Choquequirao Trek Classic 4 Days is a beautiful and amazing route to one of the last refuges of the Inca. It is a marvel of the Andes that because of the rich history held within in its architecture is attracting an ever increasing flow of tourists.
Choquequirao is a ceremonial site in the Peruvian Andes, located in the Vilcabamba range and one of the most prestigious constructions of the Inca, still little known by the majority of tourists, that usually prefer to visit Machu picchu. However, for several years it has been emerging as a new focal point for eco-tourism due to the beauty of its landscapes and the originality of its ceremonial, social and agricultural centers, forming a unique mosaic of the pre-hispanic Andes(Choquequirao Trek Classic 4 Days).
In the middle of the eastern sector of Choquequirao, one finds a complex structure called “The House of falling Water”. This two storey building has several rooms with niches, windows oriented toward the mountains and a water fountain. An enormous block of white stone is found below, which could be a tomb or sacred stone similar to the Intiwatana at Pisac or Machupicchu.
Some archaeologists proposed calling this building the house of Chacra (farm) Kamayoc, owing to its particular location in the middle of a farm.
Several snowy mountains surround the site. The most notable are: Salkantay to the east, Corihuayrachina (also known as Yanacocha) to the northeast; Choquequirao Mountain itself, to the north and Ampay to the south. We can also see the snowcapped mountains of Pumasillo, Choquesafra and Viracochan to the north east.
In the past these mountains were sacred, in fact they were considered to be the receptacles of the spirits of ancestors that protected the inhabitants of Choquequirao from frosts and other calamities of nature.
Itinerary Choquequirao Trek Classic 4 Days
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca – Santa Rosa
Our adventure begins with a pickup at the hotel in Cusco, then boarding a bus for Cachora, where we will meet with the rest of our Choquequirao Travel team, horsemen, cooks and horses. From this point we begin our walk through a beautiful Andean landscape, with great views of the Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora mountains.
We will have an impressive view of the Apurimac valley from the viewing point at Capuliyoc and then continue our trek until we get to Chiquisca, then continue our trek, descending to Playa Rosalina (1550m), the lowest point of the trip.
From there we cross the Apurimac river over a suspension bridge to then begin our ascent towards Choquequirao, but first stopping by Santa Rosa (2100m), which will be the place of our first camp (lunch and dinner).
Day 2: Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao
On this day we have breakfast very early and then continue our trek, Santa Rosa (2100m), It is a place where we will be able to enjoy the famous drink made from sugar cane, called Cambrai. We will then follow our route toward Marampata, a small typical village of the Andes, from which point we can make out the great Inca city of Choquequirao.
We head for the amazing Inca city of Choquequirao, where we will have a guided tour around the different important tourist attractions.We will have our second camp here. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 3: Choquequirao – Playa Rosalina – Chiquisqa
After a good breakfast We return to Marapata where we will have our lunch, before continuing to Playa Rosalina where we will take a short break and then on to Chiquisca where we will make our last camp (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 4: Chiquisqa – Capuliyoc – Cachora – Cusco
After a delicious breakfast we begin our return walk to the Capuliyoc pass were will have a view for the last time of the beautiful Apurimac canyon and then a further 2 hours walking until we arrive at San Pedro de Cachora.
Here we say goodbye to our horsemen that have accompanied us on this wonderful adventure. We then board our transport, arriving back at Cusco in the afternoon. Our services end here. (Breakfast and lunch).
- Pick-up at hotel.
- Private transportation from Cusco to Cachora. (4 hrs).
- Professional guide.
- Meals throughout the trip (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners).
- Camping equipment (tents 4 seasons for 3 people , mattresses).
- Accommodation in triple tent for two people.
- First aid kit.
- Mules to carry the camping gear and your belonging (5 kilos per person).
- Horseman (for one to three mules).
- Specialized cook.
- Private car from Cachora to Cusco, including transport to your hotel in Cusco.
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunch and Dinner on the last day.
- Authorized entrances for the archaeological park of Choquequirao trek 4 days.
- Sleeping bag.
- Walking stick.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
- Backpack for Choquequirao Trek 4 days.
- Walking shoes.
- Warm clothing.
- Waterproof jacket or poncho for the rain.
- Plastic bags for your used clothes.
- Sleeping bag (can be rented at Choquequirao Travel)
- Flashlight with batteries, pocket knife, matches.
- Water bottle, preferably made of metal that can withstand heat.
- Hat or cap to protect from the sun and cold.
- High factor sun cream and insect repellant.
- Toilet paper.
- Snacks (cookies, energy bars, chocolate)
- Tips for horsemen, guides and cooks (see note below).
- Personal first aid kit.