Being the land route the only way to get to this citadel is the Choquequirao trek, which can be done at least in 4 days. The route has a distance of 60 km and takes place in one of the deepest canyons in the world, the Apurímac River, the trails are narrow and zigzag and the road has a wonderful view of majestic snow and creepy precipices.
Its name in Quechua means Cradle of Gold, located in Cusco, they are archaeological remains conformed by buildings and terraces distributed in different levels on a platform of approximately 150 square meters.
Choquequirao was a religious and cultural center of the region and it is presumed that the citadel was used as a nexus and control point of the accesses of the Jungle to the seat of the Empire, Cusco.
It is considered one of the last refuges of the Incas, who had to leave Cusco around 1535 when being besieged by the Spaniards, it was here and in the valley of Vilcabamba where the Spaniards’ attack was resisted until the capture and execution of Tupac Amaru I in 1572
On this tour you will see many landscapes full of mountains, as well as native flora and fauna.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:30am – 5:00am).
Pick up from resort in Cusco at 5:00 am to have 4 hour driving to Capuliyuc 2,900m / 9,512 ft, the starting of the trail. At this area we’ll meet up our muleteers, and horses, and then we’ll get prepared for the trek.
We’ll begin with our expedition, hiking for about three hours on a downhill trail to get the lunch spot known as Chikiska placed at 1,900 m / 6,213 ft, with amazing views of the snowcapped mountains of the Vilcabamba range, and the magnificent Apurimac canyon.
At Chikiska, we’ll experience our simply organized fresh lunch. After having lunch, we’ll hike for 1 extra hour to get the first camp site known as La Playa Rosalina 1,500m / 4,920 ft, in which we’ll spend the first night. In the night we have tea time, in consequence dinner.
All meals included, except breakfast.
Very early in the morning, we’ll wake up with a fantastic coca tea, and we’ll have a nutritious breakfast, after that, we’ll ascend for about 5 hours on the steep switchback trail to get the village known as Maranpata, where we will have our lunch. From this lunch spot, we’ll see a section of mystical Choquequirao in a further direction.
After having lunch, we’ll walk for 2 extra hours to get the second campsite, located in the park of Choquequirao 2,950 m / 9,676 ft. This afternoon, we’ll go to discover a section of Choquequirao’s spiritual site, the place we’ll appreciate an incredible sunset, we’ll then come again to our campsite. All foods included.
Early in the morning we can see the sun rise over the ruins and throw a amazing mild over the site. After the breakfast we will go to the amazing ruins of Choquequirao with its mystical atmosphere, its brilliant surroundings and the unique llama-walls which have been currently discovered in 2006.
With some luck we can additionally spot the exquisite condor.
From Choquequirao the route will take us again to Playa Rosalinas, the place we will overstay the night. First we have to hike from Choquequirao to Maranpata, where we will rest for a bit, earlier than we continue our hike to Playa Rosalinas, the place we will revel in a satisfactory lunch in natural surroundings.
From Maranpata we will hike to Playa Rosalinas where we enjoy a nice dinner and settle for the night.
It’s our last trekking day, after enjoying a nutritious breakfast, we’ll continue trekking up the highland valley with some timber alongside the trail and awesome views, this last section of the path is a gentle trail for 3 hours to attain Tambobamba 2,320 m / 7,610 ft, a vicinity the place we’ll stop our adventure.
Once we arrive at this place, we’ll have a farewell time to our muleteers, Chef and different members who were part of our group for 5 days.
After that, we’ll take our private transport returned to Cusco for about 5 hours with some quit offs on the way, one them is a quit at Saywite a unique vicinity to see a fantastic Incan monolith called the monolith of Saywite is a symbolic representation of our cosmos, where the Incas used a dwelling granite rock to carve over 208 figures like geometric and zoomorphic figures, such as reptiles, frogs, felines, irrigation channels, etc.
The site is regarded as a core of non-secular worship for Incan people, focusing on water. It’s a large granite boulder whose circumference is about 11 m / 36.08 ft, 4 m / 13.12 ft of diameter, and about 2 m / 6.56 feet high. After studying about this site, we’ll take our picnic lunch close by means of to this site.
We’ll then drive again to Cusco for about 3 hours. All meals included, besides dinner.
End of our adventure.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
All of our private services include additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Can i be picked up from the Sacred Valley?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick up time (It has an extra cost for it).
Bigger than Macchu pitchu. Great real hiking. No train, walk of life!
An amazing trek. Hard and satisfying.
We did a 5 day with an extra day at the ruins.
We had a last doing it!
An incredible experience.
This huge Inca city is much more hidden than Macchu Picchu.
You can only reach it after an extreme trail, about 30 km.
The most difficult and most rewarding hike I have ever done. The ruins were amazing and with the exception of a couple people spied in the distance when we first arrived, our small group explored the entire site alone. (Visited 2008)
Don’t forget to go to the llama terasse