choquequirao

Tour Details

Location: Cusco
Destinations: Choquequirao, Machu Picchu
Lenght: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Rate:

US$ 1,197.00

* From 11 to 16 participants each one

Description

Choquequirao means "cradle of gold" in Quechua although this is probably not its original Inca name. It is another "lost city of the Incas" located high on a ridge spur almost 1750m  above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks.

The ruins were first visited and described to the western world by a French explorer during the 18th century. Hiram Bingham visited the site in 1910. This was his first experience of  "lost cities" prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911. The remoteness and inaccessibility have discouraged visitors until fairly recently when COPESCO constructed a footbridge  over the Apurimac River below the ruins. Even today the ruins are still rarely visited although, with the enforcement of new regulations on the Inca Trail, Choquequirao is destined to 
replace the traditional hike as the serious trekkers alternative.

Choquequirao Complex is very interesting and one of the most popular treks in Cusco area. Choquequiraw is situated in the spur of the mountain range of Salkantay, over 3030m  surrounded by the Apus of Yamana, Ampay, Chokecarpu, Pumasiyo and Panta, on the left bank of Apurimac river. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with  Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails. The reasons are many: The fantastic nature with valleys, snow-capped mountains and great variety of plants, birds and animals. 
Choquequiraw is considered as "The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire". Visitors can view a complex hydraulic system, most likely for domestic, ceremonial and agricultural use. 

The geographic location of Choquequirao in reference to other complexes of the same period would tend to indicate that its function was that of an Inca enclave toward the valleys of the Apurímac River. There are many similarities between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The latter was a sanctuary dedicated to the worship of the Inca Pachacútec; Choquequirao  was also a sacred site, but one dedicated to other functions that could have had to do with war or with the surrounding apus. Each is located beside Mt. Salcantay and both are situated  above, far above, a great river: in the case of Machupicchu, the Urubamba and in that of Choquequirao, the Apurímac. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: CUSCO / CACHORA / CHIQUISCA/ ROSALINA

Early morning departure from Cusco . Our private transportation that will take us to the town of Cachora where our mule wanglers, mules and horses are wayting. 

We hike down into the Apurimac canyon camping at Rosalina.  

Day 02: CHIQUISCA / MARANPATA /CHOQUEQUIRAU

After a good breakfast we start our strenuous hike up hill for about 5 hours to our lunch spot at Maranpata, and then for another hour and a half to Choquequirau,  where we camp. Choquequirau 

Day 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO

All day visit  Choquequirao ( Golden Cradle ) is considered the Sister city of MachuPicchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1,500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon ,  MachuPïcchu hang above the Urubamba canyon. It was a religious and administrative center. It is at the same latitude and it is a large citadel with more of 8 hectares , only one  third has been uncovered and every day the archeologist find something more. (B,L,D) 

Day 04: CHOQUEQUIRAU / MAIZAL

Early morning departure, walking through Choquequirau, to find our way behind  the upper plaza , going up though  high cloud forest to the Choquequirau Pass. Afterwards the  trail continues through some agricultural terraces or ( Andenes) called Pichiyoc which means (water jumping forward ) This terraces have some curious ritual fountains . 

Also this terraces in the Inca Times where cultivated to provide food for the locals. We will continue up toward the Rio Blanco for lunch. In the afternoon we enter another Inter  Andean valley to the hamlet of Maizal. Where we camp.(B,L, D) 

Day 05: MAIZAL / YANAMA

Early morning trek around the Corihuarachina  glacier, important due to some archeological remains such as Inca channels . Then we pass through Minas Victoria , a place that  during the colony , silver was extracted from a mine. Continuing the trek to the valley and town of Yanama. At the shadow of the Pumasillo Glacier where we camp.(B,L,D) 

Day 06: YANAMA/ LUCMABAMBA/ LLACTAPATA

Today we take an early truck ride  to Lucmabamba surrounded by the high mountains of the Vilcabamba Range full of Ichu grass and of Tarwi brush ,continue down river on this  dirt road arriving to the hamlet of Totora, This place has indescribable beauty , tranquility and pure nature surrounded by the glaciers Salcantay ,Padreyoc, and Pumasillo , then  we trek for about 5 hours on an ancient Inca Trail to the ruins of Llactapata where we camp.

The panoramic view from this place is breath taken, you can see a different angle of MachuPicchu , Huaynapicchu and the Aobamba canyon (B,L,D)

Day 07: LLACTAPATA/ HIDROELECTRICA/ AGUAS CALIENTES O/N

Early departure  Descent through orchids and ferns,until we reach the Aobamba river, then crossing a metal bridge with views of an impressive water fall that goes to the  hydroelectric plant. Arriving to the rail road tracks and then taking a two hour walk on the rail road tracks to Aguas Calientes. Spend the night in a hotel and visit the local  hot springs. Dinner on your own.(B,L) 

Day 08: MACHUPICCHU: FULL DAY

Early in the morning  will  take the bus up to Machupicchu, leaving the bus take a walk to the IntiPunko (sun gate) to see the sun rise, take pictures. After that we will have a  guided visit visiting the most important and amazing places at Machupicchu national Sanctuary 3-4 hours ,then you Hill have free time to explore ,take more pictures or climb the  Waynapicchu mountain (2634msnm),after that ,we have take the bus back to Aguas Calientes Town to have lunch and take the train back to Cusco. 

Arriving in the evening and then transfer to your hotel. Overnight by your own 

Departure Dates:

March: 11 - 23
April: 7 - 17 - 28
May: 10 - 19 - 31
June: 15 - 25
July: 07 - 14 - 26
August: 04 - 15 - 25
September: 05 - 15 - 27
October: 06 - 18 - 31
November: 01 - 10

INCLUDES:

- Transportation to the head of the trail.
- Professional English speaking guide
- Mule Wanglers and mules for your equipment
- All the meals during the Trek 
- One or two emergency saddle horses.
- Double occupancy tents, Dining tent and latrine tent
- Tables and stools plus all the plates and silver ware
- Cook and assistant 
- Entrance ticket to Machupicchu
- Train back from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- Landry, liquor, meals while in the city , Tips
- Acomodation in Aguas calientes and Cusco
- Sleeping bags
- Personal equipment and clothing


NOTE: If you want to ride, saddle horses are available for us $ 20 a day.

COST:
  • From 2 to 3 participants


    US$ 1,487.00

    each

  • From 4 to 10 participants


    US$ 1,297.00

    each

  • From 11 to 16 participants


    US$ 1,197.00

    each

 

To confirm your reservation just send us US$ 500.00 per person and your trip application Our accounting department will contact you in less than 24 hours, with your invoice and voucher.

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