The less-traveled Machu Picchu

So I’m in the midst of planning a backpacking trip through Peru. As I was flipping through some reading material, I couldn’t help but be bombarded by endless mentions of Machu Picchu. Yet there’s a little known alternative to one of the seven modern wonders of the world.

It’s Choquequirao, another lost Inca city, modeled after Machu Picchu in fact. And it’s only 100 miles away. I’m still considering whether I can make it to both in a week. To hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu takes 3-4 days. To hike to Choquequirao (after that 100 mile cab ride from Cusco) takes a little less.

Apparently Choquequirao gets only 1% of the tourists that Machu Picchu has to endure. It’s just as big, but more sprawled out so things don’t look as photogenic. If you’re looking for a true lost city experience, though, I think Choquequirao might just be your best bet.