Because of its remote location, Choquequirao ("Golden Cradle" in Quechua, language of the Incas) is relatively new trekking circuit. Only since 1992, it has been restored by the people who work in cleaning the area. There are few visitors because of its remoteness and its difficult hike. Situated on a ridge overlooking the chasm created by the Apurimac River, this mythical city has a rivalry with Machu Picchu in terms of beauty. Little is known about this site that is visited infrequently.
We will pick you up very early from the hotel to take the bus till Cachora, our trek starts in Cachora, with great views of Salkantay and Vilca Bamba and Apurimac Canyon. We'll descend crossing the Apurimac River and then ascending to Santa Rosa.
Today, our goal is the spectacular archaeological group of Choquequirao, after passing through waterfalls, finally we'll reach the place where there are huge terraces that mark the entrance to Choquequirao which is located. We settled our camp to rest. We'll spend two nights and so have enough time to explore Choquequirao.
This marvel was never known by the Spaniards, was probably one of the real state of the Incas and as input to the jungle region of Vilca Bamba, almost as big as Machu Picchu and possibly in a more spectacular location. We'll see many of the delicate, beautiful aspects of Inca architecture and discover many buildings are still buried by vegetation. After exploring Choquequirao, we can expect to see the condors who frequent the site.
After breakfast, we'll cross the mountain on which there is Choquequirao, and then begin to descend to the next valley and again climb to our campsite. Near the newly discovered archaeological site Corihuayrachina, passing by clicking Unuyoq terraces still largely covered by thick Andean forest. Click Unuyoq served as a center of agricultural aid to Choquequirao.
We'll get up early to visit Corihuayrachina which was discovered by an expedition in 1999. We'll continue our ascent through the foliage until the first step. Near the pass, we'll see the ancient Inca trails and one of the silver mines of the Inca. After lunch near the summit (at approximately 4,000 masl / 14,500 ft.), we'll descend to the "Garden" where we might see countless flowers beneath the cliffs and outstanding, this is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. The hotel will pick you up very early to take the bus to Cachora. Our walk starts in Cachora, with great views of Salkantay and Vilca Bamba and Apurimac canyon. We descend crossing the Apurimac River and then ascent to Santa Rosa.
After breakfast, we'll prepare to descend to the second step, the peaceful and relaxed way, with beautiful view waterfalls, glaciers, up to the pass where we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We'll get to the door, also known as step (4,400 masl), it feels like we're on top of the world. After crossing the pass, we're going to descend to a large meadow next to a stream coursing rapidly, eventually we'll continue the hike to get to the campsite, a small village of "La Playa/The Beach".
This day, we'll continue to climb, to where our eyes can glimpse Machu Picchu. We'll descend into the valley where we're gonna take the train to take us to the village of "Aguas Calientes" where we'll spend the night in a comfortable hotel.
This day, we will wake up very early and after breakfast, we're gonna board the first bus at 05:30 a.m, we will travel 30 minutes getting to the citadel of Machu Picchu at 06:00 a.m and appreciate the majestic sunrise. We will have a guided tour of 2 hours and 30 minutes to know the most important places of Machu Picchu tour, you can visit the most amazing places as the Royal Mausoleum, the Temple of the 3 windows, the Main Temple, the Sacred Square, the famous Intihuatana where wise Incas tied the sun on the winter solstice in June, steps, squares, fountains, etc. After the tour, you have some free time over 04 hours to visit Machu Picchu on its own.
At the appropriate time, we'll descend to the village of Machu Picchu for "Aguas Calientes" to board the train back to Cusco, next arrival time to Cusco 08:00 p.m.
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