Trek to Choquequirao. Canyonland of the Incas 5D
Grading: Challenge trekking - Need good shape.
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
March - December
Departures: Private Service every day
fixed departures every Wednesday
Cusco / Cachora / Apurimac River.
Cusco due north on the main highway towards Lima, we
leave the city behind, cross into Antapampa with views
of Mt. Salkantay and Humantay at first and as we leave
this high meadow area, the Pitusiray, Chicon and
Veronica come into view. Once we begin to descend into
Limatambo we’ll visit the Inca site of Tarawasi located
in the outskirts. The road continues until we reach the
Apurimac River, an impressive gorge, which is crossed.
Past the village of Curawasi and onto the Sayhuite-
stone – a carved map of the Inca empire it is said. A
small side road over a ridge brings us down to the
village of Cachora, where we start today’s hike. Taking
our day packs we start walking along the edge of the
mountain Capuliyoc we get our first view of the Apurimac
canyon and the trail that lies ahead. We begin our
descent and camp near the river at 2,450m at a small
campsite next to the river (Distance: 8 km, Time: 4-5
Apurimac River / Choquequirao
crossing of the river on a footbridge marks the start of
the day. From here an uphill walk of half the day brings
us to Marampampa – a small meadow where we have lunch.
As we ascend on the steep trail we begin to appreciate
the canyon land vegetation and environment on both sides
of the Apurimac canyon. The afternoon hike is not as
steep trial as we approach the hanging valley where the
site of Choquequirao is found. We camp near the site at
an available flat part. Ready for next day to explore
the isolated Inca sites and the surrounding cloud forest.
(Distance: 7 kms, Time: 7-8 hrs.)
Choquequirao / Marampampa
all morning visiting the central complex, situated on a
ridge overlooking the Canyon and some of the outlying
buildings working our way through the terracing. We have
our lunch and in the afternoon we descend to Marampampa
where we camp. (Distance: 2.5kms from the campsite round
trip, Time: 2hrs round trip from the campsite.)
Marampampa / Cocamasana
our descent all the way to the river and have lunch at
the bottom. From here we start our ascent towards
Cachora, camping in the way at a small place called
Cocamasana with a spectacular view of the canyon. (Distance:
6 kms, time 6-7 hrs)
Cocamasana / Cachora / Cusco
ascent to Capuliyoc and from here it’s relatively even
until reaching the village of Cachora. Here our vehicle
will be waiting to take us back to Cusco, where we
arrive in the evening on the same road we took at the
beginning. (Distance: 4 kms, time 3-4 hours). Drive from
Cachora to Cusco: 4 hours.
Service. Upon Request
Fixed Departure Price: $ 450.00 Every Wednesday (Minimum
Single supplement: USD $ 50.00 per person
Orientation meeting in Cusco (previous to
Transfer to put in and drop off (first day and
All balance meals during the trekking (4 days/3
nights), including snacks.
All common equipment gear: Two men mountain tent,
mattress, kitchen dishes, kitchen tent, dinner
tent, toilet tent, table, chairs.
Cook, kitchen crew and commissary gear with all
Pack animals for all the camping gear and
luggage. One extra horse.
Muleteers and 1 seat horse for each 3 clients.
First aid kit with Oxygen.
Professional bilingual guide, 01 assistant per
each 7 clients.
Short wave radios
Environment care (all the garbage is going back
to Cusco, portable toilet treatment). Leave not
Potable and boiled water
Sanitation care for dishes and food
Hotels in Cusco and others.
Extra services not mentioned in the program.
Tips and extra spends.
Entrance to the Inca city ($ 15 at the moment)