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  • Located not far from Cuzco, Choquequirao stands as the ideal goal for hikers exploring tourist destinations not yet reached by the masses, as well as a recommended alternative to the crowded “Inca Trail of Machu Picchu”. Breaking out through stunning natural scenery and pristine ecosystems of the Peruvian Andes, you will be surprised discovering the remote Inca sanctuary of Choquequirao.
  • Our program offers the easiest way to visit Choquequirao, in terms of pace and access. Don’t get it wrong though, adventure is GUARANTEED trekking up and down the Apurimac Canyon. It is a 20.6 miles trek in & out the same trail through Huanipaca valley (10.3 miles each way), considered by the experts of demanding-medium/high level, which requires good physical conditions and endurance. The journey has been thought and planned to give the traveler proper acclimatization time before and an adequate rest after exploring the site (both at Villa Los Loros lodge). Two nights at Choquequirao campsite and all the time we need for visiting it. The journey includes a visit to the mysterious Saywite Monolith.

Additional Information

Trek Duration

Five days

Tour Languages

English, Spanish

Trek Difficulty

Strenuous

Company

Villa los Loros

Suitable For

< 18 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds, 60+ year olds, Families

Guiding Method

Guide/Instructor

Destinations

Choquequirao

Villa los Loros

We are a tourist Company who offers high-quality tours to Choquequirao, pioneers to invest locally (2003) in a rural and ecological hotel project - Villa Los Loros lodge (Parrots lodge) - that is both remote traveler’s project and the nearest travel support structure to Choquequirao. The massive presence of lively red and green parrots that brighten our days inspired our name. Our long-standing commitment to the valley of Huanipaca and its people (we’ve been living here for almost fifteen years) gives us unrivalled knowledge of the área: this is why we only offer top-quality expeditions to Choquequirao and beyond. The Choquequirao experience is not for everyone. It was never meant to be visited by the masses; it was built as an isolated settling for the Inca elite. Things have changed today but the essence of Choquequirao remains; only those who crave for the true meaning of exploration shall find unrestrained gratification in this remote location.

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1st day / Cusco – Saywite – Villa Los Loros lodge
Travelers are picked up at their hotel at 7:00 am on a private bus. First stop being Saywite Archaeological Park. After a healthy box-lunch, we continue down the remote Huanipaca Valley; Villa Los Loros lodge awaits at the bottom of the gorge. The rooms ready and after a necessary rest, a short meeting is held to dispel the anxiety a trip like this brings up in every traveler. Dinner and overnight.

2nd day / Villa Los Loros lodge – Playa San Ignacio – Choquequirao
We leave at 5:30 am right after breakfast, walking down a footpath that leads to the Hacienda San Ignacio and then tumbles downhill towards the raging Apurimac River (Playa San Ignacio). Once crossing the hanging bridge is where the serious hiking starts; ascending from water level (4757 feet) to Choquequirao campsite (9415 feet) is nothing less than overwhelming. On the one hand, the beauty of the landscape, rivers, waterfalls, flowers, all is movement… On the other; the wild environment; the steep slope and your heartbeat combine in an intimate connection with the environment. At the campsite and after lunch, a quick visit to the Phaqchayoc Sector (a terraced agricultural system where corn is still grown) and The House of Waterfalls (according to archaeologists, the home of the Inca of Choquequirao.) Back at the campsite, tired and proud, a warm meal is enjoyed before a good night’s sleep. (Bathrooms and cold showers available).

3rd day / Choquequirao full day
Beautiful day. 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’ flight over the deep canyon. Back at the campsite, dinner and overnight. (Bathrooms and cold showers available).

4th day / Choquequirao – Villa Los Loros lodge
We head back to our lodge early after breakfast. The known route makes returning easier. The ever changing landscape is fully appreciated with our now recovered muscles. The voice of the river as background and the imposing Apurimac Canyon seems to swallow the traveler. Finally, Playa San Ignacio. “Black Whip”, “Machuco”, “Cayguash” or some others are waiting for us. Our return on horseback is the perfect chance for a last look at the landscape we are now part of. Riding allows a great way to photograph friends who are traveling with us and the new friends this journey has given us; our fellow horsemen and their way of life will remain deep in the traveler’s heart. Beside the ruined walls of the Hacienda San Ignacio, lunch is served. The final stage takes us riding to Villa Los Loros lodge. Dinner and overnight.

5th day / Villa Los Loros lodge – Cusco
After breakfast we’ll take a ride on the bus back to Cusco, arriving in approximately 5 hours, at around 13,00 p.m.

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What’s Included:

  • Briefing at your Cusco hotel the day before departure;
  • private transport service (Cusco – Villa Los Loros lodge – Cusco);
  • professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish);
  • professional field chef;
  • two nights lodging at Villa Los Loros lodge;
  • two nights camping in Choquequirao;
  • high quality outdoor equipment (including 4 season tent, sleeping bag with personal hygienic sheets, extra comfort mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent, dining tables and chairs, all kitchen and dining utensils, lighting equipment, etc.);
  • radio communication throughout the journey;
  • first aid kit;
  • all meals and beverages at the lodge and during the excursion;
  • horsemen and pack mules for equipment and travellers personal items up to 7 kgs (we will provide you a duffel bag);
  • emergency saddled horse throughout the trek (1 for every 4 or 5 hikers);
  • entrance tickets to Saywite and Choquequirao;
  • personal saddled horse on your way back up from Playa San Ignacio to Villa Los Loros lodge.

What’s Excluded:

  • Alcoholics drinks
  • Tips

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Company Information

We are a tourist Company who offers high-quality tours to Choquequirao, pioneers to invest locally (2003) in a rural and ecological hotel project - Villa Los Loros lodge (Parrots lodge) - that is both remote traveler’s project and the nearest...

Tour Details

  • Availability
    Available Daily
  • Booking Type
    Instant Booking
  • Duration
    5 Days
  • Guiding method
    Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    English, Spanish
  • Meeting/Starts Point
    Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude
    3100 Meters
  • Trek Difficulty
    Strenuous

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