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Although a bit tricky to access, your efforts are well rewarded upon reaching Choquequirau, a remote ridge-top Inca site. Currently, the ruins can only be reached on foot, but this will soon be changing as UNESCO is funding tourist authorities to make this site more accessible to the masses.


It is best to go now before the trek becomes strewn with gringo garbage and straggling walkers, breaking the delicate silence. The trail to Choquequirau can be reached from the town of Cachora. To get to Cachora, you can take a bus from Cusco heading towards Abancay, but make sure to ask the driver to let you out at the turn-off for Cachora. It is about an hour’s walk to the beginning of the trail from Cachora; just ask any of the friendly locals who will more than gladly show you the way.


The trail is very well laid out and it is not necessary to have a guide, but it is highly recommended because the trail is steeper and more challenging than those which most Westerners, even experienced trekkers, have come across.


The trail starts out flat for about two hours, before a three-hour descent to the RĂ­o ApurĂ­mac. It is possible to camp alongside the river, but there is a camp site approximately 30 minutes prior to the river, and this spot is better for its solitude and lack of mosquitoes. Besides, it is not every night that you can fall asleep on an Inca terrace, under a blanket of shooting stars and the Southern Cross.


Once across the bridge over the Rio ApurĂ­mac, the precipitous ascent begins. Despite there being switchbacks built into the trail, it feels as if you are climbing straight up the side of the mountain, with Choquequirau always looming in the distant clouds.


After about three-hours, you reach the “town” of Santa Rosa. It consists of a small shack (where it is possible to purchase Inca Kola) and a small religious monument, which makes for a great place to seek shade from the burning sun and rest your weary legs. You can also find a lot of bamboo sticks in the area to aid your climb.


Another three hours of ascent brings you to a flat part of trail, where you can find open fields of grass along the cliff’s edge. To reach the Inca site, you continue down the rolling trail for about an hour and a half. There is a viewing area about an hour before the site, where you can take in the full vision of the condor-shaped Choquequirau and surrounding agricultural terraces.


It is an enthralling place to sit and enjoy the greatest aspect of the area’s beauty, its secrecy and solitude. Alone on the path, this magical place is entirely your own, minus the few Peruvian workers you pass along the way. Without seeing any other gringos, you finally have the opportunity to experience the nature of Peru as it is meant to be experienced: in quiet contemplation.


From here, you can carry on down the path to explore inside the ruins, which are bigger than Machu Picchu.


It is about a four or five hour climb back up the mountain, and again Make sure to take along plenty of water from the tap at the camping site. Once you reach the top of the switchbacks at the end of the ascent there is a much-needed shelter, where you can seek cover from the wind and collapse into a heap of exhaustion and gratitude at having had the privilege of partaking in such a mystical and unforgettable experience.

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