In Quechua language, Choquequirao or Choquekiraw means “Cradle of Gold”. It is another “Lost City of the Inkas” “Choquequirao is the city which demonstrates the inspiring Inca ceremonial center. A city dedicated the adoration of the “Pachamama” the Andean mother Earth “the Apus” Mountain gods and divinities like the water and the elements of Nature.”
Now our focus in this Area is the Andean people, who are living in these amazing mountains, with ancestral traditions, the Inca’s descendants. The Choquequirao trail is for real trekkers who want to get into the remote western Vilcabamba range and still end up at Machu Picchu.
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Cusco - Cachora - Rosalina (1,550m)
At 6:00 am we pick you up from your hotel, then we travel in our private transport to Cachora for 4 hours approximately, with spectacular views in the way to Cachora (Apurimac Region) This is where we will meet our muleteer and horses, there we pack all our equipment in mules. We begin to walk, through the high pass of Capuliyoc, from there, we will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon on the first view of Choquequirao. Then we will descend to playa Rosalina on the warm banks of the Apurimac River.
Rosalina - Choquequirao (3,500m)
Early in the morning we begin to avoid the heat of the day, from the Apurimac river we will hike to Maranpata, on a long and narrow trail, the view of the canyon is spectacular, it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. If you are lucky you could even see an Andean bear. After, we will arrive to the camp site of Choquequirao.
Choquequirao Archeological site
We will enjoy the whole day at the Choquequirao Archeological site. This is important, because Choquequirao is 30 % bigger than Machupicchu in terms of the surface area, also in this area it is perfect for Birdwatching.
Choquequirao - Maizal
From the arqueological site of Choquequirao we start up to the high pass of Choquequirao 3500 m and then begin long descent to the Rio Blanco creek where we enter a microclimate. From the river we start to hike again to the camp site of Maizal, (Sacca family) where we will camp and enjoy the amazing views from his Andean house.
Maizal - Yanama
Walking on the Inka Trail, we cross the second high pass, around 4670 m.s.n.m to entrance to the Andean Town of Yanama, we will observe different species of birds on the way, also the impressive mountains of Pumasillo (5,991m) Sacsarayoc (5,918m) and Lasunayoc (5,936m) of the Vilcabamba range. We will camp at the family home of Mister Alejandro (horseman) our partner in the Adventure.
Yanama - Lucmabamba - Llaqtapata - Fortunatos House
In the morning a car takes us toward Machu Picchu over the Yanama Pass (4,600m) and down the deep valley to Playa. We have lunch and then go to Lucmabamba to begin our hike up to the site of Llaqtapata, where we can see Machu Picchu on the ridge of mountains across the Vilcanota river valley. We descend into the Ahobamba valley, and hike up to a Coffee farm where Mr. Fortunato and his wife Lydia live.
Fortunatos House (2,100m/6,822ft) – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
The morning brings the bird calls as the jungle wakes up around us. From the farmhouse we have an hour hike down the valley, this is where the route joins one of the entrances to the Machu Picchu area at Hydroelectric. From there it is a 2.5 hour hike along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco
We awake at the hour of your choosing and go by bus to Machu Picchu. In the afternoon or evening we will go by train to Ollantaytambo and then by collective transport to Cusco.
• All group camping equipment
• Official Tourism Guide
• Cargo Horses & Arrieros (will carry all expedition and personal gear to Yanama)
• Food from Lunch Day 1 until Lunch Day 7.
• Roundtrip Bus Tickets Aguas Calientes to MAchu Picchu Citadel
• Hotel in Aguas Calientes
• Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets
• Dinner day 7 and Lunch & Dinner day 8
You will need:
• clothing for trekking, cold and rain
• waterproof hiking boots
• sleeping bag
• backpack (35-45 liters)
• duffel bag