Ruinas de Choquequirao, Cachora

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  • Demanding hike, beautiful landscapes, few people. An adventure to go in Group and breathe a bit of American history pre Columbian.
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  • With friends we decided to walk to Machu Picchu via Choquequirao. Choquequirao-Machu Picchu's sister city, is currently estimated that only 40% of the city has been exposed. The difficulty of this trekking is high and the best time to do this is from May to October. There are some companies of tourism in Cusco that sell you the service (Guide, food, mules, etc). In our case we choose to do it on our own, in Cuzco, we rent the things needed to make the journey (stove, pots, purifying pills with water, tents, boots, etc.). The trail is well marked and it is possible to do it yourself trekking. If you make sure to carry food for days, since it gets no easier. Here to summarize our experience: day 1. Departing from Cusco in bus (direction Abancay), got off at the junction to the village of Cachora (2800 masl), in this village starts trekking. There we took down the Apurimac Canyon. In this part there are two areas of camping (Chiqisca and Playa Rosalina). We went down to the Apurimac river and camped at Playa Rosalina (1550 m). Day 2: Very early in the morning we went out and we began one of the more hard trekking, it gets a consistent zig-zag from 1550 m to 3050 meters. That same day we got to Choquequirao, before reaching the campsite you have to pay the entrance fee to the Park, they are 60 soles (only accept soles, ensure some money for that). Day 3: This day we dedicate it exclusive for touring the city and talk with caregivers and workers in the area. Day 4. Choquequirao, we left for us was the day harder. In the morning we left the main camp of Choquequirao (3100 msnm), we completed the ascent of the mountain then down to the archaeological site of PINCHAYUNUYOC (2850 m), this place had lunch in the Inca terraces. Then is continuing the descent to the Valley of the Rio Blanco (1990 m), one time there undertook the tough ascent to the cornfield (3200 m) camp. Day 5: Coming out of the cornfield, is continuing the ascent up to the passage from Victoria (4200 m), where you can see the flight of the condors. It continued descending until you reach the village of Yanama (3650 m.a.s.l.). Day 6: In Yanama we get a transport that took us in the morning to Santa Teresa and hence to Hidroelectrica to walk for three hours to Aguas Calientes. As a final reflection, and comparing both cities, experience in Choquequirao was given superior tranquility and privacy that won't be found in Machu Picchu.
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