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Day 2 - Apurimac River (1550 m / 5085 ft) to Choquequirao (3000 m / 9850 ft)
The first 5 days of the trek followed roughly the same schedule - wake up at 6, breakfast at 7, start hiking at 8, an hour lunch break at 1, and arrive at the campsite around 5 or 6. The weather started off badly, with thick clouds and rain throughout the entire day till 1600 when it suddenly cleared. As a result, we enjoyed splendid views of and from Choquequirao. Choquequirao was the bread basket for the Inca in the region, we saw extensive terracing from Choquequirao all the way down to the Apurimac river. The most extensive terracing is on the side of the mountain that we descended along the next day to Rio Blanco. There is also a long aquaduct running from the top of Choquequirao mountain to the city. This aquaduct is unfortunately broken. The best part of Choquequirao is that it is mostly deserted and there aren't many tourists there.

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img_3217 We crossed the Apurimac river to start our ascend on the other side. img_3221 The initial steep trail. Barely half an hour into the hike, Bob looks beat. img_3224 The trail we were on yesterday. img_3243 The last section of the trail intersected with an old Inca trail leading to Choquequirao. img_3250 Terraces being cleared. img_3256 img_3258 img_3261 Extensive cultivation on the other side of the Apurimac valley. The locals farm on slopes with significant gradient because of a shortage of flat ground. img_3266 Retaining walls on the three main terraces near the city. We camped here on day 2. img_3277 img_3282 img_3284 Looking back through the Apurimac valley from where we came. The trail  is on the left of the mountain. img_3288 The terraces where we camped. Apparently there will be an official campsite much further away starting from next year. img_3290 Buildings around the main Choquequirao square. img_3293 img_3295 img_3299 img_3303 img_3307 img_3309
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