CHOQUEQUIRAO THE “OTHER MACHU PICCHU”
6 day /
night camping trek
Distance: 53 km
highlight of this trek is having the privilege of
visiting a major archaeological site that very few
people visit, as it is only accessible on foot, and is
still little-known. The scenery is spectacular, and the
trek is characterised by steep ascents and descents, and
sharp vertical drops. Virtually the entire trek is
vertical. You will be trekking to and from the site
along the same path. This is a low altitude trek
compared to the most treks in the Cuzco area, including
the Inca Trail (where the maximum altitude is 4250m)
1: Cuzco (3400m) – Cachora (2895m)
morning departure from Cusco on the main road to
Ayacucho, for total 6 hour drive (total distance 165 km,
4 hours on a paved road 2 hours unpaved). You will take
the detour after about 4 hours, to your destination
which is San Pedro de Cachora, where you will be lodged
for the night. On the way you will visit the remarkable
Inca sites of Tarawasi and Saywite, where you will have
a picnic lunch. Overnight camp/lodge in the village of
San Pedro de Cachora. L,D.
2: Cachora (2895m)- Santa Rosa (2013m)
healthy breakfast, the baggage will be packed on mules
and you will start your walk across flat agricultural
fields to the “pass” of Capuliyoc at 2800m approximately
2 hours later. From Capuliyoc, you will have your first
glimpse of the Apurimac Canyon. From here you will walk
on a steep downhill winding trail with spectacular views
of the magnificent Canyon for about 4 hours (with a 1
hour stop for lunch) until you reach the Apurimac River.
You will cross the bridge (only built in 1994, before
crossings were on a harness along a cable) and hike
straight uphill to your campsite for approximately two
hours. Santa Rosa, your camp, is situated a narrow
esplanade right on the cliffs (2013m). Total distance
covered 21 km, total trek 8 hours. B,L,D.
3: Santa Rosa (2013m)- Choquequirao (3055m)
after breakfast you will head straight to Choquequirao.
For the first 2-3 hours in the morning, until you reach
the hamlet of Marampata, where you will take the first
look at Choquequirao from afar, you can ride your mule
or horse as the path allows it. From Marampata, the
drops are steeper and the path is very narrow, so you
will have to do the balance of the strenuous uphill trek
on foot. You will reach Choquequirao at approximately
1.30pm. On arrival the campsite will be ready and lunch
will be served. You will have the rest of the afternoon
to explore this fabulous Inca site. Total distance
covered 9 km, total trek 6 hours. B,L,D.
on a mountain spur, overlooking the Apurimac river on
south, and the vertical slopes of the Vilcabamba range
to the north and east, Inca Choquequirao (3000m) is an
awesome site. It was considered for a century and a half
to be “the Lost city of the Incas” a term applied now to
Machu Picchu. In fact the likenesses to Machu Picchu are
many: much like Machu Picchu it is located on a mountain
outcrop overlooking a raging river, Machu Picchu the
Urubamba, and Choquequirao the Apurimac. Machu Picchu
was probably a sacred place or estate of Inca Pachacutec,
and Choquequirao was certainly a place of worship….and
each of them are located at opposite sides of Nevado
Salcantay (6264m) one of the holiest mountains in the
region. Choquequirao is located 40 kms south west of
Machu Picchu as the condor flies: but the mighty peaks
of Soray (5428m), Salcantay (6264m) and Yanama (5347m)
lie between the two, making access an arduous task. Only
about 30% of the Inca remains of Choquequirao have been
excavated. What can be seen today however, is most
impressive and very much worth the challenging trek to
get here. There are four main sectors to the compound:
the curved terraces, the Hilltop Platform, with
unbelievable 360 degree views of the majestic mountains
surrounding the site, the Upper Plaza, whose highlights
are the retaining walls and baths, and the Lower Plaza
or main section of the site with its gabled buildings
and “kallankas” (rectangular halls). The stonework in
Choquequirao is not nearly as sophisticated as that
found in Machu Picchu, because the stone found here is
very difficult to carve, but the buildings are
impressive and suggest a site of high status. The
vegetation and scenery is varied and plentiful, with
wonderful patches of salvia, gloxinia, lupines and
irises in bloom in the spring. Condors can be seen
4: Choquequirao (3055m)
day to explore this archaeological site in detail.
Special “Pachamanca” traditional dinner (potatoes and
meat buried in the earth with hot coals).
5: Choquequirao (3055m) –Chiquisca (1825m)
Departure after breakfast on the same path you came in
to, straight back down to the Apurimac, cross the river
and ascend to Chiquisca (1825m) (location of your picnic
lunch the on day 2 of your trek) where you will camp for
6: Chiquisca (3055m)-Cachora(2895m)-Cuzco (3400m)
back to Cachora where you will have a picnic lunch and
say goodbye to your crew. Your vehicle will be waiting
to take you back to Cusco. Arrive in Cusco in the
evening and transfer to your hotel. B,L.
jacket or poncho (plastic poncho can be purchased in
· Extra T- shirt
· Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
· Warm clothes
· Camera, film
· Hat or cap protect you from the sun, rain or cold.
· Sun block
· Toilet paper
· Snacks: Energy bars, biscuits, chocolate, etc.
· Water bottle
· Cash in soles and/or dollars
· Optional: Walking sticks or poles.
accommodation in top quality tents.
· We use 4 man tents for every two people. They are
Eureka custom made tents for our company. They are Dome
shape, roomy and excellent to keep dry under bad weather
· All meals marked as B,L,D at the end of each day in
the itinerary. Morning snack and afternoon tea.
· Private Guide throughout.
· Service of camp staff: Cook, assistants, porters.
· All group camping and cooking equipment:
· Dining tents: These are custom made in different sizes
and use depending on group size. They are roomy and well
· Toilet Tents: Custom made for us in a unique design
that makes them comfortable to fit a chemical toilet
with bio-degradable chemicals.
· Chairs: We use chairs with backrests in all our treks
except on Inca trail where lighter version chairs
without backrests are used.
· Dining table
· Therm-a- rest inflatable pads.
· Pack animals to carry all gear and bags.
· First-aid including emergency oxygen bottle.
· Private transportation in quality 4 x 4 vehicles, to
and from your hotel.
· One horse with saddle per participant to ride when
Price Does Not Include:
meals not specified after each itinerary day, optional
tipping or gratuities to staff, hotel nights, expenses
such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance,
and other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry,
and so on.)
let us know if you require sleeping bags. We can provide
them at an extra cost.
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