Chonta

Chonta is a small picturesque village nestled on a mountain ridge above the deep gorge of the Apurimac river on one side and with a splendid view of the Vilkabamba-Mountain range on the other.  Besides the exceptionally beautiful views, Chonta is a great place to observe the Condors in their natural habitat. From the easy accessible view points, one has the chance to see them slowly rise on their incredible wingspan from the depth of the Apurimac Canyon. Chonta also offers a great opportunity to acclimatise for the high altitude treks of Salkantay and Inca Trail. 

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Travel suggestion 

Day 1. Cusco - Chonta (3550 M)

Depart from Cusco at about 8 am.

You reach at the camp at lunch. Check In into your luxury tent and lunch. After lunch hike to the edge of the canyon. From here we can observe the majestic condors rise from the depth of the valley. Amazing  sunset and sundowner by our relaxing campfire. 

Amazing stargazing from the Campground

 

Day 2. Village life 

A morning with the community of Chonta. Visit of a home and village walk with a resident of the community. Pachamanca lunch with the local community. Pachamanca is an earthen oven, created in the field, hot stones are used to slow cook, potatoes, vegetables and even meat. Enjoy this unique experience with a spontaneous interaction of the local community. Nice relaxing time before dinner or a short walk in the surrounding hills. Sundowner and dinner at the camp

 

Day 3. Chonta - Salkantay, or back to Cusco

After breakfast departure for the Salkantay Trek, the Inca Trail, Cusco or the sacred valley. 

 

For Trekkers and Hikers

  • Carefully designed acclimatisation hikes for Inca trail and Salkantay Trek

  • Ideal as a starting point for the Salkantay Trek

 

Chonta is also a perfect mountain experience for non trekkers and hikers too

 

How to get there: 

  • Just 3 hours by road from Cusco

  • 2.5 hours to Soraypampa, the beginning of the Salkantay Trek 

  • Transfer by your preferred agent or by our own private car

Salkantay-trek Info: