Near Machu Picchu, passing through a very deep canyon and over a path of many slopes is an enormous and special place. It is one that dates back to the Inca era and had a very important role in its history. We refer to the archaeological park of Choquequirao. This great construction still has many secrets, but in this article we will tell you what you should know about it and why you should visit it.
The name comes from a Quechua word that means “Cradle of Gold”. It is also known as “The last Inca refuge” since this was the place where Manco Inca fled when the Spanish colonizers besieged the city of Cusco. Its location is between that city and Apurimac, above the Canyon with the same name.
The many ecological floors that we can find in this area make its geography very unique. From 1,500 meters above the bottom of the valley (where it is very hot) to the citadel at 3,000 meters (with very low temperatures at night), there you can see condors, vizcachas, spectacled bears, cocks of the rock, and even pumas. Similarly, we can appreciate beautiful flowers like giant ferns and orchids.
As a result of the slopes that must be traversed to reach the top, this hike can be difficult, so we recommend that you prepare if you want to visit this hidden jewel between the Andes and the jungle. Most people take 4 days and 3 nights to make this trek.
Choquequirao is divided into 9 sectors, among which we find temples, terraces, platforms, and houses. One of the most interesting areas of the place is the large platform or “Ushnu” that is located at the top of the site. It is located facing the sunrise, so we can imagine that it was a ceremonial place to give gratitude to the sun god. Also, thanks to various channels that transported water from a nearby glacier, corn and other food could be grown.
This is a destination for those who like hiking and enjoy knowing a little more about the Inca culture. Have you ever heard of Choquequirao? Would you like to visit this place? Be sure to write your comments that we will be reading and responding to everyone. If you wish to book a service at our hotel, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.