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Imagine Machu Picchu but without the large crowds of selfie-stick wielding tourists. Imagine hiking the Inca Trail but without seeing nearly as many fellow trekkers, and having campsites where only a few intrepid tourists are sleeping for the night. If that image sounds appealing, then consider trekking with us to Choquequirao.
The Inca archaeological site of Choquequirao is very similar to Machu Picchu, both in structure, intricacy and geographical setting. But unlike the world-famous Machu Picchu, Choquequirao has only really started to open up to tourism in the recent decade. It’s a challenging trek lasting four days and three nights, but the route passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru. And with plans afoot to build a cable car to Choquequirao, making it far more accessible, now is the time to visit this stunning Inca complex, before it becomes one of Peru’s next tourist hotspots.
These poles are designed to help you endure long treks into rugged, remote areas with a heavy pack. If you need a little extra support when walking, an adjustable folding walking stick is ideal. It has an aluminium body with plastic handles and base, it folds away neatly for easy storage when not in use.
This 4 day Choquequirao trek brings you through the site that was discovered by a French explorer in the 18th century. It fascinated 19th century explorers and was also visited by Hiram Bingham prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu. Grand and mysterious, this abandoned city has a lot of parallels to Machu Picchu and there are a variety of theories about its function. It is only recently that COPESCO (the official body responsible for tourism in Peru) has partially cleared the site, so there still remains a lot more to be discovered.
Our first day starts out from the village of Cachora, a 4 hour drive from Cusco. Leaving Cachora, the path works its way down in to the Apurimac Valley. We will have fantastic views of snow-capped peaks in the distance with the Apurimac Valley spread out before us throughout the day. After, a few hours of walking, we'll get to have our first views of Choquequirao sat on the far side of the valley. The area around Choquequirao is rich in life and we will...
Today is probably the hardest day of the trek. To get to Choquequirao, we need to make our way back up the opposite side of the Apurimac Valley, which involves ascending about 800m / 2624ft. over a distance of 14km / 8.7 miles through hot and humid conditions. It's quite tough going but the views we get today mixed with the wide variety of flora and fauna you find on this side of the valley make it worth it.
Throughout the day, we will see a wid...
Today's focus is on exploring Choquequirao. Upon waking up early, you'll head off on a guided tour of the site during which you'll be shown the most important and interesting sections of the city. While getting to learn about the Incan culture and the close relation between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
Compared to Machu Picchu, little is known about Choquequirao even though it has been known about for much longer. Originally, discovered in the...
Today, is the final stretch of the trek as we make our way back to Cachora. Winding our way back up the side of the valley, we'll have our final views of Choquequirao in the distance before arriving to Cachora in the late afternoon and travelling by bus back to Cusco.