It is located to the northeast of Cusco city, among Apurimac river and the mountainous rade of Vilcabamba, where the Snows of the Salkantay stands out with a height of 6 271 meters above level sea (20575 ft.). This walk offers us is the posibility of seeing some species that are in danger extinction it is the case of the Andean condor, the puma and the bear of glasses. This area served as refuge and natural strength for the sixteenth movement of Inca resistance of the XVI century, around that area it is conserved the oral tradition that “El Dorado” (The Gilding) is located there, even hidden by the archaeology. There is another vial net Inca that connected Espíritu Pampas, Hispanic Ñusta, Vilcabamba the Old, Vitcos and Rosas Pampas areas.
5 Days / 4 Nights
Moderate – Hard
We will pick you up from the hotel at 6:00 in the morning to begin the trip until the town of Cachora we will pass by the towns of Izcuchaca to arrive to the Archaeological Complex of Tarawasi, we continue our trip until the bridge Cunyac. We will go through the district of Curawasi and Saywite. Finally we will arrive to Cachora (10:00 a.m.). There we will prepare the load animals and the muleteers and we begin our walk with a soft slope until arriving to the step of Capuliyoc (2800 meters above level sea) where we will eat lunch after two hours of walk then will go towards Chiquisca town (1930 meters above level sea ). During this itinerary we will have the opportunity to observe you magnify views, beautiful landscapes, warm weather, glacial of the mountain range Vilcabamba and the impressive Apurimac abyss, in this place will have our first camp.
This day after breakfast we will begin the walk going down to Apurimac canyon. It’s recommended to get soft the backpack weight to avoid the tiredness and the fatigue because of the excess of heat. We will eat lunch at the beach Rosalinas, after rest we will ascend during 2:30 hrs. until Santa Rosa’s camp, place where we will spend the night and will have dinner, in this camp we will enjoy a typical drink “cambray.”
We will get up early to begin our walk early also to take advantage of the morning freshness, because the heat of the sun becomes unbearable at the mid day. Walking will be of 4 hours until Marampata. We will have lunch in this sector, and in the afternoon will arrive to the archaeological group of Choquequirao, we will spend the night in the “Andenerías” of this place.
In the morning we will visit the whole archaeological group and also the museum where some of the pieces found during the excavations are observed, then we will star the return. We will have lunch in Santa Rosa’s area. Chikiska will be the camping place.
Early in the morning we will have breakfast then will go up to the first step and will go to Cachora town where somebody will be waiting for us with the transport to return to the Cusco city. Before taking the bus we will eat lunch and we will thank all the people who went with us during the walk. We will arrive to Cusco city at about 6:00 in the evening.