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Choquequirao means "cradle of gold" in Quechua, although probably not the original Inca name. It is another "lost city of the Incas," situated on a ridge, nearly 1750m above the raging Apurimac River, fed by the glaciers of the surrounding snow-capped mountain peaks.
The abundance of many double jamb doorways and niches indicates that the place had a high status.
The ruins were first visited and described for the Western world by a French explorer in the 18th century. Hiram Bingham visited the site in 1910. This was his first experience with "lost cities" before his discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911. The distance and inaccessibility have discouraged visitors until recently, because COPESCO built a footbridge over the Apurimac River just below the ruins. Nowadays the ruins are still little visited.

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Destinations: Cusco, Choquequirao

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Coca Masana - Playa Rosalina

We leave early from Cusco to the village Cachora for breakfast. There we meet the carriers and donkeys to tie all our luggage and materials on the mules, and then we start the trip with a 2 hours hike to Capuliyoc (2915m). From here we will enjoy our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley, and the snow-capped peaks of Wayna Padrayoc and Cachora. Then we descend toward Coca Masana (2330m), where the climate is noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begins to change. Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550m next to the raging Apurimac River. In this campsite we stay overnight. Meals are included.

Day 2: Playa Rosalina - Choquequirao
This day is considered the most difficult of the 5 days. After an early breakfast we climb a steep path, we make a 5 hours hike to Raqaypata next to the Chunchullumayo river where we will have a late lunch and a good rest. On our way we will see many orchids and wild flowers and birds. From Raqaypata to Choquequirao (3035m) is a 2 hours hike. Arriving at the archaeological site of Choquequirao we have time to enjoy the sunset and perhaps a chance to see a Condor flying. Meals are included.

Day 3: Choquequirao - Raqaypata
Today is dedicated to exploring the incredible ruins of Choquequirao, where the last Inca, Tupac Amaru, was raised among the Inca priestesses. The guide explains the history and importance of Choquequirao. Then we have free time to visit the many sectors of the complex. Late in the afternoon we start the journey back and we walk to the campsite in Raqaypata. Meals are included.

Day 4: Raqaypata - Chikisca
After breakfast, we continue our journey back with a steep descent towards the Apurimac River where we will stop and have lunch. In the afternoon we climb about 4 hours to the last camp site at Coca Masana. Meals are included.

Day 5: Chikisca - Cachora - Cuzco
This is the last day of the trek. You will see the canyon of the Apurimac River. Then we take a path that would ascent from the canyon, with an impressive view of the canyon from Wayna Qalli, considered the most spectacular in South America. We finish the walk in Cachora, where we take the bus back to Cusco.

Note: This is the standard itinerary and may be subject to change depending on the speed of the group, group size and availability of camping space. Alternative sites may be used.

Bus Cusco - Cachora - Cusco
Mules and porters (for tents, food and cooking)
All times breakfast and meals as specified in the program
Bilingual guided tours in groups (English / Spanish)
All entrance fees.

Not Included
International and domestic flights
Travel Insurance

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