILED ITINERARY MACHU PICCHU TREKKING
Choquequirao Trek 4days and 3nights
Trek Day 1: Cusco – Chiquisca
This journey begins in Cusco from where we will leave at 5:00 AM and drive for four hours towards the Andean community of Cachora. Along the way, we will stop at Tarawasi, a site where Incan ceremonies and celebrations to Mother Earth were conducted. From there we leave Tarawasi and continue to Saywite. Here we find the famous Inca rock that was believed to be a construction plan for the Tahuantinsuyo Empire (Inca Empire). At this rock we will see carvings of animals representing the main deities. From Saywite we continue hiking for half an hour to Cachora (2,800 m/9,184 ft) where we will enjoy a nice lunch. After lunch we begin a two and a half hour hike towards Abra Capuliyoc (2,750 m/9,020 ft). Here are beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. Then we continue descending for two hours towards Chiquisca, where we will eat dinner and spend the night.
Trek Day 2: Chiquisca – Choquequirao Trek
We leave Chiquisca around 6:00 AM to hike for an hour to Rosalina Beach. We then cross the Apurimac River and start hiking towards Santa Rosa. This climb is a series of switchbacks up a steep slope and will take approximately two hours. In Santa Rosa we have a break for 90 minutes. Afterwards we hike for two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata. From here we walk another two hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3,103 m/10,178 ft) where we will enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and Inca monuments. When the sun is setting, there is a great opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the canyon, where condors often are spotted.
Trek Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK - HACIENDA SAN IGNACIO - Tambobamba
The day begins with a nice breakfast where after we return to Choquequirao, and with a little luck we can get the possibility to experience the incredible condors in the Apurimac Canyon. The journey continues back to Tambobamba and we will stop at the former estate San Ignacio, where we will rest and have lunch. Then we will follow the road to the hostel and arrive at 5:30 pm approx. Welcome cocktail and dinner will await us before we go to sleep.
Trek Day 4: Tambobamba - CUSCO
The final day begins with a free morning after breakfast. We can make time to visit the nearby small processing plant of rum (distilled from sugar cane), or take a walk to the former estate of Tambobamba. An alternative could also be to play some indoor games (such as table soccer, "toad "and others) or relax in the hammocks while waiting for lunch to be served. Then we will board the bus to Cusco, arriving approximately 5 hours later.
Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s professional discretion and hiker progress.
Trek Price Includes:
- Professional, bilingual (English and Spanish) tour guide
- Collection from your hotel on Day 1 to the start of the trail
- Return transportation to your hotel
- Spacious, personal tents
- Sleeping mat
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Choquequirao Inca Site entrance fee
- Excellent meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 3 dinner)
- Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
- Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
- Vegetarian or special diet available upon request
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
- Horsemen and mules (for equipment and 6 kg of your personal items)
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Transportation from Cachora to Cusco
- Transfer to your hotel in Cusco
What You Need to Bring:
- Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
- Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
- Insect repellent
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
- Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
- Toiletries (including toilet paper)
- Personal medication
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
- Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for tips
*To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Please scan and email us a copy at the time of booking.
Optional Items to Bring:
- Walking sticks or trekking poles. Trekking poles used on this trail are required to have rubber tips.
- Bandages or moleskin
Optional Services (Not Included):
- Sleeping bag rental, $18
- Breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 4
- 1 extra horse to carry personal items, $30 per day
- Walking sticks, $8
Prices for 2013:
|Number of People||2||3||4||5||6-10|
|Price per Person ($ USD)||$520||$500||$480||$460||$440|
Cusco Native is a company comprised of certified and licensed local tour guides. All tours booked with Cusco Native are led and staffed by Cusco Native employees. We will never pass you onto another tour company for your trek. We are a local company with professional employees and guides who are knowledgeable in all of the main (like the Inca Trail) and alternative (Lares to Machu Picchu) treks.
In the event of a cancellation we need to be informed in writing. Cancellation charges plus forfeiture of the non-refundable deposit will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by Cusco Native.
Our cancellation table is as follows:
|Days Prior to Start of Trek||Percentage Lost of Total Trek Price|
|29 to 22||60%|
|21 to 9||80%|
|8 to 0||100%|
In the event of partial cancellations, the remaining passenger may have to pay any remaining charges (e.g. single room supplements or double-occupancy).