Choquequirao Trek 5D / 4N

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

You will leave Cusco bright and early at 4:00 a.m. Arrival to the town of Cachora at 7:30 a.m., where you will enjoy breakfast and meet up with your wranglers and arrange your equipment, mules, and horses. It is a 2-hour hike to Capuliyoc (2,915 meters/9,564 feet above sea level) where you can enjoy your first beautiful views of the Apurimac Valley stretching out below and the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora above. You will then descend toward Coca Masana (2,330 meters/7,644 feet above sea level) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally, arrival to Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1,550 meters/5,085 feet above sea level, right beside the raging Apurimac River, where you will set up camp and spend the night. (L-D)

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao

Day 2 is the toughest of your 5-day hike. After an early breakfast, you will climb a steep trail. A 5-hour hike will take you to Raqaypata beside the Chunchullumayo River, where you will enjoy a late lunch and a well-deserved rest. Along the way, you will have the chance to see orchids, wild flowers and a number of bird species. From Raqaypata to Choquequirao (3,035 meters/9,957 feet above sea level) it is a 2-hour hike, and you will arrive at the Choquequirao archaeological site in time to enjoy the sunset and maybe even see a condor flying nearby. Campsite will be just outside the Choquequirao ruins. (B-L-D)

Day 3: Choquequirao – Raqaypata

Day 3 will be dedicated to exploring the incredible Choquequiraoarcheological complex. Your guide will explain the history and importance of the site, and afterwards you will have free time to visit the various sectors of the archeological complex. Late in the afternoon you will start the return trek and camp at Raqaypata. (B-L-D)

Day 4: Raqaypata – Chikisca

After breakfast you will continue your return journey, beginning with a steep descent down to the Apurimac River where you will stop to have lunch. In the afternoon, you will climb for approximately 4 hours and then make camp at Coca Masana. (B-L-D)

Day 5: Chikisca – Cachora – Cusco

Day 5 will be the last of your trek. You will be able to appreciate the canyon of the Apurímac River as you follow a new trail that crosses the throat of the canyon. You will have an impressive view of the canyon from Wayna Qalli – considered to be one of the most spectacular in South America. Finally, arrival in Cachora. Bus back to Cusco. (B-L) Campsites are subject to change, depending on the size of the group.

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