AMAZING 4-Days Choquequirao Trek
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Short Hike
AMAZING 4-Days Choquequirao Trek
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Short Hike
The hike to Choquequirao is a spectacular hike where we will plunge down into the narrow Apurimac Canyon and ascend to reach the archaeological site of Choquequirao.
While this is a leisurely hike, you will be rewarded with fantastic views all the way. The archaeological remains of Choquequirao are perched on a mountain on the right bank above the Apurimac River canyon.
This archaeological site is not as large as Machu Picchu and that is because it is still being discovered, under excavation and archaeological restoration, but it is probably more fascinating. The region is much more remote. It is certainly a unique hike in the Andes.
The day starts very early at 6 am in a private bus; the trip will take 4 hours to reach the town of San Pedro de Cachora, next to the impressive and protected Apu Padreyoc hill, protector of the city.
After enjoying lunch, we will walk for 2 hours to the Capuliyoc viewpoint (2915 masl), where we will appreciate a view of the Apurimac Canyon and the Vilcabamba mountain range. We will have a walking time of 5 and a half hours.
Lodging: Outdoor camp in the area of Chiquiska 1950 m. 16 km.
After enjoying breakfast we will descend for 1 hour very early in the morning until we reach the Apurimac River (Height 1550 m).
Our ascent will be through the back of the mountain; during 4 hours, we will pass through the area of Santa Rosa. Then, we will arrive at Marampata, where we will have lunch.
From here, we can already appreciate the beauty of the mystical archaeological complex of Choquequirao.
In the afternoon we will hike for two more hours and spend the evening at the archaeological site where we will watch the sunset and have the opportunity to see the condors flying above us:
In the morning we will be able to do an exploration of the archaeological site and have a short rest.
In the afternoon, we will Hike along the rim of the Apurimac canyon and then descend to our tropical camp:
We will start early in the morning with a demanding hike of 3 hours to reach the viewpoint of «Capuliyoc».
This day will start very early as the day will be very hot; in the early morning, it is more relaxed.
So we will take advantage of the coolness of the canyon at dawn and appreciate the sunrise in the Apurimac Canyon.
From here we will make an easy hike for about 2 hours until we reach the village of «San Pedro de Cachora», where we will enjoy our last lunch. We will return in our private bus to the city of Cusco, arriving at seven in the evening.
For the Choquequirao 4 Days Trek, it is necessary to carry a personal backpack or attack backpack, whose weight should not exceed 5 kilos. In it, you should pack only what is necessary for the trek. It is essential to pack sunblock, insect repellent, snacks, and first aid medicines. Also don’t forget to pack plastic bags, gloves for the cold, a bottle of water and spare clothes.
The Choquequirao 4 Day trek is a demanding trek so you will need to bring appropriate clothing and shoes. It is suggested that you pack hiking shoes one size larger than you normally wear, as your feet will swell and you could suffer from blisters and wounds. Wool socks, avoiding synthetic socks because of excessive sweating. Another tip is not to wear new shoes since you could get injured as the shoes adapt to your feet while you are walking.
As for pants, it is recommended that they are wide, long, and removable, preferably a combination of cotton and synthetic material, to be lightweight and dry quickly. due to weather changes, it is very useful that they are easy to put on and take off.
As for polo shirts or t-shirts, it is recommended that they are made of cotton that covers the neck to avoid burns and if possible long sleeves.
Another good idea is to cover your head with a hat since the sun, cold and wind are intense. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen.
With these recommendations and proper physical preparation, your Choquequirao Trek 4 days with SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES will be unique and unforgettable. You can check Trip Advisor reviews to see the quality of our trips. Feel free to check any of our other destinations. Our team of travel experts is waiting for your email in case of any questions.
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Permits for 4-Days Choquequirao Trek are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD
Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need for extra Porter hire!).
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The Inca site of Choquequirao Trek 4 Days is also known as the «Sacred Sister» of Machu Picchu for being as important as Machu Picchu for its architecture and design in its construction. The city was a ceremonial center of the Inca elite, dedicated to the worship of the gods of the mountain, the river, and the elements of nature.
Making the tour to Choquequirao we can observe archaeological monuments that are made up of buildings and terraces distributed at different levels, from the lowest level Sunch’u Pata to the highest truncated top, which was leveled and fenced with stones to form a platform with an approximate area of 150 square meters.
Choquequirao is located in the Andes Mountains of Cusco, Peru, and belongs to the province of La Convención, in the district of Santa Teresa.
Although you can travel on your own, it is not recommended, since the authorized travel agencies know the route very well and there is no risk of getting lost, in addition to the fact that the operating agencies know the regulations to protect the environment.
Choquequirao is 3,033 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.).
The Inca city of Choquequirao is home to impressive constructions such as
Machu Picchu, such as:
Although it is known that Choquequirao is still in the process of excavation, it is estimated that to date only 30% of the original Inca enclosure has been restored.
According to what is known to historians, it is considered that the Inca site was built in 1536.
Due to its similarity with the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, it is believed that the Inca Pachacutec founded the place, but his son Tupac Inca Yupanqui would be the one who ordered the construction of the Choquequirao Archaeological Center.
Due to its location, Choquequirao has a «temperate – warm» climate due to the Apurimac canyon, alternating with cold temperatures at night, the average annual temperature is 17ºC.
It is necessary to acclimatize in the city of Cusco at least one day before any trek, for proper acclimatization, it is necessary to rest as much as possible, eat little, and drink plenty of fluids.
In addition, it is necessary to be in good physical and mental condition, this is a trek where the level of demand is higher than the Inca Trail or Salkantay.
Choquequirao has a «warm-temperate» climate, it is very unlikely that you will suffer from altitude sickness or «Soroche» but if this happens, the local guides of Sullpayky Experiences will be with you taking care of you while drinking a traditional coca tea.
Doing the 4-Days Choquequirao Trek is a unique and unforgettable experience, since it is a challenging, amazing, and real adventure, we will know the ancestral wonders of the Incas accompanied with the satisfaction of feeling fulfilled until the end of the trek.
To have an even more pleasant and safe experience do not forget to contact Sullpayky Experiences, a prestigious company from Cusco that will guide you in every moment of this great journey, along with quality and certified professionals; that will make your trip the most memorable experience of your life.
The archaeological area of Choquequirao is a cultural and natural complex located in the valley and cordillera of Vilcabamba. It is part of a system of Andean cities and segments that includes Ñusta Hispana, vitcos, Espiritu pampa, Concebidayoq, Pampaconas and Habas pampa. These were all linked by a network or roads / phats which eventually connect with the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The information in this document is but preliminary; investigations carried out by the specialized personnel of plan COPESCO continue.
Choquequirao comprises areas of the provinces of Cusco and Apurimac and is situated at 3104.09 meters above sea level, in the foothills of the Salkantay mountain range, surrounded by the snowy apus of Ccoriwayrachina, Ampay, Choquetacarpu, Pumasillo and Panta, this «Cultural-Natural» complex spans districts of Santa Teresa and Vilcabamba in the «La Convention» province in the department of Cusco, as well as the districts of Cachora and Huanipaca in the Abancay province in the Apurimac department, in this wall it occupies both the left and right-hand sides of the river Apurimac’s Canyon.
In geomorphic terms, the region is typified by «juvenile» inter-Andean valleys interspersed with depth canyons, that vary in depth from 1300m to 5000 meters above sea level, formed by the Apurimac River and its tributaries. Vertical erosion on its margins formed terraces exploited by the Andean man for cultivation and small rural settlements.
The complex, situated at a subalpine level, has characteristics of both rainforest and subtropical Andean country. Its average annual temperature is 12c, and the sky is often clouded over, though there are sunny days with cold nights owing to the proximity of snow-topped mountains the area has two markedly district seasons; the «rainy season» from December to march and the «dry season» from April to November.
Preliminary reports suggest a particular nature in between the skirts of the snowy hills where water works its way through the earth, generating an abundance of vegetation with cedar, «lamb ram«, «Chachacomo«, and «Inkallaulli» trees amongst others. In the shade of the above grow various species of medicinal plants, ferns, and other interesting plant species like orchids and bromeliads. The exuberant vegetation and climatic conditions allow for a varied fauna including deer «Anteojos» bear felines, raptors, and foxes as well as spectacular birds like the Andean condor, whose flight beautifies the quiet afternoons, and the many species of hummingbirds.
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