|Fixed departures||August 7th|
|Level||Challenging trek, good physical condition required|
|Duration||5 days / 4 nights|
|Season||March – December|
|Location||Apurimac river canyon|
|Departures||Every Day Upon request|
DAY 01: CUSCO - CACHORA – CHIQUISKA:
Leaving Cusco, heading north on the main highway towards Abancay. We will leave the city behind, and cross into Antapampa with breathtaking views of Salkantay and Humantay mountains at first. As we leave this high meadow area, the Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica come into view. Once we begin to descend into Limatambo, if there is time we will visit the Inca site of Tarawasi located in the outskirts. The road continues until we reach the Apurimac River, where we will cross its impressive gorge. Passing the village of Curawasi, we will find the Sayhuite stone and its carved map which could be made during the Inca Empire. A small side road over a ridge brings us down to the village of Cachora, where we will start the hike. Taking our day-packs, we will start walking along the edge of the mountain Capuliyoc, where we will get our first view of the Apurimac canyon and the trail that lies ahead.
A few hours later we will arrive to Chiquiska where we will spend the night. (Lunch / Dinner)
(Distance: 19 km / Walking Time: 7 hrs).
DAY 02: CHUIQUISKA - APURIMAC RIVER - CHOQUEQUIRAO
After breakfast, our hiking still downhill to the rushing waters of the Apurimac (Rosalina Beach 2,450m.a.s.l.)
After crossing a suspension bridge we will have an uphill walk of half day which will take us to Marampampa – a small meadow where we will have lunch. As we ascend on the steep trail, we will appreciate the canyon, land vegetation and environment on both sides of the Apurimac canyon. The afternoon hike is not as steep as we approach the hanging valley where the site of Chokekiraw was found. We will camp near the site at an available flat part at the time so we will get ready for next day to explore the Choquequirao Inca site and the surrounding cloud forest. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner).
(Distance: 13 km / Walking time 7 - 8 hrs).
DAY 03: FULL DAY CHOQUEQUIRAO:
A Beautiful day to start. We are stricken to observe how the vast majority of visitors take 4 days trekking but only a few hours or even minutes to enjoy exploring the different sectors of Choquequirao. Bearing in mind that Choquequirao is scattered on both sides of the spur of Apu Corihuayrachina we know a fair amount of time is needed to understand the integrity of its context. Travelers will enjoy lunch near the ruins and hopefully view condors flying over the deep canyon. Back at the campsite, dinner and overnight. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
DAY 04: CHOQUEQUIRAO – HACIENDA SAN IGNACIO:
After breakfast, we will leave Choquequirao Inca Site and we will start to descent to cross the Apurimaq River over the San Ignacio Bridge. The descent is very steep so we will take our time, descending slowly. This path will demonstrate how steep this river valley is, as well as exposing some impressive and unforgettable views (approx 4 hours to descend). We will rest at San Ignacio beach where we will take the lunch.
After lunch, we will climb a gentle hill until reach the La Hacienda San Ignacio where we will spend the last night. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
(Distance: 9 km / Walking time 6 hrs).
DAY 05: HACIENDA SAN IGNACIO – VILLA LOS LOROS – CUSCO:
After breakfast, we will have our last day of hiking. This is the lowest point for the trek which allows you to have a take a look of this fantastic valley surrounded by fruit trees.
After hiking for about 3 hours we will arrive to Villa Los Loros where we will have lunch. To Finalize the journey we will wait for the car which will take us back to Cusco. (Breakfast / Lunch)
(Distance: 7 km / Walking time 3 hrs).
Note: This trek could be modified depending on the situation of the trail, in case It not possible to go to Huanipaca because some landslides we will come back to Cachora.