The Choquequirao trek is a truly spectacular hike that plunges down into the Apurimac canyon and then up again to the fascinating ruins of Choquequirao. While this is a tough trek, you are rewarded with spectacular views the whole way. The ruins of Choquequirao, perched on a ledge high above the Apurimac are not as extensive as Machu Picchu, but probably more fascinating and much more remote
At 5:00 am we pick you up at your hotel, and then drive in our private transport to Capuliyoc (2,850m/9,407ft) for four hours. Along the way there are spectacular views of villages, valleys and snow-capped mountains. Once at Cachora we meet our horsemen and pack all our equipment onto the horses. After enjoying a boxed breakfast we start walking to Capuliyoc until lunch time where we enjoy great views of Apurimac Canyon, snow-capped mountains such a Padreyoc (5,571m/18,387ft) and the location of Choquequirao. After lunch we descend for two hours to our first campsite at Chiquisca (1,900m/6,270ft), here we spend the night.
After an early breakfast we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,550m/5,117ft) and then walk uphill to the rural village of Maranpata (2,850m/9,350ft) where we have lunch whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the archeological site of Choquequirao (3,150m/10,397ft). Then we will walk through a myriad of flora and fauna to the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao where a private guided tour awaits us in the afternoon. During the tour we will explore all the important sections, such as: palaces, temple, ritual water fountains, amazing Usnu (ceremonial platform), agricultural terraces, llama´s section and much more. Finally we head back to our second campsite located just 20 minutes from the Choquequirao ruins, where we will have our high tea and dinner.
After an early breakfast we will complete to explore some of the stunning sections of Choquequirao ruins and then we head back towards the rural community of Maranpata for lunch. Afterwards we descend to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,550m/5,117ft) for three hours; finally we walk up a moderate hill for one hour to our third evening´s campsite at Chiquisca (1,990m/6,270ft).
After a delicious breakfast, we walk up a moderate hill towards the Capuliyoc pass. Once there we may enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac Canyon. Then we walk for two more hours towards Cachora (2,850m/9,407ft) for lunch. Afterwards we take our private transport to the archeological site of Saywite with a lot of time to explore it. Finally our private transport will bring us back to Cusco at your hotel, arriving in the evening.