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Cachora

Practical information about Cachora

  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Four hours from Cusco by collectivo (share taxi)
When to go
From April to October
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Cachora

Eva Martin Travel writer
181 travel articles

An Andean village located between Cusco and Abancay, and the starting point for the Choquequirao trek.

My suggestion:
Most people arrive here straight from Cusco and use it as a stopover before beginning the trek. As well as offering somewhere to stay overnight at, the village itself is a pleasant place, and setting out from here means you can begin the trek on foot rather than by car!
Summary:

During your trip to Peru, you'll undoubtedly end up visiting Cusco and the local region. This is widely agreed to be one of Peru's must-visit destinations. The star attraction in the area/country – in fact on the whole continent – is, of course, Machu Picchu. However, there is also another truly impressive yet slightly less well known archaeological site (though it is on its way to becoming THE place for adventurous tourists to visit), namely Choquequirao.

The snag (or not, if you enjoy walking) is that it's only possible to reach it on foot currently. The hike involved is quite exceptional, though a bit on the difficult side, it has to be said.

The village of Cachora serves as the starting point. Having no guide with me, I decided to stay overnight here and try to find a local mule-driver. You don't have to do the trek with mules, but considering the amount of height you'll be covering and the ascents and descents involved, they can certainly be more than useful. The village is a quite charming place and has plenty of accommodation of all different kinds to offer. Finding and arranging a mule-driver turned out to be quite difficult: it took some hard negotiatiion to finally arrive at prices everyone was willing to accept.

It's also possible to rent a horse and have the freedom to go wherever you like. This wasn't something I did myself though, so I can't give you any further information about it!

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