Product Code : PCCQ-C
Our first day starts out from the village of Cachora, a 4 hour drive from Cusco. Leaving Cachora, the path works its way down in to the Apurimac Valley. We will have fantastic views of snow-capped peaks in the distance with the Apurimac Valley spread out before us throughout the day. After, a few hours of walking, we'll get to have our first views of Choquequirao sat 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 in to the valley. Our campsite for the night is at Santa Rosa which is on the other side of the Apurimac River. As the campsite is a little further along the trail than most groups, it is one of the quietest places to camp on the whole trek so we can enjoy the beautiful scenery around us without distraction. 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 / 2624ft. over a distance of 14km / 8.7 miles through hot and humid conditions. It's quite tough going but the views we get today mixed with the wide variety of flora and fauna you find on this side of the valley make it worth it.
Throughout the day, we will see a wide variety of bromeliads, orchids and stalks of bamboo. We’ll also hopefully see birds such as Quetzals, Toucans and a variety of hummingbirds. After about a 5 hour walk, we arrive to our campsite close to Choquequirao (3050m / 10,005ft.) and settle down for the night. If the weather is clear, the views of the sun setting from here are amazing and we may be lucky enough to spot Condors soaring over the valley below. Today's focus is on exploring Choquequirao. Upon 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. While getting to learn about the Incan 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. Originally, discovered in the 17th century by the Spanish, it laid abandoned and forgotten until recent years. When 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.
- Learn the Incan culture of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu
- Trek along with guide to see the variety of flora and fauna
- Dine peacefully in tent and spend a night inside the camp
- Professional bilingual tour guide is available for your help
- See the Apurimac village along with the Apurimac River
- Food & Beverages
- Pick up from your hotel
- Oxygen bottle
- Professional bilingual tour guide
- Round trip bus transportation
- Additional horses for passengers' luggage
- Breakfast on the first morning
- Tips for the guide, cook and porters
- Single supplement fee
Know Before You Book
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
Know Before You Go
- Please exchange your printed/digital voucher at the meeting point
- Please contact us 72hrs prior to the departure for pick up confirmation
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