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10 FACTS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT CHOQUEQUIRAO, THE LOST CITY OF CHOQUEQUIRAO?

The lost city of Choquequirao? Choquequirao was the lost city of the Incas?

Choquequirao is an archaeological site that deserves to be visited and known by trekking lovers and why not, by people who love adventure, mysticism, nature and history. During this tour you can enjoy a beautiful and varied range of ecosystems with different types of microclimates that make this trip one of the best in Peru.

Therefore, you should take into account the following 10 facts you should know about Choquequirao before planning your trip. Let’s go!

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1.- IS CHOQUEQUIRAO LOCATED IN APURIMAC OR IN CUSCO?

A fact you should know about Choquequirao is that it is a little explored archaeological site. It is located on the fringes of the snowy Salkantay in the district of Santa Teresa, province of La Convención, department of Cusco, Peru; at 3,033 metres above sea level.

Due to its location, it is presumed that this Inca enclosure served as a checkpoint between the main Inca sites such as Pisac, Cusco and Machu Picchu.

2.- WHY IS CHOQUEQUIRAO KNOWN AS THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS? LOST CITY OF CHOQUEQUIRAO?

According to some historians of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Choquequirao was considered the last refuge, where the Inca resistance led by Manco Inca ended with the execution of the Inca Tupac Amaru I in 1572. However, in 1916, information provided by the Inca Titu Cusi Yupanqui (1570), through letters exchanged between the Incas of Vilcabamba and the Spaniards, made it possible to know that Manco Inca and his sons took refuge in Vitcos and Vilcabamba. And today it is known that the location of Vilcabamba, the lost city of the Incas is neither Machu Picchu nor Choquequirao, but Hatun Vilcabamba. A place located eighty kilometres in a straight line to the west of Machu Picchu.

lost city of Choquequirao? Choquequirao inca complex

Entrada al complejo arqueológico de Choquequirao Cusco

On the other hand, Choquequirao is the gateway to the Vilcabamba region; its location was a key point of political, religious and administrative control of Inca rule over these lands.

3.- IS THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK DIFFICULT?

One of the things you should know about Choquequirao is that it is one of the routes with the highest level of trekking as well as the Inca Trail, Salkantay and Lares; in that sense, it is essential to be in good physical condition. This route will take you through diverse ecosystems and microclimates that will make your trip one of the best you have ever done in your life.

Foto desde la parte alta de Choquequirao, hacia la plaza principal del sitio arqueológico

4.- CAN YOU DO THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK ON YOUR OWN?

An incredible fact is that you can do the Choquequirao trek on your own! But, for the days of trekking it is recommended to do the tour with an agency or authorized tour operator; this way you are guaranteed to enjoy your trip without worries regarding the purchase of tickets, hiring of campsites and other services that you will need to get to Choquequirao cradle of gold.

5.- THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK HAS DIFFERENT DURATIONS, YOU WILL WALK BETWEEN 3 TO 7 DAYS, ARE YOU READY?

The Choquequirao trek is not a very busy route compared to the Inca Trail, so the tourist agencies have created packages that can be adapted to your needs and possibilities. For example, Inkayni Peru Tours, considering the level of trekking and physical resistance, offers you a 5 days tour with private service.

The 5 days Choquequirao Lost City of the Incas package offers you:

  • Professional tour guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Cook
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
  • Pick up and transport from the hotel to the start of the trek.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the tour where you will need to carry it on your own).
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 happy hours and 4 dinners. Also, if you have a dietary request, such as vegetarian food, please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Comfortable and spacious 4-person tent, which will be used only by 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattresses/sleeping mats.
  • Oxygen bottles.
  • First aid kit.
  • Choquequirao entrance fees

As you can see, you only need to bring a sleeping bag, a ticket for the CONOC thermal baths (5USD), tips and a lot of desire to know new and incredible places. This service is a great advantage of doing the Choquequirao trek with a tourist agency.

Impresionantes andes en Choquequirao

6.- COST OF MULETEERS AND HORSE TO GET CHOQUEQUIRAO

When you go on your own and you make a contract in advance, the muleteer and horse service is S/100.00 per day; but, if the service contract is “at the last minute”, the cost will probably increase according to the muleteer’s convenience.

On the other hand, if you do the Choquequirao tour with an agency, the transfer service is included.

7.- THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING TO CHOQUEQUIRAO LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

  • Original passport
  • Current University Student Card (Especially, if you are a student and want to qualify for a discounted price if you go with travel agency)
  • Hiking/trekking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts (quick drying)
  • Swimwear and sandals (for Conoc waters)
  • Comfortable trekking trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen (SPF 35+)
  • Insect repellent (most importantly NATURAL insect repellent)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication (with or without agency service).
  • Camera and camcorder.
  • Torch with spare batteries (as well as being environmentally friendly).
  • Cash, preferably in Peruvian soles.

Plaza principal de Choquequirao ciudad perdida de los incas

8.- DON’T FORGET YOUR SHOES AND TREKKING POLES

If you are going to do the Choquequirao trek, don’t even think about wearing dress shoes, casual, casual, urban and other shoes; because they will probably bring you falls on the route. The only shoes that will help you are the trekking shoes; make sure that they are already moulded to your feet, this way you will not feel discomfort when walking in case they are new.

9.- BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL TO CHOQUEQUIRAO

Without a doubt, the best season for trekking to Choquequirao, the lost city of the Incas, is between the months of April and October or as it is known in Cusco as the dry season.

10.- BOOKING TIME FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO

To make the necessary arrangements in order to provide you with an excellent service Inkayni Peru Tours suggests making your reservation at least 15 days in advance. The timing is similar in many other travel agencies.

¡24 llamas a tamaño real en los andes de Choquequirao!

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