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Echoes of the Andes: A Dancer’s Journey on the Choquequirao Trek

As a dancer constantly seeking inspiration from the world around me, embarking on the Choquequirao adventure in Peru was an irresistible opportunity. Despite the forewarned challenges, I eagerly delved into this adventure, knowing that amidst the physical exertion and breathtaking landscapes, there lay a profound source of inspiration waiting to be discovered. 

Now, having completed the trek, I can confidently say that it has left an indelible mark on my soul. With each step, I found myself immersed in the ancient beauty of the Andean mountains, and with each encounter, I felt the echoes of history reverberating through me. This journey, though demanding, was nothing short of transformative, and I am eager to share its intricacies with my fellow dancers.

Day 1: Cuzco-Chicquisqa, Peru

Sacsayhuamán wall in Cusco Peru - inca ruins - bamba travel

The journey commenced before the break of dawn as we departed from Cuzco in a private car, our anticipation palpable in the predawn air. En route, we seized the opportunity to explore the archaeological marvel of Saywite, a precursor to the grandeur awaiting us. 

Arriving at the mountain village of Cachora, we stocked up on supplies, fortifying ourselves for the adventure ahead. After a hearty lunch, we embarked on a two-hour hike to Capuliyoc, where the panorama of the Apurimac valley unfolded before us, adorned by the majestic peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. Though the journey was arduous, the promise of what lay beyond fueled our spirits, igniting a sense of excitement for the days ahead.

Day 2: Chicquisqa-Choquequirao

Choquequirao cusco Perú

With the first light of dawn, we set forth on the trail, descending to Playa Rosalinas and crossing paths with the awe-inspiring Apurimac River. Our ascent to Santa Rosa was steep and demanding, yet each step brought us closer to the splendor of Choquequirao. 

As we paused for respite amidst the plateau of Marampata, the anticipation of our destination spurred us onward. The final leg of our journey led us to the archaeological marvel of Choquequirao, where we marveled at its ancient ruins and reveled in the sight of condors soaring overhead against the canvas of sunset. It was a moment of pure magic, a testament to the allure of this extraordinary trek.

Day 3: Choquequirao-Santa Rosa

choquequirao ruins

Amidst the remnants of Inca civilization, we savored moments of quiet reflection, allowing the magnificence of Choquequirao to seep into our souls. With each exploration, we unearthed the rich history embedded within these sacred grounds, finding solace in the embrace of the past. 

As we bid farewell to this ancient sanctuary, our descent along the edge of the Apurimac canyon granted us one final glimpse of its grandeur before we retired to our tropical campsite at Santa Rosa, enveloped by the tranquil whispers of nature.

Day 4: Santa Rosa-Cuzco, Peru

More details Santa Rosa District Entrance, Lima-Peru

With the dawn of our final day, we embarked on the homeward journey, retracing our steps through the rugged terrain of the Andean foothills. The ascent from the depths of the Apurimac Canyon tested our resolve, yet each incline was met with unwavering determination. 

As we traversed the picturesque trail to Cachora village, our hearts swelled with a sense of accomplishment, knowing that every step had brought us closer to the essence of this remarkable experience. And as we bid farewell to the mountains and valleys that had become our temporary home, we carried with us the memories of a journey that transcended the physical realm, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts.

Final Word

In the wake of this extraordinary adventure, I find myself profoundly inspired, both as a dancer and as a seeker of life’s boundless wonders. The Choquequirao Trek, with its challenges and triumphs, has illuminated a path of discovery and self-realization, reminding me of the transformative power of exploration. 

To my fellow dancers, I wholeheartedly recommend this odyssey, for within its rugged terrain and ancient marvels lies a treasure trove of inspiration waiting to be unearthed. As I return to the rhythm of everyday life, I carry with me the echoes of this journey, a testament to the enduring spirit of adventure that resides within us all.

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Guest post written by Jack Gibson

From the bustling streets of New York to the serene landscapes of Bali, Jack’s travels fuel his artistry, infusing his performances with a unique blend of global influences.