Views 20 Jun Choquequirao… Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister (part II)
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The Choquequirao Trek is one of the most exciting alternatives to the Inca Trail. Getting well off the beaten track, trekkers journey toward the mystical allure of the ruins of Choquequirao.
Here follows the second instalment of our latest account of the unique adventure that is the Choquequirao Trek…

Day Three
Another early start and we headed off to the mysterious ruins of Choquequirao. After an hour and a half of walking we arrived at the “Cradle of Gold”.

Choquequirao - Cusco Peru
Although the early Spaniards were aware of its existence, Choquequirao was protected by its remoteness. Some speculate that the Incan Emperor Topa had it built as a personal spiritual retreat to rival his father Pachacuti’s magnificent estate at Machu Picchu.

Whoever built this place, it was undoubtedly an elite settlement, built for ceremonial purposes and occupied by Inca nobility.

After much exploration of this mystical site we returned to camp for lunch. Later we made our descent back to the Apurimac River and ambled back to camp in Chiquisca.

Day Four
For the final day of our adventure we hiked up the Apurimac Canyon, from the top of which we had a stunning view of the river far below us. Once at the top of the canyon we were among the mountainous grasslands stretching towards Capuliyoc Pass and the pastoral valley of Cachora.

Choquequirao - Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister-parte II

Upon our return to Cachora we enjoyed our final lunch and then travelled back to Cusco, arriving in the city at around 5pm.

Although exhausting, my Choquequirao adventure was an exciting and truly beautiful experience that I will remember forever.

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