4 Days (3 nights tour)

Choquekirao

This ‘Lost City’ Choquekirao (meaning ‘cradle of gold’) was discovered in the 18th century by a French explorer, it fascinated 19th century explorers and was also visited by Hiram Bingham prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu.

Grandiose and mysterious, this abandoned city has lots of parallels with Machu Picchu and there are a variety of theories about its function. It is only relatively recently, however, that COPESCO (the official body responsible for tourism in Peru) has partially cleared the site and there remains a lot more to be discovered.

Lying in a cloud forest, a dramatic 1150 meters (3772 feet) above the Apurimac River and surrounded by a fascinating landscape created by the Vilcabamba mountain range, Choquekirao has everything to offer a trekker. However, due to its remote location, few tourists visited this site in the past. Fortunately, COPESCO, have now also constructed a footbridge over the Apurimac River, below the site, making it more accessible to reach.

It is a challenging but amazing experience to hike down to the depths of the Apurimac Canyon and then up to the site in the clouds…

ITINERARY:

Day 1:
We pick you up from your hotel using the service of our private Amazon Tours Peru transport at about 8am and travel by bus, for about 4 hours, to the small village of Cachora where we will meet our horseman and mules. We will begin our trek along the edge of the Apurimac canyon and follow the trail, enjoying the dramatic landscapes and a variety of plant and animal life until we reach our campsite, ‘Santa Rosa’ (1650m/5413ft).
This day will be day the hardest of our trek (8 hours more or less)

Day 2:
We will get up early, have breakfast and begin our walk by crossing the Apurimac River and then descending to the lowest point on the trail. Following this, we have a steep ascent through a thick cloud forest towards the Inca site of Choquekirao. We will have lunch and then time to relax and enjoy the archeological zone, plants, animals (hopefully condors), and views of nearby canyons and snow-capped mountains (Soray – 5428m/17808ft and Tuncarway 5910m/19389ft). We will camp in Choquekirao Inca site (3033m/9950ft) (5 hours walking more or less)

Day 3:
Today, we will have breakfast followed by a 3-hour guided tour around Choquekirao itself. After this, we descend to our last campsite, ‘Chiquisca' (6 hours more or less).

Day 4:
We will wake to birds’ songs and beautiful scenery. We will walk to Cachora (6 hours more or less) and from there take a bus back to Cusco to arrive at about 8pm.

Includes:
• Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
• Collection from hotel
• Return bus transportation (Cusco-Cachora-Cusco)
• 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day (breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4 are not included)
• Dining tent with table and chairs
• Cook
• Horseman and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
• Two-man tent
• Sleeping mattress
• Oxygen bottle
• First Aid kit

What you need to take:
• Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
• Walking bootsv • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
• Warm jacket, hat and gloves
• T-shirts
• Comfortable trousersv • Sun hat
• Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
• Insect repellent
• Toiletries
• Personal medication
• Camera and films
• Torch with spare batteries

Optional ítems to take
• Shorts
• Walking stick (with rubber tip)
• Plasters and bandages
• Sandals
• Extra money.

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