Choquequirao is the lesser famous archeological complex made by the Inca’s, the ancient inhabitants of Peru. It is the sister of the world famous Machu Picchu. The word probably Choquequirao arrives from the Quechua words ‘chuqi’ which means ‘metal’ and ‘k’iraw’ which means ‘crib.’ It was built at 3.050 meters height in the Vilcabamba mountain range, probably for political, social and economical functions. The archeological style in which it has been built is similar to that of the Machu Picchu, meaning that it most probably was also functioning to honour Inci (the God of the Sun) and other mythical figures.
As the archeological complex is less famous than the Machu Picchu, the trekking gives you the perfect possibility to escape from the well known route and do a less touristic tour; get ready for an adventure!
Day 01: Cusco – San Jose de Cochara – Chikiska – Playa Rosalina
We will pick you up by bus at your hostel at 6 a.m. and will drive to the district of San Jose de Cachora. This drive will take around 3 hours. This is also the point where we will start our real adventure: hiking! The first part will mainly be about ascending up and until we reach the Chikiska zone. After lunch we will descend to our first campsite at the shores of the Apurimac River, known as the Rosalinas beach.
On this day we will walk between 5 and 6 hours depending on the speed of the group.
Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao
Again very early and after our breakfast, we will begin a physical day of hiking. Don’t worry, it will also be very rewarding! The path takes us to the top of the mountain of Marampata (3000 m.a.s.l.) where we will have lunch and regain energy as we have to hike onward to reach the summit of Choquequirao (3650 m.a.s.l.). Before visiting this archeological complex we will rest for the night. But before sleeping hopefully we can witness a beautiful sunset over the mountainous area.
This day contains 10 kilometers s of walking.
Day 3: Choquequirao – Santa Rosa – Chikiska
We will begin the day at 5 a.m. and after breakfast, reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, the most important and furthest point of this excursion. After we have explored Choquequirao, we will start our hike back to Cusco. Along the route we will hike up to Chikiska where we will camp overnight for our last camp spot.
This day will contain about 5 hours of hiking.
Day 4: Chikiska – Capuliyuc – San Jose de Cochara – Cusco
This day’s activities start at 7 a.m. for the final day of the trip. There will be a final viewpoint that we hike up to called Wayna Qalli. From here we will be able to appreciate the Apurimac River Canyon. By some rated as one of the most spectacular views of South America. Completing the journey, we arrive at the town of San Jose de Cachora where our transport will bring us back to Cusco. We will arrive back at Cusco at around 5 p.m.
Today’s walk will be about 3 hours.
This travel itinerary is very detailed. Because of circumstances – weather, time to pick up people, South American culture – we cannot guarantee that you will carry out this itinerary perfectly. This travel itinerary should be used as a guideline.
- Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
- Professional Chef
- Professional bilingual guide
- Transfers when needed
- Camping gear and mat
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian options available)
- Sleeping bag (15 USD)
- Walking sticks (15 USD)
- Breakfast on the first day
- Dinner on the last day
- Original identification documents (passport, ID)
- Student ID (optional)
- Sleeping bag (plume)
- Flashlight (extra batteries)
- Binoculars (optional)
- Walking stick (optional)
- Extra money
- Small backpack & rain cover
- Personal medication kit
- Clothing – we’re in the mountains, so prepare for rapid temperature changes!
- Gloves/scarfs/hats for the cold blooded
- Thermal clothing
- Small towel
- Socks (warm)
- Walking shoes or good sandals
4 days / 3 nights
- The tour can only start with a minimum of 2 people
Phone/Whatsapp: +31 6 44668062
PaRa Travels B.V.