Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Coca Masana - Playa
We leave Cusco at 6:00 am in the morning for the 4 hour drive to Cachora in our private Peru Adventure People transportation . On the way we will make a stop to enjoy our breakfast admiring the wonderfull and amazing Limatambo Canyon , on right top the great Apu –Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, then we will continue to the little village of Cachora ,after meeting our expedition portarage support know as arrieros we arrange our equipment on mules / horses we will be ready to start a soft hike through this unknow mystery and very rich historically territory . It is a 3 hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. We then descend toward Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change, essential to bring a high deet mosquito repellent . Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550m beside the raging " The Speaker God " Apurimac River , famous for Class 5 Raftig rapids, where we will set up camp and spend the night. Your guide will introduce you in this amazing Inca land . Walking poles or wood stick are very recommended.
Walking time: 8 hours
Walking distance: 15
Day 2: Playa Rosalinda - Choquequirao
This is considered the hardest of the 5 days trek, but views around this place is really fantastic which is the combination of high cloud forest and Ceja de selva region of Cusco, After an early breakfast to climb a steep trail. It is a 5 hour hike to Raqaypata beside the Chunchullumayo River where we will have a late lunch and a much deserved rest. Along we way we will observe many orchids and wild flowers as well as many birds. From Raqaypata to Choquequirao (3035m) is a 2 hour hike. We will arrive at the archaeological site in time to enjoy the sunset and maybe the opportunity to see a Condor flying nearby. Our campsite will be just outside the ruins.
Walking time: 9 hours
Walking distance: 16 km
Day 3: Choquequirao - Raqaypata
Today is dedicated to exploring this incredible sacred town of Choquequirao peacefull and special site , Retreat of the Novility and Priests and high class Incas taken from the Holly Cusco , to be near the nature and divinities as mountains and offer rituals . Here you will see more elaborated buildings and integrity of the inca architecture, strong platforms called as andenes , for planting or adorning with exotic plants and wild bromelias and orchids , same as a top located guard-houses to protect the area, with a surprising water-chanel acuadect system. Our guide will explain the history and importance of the site. After you will have free time to visit the many sectors of the complex and take nice post-cards pictures . Late in the afternoon we will start the return trek and camp the night at Raqaypata , with a lot of luck we can observe the really impressive Fligh of Condors around this valley.
Walking time: 3 or 4 hours exploring
Walking distance: so close to Choquequirao Ruins
Day 4: Raqaypata - Coca Masana
After breakfast we continue our return trek with a steep descent towards the valle visiting little villages on the way where we can interact with the very friendly locals mestizos who most dedicate their time farming and cattling cows and sheeps then we will stop in a nice mirador of Apurimac River where we will stop and have lunch. In the afternoon we will climb for approximately 4 hours to our final campsite at Coca Masana, again a lot of mosquitos in this area Walking poles or wood stick and insect repellent are very recommended.
Walking time: 11 hours
Walking distance: 18 km
Day 5: Coca Masana - Cachora - Cusco
After a 3 hour climb we reach Capuliyoc. From then on it is a fairly flat trail back to the village of Cachora. We will say goodbye to our friendly Arrieros and take the bus back towards Cusco. We will stop at the archaeological site at Saihuite, a chance to rest and have lunch. A further 4 hours by bus bring us back to Cusco.
Walking time: 6 hours
Walking distance: 8 km