Choquequirao is only accessible on foot and there are very few visitors on the trail every day. The route is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and we can appreciate the flora and fauna of the Apurimac Canyon before reaching the impressive archaeological site of Choquequirao, "Cradle of Gold” to the Incas. The trail is quite steep and challenging but taking a tour with a guide, cook and mules makes it so much more enjoyable.
ItineraryDay 1: Cusco - Capuliyoc - Santa RosaPass By: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionIn the morning (7:00am) we will pick you up from your accommodation for the drive to the town of Cachora, and then on to Capuliyoc where we will have a panoramic view of the Apurimac valley and meet our horses and horsemen to begin our trek. The first day is majority downhill, we will stop in Chiquisqa for lunch before crossing over the river and heading uphill for a couple of hours to our camping spot for the night at Santa Rosa. Toilet and cold water shower available at the campsite.Meals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Camping at Santa RosaDay 2: Santa Rosa to ChoquequiraoPass By: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionAfter breakfast, with fresh legs we will start a challenging climb uphill which then flattens out to a gentler climb at Maranpata (2850m), where we will be able to look back on how far we have come and appreciate the vegetation and views along the trail. There is no rush today and we can relax after lunch. Toilets and cold water shower available at the campsite.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Camping at the Choquequirao campsiteDay 3: Choquequirao tour with visit to Llama wallStop At: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionGuided tour of the Choquequirao archaeological site, including a visit to the more recently discovered llama wall on the opposite side. You will marvel at the steep terraces which are still being revealed by archaeologists, and you’ll have free time to explore further. Toilets and cold water shower available at the campsite.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Camping at the Choquequirao campsiteDay 4: Choquequirao -ChiquisqaPass By: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionAfter breakfast we will start our descent back down into the canyon to Santa Rosa where we will have lunch, and cross back over the river to Playa Rosalina. The last part of the day will be an ascent to the town of Chiquisqa where we will camp (toilet and cold water shower available).Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Camping at ChiquisqaDay 5: Chiquisqa - CuscoPass By: Choquequirao, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionAfter a fortifying final breakfast, we depart Chiquisqa early to avoid the strength of the sun and walk uphill to Capuliyoc where we will arrive around midday. While walking, we can appreciate the native flora and fauna, as well as the stunning views of snowcapped peaks and the impressive Apurimac canyon (and pat yourself on the back for completing this challenging hike!). After lunch we will drive back to the city of Cusco, arriving in the afternoon to your accommodation. Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.