CHOQUEQUIRAO – Cradle of Gold
The main Inca settlement in the remote Vilcabamba was undoubtedly the citadel of Choquequirao. Built by the Inca Pachacutec after his victory against the Chanca, in order to avoid grouping is a set of places, house, sacred places and deposits or colcas, surrounded by impressive terraces and located at the summit of a mountain the valley of the Apurimac River. The place also came to an aqueduct carved in stone, the same as driving the vital fluid from the glacial peaks located several leagues above ridge distance.
Despite its remote location, the settlement was strategically was connected to the rest of the empire through an intricate network of roads leading into the mountains like sunbeams way, following the direction of the four cardinal points or yours. Some of these roads have withstood the force of the centuries and inclement weather, preserved to this day as the only means of access to the spectacular site of Choquequirao.
But Choquequirao was not always an unknown and unexplored. In the nineteenth century had captured its magnificence and attracted some of the most intrepid explorers of Peru and the world. Surrounded by mystery and fascination conferred on him being considered the last refuge of the Incas, was mentioned, not without admiration for the Peruvian chronicler Cosme Bueno in 1768, and rediscovered by the French Comte de Sartiges in 1834. In subsequent years the place got the occasional visits of scholars and fortune hunters. Hiram himself Bignham, scientific discoverer of Machu Picchu, visited in 1909, being enthralled with the strange sensation of touching the unexplored that would take him two years later, the greatest discovery of his life.
Today, looking at Choquequirao in the XXI century, Peruvian and the world once again amazed us with the inexplicable ability to build ancient Peruvian architectural gems in places where reason would advise just take a look of curiosity with fascinating harmony that is capable of when the work of man stands with devotion and respect for nature, the same became, after all, in its most revered deity.