Choquequirao Archaeological Complex
Choquequirao is located in the province of Anta in the department of Cusco. The archaeological complex of Choquequirao was built on 2000 hectares of remote land and is comprised of buildings and leveled terraces. There are complex paths and trails that connect it with Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is also known as the “Cradle of Gold”.
Getting to Choquequirao begins with a bus trip from Cusco to Cachora (Apurimac) by bus. Then from Cachora it is a 30 km hike to reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao. This adventure trail takes about four days which you can do by foot, horseback or mule. This is an ideal route for hikers who enjoy adventure. Along the way you will see landscapes, mountains, cliffs, glaciers, ecological wealth, wildlife and admire the imposing Apurimac Canyon, one of the deepest in the world.
Recommended hike dates for Choquequirao are not during the rainy season or April to November since you can expect sunny, blue skies all day during these months. Keep in mind June and July are cold since it is the middle of winter in the southern hemisphere with little to no rain.
The activities you can do within the complex of Choquequirao are: Camping tours, Excursions, Studies and Research, Take pictures, make films of nature (flora), hiking and trekking.
What to bring:
- sub-zero sleeping bag & bad (available to rent in Cusco)
- water purifying tablets
- Hard soled hiking shoes
- extra socks
- Grooming supplies
- Camera. (with extra batteries)
- Sunscreen and mosquito repellent
- brimmed hats
- Poncho or waterproof shell
- 01 liter of water for Day 01
- extra money for incidentals