The Short Choquequirao Trek was created for the all adventure people, who would like to know the second lost city of the Incas, this hike involves 4 day hke with a professional guide, chef, muleteer and horses.
Choquequirao (means golden cradle in quechua) is the sister city of Machu Picchu because of their architectural and structural similarity. It is considered as the last Inca refuge. This archaeological complex resisted for decades the Spanish conquerors. You can appreciate the grandeur of his work with a perfect architecture and aesthetics. This complex is part of the system of the Andean citadels in the Vilcabamba Valley. In the Inca times it was united with the archaeological group of Machu Picchu with a complex network of Inca roads. It is currently visited and toured by tourists as scholars of world history. Its flora and fauna of high forest and its topography also attract the attention of the visitors. This archaeological group has several Inca constructions and for that reason was declared Cultural Heritage by the Governments of France and Peru.
Enjoy the Llama Terrace: They appeary to be quite ordinary until you will walk along them and found enlaid llama figures made of white stones. By the time you will reach the lookout we could see hundreds of feet of lined terraces that come down the mountain
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquispa.
Day 2: Chiquiska – Playa Rosalina – Sunchupata.
Day 3: Sunchupata – Choquequirao – Chiquiska.
Day 4: Chiquiska – Capuliyoc – Cachora.
Crew: A Tierras Vivas representative in Cusco, a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a chef, and horses on the Choquequirao trek.
Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding -High-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities.
Age requirement: 12+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Choquequirao Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel
Group Available: Small Group - Min: 2 - Max: 8
Accomodation: Campsites (4 nights),
Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 4x afternoon tea.
Transportation: Transportation by private van
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Each Year Tierras Vivas hots a Christmas party in Patacancha. Family porters,
We pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 A.M. to the Cachora Town where we will rest for a moment (3100 MAMSL) at 10:00 A.M. approx. Then we will have a panoramic view of the Apurimac Valley. We will meet the horses and muleteers there, and it is at this point where we begin with our walk down a descent path (Lunch and dinner) arriving in Chiquiska where we will spend the night.
After breakfast (5:00 A.M.) we will continue our walk towards Playa Rosalina (1550 MAMSL), then climb the slope towards Santa Rosa (2100m) place of our lunch, this part is the hardest one. Then ascent to Maranpata (2850 m), this is a smoother climb. During this part you can see the whole path of the first day and the vegetation that exists in this place and then we will cross a straight section towards Sunchupata. This point is an hour away to Choquequirao. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Very early, after breakfast, we go to Choquequirao to appreciate the sunrise. We will visit the citadel for three hours always accompanied by the guide who will aptly explain the importance of the Apurimac and Rio Blanco rivers so we can also appreciate the Vilcabamba mountain range. After the guided tour, we will start the return to Sunchupata and descend to Santa Rosa, then we head to the village of Chiquiska and we will camp there. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
After the delicious breakfast in Chiquiska (6:00 A.M.) we return by the same road until we reach the pass of Capuliyoc and from here there are two more hours to Cachora Town, this is a much smoother stretch and we will arrive at 12:00 A.M. approx. On the way we will appreciate the exotic flora and fauna of the place as well as views of imposing snowy mountains and the impressive Apurimac Canyon and then we will continue to the Cusco Town arriving in the afternoon to the hotel. That is the end of our services.
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the first and fourth day (if sunny) and in Choquequirao, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Choquequirao has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.
This hike is a good alternative to the classic Inca Trail. Explore the Lares valley, passing through beautiful inter-Andean valleys, mountain lakes and overpasses with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks that rise to almost 6,000 meters. The region is still inhabited by traditional communities that dress in colorful clothing. The hike is physically demanding like that of the Inca Trail and includes the visit to the spectacular citadel of Machu Picchu on the last day.
An adventure trip recommended for people who like to walk, enjoy nature, tranquility, learn about the Inca culture and the most important thing about this hike is that you will know part of true Peru. families with groups of llamas and alpacas, their stone houses, typical costumes, their ancestral customs and above all appreciate the local lifestyle that is magnificent and interesting without the presence of many tourists. Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
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This Salkantay Alternative Hike is for experienced hikers, reasonably fit people and hikers looking for a moderately challenging hike. Our efficient team will be with you at all times to support you on this hike and will be happy to help you in the Salkantay alternative hike is really fascinating for lovers of nature walks, during the 4 days of Adventure you will have the opportunity to get to know it extensively the Cusqueños landscapes, from snowy mountains passing through beautiful streams, waterfalls and lagoons to the imposing Machu Picchu. Short Salkantay to Machu Picchu