Do not miss the “other” Machu Picchu, a difficult but beautiful trek! Choquequirao is an archaeological complex, which means “cradle of gold”, 4 times its most famous “sister”, and still half hidden by the tropical vegetation of the area, a jewel for few people, a really alternative trekking!
Group tours> departures all year round – return from Huanicapa
Altitude: 1500 – 3030 m.
Difficulty level: difficult
We will leave Cusco (3350m/10991f) at 5:30 am. First, we head to Cachora (2850m/9350f) where we meet our horsemen and the mules that will carry all the equipment during the expedition. Thereafter, we will continue our journey towards the pass of Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f). The trek offers a beautiful view of the mythical mountain Padreyoc and the river Apurímac, which means “speaking river”. Thereupon, we will descend along the river until Chiquisca (1930m/6332f), where we camp.
Hiking time: 7 hours
After a great breakfast, we descend the Apurimac River till La Playa Rosalina (1550m/5085f). We cross the bridge and we start our 5-hour ascent to Marampata (2850m/9350f), where we stop for lunch. After another 2-hour walk, we are almost at Choquequirao (3033m/9951f). Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the settlement.
Climate: both cold and warm
Hiking time: 7 hours
At sunrise, we start by visiting the archaeological site of Choquequirao. Our guide will explain us the history and importance of this place. We will have some free time to visit various areas of the complex.
Climate: reasonable climate with mosquitoes.
After breakfast, we descend till the Apurímac canyon’s deepest part called San Ignacio (1500m/4921f) and have lunch. After that, we will ascend to our campsite located in the beautiful gardens of Carmen (2000m/6562f).
Note: Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, this day is considered to be the most beautiful one. Nevertheless, the route from Choquequirao to San Ignacio is at some parts very slippery. Therefore, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. Moreover, we recommend you carry sufficient water with you.
Climate: moderate climate with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours
landowners during the 19th and 20th century and considered to be one of the most fertile valleys to cultivate maize and potatoes. We will cross little villages such as Pacobamba and Huanipaca (3150m/10335f). We then return to Cusco by bus.
Climate: moderate, warm
Hiking time: 5 hours
The trek to Choquequirao must not be underestimated. Especially the second day involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather (it can get very hot) the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you are well acclimatized, in good shape, and healthy.
Peruetico does not organize this trekking, we work with a serious and professional local agency that respects workers’ salary conditions and is environmental friendly.
A briefing is scheduled the evening before the start of the trek – at 6pm.
Campsites during the trek are subject to change due to weather conditions and / or at the discretion of the guide.
This trek is considered level 4 (on a scale of 1 to 5); Suitable only to people with a proper physical preparation.•–