Choquequirao Trek

Overview

This beautifully woven itinerary combines classic destinations while offering the sophisticated traveler the opportunity to experience and authentically engage in a cultured Indigenous point-of-view. Admire archeological sites, breathtaking scenery and delve into the the wealth of authentic Andean culture in a very personal relationship with the land, the people and their customs. Walk on ancient pathways to Choquequirao through pristine nature and explore the mysteries of an Incan site few have encountered.

Savor the ambiance of the Sacred Valley, find yourself surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and begin your exploration of the Inca legacy through their Quechua descendants. Immerse yourself in the spirit of this Inca land. Discover the profoundly elegant simplicity of Andean people and celebrate their customs, cuisine, music and dance. Admire their arts. Delve into their philosophy; understand their history and way of life. Enrich your perspective. Confirm human quintessence.
Recommended for a profound unforgettable vacation that enhances the spirit.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Engage in this rare opportunity for authentic social interaction, personal comfort and cultural participation while visiting rural Peru.
  • Experience the Sacred Valley of the Incas stepping back in time, visiting its finest archeological sites, picturesque villages and colorful markets.
  • Savor exquisite Peruvian cuisine.
  • Stay at charming Pisac Inn, situated on the main plaza of Pisac ~ settle into your room in the quaint little town in the Sacred Valley for the duration of your stay. No packing and unpacking.
  • Absorb small town life in the Sacred Valley.
  • Enjoy daily excursions with in depth, educational explanations.
  • Visit a traditional community and participate in their communal workday ~ a cultural exchange that deepens the appreciation of Quechua history and social life.
  • Marvel at Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders of the world.
  • Explore Cusco, capital of the vast Inca State, navel of the ancestral world.
  • Discover Choquequirao, a remote inca site only accessable by foot, and endure an exurting trek that will envogoate your body and spirit.
  • Join in our commitment in the diffusion, protection and celebration of the endangered Andean traditions and cultural heritage. Traveling with PCJ directly supports this cultural work.
  • Enrich your life. Expand your horizons.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas surrounded by magnificent mountain Apus, extended fields replete with crops and the stunning Wilkamayu river running through this fertile valley’s heart. Where sacred corn grows and iridescent hummingbirds emanate their joy. Pisac offers a pleasant climate and the enchantment of a colorful small town with cobblestone streets and friendly faces. The Andes… snow peaks soaring in the distance over charming communities, Inca sites, and quaint village markets. Delve into this journey full of pre-Columbian reflections. Pristine nature. Blossoming fuchsia and kantu flowers that entice. A profound heritage wrapped in layers of colorfully elegant wisdom and contemporary sophistication. The inspiration of authentic Peruvian hospitality.

Itinerary

Day one

Enjoy a spectacular flight over the Andes and upon arrival be welcomed to Cusco “navel of the world” by your personal native guide from Peru Cultural Journeys to begin an exclusive journey. Descend to the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas to lower altitude and Andean small town charm. Revel in the striking beauty of the snow topped peaks, mountainsides delineated by Inca terraces and fields that cover the valley floor. Settle into your lovely room at Pisac Inn and enjoy a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate. After your first in a series of delicious meals specially spun in a set menu to explore Peruvian Cuisine, take the afternoon to rest, acclimate and explore the cobblestone streets of Pisac on your own. Gather for an early evening orientation with a welcoming Pisco Sour followed by a fireside dinner and festive traditional music and dance in the courtyard with Wiñay Taki Ayllu, a local group of musicians, artists and visionaries who have dedicated their lives to preserving their Andean culture.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: L, D

Day two

Visit Kusi Kawsay School, an exceptional educational social project. After learning about the unique vision of Kusi Kawsay that combines Waldorf Pedagogy with Andean tradition, delight in the beautiful school grounds, dedicated teachers and happy children. Enjoy a leisurely 30-minute scenic drive to explore pre-Columbian sites outside of Cusco including the sacred spring of Tambomachay, the lunar and solar observatories of Kenko, and megalithic Sacsayhuaman. You will be captivated by the introduction to Andean astronomy and sacred geometry, the foundation of Andean culture that will be expanded on each day of your journey. Enjoy lunch at one of Cusco’s finest restaurants recommended by your guide. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour through Cusco with a visit to the Plaza de Armas and the main pre-Colombian Inca Temple, Coricancha.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, D

Day three

Delight in a 45-minute drive into the majestic high Andes and walk through the patchwork fields replete with potatoes, fava beans and corn to the traditional highland community of Amaru, where a genuinely authentic way of life is still practiced to this day. You will be welcomed with an endearing sweetness rarely felt in this day and age by this community that is consciously preserving and practicing their ancestral heritage. Through participation in a communal workday a beautiful cultural exchange unravels as you experience this incredible opportunity to step back in time and appreciate a quality of life with an admirable simplicity that is strikingly moving and profound. Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared with their prized agrarian products as the women begin to spin their naturally dyed wool. Others meditatively set up their back strap looms to share their ancestral weaving skills with us. This wonderful opportunity to purchase textiles directly from the weavers is not to be missed. Return to Pisac for some down time before dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Day four

Get prepared for your big trek with a beautiful hike up to the Pisac archeological site where the staggering agricultural terrace work is among the most extensive in the area. It follows the shape of the mountainsides in entrancing concave and convex forms. The central astronomic and ceremonial area is widely acclaimed as some of the finest stonework, comparable to that of Machu Picchu. This expansive site provides an ideal setting for a pic nic lunch with magnificent vistas up and down the valley. Embark upon a breathtaking walk down to Pisac and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at Pisac’s colorful Traditional Indian Market. Explore the traditional food section where locals buy and trade their produce and admire the beautiful faces and calm excitement that transforms Pisac. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy woven goods, sweaters and jewelry. Evening briefing in preparation for your big trek the following morning.
Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Day five

PISAC– CACHORA – ROSALINA

Your Choquequirao guide picks you up for an early start. Drive towards Cachora via Abancay, passing through Izcuchaca, Limatambo and Curawasi. Upon arrival at Cachora you begin walking at around 9 am heading towards Wanka Qalli Grande. From here you can see the mountain where Choquequirao is located, as well as spectacular views of the Vilcabamba and Salcantay Chico snow peaks, among others from the sector of Capuliyuq. You then descend towards Cuca Masana, where the fauna and flora begins to change, to Playa Rosalina where you camp for the night.

Day six

ROSALINA – SANTA ROSA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

After breakfast head towards Santa Rosa. This is considered the most difficult ascent of the trek. Continue towards Marampata where you will and see beautiful orchids and violets. If you are lucky you may see deer, anteaters, and a great diversity of birds and insects. After lunch and a rest in Marampata continue towards the Inka Citadel of Choquequirao. After an hour and a half of walking, arrive to Choquequirao and visit the sectors known as Phaqchayuq and Pariaq Qaqa. Ascend to the campsite.

Day seven

CHOQUEQUIRAO- SANTA ROSA – CHIQUISCA
After an early breakfast ascend one of the most important parts of Choquequirao considered as the main sectors known as Hanan, Urin and the Ushunu and the Llama sectors. Then return to the campsite for lunch and rest before descending the same path towards Ch’iquisca, our last campsite.

Day eight

CH’IQUISCA – CAPULIYUC – CACHORA – CUSCO
After breakfast in Ch’iquisca, we begin the ascent towards the lookout of Wayna Qalli. From this outlook we can view the canyon formed by the river Apurimac, considered the most spectacular of South America. Arriving at Cachora a typical lunch awaits and you begin your return drive to Pisac. After such an expedition, returning to Pisac Inn feels like coming home. Wander through Pisac as the daily market is broken down for some last minute gifts, enjoy a sunset stroll along the corn fields or simply relax with a Pisco Sour as you people watch either at the sidewalk café or on the balcony before your farewell dinner and celebration.

Day nine

Transfer to airport