AUSANGATE 7 LAKES 1 DAY HIKE
Choquequirao Peru 4 day trek
The Choquequirao Peru 4 day trek is an amazing and strenuous trek that will take you to one of the last refuges of the Incas civilization. Choquequirao (3.303m/10,168ft) is a big archaeological site still under bushes and restoration process, situated in the surroundings of the (APU) Salkantay sacred mountain (6.272m/20679ft) and the Apurimac River. You will observe wonderful mountain scenery as well as much Andean flora and fauna.
CHOQUEQUIRAO PERU 4 DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Cachora – Coca masana – Playa Rosalina
We will pick you up at your hotel around 05:00 am. We proceed to drive nearly 4 hours to cachora. During the bus ride, you can observe the white snowcapped mountains of Salkantay and Veronica: the Holy Gods of the Incas. We get capulliyuc after 4 hours and a half where we meet our horsemen and our cook prepares delicious food to start a two-hour trek to Chikiska. Afterward we descend through the eastern slopes of the Andes to get Coca Masana (2,330m). The temperature gets higher and the flora and fauna begin to change. we get Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) finally we hike up to Santa Rosa where our team will set up our tent to spend the night there.
Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao
Today is probably the hardest day of the trek. After enjoying breakfast, we pack up our belonging and begin hiking up to reach Maranpata we will walk for about 2 hours more to get Choquequirao, Where our cook wait for us with delicious lunch. After eating our meal we go to explore the archeological site of Choquequirao Peru which makes us seeing again the glorious time of Inca civilization. Later we come back to Raqaypata where we have our dinner and go to sleep.
Day 3: Choquequirao -Santa Rosa – Chiquiska
Waking up in the middle of the Andes is one of the delights of spending these days as a trekker! It is an amazing experience! Breakfast will be ready early, around 6:00 AM. After, we pack up our belonging, enjoy breakfast and immediately begin trekking towards marampata town, where the vegetation will become abundant and the weather hotter so then we keep walking until to reach playa Rosalina, where we will have our lunch then we have to keep hiking to Chiquisca where we will have our campsite.
Day 4: Chiquiska – Cachora – Cusco
Early wakeup call at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Subsequently, we pack up, eat our breakfast, and start hiking up to the highest point of the Choquequirao trail around climbing 4 hours more approximately until Mirador Capuliyoq where we have our last supper with all the AB Expeditions family. then we take our private transport will wait for us to take us back to Cusco arriving to cusco by 5:00 or 6:00 pm.
- English speaking guide, plus an assistant guide for big groups.
- Professional cook and an assistant cook for a big group and horseman for the mules and horses.
- Mules which carry group gear and large duffels provided by the company, for personal belongings.
- All food on the trek, which incorporates traditional Peruvian cuisine as well as modern fusion cuisine and specific dietary needs.
- Boiled water and snacks.
- Large Dining tent, table, stools, all cutlery, and kitchen tent.
- Tents to overnight, and Thermarest. Two-person tents are provided for a single person and three-person tents for double people to provide plenty of space for personal gear.
- Additional horses for riding can be provided for an additional cost.
- First aid kit, including oxygen.
- A pre-trek briefing.
- Entrance fee to Choquequirao.
- The first breakfast and last dinner on the 5th day.
- Personal trekking gear including, backpacks, trekking poles, sleeping bags. However they may be rented from the company.
- Gratuity for guides, cooks, and horseman.
- Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be rented according to the needs of the individual and group.
WHAT TO BRING FOR AUSANGATE 7 LAKES
- Original Passport and Original Green ISIC international student cards if you are students.
- Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals.
- Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks).
- Waterproof clothing (poncho).
- Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts).
- Sunhat and sunglasses.
- Sun cream and insect repellent.
- Water bottles such as Nalgene.
- Basic medications.
- Walking sticks.
- Swimsuit and towel.
- Personal items.
- Personal snacks.
Sandflies, and mosquitoes are relentless. Less so at the Choquequirao campsite but wear a ton of repellent.
It is obvious that at altitude you should lather up in sunblock or protect yourself by some other means. There is very little shade going down into the Apurimac Canyon and going up.
Bring your boots into your tent. At the bottom of the canyon (Playa Campsite) there may be scorpions. At upper altitudes you can find Tarantulas.
GOOD TIME TO VISIT CHOQUEQUIRAO
The trek is best done in the dry season, which is May to October when the weather is clearest. Though this is the peak season, the trail is quiet and uncrowded throughout the year – unlike bustling Machu Picchu.
In the rainy season, there are landslides and the steep descents can be quite treacherous because of a lack of solid footing.