Is This Peru’s Next Inca Trail? – Article for

Happy 2019.

When people ask me what my 2018 highlight was travel-wise, the hike to Choquequirao, billed as Peru’s Next Big Thing in tourism, is right up there.

As the Inca Trail itself prepares for its month-long closure to recuperate after another year of unprecedented numbers of pairs of hiking boots tramping the length of it, now might be a better time than ever to talk about Choquequirao.


Well, it has all the Inca Trail/Machu Picchu ingredients of a fabulous hike, ancient ruins along the way and a breathtaking blockbuster of an Inca citadel at its conclusion.

People are getting all excited about walking it now because the Peruvian government plans to boost its coffers from tourism by (imminently) making Choquequirao into a mega-attraction, just like Machu Picchu. So going there NOW is very much a see-this-before-it’s-ruined (if you’ll pardon the pun) thing.

And very unlike Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail, the 2-day walk there and the ruins themselves are utterly unspoilt and un-set-up for mass tourism…

Read on if you love rambling. This for…

The Road to Choquequirao: is this Peru’s Next Inca Trail?

The ruins © Luke Waterson


The way there © Luke Waterson



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