Inca Checkpoints

Adventurous visitors to Peru should not miss Choquequirao, a ruined Inca city that once served as an entry point on the route to the Inca imperial capital of Vilcabamba

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.