Spectacular and distant, lonely and forgotten, Choquequirao (3,085 m.s.n.m.) is governed at the top of an almost impregnable mountain in the province of La Convención, department of Cusco, a reason that made it the last bastion of resistance for more than 40 years. the children of the Sun, who sought refuge in its stone walls, after the defeat of Manco Inca, the rebel Inca, we will visit palaces, two-level temples, fountain systems, canals, aqueducts, and its admirable terraces "upholstered" with profuse vegetation, a place that is worth the effort. Fatigue yields to the magnificence of Choquequirao.
The geographical location is northeast of Cusco between the rivers of Apurimac, Urubamba and the majestic Salkantay with a maximum height of 6,271 masl and a minimum of 2,575 masl. The Vilcabamba range offers the unique opportunity of a fascinating walk among an environment of glaciers, green mountains, bears, condors, tarantulas, etc.
This region of cloud forest served as a refuge and natural fortress for the 16th century Inca resistance movement, which was trying to regain control of Tahuantinsuyo from the Spanish invaders. The customs and typical clothes of the local people reflect a mixture of cultures. Their language and textiles with Inca and Pre-Inca decorations, give clear evidence of the influence of the Quechuas. Vilcabamba is also the region where there is a concentration of Pre-Columbian archaeological treasures, including Choquequirao and the famous citadel of Machu Picchu. There is a functioning network of Inca trails that connects the Vitcos pampa, Rosas pata and Espíritu Pampa.
|Cusco - Cachora - Salkantay Viewpoint
|Salkantay Viewpoint - Apurimac Canyon - Santa Rosa
|Santa Rosa - Marampata - Choquequirao
|Santa Rosa - Playa Rosalinda - Cachora - Cusco
Pick up from hotel at 05:00 am to transfer us in bus reaching Cachora. During the route we will see Izcuchaca, Zurite and Limatambo towns; we will cross the mighty Apurimac river over the Cunyac bridge. Our route starts to (2,910 msnm.) and the first section runs by farm lands where we will observe agricultural labors; we will continue to Apurimac canyon, we will enjoy extraordinary views of Vilcabamba andes mountain and highlight point is Salkantay snow mountain (6,271 msnm). Then arrive to the Curahuasi district, beautiful valley and this is the first producer of anisado(alcohol drink) in Peru with imcomparable fragance where the crops are seen as watercolors painted; we continue ascending to reach Sayhuite where we visit this archaeological group Inka observing a stone model then we will accommodate in our camp located in a knoll for overlooking the impressive landscape.
In the morning we take breakfast and then begin with the walk around 45 minutes, where we’ll arrive to the first view of Choquequirao complex, then we will descend to the depths of the Apurimac canyon to cross through the suspension bridge that connecting two sides (1580 msnm). We’ll begin with one demanding climb to the Santa Rosa area (2290 msnm). And in this place we will establish our base camp. During the journey we feel and observe the climatic changes and diversity of vegetation. Dinner and Overnight.
After a delicious breakfast and a good relax we will continue ascending between lush vegetation to Marampata sector, continue the journey to the magnificent and strategically Choquequirao that located in a good zone (3,110 m.) Thats domains the stunning scenery. Visit the archaeological site and its surroundings have spectacular views of the Apurimac Canyon. In the afternoon we return to our camp.
We wake up very early to appreciate the sunrise and after breakfast we start climbing for 4 hours with a fantastic atmosphere, while wild mystic front us imposing Salkantay snowcapped peak with a height of 6,300 meters, showing their beauty along the entire route through Chikiska, Capuliyoc (viewpoint) in the afternoon we will arrive at Cachora Curahuasi to head to down to the hot springs of Connoq to enjoy a refreshing swim in its warm waters and we serve as a muscle relaxant after the wonderful experience then board our bus to Cusco.
IMPORTANT: You must bring your original passport during the journey, in case of students must bring the original card of students.
15-10 days 50%
9-7 days 80%
6 days or less 100%
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