Choquequirao & Huanipaca
05 Days / 04 Nights
Choquequirao was most likely built during the reign of the Inca king Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui and is considered to be the last bastion of resistance and refuge of the Sons of the Sun, who fled from the city of Cusco when it was under siege in 1535. Led by Manco Inca Yupanqui they took refuge in Choquequirao. Presumably it was used both as a check point to access the Vilcabamba Area and as a cultural and religious center. The city played an important role as it was a connection between the Amazon Jungle and the city of Cusco. The region has a lot of microclimates and a landscape full of snow-covered peaks of about 6000m (19685f).
Altitude: 1500 – 3030 m/4921 – 9941f
High season: Whole year Duration: 5 days – 4 nights Level of difficulty: Difficult
*A minimum of 2 persons is needed for this trek
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca
We will leave Cusco (3350m/10991f) approximately at 5:30 am. First, we will head for the village Cachora (2850m/9350f) to meet our horsemen and the mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition. Thereafter, we will continue our journey towards the pass of Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f). The trek offers a beautiful view of the mythical mountain Padreyoc, of the deep canyon and of the river Apurímac, meaning “speaking river”. Thereupon, we will descend towards the canyon’s interior named Chiquisca (1930m/6332f), where we will spend the nights
Hiking time: 7 hours
Day 2: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao
After breakfast, we will descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/5085f). From there, we will continue heading for Marampata (2850m/9350f), where we will have a beautiful view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f). Our camping site is located 25 minutes from the settlement.
Climate: both cold and warm
Hiking time: 7 hours
Day 3: Choquequirao
At sunrise, we will first visit the archaeological site of Choquequirao. By now, only 30% of this “golden cradle” has been exposed. Also we will discover the history and recently excavations of Choquequirao which holds many ancestral secrets between the wild natures.
Hiking time: 6 hours
Climate: reasonable climate with mosquitoes.
Day 4: Choquequirao – San Ignacio – Carmen
After breakfast, we will take our belongings to descend the Apurímac canyon’s deepest part called San Ignacio at 1500m/4921f and have lunch. After that, we will ascend to our camping site in the beautiful gardens of Carmen (2000m/6562f).
Climate: moderate climate with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours
Note: Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, this day is considered to be the most beautiful one. Nevertheless, the route from Choquequirao to San Ignacio is at some parts very slippery. Therefore, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. Moreover, we recommend carrying sufficient water with you.
Day 5: Carmen – Tambo bamba – Huanipaca
The gardens of Carmen are situated close to the manor of Tambo bamba (2500m/8202f), a region having been governed by landowners during the 19th and 20th century and considered to be one of the most fertile valleys to cultivate maize and a variety of potatoes. We will pass little villages such as Pacobamba and Huanipaca (3150m/10335f) and will return to Cusco by bus.
Climate: moderate, warm
Hiking time: 5 hours
Transport time: 5 hours
Climate: moderate warm
The trek to Choquequirao must not be underestimated. Especially the second day involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather (it can get very hot) the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you are well acclimatized, in good shape, and healthy.
What do I need to bring?
- Backpack with rain shelter.
- Sleeping bag.
- Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
- Rain pants and lightweight pants.
- Trekking shoes.
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs).
- Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
- Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
- Rain poncho and a hat.
- Bathing suit.
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
- Flash light and batteries.
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
- Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
Choquequirao Trek 5 Days (Group Departure)
✓Pre-briefing time at 19hrs in our office 1 or 2 days before your date departure (It has to be confirmed at the booking time).
✓Private transport from the hotel to Cachora
✓Transport back from Huanipaca to Cusco
✓Entrance to the settlement of Choquequirao
✓Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
✓High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both are for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
✓Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/Option vegetarian)
✓Cook and cooking equipment
✓Horseman, porters and mules for all camping equipment and personal luggage (06 kg to carry)
✓First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
Breakfast on the first day
Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of lending one)