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5-Day Choquequirao Canyonlands Trek

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Day 1 : Drive from Cusco to trailhead of Cachora, hike to Chiquisca, camp overnight.

Visiting: Cusco, Cachora, Chiquisca

Leaving Cusco due north on the main highway to Antapampa, a flat agricultural valley. Once we begin to descend into Limatambo we’ll visit the Inca site of Tarawasi. The road continues until we reach the Apurimac River, an impressive gorge. Past the village of Curawasi and onto the Sayhuite- stone – a carved map of the Inca empire it is said. A small side road over a ridge brings us down to the village of Cachora, where we start today’s hike. Here we will meet the rest of our field crew. Taking our day packs we start walking along the edge of the mountain. At Capuliyoc we get our first view of the Apurimac canyon with the Snowcapped Mountains of Nev. Padreyoc opposite us and towards the left the Nev. Qoriwayrachina and the trail that lies ahead. We begin our descent and camp by the river at Chiquisca 1,850m at a small campsite next to the river (Distance: 18.4 km, Time: 6 hrs. hiking)

  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 2 : Hike to Marampata, visit Choquequirao, camp overnight

Visiting: Chiquiska, Marampata, Choquequirao

Early departure, crossing the river on a footbridge marking the start of the day. From here an uphill walk of half day brings us to a small meadow where we have lunch. As we ascend on the steep trail we begin to appreciate the canyonland vegetation and environment on both sides of the Apurimac canyon. The afternoon hike is not as steep as we approach the hanging valley where the site of Choquequirao is found. We camp at an available flat part at Marampata – as we begin to explore the isolated Inca sites and the surrounding thin cloud forest. We can also visit the Choquequirao main plaza where we can appreciate a group of terraces with Llama Figures called ¨the Llamas of the Sun¨ (Distance: 13 km, Time: 8 hrs.)

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 3 : Explore the ruins at Choquequirao, return to Marampata campsite.

Visiting: Choquequirao

We spend the day exploring the Choquequirao complex situated on a ridge overlooking the Canyon and some of the outlying buildings working our way through the terracing. After lunch you can also spend the afternoon at leisure at camp.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 4 : Hike to Chiquiiska, camp overnight

Visiting: Choquequirao, Chiquisca

Early morning departure to start our descent to Rosalinda Beach the same way we took on the way up. Approximately 4 hours of walking. The first part of the descent is mellow, but about half way down, the trail becomes a bit steep, but the vegetation and scenery makes this section of the trail incredible, walking at a slow pace to be able to soak it all in. (Distance: 13 km, Time: 8 hrs.)

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: 3-star hotel

Day 5 : Conclude trek, return to Cusco.

Visiting: Chiquisca, Cachora, Cusco

Beginning to trek at dawn, the trail heads up until Capuliyoc pass )2750 meters above sea level), approximately 4 hours of walking. From the Capuliyoc pass once can appreciate the majesty of the Apurimac canyon and the Vilcabamba mountain range. From here, the trail flattens until arriving at Cachora, where we will say good bye to our camp crew to get on our bus that will take us back to Cusco, about a 3 hour ride after which, we will arrive in Cusco at the hotel.

  • Meals: BL

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