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Choquequirao Cusco

Written by Wayki Trek, 28/06/2022 5:20 pm

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Choquequirao Cusco is known as the sister of Machu Picchu. Both places have many similarities. However, Choquequirao is one of the Inca archaeological sites that is still not well known.

What is the Inca city of Choquequirao, Cusco?

Choquequirao is one of the last bastions of resistance and refuge of the Incas, who by orders of Manco Inca, left the city of Cusco to take refuge in the cities of the Vilcabamba region, when around the year 1535 Cusco was besieged by the Spanish. .

Choquequirao means ‘Cradle of Gold’ because of the precious metals found in the area.

What was the importance of Choquequirao?

Like Machu Picchu, its famous sister, Choquequirao seems to have been a kind of royal city for the Inca nobility. It was built one or two generations before the arrival of the Spanish.

It has several constructions such as the ‘Kallanka’: two ceremonial halls with stairs and irrigation canals inside. It is one of the most important constructions.

How to get to Choquequirao Cusco?

This trek is for the most adventurous and strong. The only way to get there is a 4-hour drive from Cusco, then a two-day hike: the first day downhill all day, then the second day uphill all day.

How tall is Choquequirao?

Choquequirao is located at 3,050 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.).

When to visit Choquequirao Cusco?

The dry season (between April and October) is the best time to go to Choquequirao. Sun, camping, and an incredible 4-day trek (2 out and 2 back) separate this ancient Inca city from any nearby roads. During those days, the route is easier due to the infrequency of rains.

If you want you can do it in 8 days to not only get to know Choquequirao but also Machu Picchu.

How to visit Choquequirao Cusco?

To get to Choquequirao you must hire the service of a tour. We provide the complete service so that your experience is rewarding and safe.

Choquequirao – How is the weather?

Choquequirao has a temperate climate. The average temperature is 14ºC. During the dry season (April to October) the heat reaches 25ºC. At night, the cold reaches 4ºC. In the rainy season (from November to March) fluvial precipitations occur more frequently.

Recommendations for the trek to Choquequirao

  • Altitude sickness or soroche is a malaise suffered by people in high places. It is advisable to acclimatize in Cusco at least 1 day before trekking to Choquequirao.
  • The ascent from Cachora to Choquequirao requires significant physical effort.
  • It is recommended to prepare yourself physically at least 1 week before the trek.
  • This ascent is through the so-called ‘Apurímac Canyon’, where the temperature rises.
  • Advisable to start the walks very early to avoid the heat.
  • Once in Choquequirao, there is a longer and winding road that will take you to the ‘House of the waterfall’. There are beautiful views of the edge of a cliff and a waterfall.

Why choose Wayki Tre to going to Machu Picchu?

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We’ve worked with hundreds of guides, cooks and porters, many of whom have gone on to start their own successful businesses.

We are a local company, formed in 1998 by a group of experienced tour guides from different rural communities and with a vast professional experience.

Throughout our 20 years of operation, we have been pioneers in professionalizing the experience on the Inka Trail.

Make more than 18,000 clients from different parts of the world happy.

We work hard on the personal and professional development of our employees and the rural population.

As a result, many of our porters have been promoted to cooks and guides. Also, many of our guides today have their own travel agencies.

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