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Choquequirao Trek from Cusco, is a four days experience. In Quechua, Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold”. The Incas considered it as “The sacred sister of Machu Picchu”. The trek is ideal for adventure lovers and for those wanting to experience something off the touristic track.
Choquequirao archeological site sits high up on the Quriwayrachina mountain range. The way to get there is through the Canyons of Apurimac. Trek to Choquequirao from Cusco offers incredible views of the Andes. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to see native flora and fauna. Often trekkers get to see the flight of Andean condor.
Pachacuti, renowned Incan emperor built Choquequirao and Machu Picchu in the same era. Later, Tupac Inca Yupanqui, son of Pachacuti, expanded the archaeological site. Roughly, Choquequirao is similar in size as Machu Picchu. It is over six square kilometres. However, just a third of the whole site has been cleared from the encroaching jungle. Due to its remote location, Spanish conquistadors could not invade Choquequirao.
Choquequirao ruins are gaining popularity among hikers wanting to see this emblematic archaeological complex that is off the beaten track. It takes you through the Apurimac River and Canyon. As the route involves a lot of uphill and downhill hikes, you will be experiencing different climatic conditions as the altitude will be changing.
Tourism authorities in Peru have a project of installing a cable car pipelined. Due to this, there will be a rapid growth in tourism here. Infact, it is estimated that travellers will be able to visit the lost city of Incas on a full day tour.
Although, the hike to Choquequirao could be somewhat challenging, it offers a rewarding experience. It is one of the prettiest treks in South America.
We at Treks in Cusco, have dedicated English speaking local guides for this tour. They are tourism professionals, born and raised in the region. Also, they have extensive knowledge about the history and culture. This is one of the signature tours operated by Treks in Cusco.
Choquequirao Trek involves arduous hikes through high mountain passes. We highly recommend you to stay in Cusco three to four days acclimatising before the trek. While you are acclimatising, you can experience one of our day treks .
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