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A Journey Through Peru’s History: The Choquequirao Trek Adventure

There’s something magical about embarking on a journey into the heart of history, a journey that takes you through ancient ruins and breathtaking landscapes. My friend and I recently experienced this magic on the Choquequirao Trek in Peru, a four-day expedition that left us in awe of the country’s rich heritage and natural beauty. Join us as we recount our adventure, from the early morning departure in Cuzco to our encounter with the mystical ruins of Choquequirao and the return to the bustling city.

Day 1: Cuzco to Chicquisqa - A Glimpse into Peru's Past

overhead view of the city of cuzco in peru

Our adventure began at the crack of dawn in Cuzco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. With a private car at our disposal, we set off on a journey towards the heart of Peru. Our first stop was the archaeological site of Saywite, a fascinating glimpse into the advanced engineering skills of the Inca civilization. 

After our exploration, we descended to the mountain village of Cachora, where we stocked up on supplies for the trek ahead. Post-lunch, we embarked on a two-hour hike to Capuliyoc, which rewarded us with panoramic views of the Apurimac valley and the majestic snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora.

Day 2: Chicquisqa to Choquequirao - A Steep Climb and Ancient Wonders

man looking at apurimac river in peru

The second day of our journey was marked by an early departure as we descended to Playa Rosalinas, where the mighty Apurimac River flowed. Our challenge for the day was a steep climb to Santa Rosa, with a refreshing break en route. Continuing our ascent, we reached Marampata, a plateau offering a splendid view of the legendary Choquequirao. After a satisfying lunch, we hiked for two more hours, finally arriving at the archaeological site of Choquequirao. Our evening was spent exploring the ruins and witnessing the mesmerizing flight of condors at sunset.

Day 3: Choquequirao to Santa Rosa - A Deeper Dive into History

black and white photo in Choquequirao, Peru

Our third day was a chance to delve deeper into the mysteries of Peru‘s Choquequirao. We roamed the site, absorbing the aura of ancient Inca civilization and snapping photographs to capture its beauty. With some free time to rest, we cherished the tranquility and solitude of this hidden gem. In the afternoon, we retraced our steps along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, descending to our tropical campsite at Santa Rosa, a serene setting to rejuvenate our spirits after a day filled with wonder.

Day 4: Santa Rosa to Cuzco - The Return Journey

Our final day of trekking began early to escape the heat of the Apurimac Canyon. We descended to the rushing river before embarking on an arduous climb that offered us spectacular vistas as a reward. The climb, lasting about four hours, led us to Capuliyoc, where we savored our last trailside lunch. The last leg of our hike took us through picturesque farming countryside to the village of Cachora. Here, our private car awaited, ready to take us back to Cuzco. After a four-hour drive, we returned to the city, arriving between 7 and 8 pm, exhausted but fulfilled.

Final Word

The Choquequirao Trek was more than just a physical journey; it was a voyage through time and history. We marveled at the resilience and ingenuity of the Inca people, whose ruins dot the Peruvian landscape. The natural beauty of the Apurimac Valley, the exhilarating hikes, and the solitude of the Choquequirao ruins left an indelible mark on our souls. 

It was an adventure that not only connected us with the past but also deepened our appreciation for the beauty of Peru’s diverse landscapes. If you’re seeking an expedition that combines history, nature, and adventure, the Choquequirao Trek should be at the top of your list. It’s a journey that will forever hold a special place in our hearts, reminding us of the enduring spirit of exploration and discovery.

Check out the Choquequirao Trek 4D/3N itinerary from Bamba Travel.

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Guest post written by Jimmy Remina

Jimmy Remina is a globe-trotting computer developer with a passion for crafting digital solutions while exploring diverse cultures and landscapes across the world.