Machu Picchu’s “sister” site, Choquequirao is the crown jewel of Peru’s underrated archaeological sites. Quechua for “Cradle of Gold,” the ancient Incan city of Choquequirao sits in the rugged Vilcabamba Range above the Apurimac River Canyon. Once covered in thick vegetation, this Incan site was rediscovered in the 1900’s shortly after Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is thought to have been the home to the last of the rebel Incas of Vilcabamba, and like Machu Picchu, never discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors. While this is a challenging trek with lots of mountain switch-backs, this five-day expedition offers the opportunity to traverse through many different ecosystems, receive amazing views, and have an exclusive experience, exploring an archaeological site larger than Machu Picchu.