Enjoy a 4-day hike to the Choquequirao ruins. Discovered by a French explorer in the 18th century, this place fascinated 19th century explorers and was also visited by Hiram Bingham prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu. Grand and mysterious, this abandoned city is similar to Machu Picchu. Just recently COPESCO (the official body responsible for tourism in Peru) partially cleared the site, so there still remains a lot more to be discovered. This is perfect if you want to visit a number of stunning Inca sites linked by a beautiful stone pathway built in the midst of the most incredible scenery in rising altitudes.
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chik’Iscca – Capuliyoc (B) (L) (D)
You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and transferred to the trail head in the village of Cachora, 4 hours away from Cusco. You will start the hike down to Apurimac Valley and enjoy great views of snow-capped peaks in the distance. You'll get the first views of Choquequirao after a few hours of walking. You can also encounter a variety of flora and fauna as you make your way down into the valley. You'll camp at Santa Rosa (2,200 meters/7,215 feet) and the total hike for the day will be 6 miles. Snacks,drinking water and meals are included.
Day 2: Capuliyoc – Marampata– Choquek'iraw (B) (L) (D)
You will walk for a total of 7.5 miles on this day, reaching the highest elevation at 3,400 meters (11,154.86 feet). You will hike 4 hours uphill through the opposite side of Apurimac Valley to reach Marampata. You can rest here and admire the views of the valley. You will continue the hike to reach the campsite located just outside of the Inca site of Choquequirao. You will enjoy lunch and get to viait the ruins and enjoy the sunset from the religious area of Choquekiraw. You can even spot condors soaring over the valley. In the evening, you can see Inka starts and the Milky way together with your guide.
Day 3: Choquek'iraw - Marampata - La Playa (B) (L) (D)
In the morning you will visit the Inca Site of Choquekiraw, including the famous Llama Area. Enjoy a guided tour of the place and learn about its similarities to Machu Picchu. You will have lunch and get to explore the amazing flora and fauna of the area near Marampata and walk for 4 hours to reach the campsite called La Playa. You will spend the night here.
Day 4: La Playa– Capuliyoc – Cusco (B) (L)
You will leave La Playa early in the morning and get the last views of the canyon and maybe spot some condors. You will walk for a total of 6 miles on this day, getting to Capuliyoc on a 4-hour trek with great views. Then, you will arrive to Cachora where you will take
a bus back to Cusco and get to your hotel.