Choquequirao, known as the other Machu Picchu, has recently taken on a high level of importance and curiosity both tourist and cultural, which is driven research in the archaeological site and its surroundings. Choquequirao comes from the Quechua word "chuqui k'iraw", which means "Cradle of Gold", it extends in an area of 2000 hectares, where a set of structures are located above 3100 meters above sea level, and is part of a series of architectural complexes within the Vilcabamba Valley; last Inca resistance site. Its geographical position, its history and attractiveness, as a source of income for the surrounding populations, make Choquequirao a pleasant and tempting place as an alternative form of cultural tourism. Choquequirao is located at 3,085 m.a.s.l in the Vilcabamaba Valley. Politically, it is located in the jurisdiction of the district of Santa Teresa, Province of La Convención, Department of Cusco. It is believed that Choquequirao was part of the complexes built for the Inca resistance, during the Spanish occupation, within the Vilcabamba Valley. These complexes are made up of the archaeological sites of: Ñusta Hispana, Vitcos, Espíritu Pampa, Concebidayoc, Pampaconas and Jabaspampa. The same ones that were articulated by Inca roads with the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.Come and experiment this amazing alternative Choquequirao Trek. Supported by a fantastic team of guides, muleteers and cooks, Choquequirao Tour is truly a spectacular hike to get to know the pages of the ancient history of the Inca Empire.Choquequirao, impressive not only for the archaeological complex, but for the views offered by the route from the city of Cusco. The vegetation, the view of the Apurimac canyon, one of the deepest canyons in America, makes this trek an unforgettable experience.
Day 01: Cusco - Cachora - Coca Masana - Playa Rosalina
Day 02: Rosalina Beach - Choquequirao
Day 03: Choquequirao - Raqaypata
Day 04: Raqaypata - Coca Masana
Day 05: Coca Masana - Cachora - Cusco
Our tour starts very early leaving the city of Cusco heading to the town of Cachora, whose journey will be 4 hours in the town of Cachora know the people who will accompany us throughout the journey to achieve our goal, cooks, porters, carriers , among others, after a short break we will start our trek to the first camp in Chiquisca until reaching a height of (2900 m.a.s.l)
Early in the morning we will take our delicious breakfast to start a wonderful hike descending to the Apurímac canyon.The recommendation for this day is to lighten the weight of the backpack to avoid fatigue due to excess heat, we will have lunch in the Rosalinas beach sector, after this break we will ascend for a lapse of 2:30 hrs. to the camp of Choquequirao, overnight and dinner, in this camp we will enjoy a typical drink "cambray"
We will get up early to have breakfast and then start our walk to take advantage of the freshness of the morning, because at noon the heat becomes unbearable, the walk will be 4 hrs. to the place of Maranpata here we will stop to energize ourselves with our lunch in this sector, in the afternoon we will arrive at the archaeological group of Choquequirao, we will spend the night in the terraces of this place
In the morning we will visit the whole archaeological site as well as the museum where some of the pieces found during the excavations are observed, after our spectacular visit to these wonderful museums and spectacular archaeological complex we will undertake our return, we will have lunch in the area of Santa Rosa, Coca Masana campsite
Early in the morning we will have breakfast to then ascend our first step and go to the town of Cachora, where our other team will be waiting for us with transportation to return to the city of Cusco, before boarding the bus we will have lunch and we will thank all the people who accompanied us during the walk, then we will continue with our trip until arriving at the city of Cusco at 6:00 p.m.
Prepare a travel team taking into account the essentials. Regarding clothing, include items such as t-shirts or sweatshirts for heat and waterproof coat for cold weather, long and short waterproof pants, wool socks, gloves and non-slip boots suitable for hiking. Bring clothes for the cold on the 5-day trek to Choquequirao Wear clothes for the cold is suitable for Choquequirao. Also bring other items such as a hat to protect yourself from the sun and wind during the tour of the citadel: windbreaker and sunglasses. Do not forget personal items such as: wet towels, toilet paper, sunscreen, insect repellent and flashlight. As part of the expedition, Inca Trail Hiking Tours will provide you with the tent, matra, sleeping bag and everything you need to make your walk safe and comfortable.
For the walk to Choquequirao it is necessary to carry a personal backpack or attack backpack, whose weight should not exceed 5 kg. In it you must pack everything you need during the tour. It is essential to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks or snacks and first aid medicines. Also do not forget to put plastic bags, gloves for the cold, a bottle of water and spare clothes. Clothing for temperate climates, sunscreen and good shoes. They should not be missing in your backpack.
The trip to Choquequirao is strong and demanding, so you will need to bring the right clothes and shoes. It is suggested to pack hiking boots that are as large as possible, because your feet swell and you may have blisters and wounds. The stockings or socks should be made of wool, avoiding synthetic ones due to excessive sweating. Another tip is that you do not wear new shoes, as you could injure yourself as the shoes fit on your feet while you walk. As for the pants, it is recommended that they be wide, long and removable, preferably of a combination of cotton and synthetic material, because they are lightweight and dry fast. Do not forget that the climate changes permanently so they are very comfortable to dismantle them as the need arises.
How much is walking to Choquequirao?
From the town of Cachora to Choquequirao, they walk about 31 kilometers without including the route through the ruins. Back would be the same distance (62 km in total). A large part of the route involves the descent of a large mountain while the other half is on a climb.
What height is Choquequirao?
The citadel is at 3,035 m.a.s.l and at the lowest point of the walk you will be at 1,461 m.s. The climate is similar to that of Cusco, so it is advisable to prepare the heights before the hike.
Why is it so incredible that so few people go or little is known about it?
Unlike Machu Picchu, where you can get to with trains and get on buses, Choquequirao is a destination that is reached through an intense sacrifice and effort. They are hard walks that involve lowering and unevenness with little oxygen. The way to get there is by walking a lot and camping. Possibly your water supply is not enough, you pass cold in the heights or you burn yourself walking under the intense Andean sun. The entire trip can be made between 4 and 5 days unless you want to visit some nearby towns or do it quickly.