This site was discovered in 1909 by Hiram Bingham, the same person who discovered Machu Picchu. Although it is said that Choquequirao was first visited by Juan Arias Díaz in 1710 and in 1834 by Eugene de Santiges, it never got much attention ultin 1909. The site was inaccessible until a footbridge over the Apurimac River, below the ruins was constructed. Even so, the ruins are still rarely visited.
Choquequirao is built at the top of a mountain, divided in two zones. The stone walls that protect the area and the greenness of the land are some of the most impressive features. But only 30% of the 1,810 hectares have been rescued so far, so most of its beauty remains unveiled.
The road to Choquequirao is an adventure itself, and the starting point is Cachora. From here, it's a 30 kilometers hike until you reach the site.
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