Choquequirao or "Chokekirao" is situated at 3055 meters above sea level. It is located on an ample Andean plateau in the Convention province, in the middle of Vilcabamba valley. Its archeological sites are as important as Machupicchu, and that is why it has been called its sister city. Archeologists presume that it is one of the several lost citadels in Villcabamba where the Inkas took refuge in 1536. Choquequirao is an extraordinary complex which is formed by nine architectural stone groups. It has hundred of terraces, rooms and irrigation systems. At this moment only 30% of the archeological area has been cleared.
Choquequirao is composed of nine sections including the religious-political center, the irrigation and fountain systems with aqueducts, and the group of main doors. It is necessary to understand the religious character of this complex. The architecture is distributed around a main square or place and is very well complemented by nice terrace work. The archeological sites are distributed on the lower part of the Choquequirao hill and they are grouped into different quarters. Each one is separated a little bit from the next, probably following a functional and social rank. The trip to Choquequirao is long and tiring but certainly unforgettable. You will leave Cusco on the Abancay Road and at Km 154 you detour to the Cachora Village where the trek will begin. To reach Choquequirao you should be in good physical condition. The route starts at 2900 meters above sea level at Cachora and ends at 1530 meters above sea level at the Apurimac river. On the second day you will hike up to 3085 meters above sea level where the complex lies. To return, you will use the same trail.
Duration of excursion : 05 Days and 04 Nights
Frequency : All Days.
- Professional Guide.
- Transportation: Private bus both ways
- Meals: 4 Breakfasts/ 4 Lunches/ 4 Dinners
- Equipment: Double Tents, Mattresses, Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent, kitchen and handy equipment.
- Cook: In charge of meal preparation
- Horses (for the equipment transport)
- One emergency horse
- Muleteer: In charge of managing the horses.