Machu Picchu’s sister is a site called Choquequirao. Perched on a ridge overlooking the Apurimac Canyon, this ancient and often overlooked Inca ruin rivals what you’ll find at Machu Picchu in both scope and awe factor, save for one appealing detail; Choquequirao is far less crowded. In our home, we walk you through how you can squeeze a Choquequirao tour into your greater Peru adventure.
What was Choquequirao to the Incas?
With much of the ruins still buried in the jungle, archeologists have yet to lock down a final verdict on what Choquequirao was to the Incas. Some say it was an administrative hub and ceremonial center that connected Cusco to the Amazon, while others theorize that it was a royal Incan estate that belonged to the 10th ruler of the Inca Empire, Túpac Yupanqui. However this vast complex three times the size of Machu Picchu was used, archaeologists do agree that it was built to align geo-cosmically with its sister Machu Picchu.