Trek to Choquequirao in 5 days via tambobamba, an off the beaten path to back from Choquequirao, this new route allows you to explore Choquequirao more deeply and you will return by a different path to the classic, on this trek we finish our hike in Villa de Loros – Tambobamba (different point) while the classic trek of 4 days begins and ends in Capuliyoc (they go and come back by the same way).
Choquequirao is located in the district of Santa teresa, province of La Convencion in the department of Cusco, an incan site that sits over 3050 m.a.s.l. Considered as the sister of Machu Picchu due to its similarity of both Inca sites. With rich flora and fauna and protected by Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas por el Estado (SERNANP).
In Choquequirao the mountain peaks are covered with snow, which extend from the highest peaks to areas where the topography is less steep, in the lower areas the snow begins to thaw to form streams and small lagoons that keep it wet the aerea.
Choquequirao is undoubtedly one of the most important vestiges that the Incas built during the Tahuantinsuyo Empire, whose space is a mystery because of the spectacular beauty of its stone walls, its platforms covered by green mantles, its peculiar workshops, beautiful Colcas (Granaries) and its sources and channels connected by long stairs that show the magnificence of those inhabitants who lived in it.
This tour will be operated normally in the dry season, however, in the rainy season we will change the itinerary to the classic route.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).
At 04:00 am we come to pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, we drive to Capuliyoc for about 4.5 hours, at this point our horseman will be waiting for us whith the horses that will carry our gear of our 5 days trek. you will have 6 kg available to put on the horse. We will start our hike from Capuliyoc to Playa Rosalinas, a trek of 4 hours, enjoying the dramatic views of the Apurimac Canyon and the Condors will welcome us to their home.
After 3 hours of descent, we have lunch in Chiquiska, a place where we will cold down from the intensive sun that hits on the trek, so it is very important to be well hydrated, the beautiful of this trek is, there is few people who come, that makes you feel unique and special, you will see bromelias which is the food for the spectacled bears, subsequently we descent for 1 more hour to Playa Rosalinas.
At Playa Rosalinas, our horseman will set up your camping tent with mattress to sleep very comfortable, here the weather is warm with mosquitoes and a refreshing heat after coming down from the Andean area, later on we will have our tea time which consist having popcorn, coca tea, Chocolate, Coffee, etc. And at the agreed time, dinner will be served.
This day is considered as the most difficult day of the entire trip, but with a good and delicious breakfast we will make it without any problem, at agreed time our cook will wake up everyone with a hot coca tea to then have a nutricuous breakfast, very early we begin the ascent to Choquequirao for it we cross the pedestrian bridge of more than 100 meters in length and we begin the ascent by winding road to then reach in 3 hours to Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa is the first section of this day and a place that allows you to take an appropriate rest to regain strength, here we will see corn crops whose greenery contrasts with the sharp and rugged nature of this area. Then we continue with the ascent and arrive at an orchard, a small plain where it is possible to cool off with the crystalline waters that descend from the snow, this gives us enough energy to make it the ascent and reach to Marampata (2 hours from Santa Rosa).
At Marampata, our Master Chef will waiting for us with the delicuous lunch, From Marampata to Choquequirao (1.5 hours) the road is no longer ascending but horizontal, almost flat, where you can see in the lower part the archaeological site of Pacchayoc, a set of platforms that has a function to retain the mountain, seems to defy nature, because they get to the edge of the precipice.
Once we arrive at Choquequirao Camp, our cook will prepare our tea and then our dinner, here we sleep and camp over 3,050 m.a.s.l.
Finally it is the awaited day, after the wake up and have a good breakfast, we explore Choquequirao from end to end, this incan site it’s quite big, that’s why it will take us a complete day to eplore it, our tour guide will deliver a great history of the Incas and Choquequirao. We start exploring by the administrative sector, workshops (Pikihuia), house of the priest, and finally will reach to Usno (religious sector), at this point you will get a great shot of Choquequirao.
After climbing to Choquequirao and knowing the Usno and Urin square, now it is the time to know about the central square, it is a big space surrounded by various constructions whose background are the figures of two huge Kallancas (warehouses). And next to a few meters are the workshops, an enclosure with more than 20 meters long, inside there are large niches with the size of a person, and in each niche a small niche, the sequence of niches is symmetrical, each of them It has the same measures as the alternate walls, in each wall you can see stones carved in the form of rings, which according to the researchers, were used to hold the looms of the expert weavers during the inca time.
Then we will know the platforms located behind the central square, and that have captivated the world by the figures of llamas that the Incas placed on the walls, this sector is known as the Llamas, it is a succession of terraces almost vertically, the decoration of the Llamas goes in ascending form and is made with white granite stones, in the upper part there are also polygonal lines that would resemble the snakes that are part of the Andean worldview, there are more than 30 platforms located in the sector of the llamas that even have continuity towards the sides and that are currently covered by vegetation.
After knowing the sector of the Llamas, we go to our Choquequirao camp, where we will have our delicious lunch and take a little rest. In the afternoon we will visit the lower part of Choquequirao, here we will find the terraces of Pacchayoc (not all of them go there), whose name corresponds to the extraordinary waterfall that is located in front and in the middle of a deep ravine, the crystalline waters of the snowy Padreyoc whispers a beautiful symphony, coming from nature that seemed to want to enchant us with its infinite murmurs.
After visiting Pacchayoc, we will return to our Choquequirao Camp, where we will have our tea and then our dinner.
After having a very early breakfast, we head to the Hacienda de San Ignacio, for this we will descend by the new road until we reach the shore of the Apurimac River, which winds through amidst vegetation and an increasingly hot climate. We walk down for 3 until Playa San Ignacio, located on the left side of the Apurimac river. A water pipe that descends from the nearby snow-capped mountains, the cold and clear water of this pipe, is like a blessing from the apus to refresh and relieve the soul in the middle of the rugged mountains of Choquequirao.
We will then hike up to Hacienda de San Ignacio, it takes 1 hour to reach it, we will have great views of the Apurimac Canyon, we will take as many breaks we want to finaly get to Hacienda San Ignacio, at this cozy place, our cook and horseman will be waiting for us with lunch. After lunch we’ll have a great time to relax, and late in the afternoon we will hike for 20 min to the Waterfall of San Ignacio.
Afterward we will back to our base camp to enjoy our happy hour and end the day with a good dinner.
This is the last day of our beautiful hike, wake you up early in the morning with a tea to then have breakfast, later we hike from Hacienda San Ignacio to Villa de Loros, a hike of 3 hours by a gently uphill. At Villa de Loros we will say goodbye to our horseman, since we will take our transport to Sayhuite, that has an incan site to explore it, while our cook prepares our last lunch.
Sayhuite is a rock monolith that contains more than two hundred phytomorphic, zoomorphic, geographical and human constructions figures, carved in an apparent disorder and taking advantage of the natural reliefs and depressions of the stone, considering that many figures represent human constructions, canals, stairways, ponds, they propose that the stone of Sayhuite was a kind of plan or stone sketch made by Inca architects to take control of the hydraulic works they performed.
After exploring this beautiful incan site, we will enjoy our last lunch with the team to then back to the city of Cusco, we will drive for about 4 hours to reach Cusco, and we will drop you off at the main gate of your hotel in Cusco.
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 (there is an extra cost for it).