Views 15 Jun Choquequirao… Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister (part I)
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The Choquequirao Trek in the Cusco area in Peru is one of the most exciting alternatives to the famous Inca Trail to the old Inca town Machu Picchu. Getting well off the beaten track, trekkers journey toward the mystical allure of the ruins of Choquequirao.

Experiencing Incan history in all its authenticity, this spectacular yet challenging hike crosses the Canyon of the Apurimac River and takes you to Choquequirao´s incredibly located ruins – perched high on a ledge above one of the deepest canyons in the world.

Choquequirao - Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister

If the opportunity to partake in this trek presents itself to you it would be a crime not to take it. A truly unforgettable experience.

Day One
After a very early awakening I left Cusco to travel to Cachora, the village from which we would begin our Choquequirao adventure. The bus journey was an experience in itself, careering around sharp curves at a pace that did not do my stomach any favours… an entertaining escapade

Upon our arrival in Cachora we were greeted by our trustee crew, complete with mule! After lunch we packed everything onto the mule and then, we were off.

The next five hours consisted of a tiresome yet tremendous trek, trailing across an ever evolving terrain of ups and downs. Finally we arrived at our campsite in Chiquisca.

Choquequirao - Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister

The tents were already waiting for us, as was a delightful dinner prepared by our chef. All there was left for us to do was enjoy a delicious meal and get some well earned rest in preparation for the next big day of our journey.

Day Two
Departing at 6am we strode down to the banks of the Apurimac River, where the challenge really begins. Following a meandering path we ascended a dramatic 1500m.

However, my fatigue was forgotten instantaneously when I caught my first glimpse of the panoramic views surrounding us at this height. They were magnificent.

That evening we enjoyed more tasty food and settled down to sleep.

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