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Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N

  • 8 Days 7 Nights
  • Max People : 22
  • Min Age : 12+

This natural paradise, in 1977, was officially recognized and designated by the UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve because it contains the best existing example of biodiversity in a protected area of Rainforest, as well as endemic areas of Cloudforest.Although the majority of forests in the world have been altered by humans, fortunately, Manu has remained intact and untouched by civilization, giving us the opportunity to observe a variety of animals in their natural habitats, including: Giant River Otters (Ptenorura brasiliensis), Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger), the majestic Jaguar (Panthera onca), the strange Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the Tapir (Tapirus terrestris), the Ocelot (Felis pardalis), 13 species of primates, and an estimated one thousand species of birds including seven Macaws (Ara spp). Manu also contains 10% of the world´s vascular plant species, including several species of figs and palms, as well as countless species of medicinal plants that scientists are currently listed.

The Manu National Park may be the most biological diverse and protected park on the planet. Do not miss this opportunity, visit and enjoy virgin habitats in the Mountains, Cloudforests, and Lowland Tropical Rainforests.

Price Includes

  • Transfers In/out
  • Naturalist guide in English and Spanish
  • Transportation Cusco/Atalaya/Cusco by private bus
  • Transportation Cusco/Atalaya/Cusco by private bus
  • Excursions mentioned in the programme
  • Overnights in our jungle Lodges
  • Water at any time and warm drinks or lemonades with meals
  • Guide book for rainforest of Manu - Talking About Manu
  • Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for group of 10 people
  • Food 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Afternoon Snacks and 7 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Vegetarian food Option
  • Oxygen bottle, First aid kit
  • Entrance tickets for the reserve
  • Transportation by boat
  • Adventure activities

Price Excludes

  • Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to guide and support staff, city services.
  • First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.
  • Last lunch at the end of the tour on 4th Day.
  • Single Tent supplement: US$ 20
  • Sleeping bag (optional): US$ 20
We recommend to take:
  • Trekking day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal clothing is also recommended,especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block cream
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles we can hire these to you.

Day 1Cusco - Cachora Town - Santa Rosa Campsite

We leave Cusco at 05:00am in the morning traveling to the small village of Cachora. On the way we will have an opportunity to visit Saywite is a limestone outcrop about four meters in diameter on which the Incas carved a model of their empire, Tawantinsuyo. The stone, upon which images of the flora, fauna, topography and customs of the empire, then we will arrive after four hours to Cachora town we will be met by our mules and horse man then we begin our first day’s hike, we will head along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, with the river almost 2000 meters below us. About half-way through the day we will begin our winding descent to the river. As we descend the heat becomes intense, and we will arrive hot and tired at the bridge which crosses the river where we will be able to bathe to refresh ourselves camp in Santa Rosa.

(L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

Day 2Santa Rosa – Choquequirao Inca city

This is an amazing day we will make the steep in ascent up to the ruins of Choquequirao. The path will lead us through dense cloud forest for about two hours, when we will finally get our first view of the citadel on a spur ahead of us. Another two hours walk, with Choquequirao now almost constantly in sight, leads us to our destination, exploring the ruins and, hopefully, see some condors. These Andean birds with a wingspan of up to three meters, tend to rise up from the floor of the canyon on the afternoon thermals, providing visitors on the central plaza of Choquequirao with a magnificent show. That night, after an unforgettable sunset and a good meal, we will camp close to the ruins.

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

Day 3Choquequirao - Playa Rosalina campsite

After exploring the entire archeological complex of Choquequirao and studying all the sectors in detail we head of towards to Playa Rosalina descending back along the same path to Santa Rosa. We continue our gradual descent from 3033 meters close to Apurimac River at 1550m today’s hike ends at Playa Rosalina where we will spend the night.

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

Day 4Playa Rosalina - Cachora - Cusco

An early start today will help us to avoid the worst of the heat in the canyon and guarantee us some magnificent views of the Apurimac and the surrounding peaks. On our journey we reach the lookout at Capuliyoc one final time where we say goodbye to the fabulous views of the Choquequirao ruins. We will also see the majestic snow-covered peak of Padreyoc overlooking the Apurimac Canyon while surrounded by the flora & fauna, then climb to our final destination of San Pedro de Cachora to return to Cusco by bus.

(B) = breakfast.

More Information

Note: Horses will carry the heavy gear; you will hike carrying only your personal pack, sleeping bag and pad.

If you are considering bringing special photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don’t want to carry anything, please request an additional horse and horse man (US$ 100) to carry your personal belongings, this way you will freely enjoy the hike. (This is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10000 feet). Cooks handle all the kitchen chores.

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