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The Choquequirao ruins were most likely built during the reign of the Inca king, Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. They are considered to be the last bastion of resistance and refuge of the Sons of the Sun, who fled from the city of Cusco when it was under siege in 1535. Led by Manco Inca Yupanqui, they took refuge in Choquequirao. Presumably, the place was used as both a check point to access the Vilcabamba Area, and as a cultural and religious centre
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The Quechua name “Choquequirao” means “Cradle of Gold” and this Inca site is located high above the raging Apurimac River, surrounded by lush tropical cloud forest. This was one of the last refuges of the Incas after the Spanish invasion. The route to Choquequirao will take you through breathtaking scenery, from arid slopes dotted with cacti to dense cloud forest inhabited by many bird species, watched over throughout the trek by the great snow peaks the Incas believed were gods. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to explore one of Peru’s remotest mountain regions and least well-known Inca cities.
This packages is create for the hikers who is looking to enjoy and stay plenty time in Choquequirao Trek, during the 5 days the distance is considerable with 6 to 7 hours hike, the land scape and wild life takes more time to make enjoyable and unforgettable journeys.
We will pick you up at 5:00 am. The drive to our first stop, Capuliyuc (2,900m / 9,512 ft) where we will begin the trail will be 4 hours. At this place you will be introduced to your muleteers and horses as we’ll get ready for the trek. We will start with our 3 hours hike on a downhill trail and would stop at Chikiska located at 1,900 m / 6,213 ft, where we will have lunch. Chikiska will reward you with stunning views of the snowcapped mountains of the Vilcabamba range, and the great Apurimac canyon. After lunch, we’ll hike for an hour more to get to the first camp site called La Playa Rosalina (1,500m / 4,920 ft). Here we’ll spend the first night. As we would arrive a warm cup of tea will be served followed by dinner before retiring for the day. All meals included, except breakfast. Hiking Time: 6 Hours (approx) | Hiking Distance: 8 Kms/4.9 Miles | Highest Point 2,900m/9,512 ft. | Lowest Point: 1,500m/4,920 ft. | Highlights: Dramatic views of the Vilcabamba range with snowcapped mountains and the Apurimac canyon
Early in the morning we’ll wake up to a warm cup of coca tea and a nutritious breakfast which will make us ready for the challenging day. After having our breakfast, we’ll ascend for about 5 hours on a switchback trail to get the town called Maranpata, a place where we’ll have our lunch. Upon arrival we’ll have the first views of Choquequirao. In the afternoon after eating lunch we’ll walk for 2 more hours to get the second camp site in Choquequirao Park at 2,950 m / 9,676 ft. Here we’ll spend that afternoon enjoying the beautiful sunset atop the Andes mountain range. In the evening we’ll have tea time followed by dinner. All meals included Hiking Time: 8 Hours (approx) | Hiking Distance: 14 Kms/8.7 Miles | Highest Point 2,950 m/ 9,676 ft. | Lowest Point: 1,500m / 4,920 ft. | Highlights: First views of Choquequirao archaeological site, more views of Apurimac canyon
This is a day to see and explore the much awaited ruins, Choquequirao located at 3100m / 10,168ft. Our trek leader will give us a through guided tour of the whole citadel. After breakfast, we will start by exploring the religious sector, administrative sector, Usno (religious platform), the granaries, the terraces with llamas, and other buildings located close by to the religious center. We will then have a short lunch break back in the camp site. In the afternoon, we will visit the lower section of Choquequirao where the agricultural terraces, water fountains and some temples are housed. We’ll then return to the campsite for the evening tea and dinner. All meals included. Highest Point: 3,100 m /10,168 ft. | Lowest Point: 2,950 m/ 9,676 ft. | Highlights: Exploration of Choquequirao with a private local expert.
After the breakfast, we will start our 3 hours hike down on a steep switchback trail to reach the Apurimac River again, this section of the trail is less hiked and explored as the other hikers take the same trail to go back to the beginning of the trail. On this section of the trail, we’ll savour dramatic views of the great Apurimac canyon from different angles. Once in San Ignacio (1,450 m / 4,756 ft), we will take a quick break before starting our 45 minutes’ hike up to our camp site in San Ignacio (1,820 m /5, 970 ft) where we will have lunch and explore the local farm where we’ll learn about the Coca plant, Cocoa plant, Avocado tree, and other fruits. All meals included. Hiking Time: 5-6 Hours (approx) | Hiking Distance: 9 Kms/ 5.60 Miles | Highest Point 2,950 m/ 9,676 ft. | Lowest Point: 1,450m / 4,756 ft. | Highlights: Coca Plants and other local plants.
After breakfast, we will start our hike up the highland valley with some trees along the trail and amazing views, this final section of the trail is a gentle trail for 3 hours to reach Tambobamba 2,320 m / 7,610 ft, a place where we’ll end our adventure. Once we arrive at this place, we’ll have a farewell time to our muleteers, cook and other members who were part of our team for 5 days. After that, we’ll take our private transport back to Cusco for about 5 hours with some stops on the way. Our first stop will be at Sayhuite, a unique place to see a great Incan monolith called the monolith of Sayhuite. It is a symbolic representation of our cosmos, where the Incans used a granite rock to carve over 208 figures like geometric and zoomorphic figures, including reptiles, frogs, felines, irrigation channels, etc. This site is regarded as a center of religious worship for Incan people, focusing on water. It’s a big granite boulder and it’s circumference is about 11 m / 36.08 ft, 4 m / 13.12 ft of diameter, and about 2 m / 6.56 ft high. After a tour of this site, we’ll take our picnic lunc. We’ll then drive back to Cusco for about 3 hours. All meals included, except dinner. End of the adventure. Hiking Time: 3-3.5 Hours | Hiking Distance 8 kms/ 5 miles | Lowest Point: 1,820m (5,970 ft) | Highest Point: 2,320m (7,610ft) | Highlights: The Inca monolith of Sayhuit