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Choquequirao – Huanipaca 4D/3N

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Trip Overview

The site of Choquequirao, which means “Cradle of gold” or “Gold Cradle” in the local Quechua language, is considered the last capital of the Incas and was established in the region of Vilcabamba or Antis, which was the most difficult and inaccessible place for warrior tribes to invade in the sixteenth century. This archaeological complex has resisted the Spanish conquerors for decades, Choquequirao is located northwest of the city of Cusco, in the province of the Convention, in the eastern cordillera of the Andes; it has a chain of mountain peaks and high forest with constant different climatological changes. This is delimited by two of the deepest canyons, the Apurimac canyon that passes through the left bank; and passing through the right back is the Willcamayu canyon. Both are very torrential rivers that carved and sculpted one of the most beautiful and spectacular landscapes of the Andean region. You can appreciate the grandeur of this work with architecture and perfect aesthetics. This complex is part of the system of Andean citadels in the Vilcabamba Valley. The Inca period was linked with the archaeological site of Machu Picchu with a complex network of Inca roads. It is currently visited by tourists and historians worldwide. Its flora and fauna of high forest and its topography also catch the attention of many visitors. This group has some archaeological Inca buildings and it was declared Cultural Heritage by the French and Peruvian Governments.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – San Pedro de Cachora – Chiquisca

We will leave Cusco at 6 am in our private transportation northward along the main road to Lima, we leave the city behind, cross Antapampa with view of Salkantay and Humantay mountains at first and as we leave this high plateau are, we will also be able to see the Pitusiray, Chicon, and Veronica mountains. Once we begin our descent into Limatambo we’ll see the archaeological Inca site of Tarawasi located in the outskirts. We continue along the road, cross the Apurimac River and up again through Curawasi and to Saywite, a famous Inca rock that was believed to be the construction  plan for the Tahuantinsuyo Empire, with carvings of animals representing the main deities. (Saywite forms part of the so-called path of Wiracocha). We will continue on to Cachora, and Andean community located 3-4 hours from Cusco at 2800 m/9184 ft above sea level. Cachora is surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and the Padreyoc mountain (5570 m.a.s.l.). This is the meeting place with the carriers and their mules, the latter being the ones to carry all of the camping equipment needed for this expedition. After inspecting both the team camp, as well as the mules and horses that will help us with our expedition, we will begin our walk with some ecological slopes. Throughout the tour we will have huge presence of the deity of the Padreyoc mountain, and we will certainly be amazed at the wide range of wildlife that its nature has to offer. After being in brief contact with the residents of the town known as La Colmena and La Aguada, we will arrive at the first pass of the Capuliyo route (2800 m.a.s.l.). From where we will appreciate the complete Apurimac valley, after we take in this amazing view and that we have eaten our lunch we will continue towards the Cocamasana (2300 m.a.s.l.), and Torwisqana, alsways surrounded by its beautiful scenery. We will then finally arrive at our campsite which is in Chiquisca (2000 m.a.s.l.) or Rosalinda beach (1550 m.a.s.l.), where we will spend the night.

Meals: L/D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 3,400 m

Minimum Altitude: 1,350 m

Distance Travelled: 21 km approx

Approximate Walking Time: 7 – 8hours

Day 2: Chiquisca – Maranpata – Choquequirao

After breakfast we start out hike at approximately 6:00 am towards the town of Choquequirao. We cross the suspension bridge on Rosalinda beach, where we will start the ascent from the river level (1350 m.a.s.l.), and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope. This climb will take around 2 hours to complete, and it is important that we leave early so that the heat does not make it any more difficult than what it’s supposed to be. In Santa Rosa, we take a half-hour break, where those who wish may try Cambray, a local sugar cane extract. We can also observe the impressive Apurimac, as well as the canyon’s depth and shape.  We will slowly climb for two and a half hours until we reach our lunch spot in Marampata (2850 m/9350 ft above sea level), where we will rest and have our lunch and also have the opportunity to see the magnificent archaeological Choquequirao site. After lunch, if  we’re lucky, we can see the flight of the Condors while they make their way to higher ground. Along the way you can appreciate the beauty of the landscape. Flora and fauna and the sunset are very puzzling in Choquequirao (Golden Cradle), located at 3100 m/10178 ft above sea level, is considered the Sister City of Machupicchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon, and Machupicchu hangs over the Urubamba Canyon. It was a religious and administrative center. It is at the same latitude and it is a large citadel with over 8 hectares, only one third has been uncovered and everyday archeologists are finding new things. We will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings. When the sun starts to set, you might want to sit and contemplate the canyon, where condors can sometimes be spotted.

Meals: B/L/D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 3,100 m

Minimum Altitude: 1,350 m

Distance Travelled: 12 km approx

Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7hours

Day 3: Choquequirao Full Day

Early in the morning, after our breakfast, we will continue through Choquequirao, where we will explore the deferent’s archaeological sites located in different points on the hillside overlooking the Apurimac River. We pass Chuchumayo stream; the views from there to the other side of the canyon are simply breathtaking. First reports of visits to this complex are from 1768 with many more recent explorers, scientists, and treasure hunters also visiting all through to 1909 when Hiram Bingham also visited the area and reportedly made his first contact with the lost citadel of the Incas. We will visit the high parts (Hanan), and the lower parts (Urin), and some areas that are still covered in wild foliage and are ready to be restored into the way that it was when the Incas were still there. We find our way behind the upper plaza, going up through high cloud forests to the Choquequirao Pass. Afterwards the trail continues through some agricultural terraces called Pichiyoc, which means “water jumping forwards”, these terraces also have some very interesting ritual fountains. Also these terraces in the Inca period were cultivated to provide food for the locals. We will have our lunch close to the set, to not interrupt the visit and view. With a little luck, we will also see the flight of the majestic Andean Condor on the deep canyon of the Apurimac River. We return to camp where we will have dinner and will spend the night.

Meals: B/L/D

Day 4: Choquequirao – Hacienda San Ignacio

After we observe the sunrise over Choquequirao, we imagine how great the intelligence and skill that was required of the men who built this relic that today lets us reminisce of the glorious time of the Inca empire. Taken away by its sheer beauty, and a thousand thoughts running through our heads, also accompanied by some nostalgia, we will begin our descent to cross the Apurimac River over the San Ignacio bridge (1550 m.a.s.l.). The descent is very steep and so we will take our time, slowly making our way down. This route will show us just how steep the valley can be, as well as expose some spectacular and extraordinary views, along this path we will be very impressed as the Apurimac canyon grows in length, all the while filled with flora and fauna. There is also a different altitude between Choquequirao and San Ignacio beach, the latter being the place where we will have a little rest and enjoy our repairman lunch before continuing our hike. After our luch we will start to ascend for about 2 hours in order to reach our camp in a beautiful place known as the former San Ignacio farmhouse (2000 m.a.s.l.). We will camp and spend the night in a warm climate with some mosquitoes.

Meals: B/L/D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 3,100 m

Minimum Altitude: 1,500 m

Distance Travelled: 9.5 km approx

Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7hours

Day 5: Hcienda San Ignacio – Huanipaca – Cusco

After breakfast, we start our 2-3 hour (7 km) hike towards the former Tambobamba farmhouse (2500 m.a.s.l.), along a path reminiscent of the colonial era and hard work under pressure from the farmers, offers a very natural view of the different areas of agricultural and livestock production, preserving the tradition and knowledge of our Andean ancestors. This is the place where our private bus will be waiting for us to take us back to Cusco. Continuing our tour we will visit the Pacobamba community, then we will enter Huanupaca (3350 m.a.s.l.), from where we will appreciate the Sacsarayoc glacier chain and all of its splendor, located in the Vilcanota river, after this impressive site, we take the path of Abancay – Curahuasi which will take us back to the city of Cusco in approximately 3 hours.

Meals: B/L

Maximum Altitude: 2,000 m

Minimum Altitude: 3,400 m

Distance Travelled: 7 km approx

Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours

OUR SERVICE

PRIVATE SERVICE

GROUP SIZE : Depends on the client
DEPARTURE : It depends on the client.

 

Includes

INCLUDES
Private transportation Hotel Cusco – Cachora village – Huanipaca village – Hotel Cusco
Professional bilingual guide. Professional English and Spanish speaking guide; 2 guides for groups over 12 people.
Cook In charge of meal preparation.
Horsemen and horses Carry tents, cooking equipment, backpacks, spleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 15 kilos / 33 pounds per person).
Entrance Fees to the Archaeological complex Choquequirao
Emergency horse Just in case someone needs help.
Meals 4B / 4L / 4D / Snacks and afternoon teas, Cold boiled water, except the first day where you must buy.
Equipment Tents (2 people in each one), Thermal inflatable pad dinner tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent, table and chairs, Radio communication throughout the trek, first aid kit (basic medicines and oxygen balloon).
DOES NOT INCLUDE
Breakfast 1st day
Dinner 4 th day
Sleeping bag
Walking poles
Tips

 

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