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Trekking Tales: Closer Bonds and Condor Soars in Choquequirao

As a family, we’ve always sought adventures that not only challenge our physical endurance but also bring us closer together. Little did we know that our recent escapade to the Choquequirao family trek in Peru would not only test our stamina but would also be a journey of self-discovery, laughter, and shared awe-inspiring moments. Here’s a recount of our trekking escapade that left us with sore muscles, hearts brimming with gratitude, and a desire to pen down our extraordinary tale.

Day 1 to 2: Cuzco to Chicquisqa, Peru - A Hike into the Unknown

cuzco peru from the sky

Our journey kicked off in the charming city of Cuzco at the crack of dawn, as we piled into a private car with excitement bubbling in our veins. The early departure was a foreshadowing of the adventure that lay ahead, setting the tone for the days to come. The promise of exploration lured us to the archaeological site of Saywite before our descent to the mountain village of Cachora. It was our last-minute chance to grab supplies, which translated to stocking up on energy bars and enough trail mix to feed a small army.

After a hearty lunch, we embarked on a two-hour hike to Capuliyoc, a vantage point offering breathtaking views of the Apurimac valley and the majestic snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. As a family, we shared jokes, marveled at the scenery, and formed memories that would linger long after the trek concluded.

Day 2: Chicquisqa to Choquequirao - Conquering Heights and Discovering Ruins

Choquequirao structure in Peru

The second day tested our mettle as we descended to Playa Rosalinas and faced the daunting climb towards Santa Rosa. The Apurimac River served as a spectacular backdrop, a constant companion as we climbed towards Marampata, where a plateau awaited us with stunning views of the Choquequirao trail.

The highlight of the day was reaching the archaeological site itself, Choquequirao, perched at an elevation of 3110m. The sense of accomplishment was palpable as we explored the ancient ruins, imagining the lives of the Inca civilization that once thrived there. As the sun dipped below the horizon, condors graced the sky, adding a touch of the mystical to our experience.

Day 3: Choquequirao to Santa Rosa - In-Depth Exploration and Canyon Descents

woman looking at souvenirs in peru

With a day dedicated to Choquequirao, we delved into the intricacies of the Inca site, uncovering hidden corners and marveling at the architectural prowess of a bygone era. The afternoon saw us descending along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, heading towards our tropical campsite at Santa Rosa. The descent wasn’t just physical; it felt like a journey through time, with each step unearthing a new layer of history.

Day 4: Santa Rosa to Cuzco - The Final Stretch and Homeward Bound

wall in cusco peru

Our final day dawned, and with a tinge of sadness, we bid adieu to Santa Rosa. The trek demanded one last surge of energy as we descended to the roaring Apurimac Canyon before embarking on an arduous climb rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. The descent led us through picturesque farming countryside, a visually soothing contrast to the challenging terrains we had conquered.

As we trudged into Cachora village, we were met with a sense of accomplishment, exhaustion, and a touch of relief. Our private car awaited us, a symbol of civilization ready to whisk us back to Cuzco. The drive back was a mix of sore muscles, shared anecdotes, and a unanimous agreement that showers and a cozy bed had never sounded more appealing.

Final Word

In the aftermath of our Choquequirao trek, the lessons learned and the experiences shared have become a tapestry woven with sweat, laughter, and the wingspan of condors. The physical challenges pushed us to our limits, but the collective spirit of our family helped us triumph over each ascent and descent.

More than the physical journey, Choquequirao, Peru became a metaphor for our family dynamics. Just as the ruins stood resilient against the passage of time, we discovered the strength in our bonds. The shared awe at the sight of ancient civilizations and the joy of overcoming challenges forged a connection that transcended the mountainous terrain.

As we sit in the comfort of our home, reminiscing about the trek, we find ourselves laughing at the shared jokes, recounting the breathtaking views, and marveling at the unexpected beauty in sore muscles and tired smiles. The trek not only enriched our lives with adventure but also left us with a profound realization—our family is a team capable of conquering any peak, both metaphorical and literal.

With sore muscles and hearts full of gratitude, we toast to the Choquequirao trek—a journey that tested our limits, strengthened our bonds, and left us yearning to pen down the extraordinary story that unfolded in the shadows of ancient ruins and the wingspan of condors. Who knew a family vacation could be both a physical challenge and a source of inspiration for the next great tale we want to write?

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

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Emma Schulkiss

Emma is an architect that has a passion for the outdoors.