The Choquequirao trek To Machu Picchu is an adventure in the truest sense of the word. The Choquequirao archeological site sits quite high on Quriwayrachina with steep valleys on all sides. Start into the valley on this Inca Trail alternative
|Duration||7 days and 6 night|
|Season||From January to December except February for maintenance|
|Return||Back Packer Train|
The archaeological site of Choquequirao is known as 'The Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu' because of the similarity between both Inca sites.
Currently, the only way to get to this place is through an amazing trekking route.Know all the information you need to visit Choquequirao.
Visit this new archaeological site, as incredible as The Lost City: "Machu Picchu".
At 5 am we will pick up from your hotel, to then transfer you by our private van to Cachora (4 hours). Once be there, we will meet the rest of our team (muleteers) we will begin trek go uphill, passing through the high pass of Capuliyoc, where we might see condors and the great view of the Apurimac Canyon. Finally, we will descend through the incredible Cactus forest to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Camping at Playa Rosalina (1550m.).
After an early breakfast, we will have a strenuous 5 hours of uphill trek through a long and narrow trail, surrounded by beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Halfway up we will stop fo our lunch at Maranpata, then we will continue hiking a few more hours to our destination: Choquequirao!!! Also known as thee Golden Cradle, Choquequirao is consider the sister city of Machu Picchu, because of its several similarities, Choquequirao hang above the Apurimac Canyon, and Machu Picchu hangs above the Urubamba canyon. The view of the canyon is spectacular; it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Camp site near of Choquequirao (3050m).
We will take our breakfast at 7 am. and then start our trek, passing the Choquequirao ruins, up hill through a cloud forest, mountains, and valleys to reach to the Choquequirao pass. After 5 hours of trekking the trail continue through agricultural terraces called Pinchinoyoc which means (water jumping forward - 2750m). There we will observe different species of birds, different varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations. We will have our lunch near the White River; we stop here for a refreshing swim in the clean and cold waters of the river. We will cross the river as there are no bridges. After our rest, we will restart the long walk uphill to Maizal, high on the river near the sacred Apus of the Incas. From White River, we will go up to Maizal for about 3 hours. Camp at 3000m.
Early in the morning we will walk around the Corihuarachina glacier,it is important due to some archaeological remains such as Inca channels. From here we will start walking uphill passing by the impressive Inca mines called "Minas Victoria" and towards the Victoria Pass. Again a long climb, but we walk in amazingly beautiful area - first with cloud forest and then over Andean Puna with the well known Ichu grass. Then we pass through Minas Victoria, a place that during the colony, silver was extracted from a mine. Almost on the top, we can appreciate original Inca trails. We take our box lunch at the pass in 4200m with view of the mountain Choquetakarpo, while we had lunch we will be able to appreciate the flight of the condors depending on the climate, and finally we descend to our campsite at Yamana, a small isolated settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains (3800m).
After early breakfast, we will trekk uphill to the highest pass in this trek, named Yamana. Again the view will be amazing from here we will be surrounded by mountain range of Saqsarayoc and Pedreyoc. Once again we have the chance to see condors, and this mornings smooth climb bring us through new landscapes - especially the wet grass fields under the snowline that distinguish from everything else seen on the tour. In the pass we might walk in snow, and the descent is a long foggy hike through grassy fields and bush areas and crossing small poor wood bridges on the way towards the community of Totora, where we will spend the night in tents in a indescribable beauty, surrounded by pure nature.
Today the trekking will be 7 hours, descending 2000m into Totora River. We will observe the natural wildlife, such as hummingbirds, woodpeckers, many species of orchids and begonias. Then we will descend the trail on the left side of the Santa Teresa River where we will see small plantations of bananas, passion fruit, and coffee. On the way we will stop at small waterfalls and get a refreshing natural bath. The area also has a several species of birds, the climate and vegetations have changed totally. The Playa is the biggest village on the way, where we can find some small shops to buy snack, etc. In this area, we can see small plantations of coffee and bananas. Alter a good breakfast we will take transport that takes us to the town of Santa Teresa, we cross a river of the Vilcanota. Where we will take transport to Hidroelectric, place where we will have an excellent view of a different angle of Machu Picchu and the Aobamba canyon, where another Inca trail can be seen, also here we will have our last lunch. After good rest we walk 3 hours to reach Aguas Calientes. We will spend the night in Hostel.
After an early breakfast from Aguas Calientes we walk or take the bus to Machu Picchu, there, we will have a guided tour for all the Archaeological Site, then we will have free time to be on our own in Machu Picchu, maybe to climb the Huayna Picchu anc visit the moon temple. At the mentioned time you will meet the guide and then come back to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco arriving at 8 pm approx.
Choquequirao is a Quechua word that means 'Cradle of Gold'. The name comes from the nomination of a hill near the archaeological site.Also this incredile archeological remain is known as the sister of Machu Picchu, because both are so similar.
Choquequirao is located in one of the fringes of the snowy Mountain Salkantay, north of the Apurímac River. It is currently located in the district of Santa Teresa, province of La Convención, department of Cusco, Peru.
Choquequirao is located 3,033 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.). Due to its location, it is presumed that this Inca enclosure served as a checkpoint between the main Inca sites such as Pisac, Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Choquequirao has only been excavated by 30%. Despite this, it already has several important Inca constructions:
The only way to get to Choquequirao is by land. Currently, the main route is going to the town of Cachora (2,903 m.a.s.l.), 3 or 4 hours by road from the city of Cusco (2 hours from the city of Abancay). There, start the hike to the Inca archaeological site. The route crosses important points such as Capuliyoc, Maranpata and Sunchupata. It is estimated that from Cachora, after 32 kilometers on foot you will reach Choquequirao.
The archaeological site of Choquequirao is 3,033 m.a.s.l. The climate is mild with cold at night. However, you will not remain in the Inca site until after sundown. However, the road that leads to the summit of Choquequirao is hot due to the proximity of the Apurímac canyon. It is estimated that the temperature at the archaeological site varies between 5º C and 25º C. So it is recommended to keep light clothes.
The best time to travel is between April to October. Choquequirao has two stations:
Be careful, this trek is a little harder than other treks, that is why many tourist who already done the trek, recommend to do it with a specialist tourist operator. It is also possible to do it on their own. To achieve this, you must follow the usual route and pay the entrance price at the entrance to Choquequirao.
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