Tierras Misticas | Travel to Perú, Cusco, Machupicchu

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Choquequirao ruins were most likely built during the reign of the Inca king Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui and are 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 a checkpoint to access the Vilcabamba Area and a cultural and religious center. The city played an essential 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). Choquequirao trek is the place where you'll discover the great citadel of the last Inca kings, and also you'll reach the beautiful ecosystem, Choquequirao trekking.

Itinerary

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. After that, 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 the river Apurímac, meaning “speaking river.” Thereupon, we will descend towards the canyon's interior named Chiquisca (1930m/6332f), where we will spend the night.

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.

Day 3: Choquequirao – San Ignacio – Carmen

At sunrise, we will first visit the archeological site of Choquequirao. By now, only 30% of this “golden cradle” has been exposed. After that, we will descend to 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). 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 observe your steps. Moreover, we recommend carrying sufficient water with you.

Day 4: 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.

Included

  • Pre-briefing time at 19hrs in our hotel 1 or 2 days before your date departure.
  • Private transport from the hotel to the town of Cachora and return
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao Inca site
  • 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 big enough for two 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 and mules, for all camping and personal luggage (up to 7kg. per person)
  • Emergency horse
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of lending one)
  • First breakfast and dinner on the last day in Cusco.
  • Traditional tips of the Horsemen and porters
  • Information is not describing in the program.
  • Single supplement.

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