Choquequirao (from the Quechua chuqi, gold, and k’iraw, cot, ie “cradle of gold”) are the ruins of an Inca city located between the foothills of Mount Salcantay, and under the jurisdiction of the district of Santa Teresa, province of La Convencion, department of Cusco, Peru.
The archaeological monuments of Choquequirao are comprised of buildings and terraces distributed in different levels, from the lowest level Sunch’u Pata to the top truncated highest, which was leveled and fenced with stones to form a platform with an approximate area of 150 square meter.
Choquequirao (sometimes also as Choqequirau or Choquekiraw) is known as the partially excavated “sacred sister” of Machu Picchu by the structural and architectural resemblance to esta.Recientemente being, has aroused the interest of the Peruvian government to recover even more complex and make it more accessible for tourists interested in learning more about the Inca culture alternative.
Forms of access.
Currently the land is the only way to reach the citadel of Choquequirao. The most popular route is from Cusco taking the highway to Abancay and at km. 154 choose the detour that leads to the village of Cachora. Alternatively you can go from Abancay and 42 km along the road heading to Cusco, to deviate towards Cachora. From this town should take a hike uphill about 27 km, the route reaches two days. An important access road, which is paved road from Cusco-Urbamba-Ollantaytambo-Huayopata-Santa Maria 200km road Santa Maria-Santa Teresa-17km, waggon Santa Teresa-Sahuayaco-Totora-Yanama-70km. Then pedestrian route from Yanama-Cornfield 06hrs, Cornfield-Rio Blanco-Pinchaunuyoc Ruins 8hrs, Pinchaunuyoc-Choquequirao 6hrs.El round trip can be done in 4 or 5 days. You can also access other surrounding villages, however, the path may be more rugged.
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