An excellent article on one of the best hikes in Peru was posted on Matador Trips: Discover Your Own Machu Picchu: Choquequirao, Peru
Did you visit Machu Picchu thinking you’d arrived 50 years too late? Wish you could’ve seen it before the tourist hordes and luxury hotel moved in? Then Choquequirao might be for you. …
There are very few trekkers there in comparison with Machu Picchu. We did it in 2005 and had the ruins to ourselves.
photo George Novak
It’s a massive up and down hike. We hired a mule and mule driver to carry our packs.
The scenery is fantastic, of course.
Our biggest concern was the tiny biting flies. (Especially after their bites get infected.)
read the entire Matador article: Discover Your Own Machu Picchu: Choquequirao, Peru
Read the comments for some personal stories on continuing from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu without a guide.
There’s one drastic mistake in the story:
From the village to the ruins and back, you’re looking at 74 km (46 miles). …
It’s nowhere near that far. … Is it?
More details and links on our besthike Choquequirao Trek information page.