October 12, 2015
LOST CITIES OF THE INCAS
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Choquequirao & Huanipaca
4 days & 3 nights
Price per Person $ 735
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Altitude: 1500 – 3030 meters / 4921 – 9941 feet
High season: Whole year
4 days – 3 nights
Level of difficulty: Middle
This region has a lot of microclimates, a landscape with snow-covered peaks of above 6000m (19685f), and passing by plateaus of the high Andes to arrive in never-ending cloudy forests. The region was dominated by Manco Inca after the occidental invasion, including several nuclei, places with sacred constructions, builded in honor of Manco Inca, Sayre Tupac Titu Cusi Yupanqui y Tupac Amaru I. They decided to create a Neo Imperial state, with the purpose of preserving all knowledge in religión, astronomy, customs and own traditions of the old Inca society.
1st Day Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisqa (3350/10991 – 2850/9350 – 1930/6332 meters/feet)
We will leave early in the morning heading northwest of Cusco (3350m / 10991f) in the direction of Cachora (2850m / 9350f). Cachora is surrounded by mountains, one of them the snow-covered Padrayoc (5571m / 18228f). On this place we will meet with the carriers and the mules who will be carrying all the camping equipment during the expedition. The beginning of the walk will have some ecological differences and we will pass the mystic Padrayoc going through the pass of Capuliyoc (2800m / 9186f). From Capuliyoc we will have a spectacular view on the canyon of the Apurímac and a part of the archeological complex of Choquequirao, and we will have a short rest there and be able to observe the way we came which looks like a stream on the edge of the mountain up to our camping place called Chiquisqa (1930m / 6332f).
Hiking time: 7 hours in a warm climate.
2nd Day Chiquisqa – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – (1930/6332 1550/5085 – 2850/9350 – 3033/9951 meters/feet)
After having enjoyed our breakfast, we will descend for about one hour to La Playa Rosalina (1550m / 5085f). From here we will go up in the canyon, in a warm climate, to the town of Marampata (2850m / 9350f), from where we will have a beautiful view on the archeological complex of Choquequirao. The sunset in Choquequirao is mysterious together with a real Andean symbol ´the Condor´, which will descend from the highest mountains of Vilcabamba all the way down to the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m / 9951f), where our campsite will be.
Hiking time: 7 hours in both cold and warm climates.
3rd Day Choquequirao – San Ignacio – Carmen (3033/9951 – 1500/4921 – 2000/6562 meters/feet)
We will see the sunrise over Choquequirao, accompanied by a professional guide who will tell about history and the recently found excavations. At the moment Choquequirao holds many ancestral secrets, because now only 30% of the ruin is restored. It is a very important project that between now and 10 years it will show ´the Gold cradle´ before the eyes of the world and we will get a lot of knowledge about the specific function of Choquequirao, which is now a big mystery. After this visit we will leave to go down route pretty different from the ones walked before. Going through this new pass we will have some impressive views, for instance at the canyon of Apurimac, in its´ greater length, and a lot of flora and fauna. We will go through a height difference of 1500 meters (4921f) between Choquequirao and Playa San Ignacio. And we will ascent to our camping place at a paradisiacal place known as Carmen Huerto (2000m / 6562f)
Hiking time: 5 hours
Climate: reasonable climate with mosquitoes.
4th Day Carmen – Hacienda Tambo bamba – Huanipaca (1900/6234 – 2500/8202 3150/10335 meters/feet)
The Carmen Orchard, which is next to the Tambo bamba property, was ruled by landowners in the years of the colonization. They were very rich in cultivating their agricultural products, cattle ranches etc. Tambobamba (2500m / 8202f) at the moment offers much natural wealth if different areas, from agriculture and cattle ranching, hereby preserving the tradition and knowledge of our Andean ancestors. On the route we will be visiting communities like Pacobamba and Huanipaca (3150m / 10335f). From Huañipaca we will have the most impressive view of the glacier chain ´Sacsarayoc´, located in the region of Vilcabamba ´The last shelter of the Incas´. The next thing will be the transport back to the city of Cusco.
Hiking time: 5 hours
Climate: moderate warm
On the way back to Cusco, we will stop in Cconoc to enjoy the thermal natural waters, having time for healing and relaxing.
What one needs to bring:
Backpack, sleeping bag, clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket, sweater, trekking shoes and trousers, polo’s/ t-shirts, rain poncho, hat, sun block cream, insect repellent and disinfecting alcohol and gel, bottle of water and sterilizing tablet, camera (wrapped in plastic bag), flash light and batteries, some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, original passport, ´ISIC´-student card and extra money in soles.
Transport from the hotel to Cachora
High quality camping equipment.
Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / Option vegetarian).
Professional guide (English or Spanish)
Cook and cooking equipment
Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal equipment (8 kilos maximum)
Emergency horse (for minimum of 2 persons in the group)
Entrance to the archeological complex of Choquequirao.
Transport back from Huanipaca to Cusco
First-aid kit, oxygen bottle and safety rope
Breakfast on the first day
Sleeping bag (If you don’t have this, we can offer it)
Note: Any increase on the part of the governmental authorities, or by the entrance of the archeological complex of Choquequirao, we are committed to send a document to the client with the reasons for this.
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