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In Quechua language, Choquequirao or Choquekiraw means “Cradle of Gold”. It is another “Lost City of the Inkas”. Choquequirao is dedicated to 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 to hike on well preserved Inka trails and see the last stronghold of the Inca after the Spanish took over Cusco. Many Andean people, who are living in these amazing mountains have ancestral traditions from the Incas. We will cross the Vilcabamba mountains from the Apurimac to Urubamba river, visiting the most important cities of the Incas: Machu Picchu, Choquequirao and Vilcabamba.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Cusco - Cachora - Rosalina

At 5:00 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 banks of the Apurimac River, Campsite at 1,550 msnm.

Day 2

Rosalina - Choquequirao

Early in the morning from the Apurimac river, we will hike to Marampata, a long and narrow trail, the view of the canyon is spectacular, it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. After, we will arrive to the camp site of Choquequirao (3050 msnm. 11,055 ft.)

Day 3

Choquequirao Archeological site

We will enjoy all the day into the Choquequirao Archeological site. This is important, because Choquequirao is 30 % bigger than Machupicchu, also in this area it is perfect for Birdwatching.

Day 4

Choquequirao - Maizal

From the arqueological site of Choquequirao we start up to the high pass of Choquequirao 3500 m. aprox. from then we descent to the Rio Blanco creek where changes all the Panorama. From the river we start to hike again to the camp site of Maizal, (Sacca family) where is an amazing view from his Andean house.

Day 5

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  • Transportation
  • All group camping equipment
  • Licensed Official Tourism Guide
  • Cargo Horses & Arrieros (will carry all expedition and personal gear to the Ahobamba house)
  • Food from Lunch Day 1 until Lunch Day 8. (Dinner Day 8 and Lunch +Dinner Day 9 Not Included)
  • Roundtrip Bus Tickets Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Citadel
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets

Dinner Day 8 and Lunch +Dinner Day 9

Trekking Boots (Waterproof)
- Clothing for hiking (light, breathable, quick drying)
- Clothing for cold and rain (down jacket and rain jacket/pants)
- Gloves (light or fingerless)
- Brimmed hat and winter beanie
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Sleeping Bag (0F / -18C) or (20F / -7C)
- Air or foam mattress
- Water bottle (Nalgene or similar)
- Backpack
- Duffel Bag

It is very important to acclimatize properly. If you are just arriving to Cusco, I recommend at least 3 full nights in Cusco (3,300mts/10,824ft) before sleeping higher than 4,000mts (13,120ft).

It is recommendable to climb a peak of 5,500 meters, before a 6,000 meter peak if you have the time. If you are already well acclimated, it is possible to go directly to climb an easier 6,000mts peak like Ausangate, Chumpe or Yayamari. These guidelines should be regarded as the minimums. Often people have a tight schedule and want to do as much as possible with their time, but acclimatization is important for you to be able to accomplish your goals.