Cusco – Cachora – Chikisca
We’ll being our first day with picking you up from your hotel, early in the morning. We’ll head out from Cusco to Cachora, a small town where we’ll start our Choquequirao trek. On the way to Cachora we will visit Limatambo where we’ll have the opportunity to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi as well as seeing Saywite, a large stone carved as a model by the Incas. On our first day, we don’t have breakfast as part of our program, so you if you missed breakfast you can have a short breakfast in Cachora or buy enough snacks to get you through until lunch. Cachora will also be the last stop where you can buy your water, snacks, and other supplies you weren’t able to bring beforehand.
From Cachara we will hike to Chikisca wich should take about 6 to 7 hours. We’ll have lunch along the way in Capuliyoc or Cocamasana. Capuliyoc is a great a view point at 2800 meters where we’ll be able to see the surrounding area. From here we’ll continue on to Chikisca where we’ll stay in our camp. Chikisca is a small community where you’ll be able to see papaya, orange, cherimoya. We’ll be in camp at around 5:00 to 6:00pm for tea and have our dinner 7:00pm. Afterwards you’ll have a little time to rest and we’ll stay there overnight.
Chiquisqa – Marampata
On our second day of our trek to Choquequirao we’ll be woken up by the cook and his helpers with a hot cup of coca tea. We’ll have breakfast at around 5:00am and a half hour afterwards we’ll start our Choquequirao trek and descend to the Rosalina Bridge (Puente Rosalina) which will take about an hour. From here we’ll cross the Apurimac River and continue towards Rosa Baja which is an additional 2 hours away. Here we’ll have a short break. Here there will also be a small store, one of the few along the Choquequirao route where you can buy your water and other supplies.
From here we’ll continue our Choquequirao trek for another 2 hours up to Marampata. We’ll be in Marampata at around 12:00 to 1:00pm where we’ll have our lunch. We’ll stay here the rest of the day to give you some time to rest from your trek so far, have dinner and get to know the rest of your group. We will also have a great view from this area and you’ll have more opportunities to take some great pictures.
Marampata – Choquequirao – Marampata
At around 6:00am we will wake up and have breakfast before starting our Choquequirao trek trying to stay in the shadow until we get to Choquequirao. In Choquequirao we will have a box lunch and a tour of the main areas and sacred sites as well as the Plaza Principal where most visitors take their classic pictures of Choquequirao. We will leave Choquequirao in the afternoon, trying to avoid the dark and since there are woods in the surrounding area, it does become dark early. We will return to Marampata where we’ll have tea and then dinner and stay overnight in the camp again.
Marampata – Chikisca – Cocamasana
At around 6:00 am we’ll have breakfast and after an additional half hour, we’ll start our Choquequirao trek. We’ll go downhill for about 2 to 2 ½ hours to the Apurimac River which we’ll cross. From here we’ll go up to Chikisca for lunch. After lunch we’ll continue our Choquequirao trek to Cocamasana which will take another 1 ½ hours. Here we’ll also be able to enjoy the view of the condors from this area. We’ll be in camp at around 3:00 to 4:00pm. Here we’ll also have our tea and dinner and the rest of the time to relax a little
Cocamasana – Cachora – Cusco
At around 6:00 am we’ll have breakfast and after an additional half hour, we’ll start our Choquequirao trek. We’ll go downhill for about 2 to 2 ½ hours to the Apurimac River which we’ll cross. From here we’ll go up to Chikisca for lunch. After lunch we’ll continue our Choquequirao trek to Cocamasana which will take another 1 ½ hours. Here we’ll also be able to enjoy the view of the condors from this area. We’ll be in camp at around 3:00 to 4:00pm. Here we’ll also have our tea and dinner and the rest of the time to relax a little.
- Briefing for trek one or two days beforehand
- Transfers In / Out
- Transportation from Cusco to Cachora where we start walking
- Professional bilingual tour guide
- Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
- Entrance fee to Choquequirao
- 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Professional cook. All dietary requirements from vegans, lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip.
- Drinking water only during meals
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- First aid kit
- 1 oxygen tank
- Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
- Duffle bag (in which you can put up to 5 kilos of your personal belongings – your sleeping bag included)
- Quadruple and waterproof camping tent (cap. 4 fitting 2)
- 1 sleeping mattress per person
- Breakfast on 1st day, dinner on last day.
- Water for your water bottles. You can buy water along the way or bring water purification tablets.
- Activities and items not included in the itineraryl.
- Sleeping bag.
- Walking sticks (15 $ for a pair of sticks)
- Sleepingbag (25 $)
- Extra horse for carrying personal items (80 $)
- Extra money for buying personal expenses and for tips.
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain jacket
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun block (factor 50 is recommended)
- Re-usable plastic/metal water container or camel bags
- Water for the first day, but on the other days it is possible to buy bottles of water from local families
- Insect Repellent
- Personal medication
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING
- Walking sticks
- Plasters and bandages
- Extra money for personal expenses and tips
- The Choquequirao Trek departs daily with our agency, although the dry season (April through October) is definitely a better time of the year to travel.