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Peru - Choquekirau Incan Ruins Adventure Trek
2016 Rates 2 people 3-7 people 8-16 people
4 days / 3 nights $762 $660 $537
Extra horse for riding Add $75 pp Add $75 pp Add $75 pp

All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time

Choquekirau
"Lost City
of Vilcabamba"

Seldom seen by tourists, this Inca "lost city " fascinated 19th century explorers. Nestled in cloud forest, a magnificent 1150 meters above the Apurimac river, the site is similar in many ways to Machu Picchu. Abandoned for centuries, both were overlooked by the Spanish chroniclers of the 16th and 17th Century.

Choquekirau is relatively inaccessible, the southern approach to the site requires a steep descent from almost 3200 meters, near the village of Cachora, down to the Apurimac river at 1200m, followed by an even steeper ascent of 1800m  to the ruins. Machu Picchu is situated on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and Choquekirau on it's opposite western slope at about the same parallel. Both citadels are located half way up steep, densely forested mountain slopes. Today the ruins have been partially cleared by COPESCO, the Government body responsible for tourism in Peru, and can be explored easily by those intrepid enough to undertake the difficult trek required to get there.

The trail goes through an amazing variety of habitats from pastoral valleys full of blossoming fruit trees to glacial mountains . As we hike this fantastic trail, we have some of the most glorious campsites in the Andes . 

 

Itinerary:

  • DAY 1:  CUSCO / CACHORA / CHIQUISCA:
    Early morning departure from Cusco . Our private transportation will take us to the town of Cachora where our mule wanglers , mules and horses are wayting. We hike down into the Apurimac canyon camping at Chiquisca  (1800 mts) (L,D).

     
  • DAY 2:CHIQUISCA / MARANPATA /CHOQUEQUIRAU:
    After a good breakfast we start our strenuous hike up hill for about 5 hours to our lunch spot at Maranpata, and then to Choquequirau, where we camp. Choquequirau ( Golden Cradle ) is considered the Sister city of MachuPicchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1,500 meters above  the Apurimac Canyon , MachuPïcchu hangs above the Urubamba canyon.
    It is at the same latitude and it is a large citadel with more of 8 hectares , only one third has been uncovered and every day the archeologist find something more. (B,L,D)

     
  • DAY 3:  CHOQUEQUIRAU / CHIQUISCA:
    At dawn we can see the Sun rise over the ruins and after a good breakfast we will visit our archeological compound and then start our way back down the same way we came in, until we reach our camp at Chiquisca. (B,L,D)

     
  • DAY 4: CHIQUISCA / CACHORA / CUSCO:
    Today we start our trek back to Cachora , where our private transportation will be wayting to take us back to Cusco.(B, L)
INCLUDES: DOES NOT INCLUDE: YOU SHOULD BRING:
  • Transportation to the head of the trail and back
  • English speaking guide
  • Cook and assistant, plus mule herders
  • All meals while on the trail
  • Double occupancy tents
  • Dining tent, Kitchen tent and Bathroom tent
  • International or local flights
  • Additional transfers, tours or meals in the cities
  • Laundry, liquor, tips
  • Personal Items
  • Items not mentioned
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sleeping Bag & Mat
  • Day Pack
  • Water bottle
  • Head Lamp or Flashlight
  • Hat
  • Personal clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

 

Reservations

Gate of the Sun © Inti Travel and Tours, Box 1586, Banff, Alberta, Canada, T1L 1B5
Phone 1-403-760-3565 / Fax 1-403-760-3566