Choquequirao "the Machupicchu twin Inca fortress", was probably built during the reign of the Inca rey Pachacutec. It is considered as the last bastion of the resistance and refuge for the Inca, who fleed Cusco city when it was besieged by the conquistadors in 1535. It was a cultural and religious center for the nobles, and has been of great importance. It was the connection between the Amazonian jungle and the city of Cusco. This geographic space has a big quantity of microclimates and varied landscapes of great beauty in the region.
Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca
We will leave the hotel very early to arrive at the village of Cachora (2,850 m/ 9,350 f) to meet our staff and guides as well as the horses that will carry the equipment, tents and food during our crossing.
We will continue our trip to the Capuliyoc pass (2,800 m/ 9,186 f). During the tour, beautiful landscapes will catch our sight and accompany us during the hike, and we won't lose sight of the deep canyon and the Apurimac river.
DWe will go down to the lower part of the canyon named Chiquisca (1,930 m/ 6,332 f), where we will spend the night in our camp.
Climate: warm / Duration of the hike: 7 hours
Day 2: Chiquisca - Playa Rosalina - Marampata - Choquequirao
After breakfast, we will go down to La Playa Rosalina (1,550 m/ 5,085 f). From there, we will go to Marampata (2,850 m/ 9,350 f), from where we will have a beautiful view of the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3,033 m/ 9,951 f). Our camp is located 25 minutes away from this place.
Climate: cold and warm / Duration of the hike: 7 hours
Day 3: Choquequirao - San Ignacio - Carmen
At sunrise, we will visit the fortress. Nowadays, only 30% of the whole territory is uncovered. There is still a lot to discover. We will have lunch in San Ignacio, in the lower part of the Canyon (1,500 m/ 4,921 f), and in the afternoon, we wll go on a tour through the complex and the Andes.Night in the camp of Carmen (2,000 m/ 6,562 f).
Climate: mild with mosquitos / Duration of the hike: 6 hours
Day 4: Carmen - Tambo bamba - Huanipaca
The gardens of Carmen are near Tambo bamba (2,500 m/ 8,202 f), a region populated since the 19th century and considerated as one of the most fertile valleys to cultivate corn and a large variety of potatoes. We will go back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Climate: mild, warm / Duration of the hike: 5 hours / Trip to Cusco: 4 hours
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