Get ready for a difficult but life changing experience on the Choquequiraw trek. Also known as “Machu Picchu’s Sister City” sharing similar structures and architecture, Choquequiraw is an excellent choice for adventurers who are searching for a challenge and complete a trek that has far fewer tourists and a more intimate experience.
Choquequiraw is a sprawling complex for those that wish to have a more personal experience while exploring the ruins which are only 40% excavated. In the peak season, while Machu Picchu has 3000 visitors daily, Choquequiraw is much more exclusive having maybe 30 visitors daily with only 4,500 visitors for all of 2017. The time to accomplish this trek is now because part of the untouched natural beauty and exclusivity of this trek is due to the isolation and difficulty in accessing the site due to the need to trek in on foot which takes approximately two days. This will change soon though with the announcement of the construction of a cable car which will reduce the two-day hike to a 15min cable car ride. When this is completed, the President of the National Chamber of Tourism has estimated that they will receive approximately 200,000 tourists within the first year. The time to act is now.