Cradle of Gold


A local arriero (muleskinner) drives his team of pack mules towards the Cradle of Gold in the Apurímac Canyon, source of the Amazon.

Ever fantasized about visiting Machu Picchu but are nervous about getting sucked into a gringo conveyor belt with no exit until the misty-terraced gift shop? If so you’ll be relieved to hear that there’s more than just one Inca Trail, and that Machu Picchu isn’t the only mind-blowing lost city of the Incas. There is a way, a lot less travelled and another lost city, Choququirao (the ‘Cradle of gold’ in Quechua) that’s every bit as mysterious and mind-blowing as its more famous sister city.

Read the story, my first contribution to Flight Centre’s online Travel Ideas blog, to get the full low down.



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