Saturday, April 18, 2015

Peru: Hiking to Choquequirao Part V

After arriving at the campsite we again had a delicious dinner and took time to relax and rest. There were also bathrooms with showers here but the water was  incredibly cold. I washed my hair and got as clean as I could - I was glad to have brought baby wipes on the trip. We snuggled in for the night and awoke the next morning for breakfast and the hike to Choquequirao itself, at last.

 The terraces, where a lot of the cultivation and agricultural work was performed (as seen from across the way in the previous blog post)

The steps are as steep as they look.

It's a long way down.

Taking a rest after lot of effort.

A waterfall on the hike route in between the main complex and the terraces.

The view from the base of the waterfall was sublime.

Ruins on the way to the main city.

A large flat area used for ceremonies.

Some of the residential buildings are seen here.

It's a lovely place. We got to enjoy a long day here exploring and photographing the complex. We were so glad to have reached our destination with all of our expectations fulfilled. Choquequirao was practically empty. There were some government workers there on a trek gathering information and taking photos. We saw two other tourists who were with a local guide, and that was it. Otherwise the site was all to us and we were really able to explore at our leisure.

From the Peruvian Tourism Office: "Choquequirao was probably one of the entrance check points to the Vilcabamba, and also an administrative hub serving political, social and economic functions. Its urban design has followed the symbolic patterns of the imperial capital, with ritual places dedicated to Inti (the Incan sun god) and the ancestors, to the earth, water and other divinities, with mansions for administrators and houses for artisans, warehouses, large dormitories or kallankas and farming terraces belonging to the Inca or the local people. Spreading over 700 meters, the ceremonial area drops as much as 65 meters from the elevated areas to the main square."

See the rest of our journey -

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