Choquequirao Trek, the other Machu Picchu
The Inca archaeological site of Choquequirao is known as “The Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu” due to the similarity between both Inca sites. Currently, the only way to get to this place is through a trekking route of 4 days, 5 days, 6 days or more.
What does Choquequirao mean? Choquequirao is a Quechua word that means ‘Cradle of Gold’. The name comes from the name of a hill near the archaeological site.
Where it is located? Choquequirao is located on one of the fringes of the snowy Salkantay, north of the Apurímac River. It is currently located in the district of Santa Teresa, province of La Convencion, department of Cusco, Peru.
How high is it? Choquequirao is located at 3,033 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.). Due to its location, it is presumed that this Inca site served as a checkpoint between the main Inca sites such as Pisac, Cusco and Machu Picchu.