Party Bike Travel

Trek to Choquequirao. Canyonland of the Incas 5D


 

Code: Tk-5Vil/09

Grading: Challenge trekking - Need good shape.

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Season: March - December

Departures: Private Service every day

Group fixed departures every Wednesday

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 01: Cusco / Cachora / Apurimac River.

 

Leaving 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 hrs hiking)

 

Day 02: Apurimac River / Choquequirao

 

The 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.)

 

Day 03: Choquequirao / Marampampa

 

We spend 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.)

 

Day 04: Marampampa / Cocamasana

 

We begin 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)

 

Day 05: Cocamasana / Cachora / Cusco

 

A last 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.

 

Private Service. Upon Request

 

Group Fixed Departure Price: $ 450.00 Every Wednesday (Minimum 03 pax)Price:

Single supplement: USD $ 50.00 per person

 

Included:

  • Orientation meeting in Cusco (previous to departure date).

  • Transfer to put in and drop off (first day and last day).

  • 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 meals Included

  • 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 trace

  • Potable and boiled water

  • Sanitation care for dishes and food

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag.

  • 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)