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Choquequirao hike 5 days
- Pre-trek briefing
- Early morning transfer by private bus to Cachora - the initial point of the trek
- Accommodation: Campsites (4 nights)
- Entrance fee to the Choquequirao
- Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages
- Professional bilingual Tour Guide
- Professional Cook
- Muleteer and horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger's stuff
- Camping equipment: personal double tents
- Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
- A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C)
- A blanket per person
- A pillow
- Day Pack Rain Covers
- Rain Ponchos
- Duffel bag (for your personal belongings)
- Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents
- A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C)
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on the last day
- International and domestic flights
- Personal travel insurance
- Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Minimum age is 18 years
- Meal budget: Please allow USD 20-50 for meals not included.
- Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price
- Not recommended for participants with back problems
You will leave the Inca capital of Cusco at 4 in the morning an have a five hour drive northwest across the country of the Anta Plateau to the authentic little town of Chachora (2,892m/9,488ft), the starting point of the hike in a private transport, which offers great views of the glacial mountains of Salkantay, Humantay, Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica. It is a 150 kilometer drive and the last 10 are on a dirt road. Along the way there are fabulous views of villages, valleys and frost-topped mountains. During the course, you descend into the town of Limatambo where the archaeological remains of Tarawasi are. From here you continue to the little village of Cora Wasi where the Saiwite Stone is. We ascend through abundant open lands and fruit farms before making a final declination to the village of Cachora. There you will meet the expedition help team including the horsemen (arrieros) and horses and we pack your equipment on to the mules and the horses. From here you take the daypacks and start the trek along the edge of the mountains through this magical and historically abounding lands, gradually its a two hour hike to Capuliyoc (2,915m), from where you will appreciate the first exquisite vistas of the Apurimac Valley and river extending below, as well as the glacial-topped summits of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora (3033m), the wooded hills on the other side of the canyon and the area of Choquequirao. You will then start a slow descent to Coca Masana, into the canyon (2,330m7/644ft), where we hike through a drier land superabound with cacti which contrasts with the green slants of the other side of the canyon. The weather becomes considerably hotter and the plants and animals are different. Don't forget to bring a high deet mosquito repellent for this area. Finally you reach the next campsite at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) (1,550m), near the stormy Apurimac River (whose Quechua native name means "Great Speaker of God"), known for its class five rafting rapids where you will set up camp and spend the night. Your guide will present this astonishing Inca land to you.
This is the most difficult of the 5 days. After an early breakfast a severe steep path waits for you and after about five hours of trekking you reach Raqaypata next to the Chunchullomayo River where you stop for a late lunch and a greatly merited break. The afternoon trek is not as steep as the morning and along the way we see an array of orchids and wild flowers as well as a variet of bird species. After hiking 2 hours more you reach the archaeological site of Choquequirao, in time to appreciate the sunset and maybe see condors flying closeby. We set up camp just outside the ruins in the cloud forest.
Today is devoted to investigating the marvellous ruins of Choquequirao, considered the other Machu Picchu where the last Inca Tupac Amaru was raised among Inca preistesses. The guide will tell you all about its history and the value of this site and then you will have free time to explore the many areas of the complex. Late in the afternoon start the return hike and camp the night at Raqaypata.
After breakfast, continue the return hike with a steep plunge towards the Apurimac River where you stop for lunch. In the afternoon a four hour ascent to the final campsite at Coca Masana.
On the last day of hiking you will observe the canyon that forms the Apurimac River. You will then take a new path that traverses the throat of the canyon with an extraordinary vista of Wayna Qalli towards the canyon, thought of as the most impressive in South America. Reach Cachora with a return bus to Cusco.
Hvis du afbestiller mellem 3 og 6 dag(e) før den planlagte afgang, er der et afbestillingsgebyr på 50%.
Hvis du afbestiller 2 dag(e) før den planlagte afgang, er der et afbestillingsgebyr på 100%.