DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – SANTA ROSA. (L-D)
We’ll leave from Cusco early in the morning by private transportation. Along the way, we will stop several times to enjoy the view and explore some Inca ruins, called Tarawasi in Limatambo. After, we’ll come into contact for the first time with the Apurimac river. Another stop is the great rock of Saywiti, with ancient carvings etched into it, just before Cachora village. Here we’ll meet out mountain crew, horse driver, mules and horses, who will carry our equipment. From the village of Cachora we can already observe the majestic Padreyoc glacier peaks (5482m). We’ll begin to notice the change of the landscape, from precipices to snowy mountains. From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc, we can begin to see part of Choquequirao, as the trail descends towards the Apurímac Canyon. We’ll have a lunch break at Apurimac river valley (1950m). From here we’ll continue the ascent towards Santa Rosa where we’ll see sugar cane plantations. It is here that we’ll set up camp for the night.