Choquequirao: The Other Machu Picchu?
Published on June 14, 2010
I really liked your article. I love Machu Picchu. I thought you were very arrogant by comparing the article with Machu Picchu. But i think you are right regarding this. It generally looks same.
Thanks for sharing.
I enjoyed this article on Choque, as an alternative to the famous Machu Picchu...You do have a way with words, Brendan....As long as you keep writing about your wonderful adventures around the World, I will continue to read about your journeys....Good job...
Patti thecrazychef Somewhere in Mexico
I was one of the people caught with a trip to Peru with a closed Machu Pichu. We actually took the opportunity to see Lake Titicaca and the floating islands, the Nazca lines and a culinary tour of Lima--all things that we wouldn't have had time to do had Machu Pichu been available. Totally different trip, but a great way to see an alternate side of Peru.
Interesting article-- thanks for sharing! I would also suggest self-guided hiking in Peru's Colca Canyon. It's nowhere near as touristy or expensive as Machu Picchu and the travelers you meet are mainly backpackers seeking to get off the beaten path.
As Inca Trail passes are selling out and more people want to get away from the crowds, alternative (and just as scenic, cultural and rewarding) treks are being offered. You can find descriptions and daily itineraries for the Lares, Cachiccata and Sacred Valley treks at <a href="http://www.IncaTrailHiking.com" target="_blank">www.IncaTrailHiking.com.
Nice post, Brendan. While MP is really in a league of its own, there's something about Choque--the brutal hike, the emptiness--that's really rewarding.
My wife and I were able to do the round trip in 3 days. Also, our guide said the Cachora-->MP trek was usually 9 days, though with a trip of that length it probably depends a lot on the individual trekkers. If I had it to do over again, I'd go with that.