Machu Picchu has already established its reputation as a globally-recognized tourist destination. It receives over 200,000 visitors each year. One of the reasons for Machu Picchu’s popularity is the number of treks available to get to it. It is in this detail that Choquequirao, a set of archaeological ruins as impressive as Machu Picchu, stands out. Learn more about the relationship between these two citadels below.
The Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu
Because of its similarities to Machu Picchu, Choquequirao has been nicknamed “the sacred sister of Machu Picchu.” Additionally, both citadels can be found on the Inca Trail and both were constructed for a religious purpose.
Why the World Doesn’t Know About Choquequirao
Choquequirao had remained undiscovered for years. Even today, only 30% of its total size has been uncovered. The government is working to get the whole citadel uncovered so that tourists to Peru can have one more site to visit during their stay and so that the world can know further the power and ingenuity of the Inca Empire.
How Was Choquequirao Discovered?
In 1907, the remains of the citadel were unearthed by a group of archaeologists searching for hidden Inca treasures. The name Choquequirao means “cradle of gold.” Nevertheless, it wasn’t until 1970 that excavation expeditions began clearing the area. As mentioned before, there’s still much to unearth; 70% of the total complex is still buried.
Biodiversity in the Citadels
Despite the rugged terrain and high altitude of both citadels, these monuments contain a great variety of fauna and flora. This biodiversity adds a new dimension of beauty to both sites, beyond their impressive structures.
The trip to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu is a trek- and adventure-lovers ultimate excursion. Don’t miss the opportunity to know both of these tourist destinations. They’ll take you back to the time of Inca glory as soon as you lay eyes on them. For more information about treks and tours of either site, please contact us.