Discover Largely Unvisited Lost City of the Incas Before Everyone Else on Wilderness Travel Signature Trek
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — Numerous Inca sites, including the remote Choquequirao with literally no road access, await discovery on Wilderness Travel’s Trek to the Cradle of Gold adventure to Peru. The 13-day journey takes adventurers on a signature adventure through many Inca sites, including one recently discovered by a Wilderness Travel trip leader, letting hikers play Indiana Jones as they walk among ancient ruins few others have experienced.
Choquequirao, meaning “city of gold,” was once a major Inca stronghold that is known for its stunning location on the edge of a knife-edged promontory at 10,000 feet and isolated among the cloud forests. With no available road access, trekkers must zigzag up and down, crossing passes and roaring rivers and passing other Inca sites as mules carry their packs to the city. Discovered in the 1700s, Choquequirao remains largely untouched with only 40 percent of the ruins excavated, but with a plethora of plazas, ceremonial buildings, staircases and shrines open to view.
Due to overcrowding at Machu Picchu, the Peruvian government is considering building a road and cable car system up to the lost city. “It will never be the same if they do,” says Barbara Banks, director of marketing and new trip development for Wilderness Travel. “The time to see it is now!”
“You truly work to get to this lost city,” says Banks. “It’s a challenging trek which tends to weed out the crowds (I never passed a soul!), but when you come around the last few kilometers and see this massive city in a remote part of the cloud forest, it just takes your breath away. Machu Picchu is extraordinary, but Choquequirao gives you that pins and needles feeling of discovering something that very few others have seen.”
“You have a real Indiana Jones feeling on this trek, and our Trip Leader Kevin Floerke could easily be a modern-day Indiana Jones; he is an archaeologist who specializes in this region, and has worked on several important sites,” she says.
The trek also allows hikers to explore Machu Picchu during early morning and late evening hours without the crowds by staying two nights at a hotel that sits on site of the ruins, an opportunity afforded few people. In addition to Machu Picchu, the trip includes visits to several other Inca sites, fantastic hikes over passes and valleys with breathtaking views and an opportunity to experience life in a remote Andean village.
Pricing for Trek to the Cradle of Gold starts at $4695 per person double occupancy and includes most meals. Airfare is not included. Departure dates include July 24 and August 11, 2017 with additional dates in 2018. To book a space on the trek or to download a detailed itinerary, please visit www.WildernessTravel.com or call 800-368-2794.
About Wilderness Travel
Wilderness Travel, founded in 1978 and still run by Bill Abbott, a consummate traveler, offers some 200 trips every year to more than 75 destinations around the world. Named Outside Magazine’s 2015 World’s Best Outfitter, the company is known for its one-of-a-kind detailed itineraries that take travelers deep into an area’s culture. There are four ways to travel with Wilderness Travel: Small Group Adventures; Private Journeys; WT Expeditions: Rare Journeys and Exploratories; and Small Ship Cruises, for which the company doubled its offerings in 2014. Constantly on the look-out for new adventures and ways to improve existing journeys, the company focuses on quality, design and the uniqueness of its trips. Almost 70% of individuals who travel with Wilderness Travel are repeat guests or direct referrals from past travelers. For more information, visit www.wildernesstravel.com or call 800-368-2794.