Trek to Choquequirao and onto Machu Picchu this September (or pick your own dates!)

By Christine Mackay, Crooked Trails Co-founder

Many of you may have heard of Machu Picchu’s sister site, Choquequirao. These incredible ruins are seldom visited, due to their relatively unknown status and the 2-day trek to get there. But this amazing place is well worth the effort. The number of trekkers going to Choquequirao in a year is equal to the number that visit Machu Picchu in just one day.

In addition to the peace and isolation, Crooked Trails’ travelers to Choquequirao get the most amazing guide, Juan, who grew up in the village on the trail and knows it like no other. Juan has known Choquequirao his whole life and rose to rank of Lead Guide after much training. He is an expert not just in the ruins but in Inca history, botany and Quechua culture and he has a great talent for sharing it. Not all guides come from the local area, so having Juan lead you through his back yard is a special experience.

Another reason to be sure to make the trek soon is that the government is attempting to build a cable car to the ruins which would open it up to thousands and change the ruins and the experience forever. Check out this excellent article by Daniel Silas Adamson in the UK Guardian to learn more.

Crooked Trails has a group trip going to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu on September 12-21, 2016 with limited spaces still available. This trek will start in the little village of Cachora and then head to Choquequirao. After a full day visiting the ruins, you will continue trekking on through remote valleys to reach Machu Picchu from the back side. The cost of the group trek is just $1838; contact us very soon if you would like to join this group!

If those dates don’t work for you, we can always design a custom itinerary to match your dates. For a full itinerary go here. We also offer 6-day/5-night trek out and back to just Choquequirao; those details are here.

 

 

 

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