Uncover the mystery of Choquequirao. Trek high into the mountains as you follow the paths built by the Sons of the Sun. Appreciate the botanical beauty as you walk by and catch sights of tropical birds like the Toucan. On this trek, it is about the journey and the destination. In the 17th century, the Spanish found Choquequirao but join us as we discover it once again and marvel at its builders.
4 days and 3 nights
High Season: March to November
Starting Altitude: 2900m/ 9515 ft
Altitude: 3050m/10,005 ft
Walking Distance: 64 km / 40 miles
Cusco to Cachora to Santa Rosa
Our first day starts out from the village of Cachora which is a 4-hour drive from Cusco. We’ll be starting our trek with leaving Cachora and following the path that works its way down into the Apurimac Valley. We’ll have fantastic views of snow capped peaks in the distance and the Apurimac Valley spread out before us throughout the day. After a few hours walking, we’ll have our first views of Choquequirao sitting on the far side of the valley. The area around Choquequirao is rich in life and we will see a wide variety of flora and fauna as we make our way down into the valley. Our campsite for the night is at Santa Rosa (2200m/7215 ft) which is on the other side of the Apurimac River. As the campsite is a little farther along the trail than most groups go, it is one of the quietest places to camp on the whole trek so we can enjoy the beautiful scenery around us without too much distracting noise of other excited campers.
Santa Rosa to Choquequirao
Today is probably the hardest day of the trek. To get to Choquequirao we need to make our way back up the opposite side of the Apurimac Valley which involves ascending about (800m/2624 ft) over a distance of 14km/8.7miles through hot and humid conditions. It’s a little challenging going but the views we get today mixed with the wide variety of flora and fauna on this side of the valley make it worth it. Throughout the day we will see a wide variety of bromeliads, orchids, and stands of bamboo; we’ll also hopefully see birds such as Quetzals, Toucans and a variety of hummingbirds. After about a 5 hour walk we’ll arrive to our campsite close to Choquequirao (3050m/10,005 ft) and settle in for the night. If the weather is clear, the views of the sunset from here are amazing and we may be lucky enough to spot condors soaring over the valley below.
Choquequirao to Chiquiska
Today’s focus is on exploring Choquequirao. Waking up early you’ll head off on a guided tour of the site during which you’ll be shown the most important and interesting sections of the city and get to learn about the Inca culture and the close relation between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Compared to Machu Picchu little is known about Choquequirao even though it has been known about for much longer. Ever since originally discovered in the 17th century by the Spanish, it lay abandoned and forgotten in recent years then tourism raised the profile of the city and exploration began. Even with this increased interest, only 25% of the city has been explored and many of its secrets still wait to be discovered. After your tour, you’ll begin the trek back to Cachora along the route we came. Our campsite for tonight is Chiquiska (1800m/590 ft) in the base of the valley by the Apurimac River.
Chiquiska to Cusco
Today is the final stretch of the trek as we make our way back to Cachora. Winding our way back up the side of the valley, we’ll have our final views of Choquequirao in the distance before arriving to Cachora in the late afternoon and traveling by van back to Cusco.
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