Trek Day Three

Choquequirao and Elizabeth’s 81st Birthday

Beautiful clouds swirling over the mountains when we woke up to celebrate Elizabeth Burn’s 81st Birthday. This was our day to really spend time in Choquequirao “Cradle of Gold” in the Quechua language.  This site remains 70% buried under cloud forest, a huge challenge to archaeologists.  It is far more extensive than its sister ruins at Machu Picchu. It is thought to have been built during the reign of the Inca Pachacuti, who lived 1438-71.  The first excavations began in the 1970s.

Dawn  View  Pedro Dos  Elizabeth  Trekking

Choquequirao  Bromeliads  Terraces  Tree  Choquequirao

Choquequirao  012-choquequirao.jpg  Choquequirao  Choquequirao  Choquequirao

Passion flower  Stones  Choquequirao  View  Stone work

Stone work  More stonework  Rings  View  Pink speciman

Looking Down  Oreocallis  Orchid  Waterfall  Red/Yellow

Another view  Overview  Detailed overview  Orchid  Lower ruin

Another view  Lower ruin  Hidden ruins  039-lunch.jpg  Wrappping candles

041-path.jpg  Cake  043-osvaldo.jpg  Cake

 

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