Choquequirao can only be reached on foot, for now. It is a route of approx. 40 km. from the village of Cachora to the ruins and it can be done partially on the back of a mule or a horse. It is a hard path not only because of the altitude, the weather conditions (very strong sun in the morning), but also because of the irregularity of the terrain itself (rocks in some sections, grass and soil, jungle brow vegetation in others), that is, varied so as not to get bored. The difficulty also lies in the fact that the path is a steep descent, (2800 masl. approx. to 1400 masl. approx.), then crosses the Apurimac river and a steep climb awaits us (1500 masl. approx. to 3150 masl. approx.) and then, back to retrace what we walked. Both mountains facing each other (the one that goes down and the one that goes up) form the Apurimac canyon. Is it worth the effort? Yes, because of the nature, the ruins and because of knowing even more the culture and having an experience with the inhabitants and with those who provide services (muleteers, loaders, guides, cooks). The quality of services is deficient, not because lacking money, but for lack of management, leadership, ignorance and different idiosyncrasies. However, the human quality of those who provide services is unparalleled. Regarding the ruins, they are in an excellent state of conservation because the difficult access limits massive visits. It is supposed that Choquequirao, which means "cradle of gold" (apparently, in the mountains this metal could exist), was a sort of tambo that supplied the Incas of Vilcambamba, the last resistance against the Spaniards. It was like a nexus between the jungle and the Andes. It is said that only 40% of the ruins still hidden in the mountain have been recovered. The system of platforms is fantastic with several different micro climates to be able to favor the harvest of diverse products. Landscapes are breathtaking!