The “lost city of the Incas” for some explorers, and for some others the sister of Machupicchu. Choquequirao is without a doubt another majestic place which means “cradle of gold” located above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac river. This archeological site is a remote and rarely visited place, probably it was one of the last refuges of the Incas and was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation. And now Archeologist continue discovering new sectors in the city giving us more information about this great Inca Culture. This trek is perfect for those who want to play to be Indiana Jones and enjoying the high andean landscapes with beautiful snowcapped-mountains, valleys with different cloud forest ecosystems where you will have the chance to see the native animals, such as; birds, butterflies even condors flying in the deep canyons. Native flora; like orchids, medicinal plants and much more. Definitely a great option if we want to enjoy the archeology, the unique Saywite and finally having the chance to relax in a hot spring after a long hike.
Cusco – Choquequirao – Saywite
This trek does not arrive to Machupicchu! however full of culture and history.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco 5:30 am, we drive for 4 hours until ‘Capuliyoc’ (3,100 m./10,170 ft.) the place where we have the starting point also where we will meet our horsemen, right before our breakfast we organize our equipment so we can start our adventure, we will hike for almost 4 hours gradually downhill until our lunch spot “chikisca” on the way we will see the beautiful landscape with the spectacular view of Choquequirao Inca site far in the distance, also the snow-capped mountains of Padreyoc (5,571m/18,387ft.) as well the view of the Apurimac canyon. After lunch we have 2 more hours until our campsite ‘Playa Rosalinas’. Around 6 we will have our tea time where we have hot drinks and many surprises made by your chef, at 7 pm. we have the delicious dinner.
Today we will be awake with the room service of tea, after organizing our duffle bags we will have a delicious breakfast, after crossing the bridge we are going to start hiking upwards along 4 hours until Maranpata enjoying the views of the place. Once here we will have lunch enjoying the view of Choquequirao Inca site. After lunch we continue along the andean flat path, also far dawn we start to observe the big group of terraces of Choquequirao, upon your arrival to the campsite you will find your tents already set by your trekking crew, if you still have energy absolutely you can explore the area and enjoy the beautiful sunrise in Choquequirao, average time to reach to the campsite is 4 pm.
We will wake up around 6:30 am. after enjoying a delicious and hot breakfast, we go directly to explore Choquequirao all the entire day of course with our private guide. We will start to explore all the temples, the terraces, palaces, main plaza, the ushnu or main altar, the residential area, storehouses, the incredible llama sector and more places that Choquequirao can offer us. Absolutely our expert guide will share with us all the history of the Incas and the place, taking us back in the time even with the fabulous legends. We will return to our same campsite for lunch, by afternoon we go again to explore more, because left more group of building, by 5 we enjoy tea time then our delicious dinner and spend our second night.
Choquequirao means “Cradle of gold” in our native quechua language, this place is surrounding by important glaciers, still under exploration and the archeologists are finding every day interesting and new things.
Today is one of our easier days of our trek. after breakfast we start to hike over 1 h. on a up an dawn path until Maranpata then we descend for almost 3 h until Playa Rosalinas (1550m/4650ft.) here we have lunch, after we continue ascending for 2 more hours until Chikiska which is our campsite, this is a little village where we can try some local fruits and enjoying the nice sunset.
We wake up very early morning, we enjoy breakfast then we continue all the way up until Capulilloq, the total time will be over 4 hours, once we get to Capulilloq we will have a small ceremony in order to thanks to our chefs and horsemen, this time we take the bus all the way back to Cusco for another 4 hours’ bus ride directly to your hotel. Average time to reach to Cusco 5 pm.
We recommend a small backpack 30L – 40L for hiking.
We will hand out a duffle bag at your briefing time and of course we will explain you what to put inside. Also include a porter who will carry up your personal items to 7 kg. or 14 pounds including your sleeping bag and air mattress (these 2 items are 3.5 kg.)
Note: Beside the main briefing done the night before the trek. Your guide will explain you every night about the activities to do and what to bring in your backpacks next days.
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