The Choquequirao Archaeological Complex is located in the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, which is a portion of the Southeast Andes of Peru.
The monument is located above a spur of the Qorihuayrachina mountain, on the right bank of the steep canyon of the middle course of the Apurímac river, at a height of 3,100 meters, with a difference in height of more than 1,600 meters respect to the waters of the Apurimac River.
Its geographical coordinates, starting from the meridian of Greenwich are: 72° 53' longitude West and 13° 32' South latitude.
Politically, it belongs to the jurisdiction of the District of Santa Teresa, Province of La Convención, Department of Cusco but, geographically, it is more comfortably accessible through the department of Apurímac.
- Choquequirao can be reached through Huanipaca (in & out), being it the shortest route and the fastest way to reach Choquequirao. This means there is plenty of time to explore the site;
- Also, travelers can reach Choquequirao through Cachora (in & out) being this the most demanding trail, it is certainly the longest. Hikers have to spend a night along the way and camp near the river.
- The loop that starts in Cachora and ends in Huanipaca is another form to visit Choquequirao. Starting in Huanipaca and finishing in Cachora is not appealing due to the fact that the way in would take one day and trekking out would take two.
- It is also possible to leave Choquequirao to continue the trip to Santa Teresa and Machu Picchu. In this case you have to take the trail to Pincha Unuyocc (a satellite archaeological complex of Choquequirao) and head towards Yanama, from where you can continue by car to Santa Teresa.