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A hidden treasure in Peru

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3 November 2009

Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic Incan landmarks in the world. However, it is not the only attraction of its kind in Peru.

Located on a thin ridge some 5,000 ft above the Apurimac gorge, the citadel of Choquequirao was never discovered by the conquistadors and as such, is in a relatively good state of repair.

According to The Times, fewer than 10,000 travellers see the structure on an annual basis, perhaps due to the fact that a two-day mule trek is required in order to reach it.

The newspaper recommends visiting the citadel, which is currently only 30 per cent excavated, between April and October in order to take advantage of the country's dry season.

In recent days, readers of the Observer and the Guardian named Machu Picchu as one of their top overseas tourism destinations. The annual Travel Awards poll was topped by Iguazú Falls, which sits on the border between Brazil and Argentina.


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