Begins at: 04.00 am
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Start point: Cusco
Itinerary: Cusco - Cachora - Coca Masana - Playa Rosalina - Choquequirao - Raqaypata - Coca Masana - Cachora - Cusco
Day 01: Cusco - Cachora - Coca Masana - Playa Rosalina
At 4.00 in the morning we will leave hotel to Cachora village. It will take us about 3 hours to get there and we will have breakfast in the village. Then we will load our mules and horses with luggage that will need during the trip and will start climbing the mountain. In approximately 2 hours we will reach Capuliyoc, (2915 meters above sea level), enjoy the magnificent view over to Apurimac Valley and glaciers and peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora.
Then we will descend to Coca Masana (2330 meters above sea level). It is considerably warmer here as compared to the start point of our trip. We will feel and see the difference in temperature, humidity, flora and fauna of this climatic zone.
Soon we will arrive to our overnight stop - Playa Rosalina (1550 meters above sea level) located near Apurimac river. Here we will camp and have our dinner.
Day 02: Playa Rosalina - Choquequirao
This is the physically most difficult part of the route. After early breakfast we will start climbing. In about 5 hours we will stop for lunch and rest on Rakaypata Mountain, which is located near Chunchullumayo River. After lunch we will continue our ascend to Choquequirao for another 2 hours. On the way we will see orchids, wild flowers, parrots and other beauties of this location.
This evening in Choquequirao we will see the "Gates of the Sun" and, if we are lucky, the flight of a condor. We will leave the exploration of archaeological complex and its history for the next day and will rest after hard day of hiking.
We will set our camp in vicinity of Choquequirao ruins.
Day 03: Choquequirao - Raqaypata
Our 3rd day will be dedicated to exploration of the Choquequirao archaeological complex. The guide will tell us the history of this town and its importance for the Incan Empire. After guided tour we will have enough leisure time to wander around Choquequirao by ourselves.
In the afternoon we will descend towards Raqaypata. Here we will camp and stay overnight.
Day 04: Raqaypata - Coca Masana
After breakfast we will continue our descend towards Apurimac River, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we will start our 4-hour climb to Coca Masana. Here we will camp.
Day 05: Coca Masana - Cachora - Cusco
After breakfast and short trip we will reach Apurimac River valley. Here we will take the path leading to Wayna Calli Mountain where we can enjoy the magnificent view over Apurimac River valley.
Then we will return to Cachora Village and take a bust back to Cusco.
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