Choquequirao is one of the places where you can make an authentic hiking adventure. During your vacation, you can change the lights and noise of the city for an expedition through the tropical forests to a hidden citadel. The sister of Machu Picchu is more than stone stairs and platforms. Below, 10 interesting facts you should know about CHOQUEQUIRAO.

Choquequirao is located northeast of the Impressive Canyon of the Apurímac which surrounds the archaeological group on the left side. The Archaeological Park of Choquequirao offers a wide variety of ecological floors and an impressive diversity of flora and fauna. Therefore, we recommend that you have the camera ready to capture the natural beauty of this important route.

Beautiful Andean landscapes in Choquequirao

One of the attractions of Choquequirao, is the wonderful landscape where it is located. On the way you will see views of the snow-covered skirts such as Salkantay and Padrayoc as well as its benign tropical climate. Try to fill your lungs with the pure air of the jungle and have a magical memory of this charming destination.

Choquequirao is an Inca city that has the same architectural majesty of the enigmatic city of Machu Picchu, which is why it is known as the sister of Machu Picchu. By knowing both cities you can have a better understanding of Inca culture, history and architecture.

Choquequirao: Panoramic view of Inca architecture
Panoramic view of the architecture of Choquequirao Trek Route

The Inca city of Choquequirao has a strategic location, is located in a mountain in the middle of the jungle of Cusco, whose characteristics of climate, flora and fauna were very well used by the Inca sovereigns. As an advantage of traveling with us, our professional guides will tell you in an entertaining way the history and use of this archaeological site.

Choquequirao was probably the city where the last Incas took refuge at the arrival of the colonizers in 1536, becoming an enclave where they protected their idols of gold and silver. You can learn more about the goldsmiths and Inca art in a guided tour of the museums of Cusco. Send us a message to add this visit to your itinerary.

When visiting the Inca city of Choquequirao you will see that it is a stepped construction, with two-story enclosures, stone stairways, canals, squares, bridges, platforms and altars in granite, with the same invoice and appearance of its sister Machu Picchu.

Choquequirao probably had the function of protecting the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, the mighty Apurimac River and all the mountain ranges that surround it, for having been tutelary gods of the Incas. You can see other mountains that were the object of tribute to the Incas in the Salkantay Hike or in the Huayna Picchu mountain climb.

The road to Choquequirao shows similarities with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our steps will reach over 4,000 m.s.n.m. area where the sun and wind are intense, and straw, lichens and mosses abound. On our way we will arrive at the habitat of species such as the Andean fox, typical rodents or vizcachas, pumas and condors. Then we will descend to the area of ​​inter-Andean valleys above 3,000 m.s. Here we will notice the presence of mosses, twisted trees, deer, hummingbirds, begonias, and with a bit of luck we will have an Andean bear.

Find Andean Vizachas on the road to Choquequirao
Andean Vizcachas on the road to Choquequirao

Choquequirao has a magical view. The landscape is dominated by waterfalls, cliffs covered with trees, huge granite quarries, which were used for the construction of important cities such as Machu Picchu.

Choquequirao due to its location was a great granary and pantry of the Incas. In this area there are many crops of coca, corn, cocoa, coffee and fruit trees. These fields accompany the visitor on his walk to the meeting of the magical city. If you have the chance, do not hesitate to taste the local fruits of the farmers’ gardens.



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