Choquequirao Archaeological Site

Choquequirao Archaeological Site

Choquequirao is located amongst the spurs of the Salkantay Mountain Range in the Province La Convencion in the Region of Cusco above the Valley of the Apurimac river. The entire complex encompasses 1,800 hectares of which 40% is uncovered.

The Choquequirao archeological site was most likely built during the reign of the Inca Pachacutec and Inca Yupanqui and is considered the last bastion of resistance and refuge of the Sons of the Sun who fled from the city of Cusco when it was under siege in 1535. Led by Manco Inca they took refuge in Choquequirao.

Presumably, it was used as a checkpoint for access to the Vilcabamba area and as a cultural and religious center for the region. The city also played an important role as a link between the Amazon Jungle and the city of Cusco.

The typical Inca terraces form the largest constructions on site. A temple, some administrative buildings and the living quarters of the aristocrats are situated around the central square. On the outskirts of the site lie the living quarters of the common people grouped together in a small village. There are numerous water channels, aqueducts and water springs. Most of the buildings are well preserved and well restored. Restoration is continuing.

Choquequirao Visiting Regulations

To help with preserving this invaluable archeological monument and world natural and cultural heritage site, we recommend you bear the following in mind:

•Bring drinks in canteens only
•Do not bring food or eat within the monument
•Do not climb the walls
•Put litter in the indicated trashcans
•Do not contaminate water sources
•Walk only on the signaled circuits

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After a detailed review of the commentaries and experiences of our passengers, we can recommend the following Choquequirao tours. We are really sure. you will enjoy as much as them.

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