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Yanama Perú is a populated place located in Apurímac in Peru, about 283 miles (or 456 km) east of Lima, the country’s capital.

The closest airport in Peru is Andahuaylas Airport at a distance of 16 miles (or 26 km), to the southwest. In addition to airports, there are other travel options available.

The local time zone in Yanama Perú is called America / Lima with a UTC offset of -5 hours.

Geographic information

  • Latitude: -13.6
  • Longitude: -73.1166667

Average weather in Yanama Perú

In Yanama Perú, summers are cool and cloudy; Winters are short, cold and partly cloudy and it is dry throughout the year. During the course of the year, the temperature generally varies from 1 ° C to 17 ° C and rarely drops below -2 ° C or rises above 19 ° C.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Yanama for hot weather activities is from mid-July to early October.

Choquequirao, the Sacred Inca Valley

Choquequirao (from Quechua chuqi, oro, and from k’iraw, cradle, that is to say: «cradle of gold»), are the ruins of an Inca city located between the foothills of the snowy Salcantay, and under the jurisdiction of the Santa Teresa district, La Convencion Province, Cuzco Department, southern Peru.

The Choquequirao archaeological monuments are made up of buildings and terraces distributed on different levels, from the lowest Sunch’u Pata level to the highest truncated summit, which was leveled and fenced with stones to form a platform with an approximate area of 150 square meter.

Choquequirao (sometimes also as Choqequirau or Choquekiraw) is known as the “sacred sister” of Machu Picchu for the structural and architectural resemblance to it. Recently, being partially excavated, it has sparked the interest of the Peruvian government to further recover the complex and make it a more accessible alternative for tourists interested in learning more about Inca culture.

The most famous routes are: Choquequirao Trek 4 Days or the the Choquequirao Trek 5 Days.

Where is located Choquequirao?

It is located at 13 ° 32 ′ south latitude and 72 ° 44 ′ west longitude. It is located 3033 meters above sea level in the foothills of the snowy Salcantay, north of the Apurímac river valley, in the district of Santa Teresa, Province of La Convencion, in the department of Cusco.

What is the weather like in Choquequirao?

Choquequirao has a temperate climate. The average temperature is 14ºC. During the dry season (April to October) the heat reaches 25ºC.

At night, the cold reaches 4ºC. In the rainy season (from November to March) fluvial precipitations occur more frequently.

Does the entrance to Choquequirao cost?

The Cost of Entrance to the archaeological complex of Choquequirao is approximately USD 38, However, plus the tour, food, hotel, transportation could cost approximately USD 400. According to the time of your tour and the luxuries that are given during your tour.

Flora and Fauna in Choquequirao

The Choquequirao environment is one of the richest in biodiversity. All of these species have adapted despite variations in temperature during the day, as well as abrupt drops in temperature at night.

Among the fauna that we can come across we have the condors, tarucas, vizcachas, foxes, skunks, cougars, hummingbirds, bears and the cock of the rocks, Peru’s national bird. In its flora, giant ferns, ichu and a great variety of orchids stand out, where the wakanki variety stands out.

The Cusco – Choquequirao – Machu Picchu hiking route

The hiking route from the city of Cusco to Choquequirao and from this point to Machu Picchu is the most complete and challenging that exists in the ancient ‘Capital of the Incas’.

Travel ancient Inca roads surrounded by the most picturesque landscapes. On average, the Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek covers 115 kilometers in 8 days and 7 nights of intense walking.

The main points are Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Heights of up to 5,085 meters above sea level (m.s.n.m.) are reached up to sites of only 2,000 m.s.n.m.

Here is a summary of this hiking route little known by tourists.

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Playa Rosalina

The adventure begins with a bus trip (3 hours) from the city of Cusco to the town of Cachora in the department of Abancay.

After lunch we proceed to a walk of 4 or 5 hours to the so-called ‘Playa Rosalina’ where we camp and have dinner.

Day 2: Rosalina Beach – Marampata – Choquequirao

Very early we leave on foot for the Marampata farmhouse (4 or 5 hours) where we have lunch.

Then continue with a short route (1 hour and 30 minutes) to the Choquequirao archaeological site.

That afternoon is intended to tour the Inca constructions on this site.

Day 3: Choquequirao – Río Blanco – Maizal

The day begins with a demanding climb to the Río Blanco sector (approximately 3 hours) where there is a break for lunch.

Then the walk continues to the Maizal sector, where you camp and have dinner.

Day 4: Maizal – Minas Victoria – Yanama

This day is not as arduous as the day before. You ascend for 3 hours to the Yanama pass (also known as the ‘Abra Victoria’).

Then the descent continues to the Victoria mines, a place where silver was mined and which is currently abandoned.

After lunch we descend to the Yanama camp where we spend the night.

Day 5: Yanama – Totora – Collpa

The difficulty is less that day. You descend down some slopes where you can see the abundant flora and fauna characteristic of the place.

In the area called ‘Totora’ there is a lunch break.

Then continue with the walk to the Collpa camp, where there are products offered by the population.

Day 6: Clay Lick – The Beach

One of the most relaxing days. You ascend through an open slope and descend until you reach the ‘La Playa’ camp, named after the waterfall that refreshes visitors.

It is visited by coffee plantations and plantains.

Day 7: La Playa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

Very early you start with a regular walk to the Hydroelectric station very close to Machu Picchu (approximately 5 hours).

After lunch, it is traveled for 2 hours parallel to the Vilcanota river until arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes, at the foot of the Wonder of the World where you will spend the night.

Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

The last day is destined to know the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. You have breakfast very early (on foot or by bus) to the entrance door of the Wonder of the World.

After a guided tour of the archaeological site, the visitor will have free time to enjoy the site on their own.

That day, he returned to the city of Cuzo on a train trip and then by bus.

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