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4-Day Choquequirao Trek

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Day 1 : Drive to the trailhead and hike to Chiquisca, camp overnight

Visiting: Cusco, Cachora, Chiquisca

You leave Cusco at 6.00 am in your private transport and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5h from Cusco at 2800m/9184ft, the starting point of the trek where you meet your horsemen and horses. Start your hike climbing for two and a half hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m/9020ft, where may you enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. Then continue descending for two more hours towards Chiquisca, where you set your camp and spend the night.

  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: camping

Day 2 : Hike to Choquequirao, overnight nearby

Visiting: Chiquisca, Marampata, Choquequirao

You leave Chiquisca as early as 6.00am to go down to Rosalina Beach, which will take about one hour. Then cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take an approximated 2h, and it is important that you leave early so that the heat does not make it more difficult than it has to be. In Santa Rosa, you make a half an hour break, where those who wish may try Cambray, a local sugar cane extract. Afterwards, you continue your hike slowly climbing for two and a half hours until you reach your lunch spot in Marampata. From here you walk another two hours until you reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103m/10178ft, where you will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings. When the sun starts to set, you might want to sit and contemplate the canyon, where condors are sometimes spotted.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: camping

Day 3 : Tour of Choquequirao and return to Chiquisca

Visiting: Choquequirao, Rosalina Beach

This morning you enjoy a complete guided tour of the Choquequirao complex: you will visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and ready to be restored into the way it was when the Incas owned it. After the tour, start your walk back towards Santa Rosa, where you have lunch. Then continue descending for another 2 hours until you reach Rosalina Beach at 1450m/4756ft, where you might have time to take a refreshing dip in the waters of the Apurimac River. Camp and dine here.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: camping

Day 4 : Conclude the trek and return to Cusco

Visiting: Rosalina Beach, Cachora, Cusco

Leave camp after breakfast to start the two to three hour climb to Chiquisca, to then make your way back to the Abra Capuliyoc, close to which you have your lunch. In the afternoon, continue on our two-hour return route to Cachora, where a private transport will be waiting to take you back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time around 9.00pm.

  • Meals: BL

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