In Peru there are two sisters that despite being relatively close to each other, they hardly know each other. Something that also happens to thousands of tourists who come to the country of the Incas and depart from its valleys and mountains, without even knowing that there was in Cusco itself a beautiful Inca city very similar to the wonder of the world, called Choquequirao, or ‘the other Machu Picchu’.
However, it seems that only a couple of days ago a law was passed declaring of national interest and public necessity the elaboration of regional plans between Cusco and Apurimac (region through which there is access to Choquequirao) to connect these two Inca citadels and thus promote tourism in the country.
The distance between Machu Picchu and Choquequirao is not so great: only about 44 kilometers; however, the orography of the place and the difficult access to the latter makes it unfeasible for most international tourism.
Although it seems quite complicated, studies are being carried out for the construction of a cable car in Huanipata, province of Abancay, with another possible alternative from Santa Teresa, in the Cusco region.
This regulation -according to an informative text of Perú21- will promote the creation of infrastructures for the arrival to the two cities such as “construction, equipment, operation and maintenance of the road rings, pedestrian paths and cable car or cable car system”.
Of course, and in accordance with the law, guaranteeing heritage parameters.
Perhaps with some of these infrastructures, the three/four day trekking ascent to Choquequirao, the main reason why tourists cannot get to know it and which, on the other hand, I believe is its charm, could be solved.