AAPT08  Discovering Choquequirao     5D/4N  (From Cusco)



Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Coca Masana – Chikiska. (Aprox. 4-5 hours – 14 kms)

Starting from Cusco at about 6:00 am in the morning we make 4-hours drive to Cachora town and on the way on we can enjoy the amazing Limatambo Canyon and views of the snow-capped Salcantay and Humantay Mountains. In Cachora, we meet our expedition crew (as arrieros) and then we start the first part of our hike (about 3 hours) towards Capulichayok pass (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below. From here, we can also observe the snow-capped peaks of Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora. We then descend towards Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally, we will arrive to our camp at the place known as Chikiska at 1950m. Here we will set up camp and spend the night. B, LB, D.

Day 2: Chikiska – Playa Rosalina – Marampata. (Aprox. 6-7 hours – 14 kms)

After breakfast we will trek down (aprox. 1:30 h) to the shores of the Apurimac River, to the place known as Playa (Beach) Rosalina at 1500m, where we will cross a typical hanging bridge then cross a cactus forest of agaves and exotic local fruit trees. Then we start a hard 4-5 hours gradual climb of 1400 meters from the shores of the Apurimac River to the place known as Marampata at 2800m where we set up our camp. En route, you will also see a variety of plants and flowers while enjoying the views of the surrounding mountains and the deep Apurimac canyon. Camp. B, LB, D.

Day 3: Marampata - Choquequirao - Marampata (3 h – 4 km)

Today we enjoy a full day visiting the amazing Choquequirao complex, including Choquequirao main plaza, surrounded with exquisite Inca architecture buildings, the stone altar called Ushnu, which was used by priests to offer open ceremonies to the Apus. Then we visit the sun, the moon, and the Pachamama "mother nature" areas, with rooms and buildings in a very fine Inca style and the mysterious llama designs constructed in the walls of the terraces with white stones. With luck, at this point we can see a majestic flying of a condor around this sacred geography. Return to our camp at Marampata. B, LB, D.

Day 4: Marampata – San Ignacio – Tambobamba. (7-8 h – 15 km)

Toda we have an early breakfast at 06:30 a.m. and then we start trekking downhill for approximately 3 hours to the place known as Playa San Ignacio (1750m) on the shores of Apurimac River. Here we cross another hanging bridge and then we start our climb (1:30 - 2 hours) up to Hacienda San Ignacio where we have lunch. Then we start to make our last 2-3 hours trek towards our camp at the picturesque village of Tambobamba (2500m) where we will have our last night camp surrounded by lush vegetation. B, LB, D.

Day 5: Tambobamba – Wanipaca – Qonoq – Cusco. (4-5 h – 12 km)

Today we make an early departure at 07:30 a.m. and after a 2-3 hours gentle climb we arrive at Wanipaca town. The last part of our hike (2 hours) goes through warm valley vegetation until we reach the point where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. If desired, after 2 hours drive we can stop at Qonoq hot springs where you can soak and relax at the warm water pools. A further 3-hour drive will take us back to the city of Cusco. B, LB.

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Included: Private return transport to Cachora/Wanipaca, English speaking tour guides, experienced expedition cook, mule herders, Horses/mules for cargo, noted meals, teatime and snacks, complete camping equipment (2 person new, spacious, comfortable tents, Dining tent, and Kitchen tent), Entrance fees to the Archaeological Park, Emergency horse, and First aid kit.

Not included: tips, extras (Personal horse: US$100), personal trekking equipment.

Personal weight allowance per passenger: 8 kgs (this to be carried by horses)

Notes for the Choquequirao treks:

• The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the physical conditions of the participants and the guide can on the spot, change lunch and campsites.

• Choquequirao treks are tough, so you must be in very good physical conditions and better if you have some previous experience in trekking.






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