Juan specializes in scalable tours for two to sixteen people, tailored to your interests and skills. There are a few small tours available in and around Cachora, in addition to multi-day treks to Choquequirao. Juan´s treks to Choquequirao can include homestays with his Quechua relatives in the small villages along the way.
Juan Covarrubias and his family owns a newly built guest house in the heart of the town cachora Juan´s Great-Greatgrandfather, Gregorio Covarrubias, moved from the Vilcabamba Valley to Marampata- choquequirao in the 1860´s and founded Marampata, which included the now famous Choquequirao Inca site. In 1909, Hiram Bingham scientifically discovered Choquequirao and he met Juan´s Great Uncle Lucas Covarrubias. Juan is the 5th generation to grow up in the tiny village of Marampata and Choquequirao. As a boy, Juan and his cousins played futbol (soccer) on the main royal plaza at Choquequirao. As a teenager, Juan would meet hikers from other countries visiting Choquequirao, and from those experiences he fell in love with the idea of becoming a Choquequirao tour guide and creating a guest house where people from other places could learn about and experience his Quechua history and culture.
Juan went to the University in Cusco where he obtained a degree in Tourism and became a certified Tour Guide in 2009. In 2018, Juan and his wife returned to their home village of Cachora and built the Choququirao Guest House.
Juan and his wife Zenayda together shared the visión of buidling the Choquequirao Guest House. Zenayda is a Quecha woman she is also the primary Chef and prepares organic farm-to-table Quechua meals. Juan and Zenayda have two young children, Anthony and Linda, that create a fun family atmosphere. If you are lucky, one of Juan´s or Zenayda´s many relatives may stop in to say ¨Hello.¨ Family is very important in Quechua culture, as it was during Inca times, and that warmth is extended to guests.
Cachora, approximately 2900 meters above sea level (10,000 feet), is a small village of about 3,000 citiizens, predominantly Quechua. There are three small highland farming villages nearby which bring the combined area population to about 5,800. People live in a combination of traditional and modern ways, you will see both automobiles and farmers walking their animals in the streets. There is a main Plaza de Armas, San Pedro Catholic church, many little stores for food and essentials, a modern futbol (soccer) field, and an outdoor market on Thursdays. As you walk around on your own, or with a guide, you will feel the historic charm and be welcomed by the local Quecua people. If you like to taste local quisine, try some Chicha, which is a royal Inca drink of fermented corn, and chicharones of pork or guinea pig.
Cachora is the launching point for treks to Choquequirao and beyond to Machu Picchu. You can walk 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Cachora to the trailhead at Capuliyoc or hire a driver.