Day 03: Choquequirao – San Ignacio – Carmen (3033 – 1500 – 2000 m.a.s.l.)
We will see the sunrise over Choquequirao, accompanied by a professional guide to tell us about the history and the recent excavations at this site. At the moment, only about 30% of the ruins are restored, so Choquequirao still holds many ancestral secrets. The restauration project should, over the next 10 years or so, bring the “Cradle of Gold” to the attention of the world and allow us a deeper understanding of the specific function of Choquequirao, which for now remains a mystery.
After visiting the site we will leave by a different route which allows us impressive views along the Apurimac canyon and an abundance of flora and fauna. We will descend 1500 meters (4921f) going from Choquequirao to Playa San Ignacio, then ascend to our camp at a paradisiacal place known as Carmen Huerto (2000m / 6562f)
- Hiking time: 5 hours
- Climate: reasonable climate with mosquitoes.