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A Modern Mystery at Machu Picchu

I’m beginning to have a contentious relationship with Machu Picchu, and I’ve never even seen it. But at least I’m not the only one.

For the last few months, I’ve been trying to decide on the location of my next trekking trip, and because some friends and I ended up with flight vouchers to South America (long story), the Inca Trail was at the top of my list. Then I met some people who had opted for the “other Machu Picchu,” Choquequirao, and my eyes wandered. It seemed like maybe I could get the thrill of hiking to a legendary lost city with less crowds. And so it’s gone, back and forth, with a few other possibilities (Llamas! Jungles! Volcanoes!) thrown in for good measure.

Photo courtesy of IgoUgo member pietropecco