trek Choquequirao, Peru – $140

The “new” Machu Picchu is steadily getting developed.

This “lost city” fascinated 19th century explorers, and Hiram Bingham visited it two years before he discovered Machu Picchu. Difficult to reach, the ruins are rarely visited by travellers.

The southern approach to Choquequirao from Cachora requires a steep descent from almost 3200 metres down to the Apurímac river at 1200 metres, followed by an even steeper ascent up to the ruins. The site is perched a magnificent 1150 metres above the Apurímac, surrounded by densely-forested mountain slopes in the shadow of the huge, snowcapped Salkantay massif. In recent years, the ruins have been partially-cleared by Peruvian archaeologists, and can be easily explored by those intrepid enough to undertake the demanding trek required to get there. …

Check out a great looking site (English and Spanish) with a great domain name … ChoquequiraoTrail.com.

They have a tempting offer for a guided hike. Click through to see it.

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