1. Choquequirao: 5-Day Trek to the Lost City of the Incas
Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Capuliyoc - La Playa Start your adventure at your hotel in Cusco where your guide will pick you up between 4:30am-5:00am. Take a scenic drive across the Andes towards Capuliyoc, arriving at approximately 8:30am. Enjoy a delicious breakfast together before starting your trekking experience to Choquequirao - one of the legendary lost cities of the Incas. Take a 4-hour trek downhill from Capuliyoc (9550ft/2911m) to your lunch spot at Chiquiska (1893m/6210 ft). Along the way you can enjoy the stunning views of the Apurimac canyon - one of the deepest in Peru, and spectacular panoramas of the surrounding landscapes; from the highlands of Peru to the dense vegetation of the cloud forest. After lunch continue on your journey for another 2-hours down to Playa Rosalina (1478m/4849ft) where your tents and a hot beverage will be waiting for you. Here you will have dinner and camp for the night. Day 2: La Playa - Marampata - Choquequirao After breakfast get ready for one of the most challenging and rewarding days of the trek! Start by crossing a suspension bridge over the canyon before trekking uphill for approximately 4-hours until you reach Marampata (2911m/9550ft). The route will take you through beautiful sugar cane farms where the locals produce “Cañazo”, a traditional alcoholic drink that has been produced for centuries in the Peruvian Andes. Stop for lunch at a picturesque location with breathtaking views of the mountains and river. After lunch it's another 2-hour ascent to Choquequirao (3030m/9940ft). The lost city of Choquequirao is located in the Peruvian Andes overlooking the deep canyon. Your campsite is located right next to the archaeological site allowing you the freedom to visit this mysterious place at any time and as many times as you like. Day 3: Explore Choquequirao Ruins Wake up bright and early with a nice cup of hot coca tea or coffee and witness the amazing sunrise over the mountains. After breakfast you will have the entire day to explore this magnificent Inca city. Your guide will take you on a comprehensive tour - taking you to the most beautiful spots and teaching you about the history of Choquequirao and the Incas. After you have taken all the time you need to discover Choquequirao, you will return to the same campsite for dinner and spend the night. Day 4: Choquequirao - Marampata - La Playa - Chikiska After breakfast take a 3-hour downhill trek to your lunch spot at Santa Rosa (2230m/7300ft). Continue downhill for another 2-hours before trekking uphill for 2 hours until you arrive at your campsite in Chiquiska (1800m/5905ft). This is a perfect day to enjoy the surrounding landscape and nature. Experience a wide range of different flowers and birdlife along the way and the sound of waterfalls in the distance. Day 5: Chikiska - Capuliyoc - Cusco On your final day enjoy an early start and have breakfast. Prepare for your last 4-hour trek uphill to Capuliyoc. Here you will enjoy lunch before taking private transportation to the archeological site of Saywite; a beautiful carved rock that remains a mystery to archaeologists. You will have plenty of time to explore before returning to Cusco and being dropped off at your hotel around 5pm.