The Inca site Choquequirao is one of the largest in the area around Cusco. Because of it's remote location only travelers who love hiking are able to get there. The Choquequirao Trek is challenging but very picturesque – you'll be rewarded by great views and an off-the-beaten-path experience!
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About: Choquequirao Trek
Before I went to Peru I've never heard of a site called “Choquequirao” because everybody speaks about the Inca trail, Machu Picchu or the alternative Salcantay trail when the topic is about Cusco. Due to the fact that I got in contact with the Tour Operator Machete Tours who where interested in producing a marketing video for one of their tours to Choquequirao I got the chance to experience a non-touristic Inca site almost alone.
After my first research I was quite surprised that this Inca site is one of the largest one's in South America – in extension ist even bigger than Machu Picchu! I also found out that there are plans to build a cable car to get there much easier. But for now there is no other way than to hike up – so people: you have to earn it! ;)
The trail itself was very diverse: starting in a valley you hike up and see the snow covered mountains of the Salcantay before haeding back down to the Rio Apurimac where we spent the first night at a campsite called Chiquista. Day number 2 was tough as we had to walk all the way up again from 1.500m to 3000m until we reached Marampata – our campsite for this night. The next morning we woke up early to enjoy our time at the Inca site.
It was impressive – not only the buildings, also the terraces and especially the lama teracces!
There are itineraries for 2 or 3 days but I'd recommend to do the 4 day hike – it is more relaxed and you can enjoy the scenery much better. An organized tour like I did has the advantage of having a guide who can explain a lot about the Inca site as well as the history and nature around. Moreover mules who carry your stuff and food are provided which makes the whole trek much more comfortable.
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My accommodation in Cusco was supported by Hostelbookers.com – together with Traveldudes they help me to show you South America on my #HolaGringo trip. Because I was shooting footage for a marketing video the tour was provided by Machete Tours.
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