It was a cultural and religious center for the region. Presumably this citadel was used as a checkpoint to ensure access to the areas of Vilcabamba, which connected the jungle with other important centers such as Pisac and Machu Picchu. It is also estimated that the citadel played an important role serving as a link between the Amazon rainforest and the imperial city of Cusco.
1st day / Cusco – Saywite – Villa Los Loros lodge
The travelers are picked up at their hotel and we leave Cusco at 7:00 am in a private bus, with the Saywite Archaeological Park as the first destination. There you will observe the mysterious monolith and the nearby archaeological remains; the «ushnu» and the «phaqchas» staggered must remain in the memory in order to contrast their correspondence with the ceremonial architecture of Choquequirao. After a repairing box-lunch, the trip continues descending through the remote valley of Huanipaca; one of those places of the Peruvian highlands reserved for travelers. Villa Los Loros lodge awaits us at the bottom of the deep valley. The rooms ready and after a necessary relax, a small meeting in which to dispel the anxiety that a trip like this provokes in every traveler. Dinner and overnight.
2nd. day / Villa Los Loros lodge – San Ignacio Beach – Choquequirao
After breakfast we leave at 5:30 am, going down a pedestrian path that enters the Old Hacienda San Ignacio and then plummets downhill towards the torrential Apurímac River (Playa San Ignacio). We crossed the suspension bridge … here begins the serious thing; The ascent from the water level (at 1,450 masl) to the Choquequirao camp (2,870 masl) is nothing short of overwhelming. On the one hand, the beauty of the landscape, rivers, waterfalls, lilac flowers, everything is movement … On the other, the wildness of the environment; the steep slope and the beating of the heart combine in a very personal connection of the traveler with his surroundings and with himself. Already in the camp and after lunch, Phaqchayoc awaits us (the system of terraces or «pantry» where corn is grown) and La Casa de la Caída de Agua (according to scholars, the home of the Inca of Choquequirao). Return to the camp, tired, dinner will be served and night will be spent. (Bathroom and cold shower available)
3rd day / Choquequirao all day
This is the cutest day. We are struck by how the vast majority of visitors take 4 days of walking (two to go and two to return) and only a few hours or maybe minutes (!) To enjoy exploring the different sectors of Choquequirao. Understanding that the complex is organized scattered on both sides of the spur of the Apu Corihuayrachina we will know how to dedicate the time it deserves and it is necessary to understand the integrity of its context. We will have all day to visit the best sectors of the Archaeological Park; the flames, the high and low parts, the Great Sidewalk, the Triumphal Wall of Sartiges. Our travelers will enjoy lunch near the Set, so as not to interrupt the visit and see -with a bit of luck- the majestic flight of the condor over the deep canyon of the Apurímac River. We return to the camp, where dinner will be served and the night will be spent. (Bathroom and cold shower available).
4th day / Choquequirao – Villa Los Loros lodge – Cusco
After breakfast and knowing the route, the return becomes easier. We will be surprised by the novelty of the landscape; now we enjoy a different view because the spirits (and the recovered muscles) are at maximum. The voice of the river always there, the imposing Apurimac Canyon seems to swallow the traveler. Finally, the San Ignacio Beach. «Black Whip», «Machuco», «Cayguash» or someone else are waiting for us. The return on their loins gives us the opportunity of a last great look at the landscape of which we are already a part. Riding allows an excellent way to photograph the friends with whom we came and the new friends that the trip gives us; The muleteers are a sort of «superman» and their way of life will penetrate deep into the traveler’s memories. The horse ride takes us to Villa Los Loros lodge. A rich shower, lunch and in the afternoon we take the bus back to Cusco, where we will arrive approx. at 09.00 p.m. (5 hours of travel).
Briefing the participants at their hotel in Cusco, the day before departure; private round trip (Cusco – Villa Los Loros lodge – Cusco); professional guide (English – Spanish); professional field chef; one nights accommodation at Villa Los Loros lodge; two nights of camping in the Archaeological Park of Choquequirao; high quality camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag with personal savannah, mattress, kitchen tent, dining room, tables and chairs, kitchen and all household items, lighting equipment, etc.); radio communication through the entire journey; first aid kit; all meals and drinks in the lodge and during the excursion; snacks for the road; trained muleteers and cargo mules; emergency horse in the whole route of the trek (in the ratio of 1 every 3 walkers); entrance tickets to the Archaeological Complexes of Saywite and Choquequirao; personal horse for the return from Playa San Ignacio to the lodge.
- Sleeping bag
- Poles trekking
- Inflatable mattress
WHAT TO BRING:
- Backpack with rain cover
- Sleeping bag
- Clothing for warm and cold weather (waterproof jacket in rainy season)
- Rain pants and lightweight pants
- Trekking shoes
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and campsite)
- Wool or synthetic socks and a sweater
- Long- and short-sleeved polos / t-shirts
- Rain poncho, winter hat, ballcap
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper, Ziploc bag to store toilet paper if not near to toilet
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), flash light, and batteries
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit
- Extra money in soles (s / 200.00 soles)
- Since the weather can be very cold and moist, your clothes – once gotten wet – will not dry at night; pack clothes to change out.
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