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Alternative Andes: the fascinating ruins of Peru beyond Machu Picchu - Lonely Planet

Alternative Andes: the fascinating ruins of Peru beyond Machu Picchu - Lonely Planet

Visitors to the site remain sparse, though that may soon change © Mark Johanson / Lonely Planet

Conquering Choquequirao: the long walk to Peru’s lesser-known ‘lost city’

Conquering Choquequirao: the long walk to Peru’s lesser-known ‘lost city’ - Lonely Planet

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Alternative Andes: the fascinating ruins of Peru beyond Machu Picchu

Alternative Andes: the fascinating ruins of Peru beyond Machu Picchu - Lonely Planet

Alternative Andes: the fascinating ruins of Peru beyond Machu Picchu The Moray Ruins © ClaireMcAdams / Getty Images

Alternative Andes: the fascinating ruins of Peru beyond Machu Picchu

Alternative Andes: the fascinating ruins of Peru beyond Machu Picchu The Moray Ruins © ClaireMcAdams / Getty Images

Until plans for cable car access are realized, seeing Choquequirao will require a three-day hike from Cachora © Mark Johanson / Lonely Planet

Conquering Choquequirao: the long walk to Peru’s lesser-known ‘lost city’

Conquering Choquequirao: the long walk to Peru’s lesser-known ‘lost city’ - Lonely Planet

Wiñay Wayna – Urubamba, Peru | Atlas Obscura

Wiñay Wayna

Discover Wiñay Wayna in Urubamba, Peru: These steeply terraced ruins are a stop along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Wiñay Wayna – Urubamba, Peru | Atlas Obscura

Wiñay Wayna

Discover Wiñay Wayna in Urubamba, Peru: These steeply terraced ruins are a stop along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Ollantaytambo © Steven Francis / Getty Images

Alternative Andes: the fascinating ruins of Peru beyond Machu Picchu

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Alternative Andes: the fascinating ruins of Peru beyond Machu Picchu

The Other Machu Picchu: Why Choquequirao Is The Real Lost City Of The Incas

The "Band of Holes" consists of approximately 6,900 unexplained man-sized holes carved into the barren rock near Pisco Valley, Peru on a plain called Cajamarquilla. It dates back to ancient times and remain a mystery much like neighboring Nazca Lines and Machu Piccu best appreciated from the air and satellite imagery. You might want to locate them with Google Earth.

The “Band of Holes” consists of approximately unexplained man-sized holes carved into the barren rock near Pisco Valley, Peru on a plain called Cajamarquilla. It dates back to anc…

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