American Pictures/ Kathy Jarvis
Choquequirao is a late Inca site at 3000m /9840 ft overlooking the Apurimac river
on the western side of the Vilcabamba range. The name is derived from local words
Choque - meaning unrefined gold and k'irau to swing as in a cradle.
Bosses protrude from
the walls of local stone set in mud mortar. Ropes of tough grasses were used to
hold the thatch to these bosses.