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Choquequirao Trek from Cusco is an unmissable experience. On this four days experience from Cusco, you will be visiting the lesser known yet an imposing archaeological complex, often referred to as the sister city of Machu Picchu.
Choquequirao in Quechua means “Cradle of Gold”. Both Choquequirao and Machu Picchu were built in the same era by Pachacuti. It was later expanded by his son Tupac Yupanqui.
The archaeological complex is a little more bigger than Machu Picchu. However, only a third of the complex has been excavated and is open to tourism.
The complex nestles on Quriwayrachina mountain range at 3106 metres above sea level. Due to its remote location, the Spanish conquistadors could not invade it.
The four day trek is popular among adventurers and thrill seekers. It starts at a small village called Capuliyoc. From here it is a two day trek to Choquequirao. The trek offers captivating views of the Apurimac river snaking through the canyon.
To enhance the tourism here, local authorities have planned to install cable cars. This would see a rapid boom in tourism here as travellers will be able to visit the complex comfortably on a full day trip instead of an arduous four day hike.
The trek is surely challenging. However, travellers are rewarded with captivating views from the start to the end. This is certainly one of the prettiest treks in South America.
One of the newer and a popular alternative to the Inca Trail is the 9 days Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco between 0330 and 0400 in the morning. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Capuliyoc. Here we will be stopping for breakfast.
While you will be eating your breakfast, we will be organising your belongings and camping gears on our mules.
We will begin our trek to Choquequirao with a twenty minutes climb up to a viewpoint. Here you will get captivating views of Padreyoc mountains and Apurimac canyons.
From here, we will be descending through the lush tropical region. Here our local expert will be explaining to you the importance of different plants which are mostly used for medicinal purposes by locals.
We will then stop for lunch at a hamlet named Chisuisqa. After lunch, we will be crossing the Playa Rosalinas bridge and hike up the hill to Marampata. It nestles at 3500 metres above sea level.
On our way up we will be hiking through different Andean farms. Here you will get an insight to the life of the locals. We will be camping in Marampata for the night.
After relishing on a typical breakfast, we will be hiking to the archaeological complex of Choquequirao. Here our guide will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex. We will be visiting some of the prominent areas of the complex, the ceremonial centres, main plaza, religious centres and more.
Once you have had your fill of the complex of Choquequirao, we will be returning to the campsite for lunch. After lunch, we will be hiking back, down the hill to our campsite in Marampata. Here we will be spending the night.
We will be leaving the campsite quite early in the morning. After breakfast, we will be taking the alternative route through the Apurimac canyon.
On our way, you will be able to see the flight of the Andean condor. We will be trekking through some rich tropical regions. You will be able to see orchid plantations here.
After hiking for 10 hours, we will be reaching our lunch site at La Playa Rosalinas. After lunch, we will be hiking further to our campsite in Chiquiska where we will be staying for the night.
After breakfast, we will be hiking for three hours up the hill to Cachora. Here we will be having lunch and then bid goodbye to the porters and muleteers.
Our driver will be meeting you here for your drive back to Cusco.
I read and heard a lot about the site of Choquequirao. It was a pleasant trip and a dream come true. Karen and her team were consistently amazing and never failed to deliver what was promised all through the trip. This was an exceptional one with a lot of fun and adreanaline and history at the same time