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Choquequirao

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The traveller's sense of disappointment at discovering an ancient historic site set deep in the wilderness and finding it swarming with other travellers is ameliated to an awesome degree at Choquequirao, a complex of well-preserved Inca terraces, temples and houses perched between the peaks of the Salkantay Mountains. The site is a winding, dramatic two-day hike from Cachora and is often referred to as the sister of Machu Picchu, and said to be the last refuge of the Incas following their failed siege of Cusco in the 16th Century. The two-storey buildings, complex aqueducts and canals, concentric layout (arranged according to social hierachy) and signs of the Incas' sun-worshipping faith are clearly visible, and the magnificent sense of history permeates all.

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“Excerpt from 'Happy Trails around Machu Picchu's 'sister site' in Peru'”

By Ben Fogle for The Independent First published January 13, 2007 Choquequirao is one of the best-preserved Inca cities in South America; only 30 per cent of the site has been excavated so far. It was here that the Inca royalty fled following the Spani… Read more...

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“Excert from 'The Other Machu Picchu'”

By Ethan Todras-Whitehill for The New York Times First published June 3, 2007 Twenty-five years ago, Machu Picchu must have looked much like this. Choquequirao’s builder, Topa Inca, chose his city’s site and design precisely because of the similaritie… Read more...

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Choquequirao from Cachora

It's one of the most amazing trekking in Peru. Because you cross one of the most impressionant canyon in the world. And you visit the second inka icon. If you are interestes visit us in Cachora. We are an office of information of the municipality. Free information.

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