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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu is an eight days trek. It takes you to both Incan citadels. Often referred to as the “Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu”, Choquequirao in Quechua means, “Cradle of Gold”.
Choquequirao ruins are not easily accessible as Machu Picchu. It takes a minimum of two days of trekking to reach there. As a result, it provides a unique and quiet experience. It’s remote location is one of the reasons why Spanish rulers never invaded Choquequirao. The trek is ideal for adventure lovers. Also, for those wanting to experience something authentic and off the touristic track. Although, the trek could be somewhat challenging, it offers a rewarding and memorable experience.
The archeological site is over six square kilometres. However, a half of the whole site has been cleared from the encroaching jungle. The construction of Choquequirao began in late 15th century. It went on till the beginning of 16th century. The Incas built Choquequirao in the same era as Machu Picchu. As a result, the architecture and structure of Choquequirao is somewhat similar to Machu Picchu.
Choquequirao archeological site was built during the last days of Incan civilisation. It was built by Incan emperor Pachacutec. He later passed it to his son Tupac Inca Yupanqui, who expanded it. Almost for forty years the Inca’s held stand against the Spanish conquerors.
The construction of temples, palaces, canals and aqueducts in the complex are really fantastic. Choquequirao is a city which demonstrates the inspiring example of an elite Inca ceremonial centre. A city dedicated to worship “Pachamama” the Andean mother earth, “Apus” mountain gods and divinities, the river and other elements of nature.
Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the interesting treks in South America. You will get to see both sites which played a significant role for Incas.
This is a high altitude trek. We highly recommend you to stay in Cusco and acclimatise at least three days before the trek.
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