Choquequirao has topped Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 Top Regions list, one of the world's most prestigious destinations rankings, Peru's Exports and Tourism Promotion Board (PromPeru) informed.
Published on Tuesday morning by Lonely Planet, the world's largest travel guide publisher, the list portrays Choquequirao as an Inca treasure where you can "live out your Indiana Jones fantasies," according to travel writer Mark Johanson.
Despite being three times the size of its sister city Machu Picchu, it "maybe sees a dozen tourists each day" due to the tough 4-day hike required to access the ruins.
In this sense, the writer compared the experience to visiting Chichen Itza "before the tour buses arrived."
Lonely Planet reviews Choquequirao as a place to sit peacefully on your own and appreciate the mountains, flying condors and the Apurimac river.
In the Regions category, Choquequirao Archaeological Park (Cusco region) ranks ahead other settings such as Taranaki (New Zealand), Azores (Portugal), North Wales (UK) and South Australia, among other incredible destinations all over the world.
On the other hand, Canada came first in the 'Top Countries' category, Bordeaux (France) led 'Cities' while Nepal was named first in 'Best Value.'
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel lists are prepared compiling recommendations by travel guide authors, the travelers' community and travel guide users, who name the places to visit the following year.
Then, a Lonely Planet committee chooses the final winner for all categories.
Choquequirao is an Inca citadel located in La Convencion province (Cusco region).
The site is part of the archaeological site bearing the same name, grouping astonishing terraces, platforms, ceremonial 'plazas' (squares), temples, warehouses, as well as water canals connected by long staircases and a road network.
Its surroundings house a wide array of flora and fauna.