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An overview of the recently constructed Oroya over the Apurimac River. You can see the submerged Playa Rosalinas bridge behind the Oroya.

Oroya over the Apurimac River opened!

Trekkers are now able to access Choquequirao ruins, thanks to an Oroya (cable car) system recently constructed by local community members.  An Oroya is a small, cable car that is used to cross rivers in the Andes of Peru when there is no bridge.

Pictures can tell a thousand words – but crossing a river on an Oroya is not for the faint-hearted.  If you are afraid of heights or nervous/anxious you will find the Oroya very unnerving!

Apus Peru is providing this information so that trekkers can make their own decision about whether they want to cross the Apurimac River using the Oroya and do the Choquequirao trek, or Choquequirao to Machu Picchu treks.  The Huanipaca route is NOT open, and we do not expect it will be clear for the next few months.

We also advise that there are several small landslides on the route from Cachora to Puente Rosalinas. These are not big, and can be crossed by scrambling over the top of the landslide.

This information is provided in good faith, to help keep the trekking community informed about the latest conditions.  Apus Peru make no statement  or claim about the safety of crossing a fast flowing river on an recently built Oroya that is constructed by local community members.  Each trekker must make a decision about what is right for them.

For an experience of crossing the river at –Santa Theresa  on an Oroya – see this You Tube videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=oxrdaauy5Zg

Thanks to the Apus Peru team members who spent their weekend making the two day return trek to Playa Rosalinas to assess the Oroya. Pictured here is Assistant Guide Hilda Callañaupa Gonzales.
A local person accompanies the passengers across the river. You should be prepared for quite a lot of movement in the carrying platform.
The photo shows how the ropes system works, to have you pulled across the river.

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