An Alternative to Machu Picchu With a New Road and Cable Car


People call it Machu Picchu’s little sister.

It is located in Choquequirao, an Inca settlement that is about 40 miles from Machu Picchu. A new road and cable car will be opened next year. The place has a structure that is very similar to the famous Machu Picchu citadel. It is worth mentioning that Machu Picchu, which receives 1.2 million tourists each year, has tickets available to visit the Inca trail in 2018.

Currently, Choquequirao is only accessible to people willing to make a five-day hike and receives drastically fewer visitors per year than Machu Picchu. Actually, it only receives about a dozen visitors per day. The government is willing to change that with a new road connecting it with Machu Picchu and cable car to take tourists directly to the ruins, which sit 3,050 meters above sea level.

During this year, a project to build a cable car to Machu Picchu was under discussion. Nevertheless, the efforts were redirected to build it for Choquequirao.

The expected investment pledged by the country’s president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to develop Choquequirao. is $80 million USD.  This investment is part of the government’s initiative to double the number of tourists visiting Peru to seven million by 2021.

Experts have stated that it may be time to start focusing on other touristic destinations since Peru has many different places to visit.

Would you like to visit Choquequirao?

(Cover Photo Wikipedia)

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