The archaeological site is equally as impressive in size and architectural style as Machu Picchu, secluded on a 10,000 foot high hilltop set over 1,800 terraced acres in the Cuzco Region of the South American nation.
Meaning "cradle of gold," the ancient city also served as a major cultural/religious center and is believed to have been one of the last cities to stand against the Spanish conquistadors.
It proves to be a daunting yet extremely rewarding experience to reach Choquequirao, which is currently about 30 percent uncovered. The quickest way to get there is with a four hour drive from Cuzco, followed by a 16-hour hike across the jungle. There's of course longer options via the famed Inca Trail for overachievers, taking up to a week to reach the mythical destination.
No wonder Choquequirao gets only a handful of visitors a day. Just think of the tourist-less photo opportunities available before the Peruvian government's cable car access project is completed in 2015.