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While Machu Picchu is the biggest jewel in Peru’s crown, the world-famous landmark is surrounded by eclectic gems that dazzle in their own unique ways, which is one of the reasons the country is considered one of the best places in the world for outdoor adventures.
One of these gems that is quickly gaining popularity, is the ancient city of Choquequirao—a stunning archaeological landmark often referred to as Machu Picchu’s ‘Sister City’, which is home to a series of preserved structures, deep-cut terraces and stone staircases that feel distinctly royal. For such a wondrous display of architectural feat, one has to wonder how Choquequirao has escaped the travel itineraries of the world’s most intrepid vagabonds for so long. As one of Peru’s best-kept secrets, it’s only a matter of time before the masses discover it, and more people demand to see what all the fuss is about for themselves.
Compared to the Salkantay Trail and indeed, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Choquequirao is more quiet, subtle and unassuming in its beauty, although equally as striking as any other trek on the South American continent. By comparison, the Salkantay Trail is more physically demanding, and benefits from a few extra visual terrains along the way, including the blue lake of Humantay and more staggering hills in which to climb, meaning more bombastic views to snap your camera at. But as far as epic experiences go, Choquequirao offers something very special: the genuine feeling that you’re standing on top of the world, gazing at the muscled mountains around you as fluffy white clouds hang in a haze above your head.
The feeling is akin to feeling like a god or goddess. It is a surreal and powerful feeling: one of accomplishment, a deserved arrival at a destination not many know about, making it, naturally, one of Peru’s destinations to watch in the years to come. Valencia Travel Cusco’s 4-day, 3-night Choquequirao Trek is one of the country’s very best, taking wide-eyed travellers on an amazing journey from the vibrant and thriving town of Cusco, to the snow-capped peaks of Apurimac Valley, Santa Rosa, and of course, the ancient site of Choquequirao itself.
Of course, if the tougher and more diverse challenge of Salkantay tickles your fancy, the 6-day, 5-night Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu adventure is the perfect fit. Either way, there’s no wrong answer when it comes to choosing between these two destinations, as each are special in their own right, and have so much to offer in the ways of flora, fauna, startling vistas and humbling experiences that will make you fall in love with Peru.