Choquequirao is an Inca Citadel located in the Vilcabamba Valley, in the region of Cusco, at more than 3100 meters above sea level.
Choquequirao (Quechua), means, "the golden cradle”. Choquequirao is known as the "sister sacred of Machu Picchu". Indeed, as the very famous Citadel, Choquequirao is an Inca city perched on a mountain in the middle of a rainforest mountain. It was discovered in 1910 by Hiram Bingham, the same American archeologist who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911. Excavations and restoration of the site began in the 1990s, and it is estimated that only 30% of the site could be restored until today. Whole site have a surface of 1810 hectares.
Surrounded by the typical Inca terraces, serving agriculture and prevent the erosion of the site, the city was complied with 9 neighborhoods with temples, attics, ceremonial, platforms and places the habitations… hydraulic works.
After the occupation of Cusco by Spain in 1535, Choquequirao would have served as refuge for Inca resistance for more than 40 years.
Mountains and valleys of Choquequirao are among the richest in animal and plant biodiversity. These area is frequented by bear with glasses, condors, and pumas, foxes, etc. There are moreover a very rich flora, especially the giant ferns and many species of orchids, in the midst of a rainforest mountain.
No road leads to Choquequirao, the only way to reach the site is on foot. We offer you 3 beautiful treks to reach the Citadel of Choquequirao. The best known, and the shortest route share village Cachora and climbs up to the site in 2 full days of walking, total is a superb 4-day trek.
8 Days, and amount by the same path as the classic route, it is possible to join the two "Sisters sacred", Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
Finally, for lovers of mountain Treks and Inca culture, a great 13 days Trek that will make you go to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu via Vilcabamba Valley the last bastion of Inca resistance of the Spanish invasion, Inca ruins at the heart of the Quechua built and numerous Inca fortresses.
Choquequirao ruins was most likely built during the reign of the Inca king Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui and is considered to be the last bastion of resistance and refuge of the Sons of the Sun, who fled ...Read more
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