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Cachora is the most popular starting point for travelers who want to see the amazing newly-rediscovered Incan site, Choquequirao.  Guides and mules for the trip may be found in Abancay for the trek.  Start out early from Cachora to make it to camp before nightfall and take in all the views as the sun goes down over the Andian Valley.  The first day is around a six hour hike and 1,500 meters elevation change down the mountains.  There are multiple campsites, all well marked, with running water and bathrooms.  On the second day, finish the hike down the valley and look at the new investments made by the Peruvian government, attempting to attract more tourists.  There is a high-bridge for crossing the river, then get ready for an intense hike up the other side.  About 1,800 meters up, Choquequirao awaits.  Constant switchbacks and mule droppings torment you as you struggle up the hill, trying to finish before the sun rises above the valley around 11 O'clock.
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'''Cachora''' is located in the department of Apurimac just off the road between [[Abancay]] and [[Cusco]]. It is the most popular starting point for travelers who want to see the amazing newly-rediscovered Inca site [[Choquequirao]].   
  
A local entrepreneur has wisely opened a shop with gatorade and snacks about 10 minutes before you find another shop.  Apologize to the nice lady for having already bought your snacks at the first store.  Just past a gate is the top and you are rewarded with the first views of the Incan site and a nice bench to eat lunch at.  Hike another hour or so and stake out your campsite.  Explore the lower site that day and then see the rest of the sites on the following day.  Unless you are in great shape, the relaxing day of exploring the site is necessary and must be done to truly enjoy the Site.
 
  
There is an 11 sol fee (may 2006) that someone will collect from you. There is generally no tourism and the park worker becomes your personal tour guide. Much of the site is rebuilt poorly. Concrete and markings on the stones are eyesores. Whenever you decide to leave, turn back for cachora or continue down the trail into another city below, another two days is required.
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[[Image:Cachora.Main.JPG|thumb|280px|Main street of Cachora]]
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[[Image:Turismo.Cachora.JPG|thumb|280px|Main street of Cachorao]]
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[[Image:Choque.sign.a.JPG|thumb|280px|Information about the trail to Choquequirao]]
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[[Image:Choque.sign.b.JPG|thumb|280px|Information about the trail to Choquequirao]]
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[[Image:Apurimac.Cachora.JPG|thumb|280px|Horses, Mules and the Apurimac river near Cachora]]
  
Total time with a 50lb pack, no guide, no mules: 5 days.  Excellent scenery and a great alternative to the Incan trail at Machu picchu.  We saw only three other tourists in the five days on the trail and at the site.
 
  
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==Get in==
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Buses leave for Abancay from Cusco at 5:00am, ask the driver to stop at the turn off for Cachora, just past Saywite. You need to take a taxi from the main road to the town. Taxis often wait for the people from the bus, except on Sunday when you might have to wait an hour.
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==Get around==
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==See==
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*<do name="Saywite" alt="Sayhuite" address="" directions="13º 32' 50 S 72º 48' 10 W" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Adult S/.10.00 Student S/.4.00" lat="-13.5472" long="-72.8028">a small archealogical site, its most significant feature being a monolith with many different creatures carved into it. From coastal regions the stone features creatures such as the pelican and crab, from the mountains, the condor and llama and from the jungle, the monkey, jaguar, iguana and birds.</do>
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==Do==
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Hike to Choquequirao (two days each way with the option of continuing to [[Machu Picchu]]).
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==Buy==
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There are some small stores where you can buy basic food and drinks. Biscuits, eggs, vegetables, bread, water, Inka Cola etc.
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==Eat==
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There is a building with a restaurant sign on it but it was closed when we passed through.
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==Drink==
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==Sleep==
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==Get out==
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Bus to Cusco or Abancay. Walk to [[Santa Teresa (Peru)]] or Machu Picchu.
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Revision as of 04:37, 27 September 2012

Cachora is located in the department of Apurimac just off the road between Abancay and Cusco. It is the most popular starting point for travelers who want to see the amazing newly-rediscovered Inca site Choquequirao.


Main street of Cachora
Main street of Cachorao
Information about the trail to Choquequirao
Information about the trail to Choquequirao
Horses, Mules and the Apurimac river near Cachora


Contents

Get in

Buses leave for Abancay from Cusco at 5:00am, ask the driver to stop at the turn off for Cachora, just past Saywite. You need to take a taxi from the main road to the town. Taxis often wait for the people from the bus, except on Sunday when you might have to wait an hour.

Get around

See

  • Saywite (Sayhuite), (13º 32' 50 S 72º 48' 10 W). a small archealogical site, its most significant feature being a monolith with many different creatures carved into it. From coastal regions the stone features creatures such as the pelican and crab, from the mountains, the condor and llama and from the jungle, the monkey, jaguar, iguana and birds. Adult S/.10.00 Student S/.4.00. (-13.5472,-72.8028)

Do

Hike to Choquequirao (two days each way with the option of continuing to Machu Picchu).

Buy

There are some small stores where you can buy basic food and drinks. Biscuits, eggs, vegetables, bread, water, Inka Cola etc.

Eat

There is a building with a restaurant sign on it but it was closed when we passed through.

Drink

Sleep

Get out

Bus to Cusco or Abancay. Walk to Santa Teresa (Peru) or Machu Picchu.

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