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Mural decoration at Tarawasi

Mural decoration at Tarawasi

Summary of the program

Day 1: Cuzco - Chikiska

Day 2: Chikisca - Choqekiraw

Day 3: Choquekiraw

Day 4: Choqekiraw - Pinchaunuyoq

Day 5: Pinchaunuyoq - Rio Blanco - Maizal

Day 6: Maizal – Highpass Mina Victoria – Yanama

Day 7: Yanama – Yuthupata

Day 8: Yuthupata – Qelqamachay

Day 9: Qelqamachay – Huancacalle

Day 10: Huancacalle – Rosaspata – Vitcos – Ñusta Hispana – Huancacalle - Cuzco

Stone of Saywite

Stone of Saywite

Detail in the stone of Saywite

Detail in the stone of Saywite

Difficulty

It is important to remember that this trek is classified as challenging, and so it is necessary to be in good physical condition, as well as having two days to acclimatise in the city of Cuzco.

Mist over Choqekiraw

Mist over Choqekiraw

View from Choqekiraw

View from Choqekiraw

Water channel

Water channel

Urin Sector

Urin Sector

Padreyoq snow-capped peak

Padreyoq snow-capped peak

Flowering Chachacomo

Flowering Chachacomo

Yanama River

Yanama River

Pinchiunuyoq

Pinchiunuyoq

Agricultural terraces at Pinchiunuyoq

Agricultural terraces at Pinchiunuyoq

Blanco River

Blanco River

Vilcabamba mountain range

Vilcabamba mountain range

Choquetacarpo snow-capped peak

Choquetacarpo snow-capped peak

Choqekiraw - Huancacalle 10d/9n

The Inka trail used by Manco Inka II and his rebel army, in their escape from the Spanish, passes by these two magnificent archaeological sites located in the Vilcabamba mountain range. This trek covers ancient pathways through spectacular scenery. Ecological levels such as quechua, puna, and high jungle will make us enjoy our adventure, among beautiful scenery and little known history.

The climate in this area varies from cold to warm nights, and hot days. Part of the trip is through the jungle, and so we must be prepared for rain, as it can start without warning. The altitude also varies, with our highest point being approximately 4600 masl / 15091 ft. and our lowest point at approximately 1500 masl / 4921 ft.

For this alternative Inka trail it is necessary to be in good shape, as the walk is classified as CHALLENGING, including steep climbs, long descents and high mountain passes.

The best time of year to visit this area is between the months of March and November; is it mainly dry, nights are cold (0ºC / 32ºF), and solar radiation is strong during the day (25ºC / 77ºF). We also operate during the rainy season as we have the equipment to face an adverse climate.

Program itinerary

Day 1: Cuzco - Chikiska

We leave the city of Cuzco early, driving along the road which goes north-west across the famous Pampas de Anta or Yawar Pampa (Blood Pampa, because of the ferocious battle between the Inkas and the Chankas over possession of Cuzco city). We cross the mountains and descend to the warm town of Limatambo (2600m / 8530ft), where the archaeological site of Tarawasi is found.

We continue in the direction of the Cunyac Bridge over the Apurimac River, the natural border between the Cuzco and Apurimac regions. We follow the road to the settlement of Curahuasi, famous for its aromatic liquor: Macerado de Anis. Our next stop is the enigmatic and famous Stone of Saywite. All these places can be visited on our last day, on our way back to the city of Cuzco.

Our final stop is the town of San Pedro de Cachora (2909m / 9543ft), in the Apurimac region. We leave our motorized transport for the next 4 days. We have lunch. Here in Cachora, as it is usually called, we can buy any last things we want to take.
We begin our walk, leaving the town to the north, with a spectacular view of the Nevado Padreyoq. We cross the Cachora creek and climb through a refreshing forest of eucalyptus and native vegetation to the dirt track which is passable by cars; from where the path is flat until the lookout at Capuliyoq (2941m / 9648ft). Estimated time to reach this point is approximately 3 hours. From the lookout, we have a spectacular view of the Apurimac River and Choquekirau.

We begin our descent on a zigzagging footpath, crossing scrub and later a forest of native trees called Phaty, in around 3 hours. Our campsite awaits us at Chikisca (1836m / 6023ft). We can expect a warm night in the valley, at our friend Uriel’s campsite.
Estimated total time is 6 hours, and a distance of 19km / 12miles.

Meal: lunch and dinner

2900 masl / 9514 ft

1860 masl / 6102 ft

19 km / 11.80 ml

6 hrs

Day 2: Chikisca - Choqekiraw

We leave very early in the morning to avoid the blazing midday sun. We descend to the Apurimac River to cross over the Playa Rosalinda brigde. Here our climb to Choqekiraw begins. We pass by Santa Rosa, where we will meet our good friend Julian who owns agricultural land and a small shop where we can buy anything from water to rehydrating drinks.
We continue uphill until we reach Marampata; now we are getting close to Choqekiraw. We will have lunch here and rest, enjoying the wonderful view of the Apurimac River and Choqekiraw, to then continue on a path of short uphill and downhill sections until we arrive at the INC campsite. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

3061 masl / 10043 ft

1836 masl / 6024 ft

14 km / 8.69 ml

8 hrs

Day 3: Choquekiraw

After a good rest and a delicious breakfast, we will have the whole day to explore the ruins of Choqekiraw, visiting the principal complex for around 6 hours. We will then return to the campsite to have lunch, and in the afternoon we will visit the lower part of the complex. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Choqekiraw - Pinchaunuyoq

We will have a short extra visit to the principal complex, and then continue our walk towards Pinchiunuyoq. After an uphill stretch climbing through a wood of native trees, we arrive at a pampa before the descent to Pinchiunuyoq, where we will have lunch and in the afternoon we will visit this archaeological site. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

3300 masl / 10826 ft

2500 masl / 8202 ft

4.50 km / 2.97 ml

6 hrs

Day 5: Pinchaunuyoq - Rio Blanco - Maizal

We leave very early in the morning, and descend to the Rio Blanco. We cross the river and climb up to the small village of Maizal, through a wood of native trees, where we have the chance to observe various species of birds.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

3012 masl / 9881 ft

1500 masl / 4921 ft

5.20 km / 3.23 ml

6 hrs

Day 6: Maizal – Highpass Mina Victoria – Yanama

We leave our campsite and continue uphill, crossing a beautiful forest of native trees on a stone path before arriving at the high-pass Mina Victoria, where we will have a spectacular view of the cordillera of the snow-capped peaks of Choqetacarpo and Pumasillo. We descend to our lunch spot and after a brief rest, we continue on to the community of Yanama, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

4200 masl / 13779 ft

3800 masl / 12467 ft

8 km / 4.97 ml

7 hrs

Day 7: Yanama – Yuthupata

We leave the community of Yanama, following the river of the same name downstream. We enjoy our trek through an environment of dense vegetation where beautiful orchids stand out among local flora. We will take a rest close to the river, and then trek up to our campsite at Llutupata, which has a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains, including a view of the back of the Choqekiraw hill. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

3140 masl / 10299 ft

2500 masl / 8202 ft

10 km / 6.21 ml

6 hr

Day 8: Yuthupata – Qelqamachay

We continue our uphill climb crossing a small canyon with steep sides, part of the Pumasillo mountain range. We continue on to a small valley to reach our campsite at Qelqamachay. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

3852 masl / 12635 ft

3140 masl / 10299 ft

5 km / 3.10 ml

5 hr

Day 9: Qelqamachay – Huancacalle

We begin our ascent to reach the Choqetacarpo pass with a spectacular view of the Pumasillo mountain range. From here our trek will be all downhill, crossing ecological levels which impress us with their beauty. Arriving at the town of Huancacalle we will take a well deserved rest. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

4643 masl / 15230 ft

3010 masl / 9870 ft

15 km / 9.32 ml

8 hr

Day 10: Huancacalle – Rosaspata – Vitcos – Ñusta Hispana – Huancacalle - Cuzco

We will spend today visiting the important archaeological sites where the last days of Inka resistance against the Spanish invasion were played out.
At this site the White Rock or Yuraq Rumi stands out; a carved rock used for ceremonies. We cross stone paths made by the Incas which demonstrate the importance of this place. Upon our return to Huancacalle, we have lunch and begin our journey back to the city of Cusco.

Meals: breakfast and lunch

3200 masl / 10498 ft

3010 masl / 9870 ft

6.5 km / 4.03 ml

5 hr

2017 - 2018 Prices - In American Dollars

Private Service - Price per Person

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Services included

  • Private tourist transportation Cuzco – Cachora
  • Guide service in Spanish/ English
  • Sleeping bag per person (-10 ºC - Eureka - Cimarron - mummy form, our sleeping bags are cleaned after every use)
  • Sleeping liner
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable sleeping pad (Therm A Rest)
  • Cook and assistant
  • Cooking equipment
  • Snacks
  • Daily tea service
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables (Travel Chair)
  • Cooking, eating and bathroom (The Pett) tents
  • Portable enviromental toilet (The Pett)
  • Food (9 breakfast, 10 lunch, 9 dinner) - nutritionally balanced menu
  • Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles - Eureka - K2 XT - 4 seasons)
  • Single tents available for extra cost - USD$ 15.00 per night
  • Mule-handlers
  • Mules
  • Saddled horse (for every 6 passengers there is one saddled horse)
  • One Pachatusantrek kit of 100% biodegradable products (toiletries)
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • Pachatusantrek water resistant duffel bag for carrying personal stuff (on loan)
  • Pre departure briefing
  • Private tourist transportation Huancacalle – Cuzco

Services not included

  • Extra food
  • Optional tip for field staff
  • Extra costs
  • Evacuation costs

We recommend that you bring

  • Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts)
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene
  • Basic medications
  • Walking sticks
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Personal items
  • Personal snacks
  • Previous acclimatization in Cuzco city, for at least 2 days and general good health. Pachatusantrek offers easy one day and half day routes which can be completed before the main trek
  • DNI / Original Passport

Please note

  • The distances, times and campsites are for reference, they may be modified by our field staff, depending on the group
  • Available from April to September

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Important Environmental Note

Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste. We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.

“With the protection of mother earth and the permission of the apus …”

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