Explore the Ancient Inca Wonder: Choquequirao – The “Golden Cradle” of Peru’s Sacred Landscape!
Choquequirao, also known as Chuqik’iraw in Quechua, translates to “Golden Cradle.” It is an Inca site located in the southern region of Peru and shares architectural similarities with Machu Picchu. The ruins consist of buildings and terraces situated above and below Sunch’u Pata, a truncated hilltop. The hilltop was leveled in ancient times and encircled with stones, forming a 30 by 50-meter platform.
Situated in the Valley of Vilcabamba, in the province of “La Convencion” – Cusco, Choquequirao lies at an altitude of 3,300 meters above sea level and approximately 1,500 meters above the roaring waters of the Apurimac River. Historical records suggest that Choquequirao served as the last refuge for the Incas from 1536, where they waged resistance against the Conquistadores.
This archaeological site, referred to as the “Holy Sister,” holds equal importance to Machu Picchu due to its architecture and utilization in construction. Choquequirao was an inspiring ceremonial center for the Inca elite, dedicated to the veneration of mountain gods, rivers, and natural elements.
Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain range and lush jungle vegetation, the landscape of Choquequirao is truly spectacular.
The Choquequirao, often referred to as the “Golden Cradle,” holds a rich history, religious significance, and cultural traditions. Legends and myths abound in this awe-inspiring location, which houses ancient temples, sacred rivers, and mountains hidden within the wilderness and remote parts of the region.
“Sunrise Peru Trek” offers various trekking itineraries, such as the Choquequirao Trek Machu Picchu 8 Days, Choquequirao Imperial Trek 5 Days, Choquequirao Classic Trek 4 days, Choquequirao Trek Challenge 3 Days.). The diverse topography, varying climates, and mix of people in this region create a captivating allure for visitors. One does not need to be an experienced mountaineer or athlete; anyone with strong legs and a spirit for adventure can admire the wonders of trekking Choquequirao.
HOW TO GET TO CHOQUEQUIRAO
To get to Choquequirao, one of the most popular and recommended routes is through the village of Cachora. For added comfort, you have the option to rent a drover with mules to transport your luggage, ensuring smooth transit. Starting from Cusco, we’ll arrange private transportation to take you on the road to Abancay. At kilometer 154, take the diversion that leads to Cachora (approximately 4 to 5 hours). Once you arrive, the carriers will be ready to embark on the Choquequirao adventure. The road, although narrow, is in good condition. However, reaching Choquequirao requires excellent physical condition and suitable hiking equipment. Additionally, it is necessary to descend to the Apurimac River for camping.
- Location: In the District of Santa Teresa, Province of La Convención, Department of Cusco.
- Climate: Warm alternated with cold temperatures at night.
- Average temperature: The average annual temperature is 16 ° C.
- Season: In general, the climate is characterized by the alternation of a dry season (April – August).
- Access by land: In order to access the place, at present, we start from Cusco on the road to Abancay, until we take the detour to Cachora (2,800 masl), in the department of Apurímac, the journey takes approximately 4 hours. This is where the walk begins; some travelers decide to hire muleteers and mules to carry their luggage. The entire round trip lasts 4 days and it is necessary to camp along the way.
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