Choquequirau is relatively inaccessible. The southern approach to the site requires a steep descent from almost 3200 meters, near the village of Cachora, down to the Apurimac River at 1200m. This is followed by an even steeper ascent of 1800m up to the ruins. MachuPicchu is situated on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and Choquequirau on it's opposite western slope at about the same parallel. Both citadels are located half way up steep, densely forested mountain slopes. Today the ruins have been partially cleared by COPESCO, the government body responsible for tourism in Peru. They can be explored easily by those intrepid enough to undertake the difficult trek required getting there.
Day 01: CUSCO - CACHORA - CHIQUISCA
Early morning departure from Cusco . Our private transportation will take us to the town of Cachora where our mule wanglers , mules and horses are wayting. We hike down into the Apurimac canyon camping at Chiquisca (1800 mts) (L,D).
Day 02: CHIQUISCA - MARANPATA - CHOQUEQUIRAO
After a good breakfast we start our strenuous hike up hill for about 5 hours to our lunch spot at Maranpata, and then to Choquequirau, where we camp. Choquequirau ( Golden Cradle ) is considered the Sister city of MachuPicchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1,500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon , MachuPïcchu hangs above the Urubamba canyon. It is at the same latitude and it is a large citadel with more of 8 hectares , only one third has been uncovered and every day the archeologist find something more. (B,L,D).
Day 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO - CHIQUISCA
At dawn we can see the Sun rise over the ruins and after a good breakfast we will visit the archeological compound and then start our way back down the same way we came in, until we reach our camp at Chiquisca. (B,L,D)
Day 04: CHIQUISCA - CACHORA - CUSCO
Today we start our trek back to Cachora , where our private transportation will be wayting to take us back to Cusco.(B, L)