Choquequirao: the second Machu Picchu

01 Dec
Choquequirao: the second Machu Picchu
Tuesday December 01, 2015 - Posted by to Culture

Choquequirao:  the second Machu Picchu

If you are an adventurous type who likes to discover new hidden places behind beautiful scenery and challenges? If you are traveling in Peru and the answers is yes, you should definitely take the time to explore the special road to Choquequirao. This trek in Peru is arguably one of the most extraordinary high-altitude journeys of Peru. The ruins are in an incredible location – perched high on a ledge above one of the deepest canyons in the world!

The name “Choquequiroa’ comes from the Quechua word “chuqui k’iraw” meaning “Cradle of Gold”, and is currently considered to be the second Machu Picchu. With much less visitors though, but this might be changing soon.

From the village of Cachora you can go by horse or by foot along a zigzagging, 30-kilometer path that will take you to the historic site. Recently the road has been expanded to ensure more safe and comfortable travel. Along the way you can camp beside the Apurimac River, a resting place after long hours of hiking or riding. Here you can see magnificent mountains, frightening cliffs, and the spectacular canyon of the Apurimac River, one of the deepest in the world. After crossing the Canyon of the Apurimac River it ends up at the mysterious ruins of Choquekirao.



The Choquequiroa trek is definitely one of the more challenging hikes that certainly requires a good physical condition and the right equipment. The road is long and strenuous, but unforgettable. Reaching the top of the ruins and seeing the stone structures will transmit its magnificence. The Choquequirao area is 2000 hectares, with a set of structures located 3,100 meters above sea level, in a strategic area in the Valley of Vilcabamba.

In Incan times, Choquekirao was an Inca city on the same scale as Machu Picchu with scattered and fascinating sectors. The different parts seem to have diverse functions and communicated with the main square by a series of footpaths. You can see the Temples of the Sun and Earth, residences, sleeping rooms for Mitimaes and farmers´ residences.



Choquequirao is located on the early jungle, which is the transition from the Andes to the Amazone jungle. The attraction for tourists includes the variety of fauna and flora such as the spectacled bear, condor, colorful butterflies and birds. In the last years, it has become increasingly important for tourism and culture.


Are you interested in this amazing opportunity?

Check out our fixed departure dates for a discounted hike to Choquequirao in small groups with an experienced guide.

If you want more information, feel free to contact one of our Trip Counselors in Cusco.


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