Without a doubt, Machu Picchu is considered the tourist icon of Peru, and of the more than 3 million tourists who visit us every year, more than 98% have their sights set on Knowing Machu Picchu. However, in Peru and Cusco there are places that can also be known as a tourist icon of Peru.
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK known by many tourists as the other Machu Picchu and, sometimes, many tourists dare to say that it is better than Machu Picchu. The best thing about this archaeological center is that it can only be accessed on foot, since there are no railways or roads that can take you to or near Choquequirao, which is why many tourists do this complete trekking. Being a pilgrimage, an escape from the routine, a challenge of your own, escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city and being little known, sometimes the route is empty (without tourists) and other times you can see some tourists and these are few.
Choquequirao means "chuqui k'iraw in the native Quechua lagoon", which means "Cradle of gold", it has an extension over an area of â€‹â€‹2000 hectares, where a set of structures is found above 3,100 masl or 10,170 feet and is part of a series of archaeological centers in the Vilcabamba valley; last site of Inca resistance. Its geographical position and history make Choquequirao Trek a welcoming and tempting place as a form of cultural tourism.
The excursion to Choquequirao is long and strenuous, but certainly unforgettable. It begins from the City of Cusco through the access that goes to Abancay. At kilometer 154, take the detour to the town of Cachora, the last town before reaching the archaeological complex. From there he goes on foot or on horseback. The path has been widened and fixed. To travel through it, it is now safer and more welcoming. Choquequirao Trek requires good physical condition and adequate equipment. Starting from Cachora (2,900 ms) it is necessary to go down to the Apurímac River (1,530 ms) to camp. The second day rises to 3,085 meters above sea level, where the archaeological site is located. To return, the same route is used. Discover the most incredible experience with us, Short Choquequirao Trek gives you the opportunity to enjoy the best views and a unique hiking experience
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquispa.
Day 2: Chiquiska – Playa Rosalina – Sunchupata.
Day 3: Sunchupata – Choquequirao – Chiquiska.
Day 4: Chiquiska – Capuliyoc – Cachora.
At the indicated time we will pick you up from your hotel. To start the journey to the town of Cachora on the way we will stop for a moment to appreciate the archaeological remains of Tarawasi, then continue to the bridge Cunyac between the departments of Cusco and Apurimac, then pass through the district of Curawasi and Saywute to finally get to Cachora (10:00 approx). From this place we will start our walk along a gently sloping path to reach the pass of Capuliyoc (2800 masl) and place our lunch after two hours of walking, then we will go to the town of Chaquisqa (1930 masl) that all the The trip is downhill and the landscape is breathtaking and beautiful and the weather warm, in this place we will have our first camp, it is three hours of walking.
After breakfast (5:00 am), we will continue with our trekking towards Rosalinas beach (1550 masl), then climb the very early slope towards Santa Rosa (2100 masl) instead of our lunch, this trip is the most difficult which we will do in three hours, then ascend to Maranpata (2850 masl) which is a smoother ascent during this journey you can see all the way of the first day and the vegetation that exists in this place then we will travel a straight stretch in the direction of Sunchupata that in this place we will have our camp and that the walking time is two hours, from here it is one hour to Choquequirao.
Very early after breakfast (5:00 am) we will go to Choquequirao which is an hour walk to receive the sunrise of Choquequirao, this site will be visited for three hours always accompanied by the guide who will explain correctly about this important Inka refuge. At the indicated time we will start the return to Sunchupata and start descending to Santa Rosa instead of our lunch, and then descend to Rosalinas beach, which is a stretch of one hour, arriving at Rosalinas we will go to the town of Chiquisqa which is two hours from Rosalinas and that in this place we will camp.
A good breakfast will be served in Chiquisqa (06:00 am) and return by the same road to Cachora, which is the slope that is lower on the first day, which is smoother with a two-hour ascent until reaching the Capuliyoc pass and which from here there are two more hours until the town of Cachora which is a much smoother stretch and we will be arriving around 12:00 pm, on the way we will appreciate exotic flora and fauna as well as views of imposing snow-capped mountains and the impressive Apurimac canyon. In the afternoon we will go to Qonoq thermo medicinal baths (optional) where we will rest for an hour and then continue to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive at 8:00 p.m. transfer to the hotel and end of our services.