First Day: Cusco - Chiquisca
We will leave Cusco at 6.00 am in our private bus and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located four to five hours from Cusco. At 2800m/9184ft, this is the starting point of the trek and where we will meet our wranglers and horses. We will start our hike climbing for two and a half hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m/9020ft, where we will enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. We will then continue descending for two more hours towards Chiquisca, where we will set our camp and spend the night.
Second Day: Chiquisca -Choquequirao
We will leave Chiquisca as early as 6.00am. We will cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take about two hours, and it is important that we leave early so that the heat does not make it more difficult than it has to be. In Santa Rosa we will take a break, where those who wish may try Cambray, a local sugar cane extract. Afterwards, we will continue our hike slowly climbing for two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata. From here, we will walk another two hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103m/10178ft. Here we will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the ancient terraces and buildings. At our campsite we will witness a beautiful sunset and hopefully be able to spot condors soaring over the valley.
Third Day: Choquequirao - Rosalina Beach
This morning we will enjoy a guided tour of the entire Choquequirao complex. We will visit some areas still covered in wild undergrowth that are ready to be restored to their original structure. After the tour, we will start our hike back towards Santa Rosa, where we will have lunch. We will then descend for 2 hours until we reach Rosalina Beach at 1450m/4756ft. Before we eat dinner and go to sleep, we may have time to relax in the refreshing water of the Apurimac River.
Fourth Day: Rosalina Beach - Cachora
After breakfast we will leave camp and start the three hour climb to Chiquisca and then make our way back to the Abra Capuliyoc. After lunch, we will hike for two hours until we return to Cachora, where our private transportation will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. Our estimated arrival time to Cusco will be 9.00pm.
This route has steep ascents and descents, with changes of altitude in one day of over 1600m/5200ft. There is usually warm weather during the day due to the lower altitude than Cusco. We recommend allowing one-day acclimatization in Cusco prior to the trek departure.
Departure and arrival times are aproximated.
Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the group progress
What is included in the price?
Professional guide fluent in English two guides for groups over 8 people)
-Private bus to the start of the trail
-Coquequirao entrance fees
-Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
-Meals cooked by an experienced chef: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, and snacks!
-Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
-Vegetarian/special diet options available
-Horse to carry equipment
-Dining and kitchen tents
-First aid kit including emergency horse and oxygen bottle
-Round-trip bus Cusco to Cahora/ Cachora to Cusco
Breakfast on the first morning.
-Dinner on the final day
Tips for the guide, cook and wranglers
What you need to take.
• Original passport and Student card
• Insurance card is essential
• Walking boots
• Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
• Warm jacket
• Hat and gloves
• Hand sanitizer
• Comfortable trousers
• Sun hat, cap
• Sun protection cream
• Insect Repellent
• Water and Water purification tablets
• Personal medication
• Camera and films
• Torch or headlamp
• Cash in soles
Optional items to take:
• Walking stick
• Plasters and bandages
• Extra money
• Bathing suit