PERU TRAVEL PLANNER
Choquequirao comes from the Quechua word “Chuqui K 'iraw”, which means Cradle of
Gold, this archeological site, is known as the other Machu Picchu, due to its
similar characteristics of its construction and structures that form a series of
architectural complexes in the Valley of Vilcabamba; according to the history,
it was the last Inca archaeological site, that served them as a shelter around
40 years, during the resistance to the Spanish invaders.
Also Choquequirao it was a religious, political and social center, and became in
an important hub of the cultural and economic exchange between the coast and the
highlands and has an extraordinary view to the side of Rio Blanco and Apurimac
Canyon. At the distance you can see the fabulous snow Salcantay.
In addition, many experts say that the environment of Choquequirao is one of the
richest biodiversity in the high jungle, because of its very diverse fauna and
flora species. For all these reason nowadays this impressive archaeological site
recently has increased a tourist and cultural importance and definitely is an
excellent option for all the adventurous travelers.
Location: At the north of the Apurimac River Valley in the province of La Convención in Cusco. It is approximately from a distance of 47 km to the town of
Cachora. (Department of Apurimac)
Altitude: 3,085 m.s.n.m
Latitude: South latitude 13 ° 32 ' and west longitude 72 ° 44’
Extension: 1810 hectares.
Choquequirao has a warm weather with cold temperatures at night. The average
annual temperature is 16 º C.
Best Time to go Choquequirao
You can visit Choquequirao most of the year, but the best time is between the
months of May to November due to is the dry season. It is not recommendable
during the rainy season (December to March) in which the road becomes muddy and
impossible to walk.
Getting to Choquequirao
There is two ways to get there, by land or by helicopter.
Currently by land is the only way to reach the citadel of Choquequirao. If you
want to get to this spectacular site, definitely you need to have an adventurous
spirit and love to walk. The journey to Choquequirao is long and strenuous, but
certainly memorable and highly remarkable.) Parting from Cusco to the road that
goes to Abancay, then at mile 154 you should take the detour to the town of
Cachora, the last village before reaching the archaeological site. From there
you choose to go on horseback or on foot.
The road has recently been extended and fixed. Go to there, is now more
comfortable and secure. But anyway, Arriving at Choquequirao requires good
physical condition and equipment. From Cachora (2,900 m) is necessary to descend
to the Apurimac River (1,530 m) to camp. The second day he gets up to 3.085
m.s.n.m. altitude, where the complex is located. To return, use the same path.
The spectacular archeological site of Choquequirao is located in an area of low
mountains or jungle at the northwest of the Apurimac canyon, is composed of nine
sectors, most notably the political and religious center, the source system of
aqueducts and canals and is characterized by abundant greenery, tropical climate
and diverse flora and fauna species. Certainly Visit Choquequirao is an
indescribable experience! Well worth it.
* The residential sector and the terraces
The residential area is located on the descending portion, while the flanks of
the mountains contain the terraces of cultivation. Some irrigation canals were
used permanently, while others were temporary. Also include a group of familiar
houses called Piquiwasi.
* The ceremonial sector
The ceremonial area is located around the main square; which was dedicated to
the worship of the gods of the mountain, the river and other systems of nature;
in addition there are two level temples and buildings as the Sunturwasi built
for several purposes and collective services.
Flora & Fauna
The impressive citadel of Choquequirao, count with a variety of plants and
vegetations around its construction, and with an amazing wildlife that you will
be able to appreciate; from the magnificent flight of the condor until see very
close the spectacled bear and the most diversity of colorful orchids along this
* Choquequirao Trek "
The Last Inca Outpost"
* On route to
From Choquequirao to Machupicchu
Exploring Choquequirao & Machupicchu
Choquequirao Tips-USUFUL INFORMATION
-Is highly recommended be in a good physical condition.
-Drink lot of water (bottle or boiled water preferably)
- Drink Coca tea that helps you to avoid the altitude sickness
- Be careful what you eat. (Food poisoning could happen).
- is advisable to eat more fruit and avoid greasy food.
- Bringing some useful medicines for precaution
- Do a medical examination or consult your doctor for a check up, before your
- If you suffer a heart disease or high blood pressure we advised you not to
Security & Safe
-Get a travel Insurance.
- Dot not intent to do the trek or the climbing during rainy season (December to
march) could be really dangerous.
- Do the trip with a professional guide (you can get lost or go for risky ways
without know it)
- Do not try to do reckless acts (May even cause you death)
-Count with the necessary equipment and measures in order to avoid any
inconvenient during the trip.
- Be alert and Hide well your personal belongings (in case any robbery)
For the Trip
- Do not forget you original passport.
- Is recommended to take plenty of fluids and rehydration salts along the trip.
- Bring some spare batteries for your cameras and lanterns there is not
- Carry with a raincoat, hiking shoes, sun block, insect repellent and a hat.
- Best time to visit is during dry season (May to November)
- The necessary equipment and sleeping bags for camping (The travel agency can
provide you if you require it).
- Swimsuit (In case you go to the hot springs)
- Be prepared for all kind of climates (clothes)
- Bring your own snacks as: chocolates, cereal bars, cookies, etc