Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, Peru

Choquequirao is a enigmatic ruined Inca city even less accessible than Machu Picchu. In 2005, we had the Choquequirao ruins to ourselves in the late afternoon.


One day it will draw hordes of tourists but for now it is still little visited. The ultimate itinerary is to hike to Choquequirao and continue to Machu Picchu via Aguas Calientes.

As of this date, no guidebook details the long route, 7-days minimum. Guide and pack animals recommended.

If you are looking for an alternative to the over-popular Inca Trail, check out:

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

Cirque of the Towers, Wyoming

The Cirque of the Towers represents a real “must see” on the lifetime list of most serious backpackers …

I seriously must get back to Wyoming to hike this 2-day, 20.4mi (32.8km) loop via one of the most impressive cirques anywhere! it’s surprising how some of the biggest glaciers, the best peaks, are not in the central Rockies but way over in Wyoming.

August and September are the best months.

Cirque of the Towers

want to hike South America?

Next week I will announce the South America page. A resource for any hiker wanting to get started organizing a trek. I focused on South America first as it is the best neglected continent by hikers. Information on hikes in the Andes is more critical than in the Alps, by comparison.

Best hikes & treks in South America.

My favourite photo on South American hikes was professionally published by Radek Tezaur. This is the Dientes Circuit in Patagonia, perhaps the world’s most southern major hike.


Bolivia hiking

I was twice so far frustrated trying to hike Bolivia, the poorest and most problematic of South American countries.

map of Bolivia

But I vow one day to do the long Transcordillera trek through the Royal Mountains. And return to the great salt flats.

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