Trek to Choquequirao from Cusco is an off the beaten track experience. Choquequirao which in Quechua means “Cradle of Gold” is often referred to as the “The Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu”.
Both Choquequirao and Machu Picchu were built in the same era by Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. Tupac Inca Yupanqui, son of Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui, played a major role in expanding it during his reign. Just as Machu Picchu, the Spanish conquistadors could not Choquequirao.
Both Inca sites have similar architectures. However, Choquequirao offers a unique experience as it attracts just 15-20 visitors a day due to its remote location. So often you will have the site to yourself and a full day to explore. Machu Picchu on the contrary attracts around 5000 visitors a day.
Peruvian authorities are planning on installing a cable car. This will attract at-least 1500 visitors a day.
It is nestled on top of Vilcabamba Mountain range at 3050 metres above the sea level. The route offers enchanting views of the Apurimac Canyon. The trek to the archeological site is quite challenging but totally rewarding.
On the first day of the trek you will be descending 1500 meters from the nearest village named Cachora. The second day involves a hike to 1800 metres to the archaeological complex.
Dense vegetation covers a vast part of the archaeological complex. However, the authorities have managed to clear and excavate more than half of it which is now open to visitors.
Choquequirao Trek could be done in four days. However, we have added an extra day to make sure that you don’t see this awe-inspiring site in rush and get the most from your trek.
Why Encuentros Peru Adventure?
On any treks or hikes with us, the one thing that will stand out is our passion for outdoors. We only employ certified local travel experts as guides. They have extensive knowledge and are passionate about the history of Incas. You will be having a fun-filled, safe and a memorable experience with us.
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