Cordillera Vilcabamba, Perú

Choquequirao Trek

When: APR-OCT

Length: 4 days

Level: Intermediate

Price: $669

Overview

An ancient Incan city that feels just like you’re camping in the clouds

The solitude gives you a chance to take in the beauty of the city and the mystery that surrounds it

Discovered by a French explorer in the 18th century, Choquequirao, which means “cradle of gold” in Quechua, fascinated 19th century explorers and was even visited by Hiram Bingham prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is considered one of the most majestic sites of the Incan civilization, and for good reason..

Grand and mysterious, this abandoned city features many parallels to Machu Picchu, but remains shrouded in mystery. Only recently has the tourism department of Peru successfully cleared part of the site from the encroaching cloud forest that has hidden this lost city from view, so there remain untold stories and mysteries to discover.

Little is known about Choquequirao, estimated to be three-times the total size of Machu Picchu. It laid abandoned and forgotten until recent years when tourism raised the profile of the city and exploration began. With only 25% of the city visible in the high Andes, you’ll truly enter another world removed from civilization.

The trek to Choquequirao takes you through the Apurimac Valley a beautiful sea of blooming flora y fauna and a view of the astonishing snow- capped peaks. Trekking up the side of the sun-baked valley, you’ll encounter lush green jungle, orchids and bromeliads the higher you climb and eventually reach the remote village of Marampata. Two days from the nearest road, and a world away from the modern, bustling world, this remote village is the entranceway to Choquequirao. Rise before sunset to glimpse this lost city through the first rays of sun and be transported to the days of the Incas.

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Customized options are available, including fully-inclusive travel itineraries, expedition services only, independent expedition support, and/or simply hiring a leading guide.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

Cusco - Cachora
Leave Cusco for Cachora a 4 hour drive from Cusco. Spend the night in Cachora enjoying traditional food and drink.

Day 2 -

Cachora - Santa Rosa
Travel down through the Apurimac Valley, featuring snow-capped peaks, views of Choquequirao and a variety of changing flora and fauna. Camp at Santa Rosa (2200m / 7215ft.).

Day 3 -

Santa Rosa - Choquequirao
Ascending the opposite side of the Apurimac Valley, you'll enter the jungle the higher you climb. After a 5 hour walk, you'll arrive to camp close to Choquequirao (3050m / 10,005ft.).

Day 4 -

Choquequirao - Chiquiska
Today's focus is on exploring Choquequirao. Begin the trek back to Cachora. Camp at Chiquiska (1800m / 5905ft.) in the base of the valley by the Apurimac River.

Day 5 -

Chiquiska - Cusco
Winding our way back up the side of the valley, we'll have our final views of Choquequirao in the distance before arriving to Cachora in the late afternoon and travelling by bus back to Cusco.

What's Included

Can be included

  • All in-country transport during trip
  • First class bus tickets
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • All acclimatisation activities and for the duration of the expedition
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All camping and cooking equipment
  • Donkeys or llamas and porters where applicable
  • Sleeping tents
  • Sleeping mats
  • Cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, and bathroom tent
  • First aid kit stocked for wilderness expeditions
  • Celebration banquet at the end of trip

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • All food during in-town days except the Celebration Banquet
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Insurance: personal travel, high mountain and/or medical insurance

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