Trekking to Choquequirao in Peru

Is the trekking to Choquequirao difficult? where can I get a good information?

Find here the beat information for Trekking to Choquequirao along or with travel agency. The lost city of Machu Picchu is by far the most famous Inca ruins in Peru, and perhaps North and South America. However, the Peruvian Andes has much more to offer to the most demanding archaeologist. The jewel in the crown of these other sites is the «sister» of Machu Picchu – Choquequirao and the wonderful and mysterious trekking to Choquequirao. Choquequirao until now (2020) was not fully explored and excavated.

The Inca site of Choquequirao is situated to a large distance from any large modern city, so it will take a long way to get there. You can take a guided hike with an interpreter (which you might need even if your Spanish is your mother tongue or if it is not perfect, most of the locals speak Quechua as their first language) or if you have little money and are very experienced hiker, take the walk alone. Do not forget to spend a few days in Cusco to get used to the altitude, because altitude sickness will quickly ruin your walk otherwise.

How to get Choquequirao?

From the city of Cusco, you must take a combination or a taxi to the town of Cachora. You should take a taxi from Cachora to the “Mirador de Capuliyoc”, a viewpoint where the path ends and the trail begins. This will reduce about 13 kilometers of your walk, so you will have more time and energy to climb the steep slopes and descents that characterize this route. The trail may seem deceptively short on a map, but constant zigzags and steep ascents and descents stretch it out on a much longer and more strenuous hike than previously thought.

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There are two possible places to camp halfway: first, the small village of “Playa Rosalina”, the official camp. Alternatively, if you prefer to get away from the longest part of your trip on the first day, continue and camp in the small village of “Santa Rosa”. The next day, you will finish the trip to the ruins, where you will spend the second night.

For more information on booking a tour, comparing operators, and checking prices, we are a Local tour operator for Choquequirao Trekking.

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The sister of Machu Picchu – Choquequirao

The Inca site of Choquequirao

When you finally arrive in Choquequirao, the ruins easily rival those of the more famous Machu Picchu, without the crowds of tourists. It is not uncommon, in fact, that travelers have the whole place to themselves. The remains cover 18 square kilometers. On the ridges above the main part of the city, the ancient houses of the nobility and the wealthy overlook the warehouses, temples, and homes of the common people.

Exceptionally for Inca sites, there are a large number of water-centered shrines and temples, leading archaeologists to believe that it was a major cult center for Mama Cocha, the goddess of springs, rivers and images, often of Lamas or human figures, they are built on the walls with lighter colored stones, and still exist as a testimony to the incredible masonry skills of Inca engineers. The city itself, like Machu Picchu and the original Inca parts of Cusco, is aligned with the path of the stars in the night sky, which is beautifully clear at this altitude in the mountains and so far from the lights of the urban city.

The site is cleared constantly; recently was opened new trail that connects the Lost city of Machu Picchu and many trekkers walk for 8-days and can visit the tow most wonderful Inca sites Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. If you are thinking to walk to Choquequoirao, it is better hiring a local tour operator.

Choquequirao was the last retreat of the Incas from where they offer Inca resistance to Spanish domination under Manco Inca and protected Vilcabamba, the last capital of the Inca Empire until the Spanish completed their conquest. Even to this day, it has not been fully excavated or explored.

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    Avoiding Altitude Sickness

    We highly recommended that you spend at least two days in Cusco acclimatizing before beginning your Choquequirao Trek. We’ll assist you to organize hotels and excursions in Cusco for these all important acclimatization days. Cusco is unfortunately relatively high at 3,400m / 11,150ft so you will undoubtedly start feeling the altitude as soon as you arrive. Try not to exert yourself whilst in Cusco and drink lots of water. You can read more about acclimatisation and altitude sickness here.

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