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Choquequirao Trek (5D/4N)

Choquequirao Trek (5D/4N)

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Day 1: Apurimac Valley
 
We depart Cusco very early in the morning and drive to the town of Cachora.  Around 7h30 we enjoy breakfast and arrange our equipment, mules, and horses to start our trek up the spectacular and almost forgotten Inca Empire city of Choquequirao. We have a two hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m/9,564 ft above sea level) from where we can enjoy the first stunning views of the Apurimac Valley stretching out below and the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora above. Then we descend toward Coca Masana (2330 m/7,644 ft above sea level) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. We end at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550 m/5,085 ft above sea level, right beside the Apurimac River, where we will set up camp and spend the night.
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Day 2: Steep trail to the site of Choquequiroa
Today is the toughest of our 5-day hike.  After an early breakfast, we continue our hike up to Choquequirao. The first 2-3 hours are steep, but then it changes between walking flat and climbing the rest of the way with beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Arriving at the archaeological site Choquequirao we have time to enjoy this majestic place, where we will observe the three levels of the excavated ruins, where we can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this inca-town. Besides we can see the ruin in the progress of being excavated and finally areas yet to be discovered – that can tell us about this last refuge of the oppressed Inca empire. Approximately at 4 o’clock in the afternoon (depending on the weather) we can see with a bit of luck "the flight of the Condors".   Tonight we camp beside the ruins.

Day 3: Exploration of the ruins
Today we explore the ruins of Choquequirao.  Our guide will explain us all about the history and importance of the amazing site. Afterwards you will have free time to explore more on yourself, make pictures and visit the various sectors of the archeological complex.  If we are lucky we might see condors flying nearby. In the afternoon we will start the return trek and we will make camp at Raqaypata.
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Day 4: Descent to the Apurimac river
After breakfast we will continue our return journey, beginning with a steep descent down to the Apurimac River where we will stop and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will climb for approximately 4 hours and then make camp at Coca Masana.
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Day 5: Through the throat of the Apurimac Canyon
Today will be the last of our trek. We will get to appreciate the canyon through which the Apurimac River flows. We take a new trail that crosses the throat of the canyon and we’ll have an impressive view of the canyon from Wayna Qalli - considered to be one of the most spectacular in South America.  We will ultimately arrive at Cachora from where we take our bus back to Cusco.
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