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Alternative Inca Trail to Machupicchu Choquequirao Trek 7D-6N

GOLDEN CRADLE TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 7 Days

Overview Choquequirao Trek

Choquequirao Treks
Choquequirao Treks

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 1750 m above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks.

The Other Machu Picchu, as a 2007 article in the New York Times called it is an amazingly preserved Inca outpost, dramatically perched on a promontory nearly 1800 m / 6000 feet above the roaring Apurimac River Gorge.

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.

Choquequirao Hike To Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Hike To Machu Picchu

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.

Highlights of Choquequirao Trek 7 Days

You can explore the second lost city of the Incas – Choquequirao
Explore a 4-day hike with a professional guide, chef, muleteer and horses
Guided visit to the citadel of Choquequirao
Discover the city’s sacred mountain
Visit the terraces where the flames walk
Enjoy the beauty that the Mountains have to offer

Detailed Itinerary

We leave Cusco at 7:30 am in the morning for the 4 hour drive in our private transportation that will take us to the town of Cachora where our mule wanglers, mules and horses are waiting. On the way we will admiring the wonderful and amazing Limatambo Canyon, to the right the great Apu –Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, then we will continue to the little village of Cachora. We will be ready to start the hike through this unknow mystery and very historically rich territory.

It is a 3 hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below. As well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora.

We then descend toward Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Essential to bring a high deet mosquito repellent.

Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550m beside the raging “ The Speaker God “ Apurimac River, famous for Class 5 Rafting rapids. Here we will set up camp and spend the night. Your guide will introduce you to this amazing Inca land. Walking poles or wooden sticks are very highly recommended.

Meals: B L D Distance Travelled:17 Km
Approximate Walking Time: 7 – 8 Hours

Inclusions

Included

  • 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

No Included

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

We Recommend to bring to the Short Inca Trail

  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Light clothes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Windbreaker jacket, hat, sunblock, sunglasses
  • Chocolates, candies, and other snacks.
  • Camera with good batteries
  • Extra money in “Soles” (Peruvian national currency)

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

Prices for this tour

To see the prices write us to  info@mayuc.com or using our Contact Form.

Prices for Alterntive Inca Trail to Machupicchu Choquequirao 7 Days

From 2 to 3 participants
USD 1297.00
each

From 4 to 10 participants
USD 1197.00
each

From 11 to 16 participants
USD 997.00
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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