¡Come with us... Discover a territory of immense canyons and imposing snow-capped peaks, in the foothills of Mount Salkantay, along with Machu Picchu the spectacular Inca ruins of Choquequirao!
Built in a territory of immense canyons and imposing snow-capped peaks, in the foothills of Mount Salkantay, along with Machu Picchu the spectacular Inca ruins of Choquequirao are one of the Andean world’s great attractions. This is a remarkable archaeological complex, where the architectural skills of the Incas can be fully appreciated. Located on the edge of an enormous precipice, the site offers visitors spectacular views. Choquequirao composed of an extensive complex of palaces, ceremonial plazas, agricultural terraces and residential buildings. The ruins occupy an esplanade situated 1605 meters (5264 feet) above the Apurímac River, and the vertical drop from the site measures a breathtaking 1315 meters (4314 feet).
The exploration and excavation projects being carried out in the forests around the ruins are revealing many more structures, and with each passing year new information is adding to the picture we have of the Inca city’s scale and importance. Explorers in the 19th century, conscious of the significance of the site, visited the Inca city, crossing the Apurímac River with the help of an “oroya” (a basket attached to a rope bridge, in which passengers and goods are hauled across). Today, the Apurímac River can be crossed via a modern footbridge, built in 1992.
The start of the trek is located in Capuliyoq, 178 kilometers / 111miles from Cusco, a location that offers spectacular views north towards the rugged glacial peaks of the Vilcabamba range. From this point we will descend 1420 meters (5000 feet) as far as the banks of the Apurímac River, where enormous granite blocks have been worn into smooth forms by the endless action of the fast flowing waters, the roar of which will accompany us at our campsite. After spending the night near the river, the next morning we will hike upwards for approximately six hours, ascending some 1500 meters (4921 feet) and covering a distance of 9.7 kilometers as far as our next campsite, located below the ruins at an altitude of 3033 meters (9950 feet).
The trail is well-maintained and the degree of difficulty of the ascent is moderate. This is a physically demanding route, but the rewards are considerable for those who make the trip to Choquequirao. During the afternoon of the second day we will have spectacular views of the archaeological complex and the surrounding landscape. We will spend a whole day exploring the ruins.
During the morning of the final day, we will descend along a newly built trail as far as the San Ignacio Bridge, where we will cross the Apurímac River and enter the final stretch of our hike, in the Tambobamba valley. After a six hour walk, we will reach the spot where our vehicle will be waiting to take us to our accommodation nearby, where we will spend our last night. On the fifth day of our trip, during the return journey to Cusco, we will visit the Saywite Stone.
The support group for the trek is composed of wranglers, cooks, assistant guides and the group leader. Using horses, the wranglers will transport the heavy equipment to each campsite, and the cooks will be responsible for preparing all meals during the entire trip. All the members of the support team are specialists, tasked with ensuring that your experience with us will be an enjoyable and unforgettable adventure.
We provide high quality tents for you to spend the nights in, along with sleeping bags and all the details required to ensure that you will pass peaceful and restful nights during the entire trip, so that you will be in good condition each day to continue with the trek.
We are one of the most experienced and reliable travel companies operating in Peru, and we work to ensure that you are provided with the very best service at all times.
Important: Participants should be fully accustomed to the altitude before beginning the trek.