Monthly Archives: May 2008

Trek Day Four

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Route: Choquequirao to Maizal This was the hardest day of the trek in terms of physical challenge. First a hike out of the Choquequirao campground to the pass at 10,824′, followed by a descent of 5,592′ to the San Juan River where we had lunch. Then a steep trek up 3,500′ to our spectacular campground …

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Trek Day Three

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Choquequirao and Elizabeth’s 81st Birthday Beautiful clouds swirling over the mountains when we woke up to celebrate Elizabeth Burn’s 81st Birthday. This was our day to really spend time in Choquequirao “Cradle of Gold” in the Quechua language.  This site remains 70% buried under cloud forest, a huge challenge to archaeologists.  It is far more …

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Trek Day Two

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Route: Santa Rosa to Choquequirao Rising early we trekked along a rising zigzag trail to the hamlet of Marampata for a snack stop.  From there onwards, we saw the ruins of Choquequirao ever more clearly, especially the cascading terraces.  Our campground was a mile and a half from the ruins at 10,020′.       …

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Trek Day One

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Route: Cachora to Capuliyoc Pass down to Apurimac River Gorge, up other side to campground at Santa Rosa We started out at our campground in Cachora 9,495,’ headed to the Capuliyoc lookout, descended steeply 4,000′ through a forest of differing vegetation to the Apurimac (“Oracle of the Gods” in the local Quechua language) River, back …

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